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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutAnderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

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very good

812 Ratings
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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black with about a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The bourbon notes on the nose are subtle, but present. The flavor profile also has subtle bourbon notes that seem to take a backseat after the first few sips. The roast profile is pretty good and the finish is mild.

This offering is good, but there are a number of bourbon barrel stouts out there that are definitely superior.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 20:43:16 | More by 57md
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A super dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Aromas of vanilla and charred oak. Taste begins with some sweet grain, then some oak, after that is some vanilla. A hint of earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is a little light, but not too bad. Overall quite good. Not as rich as some bourbon barrel stouts, but not as high alcohol either. I will definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 19:49:56 | More by tronester
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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours and off very very deep opaquer brown with creamy tan head that held well. Thin collar. Aroma is some dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness. Taste is much the same with no noticeable bourbon or oak presence until the very end. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a body just on the thin side of thick.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 04:10:24 | More by mverity
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4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third Anderson Valley review, had this on tap at the Village Anchor. Outstanding, almost definitely the best beer of this kind that I've had. Heavy smoke, brown sugar, and, of course, bourbon flavor. Incredible bourbon and coffee aroma. If you like bourbon ales, I can't think if anything better on a chilly night. Only drawback is the price. Usually I don't invest this much for a beer, but this time it might've been worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 03:29:39 | More by MarkQ617
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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap over the weekend at The Dive Bar in Worcester, MA. Notes taken at time of consumption.

A- Pitch black pour to a pint glass with a tan-brown cap of foam atop the brew. Head rises to about a finger high with a creamy texture. Good retention but eventually falls to a frothy ring with some spotty lace drizzle down the glass.

S- Cocoa maltiness up front in an aroma lacking strength for a Stout. Roasty and caramel malts with just a tiny hint of Bourbon barrels.

T- As with the aroma, just lacks a certain character of Stouts. Barrel presence is also a bit low with just tiny hints of whiskey and vanilla. Toasty, cocoa and roasted malts with some caramel make up a bulk of the flavor. Eventually some coffee, mild black currant fruitiness and cereal grain hints come out. Mild soy-cola feel.

MF- Silky, lighter end body with a moderate level of carbonation. Feels a bit thin overall and lacking of texture.

Just seems a bit faint in both the aroma and taste. Well balanced but nothing really jumps out on the palate to carry the beer forward. Gets better with warmth and time but never really reaches that high. There are just too many good Bourbon stouts out there I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 01:19:36 | More by cbutova
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Typical of a stout - dark with a nice, lazy head that poured very cleanly, with small carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Coffee notes, typical of a stout, with an underlying citrus, sweet, hop quality.

Taste: The hope notes on this were what made the beer exceptional. I was lucky enough to have this beer extra fresh, on-tap, at a special event. The hop profile added a hop citrus quality to the beer that immediately made this juicier than any stout I've ever had, without the cloying creaminess that some stouts over do.

Mouthfeel: Although I am not a stout person, so I do not have too many points of reference for the style, I thought this was a little thinner than the average stout, with a nice subtle sense of oiliness from the hops. As I understand it, this is slightly more alcholic than the average stout, too, perhaps accounting for the differences.

Overall: I hope this beer bottles and lasts as well as it tastes fresh on-tap, because, if it does, this will be added to my "always-keep-on-hand" selection.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 04:10:17 | More by tkdchampxi
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anderson valley bourbon aged (wild turkey)
A- dark black with a thin tan brown film. 4
S- sweet, honeycomb, caramel, bourbon, inticing and deep. 4.25
T- strong bourbon barrel, jd, strong coffee, dark roasty malt but subdued, mollasus, rich bourbon character, thick. 4 some cocoa.
M- big character l, leaves a long lingering aftertaste. Smooth even low carbonation. 3.75
Really smooth, but not amazing on terms of depth or complexity, good drink ability but would seek out others in the future 3.75

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 16:30:23 | More by mick303
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4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's only one keg of this beer in all of Singapore and I was honored to be at the tapping of it. Goddamn what a beer!

Appearance: Straight from the barrel directly after tapping into an AV Snifter. Medium black color, translucent around the edges, with a thick tan creamy one finger head. Lasted through about half of the beer. Dark lacing that almost cascaded down the side of the snifter.

