Pinchy Jeek Barl

Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Appearance

This pours a maple color with vibrant red hues under good light. It produces two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. This provides some nice lacing to the experience as well as a cloudy, porous surface coat that seems to stay active for quite some time. It’s body is super clear, showing off mild carbonation.

Aroma

This smells like a boozy, buttery option with alcohol at its forefront. There’s a mild spice bill under the bourbon and oak notes that consist of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There might be hints of brown sugar or caramel mixed into the butter and bourbon notes. Nothing present seems to suggest natural pumpkin yet.

Taste

The front produces more bourbon and barrel notes than anything. The spice bill is mild and is overwhelmed mostly by a warm but flavorful booze. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove on the palate. Theres an earthy and rooty tone to the oak character which turns out to be fairly enjoyable. This carries on through the entire experience. The base is mostly sweet from beginning to end as well. There’s not much in terms of dynamic from front to back, but the base itself seems to stay balanced and the flavors remain decently complex. The back provides hints of pumpkin and spice. These linger into the finish. The aftertaste is oddly enjoyable. It’s got a mixed taste of buttery booze and spice.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with a slick texture to it. There’s mild carbonation that adds a bit of friction. However, the alcohol and its warmth smooths over any sharpness or physical interest on the palate caused by other ingredients. It’s decently drinkable, particularly if you enjoy a higher alcohol content.

Overall

For the most part, this is the same as it always has been. It’s more of a dessert beer than anything and it’s defined heavily by the alcohol. Its aged process is a success as it does make for a warm, smooth, buttery booze personality. The suggestions of oak and wood are a nice trait. Unlike in the past, this isn’t run over by the butter flavor it tends to produce. The entire experience is fairly balanced, however I do wish there was more pumpkin involved. Lastly, I must note that I let this one sit and warm for awhile before indulging – something I didn’t do in the past. I feel this definitely helped the experience overall, and allowed for less of a focus on any one aspect on the palate as it seemed to be better rounded than in my previous attempts. While it’s a good option in terms of alcohol, it still has a little ways to go in glorifying the pumpkin aspect. It has, however, made good progress since previous batches.

3.0