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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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I’ll just say it - our Bitter, if judged by guidelines is more of an Extra Special Bitter. It’s malty. It’s balanced with hops yet more assertively than traditional. It’s boozy at 5.5% ABV for a beer that would be served in an English Pub. But let’s not forget how we do business in America. More! Bigger! For years we have had no problem calling our beloved Bachelor Bitter a Bitter because we are in the US of A. But what if we wanted to take the recipe of our Bachelor Bitter and double it and then inch it up a bit further? Same malts, just in higher proportions. Same hops, yet in more interesting additions and higher IBUs. What if we wanted to barrel age this thing in mixed oak casks of wine, bourbon, and sherry? What if we wanted to hand select the best of these barrels into a small batch blend, bottle it, wax it and offer it to you in our Pub Reserve Series? Whatever would we call it? All of a sudden we were dumbfounded. Could we call it an Imperial Bitter? Our Extra Extra Special Bitter? Our Most Special Love and Care Bitter? So in our creative brainstorming office, where we lay on plush couches drinking bourbon, looking at mood boards, using the most up to date brainstorming apps projected onto large touch screens we answered an important and defining question around this beer. Which was… If this beer was a secret agent, what would its secret agent name be? We give to you…The Specialist.

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3.7
Ratman197 (15448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, tobacvo, oak, light bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, oak, light tobacco and light bourbon with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

4
djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a hazy copper with large creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong leather, funk, wood, bourbon. Medium mouth, similar flavors to nose, fig, lots of carb, dry finish, very nice.

3.6
neepsntatties (2062) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle shared by "hannont". Colour...garnet hued with a thin white head. Nose...very fruity, especially with stone fruits. There’s lots of yeasty goodness and acetic notes. Palate...dry, tingly, bright and sharp with peach and apricot pits as well as hints of cherry. The finish is lengthy and quite tart.

4
Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Aroma: Dry red berry, yeast, sour cherry and lambic note.
Flavor: Dry red berry, yeast, sour cherry and lambic, roasted black grain and chocolate.

3.7
maekchu (4069) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2015 Bomber from Deschutes PDX . Sourish fruity nose, light barrel funk, and some fumes. Copper color. Tangy, lightly bitter fruit, goes smooth in mid palate, and flattens somewhat in final. Medium body, with light astringency. Tart, smoothly bitter, and with tasty matured fruit flavors. Good.

3.6
KyotoLefty (10721) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Tart nose, lactic, yogurt. Brown-orange color with lace. Tart, fruity flavor, yogurt. Like a soured English old ale somewhat, though this is not really clear in what it is trying to do. Decent, not great.

4.1
Westmeister (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Drank during Memorial beach weekend. Lovely stuff here. All the barrel treatments really meld into something great here. Fruity, oak, sherry, vanilla, bourbon, tannins, a touch sour (if unintentional it was an awesome touch anyways), leathery. Just a great sipper

4
User134089 (1644) - - MAY 25, 2015
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Chad H.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 7, 2015
Consumed: May 24, 2015
Misc.: Packaged on Jan. 24, 2015

Thanks Chad!

Poured a caramel, honey, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of rocky, khaki tan head. Sporadic spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled a very good mix of toffee, caramel, tobacco, red wine (pinot that I recognized), black cherry, dates, figs, raisins, sour dark cherry, faint bourbon barrels and slight sour fruit. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted close to as good as the nose, but not quite. Got tobacco, toffee, red wine (port, sherry and pinot) dried fruits (dates, figs and raisins) and sour fruits (cherry). Also caramel and slight woody bourbon barrels. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was just an awesome beer. Would love to try this again. (Overall - 4.25)

4.29 95 A

3.9
douglas88 (9688) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Wonderful looking bottle from the PDX brewpub. Pours a mostly clear amber copper color with a medium white head. A big nose of oak, fruit, leather and toffee. A really interesting flavor: oak, almost sour oaky flavors, bourbon, sweet dry oxidized malts, maybe some heat. The palate is quite thin but that’s fine. Apple brandy like flavors. Sweet, but not overly so. Quite good, in fact awesome. Very much a big dessert beer.

3.9
baraciisch (3398) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Dark amber in color... Aroma of light fruity malts, hints of hops... Faint nose... Flavor is fruity initially, strawberry, caramel, earthy hop finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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