Monday, May 6, 2013
Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout is aged in Wild Turkey barrels. It's pretty good. It pours black with no real color highlights and a thin head. The aroma has the chocolate malt and vanilla/bourbon notes I expected, plus something a little bit like apple butter. The flavor is rich, sweet and spicy. The chocolate and apple butter notes are there in the flavor, the finish is kinda crisp, and there is a slightly boozy vapor that lingers in the nose. This was an expensive stout and I can't see paying the price again. Other stouts by North Coast, Oskar Blues, Founders and New Holland are just as good but a little more affordable.