Valley Brew Old Headbanger Ale
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Old Ale is a beer style classifies under the Strong Ale category. The beer style is similar to a Barleywine but with slightly lower alcohol strength and lower hop bitterness. The beer is full of “malty” toffee, caramel and treacle flavors with a low carbonation level and is often aged for years in wooden barrels. Approx. 8.0% ABV

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Draft at Valley. Murky, deep brown color with garnet highlights. Low carbonation. Brown sugar and caramel aromas. Sweet and malty. Caramel, molasses and coffee notes. Fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (624) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a chocolate brown hue with very little head. S- Dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar T- Lots of fig, raisin and brown sugar. Slight mettalic taste. M- Thick with a lot of carbonation D- This was a great example of the style. Aside from the off taste at the end I really enjoyed it and would love another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Poured dark amber brown, caramel, dark fruits, little roasted malts, little wood, slightly vegital.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle sampled at Noog Four-0 5/31/08 courtesy of beerguy101: Pours a hazy copper mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, ginger, honey and cinnamon with a touch of doughy yeast. Body starts with decent fullness and fresh piny resiny hops with good semi-sweet caramel and spice balance before a drier bittersweet finish. An interesting and enjoyable old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
From growler. A brown beer with a tan head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with note of caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and a bit of spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Pours a muddy brown color with a small brown head. Sweet aroma. Tastes of raisins, toffee, and brandy with a slightly bitter finish. It was served a little too cold for my liking. It might have been better warmer, but still a nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bomber thanks to KrausenJockey!! Poured very deep brown with a thick, well-retained, creamy cap of tan head. The aroma was all about the toasty darker malts with brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and molasses present.. light herbal accents.. great balance. The flavor found baker’s chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar at the core with vanilla, graham, and peaty sweetness snaking outward.. bitterness was mild and herbal again.. finished dry and warm. Medium-plus bodied with rolling carbonation on the palate.. drier, spicy, and oaky on the back and through the finish.. lightly sour, which helped rather than hurt. Very good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12153) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 5, 2009
(10/29/08) Draught at the brewery in Stockton (thanks a lot Steve and Mike!). 8.5%. Muddy dark brown color. Aroma full of malt, dark fruits (a lot of raisins) and caramel. Sweet malty flavor with dark fruits, caramel, some wood and chocolate notes. Medium to full-bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Draft, courtesy of KrausenJockey. Thanks!! Pours a murky brown color; patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Sweet wet malts and toasty malts in the aroma; light cinnamon and breadiness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of sweet maltiness, wet malts, and chewy caramel and dense sugar; lively, dense, intense maltiness; layered sweetness; chewy malts and brown sugar. Lengthy finish: chewy sugar, wet malts, and lengthy sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
On tap at Stone. Cloudy brown with no head. Deep earthy aroma and taste with nome spicy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2008
On Tap @ Stone today. Pours orange with a tan head. Nose is indistinct and slightly sweet. Taste was great, sweet with big raisin character.and a full bodied feel with a bite.

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