In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Anderson Valley Brewery. I loved their Winter Warmer. I have been wanting to get into more of their beers. I saw this from a friend’s check and photo on Instagram. I had to pick up a bottle. I am talking about their Bourdon Barrel Stout. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their Winter Solstice, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not read that post, please, read to get to know this brewery. Let us get into this brew.
It has a jet black color with a creamy fluffy tan head on this stout. The aroma has chocolate notes with hints of coffee but a strong bourbon whiskey notes. The taste is a whiskey chocolate notes at first. The back half of the drinking experience just before the aftertaste has a smooth chocolate notes. The aftertaste is a chocolate with a light bourbon notes. It is pretty drinkable for the beer style. It is not like rest of bourbon barrel age stouts on the market.
Here is a description from their website (www.avbc.com):
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.
Since its introduction, Wild Turkey has maintained a distinctive distillation and ageing process that gives it a smooth taste and a lingering flavor. Wild Turkey uses a differentiated process whereby the bourbon is distilled at a low proof to seal in its flavors. Very little water is added to Wild Turkey, resulting in a full-flavored authentic bourbon taste similar to what one would get straight out of the barrel. Wild Turkey is a genuine drink with a sought after “burn” that comes from its high-proof, an attribute fundamental to the brand and critical in maintaining its authentic bourbon characteristics.
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Closing, I loved this Bourbon Barrel Stout. This beer is drinkable compare to other Bourbon Barrel stouts. It is still a sipping beer but compare to others it is more drinkable. I enjoy the chocolate, bourdon, to a slight whiskey notes. I was pretty impressed by this brew. This brewery is going to do a full other line when they run through the Wild Turkey Barrel. I am pretty excited to see what the next stout will get from those Bourdon Barrel. I recommend this brew if you can find it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser