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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Complexity. 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. Our exclusive partnership with Wild Turkey gives Anderson Valley a world class, consistent source of barrelage, allowing our brewers to explore new frontiers in barrel-aged craft beer.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Tap at Lost Dog Cafe. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and oak with chocolate and roast malt and raisin esters. Flavor is malt dominant with bourbon, vanilla and oak, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rzymol (13) - - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours perfectly dark, a beautiful head of foam with reddish, kind of caffe latte notes. Very good appearance. Aroma is not intense but very enjoyable and fresh with coffee and toffee notes. Extremely well-balanced and smooth taste build of fresh coffee, creamy vanilla, brown sugar and indeed, a bourbon feeling! A sweet tone is well countered with a bittereness. Leaves a very pleasant sweet aftertaste, sort of coffee-style. This beer is extremely drinkable, I actually could start my day with a glass of this one!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2564) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks Tom L. black with tan head. Chocolate milk sweetness with some caramel and sugar in the nose, sweet, creamy and a little chocolatey taste. Soft, almost no carbonation, full-bodied. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (1699) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2014
Thanks to Mike for saving me a taste! Pours very dark brown/black with a rich, tan head that falls to a ring. The smell is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses. The taste is coffee, brown sugar, bourbon, molasses ending dry. The body is medium with fine carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (350) - rome, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. Smooth overall. Very good. A bit thin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Malty aroma with a bit of vanilla. String vanilla and malt flavor with smoky notes and a bit of bourbon in the finish. Excellent stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (1162) - FINLAND - DEC 12, 2014
.75l bottle @Vihreä Haltiatar Pours deep dark brown with low tan head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, dark malts, alcohol notes and dark chocolate. Flavor is dark malts, coffee, bourbon, dark fruits and syrup and bread. A bit flat palate somehow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1117) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Tap. Pours a deep dark black with a layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of malts, bourbon, and a little hint of chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AKORN (181) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Black in color with a thick black head. Bourbon, butterscotch, smokey, black liquorice aroma. Bourbon, wild turkey, butterscotch ale, char, chocolate and mild malt taste. Low carbonation. Great beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3393) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2014
Black with small tan head.Complex nose of whiskey,malt & oak.More of same in palate plus licorice notes. Big long bitter finish, low carbonation> This is a well made beer, but not a style I care for

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Normally, lower gravity spirit barrel aged beers are pretty much garbage but I think Anderson Valley did a really great job w/ this one. It maybe tastes more like a bourbon cocktail or some sort than it does a regular beer but it does at least taste good w/o being harshly acloholic, over-sweet or old and cardboardy tasting, thus making it better than nearly all of the top rated spirit barrel stouts on RateBeer. It is a nice looking beer too, deep brown w/ a fine-bubbled and long-lasting off-white head. It smells like vanilla, cherry and coffee and tastes about the same. This is nice and dry and every bit as drinkable as any old stout you might find on the shelf--and actually quite a lot more drinkable than most--but it has a deep, rich bourbon barrel character. While that character may dominate just a bit, it does not completely overwhelm the base stout, which adds nice fresh roast coffee notes and a bit of chocolate to compliment it. I honestly started in writing a negative review of this stuff just not expecting much giving my past experiences w/ similar beers but this is really impressive and well done. If you want to be smacked over the head w/ booze and sweetness, you may wish to scroll past this one. If you want an interesting and full flavored barrel aged beer w/o having to split one bottle between twenty of your best beer bros, this should hit the spot.


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