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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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3.9
bhensonb (15627) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours hazy amber with a whitish head. Aroma of cooked/roasted malt with some floral/earthy hop. Almost spicy. Full bodied. Flavor is floral and lightly spicy. And maybe a little fruity/earthy. This is interesting stuff. Finishes dryish and smoothly bitter.

3.5
djd07 (15356) - 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.

3.6
Ratman197 (15228) - 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.

3.4
Tmoney99 (14869) - 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.

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.

3.7
Drake (14062) - 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.

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13718) - 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
Dogbrick (13564) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Sample from firkin at the 6th Annual Rogue Firkin Fest at Green Dragon, dry hopped with Challenger. Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, tropical fruit and hops. Medium body with flavors of fruity hops and caramel malt, along with a bit of pine. The finish is fruity with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

2.7
bu11zeye (13139) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, light pine, florals, and minerals. Flavor of biscuit, grass, earth, subtle orange, and minerals.

2.9
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Age? I dunno. Dusty, but otherwise not bad. Balanced crackers and piney earthy hops. Decent for the style but nothing to get excited about............."


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