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Valley Brew Something Good From the Brandy Barrel

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a small tan head on top. S: A strange combination of aromas. Certainly very fruity with a hint of tartness (maybe from the brandy) and a light oak character, a bit of roast (perhaps even a hint of smoke?). T: The flavors donít quite seem to connect with the aromas, but there is once again a noticeable fruitiness, though that tartness does not seem to be there. The oak is pronounced and there is a touch of bitterness. M: The body is medium, but perhaps a bit on the light side of what you would expect for a barrel aged beer. D: Iím not quite sure what to make of this. I would like to try this again just because it was so different...

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
On tap at Stone Oaquinox. Black frothy tan head. Not sweet nor dry. Pretty nice. Easy to drink. Hint of smoke. Malty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Tap @ Stone Oakquinox. Pours a deep lightly hazed brown with a faint reddish hue. Some bourbon / brandy, faint vanilla, ground coffee and toffee in both the nose and flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4306) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
On draft at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Not sure what the style is on this one, so I just put it as american strong. Pours and medium dark amber, off-white head. Sweet malt, light fruity notes, caramel, and some brandy barrel flavor (not much). Maybe because of all the other big beers at the festival, but this one seems lacking in flavor and body, wasnít a big fan.


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