Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by barczar:
4.1/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque black color with a half inch tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly into a spotty film around the rim of the glass.
Aroma is slightly boozy, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, and nutty roast malt adding character. Vanilla and chocolate accompany nicely.
Flavor is surprisingly nutty, likely due to the oak barrel, toasted malts, and oats. The bourbon presents itself center stage, only slightly boozy, but adding wonderful tastes of vanilla and caramel, which match the chocolatey roast character of the base beer.
Body is a moderate and smooth, with fairly low carbonation, and a bit of alcohol warmth.
Overall, I was a bit concerned about Wild Turkey barrels being used, as it's too harsh for me to enjoy straight, but this changed my mind. It's been a while since I've had the regular stout, but I don't recall it being exceptional. This aging really raises it up a notch. Not enough people are barrel aging lower strength brews. It really let the bourbon character come out, while not overshadowing the base beer. Excellent balance.
Serving type: on-tap
11-09-2012 17:45:49 | More by barczar
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
85 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.