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

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

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for three months in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character.

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Photo of _IanMcG561
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color - dark brown, Tan head

Smell - Bourbon and booze with a hint of roasted malt

Taste - Rich, Malty, Bourbon, Dry, Leathery

Overall - This beer is amazing, drinks so easy while packing a huge amount of taste. Bourbon and chocolate roasted into a delicious stout. The finish has a dry taste of bourbon and chocolate making you want more and more of this wonderful stout. This is by and far one of the most drinkable stouts I've had.

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Photo of fx20736
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single 22 oz bottle from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester. Poured into a chalice, served at room temp.

appearance: black with thick Khaki head, nice lace coating the glass,

smell: molasses with a light Bourbon aroma.

taste: thin on malt, Bourbon is very noticeable but is also light. This beer is seriously underpowered. Nice coconut finish.

mouthfeel: light for the style but maybe in a good way, feeling buoyant and durable.

overall: my 1st Anderson Valley beer and I am not overly impressed. This is a 'lite' stout and is lacking in body and oomph.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a jet coffee black with cherry red highlights. 1 finger bubbly head leaves a dense spotty lace.
Smells of warm toffee, strong vanilla, and bourbon mellowed by oak. Grassy oak, wet earth and rum bread pudding. A grain like alcohol carries/enhances the nose.
Taste is lighter than the nose would suggest, yet complex and refreshing in a cola soda pop kind of way. Oak, Vanilla, dry toasted malts, grassy notes, with nice long dry oak finish. The bourbon cask alcohol appears without overpowering but is distinctive.
Feels thin but refreshing, not deep in rich flavors as I prefer my Porters, but perhaps appealing to someone who likes a lighter style.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i really appreciate the idea of this beer: to make a barrel aged stout available at a decent price and that doesn't overpower you with abv.

the pour is pretty glorious... just an exceptionally inviting glass of beer, with nice sticky tan foam on top.

some roasty notes in the nose but nothing exceptional, the drink is well rounded if a tad saccharine. hint of licorice and the bourbon is faintly there... but it is over all very subtle. i like it. i would buy a 6 pak and drink it everyday.

a little thin overall, flavors on the tongue but not substantial. it is close to being great... would love to see this on cask somewhere.

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Photo of rangerred
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours jet black with a one finger light tan had that settles to a fairly thick ring around the top of the beer. Pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass and some splotchiness on top.

Bourbon is really smacks you in the face in the aroma with the vanilla character being prominent. Wood underlies this along with dark chocolate.

Lots of vanilla and wood char in the taste almost as if a shot of bourbon has been dropped into the beer. There is more roast and coffee evident here compared to the aroma along with dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness and a bit of a watery mouthfeel leads to a sticky finish.

Overall, this beer has a lot going for it but I feel like it just lacks the body to be great. Everything starts out good but kind of craps out midway through. I would get this again, though.

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Photo of cbutova
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-12-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque black with a 2-finger dark tan head a very nice lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, nutty, vanilla, mild roasted malt. Pleasant. Not strong.

T - Initially some raisin bread sweetness, vanilla, cocoanut and bourbon. Then a fair amount of coffee and char. Finishes with a good balance of residual sweetness and roasty bitterness. The coffee and char flavors, while fairly apparent mid-taste, don't linger into the aftertaste. There also bourbon alcohol flavor present in the finish in balance with the other flavors; in other words, subdued.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Thinner than you'd expect for a stout.

O - First impression is this is more like a mildly barrel aged porter. Enjoyable but doesn't knock it out of the park. It's got some nice flavors for a 7% brew but I think I'd rather have their Oatmeal Stout. Of interest, my wife liked this more than me particularly because it was lighter flavored and had a lower ABV. While I was looking for MORE, she liked the simpler, lighter bourbon stout flavors on display with this brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, Malt Beverage aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrels, Boonville, CA. Bahl Hornin' since 1987. Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, CA. 22 Fl. oz., 6.9% alc. by Vol.

Denseness, darkness, utter blackness, Under a large toasted tan head, that drifts down just a little bit, settles into a tight, brown ring.

Aroma: Rich, roasted malts turn out before being quickly subsumed by bourbon-ness. Mollasses, char, raisins, carob, a little vanilla, and a bit of black cherry. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Taste: Boom, boom, there it is: thickness and richness of the bourbon barrels all over the palate. Plump and full and ending a bit on the dry side. And there's the cherry, there's the vanilla, there's the roast and the toast. Mmmm. Not quite so full bodied, pretty much medium-ish….lots of tastiness. Easy-drinking. Not too strong, this one. Lot of bourbon barrel beers are imperial stouts, this one is regular stout. And it's awfully nice.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light tan head. Not overwhelmingly black. I've seen darker stouts.
S- Definite chocolate notes, the bourbon smell is definitely mellowed but present.
T- IT's got a nice flavor and body to it. Very impressive and very sippable. Thumbs up.
M-Medium light for a stout but heavy on the palate.
O- Interesting take on the bourbon barrel aged stout. I'd say go boozier on the ABV and you got yourself a nicely balanced imperial. As it...amazing.

