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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Mmm mmm mmm! This beer is delicious! I have been on a lot of brew tours. The aroma and flavor takes you right into the brewery where their making the beer. Fresh and flavorful. While drinking this beer I was mentally transported to a vacation I took up the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. What a trip! Underrated. I will be getting a couple more of these. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Might be one of my favorite beers ever. Damn near perfectly balanced, great look, aroma, and most importantly taste. If they made this a year round beer my fridge would be stocked with it constantly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bomber bottle. The aroma smells like a great, full flavored beer should. You can almost taste the quality with your nose. A very hoppy smell, more like an ipa than anything else, but still very pure and inviting. This is a very good looking beer, complete with a nice, frothy head to keep in the wonderful aroma. The flavor just rolls across your tongue very nicely. I first got the fresh hop flavor without any bitterness at all. As the hop flavor subsided, it turned into the a really good esb bitter flavor. Very interesting and unique. The mouth feel was thick without being too heavy. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will definitely try again...and again.I have never tasted that pure hop flavor mixed with an esb. Very good cause I enjoy a good esb. You should really try to get some of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours hazy amber with a whitish head. Aroma of cooked/roasted malt with some floral/earthy hop. Almost spicy. Full bodied. Flavor is floral and lightly spicy. And maybe a little fruity/earthy. This is interesting stuff. Finishes dryish and smoothly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2317) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
22 oz bottle from Lamb’s Thriftway in Wilsonville OR. $4.49 Love the label ..with the share motif, very nice. Also proceeds go to educational charity Dark amber/red ale with a very nice looking thick,creamy eggshell white head. Nice aromas of resiny and floral hops..balanced by caramel malts. Taste is very balanced between the hops and the extra chewy caramel/toffee malts..slight bitter after taste. Nice The mouthfeel is were ,for me,this really gets great..its so balanced ,yet so smotth,carbonation just right..slips over the tongue yet still leaves great sensation .Excellent. A tasty well balanced beer very English in its palate that i could drin k a few of without doubt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 14, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber, very little head, but nice lacing. Floral hop aroma, slight pine notes. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Malty, bitter flavor, bready, slighty woody. Nice bitter hop afterglow. Very good, balanced ESB.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Well put together ESB. Beautiful dark copper with a retaining off white fluffy head. Excellent balance with delicious hop flavors and enough malt to keep it from being one dimensional. Long, fresh finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle. Murky copper with a short tan head. Nutty and sweet aroma with bready notes, spicy hops, caramel and floral hops. Spicy hops up front in the taste with caramel, dark bread, soft nuttiness, sweet malt, and tea notes. Body is medium with a soft creamy carbonation. Ends with more caramel, nutty notes, toasted dark bread, sweet malt, soft fruit notes and tea. Tasty, sessionable ESB.

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