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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

929 Ratings
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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 27
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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kojevergas

Texas

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I chose this listing because the ABV on my bottle is indeed 6.9%. That said, the title seems to be simply "Bourbon Barrel Stout." The subtitle mentions Wild Turkey as the bourbon, but it doesn't appear to be part of the actual title. Acquired for $9.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger gorgeous tan colour head. Frothy, creamy, and of good thickness. The 3 minute retention is nice as well. Leaves even light lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Not quite a jet black, but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. To be nitpicky, the head could be darker and richer and the body could be more vibrant. But there are no overt flaws. At this low an ABV relative to the style and barrel aging, you'd think the head would retain for longer.

Sm: Delighfully subtle vanilla and oak notes. The bourbon is definitely there, and it's well integrated with no boozy or hot alcohol notes. Love the bourbon here, but I don't get any toasty notes. Dark malts, cream, chocolate malt. Coconut is a nice touch, and mixes well with the vanilla. Delightfully executed. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Really looking forward to trying this one. A complex, subtle aroma of moderate strength. Damn good for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

T: Hm. The taste is nowhere near as balanced as the aroma. Sweet vanilla up front which bleeds through the finish. Little oak, and even then no toasted oak. Light bourbon character is a highlight. Sweet coconut adds to the sweetness - which is a bit overdone but the coconut flavour itself is nice. Dark malts form the body. Chocolate malt. The beer seems to be overwhelmed by the bourbon flavour - like the foundation/base beer can't handle the additional complexity. The beer suffers under the weight of the bourbon here; this is not seamless integration. No alcohol comes through. No yeast or hop character comes through. Light caramel. In spite of its slightly overcooked sweetness, it's nicely balanced. And the more I'm drinking it, the more I'm acclimating to that sweet vanilla and coconut. I quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Good presence on the palate. Good body, if a bit weak. Complements the flavour profile very well. Good execution.

Dr: It's shockingly drinkable for a bourbon barrel aged stout; I'll have little trouble killing this by meself. The subtlety and complexity of superior beers in the style isn't here, but it's nice to have a bourbon barrel stout I can take down comfortably alone. Drinkability is a highlight of this beer considering the style. I'd definitely have it again on-draught, and I'd love to see how it ages. There's a lot of potential in this beer. It'd make a great starter beer for newcomers to heavy barrel aged stouts - and it'd make a great reminder beer for those of who've had too many heavy imperial stouts that drinkability doesn't have to be restrained in a good stout. Solid stuff from Anderson Valley, but it is a biteen pricey for what it is. I'd love to see this in six pack format. I'd happily kill a 6er of this in a night. Great stuff.

Highlights in this beer are the vanilla, the coconut, and the drinkability.

Main flaws are a relative lack of complexity, the price point, and the lackluster malty core.

Low B+

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:41:03 | More by kojevergas
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CHickman

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black color with a creamy 2 finger dark tan head that had a lot of popping bubbles, faded slowly and left good foamy lacing coating the sides, rings as it went down and a swampy layer on top.

Smells of bourbon, roasted grains, burnt coffee, chocolate and caramel or toffee; the bourbon and charred notes come through the strongest and the overall aroma is a lot lighter than I expected for a stout aged in Wild Turkey barrels. I’m not saying it smells bad, but just weaker than I anticipated.

Tastes likes it smells, with Wild Turkey/bourbon, cocoa powder, roasted grains, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, caramel, charred wood or oaky notes from the barrel aging, grassy herbal notes, and then some more Wild Turkey; the Wild Turkey seems to get stronger in aroma and taste as the beer warms, but it works well with the stout and the malt backbone and does not come off like a shot. The sweetness comes out more after sitting a while and warming, with brown sugar, vanilla, peat moss and chocolate licorice or anise trailing the bourbon and oaky notes; the alcohol is never menacing and always subtle and soft, which is a far cry from a shot of the dirty bird, but I like the way this works with the stout/grains/oats.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost too watery for a stout and much lighter than expected, but the taste is good and the carbonation is like a Guinness and almost flat, with enough flavor to carry it through to a bourbon tasting finish that has sweet vanilla and cocoa notes but then trails off grainy and kind of dry.

This beer is deceptive in many ways as it looks like it’s going to be this bad ass stout with a Wild Turkey kick, but then it hits you like a pillow, with soft complex flavors that come through a very light body and highlight the bourbon complexities without being obnoxiously in your face and overpowering. My friend Chris told me this was a great beer and he suggested that I try it, and I must say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was much easier to drink than I expected and the low ABV to me added to the overall experience and made this a very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 03:30:45 | More by CHickman
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JohnF51

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-12-2014 15:18:57 | More by JohnF51
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gelasin

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-11-2014 05:52:36 | More by gelasin
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djteiwaz


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-10-2014 21:47:37 | More by BeerBeast
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Good Luck in Rochester, NY.

Pours a fairly dark, basically opaque black (with brown tinges near the top that light could pass through), a half inch head, and a very small amount of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, cookie, and very mild bourbon.

The taste is fairly similar. This one reminds me of FW Velvet Merkin- a thinner, slightly watery "session" BA stout. There's a good amount of cookie dough flavor, some cocoa powder, slight roasty and espresso bitterness, and a sort of vanilla coffee creamer flavor as well. The bourbon is slight, and not noticeable in every sip. One of the mellowest BA stouts I've ever had, but it works here.

Medium bodied, fairly thin and watery mouthfeel for the style, but it is only 6.9% ABV. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is not the most complex bourbon barrel aged stout I've ever had, but it's tasty, and drinkable, and doesn't fatigue you like some of the big boys do.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2014 13:01:18 | More by GreesyFizeek
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BucannonXC5

California

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy tan head that settled nicely. Healthy amount of uneven foamy lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a quick whiff of chocolate before being dominated by bourbon liquor. Had a bad experience the last time I had Wild Turkey and can vaguely remember it, but the label reads, “Malt beverage aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels” and I agree. Surprisingly, that heavy liquor whiff gives way to dark chocolate, crayon, sharp coffee beans, toffee, caramel and faint smoky wood.

Tasted better than the smell. Got chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, liquor - bourbon and Wild Turkey, but way less pronounced than the nose -fudge, crayon and light oaky wood.

Full body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish. Worsened as it went down.

An above average stout, but not great. The attempt was great but it wasn’t quite as balanced as it should have been.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 05:21:31 | More by BucannonXC5
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tpacek

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-09-2014 15:01:05 | More by tpacek
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SlightlyGrey

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Idaho

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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irthesteve

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-02-2014 03:56:28 | More by irthesteve
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KlayWey

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-28-2014 19:48:09 | More by KlayWey
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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samtrillo

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Night black with an attractive half inch mocha head.

Heavy of bourbon on the nose. Hits of vanilla and espresso and mocha.

Vanilla bourbon taste with a finish of the roasted malt stout. Not as intense or strong as other BBAS. The bourbon is loosing intensity the more I drink. Other notes of cocoa and a little coffee.

Very smooth light bodied comparatively with other BBAS which makes it very drinkable. Alcohol no where to be found.

Overall it's a session Bourbon Barrel Stout for me... Good for when you need that kick but don't want to fully commit.

Serving type: on-tap

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trippytbta

California

2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Pikes in Long Beach, CA

A: Black with light tan head

S: Dark fruity with a little bourbon

T: Tastes first of fruit and milk chocolate, ends with bourbon

M: Light and carbonated

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California

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Sweden

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