Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by bobhits:
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4
Edit. I want to make sure if anyone reads this they get it. People complaining this beer is too thin are insane. Thin beers let the bourbon turn into a hot mess, they let ill flavors through from the barrel aging. They aren't big or bold enough to balance with the sharp notes from barrels. This beer doesn't suffer from any of this. It is a perfect lower abv bourbon barrel impact. Something I've never had to be honest as this is a thin base beer and it isn't over powered or soured or whatever.
Now you might not like the end product...that's fine. Some people don't like non imperial stouts period. Still sit back and accept this as a light oatmeal stout with some bourbon barrel flavor and short of price what's better, who does this style even?
I swear I had this one tap a few months back but the abv at the time was listed around 5.9% and on tap. Oh well.
Pours a really nice thick creamy head. The body is a touch thin but it's a nice dark stout body.
The nose is lacking even after a second pour I can't pick up much aroma. A bit of vanilla and a hint of oak, and with the vanilla is some chocolate malt which isn't really a great thing. I don't get much sugar which is common when the abv is lower and the beer isn't a sugar/malt centric style.
The flavor on this one is interesting. I truly felt this was 100x better on draft but I wasn't taking notes then :( The flavor brings out the barrel oak and vanilla and mixes some chocolate and I get either a mocha or a caramel coffee thing here and I can't place my finger on it, it isn't the focus. The problem is I feel like this one almost just had them take a bigger beer and add an oz of water to lighten it. It is possible the oatmeal is that clean, but more likely this isn't a very sweet base beer and thus it doesn't linger. this is both a good and bad thing with the beer.
Dispute the head, this is a bit thing and could use a bit more carbonation. Given the lack of aroma a nitro of this would be amazing.
I really like this beer dispute the flaws and it is flawed. it runs around 9 bucks for a bomber which in the bourbon barrel world is great, but for such a thin beer, it feels like it is a touch high. This all said no review to put out but seek this one out in tap over the bottles.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2013 04:21:29 | More by bobhits
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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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