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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.3
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
651mL thanks to argo0. Pours a clear lighter orange with a medium off white head. Suddy lace. Nose is fruit juicy and sugary with margarine and old sugar. Taste is sweet, buttered sweet rolls, mild butter, slick. Mildly astringent palate with thicker buttered rolls. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle courtesy of argo0: Pours a clear deep bronze amber with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with a touch of floral and grassy hops. Starts with a biting carbonation and light sweetness with a hint of butterscotch and peppery hop bitterness before a drier, herbal finish. Could be a little smoother and more drinkable.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Small white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some bread, strawberry, light lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, lime, orange, some bread/biscuit. Light-medium body, low carbonation.

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours clear orange with a small, fizzy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is fruity and pine, floral hops, biscuit malt with fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, medium malt and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.5
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle; poured an orange, copper color with a whitish color head. Aroma of orange, lemon, caramel, bread and a touch of earth. Flavor was not quite as good; citrus, orange and earthy. Good, probably great for style.

3.9
TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle. Murky copper with a short tan head. Nutty and sweet aroma with bready notes, spicy hops, caramel and floral hops. Spicy hops up front in the taste with caramel, dark bread, soft nuttiness, sweet malt, and tea notes. Body is medium with a soft creamy carbonation. Ends with more caramel, nutty notes, toasted dark bread, sweet malt, soft fruit notes and tea. Tasty, sessionable ESB.

5
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Mmm mmm mmm! This beer is delicious! I have been on a lot of brew tours. The aroma and flavor takes you right into the brewery where their making the beer. Fresh and flavorful. While drinking this beer I was mentally transported to a vacation I took up the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. What a trip! Underrated. I will be getting a couple more of these. Awesome!

3.6
mar (5416) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
gold/amber with a white head. nose is rich toffee, malts, slightly hopped, and bitter. heavy on the palate, chewy caramel, sweet, bitter citrus, and a smooth finish.

3.2
Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Interesting light reddish-brown color. Interesting smell and a slight bitter taste. Fairly delicate

3.7
Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Good sized off-white head of rahter fine bubbles from a vigorous pour. Light candy sugar aroma with some sweet tarts, mild toasted grains, tea leaves and some light sprucy hops. Color is a hazy burnt umber. Initial doughy malts and toast then fades into a nice floral and spruce bitterness with some more tea leaves and herbal flavors. Light alcohol presence. Pretty well balanced with some lingering bitterness and toasted malts. Pretty east drinking and good brew.


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