Style: Dry stout aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels.
Price: $10 (Binny’s)/22 oz bottle
Appearance: Chocolate bown with a big tan head.
Nose: Roasted malt, soy sauce.
Palate: Mildly sweet and bitter with some butterscotch and salted caramel.
Finish: Mildly sweet and a little fruity, then a touch of bitterness.
Parting words: My first encounter with an Anderson Valley beer was not a very positive one. This is much better. It’s not particularly ambitious or edgy. It’s just a stout that has spent some time in a bourbon barrel. But it’s tasty. The barrel contributes some very nice sweet butterscotch flavors without making it too boozy or sappy. One might even call this a session bourbon barrel stout. Maybe.
The price isn’t too bad for a product like this, but it is near the upper limit of what I would be willing to pay. Knowing the origin of the barrel is a nice bonus too. Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout is recommended.