Pinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Pinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel AgedPinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 6 months in Wild Turkey® barrels, this bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale is pleasantly creamy with a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. The aging process imparts notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak to compliment the tang of the spices and a hint of hops, all wrapped in a smooth, round finish.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 04-06-2014

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Photo of hardy008
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a two finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and Bourbon.

The taste is a toned down version of the aroma. Toned down to the point where there isn't that much flavor. Disappointing compared to the aroma.

Light bodied, bordering on watery, with very low carbonation. I can't believe that a beer that started out so promising with the appearance and aroma, finished so blandly.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a deep amber brown with a creamy/sticky beige colored head,multiple rings of lace left behind.Vanilla tinged bourbon with a bit of toast followed by light pie spice and real pumpkin.Very impressed with the creamy but not to heavy feel,Iam likin this stuff so far.Not over the top in either the bourbon barrel or pumpkin spice but both come together very well on the palate,mild vanilla and oak but not overly sweet,pumpkin more than pumpkin "spice " in the finish.In my opinion vastly underrated unless there has been a change in recipe.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Really enjoyed this one. It stood out amongst this year's crop of pumpkin ales. Love the big clove taste here. The cinnamon works well with the barrel taste which is present, but not overdone. Really good beer that I will add to my fall shopping list.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
1.16/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, garnet colour. Smells like bready and caramel matls, pumpkin, cinnamon, a bit of raisin, slight bourbon notes as well. Tastes very much like it smells, the malts are more faint, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, raisin, creme brule, and a big bourbon note throughout.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to light black in color. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. I'm picking up aromas of sweet bourbon, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. I'm tasting sweet bourbon, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The spices seem rather muddled with the overpowering bourbon. The mouth is thick, chewy, and dry.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Malt beverage brewed with pumpkin and spices and aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels." An 8.5% BA Pumpkin Ale released in the Fall of 2014 in 22 oz. bottles. My first pumpkin beer of the season.

Allowed to warm for about 15 minutes (or more), then poured (and later poured again) into a Belgian snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours with a pale tan head of mixed consistency over a deep maple-brown body. Good clarity. Retention is decent and the sticky lacing is streaks and spots.

Smell: Cinnamon and bourbon up front, with notes of vanilla, oak, brown sugar and pumpkin. 4 leaning towards 3.75.

Flavor: Light cinnamon, bourbon and wood with hints of vanilla, molasses and licorice. The pumpkin doesn't come through the bourbon-cinnamon-wood flavor. Nice, spicy and bourbon tinged aftertaste. It's easy drinking and neither boozy nor heavy. Medium sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth with light but adequate carbonation. The thinner than medium body seems overly light. The alcohol presence is quite mild for the ABV but does produce a faint warming.

Overall: This was a slightly disappointing pumpkin ale considering price and source (a dependable brewery). Still, certainly good enough that I'm happy to have had a bottle. Unlike too many other pumpkin brews, this one did keep the spicing in check.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of samtrillo
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this for the first time in May 2015, Barrel Aged so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Very attractive beer float style creamy off white two finger head.

Smell isn't as strong as I'd expect but really surprised how 'nostalgic' it makes me for October. Not just the seasonal spices but the seasonal spices on top of that sweet beer malt. That's how you know you've had enough seasonal beers in your lifetime (I'm 24).

Taste is very sweet. This is a desert beer. I want ice cream with this thing. The bourbon is hidden a bit too much but the beer itself is pleasant if not a bit too cloying. Right now it feels decadent, but come roll November 1st times and this'd be right at home with some Charlie Parker Pandora and a continuous Youtube playlist of Yuletide logs....

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, and barrel-aged, just like it sez right there on the label. Anyway, I tried, but I could not come up with a meaning for this one's moniker, the admittedly limited online Boontling resources exhausted - I'm just going to assume that it's their way (literally) of referring to Wild Turkey barrels.

This beer pours a rather dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some decent grotto-esque painted lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of sugary vanilla, as if it were sourced from multiple ingredients (stops to slap head), warm gooey pumpkin puree, caramel malt, buttery toffee, muddled seasonal spices (maybe a hint of ginger and allspice sticking out), a mild wooden astringency, and a not so mild alcohol edginess. The taste is more vanilla/caramel sweetness straight off, once again from malt and Bourbon wood alike, a growing buttery slickness, faintly biscuity toffee, much lessened pumpkin mass notes, and even more blase and uninterested-seeming spices - can't really get a word out of them edgewise. A soft woody booziness keeps its distance in the meantime.

The carbonation is quite understated in its barely-perceptible frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a low-level, simmering creaminess on the verge. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, vanilla, ethereal pumpkin, and sneaky alcohol tittering in their little fiefdom.

I gotta say, this is tasty and enjoyable as a brew for when fall suddenly decides it wants its long-coming divorce from reality, bails, and we're left with the snowy aftermath, 6 weeks til the official 'start' of winter. The whole pumpkin side of things may have gotten short shrift here, in light of the Pinchy Jeek Barl (I'm going with that 'translation') flooding over the whole of this offering, but 'tis no great loss - time to get acquainted with more warming cold-weather goodness, methinks.

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Photo of nuebs
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasting notes from 12/28/16
Had on-tap @ Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served in a snifter, ruddy tan in color with a fluffy, two-finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of suds on the surface. Fair lacing, with broken streaks and spotting.

Smell - Aroma in moderate, with notes of pumpkin, spice and wood being most prominent. A faint booziness sits beneath.

Taste - Pumpkin upfront, then a bit of spice. Woody notes hit mid-taste, then some grassy bitterness and light astringency surface and complete the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low carbonation. Somewhat watery texture that thins in the finish.

Overall - This isn't terrible, but the flaws are evident. It's definitely too thin and watery, while the finish was too astringent for my tastes. For a $3 special it was hard to pass up, but a second round will not be happening.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Pinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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