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

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutAnderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

805 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%


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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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours dark brown with one and a half fingers khaki head that leaves a little lace.

Smells of sweet bourbon, coconut, cocoa and brown sugar.

Taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, faint bourbon, caramel, coconut, brown sugar and a lottle caramel. Just hints of the flavors without much oomph.

Light body. Light carbonation. Mild sweet bourbony finish.

Interesting but lacking depth. Thin and lackluster. Seems like they barreled a beer that wasn't quite up to the task. There are plenty of other far better barrel aged stouts available for the money.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 06:56:27 | More by ThickNStout
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

On tap at ACBF 6/1/2013 Solid black color smallish tan head. Aromas of bourbon in spades with hints of roasty coffee underneath. Thin coffee like liquid assaulted with too much bourbon. Thin body with a watery mouthfeel. This doesn’t have enough body to stand up to the thinning effects of the overuse of bourbon here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 02:07:42 | More by johnnnniee
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle from Doodler in a recent trade. My man Doopie loves this beer, so I was excited to try it.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Lots of carbonation as well. Splotchy wisp and ring remain with some good lacing down the glass. A little too much carbonation, but good head.

SMELL: Lighter nose, unfortunately. Light bourbon and oak, with touches of sweet cream and milk chocolate. Mute, but okay.

TASTE: Oak up front with light bourbon and a touch of caramel. Medium and relatively dry finish of oak, some sweet vanilla and a splash of bourbon and bitter chocolate as well. The bourbon is okay after the swallow, but it's a little lack luster up front and the base stout isn't really a factor. Weak all around.

OVERALL: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate and a little airy going down, finishing a touch mouth coating.

OVERALL: I guess for the relatively low ABV, this is alright. In the grand scheme of things, however, it's pretty uneventful and underwhelming. Anderson Valley has never really impressed though, so I guess that's not too much of a surprise. Not off-putting, just nothing worth remembering. Thanks again Doodler!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 20:01:48 | More by Jeffo
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Maximot

Colorado

2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bourbon flavor seems slightly too subtle. The smell is actually deceiving for what you get for taste. Unusually thin with perhaps slightly too much bitterness in the finish for its lack of more intense flavors. Nothing in particular stands out to make you say "wow". I'm relatively new to this type of beer but perhaps have been spoiled by higher rated ones. It's a beer I'd recommend trying for the sake of trying it (after all, it's subjective) but nothing to rave about. Not a bourbon stout that improves as it warms. I felt as though I needed to drink the full glass before it warmed , vs other beers in this category which improved as they warmed and breathed and literally lasted 1-2 hrs for 12 oz. Other bourbon stouts seem to encourage continual tastes to decipher the full complexity of the beer, whereas this seems like a stout one would drink for the sake of drinking a stout while attention is aimed elsewhere. Not bad, but not great

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 06:06:13 | More by Maximot
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Onenote81

North Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one shared by a friend last night. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. The nose is pretty weak, as I'm not getting much bourbon at all. Slightly sweet aroma of vanilla, but this is really underwhelming. Decent feel. Creamy and smooth. Velvety texture. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment as well. I'm getting little bourbon and vanilla notes. Mild oak dryness, some chocolate malt present. This beer is just sort of blah. Not much going on. Glad I didn't pay for a bottle. Thanks anyways for the pour, Jacob.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 19:41:26 | More by Onenote81
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a big creamy fluffy light mocha head. Aroma is dark fruits and booze, maybe a bit of chocolate. Bit of vomit smell, blegh. Thin mouthfeel. Sweet malta and candy feuits mixed with alcohol flavor. These non-imperial stouts and porters with the bourbon just don't do it for me. Thin, alcoholic, and no complexity. Just tastes like booze, but without much booze. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 13:35:22 | More by BMMillsy
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BrownNut

Florida

3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anderson Valley is a good name in beer but this is a miss. Disappointing as bourbon barrel aged stouts go and generally as craft beer goes. It's meh, it's almost OK, but it's not at all memorable. It's mild and round and has no real distinguishing character except for a bit of wood taste which isn't particularly good. It is lacking in substance and almost tastes diluted. Almost has a touch of that taste from the bottom of a glass of cola with ice when the cola has been watered down by all of the melted ice. And it's a diet cola at that. And I think that's actually the bourbon taste trying to come through, which doesn't speak well for the bourbon. It has kind of a cheap taste, yet costs plenty. Smells decent, with a nice chocolate frosting note. Smooth. It would be interesting to know what they were going for with this beer. Would not by again. Would not recommend. Needs to go back to the drawing board.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:29:33 | More by BrownNut
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured black with a nice tan cap, which reseds quickly leaving some brown bubbles and a light brown ring stickingto the glass

S: An initial aroma of bourbon and some roastiness but thats about it.

