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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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85
very good

1,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 38
Gots: 125 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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Reviews by bobhits:
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3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Edit. I want to make sure if anyone reads this they get it. People complaining this beer is too thin are insane. Thin beers let the bourbon turn into a hot mess, they let ill flavors through from the barrel aging. They aren't big or bold enough to balance with the sharp notes from barrels. This beer doesn't suffer from any of this. It is a perfect lower abv bourbon barrel impact. Something I've never had to be honest as this is a thin base beer and it isn't over powered or soured or whatever.

Now you might not like the end product...that's fine. Some people don't like non imperial stouts period. Still sit back and accept this as a light oatmeal stout with some bourbon barrel flavor and short of price what's better, who does this style even?

I swear I had this one tap a few months back but the abv at the time was listed around 5.9% and on tap. Oh well.

Pours a really nice thick creamy head. The body is a touch thin but it's a nice dark stout body.

The nose is lacking even after a second pour I can't pick up much aroma. A bit of vanilla and a hint of oak, and with the vanilla is some chocolate malt which isn't really a great thing. I don't get much sugar which is common when the abv is lower and the beer isn't a sugar/malt centric style.

The flavor on this one is interesting. I truly felt this was 100x better on draft but I wasn't taking notes then :( The flavor brings out the barrel oak and vanilla and mixes some chocolate and I get either a mocha or a caramel coffee thing here and I can't place my finger on it, it isn't the focus. The problem is I feel like this one almost just had them take a bigger beer and add an oz of water to lighten it. It is possible the oatmeal is that clean, but more likely this isn't a very sweet base beer and thus it doesn't linger. this is both a good and bad thing with the beer.

Dispute the head, this is a bit thing and could use a bit more carbonation. Given the lack of aroma a nitro of this would be amazing.

I really like this beer dispute the flaws and it is flawed. it runs around 9 bucks for a bomber which in the bourbon barrel world is great, but for such a thin beer, it feels like it is a touch high. This all said no review to put out but seek this one out in tap over the bottles.

bobhits, Jun 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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

WAbeerfiend, Sep 30, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

DanGeo, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DavyJones, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

SanFranJake, Apr 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%

KDNW, Oct 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

mverity, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

JoeD15, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mctizzz, Mar 28, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

tigg924, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.