Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout

I like beer from Anderson Valley. I like stout. I like the bourbon barrel aging concept. What could possibly be wrong with all three together in one beer? It turns out, nothing. I really liked this beer a lot. Unlike many other bourbon barrel aged beers, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout comes to mind, this one isn’t overly proofed and also doesn’t hit you over the head with the bourbon flavor. Some beers in this style taste more like bourbon than bourbon. As my wife said, “if I wanted a bourbon, I’d have a bourbon.” This one pours nearly black with a small off white head. The aroma is slightly bready. The taste is a combination of vanilla, bourbon, and malt. The ABV is only 6.9% (while not low, it is not high for the style). You can taste a little of the alcohol, which is probably enhanced by the bourbon. The body is creamy, but on the light side. As it warms, the bourbon comes out a little more and it gives you a slightly warming feeling, just like drinking actual bourbon. I would have this beer again. I give it four out of five proper pints.

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