Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
A - Pours an incredibly dark brown, near black. Nearly 2 fingers of dark khaki colored head, nice retention, 1/4" remains after about 5 minutes, lacing is great.
S - Smells fantastic. Very sweet, lots of chocolate malts, caramel, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Raisin or dark cherry is also very present.
T - Initially I'm getting mostly sweetish dark fruits and some light bourbon flavors. The bourbon lingers a bit as the vanilla, and a bit of chocolate/coffee like malts come into play. The finish is slightly dry, chocolaty sweet, and mild bourbon. Definitely not going to make many people flinch, mild but very good.
M - Incredibly drinkable. A little light but very smooth - I could down this pretty quickly in great comfort. Definitely a rarity for the style, a huge plus
O - Definitely the lowest ABV if seen on a Bourbon Barrel Aged brew. Is it the most flavorful smack in the face? No, not at all. But its still got great, balanced flavor, an incredibly smooth drinkability and a hint of that bourbony deliciousness we all know and love.
05-13-2013 23:17:48 | More by MacQ32
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.
Black with 3 fingers of tan head. Nice retention with no light penetration.
Dark fruits, chocolate and espresso with a light bourbon character.
Rum raisin, cherry and black grapes. Semi-sweet chocolate with splashes of milk. Caramel and oatmeal. A hint of espresso. Very light essence of Wild Turkey bourbon with no real barrel character.
Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth.
Much lighter than most Bourbon Barrel Stouts, this makes an easy drinker. However, at $13 a bottle the quality is surely questionable.
05-13-2013 22:36:39 | More by justintcoons
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
A: pours black with a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the snifter
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, roast malt a bit of vanilla and some bourbon aromas
T: oaky up front with a bit of caramel and vanilla with some bourbon flavors, chocolate and coffee as well as some roast malt on the back end but very chocolatey. swallow brings a good amount of bourbon flavor, some roasted malt and a bit more coffee and chocolate
M: fuller side of medium on the palate with soft and slightly prickly carbonation.
O: good flavors and a decent balance, not a lot of barrel character but it allows the other flavors to shine a bit more. it's more of a supporting role than dominant flavor. inoffensive and quite drinkable.
05-13-2013 03:29:42 | More by SHODriver
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
A-nearly pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing or cascading.
S-bourbon, coconut, leather, and a hint of smoke
T-Much like the nose with bourbon and coconut standing out with some roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of leather
M-thin and slightly syrupy
D-the bourbon, coconut, and leather kind of cut into the drinkability for me, but overall it is a flavorful American Stout
Overall, this is a good stout, not my personal favorite, but complex. Fans of bourbon barrel aged stouts should give this a try.
05-13-2013 03:06:26 | More by thegodfather2701
2.94/5 rDev -21.8%
Pours black with a big creamy fluffy light mocha head. Aroma is dark fruits and booze, maybe a bit of chocolate. Bit of vomit smell, blegh. Thin mouthfeel. Sweet malta and candy feuits mixed with alcohol flavor. These non-imperial stouts and porters with the bourbon just don't do it for me. Thin, alcoholic, and no complexity. Just tastes like booze, but without much booze. Meh.
05-12-2013 13:35:22 | More by BMMillsy
3.59/5 rDev -4.5%
Bomber to snifter, no bottle date
Pours midnight black with a generous finger of foam. Retention could be better, good lacing though. No visibility or carbonation. Smells of bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate, cherry, some vanilla, rigid malts, and some alcohol. Not the most complex, but some definite activity going on here. Taste comes up pretty short, though. The bourbon is a bit perpendicular to the rest of the taste which comes and goes pretty quick, a flash of flavor- coffee, chocolate, oak, bourbon is quickly ended by the after taste of malt, bourbon, and oak. Feel is the lowest part, it's strange how this washes over the palate, flavor changes quickly but isn't enjoyable. Not the most drinkable. Overall this would be a lot better executed with an imperial stout. The stout simply isn't strong enough to stand up to the bourbon, and the beer is for naught
05-12-2013 06:45:51 | More by lordofstarside
2.94/5 rDev -21.8%
Another one shared by a friend last night. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. The nose is pretty weak, as I'm not getting much bourbon at all. Slightly sweet aroma of vanilla, but this is really underwhelming. Decent feel. Creamy and smooth. Velvety texture. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment as well. I'm getting little bourbon and vanilla notes. Mild oak dryness, some chocolate malt present. This beer is just sort of blah. Not much going on. Glad I didn't pay for a bottle. Thanks anyways for the pour, Jacob.
05-11-2013 19:41:26 | More by Onenote81
3.81/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-10-2013 14:27:05 | More by tigg924
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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