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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very good

1,192 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,192
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 46
Gots: 148 | FT: 5
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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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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.
Had this months ago at the Blue Monkey's Spring Beerfest on draft over a coldplate system. I remembered really liking it and it was the first beer I had that day.

AP: Deep dark brown like a dark milk chocolate bar, close to black. Little head when poured and minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.
AR: Oaky Bourbon/Whiskey is the first aroma to greet me. Hints of chocolate, roasted grains, black bread and a tiny bit of coffee follow. Smells like it should be very tasty.
T: Not quite like the nose, meaning it's more balanced. The Bourbon in the nose isn't the main player in the taste, it's more evenly mixed throughout with the other flavours. It's also more of a buttery barrel type of flavour. It softens on the finish where there's a nice roasty note and then a hint of vanilla from the barrel. It's very solid, just not outstanding. The flavours are there, but they don't 'jump', if you know what I mean. The tastes are very balanced, however.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Stout. This would be a beast if it was chewy. It's not an Imperial Stout at just 6.9% and being aged in Wild Turkey barrels probably added some weight to the ABV, so it's probably just an everyday 5% Stout they started with. I would say most of us are used to barrel aged Stouts that are heartier so our expectations in this regard are higher.
OV: A solid very drinkable Stout with good flavours. If you like Bourbon flavour in your Stout then this won't disappoint you. Just know going it that it's not a chewy RIS style. Definitely worth trying and I would drink it again.

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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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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