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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A brew well built. This extra special brew was well built intentionally. In team effort with our neighbors and Colorado’s own, Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery, we combined the warming malt notes and pronounced hop characteristics of our Small Batch ESB with their ambrosial whiskey flavors to create the first ever collaboration of its kind. Aged for 6 months in Well Built Oak Whiskey Barrels.

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3.9
madmitch76 (26413) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
28th December 2011
Cloudy dark red - brown beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Softish palate, semi dry. Interesting beer - tastes like there is some Sorachi Ace in here. Lemon cream wrapped on oak, vanilla and coconut. A little citrus bitterness underneath. Dark toffee at the base of everything. Bitterish dry finish. Unusual and tasty and very drinkable.

3.9
crossovert (14134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft. Amber pour. It really doesn’t see. Like an ESB just a bourbonny strong ale. Its nice.

3.8
Ratman197 (15620) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2011
On tap at Breckenridge BBQ poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, carmel and light coconut. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, carmel and light coconut with a smooth warming lingering whiskey finish.

3.8
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draft at Pony bar HK. Pours a deep murky brown with lots of off white lacing. Aroma is sweet, tasty bourbon - reminds me of watered down angel share. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet caramel candies, toffee, light cocoa, sweet oak, bourbon and a nice light hop finish.

3.8
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2013
On tap at Flanny’s in Tempe. Sharp nose of sour bourbon, wet oak, some charcoal, and a hint of dark fruit. Pours dark cherry wood color with a thin, off-white head. Nice, refined taste of moderate bourbon, slight burnt tobacco, heavy oak tannins, caramel, and some dark chocolate late. Moderate body; slightly astringent mouthfeel. Barrel-aged just the right amount, though very few typical ESB aspects remain.

3.8
neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Pavlov Badzewski. Colour...semi hazy dark amber with a thick head. Nose...loads of whiskey and raisins, with dates to boot. Palate.,.very whiskey like with gobs of raisins, even more dates and Zante currants. The feel is velvety and rather coating and there a tang about the palate. The finish is long and boozy. Best esb I’ve ever had!

3.8
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Taster on tap at Cock & Bull in Hyde Park. Mostly clear dark red color. Thin khaki head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. Medium plus body. More dry finish. Good complex balanced whiskey barrel aroma. Nice english malts, some earthy hops. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, some nice light warmth. No sweetness really, finishes dry. Hint of dark fruit. GOod shit. Well done, complex barrel aged ESB.

3.8
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Notes of whiskey brown sugar and vanilla dance around in my nose with some other stuff and such. If you read or follow my ratings you realize, I am sick of writing what I think of the beer my numbers tell you.

3.8
zoucrew102 (2236) - - SEP 10, 2016
750ml corked bottle, thanks Russ! Bottle #9612. Aroma is boozy with whiskey, vanilla, oak, caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin off white head that has poor retention and excellent lacing. Starts with caramel and nuttiness that breaks down pretty quick into booziness. Finishes smooth with whiskey, vanilla and oak flavors as well as a lot of booze still. While some of the flavors have been broken down by time, this is still pretty good for one that was forgotten in the cellar for so long.

3.8
swesson (474) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2017
From a bomber. Pours a reddish-amber and makes a dark tan head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon and vanilla and English bitters. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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