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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (981) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
This has a really fruity aroma with cherries, watermelon and cotton candy. Hazy orange/amber with a low volume but persistent off-white head. Some of this fruity sweetness follows on the initial taste, but is tamed somewhat with soft, bready malt and a surprising spicy/earthy bitterness. Finishes with a light and lasting bitterness and a nice biscuity aftertaste. This is a well balanced beer that gets better as you drink it and it warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a cloudy amber-orange color with an average-sized, foamy white head with short retention, very little cling, and modest lacing. The aroma featured rich malt tones with caramel and touches of sugar and candy, along with some hops featuring citrus, pine, and floral touches. The taste had a subtle sweet maltyness along with a slight sour floral effect and some modest grainy bitterness. The beer had an average thickness with a crisp, dry, lighter mouthfeel, and had average carbonation and fizz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4662) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Shared by turdferguson. Pours a soft coppery amber with two fingers of sandy off white head. Nose is bready with an upfront English hop quality, herbal and earthy with some wet tea leaf, spice, and caramel malt. Herbal and bready flavor, I wish I had more of a vocabulary for English style beers. I get a mild/appropriate showing of diacetyl, a hop character that I would describe as herbal, bready notes, and then more diacteyl/butter. Just not my style, I recognize this as being well done though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle from Sams. Hazy orange with a small white head. Nose is heavily malted, bread, grain, caramel. Flavor is pretty similar, very sweet for a beer with bitter in the name. This beer sucks. But ill probably finish it because i am poor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (3399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottled. Thanks to adnielsen for the bottle. Pours an orange color with a white head. Aromas of bread, caramel, and earthy hops. Malty, caramel, and earthy flavors. Pretty good for a esb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7945) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1634) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle from Faifax VA. I like ESBs and tis is a nice example , plenty of malt and a little hops, deep amber, small head and some spicy background to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13702) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a small off white head. The aroma is floral hop and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a dry hop and sweet malt flavor with lingering dry finish. A very good ESB from Full Sail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours clear amber with sparse head. Notes of orange peel and caramel with some metallic citrus notes. Full bodied and creamy, balanced bittersweet finish. Ok beer.

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