Horn Of The Beer | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2003

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 11
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3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza P in Dupont. Beer is dark brown with a thin lazy head, no lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, prunes and malt, mild alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with lots of fruit, prunes, raisins, berries and a nice finish. It was fine and I'd have it again, decent barleywin.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin off-white head. A bit of a collar throughout. The nose carries a really nice bouquet of fruits with some stone fruits as well as some of the darker, cherry-like variety. Caramel and brown sugar, too. The flavor added in a bit of earthy hops to go alongside some brown sugar and sweety malt. Chewy with a nice fruit presence. Pretty good brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Reddish brown in color with a significant head that lingered for a while.

S – A delicious malty scent with hints of hops and spices.

T – Starts out sweet and mellows out to a hoppy, fruity finish.

M – Smooth and well carbonated

O – A very drinkable and enjoyable barleywine. It was one of the best I tasted at a Barleywine Festival, where I sampled 14 different varieties.

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3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, VA) on 2/11/12 during their 2nd Annual Barleywine Festival. Served in a small footed Pils glass.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a creamy ring of white head that is maybe showing a bit more of an off-color at times. This maintains a decent richness to it, throwing up a frothy cascade that leaves back some spotty lacing. The aroma smells of caramel, brown sugar, herbal hops, and some darker fruit character. This all melds nicely together in the nose.

The taste has a lot of fruit to it (mostly dark), with a herbal and earthy feeling hop presence. Sweeter notes of caramel and brown sugar come out along the back before this finishes dry and warm with some lingering spicy alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant feeling mellower creaminess to the carbonation. There is some warmth present from the ABV but it isn’t too intrusive and mostly just adds extra sweetness and spiciness to this.

This fell somewhere between an English and American take on the Barleywine style for me. While the nose on this was fine, I was a bit disappointed in the overall taste, as it just didn’t have a whole lot of richness to it considering the flavors that were present. This one ended up being a bit forgettable compared to some of the other ones that I tried this day.

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3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap review dated 5/4/2009.

I "horned" this stuff the morning after the Boonville Beer Fest ("horning" means drinking in Boontling supposedly). Copper color with a white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruit, and some hops. Flavor is sweet, malty, and fruity, with caramel, earth, and some hops on the finish. Medium-full, smooth palate. Very "hornable" for the style.

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2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Semisweet grapes, grass, caramel. Raisins as it warms.

Taste: Sweet caramel and a little ripe plum/berry but has a slightly unsatisfactory candied edge. In the middle there is more candied ripe fruit, some brown sugar, and some spice. Faint dry caramel notes. Finish is pretty dry and bitter but has some grass as well as spice to it.

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Horn Of The Beer from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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