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Valley Brew Old Inventory BarleyWine

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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Old Inventory is an English Style Barley Wine. Hints of caramel, toffee and brown sugar in the finish round out this beer. GABF 2009 Gold Medal Winner.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2234) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2009 vintage shared by MrBarleywine, thanks Mike. Copper color, fruity, light oxidation, nice brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Dark brown in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of maple, banana bread, caramel, brown sugar and malt. Taste is of maple, malt and caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours ruby reddish brown with a small off white head. The nose is high sweet low bitter as a hint of tart. The texture is smooth and creamy, the body is heavy and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bomber from City Beer a couple years back. Massive pour, garnet and bedecked with an admirable, silky head. Softy nutty and malty nose along with deep boozy sweetness, no aggression but simply an elegant warmth. Mouthfeel perhaps ever so slightly sticky but thatís no demerit given the emphatic, unapologetic style here. A massive, uncompromising but very well rendered English BW. Enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5796) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
bottle i had a sample from during a blind barleywine tasting .. . light brandy .. light mouth .. . deep fruit .. . deep copper brown .. mild foam .. . enjoyable .. . . I think I heard somewhere that cows like being killed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle from wavers1. Pours brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma was caramel, dark fruits, and some spicy herbal notes. The flavor had brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits with an emphasis on dates and raisins. There is still some heat with this even though I sat on it for a bit. Syrupy mouth feel. Good but a touch unbalanced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
6th October 2010
Hazy dark brown beer, residual tan head. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Aniseedy dark toffee and a rumour of orange hop. Thatís pretty much it but itís a drinkable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10471) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsadad06. Poured yellow orange in color with an average white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet malt aroma. Moderate to heavy smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor to medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks, alexsdad06). Looks decent; a little thin though. Smells sweet and caramel. Tastes pretty good; hoppy for a barleywine. Mouthfeel is good. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3121) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
An old favorite. I canít believe I never rated this one, and am very sad itís retired. Hopefully some of the new High Water barley wines will be as good. It pours a dark ruddy brown with a small beige head. The aroma is still pretty hot after some time with nice notes of raisins, toffee, molasses, maple syrup and hints of cocoa. The flavor sweet up front with maple syrup, raisins, fig, and more balanced on the back end with some toasted malt, nuts and earthy bitterness. The alcohol is still very much present but not too overbearing. The body is full but not too thick or sticky. A really nice drinkable barley wine.


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