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Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Official Web Page 
17700 Highway 253, PO Box 505, Boonville, California  95415
Tel: (707) 895-BEER   Fax: (707) 895-2353

Opened: 1987
Capacity: 

Anderson Valley Brewing Company produces one of the best product ranges in the USA, and has twice been named as  Top Ten Brewery (1996 & 1997) by the World Beer Championships, the first of only three domestic breweries to receive this honor. 

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this brewery is its commemoration of a still existing local dialect in the naming of its beers, called "Boontling"

Beers Reviewed

(click on beer name for full review)
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout Type: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 5.1%
Dense looking, black/opaque color, with a solid brown colored foam. Thereís a noticeable floral hoppy aroma that kind of masks the underlying roasted malty and chocolate undertones. Itís lightly carbonated, soft, with a smooth silky mouthfeel, and a palate that is pretty full in body. The first signs of flavor are chocolaty, which could even verge on pasty, maybe expected from the oatmeal, while thereís a good mix of caramel malts that create a wonderfully smooth creaminess. Itís also roasted, as I would expect, and does offer a more than generous share of smokiness. Thereís a slight tang in the finish, just briefly reminding me that this is a west coast ale, but the biggest character in the finish is an overall satisfying burnt dryness. The aftertaste is smooth and long, you can still taste the chocolate and roasted flavors as well as a soft lingering smokiness. Excellent example.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 5/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 18/20 Score: 4.4

 

Belk's ESB Type: ESB ABV: 6.8%
Probably the best I've tried from AV. Perfectly balanced chocolate malt and citric hop. Versatile ale that would work well any time and any place.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 17/20 Score: 4.3

 

Boont Amber Type: Amber ABV: %
 
Ratings: Appearance: /5 Aroma: /10 Palate: /5 Taste: /10 Overall: /20 Score: 3.9

 

Deep Enders Porter Type: Porter ABV: %
 
Ratings: Appearance: /5 Aroma: /10 Palate: /5 Taste: /10 Overall: /20 Score: 3.3

 

High Rollers Wheat Type: Wheat ABV: 5.3%
 
Ratings: Appearance: /5 Aroma: /10 Palate: /5 Taste: /10 Overall: /20 Score: 4.0

 

Hop Ottin' IPA Type: IPA ABV: %
 
Ratings: Appearance: /5 Aroma: /10 Palate: /5 Taste: /10 Overall: /20 Score: 4.0

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