RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The first beer in the Brewers 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2012
A - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, nuttiness, fruity english yeast, and some citrus hops. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some nuttiness, citrus hops, and bitterness. Through the middle, some fruity english yeast comes through with a bit of floral hops and a bit more bitterness. The finish is a mix of fruity english yeast, caramel malts, nuttiness, and bit of hops. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a fruity and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice ESB with a bit of extra hops flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
bomber pours slightly hazy dark orange with frothy off white head. Aroma of cooked vegetables, butter, caramel. Flavor is malty, with hops present but somewhat muted, notes of water on the finish, light bitterness lingering. Medium bodied with watery feel. Not bad but expected a bit more from full sail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.5 A: Mildly hazed dark orange color. A little over one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention doesnt quite meet average, but a small ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: Solidly malty with a deep toastiness. A touch of yeasty breadiness. Good caramel presence. Fairly simple, but really nice. 4.0 T: Like the nose, this has only a few flavors, but they are done really well. Caramel, lots of toast, malty sweetness. Light bready yeastiness. 4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Savory light chewiness. Super smooth. 4.0 D: Well made beer. No faults and great flavors. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-29-2012 08:01:52

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9998) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle, shared with Grippitis. Burnt orange colour with a lively beige head. Aroma is caramel with orchard fruit hops. Flavours of caramel, cooked apple, peachy nuances. Tea-like bitterness. Decent enough, but a little gassy.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
From notes, 2/27/12: Poured a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. "Enjoy By" is on the back of the label, but the stamp is no longer present. A: Really nice orange to reddish orange hue with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. S: Piney hops and sweet malt aromas. Slight fruity esters from yeast. T: Great balance of hops and malts. Piney and citrusy hop flavors up front with bready, grainy, and caramel malts. M: Slightly thin mouthfeel, but spot-on for what Ive had of other examples of the style. O: This is my first Full Sail brew, and I enjoyed it. I like the ideas of single-hop beers for educational purposes, and the label indicated Challenger (UK) hops with 5 malts. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
From the bottle, pours a hazy copper with an off white head. Smells sweet and malty. Same flavors as were expected by the aroma. This is a solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very malty with just enough hops to keep it from becoming cloying. Something was slightly off in the aroma, but was not too unpleasant. The malt flavors were the real stars. Sort of British. More hops came out as it warmed, but they were still only supporting players to the malt. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy to murky, medium to dark, brownish orange with a small, cream-colored, head that kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel and grain (later); light to moderate floral, herbal and earthy hops; less citrusy lemon hops; toffee; tea; and slight butterscotch. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and slightly acidic with an average duration. There was caramel, tea, toffee, sweet malts, maybe a little honey, lemon citrus hops, earthy and somewhat herbal hops. The medium body was oily and slightly syrupy, but mostly slick with fizzy carbonation and lightly metallic and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Not a bad brew, but not my favorite. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small head. Good malts to the nose that almost hint at a bread, but not a lot of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a hint of pine and earth from the hops. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of sweet biscuit malt, as well as some toffee, earth, grass and a hint of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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