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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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3.5
nimbleprop (8750) - 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.

3.5
djd07 (15544) - 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.

3.5
Derek881 (1272) - 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.

3.5
J_man (1022) - 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.

3.5
bottleforager (3208) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours a hazy orange copper color with a slight off white head that rings out and settles for a bit. On the nose I get real subtle notes of bready malts, caramel and light apricot. On the palate its quite solid but not as bitter as I expected from an ESB. Malts galore caramel, biscuit, hints of earth spice. Watermelon rind, touches of fig and other fruity flavors. Nice beer just expected a bit more on the bitterness end.

3.5
scottw86 (1179) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Poured a hazy slightly dark orange color with a medium-sized white head. Not much in the aroma, some hay and hops. Taste is pretty crisp with some slightly alcohol tasting notes. Some caramel with other malty flavors. Some light fruity notes. Aftertaste has some grainy flavors with some crisp dry hops with some hay. Overall pretty good!

3.5
robforbes (2267) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2012
pours a cloudy brown-orange with a small light tan head, and some lacing. smell is of caramel, hops, a touch of citrus, and malt balls. taste is creamy, malt, some citrus, caramel, and slightly bitter. ends thick and creamy.

3.5
AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Clear amber color with ivory head. Nice floral, perfumy, spicy caramel aromas. medium body. Lightly sweet toasted spicy caramel flavors with floral hop., marshmallow. Toasted bread finish--good

3.5
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
From the bottle, pours a hazy copper with an off white head. Smells sweet and malty. Same flavors as we’re expected by the aroma. This is a solid beer.

3.5
Dogbrick (13763) - 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.


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