T: Soft burbon notes with a weak underlying body of what was once a stout. I get some oats, roast and light chocolate. The finish is a bit boring with a lingering, light bourbon note

M: Medium bodied, a bit thin for my liking, the stout base there leaving noites of chocolate and roast on the palate. Perhaps a tad overcarbed or bubbly for this style

O: Not exactly why Anderson Valley would take a medium bodied base stout which cant hold up to a barrel and throw it in a barrel? Not enough body on this and really not all that great

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 17:51:58 | More by barleywinefiend
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scottfrie

California

3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a near black cola color with a finger of soft dense head light brown head that faded into a thin fluffy film that left tons of soapy spotty lace down the glass.
S: Sweet and mild nose with notes of raisin, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of roast, a hint of bourbon, and sticky maple.
T: Mild like the nose. Medium roast, faint chocolate, raisin, caramel, maple, brown sugar, and a hint of toast. Bourbon is low and smooth with no warmth. Falls off in finish, needs something more - more complexity. Hint of vanilla in aftertaste.
M: Falls short. Needs more body and maybe more carb. Watery slick mouthfeel, medium body, low frothy carbonation.
O: Would be much better if thicker, but still definitely enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:47:26 | More by scottfrie
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argock

Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Not quite opaque dark brown with 1 finger of light-beige head with below-average retention and minimal lacing.

S: The aroma is not strong with only some hints of whiskey and nothing that really resembles Wild Turkey. The stout base is not very characterful with some caramel malt notes.

T: The flavor is a big letdown with some caramel malt sweetness. There are some dark malt qualities, but they are weak. The body is so light that it seems like the flavors are diluted. The bourbon whiskey flavor is there but very muted. A big disappointment.

M: The mouthfeel is all wrong for a bourbon barrel aged stout -- too thin.

O: This was one of the more boring beers I have had in the last couple of years. One of AV's poorer beers -- I think this is an attempt to lighten up a beer that I don't think really can be light -- it needs the big imperial stout dark maltiness to work with the whiskey character. Without it, they both feel off. I would definitely skip this one, especially at the unbelievable price point.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 03:21:41 | More by argock
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artdob

California

3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very dark pour, served cold, the head fades quickly.

Malty nose comes through well on the chilled beer (I'm usually a room temperature drinker).

Roasted notes with a rather light underlying foundation for the palate. Something strikes me slightly off here?

Robustly carbonated, reminds me almost of a cola.

Interesting brew. Has some attractive characteristics, though something a bit off for me in the flavor department. Maybe has something to do with the "malt beverage" versus beer identifier on the label. No hops?

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:00:14 | More by artdob
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ranger60

New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap at Buckeye Beer Engine.

A- very dark brown, not quite black...nice head with nice lacing.

S- picking up roast notes as would be expected from a stout, but nothing overly complex.

T- very light for a stout...picking up the bourbon, but it's not overwhelming.

M- to me, it seems very thin and without body for a stout.

O- I'd drink more of it, but it would not be a top choice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 18:57:34 | More by ranger60
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 picked up tonight at the COOP for a pricey $8ish... poured into my slim tulip produces a black brew with no light escaping even on the stem end of my glass... the head is dark brown and dies back quickly but still leaves nice sheets of lace.

Light roasty notes... a bit of raisin combines with light vanilla/whiskey notes. Really I was expecting more... more stout qualities... more whiskey qualities... really light across the board.

Flavors are again pretty light.. a deep raisin element moves mid palate to the finish.. whiskey notes are light.... this is a decent porter, but not a stout IMO.

The body is medium with a creamy effervescent carbonation.

Okay at best... I had super high hopes for this one. I will not buy again.

4/3/3/3.5/3.25

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:52:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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farrago

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tops off past a finger of very dark brown foam, mix of all bubble sizes and simmers down to the surface quickly, weak lacing left behind. The liquid is a thick, impenetrable black, vague tint of yellow at the rims and surface, you can see a few tiny bubbles here and there. The bourbon comes through easily in the nose, caramel, vanilla and butter, light plum fruit with a vestige of prune but it mostly surprises you for the lack of anything happening, no real roastiness, no hops, just the sweet oak and some fruit and chocolate. Medium-bodied, creamy and soft, the carbonation is moderate and makes things even fluffier. Does have some tingle, maybe from the barrel toast yet still not close to full on roast/toast. Cola, vanilla, chocolate, at many times tastes like Dr. Pepper’s. The lack of body evident through the finish as it trails off, can’t say it is trying to end cleanly. The barrel treatment much more evident in the nose. You don’t get much fruitiness here, notch up of nuttiness. You keep waiting for it to kick in and it really never does.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 02:10:01 | More by farrago
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap over the weekend at The Dive Bar in Worcester, MA. Notes taken at time of consumption.

