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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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Reviews: 215
Hads: 1,396
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 33.51%
Wants: 58
Gots: 264 | FT: 9
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012

Aged for three months in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character.
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Photo of Thorstein
2.13/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

look: dark, but nothing notable
smell: best part about it
taste: the Wild Turkey (is there a worse bourbon?) overpowers any other flavors that may have been present..makes it a vile concoction that ruins your palate.
feel: like sitting in the woods knocking back some bad hooch just to get drunk when you were a teenager.

overall: There are just way too many bourbon barrel aged beers to waste your time on this one. If this is your first and you like it, all the others are better.

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Photo of brandonlovesbeer
2.26/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: dark black. Inch high Khaki head.

Smell: faint hint of bourbon but I had to strain. Smelled light a normal stout.

Taste: Bourbon is barely an afterthought. The stout flavor is fairly light. No vanilla. Hardly any dark toasty notes. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Nothing there at all. If I didn't know what I was drinking I'd say dark ale.

This is what I would consider a starter stout. A starter bourbon barrel aged beer. But for someone looking for a good barrel aged stout, stay away from this. You will not enjoy it. It's a huge disappointment.

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Photo of stevied71
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Don't know what to say, maybe I had a bad one - not stouty at all.

More black IPA than stout.

Not bubby to look at but had a light carbonated mouthfeel.

Caramel bourbon smell.

Edge of head no webbing.

Found to be quite gassy.

I had a Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon before, which may affect this review.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.67/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
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

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Photo of Jeffo
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
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!

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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My first BA beer, and I might not be a fan. Was not too keen on this one. It was a decent enough stout on the face, sweet and chocolatey and malty. The booziness and alcohol flavor was a huge turn off though. Was not as smooth as I thought or hoped it would be. The bourbon characteristics really took over.

Will not seek out or purchase again. I will try a few more barrel aged style beers though to see if it was the style or just this one that I didn't like.

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Photo of MartzMimic
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

On tap at Empire Slice House OKC. Pours a dark brown with a finger of creamy mocha head that recedes quickly. The tap is pretty cold, so there's not a lot of aroma. You can definitely smell the bourbon, some chocolate and coffee. The bourbon predominates the taste, and is a bit much. Some dark chocolate and red plums sneak their way in. Really, really boozy. Medium mouth, but not a lot of oil. The aftertaste disappears quickly. Did I mention it's a bourbon first brew? It really loses any sense of balance as it warms. I'm not likely to revisit this one soon.

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Photo of lujendra
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a good beer, but very bland indeed. I have had trader joe's stout that had better/intense aroma and flavor than this beer. The smell is aromatic, but not at the same level as other barrel stouts I have tried. I will give this beer a try again to make sure that this review I am posting is sane and by no means I was biased in this review.

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Photo of lemmy187
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not an huge fan of this beer. Too thin, too much bourbon (for the low svc), and no real presence of the base beer. Rather have had a shot of wild turkey instead.

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Photo of Maximot
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerparrot
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good drinking bourbon stout as the flavor doesn't drive you away if your not a whiskey drinker. Too thin for my stout preference, but drinkable for it's lighter abv. Good intro stout.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. The smell of this beer is more complex than the taste. Taste is dominated by black licorice from begining to end. When I say dominated I mean it. I had trouble pulling any other tastes from this brew. The smell however was really nice with chocolate,brown sugar, toffee, and maybe a hint of mocha. The taste just really let me down with how one dimentional it was. Beer tastes stronger than the listed alcohol content of 6.3%.Not a great beer IMO, but not horrible either. Don't plan to buy again. Do have a Anderson Bourbon Barrel Amber that I hope wil be better.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Anderson Valley's Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout last week for $10.99 at The lager Mill. I was looking for another barrel aged beer to take to a tasting and since I've never had this one before I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty simple, but it goes well with this name and it's not too eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that was close to being black and it took on some crimson like highlights when held to the light with a finger and a half of tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S= The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed with the bourbon barrel being the first to show up and it imparts a slightly boozy bourbon aroma with not much oak or vanilla coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart a roasted malt, light chocolate and light grainy aromas. The aroma was decent, but I wish it had better balance, the bourbon easily sticks out the most.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the bourbon barrel being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspect that it did in the aroma with the boozy bourbon being the flavor that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes the malts which are on the lighter side and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with a watery malt flavor coming through. On the finish there was just a little bitterness with a slight malt and boozy bourbon aftertaste. The taste was ok, I thought it was unbalanced and the watery malts easily got overpowered by the bourbon.

M- Not the smoothest, crisp, a little watery, on the somewhat lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but i wish it didn't feel so watery.

Overall I thought this beer was ok at best and I thought it was a very average example of a Bourbon Barrel aged Stout, the stout base was thin, watery and not to flavorful and it got overpowered by the bourbon. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, crisp, a little watery, not filling and the taste couldn't hold my attention, one glass was more than enough for me, a whole bottle would be too much. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, I thought it was a pretty nice looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, it wasn't good and the stout base needed to be beefed up a little to balance out all those boozy bourbon flavors. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it, I just don't think it's a good example of the style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer and in the end it left me wanting a lot more out of the stout base, I thought it was odd that a beer under 7% feltso boozy. So far this is now my least favorite beer from Anderson valley and it's on the lower end of the scale as far as the style goes. I appreciate the effort, but this beer needs some work, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Reedbrew
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not bad but not particularly good enough that I'd choose this again over comparable beers. Pretty one-note, very plain, not much bourbon barrel flavor and low ABV.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Drank from my Mane liquor tulip

A - Pours a deep cola colour with a tanned head that reduces to a film

S - Molasses, wood oak and bourbon

T - Up front some nice bourbon notes, followed by some vanilla the finish is molasses and booze

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation

O - A little thin in body to be a heavy hitting BA stout. The carbonation is also a little too much. The finish is also rather uninspring

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Photo of BrownNut
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark chestnut colored with a beige head that sizzles as it rises up, and recedes quickly. Low aroma of bourbon and dark malt. Rich flavor of darkly toasted malt, not roasty. Subtle woody notes, bourbon hints, and vanilla. bourbon is understated. No hop flavor, but firm bitterness offsets the malt. Somewhat thin body, dry and talcy, a carbonation tingle finishes. Woody notes linger. Good, but not great.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is black with a lot of tan head, a good bit of bubbles, and a lot of lacing. Nose has some scorched wood, moderate bourbon notes, light roasted malt. Taste is a bit thin, barrel fades in flavor, some chocolaty malt, a touch chalky, light vanilla. Body is a touch thin, soft carb, soft and creamy feel.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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

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Photo of argock
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.