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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85
very good

1,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 57
Gots: 238 | FT: 9
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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: 1,321 | Reviews: 232
Photo of Bonzo
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. Pours black with a two finger tan head that slowly fades. S: Bourbon and roasted malts. T: Bourbon... A lot of bourbon. Under the bourbon there is a roasted malt flavor. Not as complex as I hoped. O: Not bad overall just heavy on the bourbon. Was expected more of a smooth blend of malt and bourbon oaky flavor

Photo of clanderson505
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$10 for 22oz Pretty nice Yeah

Photo of crag
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Direct pour - black a little head which strong lace. I have a bias for this kind of beer and right away the vanilla and Bourbon odour presented itself. Loved the taste but wanted more malt but with a low abv I'm not surprised.

Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bourbon and beer a winning combination. Wild Turkey is pretty sweet. Loved it.

Photo of blues_fever
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Vegas at Yard House, solid.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black draft pour with ruby edges; beige/lite tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt/cocoa nibs nose. Chocolate up front, whiskey on exhale; toffee and oaky vanilla as liquid warms. Medium lite mouthfeel and creamy tongue coating. Very good- whiskey flavor balances nicely with warm wood and malt flavors.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Really nice bourbon notes come through right away, but it's a very thin stout with no substance. I had much higher hopes....pretty disappointed

Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Bourbon Barrel Stout is brewed in the style of an American Stout aged 3 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a milk chocolate color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotted. 3

(Smell) Moderate roast, some chocolate and delicate bourbon elements of soft vanilla and lightly toasted oak. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is far more profound than the aroma of this beer. Medium roasted barley, chocolate malt, some light caramel syrup and subtle molasses, finishing on a lingering note of bourbon with strong vanilla and medium toasted oak presence. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, oily, clean and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate, featuring a light frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is earthy bitter and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest, and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout will find fair balance of quality, affordability and availability for those times when a superior barrel aged Imperial stout is unavailable. While this Bourbon Barrel Stout has a solid enough malt base for barrel aging and is generally enjoyable, I feel that the bourbon character in this beer seems poured over the top and was not weaved as delicately into this beer as it could be, with just a bit too much Bourbon exposed and not enough barrel character. Considering, however that the time spent in barrels equates to about 3 months, and that this beer constitutes a year-round release, I'm more impressed than disappointed in the quality of this beer. At the right price, it's worth the money. 3.5

Anderson Valley Brewing Company's
Bourbon Barrel Stout
3.57/5.00

Photo of Beglane
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beginning swept in as a hawk would do to its unexpecting pray, swift, agile, and with dominating power. The middle dragged on to lengths I didn't think possible, tending to every taste bud, ramonsing my aging mouth once again what it felt like to be young. Following Anderson Valleys reputation, the stout swept in for the strong hard finish. Bravo

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 .

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