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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bomber from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted caramel malts, honey, herbal hops. The taste is bitter citrus and herbal hops with faint toasted malts. Medium bodied. Solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottled. Thanks to adnielsen for the bottle. Pours an orange color with a white head. Aromas of bread, caramel, and earthy hops. Malty, caramel, and earthy flavors. Pretty good for a esb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6549) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2012
22. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head. Beautiful caramel and orange nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. The mid-palate is fantastic; just enough malty sweetness from residuals, a nice toasted caramel, and some creamy, lightly acidic counterpoint from the hops, giving it a little orange and apricot feel. Very tasty and refreshing. Good spring beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1410) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle from Faifax VA. I like ESBs and tis is a nice example , plenty of malt and a little hops, deep amber, small head and some spicy background to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5307) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a small off white head. The aroma is floral hop and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a dry hop and sweet malt flavor with lingering dry finish. A very good ESB from Full Sail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dumontn (529) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours clear amber with sparse head. Notes of orange peel and caramel with some metallic citrus notes. Full bodied and creamy, balanced bittersweet finish. Ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4348) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Orange copper color, no head. Aroma of toasted malts, earthy citrus hops notes. Smells like a traditional English Ale, nice nutty malt character. Nutty malt flavor, calming hop bitterness. Hops have a mellow citrus character, slight earth tones. Finishes with a touch of lemonade citrus from the hops. Very drinkable. An absolutely excellent single hop English Bitter. (3202)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at Pole line Nugget in Davis, CA. The aroma on this is somewhat metallic with light, spicy, herbal hops. A little buttery with some diacetyl is also present. Transparent copper body with a medium off-yellow head present. This beer starts a little metallic, before it becomes a little floral and fruity in the middle. Finishes with intense amounts of buttery, slippery diacetyl. Why the fuck is this beer rated so highly on here, when it is so flawed?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4539) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 4/10/12

Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, with some light fruitiness, a little bit of caramel malts, and some bread
Appearance: It pours a clear orange-amber color with a small bubbly white head and drops of light lace-work
Flavor: Tastes mid-plus sweet, with a strong malty presence, a little fruit, and a rather light hop bitterness
Palate: Light-medium bodied, with a smooth feel, soft-to-average carbonation, and a decently long duration
Overall Impression: This was a solid, though somewhat unexciting, malt forward brew. Still though, I found it to be rather drinkable and thirst quenching. I may not have been blown away by it, but I certainly liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a hazed, burnt orange to copper hued body with a lasting, small, near white head that fades. Some lace. Aromas are sweet, bready, nutty, malty, caramel, toffee, marmalade, light british yeast esters, pear, crackery, light earthy notes. Flavors are of caramel, medium esters, quite a bit of tea character, toffee, marmalade, light herbal and floral hop notes. Medium to slightly lower carbonation with a fuller body.

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