A- Pitch black pour to a pint glass with a tan-brown cap of foam atop the brew. Head rises to about a finger high with a creamy texture. Good retention but eventually falls to a frothy ring with some spotty lace drizzle down the glass.

S- Cocoa maltiness up front in an aroma lacking strength for a Stout. Roasty and caramel malts with just a tiny hint of Bourbon barrels.

T- As with the aroma, just lacks a certain character of Stouts. Barrel presence is also a bit low with just tiny hints of whiskey and vanilla. Toasty, cocoa and roasted malts with some caramel make up a bulk of the flavor. Eventually some coffee, mild black currant fruitiness and cereal grain hints come out. Mild soy-cola feel.

MF- Silky, lighter end body with a moderate level of carbonation. Feels a bit thin overall and lacking of texture.

Just seems a bit faint in both the aroma and taste. Well balanced but nothing really jumps out on the palate to carry the beer forward. Gets better with warmth and time but never really reaches that high. There are just too many good Bourbon stouts out there I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 01:19:36 | More by cbutova
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Good head retention, decent lacing

S: Faint bourbon & raisin notes, figgyness

T: Dark fruit, carob, dryness, faint boozeyness & leafy hops up front. Raisins, prunes, faint coffee notes, leafy hops & dryness as this warms

MF: Light body, assertive carbonation, stays thin, but does smooth out a bit once warm

Not enough malt backbone to make this work, compared to their Oatmeal stout, this is a joke. Easily the worst beer from Anderson Valley I've ever had. Have these guys been taken over by corporate whores?

Sub-par, taste like a watered down stout with a splash of cheap bourbon hastily poured in

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:12:24 | More by russpowell
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml
A: black and opaque
S: At opening -- BIG! Charred barrel, winey, sourdough, cola/moka/coffee, black licorice. This aroma mellows out within a few minutes.
T: Rich and mellow flavour. A big surprise considering how massive the aroma is. I'm not getting much more than a dark maltiness with some bright coffee/licorice notes. Simple, tight, somewhat bitter. Alcoholic in the finish with the heat to go with it. Quite a kick for 6.9%.
M: medium-full bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
O: It's a nice beer but there's nothing really great about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:42:45 | More by EspressoGuy
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Any beer with "Bourbon Barrel Stout" on the label is going to pique my interest. Then, I was surprised to see that this is a relatively low-ABV version, and I was interested to see where this went: in the past my experience with bourbon stouts has almost certainly been limited to Imperial version. 22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a dark, murky black, browning at the edges. Head forms a very fine, silky ring after settling out quickly. Some very fine but quite minimal lacing around the edges of the glass. Carbonation is fine enough, but it moves through the body quickly. Overall, it looks decent enough.

Nose certainly picks up some bourbon: and oddly, more bourbon than oak, with a definite corn character coming through, and a spicy booze note, without a lot of smooth oaky characters. Certainly there's no oaky vanilla, coconut or rounded wood notes. What's there is that sweet corn character, laced with some darkness that comes through as a compacted vegemite character above some slightly overdone toast. Together, it's almost reminiscent of an acidity. It's weird, and I can't say I love it all that much.

Taste is also not all that great, but for quite different reasons. Here the lack of body is sorely evident, and it's what's missing the most from the beer. Thin entry, backed with lashings of sickly bourbon characters that drop out quickly. What's left is a bready, grainy character that lingers long efter everyone else has disappeared trying to avoid it. Finish has a slight kick of sweetness, again possibly the bourbon: but this has an almost butterscotch cloy to it. Feel is very light, but with enough stickiness to keep some of those flavours around for too long.

Nope, this doesn't work for me. In fact, this beer probably explains why my experience with bourbon barrel stouts has to date been only Imperial versions. The bourbon doesn't do anything for this beer, and in fact probably harms it. It takes over the stout, without providing much good characters itself. The flavours are assertive, but they just don't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:57:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
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beagle75

Iowa

3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild dark chocolate and spirit-derived qualities such as vanilla and boozy bourbon. Oak is also detectable, contributing a mature mustiness.

