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Valley Brew Bourbon Barrel Old Inventory Barley Wine

Valley Brew Bourbon Barrel Old Inventory Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Our Old Inventory Barley Wine aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2010
Growler. A brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, bourbon, and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, alcohol, bourbon, caramel, wood, and over ripe fruits. The body is sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Chestnut brown pour with minimal carbonation. Exquisite aroma of brown sugar, bourbon soaked oak staves, vanilla, and toffee. Those same flavors show up in the mouth along with some booze and a soft touch of hops. A very nice and pleasant barleywine to sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2010
A typical medium brown pour covered by minimal off-white head. Unagressive, toasted malt focused aroma that does not fall into the extreme concentration trap and instead actually feels lighter than it is. Altimari always was a fan of balance despite its crazy experiments. Here, the bourbon was still relatively soft when I tried it, mostly importing vanilla whispers that complemented the grapey fruitiness. On the palate, the focus remains on the beautiful toast, accompanied by soft chocolate. Relatively lean-bodied for the style, it never feels syrupy. To me, not an outstanding example, but unpretentious and expertly extracted malt flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fairly minimal off-white/cream colored head. S: The bourbon barrel has done the aromas justice here. An enhanced chocolate character goes really well with the vanilla, toffee, caramel, and light bourbon. In addition to all that goodness, some dark fruits and oak round out the nose. T: The flavor does not seem all that changed from the original beer. Certainly a bit more alcohol and vanilla, but still a solid toffee, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit flavor profile. M: Medium to full in body with a nice low, smooth carbonation and silky feel on the tongue. D: I don’t know if this is so much better than regular Old Inventory, but I would drink either version all day. Absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
On tap at Stone Oaquinox. Lots of buttery barrel aged goodness. Amber color. Sweet. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Tap @ Stone Oakquinox. Pours a cloudy rusty orange with a small off white ring. Awesome nose of candied apricots, pears, granny smith apples, light oxidation, and light notes of bourbon soaked oak and vanilla. A very tasty oak aged BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
On tap @ Stone Bistro. Glowing fiery ember body with a thin eggshell head. Incredible aroma of caramel, dark fruit, dominant pure vanilla bean, toffee and brown sugar. The waft of bourbon and wood are also there. Flavor again most noticeably shows the vanilla with less aggressive molasses and roasted malt also evident. Nice silky mouthfeel, although the carbonation tickles the tongue a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
Draft at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Pour is a dark amber. Caramel malt, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, and wood. Enjoyable barleywine even if I’m not a huge fan of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
On draft at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens for Oakquinox (Escondido, CA): Pours a clear darker shade of amber, thin head. Nose of dark caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, and oak. Sweet, roasted malty flavors of caramel, vanilla and oak, bourbon, herbs, and a drizzle of dark cocoa powder. Drinkability: Smooth, sometimes harsh, but overall quite enjoyable. Pairing: Jumbo lump crab cake with horseradish sauce and stilton cheese. Rebuy: Yes. #411 on 19042010, DG.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft. Rich amber beer with a light cream colored head. Light bourbon and light malt aroma. light bourbon and light malt flavor with some light earthiness. Medium bodied. Light bourbon and caramel lingers with some earthiness.

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