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Photo of Maximot
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bourbon flavor seems slightly too subtle. The smell is actually deceiving for what you get for taste. Unusually thin with perhaps slightly too much bitterness in the finish for its lack of more intense flavors. Nothing in particular stands out to make you say "wow". I'm relatively new to this type of beer but perhaps have been spoiled by higher rated ones. It's a beer I'd recommend trying for the sake of trying it (after all, it's subjective) but nothing to rave about. Not a bourbon stout that improves as it warms. I felt as though I needed to drink the full glass before it warmed , vs other beers in this category which improved as they warmed and breathed and literally lasted 1-2 hrs for 12 oz. Other bourbon stouts seem to encourage continual tastes to decipher the full complexity of the beer, whereas this seems like a stout one would drink for the sake of drinking a stout while attention is aimed elsewhere. Not bad, but not great

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Photo of Tony49er
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type-Bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance- Dark chocolate color like most common stouts, dark lacy head, head was a roasted chocolate color, small carbonation bubbles

Smell- Bourbon, a little vanilla from the barrel aging, roasted malts, chocolate

Taste- Smooth, roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate

Mouth feel- Smooth , an easy drinking almost session BA Beer which are hard to find I love this beer.

Overall- A great beer for people just getting into the BA Beer style easy to drink, not to expensive and pretty easy find and a great beer from a great Brewery I recommend this beer to anyone who likes BA Beers

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Brewing 'Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout" @ 6.9% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $11.30

A-pour is ink black from the bottle to glass with a small tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-wild turkey bourbon barrel's on the opeing and intial pour , sweet

T-intial taste is pure booze , smooth & big tasting stout

MF-bit oily , low carbonation , real big full body

Ov-ok beer , share with a friend ,

prost LampertLand

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10 bucks a bottle for a 7% barrel aged stout, I had to try it since i love BA Imperial stouts and this sounded like a nice sessionable BA beer.

Pours a dark black with a one inch tan head that fell to a sheet and ring after 2 mins. Very nice head on this one for a BA beer, they are usually very small.

Smell is absolutely fantastic, 4.5 bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, caramel, coffee. Not the biggest nose I've smelled but well balanced. Wonderful!

Taste is like bourbon soaked coffee beans, vanilla similar to Ballast point victory at sea porter. some hop bitterness, but mostly chocolate malt and coffee with bourbon dominate.
It all is subdued though because the size of the beer. It's not a really in your face flavor profile, and I wish it had just a bit more flavor, as it taste's just a little on the watery side. Still very tasty though, 4.25.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, a tad watery but still smooth as far as feel. very well blended.

I enjoyed this beer alot and wish i could drink this all day cause its sessionable at 7%, but for something to get at 10 bucks a pop, well i was expecting more. Very nice though.

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Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy

Near jet black, 1.5 fingers of tan head, some lace as well. Smell is roasted with chocolate, some bourbon and oak, mild vanilla as well, a bit of fudge and lightly astringent but not unpleasant. Taste is lightly roasted, chocolate and vanilla, oak is light with a bit of bourbon mid palate, vanilla-oaky finish. Medium carbonation, fairly thin body as well. Not bad in terms of flavour but the thin points of this leaves a bit to be desired though.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color with a thin cappuccino colored head.

Chocolate, light notes of vanilla and roasted malt. No wood notes. I wouldn't guess it was barrel aged but rather with vanilla beans.

Again, tastes more like a vanilla porter than a barrel aged stout except for a boozy finish. It doesn't pick up any of the charred oak that's so appealing but instead comes as a neutral booze.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin for the style. I was shocked that the abv is only 6.9%. A much heavier body is needed to hold up to barrel aging and I'm not sure why they'd try and make this so small.
To go along with being thin, it has too much carbonation.

It's somewhat of a mess and I can't understand why they'd attempt this with such a light and carbonated base beer.

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Photo of brureview
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at first in a balloon glass, later tasted in snifter.

One should start out colder with this beer, and let it warm up. The nuances of the taste and aroma become apparent with a bit of warming. In some beers, the aroma and taste diminish with time; with this stout, warming brings out more pronounced aroma-flavor.

Poured a very dark chocolate color with a 1/2 finger head.

Light chocolate aroma. A wafting of strong bourbon and chocolate as the beer warms up.

Mouth feel is moderately carbonated.

The taste is strong bourbon-chocolate- the bourbon becomes apparent with warming.

The body is light, and there is a slight alcoholic finish.

Overall, it's easy to drink, not overwhelming, yet well-defined in its aroma and taste.

