Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev +10.6%
Pours black with just a touch of dark brown at the edges. Great looking head. It’s big and brown. A thick blanket of fine foam. Excellent retention and lacing, particularly for a barrel-aged stout, if a somewhat small one.
Very nice aroma with more bourbon delicacy and rich stout flavor than expected. Lots of vanilla and chocolate. Rich caramel and toffee. Lots of complex barrel flavors knocking around - cherry, walnut, coconut. Little to no roast. Some light oak but more bourbon than oak is coming through from the barrel. The barrel is strong, but the stout and barrel notes are well balanced and work well together. Very little booziness, much less than expected, anyway.
The taste is similar to the aroma and works quite well with the relatively low abv. Big, rich chocolate with sweet caramel and bourbon. Good balance of barrel and stout. Little roast. Sweet bourbon contributing vanilla, caramel, nuttiness and fruit. Very nice. An oaky tannic note and some mild hoppiness cuts off the sweetness in the finish.
Good mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Nice full feel for a 6.9% abv beer. A lot of smaller beers get awfully thin with some time in a barrel, but Anderson Valley has managed to keep this beer feeling rich and full.
AV has done some excellent work with this beer. I previously tried and liked the tap version, and I think this bottle is even better. I’m very impressed that they’ve managed to get such complexity, richness and delicacy into a beer of this strength. I’m looking forward to trying more from their barrel program, and it’s exciting to see AV and Fal Allen put something fun and new in bottles.
04-17-2013 04:56:29 | More by popery
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Appearance: dark and nearly opaque as a stout should be. Some cola highlights around the edges. Pretty frothy tan head, but then again it's not an imp.
Smell: more chocolate than bourbon with the bourbon a bit in the background. Pleasant enough, not particularly rich or complex.
Taste: much like the nose. Pleasant enough, nothing special.
Overall: tasty, but not sure this succeeded. Thea bourbon barrel treatment didn't yield much beyond a non- ba stout.
04-14-2013 23:25:05 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.46/5 rDev -8%
22 oz. bomber, my bottle says 6.9%,
A: Pours black with a creamy tan head, spotty lace, solid head retention.
S: Definite notes bourbon with chocolate and coffee notes. Some roasted malt.
T: Dark malt though it's not particularly striking. The barrel character works well, but the base beer is too light to really make this idea work.
M: Light-bodied, a thin feel. Soft carbonation, easy drinking, a solid feel.
O: It's hard to make a bourbon barrel beer work in a smaller beer, and while this beer has it's moments, it's just OK in the end. The bomber price at $9.79 is crazy.
04-07-2013 06:52:37 | More by Halcyondays
3.79/5 rDev +0.8%
I chose this listing because the ABV on my bottle is indeed 6.9%. That said, the title seems to be simply "Bourbon Barrel Stout." The subtitle mentions Wild Turkey as the bourbon, but it doesn't appear to be part of the actual title. Acquired for $9.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger gorgeous tan colour head. Frothy, creamy, and of good thickness. The 3 minute retention is nice as well. Leaves even light lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Not quite a jet black, but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. To be nitpicky, the head could be darker and richer and the body could be more vibrant. But there are no overt flaws. At this low an ABV relative to the style and barrel aging, you'd think the head would retain for longer.
Sm: Delighfully subtle vanilla and oak notes. The bourbon is definitely there, and it's well integrated with no boozy or hot alcohol notes. Love the bourbon here, but I don't get any toasty notes. Dark malts, cream, chocolate malt. Coconut is a nice touch, and mixes well with the vanilla. Delightfully executed. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Really looking forward to trying this one. A complex, subtle aroma of moderate strength. Damn good for a bourbon barrel aged stout.
T: Hm. The taste is nowhere near as balanced as the aroma. Sweet vanilla up front which bleeds through the finish. Little oak, and even then no toasted oak. Light bourbon character is a highlight. Sweet coconut adds to the sweetness - which is a bit overdone but the coconut flavour itself is nice. Dark malts form the body. Chocolate malt. The beer seems to be overwhelmed by the bourbon flavour - like the foundation/base beer can't handle the additional complexity. The beer suffers under the weight of the bourbon here; this is not seamless integration. No alcohol comes through. No yeast or hop character comes through. Light caramel. In spite of its slightly overcooked sweetness, it's nicely balanced. And the more I'm drinking it, the more I'm acclimating to that sweet vanilla and coconut. I quite like it.
Mf: Smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Good presence on the palate. Good body, if a bit weak. Complements the flavour profile very well. Good execution.
Dr: It's shockingly drinkable for a bourbon barrel aged stout; I'll have little trouble killing this by meself. The subtlety and complexity of superior beers in the style isn't here, but it's nice to have a bourbon barrel stout I can take down comfortably alone. Drinkability is a highlight of this beer considering the style. I'd definitely have it again on-draught, and I'd love to see how it ages. There's a lot of potential in this beer. It'd make a great starter beer for newcomers to heavy barrel aged stouts - and it'd make a great reminder beer for those of who've had too many heavy imperial stouts that drinkability doesn't have to be restrained in a good stout. Solid stuff from Anderson Valley, but it is a biteen pricey for what it is. I'd love to see this in six pack format. I'd happily kill a 6er of this in a night. Great stuff.
Highlights in this beer are the vanilla, the coconut, and the drinkability.
Main flaws are a relative lack of complexity, the price point, and the lackluster malty core.
04-06-2013 03:41:03 | More by kojevergas
2.6/5 rDev -30.9%
22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Founders snifter.
Pours dark brown with one and a half fingers khaki head that leaves a little lace.
Smells of sweet bourbon, coconut, cocoa and brown sugar.
Taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, faint bourbon, caramel, coconut, brown sugar and a lottle caramel. Just hints of the flavors without much oomph.
Light body. Light carbonation. Mild sweet bourbony finish.
Interesting but lacking depth. Thin and lackluster. Seems like they barreled a beer that wasn't quite up to the task. There are plenty of other far better barrel aged stouts available for the money.
04-04-2013 06:56:27 | More by ThickNStout
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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