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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

933 Ratings
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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 156
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

04-03-2013 21:50:52 | More by vicsju1991
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macrosmatic

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, essentially opaque, with a half finger of tan head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate, with hints of dark fruit and leather.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and a bit of coffee flavors. Finishes with barrel dryness countered by chocolate malt sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit light for style, but the impression is even thinner since the flavor profile (especially the barrel-aging) conjures expectations of a big Imperial Stout. Very well-carbonated, and the alcohol presence is restrained.

O: A perfectly acceptable beer, especially given the availability and reasonable price range. However, certainly fails when held to the high standards of other barrel-aged stouts out there. Worth a try for sure, and a good option if you're at a bar with limited choices on tap. Nothing I'd go far out of my way for, however.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 20:54:51 | More by macrosmatic
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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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California

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California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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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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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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MikeDAdams

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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irthesteve

California

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KlayWey

Idaho

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

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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

06-24-2014 02:22:26 | More by samtrillo
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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

Overall: The brew is not very complex. no real depth. the only thing going for the brew is that you could taste the wild turkey

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2014 22:05:31 | More by trippytbta
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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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