T: Begins dry, with weak vanilla and aggressive carbonic acidity. A combination of dark and spirituous flavors emerge in the middle, behind the wake of receding acidity, including toasted coconut and plum fruit. The finish sees additional dryness joined by a strong whifff of husky roast.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; wet, slightly acidic, and slightly oily on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer represents the relatively uncommon practice of barrel-aging a normal gravity porter-style ale. Not surprisingly it is reminiscent of barrel-aged Black Marlin Porter by Ballast Point, yet falls short of that other beer due to a less well-established malt base. It does yield many transformative qualities indicative of the spirit and the wood, but its runaway acidity also leaves the palate feeling nearly scorched.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 19:54:10 | More by beagle75
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. Just under one finger of frothy light brown head formed, but it fell quite quickly.

3.75 S: The nose on this is very nice, but the focus is definitely on the bourbon instead of the beer. The base offers modest amounts of roastiness, chocolate, and caramel with a touch of ash and butter. The bourbon is leathery, but clean without any sharpness. Touch of nondescript fruitiness, oak, vanilla, and perhaps a hair of peat.

3.25 T: Taste also features the bourbon. Pretty much tastes like the nose, except that the base beer is even more muted. On the drier side without much complexity.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is really lacking in body and creaminess. It's not bad, it just isn't good either.

3.25 D: It's worth a try I guess, but it's not something worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:18:21 | More by DavoleBomb
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color with a thin cappuccino colored head.

Chocolate, light notes of vanilla and roasted malt. No wood notes. I wouldn't guess it was barrel aged but rather with vanilla beans.

Again, tastes more like a vanilla porter than a barrel aged stout except for a boozy finish. It doesn't pick up any of the charred oak that's so appealing but instead comes as a neutral booze.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin for the style. I was shocked that the abv is only 6.9%. A much heavier body is needed to hold up to barrel aging and I'm not sure why they'd try and make this so small.
To go along with being thin, it has too much carbonation.

It's somewhat of a mess and I can't understand why they'd attempt this with such a light and carbonated base beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:04:38 | More by Vonerichs
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a sucker for anything barrel-aged, I felt compulsed to pick this up when I saw it on the shelf across the river in Wisconsin. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is nearly as dark as the soul of a bad movie (Road House comes to mind right now, for some reason). Heady for a middleweight stout. Nose is lighter than the acting skills in Dirty Dancing; faint malt, not much else.

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout (say that nine times fast) kills brain cells without a ton of benefit. Most of the beer is tied up in the distinctive Wild Turkey notes that cascade down the back of the throat & really stick around. Base beer brings roast, milkshake, touch of vanilla. Booziness on the end chips up the interest some. Not sure the base beer is big or thick enough to support the barrel, but hey.

The barrel is really dominant here, as the base beer is somewhat dazed & lost amist the Turkey. Interesting to taste so much of the barrel, though; pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 04:32:25 | More by maximum12
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bobhits

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 04:21:29 | More by bobhits
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FosterJM

California

3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

1724th Review on BA
Draft to Cervoise
16oz

@Yardhouse, Chino Hills, CA

App- When this came to the table. I was actually really impressed with the pour. Even in the late hours of 1AM, the darkness of the lighting of the restaurant, this beer shined. It was a dark black with a solid 2 fingers of a creme looking head that fall semi fast with a great amount of thick gobby cling down the sides.

Smell- I am a fan of Anderson Valley and generally like the Oatmeal Stout. I am curious WTF happened to this beer. The original beer is layered with malty, flaky oats and a bit of chocolate. This has none of that. It was grainy, boozy, unbalanced and pure Wild Turkey.

Taste- I can handle my beers that are barrel aged. I enjoy the burn, I like the vanilla and oak and bigger flavors. I couldnt do this beer. I only drank 1/2 the glass and couldnt handle the lack of unbalance behind it. This lacked refinement with the oatmeal, the malts and the booze being tied into one unit. Just needed more behind it to balance it all out.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A huge amount of roast and malts behind this without balance. The barrel just adds way too much booze instead of complimenting the base beer, it takes over.

Drink- I wanted to love this, sadly I didnt Nothing but mess and lack of balance behind it. No vanilla, no oak and no balance. Sadly, I wont come back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 01:36:29 | More by FosterJM
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beertunes

Washington

3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black with3/4 inch of tan head that had medium retention and lacing.

A slightly sweet malt scent was at the front of the aroma, with a bourbon scent that nicely added a counter-point. On the tongue, it was pretty much the same, perhaps the base beer was a bit too sweet, but an intelligent hand was used in the barreling/blending process, as the bourbon complemented the beer very nicely indeed.

The body was much thinner than I expect in the style, this felt more like a light Porter. Drinkability was excellent, my glass disappeared quickly, and I think there'll be another in my future. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Maybe not one that will please the "MOAR EXTREME NOW" crowd, but a thoroughly enjoyable brew. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

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