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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Sampled in a bomber. A really malty brew with a serious kick. Really smooth as well and a great sipping brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Brownish orange, good head. Some citrus mixed with bitterness and malt coming through towards the end with more citrus or orange in the finish. A fine brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (610) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (3016) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours a hazy orange copper color with a slight off white head that rings out and settles for a bit. On the nose I get real subtle notes of bready malts, caramel and light apricot. On the palate its quite solid but not as bitter as I expected from an ESB. Malts galore caramel, biscuit, hints of earth spice. Watermelon rind, touches of fig and other fruity flavors. Nice beer just expected a bit more on the bitterness end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4123) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
19 June 2012, bottle. light orange, clear, no bubbles. nose is piney hops and moderate malt background, with a slight resiny note. med/thin body and a bit fizzy. some peach notes, some piney hops, moderate malt background. some noticeable alcohol. nice enough

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bomber. Pours pale amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is lots of earthy, lightly citrus English-style hops, some caramel, toffee, honey, light fruit flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Love me some English bitter, and this is a really good version of one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gription79 (2830) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 8, 2012
22 ounce bomber thanks to Mike. Honey, fruity, bready, slight toffee. A nice, well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle: Dull orange color with a thin white head. Mild nose of caramel malts and lighty floral. Soft, malty taste with mostly caramel and bready bits. Very faint florals; no real bitters in this ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - MAY 25, 2012
Medium copper, off white head. Aroma: biscuity malt with caramel, fruity esters, spicy/floral hops. Flavor: biscuity malt with an earthy character, some caramel sweetness, moderate spicy hop flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle:   Darker amber, slight haze, moderate frothy off-white head, sticky lacing.   Soft biscuit nose, slight resin or citrus peel as well.   Malty start, biscuity but not heavy, with a soft ctirus peel background.   Very smooth and well balanced.   Has soft hop aspect that lends itself well to the semi-sweet maltiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Overall a well balanced, smooth, and easy drinking ESB.   Fairly crisp too!

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