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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unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Orange copper color, no head. Aroma of toasted malts, earthy citrus hops notes. Smells like a traditional English Ale, nice nutty malt character. Nutty malt flavor, calming hop bitterness. Hops have a mellow citrus character, slight earth tones. Finishes with a touch of lemonade citrus from the hops. Very drinkable. An absolutely excellent single hop English Bitter. (3202)

DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at Pole line Nugget in Davis, CA. The aroma on this is somewhat metallic with light, spicy, herbal hops. A little buttery with some diacetyl is also present. Transparent copper body with a medium off-yellow head present. This beer starts a little metallic, before it becomes a little floral and fruity in the middle. Finishes with intense amounts of buttery, slippery diacetyl. Why the fuck is this beer rated so highly on here, when it is so flawed?

ben4321 (6514) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 4/10/12

Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, with some light fruitiness, a little bit of caramel malts, and some bread
Appearance: It pours a clear orange-amber color with a small bubbly white head and drops of light lace-work
Flavor: Tastes mid-plus sweet, with a strong malty presence, a little fruit, and a rather light hop bitterness
Palate: Light-medium bodied, with a smooth feel, soft-to-average carbonation, and a decently long duration
Overall Impression: This was a solid, though somewhat unexciting, malt forward brew. Still though, I found it to be rather drinkable and thirst quenching. I may not have been blown away by it, but I certainly liked it.

BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a hazed, burnt orange to copper hued body with a lasting, small, near white head that fades. Some lace. Aromas are sweet, bready, nutty, malty, caramel, toffee, marmalade, light british yeast esters, pear, crackery, light earthy notes. Flavors are of caramel, medium esters, quite a bit of tea character, toffee, marmalade, light herbal and floral hop notes. Medium to slightly lower carbonation with a fuller body.

marcus (10231) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours copper with an attractive beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a very dry finish. Nicely hopped for a well-balance flavor. Tastes like something you would get in a good English pub.

legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2012
Being one of my favourite styles, I had big hopes for this one, but alas, it was not to be- very, very pedestrian.

matthewjk (1101) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
poured from 22oz bomber - hmm...look, I like the iridescent orange appearance and the perfect viscosity, but this is an odd beer! Something intangible I don’t like about the overall experience with this thing; the flavor profile is hard to pinpoint and not altogether enjoyable. I think the main ingredients are orange peel and distilled vinegar. Go on, piss off now.

SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours a light ruby amber .. medium foam . .. lacing is quite good .. . light caramel, light sap, biscuit, and very light fresh wood .. . hi duncan!! .. shows a touch, just a touch, of booze but still quite easy to put down .. . a big esb for sure, but its kinda nice .. . . geez you’re a yutz!

nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2012
22oz bottle pours clear, dark gold with one ring of white head. Nose is sweet, honey, perfume, lemons, malty. Flavor is sweet, malty, honey, treacle, light lemon, green pepper. Medium bodied, sweet finish.

MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
hazy tan-orange, thin white ring. Nose is old caramel, candy sugar, underattenuation screaming out, light butterscotch. Flavor is bubblegum, caramel, tea, hope old and sugar too prevalent. Thin, sticky sweet profile with honey down the end.

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