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Photo of mick303
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark pour with a nice head.

Smells like...SURPRISE!...Bourbon.

And it tastes like bourbon. This beer is a little on the mild side, at 6.9% meaning that it just gets bulldozed by the barrel-aging. Now if you're a barrel-aged nut who is all about their beer tasting like bourbon, this is a great beer. If you look to barrel-aging to add complexity to already intense ales, look elsewhere as this is a mild stout bourbonized.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice. Deep black color with really nice airy foamy tan head. lots of roasted malt aromas and hints of chocolate. Similar flavor...roasted malt and a lot of chocolate flavor with a hint of vanilla. Only a slight note of bourbon, but that may be the vanilla I taste. I think the best quality of this brew is how smooth it is. Its silky, creamy, and so easy to drink. Really a nice stout...although walking the line of imperial, its nice to get such a good quality semi-low abv American Stout. Well worth a try.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber into a hangar 24 tumbler

Pours a heady brown with a beady beige head that sits for a while

Nose is a faint bourbon and oak with oatmeal cookie and slight molasses

Starts off semi sweet and faint bourbon flavor rollicks around for a bit and finishes dry and biscuity.

Alcohol is not overpowering but I was expecting some bite. Upon further review it's only 6.9% which is its oly drawback.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Barrel aged stout poured into a wide-mouth snifter.

A: Deep chocolate color, opaque. 1 finger slightly tan head. Not terribly active. Head sticks around for a little while, then became a thin disk. wispy lacing.

S: Deep phenolics, roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and that unmistakable whiskey and oak of a Wild Turkey barrel.

T: The malts are somewhat neutral on taste. The barrel flavors seem muted too. Good, just not as strong as the nose would indicate. Little spiciness from carbonation, but not creamy.

M: Thinner than I thought it would be. not as creamy as other offerings in this category.

O: Solid example, nice notes and flavors.

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Photo of Theortiz01
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't do many reviews, but I think this beer deserved one.

Served from a bomber to a snifter.

Appearance- Jet black color with a nice smooth brown to brown-tan silky head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell- This is one of the best smelling beers I've had in quite awhile. Smells like someone
baking brownies or cookies. There is a slight hint of bourbon smell that is just
enough to compliment the base beer aromas. I also get some expresso, and maybe
some slight vanilla. All pair together beautifully.

Taste- Very oatmeal stout-y. Just the right amount of sweet, some chocolate notes and
some toffee. Again, the bourbon is there in a complimentary role. Also a slight
carbonation burn, but not over carbed. The finish is a bit dry, which works well.

Mouthfeel- I would say on the very end of medium to medium-thin body and mouthfeel. It
could use a tad more oats to round it out and go a litter fuller and smoother.

Overall- I didn't know what to expect going in, but I am pleasantly surprised on how much I
liked it. Definitely worth the price ($11 bomber). Wish it had a little more alcohol
and body, but overall well done. Definitely a must-try. I would buy another one at
this price.

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

- Aged in Wild Turkey burbon barrels.

A: Rootbeer-chocolate exit from the bomber appears a flat black in the vessel accompanied by a modestly sized 1 inch mocha marshmellowed textured head that remained amazing sturdy for a lenghty amount of time. High rate of rapid effervesce along the inner vessel walls. Milky thin sheet lacing with a generous amount of vessel coverage.

S: Small hints of scorched oak barrel, chocolate, sweet licorice appears on the nose. Burbon spicing, vanilla, smooth oaky and caraemle cream sweetness, nice level of awareness.

T: Caramel buttery oak flavor meets a light sweet milky chocolate base. Watery burbon spiciness, sweet caramel cream, vanilla, toasted coconut and oak mention really adds spice and flair to the event. There is some nice creamy chocolate, more sweet, blending nicely with the burbon aspect. Really nice burbon mention lingers after the swallow.

M: The body leans towards the lighter end of medium. Silky smooth in texture, really nice and gentle feel, albeit perhaps a bit thin and light for the hardcore BA stout fan more accustomed to heavier weight.

O: Overall really liked the Wild Turkey burbon barrel influence here, a burbon i am highly familar with from my youth straight from the bottle. Smooth spiciness, sweet caramel cream, thought the stout portion comes off a bit light bodied and seems a bit underweight per class like a feather weight boxer to a heavy weight. This is not going to be your typical huge BA stout to the likes of dark lord, Black hole, insert any other BA stout to your liking here, rather this seems like an easy and sweet milk stout with gentle burbon highlights perfect for that causual drinking in multiples despite its 6.9%abv which seems perfect here. I really enjoyed the gentle and sweet drinking nature it had to offer, showing not every BA stout has to be a malt monster and soaked with alcohol, this does nicely as a causual drinker and something i would consider multiples in with good company.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,551 ratings.
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