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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The first beer in the Brewer’s Share Series is "Extra Special Barney" (ESB) and was developed by our lead brewer, Barney Brennan. According to Barney, his ESB was inspired by two things; a perfect beer moment and the aromatic highlight of the 2007 hop selection in Yakima, a US Challenger hop. As Barney puts it, "I was sitting on the deck at the brewery overlooking the river in the sunshine - drinking a perfectly balanced bitter - already looking forward to the second pint. It was one of those great beer moments. Hopefully, my ESB will make one of those moments for someone else with its five different specialty malts and this one very special hop. We made it entirely with US Challenger hops including a pound per barrel dry hop because we wanted to share the aromatic experience we had at the Hop Rub in Yakima with our customers."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3735) - Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Strong aroma is malty with fruity, earthy and woody notes. It pours a clear coppery with a pale yellow-tan head of about average thickness and persistence. Flavor has a woody core with a fairly, but not fiercely, bitter overtone and hints of caramel, grass and horehound. Smooth, firm texture is quite fizzy and lively. This "initial pub offering" is worth an investment!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
bottle, amber color with no head, some spotty lace and aroma of banana and caramel, flavors are thin, nickel, malt, bitter with a plain finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. light lacing. Aroma is floral hops and lightly toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, esters, and floral hops. Medium body. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5727) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2012
New beers motherfuckers. Nose is sweet with caramel and toffee, earthy hops, a little fruit, Full sail house yeast. Pours amber reddish, nice head and lace. Flavors of toasted malts, rather big sweetness in the mid palate, caramel, toffee, a little fruity, earthy herbal bitterness rounds out the finish as well as Full Sail house yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 20, 2012
22 oz bottle. Clear golden amber with a small, dense, off white head. Aroma toasty malt, herbal tea, lemon and very light caramel. Flavor is malty toast and dough with a smooth hop bitterness, alcohol is unnoticeable. Medium body with average carbonation and a slick mouth feel. Very nice, easy drinking ESB, nicely priced as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours a reddish copper with medium off-white head that lingers. Nice lacing. Aroma of sugared caramel. Flavor is pretty sweet and a bit syrupy, not much bitterness to speak of. Decent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11473) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a smoot texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle @ home. Clear, burnt orange appearance with a cream colored head. Toasty toffee, grassy, straw, a touch citrusy aroma. Rich toffee malty, orange/lemon citrusy, toasty, bitter, lightly woody, hay flavor. Alright but I prefer Bridgeport ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Moderately hazy copper pour - sudsy head that diminishes to a thin lace - nose of dry, biscuity malts, fruity hop notes, a touch of mineral - light and fairly easy to quaff - abv is not evident at first - flavor is fairly dry, biscuity - some fruity and lightly spicy challenger character that is complimented well by a moderate burtonized/hard water/mineral quality - finish has a touch of grapefruit - the alcohol become a little evident as it warms, which is one of the only real drawbacks here - retain this flavor profile in a 4.5% brew and sell it in six packs year round - win!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. The printed date near the Enjoy By section of the label is, regrettably, illegible.

Appearance: Very lightly hazed, golden-amber body with a finger or so of just off-white foam. A few smudges of lacing here and there.

Smell: Esters interlaced with hop accents smelling of spice, citrus, and dried flowers atop a bready, biscuity, crackery malt base given a flash of toastiness and a hint of light brown sugar.

Taste: Toasted bread slices and biscuit tops with lightly sweet hints of caramel light-colored brown sugar. Then, some moderate esters before the spicy, earthy, lightly hinting of lemon zest hop profile. Medium bitterness. Things dry out rapidly, in plenty of time for the lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, faintly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: It’s just a nice, balanced, tasty beer. Sometimes, it’s a long, wearying road to finish off a bomber, but not the case here, as it was gone before I knew it.

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