Aroma: Bourbon. The aging in Wild Turkey barrels had an immediate effect on the nose. Significant chocolate, oaky earthy points also evolved as the brew warmed. Smelled creamy.

Taste: The bourbon taste was blended perfectly with the chocolatey malt. Adding complexity, there are touches of vanilla and caramel, and then bourbon/bourbon barrel again at the end. Not overly sticky at the finish or overpowering in alcohol flavor. Started out smooth and finished smooth as well.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for a stout. I was expecting a thick whiskey bomb, and to be honest it almost seemed like a Porter consistency. Medium to light body (for a stout) and silky smooth chocolatey bourbon goodness coated the throat.

Overall: It's the best beer on tap in Singapore and I am glad to have had a glass before the barrel kicks. I'm sure the bottle is just as nice, but nothing beats a tap. Lighter body characteristics, solid stout flavor, and minor bourbon hints make it extremely sessionable stout. I should have gone back today for another. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 11:44:12 | More by Gusmotel
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light tan head.
Nose shows heavy oak and bourbon with lots of vanilla, coconut and woody notes. Backed up by some soft roasted malt. Amazing.
Similar mix of oak, bourbon and light roast in terms of flavours, with creamy vanilla, creme brulee and light coffee followed by dry roast.
Body feels a bit light on.
Incredibly easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 08:23:49 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Great tan head, dark and opaque. Great lacing and good head retention.

S: Burbon, caramel, vanilla and dark sugars.

T: Fresh woody and a lot of Burbon. Vanilla, milk chocolate and almost smooth cocoa. But huge Burbon notes, balance is too towards the Burbon for me.

M: Good mouth feel from the huge barrel character yet is quite tasty with the mellowed chocolate and roasted malt. I prefer the way it feels than the taste, as strange as that may be.

O: Glad I tried this as I'm a big fan of their oatmeal stout. A little too much fresh barrel has tee for be but probably what they were going for so still worth a try absolutely.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 03:45:49 | More by MarioM
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3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a medium-dark brown color, fairly thick, with a bubbly tan lace that almost crowns at a finger and leaves decent spotting on the walls of the glass.
Malts are strong, laying down a firm base, and smooth bourbon is strong on the nose without being hot. There's a certain bittersweetness between the roast, cocoa, and notes of vanilla pulled from the wood.
There's more bourbon in the smell than in the taste, but it's unmistakably a factor; it offers a little more heat than flavor, though. It's surprisingly dry, no doubt lots of woody notes pulling out, with a bit of char, dark fruits, and some light vanilla notes into the finish.
The body thins out a little too much, and it carries from beginning to end. It's somewhat lacking the boldness and robustness or the body Americans especially are famous for. It's semi-dry, wood and alcohol playing off sweeter aspects.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 16:39:35 | More by Brenden
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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black with3/4 inch of tan head that had medium retention and lacing.

A slightly sweet malt scent was at the front of the aroma, with a bourbon scent that nicely added a counter-point. On the tongue, it was pretty much the same, perhaps the base beer was a bit too sweet, but an intelligent hand was used in the barreling/blending process, as the bourbon complemented the beer very nicely indeed.

The body was much thinner than I expect in the style, this felt more like a light Porter. Drinkability was excellent, my glass disappeared quickly, and I think there'll be another in my future. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Maybe not one that will please the "MOAR EXTREME NOW" crowd, but a thoroughly enjoyable brew. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 20:53:30 | More by beertunes
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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black with sticky beige foam. Low carbonation. Foam creates sticky speckled dots on the glass wall.

S: Strong on vanilla. Malty biscuit notes. Slightly sweet.

T: Surprisingly delicate. Starts off with strong vanilla with a diluted chocolate flavor. Light new oak nuances with nutmeg and allspice. Sweetness fades with a bit of licorice. Slight tanginess builds to the end finishing it dry. Good, but I thing it could benefit for just a slight hop addition for a little more crispness. It finishes a little tangy, but a little more hop (very little) would hammer it home.

M: Thick but balanced well by the mild tanginess. Finishes dry, again from the mild tanginess. Licorice flavor lingers a bit long, but acceptable considering the full body that comes with it.

O: Nice. Lots of flavor, and fairly smooth. Didn't pick up much bourbon here and heavy on the vanilla notes, but still quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 00:17:05 | More by constantine_272
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4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent, characterful, yet highly drinkable stout.

Black, it has a medium dark tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring, wisps, some lace.

Aroma is caramelised ginger bread with brown sugar, hint of vanilla.

Taste is similar, with elements of caramelised ginger bread, hints of wood and vanilla, some dry dark toast in the finish. overall leaning slightly to sweet side with gentle nice warming element, a mild whiskeyish hint, very mild bitterness to help balance out. It's not super sweet, though, and is not very oily or heavy in body and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 04:45:38 | More by Offa
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3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark black with bright garnet highlights. Small tan head. Fair head retention.

Kind of weak aroma. I get the chocolate and the oak. There is some vanilla and caramel too but it is all a bit thin.

Again on the palate. There's chocolate and barrel but it isn't all that big. Almost a touch watery. The roast profile is nice and works well.

Medium body and moderate low carbonation. Just a bit thin.

There's a good beer here but two things fail it. One, a lack of body and, two, a lack of real barrel character. Close but no cigar.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 20:47:08 | More by dgilks
Photo of roongirls


5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not a stout drinker at all, but the thought of chocolate in a bourbon barrel was intriguing, and what a bad thing it would have been if I hadn't tried this delicious brew! I keep hoping someone else will have it on tap, when it is, I am gonna buy a couple of growlers, and believe me, they won't last!

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 06:14:05 | More by roongirls
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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Anderson Valley's canned oatmeal stout so when I saw they did a barrel aged stout I was sold. Pours pitch black into my chalice with at least four fingers of tan head, even spread lacing. I like how they kept the abv pretty modest compared to some of the other bourbon barrel aged beers. The nose is beautiful a kiss of bourbon amongst a nice creamy dark chocolate back drop, hints of vanilla and charred oak complement the dark roasted barley in the stout. Flavor develops nicely with each sip expressing more Wild Turkey bourbon characteristics especially the smooth boozy vanilla and charred oak expressions tucked into a glorious dark roasted malt and mild herbal hopped stout, flavors I'm getting are dark chocolate bitter and dry, with a creamy vanilla center it's man candy in the realm of barrel aged stouts. Mouthfeel a bit lighter than expected but the warmth of the whiskey comes through a medium bodied stout mild carbonation albeit natural feeling and smooth going down. Alcohol burns the palate minimally at 6.9% it's a 22 ounce bottle that your liver doesn't mind finishing on it's own. Overall an impressive complex and approachable barrel aged stout I would drink this again and I know it's not too over the top to introduce bud drinking friends who enjoy whiskey. This could convert your friends into craft beer and I can tell it's going to pair great with my AJ Fernandez blended San Lotano Habano Toro cigar I'm about to toast up. Pairing with the San Lotano, the spicy Nicaraugan tobacco goes great with this flavorful stout actually bringing out more whiskey flavors! Leather and oak from the well aged tobacco also complement the flavor profile of this stout, if you try this beer do yourself a favor and pair it with a hand rolled cigar.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 22:25:31 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Hampshire

2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

On tap at ACBF 6/1/2013 Solid black color smallish tan head. Aromas of bourbon in spades with hints of roasty coffee underneath. Thin coffee like liquid assaulted with too much bourbon. Thin body with a watery mouthfeel. This doesn’t have enough body to stand up to the thinning effects of the overuse of bourbon here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 02:07:42 | More by johnnnniee
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, served in a snifter.

Appearance - Pours black with some transparency at the edges. Nice khaki head. Great surface wisps.

Smell - Chocolate and bourbon. Bourbon is really strong. Alcohol, but smells more like liquor than beer booze.

Taste - Again its totally dominated by the bourbon. I don't mind that much, though. The chocolate and coffee malts in the back make a faint impression. Roasty in the back. Boozy bite and some sharp oak.

Mouthfeel - It's too thin for the barrel. Without the barrel, it would have a decent body for a single stout. Barrel heat.

Overall - It really is tasty and well made. Not your traditional bourbon stout considering its ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 20:22:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a deep brown with amber hues. Off white head forms and leaves a sheet of lace.

SMELL: Whiskey and oak, possessing a chocolatey malt background. You can really pull in alot of the Wild Turkey.

