joeducey (2) - - JUL 20, 2017 does not count talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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UPDATED: JUL 20, 2017 Hint of whiskey flavor (and plenty of aroma) from barrels makes for great taste. Except for the whiskey, reminiscent of some Belgian Trappist ales. alexsdad06 (10640) - 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. swesson (469) - 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.
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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. crossovert (13727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft. Amber pour. It really doesn’t see. Like an ESB just a bourbonny strong ale. Its nice.
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. Chudwick (3315) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bomber - nutty with the obvious barrel age presence. Word word word word word. markducommun (1211) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Tan red-brown, clear. Strong honey, banana, clove notes. Caramel, vanilla. Very sweet, slight notes of bitterness. Pretty upfront alcohol, oily, thicker body. Decent flavors, not very well balanced.
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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. Tmoney99 (14846) - 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.