Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing shades of the deepest brown. It held a two finger head of tan foam, showing nice retention until it eventually settled into a cap atop the liquid. Whips of lacing were left around the glass. Carbonation appeared light, and no sediment or haze was noted. The aroma gave deep roasted coffee and caramel malts, big clean vanillas, liquid milk chocolates, and warm buttery bourbon that smelled much richer than straight Wild Turkey itself. With warmth came malt vinegar, more bourbon warmth without the burn, and the smell of chocolate covered rice crispy cakes. Our first impression was that there was nice warmth to the flavoring, as there was in the nose, but it was met by nice sweetness and spice to balance. As we sipped, soured chalky bite, milk chocolate malts, raw figgy sugars, and citric lemon rind bite started things off. This was quickly cut by cooked brown sugars, faint mustiness, big warming bourbon, clean woodiness, and that sweet Wild Turkey flavoring. The finish washed with more of that crisp drying chocolate malt, rice and rye, booze, and a final drop of that rich chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of warmed chocolates, warmed raw bourbon flavoring, soured oakiness, faint grassy hops, and crisp yeasty bite. The body was medium, with a lightness around the edges, while carbonation felt light. There was an initial syrupy coating around the mouth, giving way to a crisp drying astringency of booze and malty sweetness. There was nice slurp, sip, pop, froth, and cream, and the sip was very warming. The abv was easy for the style, and the beer sipped nicely.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was the nice bourbon flavoring and rich woodiness in both the aroma and the nose. The nice thing about this was that they came with sole flavoring, without any overpowering burn, and excessive depth of musky agedness. Each component was strong, with a certain cleanliness to delineate each from the next. The lower abv also contributes to this guy being a considerably sessionable stout. At times, however, the sweetness does get up there, and make this beer seem a bit “young”, but regardless this is a refreshing offering from Anderson Valley.
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2013 16:00:03 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A great beer, just needs to be a little thicker/richer. Flavors are awesome ... the bourbon notes really stand out, both in taste and smell. It pours beautifully ... nice color and wonderfully formed head. It just seems like it should be stronger/starker.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 23:01:16 | More by Vierenner
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City snifter.
A: Pours a very dark brown, essentially opaque, with a half finger of tan head and fairly low visible carbonation.
S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate, with hints of dark fruit and leather.
T: Bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and a bit of coffee flavors. Finishes with barrel dryness countered by chocolate malt sweetness.
M: Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit light for style, but the impression is even thinner since the flavor profile (especially the barrel-aging) conjures expectations of a big Imperial Stout. Very well-carbonated, and the alcohol presence is restrained.
O: A perfectly acceptable beer, especially given the availability and reasonable price range. However, certainly fails when held to the high standards of other barrel-aged stouts out there. Worth a try for sure, and a good option if you're at a bar with limited choices on tap. Nothing I'd go far out of my way for, however.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 20:54:51 | More by macrosmatic
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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