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Well Built E.S.B. - Breckenridge Brewery

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DavoleBomb on 07-12-2012)
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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

jbaker67, Saturday at 02:28 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

01/09/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Thanks to Dave. This is one of the most phenomenal brews I've ever tasted. The immediate nose is buttered popcorn. Once done, you taste a browned butter flavor that borders butterscotch without the sweetness . So not what I was expecting...way...way better. If an outside the IPA thing is what you're looking for...look no further.

seedyone, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Apr 02, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ESB looks the part; it's pale orange-red-brown with some deeper reddish hues that's translucent as it's somewhat clear but not enough to see through the haze that is there. The off-white head is a bit of a wisp but a strong one with some persistence. Lacing is heavily spotty in terms of placement but not structure, per se.
The smell is initially, and remains primarily, boozy wood. It takes almost all of its character from the barrel. Perhaps the base beer is just that mild, being a mild style, but it takes work to draw the actual beer's character out on its own. Some leaf, maybe toast underneath, and a mild metallic note are drawn out with time.
The taste is similar but brings more of the beer itself out. The whiskey is a major, perhaps the major, component, but this time I have little problem drawing out leafy and earthy hops notes, toast, some nuttiness, a steely, mineral note, and an herbal leaf finish. In truth, though, I would give this to someone who wanted to like whiskey but found it too hard.
The light-medium body starts off sweeter and finishes in the dry end. It's got a light bite and is creamy on the tongue, and a bit of the herbal leaf toward the middle is what lends it more dryness along with alcohol. It thins a little in the middle, though not terribly.

Brenden, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Taperwookie, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance ie a deep amber with some clarity and heavy lacing. Nose is somewhat muted with mild caramel malts coming through with almost no hop character. Taste is straight up caramel. Notes of salt, caramel.. The candy not the malt. Nice balance, not too sweet. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, nice flavors here, a bit different for the style.

homebrew311, Feb 02, 2014
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mmhannon, Jan 15, 2014
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Salter714, Jan 05, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The sweet, spicy and oaky elegance of Stanahan's whisky makes for a near-perfect complement to beers of sweeter fare- or at least it should. Breckenridge's ESB should be a match made in beer heaven.

Its appearance is everything-ESB. Medium copper in color, the beer is lightly hazy with its unfiltered appearance. A creamy bone-white head builds upon the ale and then retains well while trailing with spotty lace.

Bold malty-sweet scents capture the caramel, toffee and biscuit aromas that are common to ESB, but its light hop presence can hardly balance the grain. Its mild herbal character comes across like curing tobacco. Couple that with fruit notes and the scent is lightly reminescent of apple jelly. As the oak spice carries as much weight as the hops do, there's simply a barrel influence playing out here.

To taste, the hearty bready-sweet flavors are of toffee and biscuit- just ahead of a nutty, grassy and leafy middle due to the late arrival of hop flavor. Wood sweetness and spiciness captivate the finish with mild oak and tannin that balance the beer as much as the broad hop bitterness does. Even with a sweet boozy finish, the flavors of whisky are all present yet the beer doesn't come across as together as whisky barrel aged beers do.

Creamy and sweet in body, the beer slowly fades to partial dryness as the carbonation dissolves and the sweetness begins to recede. Lightly astringent, the extra bite comes from both woodish hops and oak tannin. Not as crisp or as clean as classic ESB, the whisky barrel character makes this beer a little more savory and meant for sipping in comparison.

I rather liked the Stranahan Barrel Aged ESB, but it is a little messy as a classic ESB and not as powerful or complex as most barrel aged beers. Landing it in no-man's-land is as much of a curse for the beer as it is a blessing.

BEERchitect, Dec 27, 2013
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Well Built E.S.B. from Breckenridge Brewery
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