Review: Anderson Valley Brewing Company Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
91 out of 100
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

Style: Barrel Aged Stout

ABV: 6.9 IBU: 14

91/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

What the brewers say

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 that the barrels imparat mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character.

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Some nice roast and toast character. Bittersweet chocolate up front with some oatmeal notes, followed by a subtle coffee-roast note. Just a touch of sweetness, a little nutty, and strong vanilla. No esters or phenolics.”

Flavor: “Sweet chocolate and almost a milk creaminess. Some mild coffee flavor and dark malt sweetness and some dark cherry and almond notes. Creamy and not overwhelmingly roasty, almost with a soft espresso note. Oak character is subtle and hard to pick out, but lends a touch of vanilla to the flavor. The roastiness lasts on the tongue. Finish is mostly balanced, with a slight sweetness lingering in the end. Tannic character is very subdued. Hops bitterness is supportive.”

Overall: “A very delicious stout that doesn't quite deliver as a barrel-aged offering. There is not enough barrel or oak character, but it is still tasty. The multi-layered malt profile keeps this beer interesting without becoming novel. The beer had some good sweet and roast qualities but was a little thin in the body. The creaminess reminds me a little of chocolate milk.”

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