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Valley Brew 15th Anniversary Traditional Bock (Bourbon Barrel)

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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AKA NOToberfest.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
On draft at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens for Oakquinox (Escondido, CA): Pours a slightly hazed medium brown color with rich amber highlights and topped with a thin khaki head. Sweet caramel malts take the nose off the bat, followed by some light fruity esters, berries and lighter bourbon/oak. Smooth throughout, softly carbonated. Flavors of earth, tart berries, grain, charred oak, soft bourbon heat, warm brown sugar, and toasted caramel malts. Drinkability: Easily drinkable and though retains multi-faceted characters, it’s rather simplistic in a very enjoying way. Pairing: Polska kielbasa, potatoes, and swiss cheese all in a satisfying chowder. Rebuy: Yes. #414 on 20402010 "time to smoke a bowl", DG.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white head. light bourbon and sweet malt/caramel aroma. Sweet malt/caramel flavor with light berry fruit and light bourbon. Medium-plus bodied. Light berry lingers with caramel/sweet malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Tasted at the 4th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/14/2009. This bock pours a medium brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is brown sugar, caramel and sweet, some apple and some bourbon. A medium bodied bock. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. A nicely sweet bock, with hints of brown sugar, bourbon and alcohol. Nice carbonation. A touch of an alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest, listed as NotOberfest ReinheitsgeNot Bock. Somewhat hazy medium brown in color with a small beige head, Aroma is sweet caramel malt, apple, spice, and mild bourbon. Flavor is malty and pretty sweet with caramel, toffee, sour apple, wood, some roast, and a little bourbon, but it’s really not too prominent here, as it probably shouldn’t be with a base beer like this. There is also a slight tartness that works pretty well. Very slight though - this is not a sour ale by any stretch of the imagination. Body is medium and palate is smooth, with soft carbonation. Very drinkable for something -bal aged though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Pours foggy caramel brown with no head. Sweet malt in the nose with a touch of wood and decent bourbon. Same in the flavor, but more wood and bourbon present. Smooth on the palate with a very nice grain and toasted oak finish. Could be the most sessionable BA beer ever!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
2009 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Poured hazy light brown, malty, fruity, caramel, little bourbon, little wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a murky, brownish color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Solid amounts of creamy bourbon notes, caramel, and toasty vanilla; lots of caramel and soft maltiness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of sweet, lightly rough bourbon notes, charred wood; lots of caramel, burnt sugar, and light bourbon notes; solid, but slightly too focused on the barrel character. Lengthy finish: caramel, toastiness, and burnt sugar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. As NotOberfest ReinheitsgeNot Bock at 7.7%. Pours very hazy, very dark amber with bubbles. Malty aroma. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Malty, bourbon notes, oaky, Very smooth finish.


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