Valley Brew Old Headbanger Ale

Valley Brew Old Headbanger Ale

Rated 3.340 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Valley Brewing Company

Stockton, CA, United States

Style:  Old Ale

8% Alcohol by Volume

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Old Ale is a beer style classifies under the Strong Ale category. The beer style is similar to a Barleywine but with slightly lower alcohol strength and lower hop bitterness. The beer is full of “malty” toffee, caramel and treacle flavors with a low carbonation level and is often aged for years in wooden barrels. Approx. 8.0% ABV

ID: 31119 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank7830
Overall Percentile83
Style Rank73 of 208
Style Percentile64.9
Lowest Score3.7
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.850
Weighted Score3.340
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. This old ale pours a deep brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is brown sugar, caramel, molasses and some tobacco. A medium bodied old ale. The malts are caramel, dark fruits and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Very deceptive at 8%. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Old Headbanger. Fantastic name for a fantastic beer. Enjoyed this one while at the latest NorCal tasting and Steve dropped this one on us. A fantastic nose of tobacco, leather and caramel. The beer is the color of muddy water, a solid brown color. Flavors that jumped out at me were toffee, toasted bread, raisins with a healthy dose of sweetness which binded the whole beer together. I'd like to try this one again in about 6 months.

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