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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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 46
Gots: 146 | FT: 6
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled version...different from the keg version (at least as far as ABV is concerned). Pours a beautiful dark black color with a medium-large, frothy tan head that disappears rather quickly. A good-lookin beer. Scent is lacking a bit... a little on the light side. Mellow bourbon flavors with sweet chocolate and hints of vanilla. Some nuttiness and dark malt aromas. Hoping the flavors are a bit more aggressive. They sure are! I mean, as aggressive as a 6.9% bourbon barrel aged stout can be. Lovely barrel flavors...definitely pick up the bourbon. Still has the characteristics of an easy-drinking, sessionable stout...but with much more complexity due to barrel aging. Nice coffee flavors with a bit of toffee and vanilla. Somewhat dry, malty finish. Tasty and enjoyable from first sip to the last. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit. Could be more heavy, as this one is light and creamy...almost like Guinness on nitro, but less watery. Drinkability is high. This beer and the bourbon barrel aged nut brown ale I had from Alesmith are part of the beginning of a new craze in craft beer. I really enjoy these low ABV bourbon barrel aged beers, because you get to enjoy a good amount of it without becoming completely intoxicated, yet you obtain those tasty bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes. Win-win. Solid beer. Haven't had the lower ABV draft version, but this one is quite enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 05.09.14.

A: Midnight black with some red at the bottom. Tan 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S: Vanilla, caramel. I could smell it from an arm's length away while pouring. Magnificent!

T: Vanilla, caramel, bourbon dominate. Very slight char is there too as well as milk chocolate.

M: Creamy smooth. A bit watery but the ABV is very low for a BB stout, so whatever.

O: This was my first BB stout. I'm an addict now because of this one. The vanilla, caramel, and bourbon are strong. It is surprisingly complex. The ABV is low, but there is always Huge Arker for something heavier in the mouth.

Rating: A

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ever-classy Barney Flats gets a serious renovation! Without sacrificing the character of the original, it draws in key components from the Wild Turkey bourbon barrels that complement it perfectly!

With a dark, bark brown hue, the beer evades black coloration but only barely. Capped with a delicate lining of espresso-like creme, the beer takes on a stately cask ale-like appearance. Good retention and light brandy legging reaffirm the notions of quality even to the eye.

The aromas of chocolate, heavy toast, medium roast coffee, and heavy cream rise much in the same way as the original Barney Flats, but as the nose becomes accustomed to the scent, the warming beer invites aromas of coconut, vanilla, cherry alcohol, weathered oak, and unmistakable bourbon to act in complement.

The bittersweet chocolate, toasty-roasty coffee flavors stem from aroma with a consistent feed. But the beer seems wrapped in an envelope of soft bourbon taste without the burn. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, charred oak, and mild dark fruit give the beer a sultry elegance that really sets it apart. It seems that the early palate doesn't register the taste nearly as well as it resonates in finish.

Creamy and delightful, the beer's early marshmallow textures morph into a lush velvety texture of warmth and brandyish sweetness. Light wood tanning creates a powdery sensation that balances the sweetness in conjunction with the broad woody bitterness from hops.

The beer simply exudes class- both from the stout and bourbon standpoints. This new Barney Flats variation is much more than a bourbon barrel aged beer, its a collaboration of taste that dovetail together perfectly!

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours and off very very deep opaquer brown with creamy tan head that held well. Thin collar. Aroma is some dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness. Taste is much the same with no noticeable bourbon or oak presence until the very end. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a body just on the thin side of thick.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black in color, 3/4 inch head, low carbonation, opaque

Smell: light chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: oak, chocolate, toffee, cocoa--a bit of Tootsie Roll taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, heavy body, sweet with oakiness

Overall: I was impressed with the oakiness of this beer at first, but unfortunately the taste did not carry all the way through this beer. It was still strong enough, but I wish the flavor was a bit stronger. Still I would get this one again if I saw it on tap. Not quite what I would call good, but certainly one of the better brews from Anderdon Valley.

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