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Valley Brew Effinguud

Valley Brew Effinguud
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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Barrel aged Strong Ale. Aged for several months in French and American Oak Port Barrels from Costamagna and Boitano wineries of the Lodi wine region here in the San Joaquin valley. There are trace hints of Brett and Lacto from the Port wine barrel. The beer is intentionally not carbonated and is intended to be served at room temperature. First released at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Festival November 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Poured a brownish red color. Aroma was really nice, wine, oak, and some fruit. Taste was quite a bit sharper than the nose, oak, wine, with a bitter sour punch, more red fruits and some caramel. I’m a sucker for wine barrel beers, and this was a cool one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 12, 2008
On tap at the brewery, poured a deep prune color with no head. Rich, complex nose with oak, Port, funk and fruits. Flavor was the same, with a bit o’ heat. Nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Noogfest ’08. Thanks for sharing, beerguy101. The body was black. The aroma was vinous with some caramel. The taste was venous with some grapes and caramel. An interesting combo and a good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
This one is a bit tart. There’s a lot of overworked yeast in the aroma, but not a lot of other stuff you’d expect from a real weizenbock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Thanks to beerguy101 for sharing at noogfest 08. Very boozy, the flavors in this one just weren’t for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle from bu11seye - thanks! This one pours to a pretty ruby-brown with no head. Aroma is quite funky and sweet - bretty hints mix with a sugary-raisin essence. Flavor is funky with some raisin, dessert wine, and brett. Mouthfeel starts nice, but gets really thin at the end. Interesting one - could have been better. Reminded me a bit of the Iron Hill Barrel Aged Quad w/ Brett but the lack of carbonation and softer base beer lost me just a bit. Still a damn fine experiment!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2008
Appearance: Pours a murky brown body marked by a few tired, sporatically placed bubbles. Smell: Plenty of booze in the aroma showing notes of malted wheat, antique leather, spice, chocolate, and a vague grapiness. Taste: Wheat malt with a slight sweetness. Hint of grapes, cherries, and chocolate. There’s a sourness coursing through the flavor. Mouthful of fine-crafted leather goods. Dash of booze. A pinch of spice. Dry finish loaded with oakiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Nil carbonation. Drinkability: It’s different, I’ll grant it that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Btl shared by Turdferguson at Foothills. A hazy light brown pour. Aroma is vanilla and light spice. Lightly sour flavor that hints of the vanilla that is on nose some abv comes through as well. Thin but carbonation is very good. More sour than I expected and not as fruity but a pleasant warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Courtesy boboski. This one poured a dark maroon color with no visible head at all. The aroma is interesting for his style with hints of port and vinous characters, dark fruits, with some oak and sourness as well. The flavor seems to be a blend of everything from the vinous flavors, and tart fruit, caramel, and oak. This one is different for this style. The body is just short of medium with very little carbonation but with a nice smooth finish. I’m glad I got to try this one out as it was very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle received in a trade with krausenjockey. Shared at the pre-sex gathering at Foothills. Pours a still brown with some small bubbles. Nose is oaky, with a slight hint of vinegar, some sweeter port-like characteristics along with some vinous dark fruits and a bit of brett. I could see the base beer here being a weizen bock, but probably not if it was blind. Flavor has more vinous qualities, some more bretty tartness, oak, and a bit of the sweeter port-like flavors. Very, very smooth, I did not find it boozy at all. Tasty creation here. Thanks again, Steve!

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