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

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 The nose to me was molasses, leather, malt sweetness, and I swear I picked up a hint of, soy is it? Very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Tastes labout 5-6%. Had again after a month or so and bumped .2 points up as it is melding very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Old Headbanger. Fantastic name for a fantastic beer. Enjoyed this one while at the latest NorCal tasting and Steve dropped this one on us. A fantastic nose of tobacco, leather and caramel. The beer is the color of muddy water, a solid brown color. Flavors that jumped out at me were toffee, toasted bread, raisins with a healthy dose of sweetness which binded the whole beer together. I’d like to try this one again in about 6 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On tap at Stone Brewing today. What a great beer! A deep dark molasses smell, with a color to match. No head at all. Great deep brown color. Sweet pruny flavor, with a solid bitter back up. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Caramel and toffee nose with nose reminiscent of pumpernickel and toasted oak. Big yet soft nouthfeel that carries thru from beginning to end. Notes of toffee, raisin, oak, biscuit and malted milk balls. Clean and soft finish.

   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 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. This old ale pours a deep brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is brown sugar, caramel, molasses and some tobacco. A medium bodied old ale. The malts are caramel, dark fruits and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Very deceptive at 8%. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Tap at pub. A wonderful example of the barley wine or old ale style. Pours with a ncie copper color with a samllish head. Great aromas of wood, leather and tobacco smoke, like siting in an old English pub. Alcohol is more prominent on the palate, together with caramel and more woodsiness. Very nice.

   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.

   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.

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