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."

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Tmoney99 (14627) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a smoot texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

cubs (10639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle @ home. Clear, burnt orange appearance with a cream colored head. Toasty toffee, grassy, straw, a touch citrusy aroma. Rich toffee malty, orange/lemon citrusy, toasty, bitter, lightly woody, hay flavor. Alright but I prefer Bridgeport ESB.

notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Moderately hazy copper pour - sudsy head that diminishes to a thin lace - nose of dry, biscuity malts, fruity hop notes, a touch of mineral - light and fairly easy to quaff - abv is not evident at first - flavor is fairly dry, biscuity - some fruity and lightly spicy challenger character that is complimented well by a moderate burtonized/hard water/mineral quality - finish has a touch of grapefruit - the alcohol become a little evident as it warms, which is one of the only real drawbacks here - retain this flavor profile in a 4.5% brew and sell it in six packs year round - win!

ChainGangGuy (4897) - 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.

troopie (2351) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle. A very flavourful bitter. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and toffee. Fruit, caramel and a bit of hop spice in the balanced full flavour. Hop tinged finish.

Ratman197 (14978) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy orange amber with a lingering ring ofd amber foam. Aromas of toasted malt, toffee, fruittiness and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, toasted malt, earthiness, carmel and light fruittiness with a crisp dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

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.

SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 12, 2012
bottle. brewer’s share series. a lightly hazy orange with almost no head. a peachy with lightly tart tangerine notes. flavor has some residual malt sweetness that works well with the bitter, earthy, tangerine-ish hop flavors. body is quite full for the style.

dmac (6341) - 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.

TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Bomber from Safeway. Clear, light amber pour with a short, off-white head leaving minimal lace. Malty, ripe fruit nose. Medium-light body with light carbonation. Ripe fruit, citrus, grain, tea and sugar. Finish is astringent and bitter. Good, but not entirely sessionable and not really one of the best ESBs I’ve had.

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