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RATINGS: 606   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jethro6191 (460) - Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel with a light to medium body. Low carbonation level. Good barrel aged stout.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (345) - 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 (1161) - 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 (1116) - 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 (178) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nasmith003 (98) - Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Weak aroma (might be a bad pour). Dark, opaque color. Bourbon flavor and aroma immediately hits but quickly dissipates. Finishes quickly and not much body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4697) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Tap at Big Barrel Tararrel 2014. Rather smooth and mellow. Sort of like a milk stout. Brown-black body. Easy going. Chewy caramel chocolate. Graham cracker. Easy going tor a BB aged beer. Tasty and enjoyable. Completely not overbearing.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2005) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Dark black in color... Light foam head... Mouthfeel is fairly thin for an imperial stout, not as much rich roasted malt character as I would have liked... Definitely prevalent notes of wild turkey bourbon, light vanilla notes, chocolate, slightly boozy on the finish... Solid


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