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RATINGS: 126   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 (15761) - 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.

3.9
Reid (2626) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
22 oz bottle from Lamb’s Thriftway in Wilsonville OR. $4.49 Love the label ..with the share motif, very nice. Also proceeds go to educational charity Dark amber/red ale with a very nice looking thick,creamy eggshell white head. Nice aromas of resiny and floral hops..balanced by caramel malts. Taste is very balanced between the hops and the extra chewy caramel/toffee malts..slight bitter after taste. Nice The mouthfeel is were ,for me,this really gets great..its so balanced ,yet so smotth,carbonation just right..slips over the tongue yet still leaves great sensation .Excellent. A tasty well balanced beer very English in its palate that i could drin k a few of without doubt

3.9
Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Well put together ESB. Beautiful dark copper with a retaining off white fluffy head. Excellent balance with delicious hop flavors and enough malt to keep it from being one dimensional. Long, fresh finish.

3.9
TheBeerGod (6261) - 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.

3.9
videofrog (244) - 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 I’ve 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.

3.9
Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 5, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a slightly bready smell mixed with a moderate showing of a hop aroma of a citrus and light grassy nature. Along with these smells comes some dank notes of pine and a decent fruity aroma, which when mixed with the caramel, bread, and hop create a rather nice smell overall. Taste – The taste begins with a nice creamy bready taste with a decent showing of a caramel sweetness. Upfront there is also a bit of an earthy and citrus hop, which create a nice hop taste to complement the sweet. As the taste advances the sweeter and malt stay strong, but the lighter hop upfront is joined by more hop of a floral and grass nature, which create a nicely moderately hopped and balanced taste overall. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The feel is fantastic for the malty sweeter flavors of the brew and make for a rather nice sipping brew overall. Overall – This was a quite enjoyable and rather tasty brew overall with a nice blend of hop and malt with a sipping feel overall. A rather tasty and enjoyable ESB.

3.8
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a deep copper/amber with a thin white head. The aromas are dough, caramel, resin, butterscotch. The mouthfeel is dry, bready and has a medium to heavy body and medium carbonation. Great interpretation of the style. Cheers!

3.8
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bomber. Pours pale amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is lots of earthy, lightly citrus English-style hops, some caramel, toffee, honey, light fruit flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Love me some English bitter, and this is a really good version of one.

3.8
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 doesn’t 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

3.8
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.


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