Bourbon Barrel Stout brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing in Boonville,
Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout is 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. Malts: Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L &
80L), Roasted Barley, Munich, Chocolate, Oats. Hops: Columbus, Northern
Brewer. ABV: 6.9%. IBUs: 14
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance: Denseness, darkness, utter blackness, Under a large toasted tan
head, that drifts down just a little bit, settles into a tight, brown ring.
Aroma: Rich, roasted malts turn out before being quickly subsumed by bourbon-ness.
Mollasses, char, raisins, carob, a little vanilla, and a bit of black cherry.
Lovely, lovely stuff.
Taste and Overall: Boom, boom, there it is: thickness and richness of the
bourbon barrels all over the palate. Plump and full and ending a bit on the dry
side. And there's the cherry, there's the vanilla, there's the roast and the
toast. Mmmm. Not quite so full bodied, pretty much medium-ish….lots of
tastiness. Easy-drinking. Not too strong, this one. Lot of bourbon barrel beers
are imperial stouts, this one is regular stout. And it's awfully nice.
History of Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel
brewhouse, located in the lower level of its brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon.
Gleaming stainless steel vats brewed and fermented barley and other specialty
grains to create outstanding ales, porters, stouts, and wheat beers. These brews
began as a dream of Kenneth Allen to create the smoothest tasting ales available
When the demand for our award winning ales exceeded the capacity of our
10-barrel brewery below the pub, we built our present 30-barrel facility at the
corner of Highways 128 and 253, a mile from the center of Boonville. That was in
1996, and this brewery saw us through a dramatic period of growth, which
included the introduction of a 12 ounce bottling line and a production level of
15,000 barrels in 1998, twice the amount brewed in 1997.
Yet, the brewery’s growth was outpacing its larger space and expanded capacity.
In 1998, construction began on a state-of-the-art, three-story Bavarian-style
brewhouse. The centerpieces of the brewhouse are gleaming 100- and 85- barrel
copper brew kettles rescued by Ken Allen from a defunct German breweries during
a trip to Europe in 1995. The new brewhouse went online in August of 2000.
By 2010 Ken Allen decided to retire and began to search for a successor to
continue the Anderson Valley commitment to quality. In April of 2010 the brewery
sold to industry veteran Trey White. In September of that year Fal Allen (former
general manager 2000 – 2004, no relation to Ken) returned to the brewery as
brewmaster. White has focused on innovation and quality, introducing the Bahl
Hornin’ Series, expanding the barrel aged program, and increasing brewing