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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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3.7
cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2011
On tap @ Rackhouse. Very dark red appearance with a light tan head. Woody, oaky, definitley Stranahans whiskey, dark malty nose. Somewhat bitter, medium hoppiness, but mostly an oaky Stranahan whisky flavor. I love Stranahans so I enjoy this but I am not convinced the esb is a good beer on it’s own.

3.7
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at Rackhouse. Pour is crimson/amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Dark fruits, licorice, sherry, whiskey, figs, caramel, and cherries in the aroma. Really sweet aroma, nice. Taste is like a nice brandy, cherry, dark fruits, bourbon, and anise with a light bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. I kind-of enjoyed this one and a nice pleasant surprise.

3.7
brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Deliciously barrelly, but not overpowering. Caramel malt and vanilla. Good balance. Very tasty beer.

3.7
Tmoney99 (15027) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with a average tan frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted malt, vanilla wood whiskey aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Interesting complex brew.

3.7
alexsdad06 (10938) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Taster on draft at Cock & Bull from notes. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish amber brown color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma had the typical Stranahan’s whiskey barrel character. The flavor has decent English malts, caramel, some earthy bitterness, some mild fruitiness, nice accents from the barrel, warming, finishes dry, medium body, dry finish.

3.6
jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
on tap-pours copper with an offwhite head. Aroma is whiskey, medium malt-caramel. Taste is whiskey, medium malt-caramel, herbal hop bite.

3.6
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
20th anniversary bottle. Shared at a tasting. Aroma is caramel with some whiskey notes. Taste is similar. Not that great, but still happy I got to try it.

3.6
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle at Daknolefest shared by AZeagle. Brown pour, tannish head. Lots of bourbon, caramel, some light apple flavors and bready, doughy malts. Flavor is bourbon, caramel and toothpick notes.

3.6
fletchfighters (1590) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
A-- Poured a dark brown cola color and settled a brownish black color. Half finger of white head that went to a decent collar on the sides of the glass. Just touches of spotty lacing.

S-- Burnt toffee, orange peel, salted cashews, oak, and whiskey. Good nose and well balanced with the base beer and the barrel treatment.

T-- English malts really make this stand out. Lots of orange and toffee flavors. Touches of nutmeg. Hops have pretty well faded out and much more like a wee heavy at this point.

M-- A bit on the heavy side. Got a bit over it at the end of sharing this. Maybe needed a bit more carbonation or I should have drank this sooner.

O-- Really well balanced BA beer. Like that it was also a style that works with a touch of a BA treatment. Still got the base beer and still got what the beer was about.

3.6
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
The beer pours a deep mahogany with a small, pillowy, beige head which is mostly diminishing. The nose is decent, very nutty (pecans), toasty caramels, slight date, spicy bourbon, light florals, maybe toffee. The flavor is similar with much more dry oak, still floral, toasty caramels, lightly spicy, and some faint toffee. The palate is nice with a nearly full body, less than lively, and a round, velvety mouthfeel. The finish is long, drying oak, spicy and floral, and toasty caramel. A decent beer but just not that interesting for a barrel aged beer. I love Stranahan's but the base beer seemed too small to handle much of the oak notes. Good not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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