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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: 230
Hads: 1,458
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 32.98%
Wants: 60
Gots: 304 | FT: 10
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 Jeffsta1
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this reads more like a doppelbock than a stout. But not a bad one.

Dark brown color, tan head. Lace is ok, not super persistent or fine.

Smell is clean, mild. Nuthin wrong here, move along.

Taste is fairly good... malt with a hint of sweetness, kinda like Ayinger Celebrator. Not super complex. But... ok-nice.

Mouthfeel is moderate, light for a stout. Carbonation is lovely. Not overdone.

Hints of citrus on the finish - interesting.

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Photo of salimoneus
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have tried the 2014 and 2015 versions poured from a bomber, I can say that both experiences were very similar. This is a decent beginner's barrel aged stout, but for someone who enjoys the stronger barrel aged imperial stouts, this beer will have a thin mouth feel, and relatively weak flavor profile. Considering it is only 3 months aged, the lower ABV, and it's just a regular stout as opposed to an imperial stout, it performs about as well as one could expect due to the minimal amount of time spent in the barrel. The bourbon flavors are definitely present and detectable, but overall this beer is not very complex. Again, a good beginner's barrel aged stout, but for the seasoned stout lover you will likely find this lacking in just about every area. In the year-round available barrel aged stout category, I would without hesitation recommend New Holland's Dragon Milk over this beer, and it's probably cheaper at around $15 a 4-pack as well.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black in the glass w/ a very thin tan/mocha head
Smell - Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, roasted malts, some oakiness
Taste - Vanilla, bourbon, some caramel/toffee, some oak, roasted malts
Feel - The only downside to this beer in my opinion. Way too thin

Overall - Don't know what it is but I absolutely LOVE this beer. Would be a staple stout for me if I could find it all the time. Beef up the mouthfeel/ABV....and this is world class!!

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. Ebony color with a clinging tan head. Decent oak aroma. Initially it has a huge chocolate taste follow by oak tannins and light vanilla. There is also a faint taste of Wild Turkey. Unfortunately as it warms it loses the chocolate and bourbon flavors. It also feels pretty thin and watery for a stout.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at De Garde Brewing. Really smooth stout with chocolate and coffee the dominant flavors. This beer is so smooth in fact I might have thought it was a nitrogen beer on a blind taste test. Either way, really tasty.

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Photo of XIII
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

L: Very dark with a short brown head that quickly dissipated. Nice caramel sheen around the edges where light can make it through.

S: A more run-of-the-mill bourbon barrel smell with a surprising shock of booziness relative to ABV.

T: Unlike many of the other reviews I am seeing on BA, this beer had a surprisingly mild taste to it. Faint background of vanilla and oak. Rising temperature from holding my glass has little to no effect on flavor.

F: Mouthfeel is very light and makes the beer excessively drinkable. I'm glad this is single digit ABV or it could put you overboard fast.

O: Decent purchase. Definitely not a must buy, but I am a sucker for barrel aged drinks and had to pick it up.

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Photo of EMV
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Tucson. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Poured a deep brown, nearly black with a finger of off-white head.

S: Booze and roasted malts.

T/F: Warm and boozy. Vanilla and oak from the barrel aging. Roasted grains. Lacking in complexity. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: A so- so Bourbon stout. Boozy but harsh and lacking in complexity. Would possibly benefit from a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pitch black pour and thin toffee colored ring.

S - Dark sour cherries, vanilla, oak, some chocolate.

T - Dark roasted chocolate, bourbon oak, some vanilla, a little cardboard.

M - Thin medium body.

O - This beer is harsh and edgy, needs more refinement.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours black from bomber into tulip, cellared 1 year. Thick tan head, medium retention. Aroma is caramel malts, slight oak. Taste is slightly tart, less caramel than the non cellared bottle and an aftertaste of bourbon. No alcohol burn, body is thin. Left wondering if this batch was contaminated, definitely enjoyed every other bottle of barrel aged I have had from Anderson Valley.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- dark brown, tan creamy head,ring like lace.
Smell-roasted malts, coffee, vanilla. Sweet and quite pleasant.
Taste -sweet, roasted malts, sweetness in the finish and some dryness on the back end. Some alcohol but very subtle. Slightly woody.
Feel- medium to full bodied. Very smooth.
A simple but tasty stout. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this was on sale at either Bevmo or Fred Meyer's, so I grabbed a bomber of it

Beer pours very dark into my pint glass. Typical head yielding pour yields a typical head. Recedes fairly quickly, and zero lacing throughout the session.

Nose is hard to nail down. Sour wheat / whiskey smell, hard to detect much else.

I hate to use an over used term, but the flavor is incredibly balanced. The whiskey bourbon is apparent, but not overdone. A hint of chocolate and roasted malts round out the flavor.

Mouth feel is spot on for an american stout. Full bodied without being cloying or overbearing.

Overall this is a really well done barrel aged stout. I'm not normally a fan of the style, but this one is incredibly well balanced. Would drink again!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and opaque brown with a thick, creamy and generous tan head that fades away to spotty lacing.
The aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, slight sweet vanilla.
Tastes pretty darn good. Bitter chocolate and whiskey notes first followed by some sweet milk chocolate and vanilla with a lingering roast coffee finish and a burnt char aftertaste. A bit more whiskey in the taste as it warms.
Mouthfeel is disappointing, thin and lifeless.
Good beer that a better mouthfeel would improve markedly.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the idea of an affordable bourbon barrel stout, as my frugal soul rebels a bit at $18 or $20 bombers. But you do get what you pay for, and this beer is evidence of that.

Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout is a pretty mild cup of tea. The body is light, the aroma is light, and the taste is light. Now if you're not looking for a powerhouse stout, you may be quite happy. It's quite smooth, and reasonably tasty. But the bourbon is not a lot more than a hint, the underlying stout itself is pretty ordinary, and the beer is not memorable.

Possibly a good deal for the price, but underwhelming among all BB beers.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer started out great, it poured a nice deep brown/black with a thin root beer head that broke pretty quickly. Light could get through, but just barely. The nose was nice, you could smell the roasts and the bourbon quite prominently. But then the beer went a little sideways. The flavor just wasn't there. It didn't taste like anything I expected, or anything much at all. It was thin and watery and the only flavor I got was a weak coffee on the back end.

While I didn't expect the world from this beer, I was a little disappointed. I have to wonder if the year it had on it took some character from it, and that we would have been better off drinking it fresh.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Passed on this so many times I will not spend $10 (NJ) more in (PA) for a 7% ABV bomber. Just not enough of a drink for me, would need another beer afterwards. But a 32oz crowler for $8 is just enough beer and value to make this a buy. And I'm glad I did.

Because this beer is outstanding. Beautiful dark cola looks great in my 5 oz snifter. Nice aroma chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows, little chocolate and bourbon bomb. Caramel and toffee along for the ride. Completely appropriate body and mouthfeel for 7%. Don't believe the reviews complaining about that, I especially like ones stating "needs more malt" duh, then it would be higher ABV.

Bottom line, by far the best 7% beer I've had and will certainly get it again at that price. Hope it's still on tomorrow night. If I had known it was this good would have grabbed more. Top shelf stuff.

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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 charlzm
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on draft on August 8th, 2015 at Grapes and Hops in Ventura, CA.

Beer is very dark brown (virtually black) with deep ruby highlights only barely visible. Decent smallish off-white/light tan head that provides some sheeting.

Aroma is all whiskey.

Flavor is also almost all whiskey, but some weak dark malts and minimal bitterness also put in a token appearance. Acceptable and even a little fun on the palate.

Mouthfeel is thick and thin at the same time. Interesting trick. It's neither as chewy as the best imperial stouts nor as thin as the flavor implies. Very low level of carbonation.

Certainly not a bad beer, but a bigger beer in body, flavor and ABV is needed to stand up to the bourbon barrels.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass, and a thin, light brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of mild, sweet toasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, hints of barrel oak. Flavor follows aroma, with light toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, hint of lactose; finishes with lingering bourbon and mild wood. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Perhaps my first relatively low ABV whiskey barreled stout, and it seems clear that a lighter stout is somewhat overwhelmed by the whiskey character. This is actually well balanced and the vanilla stout character is nicely done, but the whiskey masks it, making this somewhat one-note. The vanilla flavor is a big asset to balance the whiskey. I love whiskey/bourbon beers of all kinds and greatly enjoyed this, but would like to see Anderson Valley beef up the malt body a bit. Delivers what it promises and enjoyed to the last drop.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Notes of coconut, vanilla, and slightly woody.
Bourbon flavor is there, but I expected a more complex profile.
Somewhat disappointing if comparing to the other products of the same brewery, as I like their IPAs and amber.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Well this nice experiment turned out as nicely as you could have wanted it to. While it is a bit thin in texture for a stout (also rather low on carbonation), the Wild Turkey comes through quite well in both the nose and taste. A perfect beer for those of us who can't decide between whether we want to drink a bourbon or a beer, though the fact that it comes in a 750 ml bottle certainly provides a much larger serving of whiskey flavor at one time than the average bourbon drinker is accustomed to.
Bourbon is the most noticeable flavor on profile, but the earthy, woody flavor of the barrel is nicely imparted, as well as a mild combination of sweet malt and bitter roast. Nothing spectacular here, but you weren't expecting a game changer, you were expecting a bourbon-like stout, and you'll get that in this bottle as well or better than anywhere else.

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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 Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a one-finger tan creamy head. Smells of vanilla bean. A medium bodied stout. Tastes of coffee and hops with the bourbon and wild turkey showing up late. Very balanced and smooth, not overbearing which would allow for multiple tastings.

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

Undated bomber at 40 degrees into tulip, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – on opening, a burst of bourbon which quickly recedes into the predominating aroma of roasted malt and vanillin
Head large (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), medium brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good – partial curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with vanillin which rapidly fades into weak roasted malt; flavor dies quickly; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Bonzo
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. Pours black with a two finger tan head that slowly fades. S: Bourbon and roasted malts. T: Bourbon... A lot of bourbon. Under the bourbon there is a roasted malt flavor. Not as complex as I hoped. O: Not bad overall just heavy on the bourbon. Was expected more of a smooth blend of malt and bourbon oaky flavor

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Photo of crag
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Direct pour - black a little head which strong lace. I have a bias for this kind of beer and right away the vanilla and Bourbon odour presented itself. Loved the taste but wanted more malt but with a low abv I'm not surprised.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.