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RATINGS: 119   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."


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5928) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7940) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (516) - 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,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1688) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drcboehm (38) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2012
22 oz bottle. Somewhere between a scotch ale and a barley wine ale, just a bit mote hop. Quite delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kimbo419 (19) - - OCT 5, 2012
Another bottle share (thanks again Crispy). Bread-y aroma, light brown in color with a decent amount of white head. Sweet, slightly hoppy taste. The hops give more of a floral quality than bitterness. Not overly hopped for an ESB. Very smooth, easy-drinking beer. Just the right amount of carbonation, slightly dry finish. Very good example of an ESB, I would drink this again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
uncben87 (65) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
From bottle to pint glass. Pours a hazy copper with little head. Aroma is of sweet, toasted caramel malts with little hop presence. Tastes of bready, toasted malts with a good sweetness balanced by a slight hop bitterness. MF is supremely smooth with low carbonation. Overall, I don't normally drink bitters but I thoroughly enjoyed this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chuckaduck (605) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours deep red with a thin white head. Aroma is apple, pear, earth, spec, vanilla, banana. Taste is spicy, sweet, bubblegum, subtle chocolate flavors in the finish. Light carbonation. Smooth cream mouth feel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle... Poured copper/orange with an eggy, off-white head. Nose had some hops, but not like floral or pine-like. More earthy and subdued, a light spicing of hops. Some malt sweetness. Big yeast esters. A hint of bitterness but overall fruity and sweet. Reminded of a lot of beers that come out of New England.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2012
22 oz bomber from Spirits TR. poured a muddy deep orange body under a smaller foamy off-off-white head. Aroma of orange slices, toast, dough, grains. Fuller creamy body with soft carbonation and a full mouthfeel with an average to short duration on the aftertaste. Flavor is a bit better then the aroma with notes of orange, toast, grains, flower stems, some bitter citrus rind on the end. I wasn’t expecting much from this but it’s pretty damn good.


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