TASTE: Reminds me of eating s'mores by the campfire, taking sips of turkey periodically. Vanilla and roast, touch of coffee. Whiskey shows up mid palate with a smooth sweet grain alcohol flavor, but really no heat. Hops are leafy and alittle citrusy. Really Good. Not as strong or boozy as some, this is just flavorful.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth feel, soft carbonation. A bit thin which hurts the score. Very light sticky dryness.

OVERALL: Tasty brew, really like what the barrel did to this one. Subtlety works in this genre, let the barrel shine. I must admit, I really enjoy Wild Turkey, so this beer delivered a great 2 in 1.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 23:32:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black in color, 3/4 inch head, low carbonation, opaque

Smell: light chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: oak, chocolate, toffee, cocoa--a bit of Tootsie Roll taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, heavy body, sweet with oakiness

Overall: I was impressed with the oakiness of this beer at first, but unfortunately the taste did not carry all the way through this beer. It was still strong enough, but I wish the flavor was a bit stronger. Still I would get this one again if I saw it on tap. Not quite what I would call good, but certainly one of the better brews from Anderdon Valley.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 14:27:05 | More by tigg924
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4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

I had only dreamed about this beer being made and even had the idea to make this beer myself one day.But I just happen to be at the party source checking out what they had on tap and behold the beer of my dreams had came true. Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout .It was so good I bought a growler since they didn't have it in bottles.Amazing beer here.Went through the growler in a day and a half.the big treat is at the nearing of the bottom where the wild turkey is ,the flavor is amazing On tap is slightly better but the bottles are darn near the same might even be better.Here is my review.

serving type: on tap great head and flavor hits quickly

serving type bottle: great head flavor hits fast

appearance: very dark with a great look in a Snifter best way to drink a great stout

smell:wild turkey vanilla,espresso slightly,

taste:wild turkey vanilla,espresso slightly a good mix of all of them great balance not too much not too little

mouthfeel: very smooth easy to drink beer easy to sit back relax and enjoy this beer

overall:This is the beer I dreamed on Anerderson Valley got this one right.I have a ton of this stuff in the frig and will age it and see what happens while enjoying some now as well.almost a perfect beer here if you like stouts and wild turkey you will love this beer!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 04:21:15 | More by ohiobeer29
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Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 20oz pint @theunderground in Edmonton. At least the bartender knew that this was actually on tap, plain and clear, unlike buddy there last week. Gah.

This beer appears a very, very dark brown, verging on black colour, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a barely pockmarked wall of painted lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet, boozy, woody vanilla, caramel malt, powdered cocoa, mild coffee, a bit of black licorice, and faint earthy, leafy hops. Like a shot of bourbon sitting next to a chocolate stout. The taste is more restrained on the Kentucky brown spirit front, with stronger chocolate and dry coffee, the caramel malt gaining some crystallized toffee character, subtle licorice root, and slowing burgeoning astringent Bourbon-soaked oakiness.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but settles down soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, and a tad clammy in its smoothness - perhaps a casualty of the barrel perception. It finishes on the sweet side, all that chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and other sundry whisky notes hardly able to be anything else.

If Wild Turkey was indeed the barrel for this particular aging project, that would go a long way in explaining the big up-front Bourbon essence, followed by the drop-off, which here, at least, is picked up by the heady malt of the base stout. Sans beer, that effect is typically unpleasant as a hungry croc, as Wild Turkey is rather unappealing on its own. Nice to see it actually used for good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 22:10:01 | More by biboergosum
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4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark black with a thick creamy head.

The scent is brilliant with strong coconut aromas, light vanilla, and graham cracker maltiness.

The taste is even stronger coconut with hints of vanilla. The graham crackery end lends to a breadiness or maltiness. Very low in ABV it is my fear that the lack of malts lends to a watery taste and feel near the end of the swallow. Overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable and another fine entry from A Valley!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 23:24:33 | More by KYGunner
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - garnett colored, off-white head, 2 fingers, good retention, dissipates down to 1 finger ring. Very nice.

S - chocolate, light roast coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Hops are very light possibly floral and citrus.

T - chocolatey, maple like maltiness, some vanilla, and hearty notes of bourbon.

M - malt-dominated, medium bodied, not hot, but a little warmth on the aftertaste.

D - very nice overall. Abv not heavy, helps make it almost sessionable. Worth seeking it out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 03:47:12 | More by MisterClean
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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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