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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutAnderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

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1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 59
Gots: 219 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012

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.
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Ratings: 1,289 | Reviews: 223
Photo of npachl
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really great bourbon flavor, a heavy but good beer

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice color and aroma. Bready, caramel/toffee notes, with chocolate finish. Also great as a float but somewhat boozy

Photo of Geoffq
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very heavy rich beer nice flavors mellow bourbon after taste

Photo of RedBaron73
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. I like everything about only issue was that it was served way to cold. Once it warmed a little i got more of the flavors and aroma I was expecting. Definitely a beer worth trying.

Photo of rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It had the look, it almost had the aroma, it sort of had the feel.
I think what distracted me the most from this beer was that it was over carbonated. The Bourbon aroma was there, but since the abv (6%ish) was low, there really wasnt any alcohol burn or influence.
This stout was on the lighter side, the finish was a bit thin

Photo of mikeminer2009
2.34/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Meh. Expecting a bigger bourbon note.

Photo of BayouMafia
4.96/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draught into a snifter. Beautiful deep dark brown. Only beer I've ever rated a 5 overall as I absolutely loved it. Coffee and great bourbon flavor and the toastiness gives it a great depth of flavor. My personal favorite of all of the BBS's I've tried.

Photo of hoppyhoppy
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok for an everyday beer, but more girlie than I prefer

Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown. Without a light overhead it looks black. It has a thick light tan head that settles down and leaves some nice soapy lacing. The aroma is big bourbon goodness. It doesn't have the vanilla or oaky but the bourbon sweetness. There is also a little dark roasted malt in the background. The taste isn't quite as robust, but both the aroma qualities are present. It almost tastes as though someone dropped a shot in the beer (which isn't a bad thing) but the two flavors don't meld a seamlessly as other barrel-aged beers. The body is lighter in weight as well, not as thick or oily. Just short of great.

Photo of Will477
1.93/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is the first bba beer I considered pouring down the drain

Photo of Beerparrot
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good drinking bourbon stout as the flavor doesn't drive you away if your not a whiskey drinker. Too thin for my stout preference, but drinkable for it's lighter abv. Good intro stout.

Photo of Lard_City
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a piece of buttered toast. Just a hint of whiskey and a real bargain compared to most barrel aged stouts. This beer made me happy.

Photo of lemmy187
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not an huge fan of this beer. Too thin, too much bourbon (for the low svc), and no real presence of the base beer. Rather have had a shot of wild turkey instead.

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black with a thick head of creamy tan foam. Head dissipates slowly leaving a thorough lace on the glass. Pretty great.

Smell: seriously bourbon-ey, with a little bit of roast and coffee coming through underneath. Good, but a bit overdone on the bourbon, I'd say.

Taste: an intriguing vanilla right off the bat, I think the bourbon and wood are very nice here. They're not as overdone as I would have guessed just from the aroma. The stout underneath offers some sweetness, and, again, just a little roast, but I feel like the overall effect of the flavor is very good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: it's a little *too* bourbon-ey, but for the most part is a very well-done beer.

Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My first BA beer, and I might not be a fan. Was not too keen on this one. It was a decent enough stout on the face, sweet and chocolatey and malty. The booziness and alcohol flavor was a huge turn off though. Was not as smooth as I thought or hoped it would be. The bourbon characteristics really took over.

Will not seek out or purchase again. I will try a few more barrel aged style beers though to see if it was the style or just this one that I didn't like.

Photo of Matonika
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Is a dark dark brown. Smell: roasted chocolate malt smell. Bourbon with some raisin s on the nose. Lots of vanilla . Taste: Is a really nice roasted chocolate with bitter caramel and vanilla. Dark chocolate covered coconut. Feel: light body, watery, bitterness hangs around a lil bit. overall: this is not your typical BBS it is 6.5% which is cool because you could drink the whole bottle. It is not overly sweet and heavy. It has the complexity of your typical bourbon barrel beer which is pretty awesome. I like this beer a lot I bought a couple and going to try aging a couple see how a low abv handles a cellar .

Photo of i4ourgot
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on draft and it was served a little to cold. The beer is very dark and has a nice dark chocolate milk colored head. A little disappointed on the aroma and flavor this beer had no Bourbon barrel aroma or flavor, if they had left out the name than bourbon barrel i would not have cared. The beer is delicious but when you put something in the name it leads the consumer to expect it. I did get a little bit of vanilla but no Bourbon notes, so maybe it did do some time in some oak. Great beer but disappointed on the Bourbon thing. The bar charged alot for this beer that doesn't even have hops in it and didn't taste like it spent doing any hard time.

Photo of Robert17529
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am glad I tried it. Easy to drink smooth as others have said a little thin for a stout. Had on tap. Slight ring of foam. I was expecting something more.

Photo of montesown
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leaves you feeling like it is missing something -

Photo of Thebeertree
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great stout, full bodied and deliciously smooth

Photo of banjojon
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Were there rankings higher, I would use them!

Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not usually a fan of Bourbon barrel brews (I like wine barrel ones), but I am always trying to expand my horizons, so I had this one on tap at Melt.

It looks like a stout with a little creamy head - nice. The aroma is dominated by the whiskey smell. Similarly, it tastes like an average, well balanced (not American) stout - with a shot of whiskey in it. The aftertaste, you guessed it, bourbon.

I think this whole effect would be better served by taking a shot of whiskey and dropping it in a stout. Duh. Then you would have some extra kick too. I'm going to try that some time soon.

Photo of docoman
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is 2nd time I've had this from tap and was hoping it would change my mind, but it's very thin, hardly any BB smell or taste... drinks more like a porter, decent but not great.

Photo of JGam115
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly smooth, great French vanilla flavor and perfect mouthfeel. Wasn't too hard to finish the bottle.

Photo of Beastcpa
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Doesn't live up to mid level bourbon beers out there.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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