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Valley Brew Decadent Darkness

Valley Brew Decadent Darkness
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 4.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Our blend of barrel aged Imperial Stout, Old Inventory Barley Wine and our standard Black Cat Foreign Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40452) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
75 cL bottle. Aroma is dry malty and slight butterish to dark malty. Dry roasted and dark malty with a distinct bourbon note. Dry and bitter to dark malty. Phenolic and bourbon dry finish. Dark roasted malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour certainly lives up to the name of the beer. Dark as night with a thin brown head. S: A (dare I say?) decadent mix of sweet goodness fills the nose; chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla all make for one hell of an aroma. Bourbon, oak, and a touch of alcohol round things out. T: Though conceivably quite difficult, the flavor might just be a touch better than the nose. Rich chocolate and caramel works magic with the roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes. Just about perfect. M: The body is full and creamy, almost chewy. The carbonation is minimal. D: This was one of the best beers of the day. I’m pleased to have been able to try this one and hope for an opportunity to do so again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Tap at the Bistro BA Fest. Pours very dark with a good tan head. Aroma is dark malt, maybe chocolate, slightly oaky. It is indescribable, but wonderful. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark cherry-like fruit, burnt malt, chocolate, and enough oak to make me think sour. Very smooth. It is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, bourbon, bitter chocolate, light charcoal and a hint of coffee with a smooth dry lingering roasty bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9138) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
On tap at Bistro Barrel Aged Fest.This dark brown beer poured with a light brown head and a coffee aroma. There is a chalk dry but delicious chcolate, coffee and treacle flavor with an alcohol trail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
Draft. Blackish beter with a tan head. Chocolate and barrel notes in the aroma. Barrel and chocolate flavor with light roast and toffee. Fuller bodied. Barrel and chocolate lingers with light roast and light vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5751) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
On tap at petes brass rail in Danville. Pours very dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is rich with dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee beans. The flavor is super thick and complex chocolate, espresso, molasses, plums, prunes, and a bitter, burnt wood finish. The bourbon flavors of vanilla, wood and caramel are the perfect complement to what is otherwise a pretty fruity stout. This is really excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Tasted from the barrel at brewery. Thanks, Steve. Nice dark black with good bourbon aromas. Tastes with citrus up front, chocolate and oak dominate with a good bourbon presence and a warm finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5402) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
On draft at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Dark brown pour, creamy tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, caramel, light oaky bourbon, vanilla, and raisins. Very nice! Thick and silky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Tasted at the 4th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/14/2009. This Imperial Stout pours a medium black color from the tap. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, dark fruit and some bourbon. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are fruity and sweet, chocolate and coffee. The hops are herbal. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Nice chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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