Old Fashioned
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #124
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,095
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 6.09%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
38
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Old FashionedOld Fashioned
Notes: Inspired by our love for the classic bourbon cocktail, this robust brown ale is brewed with orange peel and Hersbrucker hops, which naturally have orange-like flavors. Fresh cherry puree is added towards the end of fermentation, then the beer is aged in Wild Turkey® barrels with aromatic bitters. The rich, caramel malts and fruity, herbal notes complement the bourbon flavors and slightly bitter finish making this a truly complex and satisfying beer.
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Nass from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is dark amber colored. The taste is like a mild alcoholic version of an old fashioned drink plus some barley malt. In addition to, the cherry puree, orange peel, & bitters is in their too. Cheers! B

Dec 22, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing, hazy and murky auburn; creamy khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have hints of orange and cherries coming through along with some caramel. Lots of malts. The bourbon is pretty mild in the aroma department. The flavors follow the nose. More orange and cherries leading the way. More caramel. Subtle hints of vanilla. Some raisins and dark fruits. Some rye and black pepper in the mix to give it a subtle spiciness. The bourbon is subtle, but is definitely noticeable and comes through in the finish. Strong malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's extremely soft and fluffy. It's very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid brew. It's bold but balanced. It's simply enjoyable stuff. Well done. I really like it.

Dec 11, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can stamped 20258 (87 days ago) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 8.3% ABV. The beer pours cloudy medium brown in color with khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and few small islands. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild with muddled cherry, orange, bourbon and malt sugar. The taste is oddly close to an Old Fashioned. I get the bitters, cherry and orange up front, with the bourbon and malt coming through next. Drying oaky, barrel laced slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. I wouldn't want a bunch of them, but it's true to its name.

Dec 10, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from the Wall of Beer in Clemson SC ($3.79).
Pours with a hazy dark brown body with a short beige head that has good retention.
This has a very appealing aroma that features used bourbon barrels. The flavor is not as harmonious as one would hope and doesn't reach the high level of the aroma.
Smooth body with medium-light carbonation.

Sep 12, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy dark mahogany pour... with thick foamy off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Bourbon, malts, and booze. Maybe a bit of citrus.

T.F: Semi-sweet and boozy up front. Toasted malts, caramel, and baked raisin. The bourbon is obvious... with vanilla and oak notes. Lighter cherry and herbal hops. Medium bodied... smooth.

O: Overall decent. Good flavor... picks up the barrel nicely and does give the suggestion of the signature cocktail. Enjoyable brew.

Aug 24, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy copperish-brown with a short puffy tan head settling to a persistent film leaving some spiky arms of lace.

This actually has a boozy whiskey aroma, and taste includes clearly defined orange and cherry influences. It's a little more tart than I'd prefer, but for a beer, it does nail the old fashioned influence strangely well. It's got more of a woody presence than their BA stout, contributing to a semi-dry finish.

It's not nearly as boozy as the real thing, clearly at only 8%, but the finely thin, slick body with only a light crisp carbonation works well here.

It's decent, but again, weird. There's even more of a little flame burnt peel on the nose, with notes of toffee in the malt. Over time, it actually grows on ya.

Mar 02, 2020
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into the Avery Barrel Glass

Look: Pours an opaque dark mahogany brown, no real light penetration to speak of. A thin, off-white head fades quickly into a ring around the glass.
Smell: Brown sugar, citrus/rind, plums, raisins, dark cherry, dates, and a hint of vanilla and oak from the barrel.
Taste: Follows the nose for the most part, but the citrus/rind and barrel character comes through a lot more here.
Feel: A bit thin for something that's seen a barrel. Medium body, low carbonation, super-tiny bubbles.
Overall: The only place this beer falls off a bit is the mouthfeel. This is a damn good approximation of an Old Fashioned in beer form.

Jan 16, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy brown color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has whiskey, malt and fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous whiskey, malt and fruity flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good American Strong Ale

Sep 11, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, orange peel/zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, wood bark, peppercorn, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with light notes of almond, cocoa, coconut, raisin, plum, fig, date, red apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, cherry, orange peel, bitters, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, orange peel/zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, wood bark, peppercorn, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with light notes of almond, cocoa, coconut, raisin, plum, fig, date, red apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and bitters/bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of cherries, fruit skin/pits, orange peel/zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, wood bark, peppercorn, biscuit, brown bread/crust, almond, cocoa, coconut, dark fruit, red apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, cherry, orange peel, bitters, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 8.3%, with minimal lingering booze after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced cocktail inspired strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, cherry, orange peel, bitters, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Nicely soft feel, not overly bitter/spicy/tannic. Great overall balance between rich malts, cherry, orange, and bitters flavors; with nice overall barrel presence/integration. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive experimental style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

Jul 08, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 11.00 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.500/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/21/18.
On shelf at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to the light, a murky, deep reddish amber is apparent around the edges.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density with rocks, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a five mm ring and a rocky island. Head retraction leaves some broken pieces of lacing connected to the ring.
Lacing – Fair. Partial ring of tiny and small bubbles.
First pour – Light brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Very weak bourbon and an even fainter citrus.
Flavor – 3.5 – Tastes like heavily watered-down bourbon. No roasted malt, no chocolate, no caramel, no alcohol (8.3%), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – This is listed in BA as an “American Brown Ale”. Other than the color, there is no reason to call it such. There is also no flavor relationship with an Old Fashioned. There is some slight gastric warming.

Dec 21, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby brown color where light passes easily through the center of the glass. Hazy? Moderate, off-beige head. Excellent rings and webby lace in between.

My first impression is of cinnamon, cherries, and alcohol. There are elements of Belgian quads and English barley wine. Fascinating combinations.

The flavor doesn't disappoint after the superior smell. All of the aforementioned notes are present in the tasting along with, oddly, a sweet Coca-Cola flavor in the swallow. The body is rich but light for the style and the carbonation is very high, perhaps telegraphing the coke flavor. In short, I'm fascinated by this beer.

Nov 10, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper color with very little head. The nose has a touch of the barrel. I expected sweetness but the upfront nature of the sweetness was a bit too much. There are residual flavors of orange and bourbon that tag along. The body is very thin for such a big beer.

Oct 25, 2018
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hreb from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a curved glass. Beer pours dark brown in color, much more like a strong dark ale, brown ale, or barleywine, than a stout. Oaky vanilla aroma, with the sharpness of bourbon. Flavor is strong and immediately brings the astringent twang of orange peel to the back of my palate. Fruity sweetness is more dominant than malt, and on the whole the experience is very much off-dry. The booziness and sweetness may inhibit drinkability. Or maybe it just needs to warm up. Still, and interesting and delicious brew.

Oct 18, 2018
Old Fashioned from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 38 ratings