Old Fashioned
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Old FashionedOld Fashioned
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #112
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #16,036
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 6.97%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
20
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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88
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.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 20
Reviews by VABA:
Photo of VABA
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of swierczt
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DVMin98
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goopy
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeBogert53
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Old Fashioned from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 20 ratings