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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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very good

815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 142
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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Photo of ADZA


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown almost black hue with a creamy head and lacing everywhere,the nose is mostly wild turkey with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,moderately carbonated and warming with that turkey first on the forefront but to my satisfaction the ageing does not totally dominate and the base beer is allowed some time to shine with chocolate,coffee and oatmeal and right at the finish the base beer and barrel intertwine for a mix of hoppy bitterness with bourbon heat and overall it's a nice drop and the ageing adds another element that the base beer lacks cheers.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2013 09:22:43 | More by ADZA
Photo of screamking


4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at whole foods poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours almost black with a 1 finger khaki head, nice lacing. 4.25

Aroma-vanilla, light toffee, cinnamon, coffee, hint of milk chocolate, ground pepper. 4.5

Taste-oak, toffee, vanilla, small hint of butterscotch, not too complex just straight up bourbon taste. 4

Feel-medium body, a little on the watery side, coats palate but aftertaste doesn't linger, mild carbonation, very drinkable. 4

Overall-this is nothing more than a bourbon beer, I can hardly tast the base beer in this. The barrel characters just devour the oatmeal stout. If your not into bourbon this is not the beer for you. That being said, I'm into bourbon and this beer is killer. Very drinkable and at a smaller ABV than most barrel aged beers it's totally sessionable. It's not as complex as most other barrel beers but what it lacks in complexity it makes up with drinkability. 4.5

Serving type: growler

03-01-2013 03:47:01 | More by screamking
Photo of ONUMello


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Some coffee, also a distinct soy sauce aroma. Also a hint of bourbon
T: Dark with coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and lightly hopped
M: Thinner than I expected but rich with a light carbonation
O: I always enjoy bourbon barrel-aged beers & this one is certainly solid but not at the front of the pack

Serving type: growler

02-03-2013 23:50:40 | More by ONUMello
Photo of stevied71


2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 13:08:19 | More by stevied71
Photo of itsscience


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with some reddening around the edges and a persistent two fingers of light brown head. On the nose I get woodsy vanilla, caramel, and chocolate with an alcohol aroma, which is surprising given that it's only 6.9 % ABV. There's a roasted malt quality as well. All these flavors are stretched thin in the taste: here there is relatively little malt presence. It's bourbon forward with a dry cocoa powder and vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and it finishes with a moderate hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 21:58:57 | More by itsscience
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter

A- pours a dark brown/black color with a decent size foamy and fizzy light-tan head, that has decent retention, leaving no lace behind

S- sweet buttery caramel with oaky bourbon juice, grainy malt with a hint of chocolate

T- the malt bill is very grainy up front, sweet caramel and toffee kick in mid-palate with a bit of coffee, oaky vanilla with a kick of bourbon on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability for the style, probably because of its lower ABV

O- the bourbon was more prominent than I expected, given the low ABV, however I think the base beer struggled to match up with the other barrel flavors. Still, very drinkable for a BBA stout

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 17:05:32 | More by Treyliff
Photo of smcolw


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Frothy, beige head that leaves ample webs of lace. Slow to recede. Near black color--a bit of light passes on the base of the glass.

Slightly sweet aroma with a definitive whiskey touch. The smell does not have an alcohol nose. Good chocolate notes.

Rich and chocolatey. Starts off innocently, but there's a strong fudge kick in the swallow. The aftertaste reminds me of an after dinner chocolate. i do not taste the whiskey I smelled earlier. The body is thick and the carbonation low. It's a bit like drinking a carbonated, chilled hot cocoa.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:34:17 | More by smcolw
Photo of ArrogantB


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Yardhouse, I think a pint was $7. Looks like your typical stout: black. Head was decent and tan in color. Aroma was a nice bourbon, thick with hints of stout. Flavor was above average, heavy bourbon with roasted malts but it felt too thin. I ordered thus thinking it was Huge Arker and was a little disappointed. I think bourbon barrels are great for beer but the base beer needs to be pretty big to stand up to it, lower ABV beers are just too watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:20:51 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of 57md


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black with about a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The bourbon notes on the nose are subtle, but present. The flavor profile also has subtle bourbon notes that seem to take a backseat after the first few sips. The roast profile is pretty good and the finish is mild.

This offering is good, but there are a number of bourbon barrel stouts out there that are definitely superior.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 20:43:16 | More by 57md
Photo of Cory_Brown


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with about a finger of thin tan head
S- chocolate and light bourbon
T- taste is awesome. Sweet cocoa with hints of licorice and bourbon. Not as much bourbon as I was expecting though. Cocoa lingers and is slightly bitter
M- light
O- great but less bourbon than I was expecting

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 06:36:42 | More by Cory_Brown
Photo of tronester


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A super dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Aromas of vanilla and charred oak. Taste begins with some sweet grain, then some oak, after that is some vanilla. A hint of earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is a little light, but not too bad. Overall quite good. Not as rich as some bourbon barrel stouts, but not as high alcohol either. I will definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 19:49:56 | More by tronester
Photo of mverity


3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours and off very very deep opaquer brown with creamy tan head that held well. Thin collar. Aroma is some dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness. Taste is much the same with no noticeable bourbon or oak presence until the very end. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a body just on the thin side of thick.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 04:10:24 | More by mverity
Photo of MarkQ617


4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third Anderson Valley review, had this on tap at the Village Anchor. Outstanding, almost definitely the best beer of this kind that I've had. Heavy smoke, brown sugar, and, of course, bourbon flavor. Incredible bourbon and coffee aroma. If you like bourbon ales, I can't think if anything better on a chilly night. Only drawback is the price. Usually I don't invest this much for a beer, but this time it might've been worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 03:29:39 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of ToddHolder


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Aroma is strange to me for the style. Lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee on the nose. Poured jet black with an inch thick light tan head that dissipated quickly. Taste is exactly like the nose, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Didn’t get much roasted malt and seemed a little light for a stout. Finish just drops out. Decent but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 15:42:55 | More by ToddHolder
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 full fingers of cocoa head rise up and sizzle, pretty dark brew with some signs of life simmering to the surface, lacing is spotty, this looks nice for about a minute but then the head retreats, not bad

wow, really strong boozy vanilla notes, almost in the vanilla extract zone, melted caramel (more specifically those little kraft caramel squares I loved as a tyke), some dry cocoa powder hiding underneath as well, wondrous!

taste etc...
pretty smooth, no overwhelming flavors, subtle vanilla finish, this drinks boozier than the ABV would suggest (is this just a jedi mind trick?), weight wise this is medium heavy and satisfies in that department, this is easy to drink but... something is missing

the barrel treatment is obvious but there is no there there, meaning there is no depth here, just kind of falls flat. is it bad ? no, not by any means, and in fact this might be great with certain food pairings but overall it seems lacking

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 05:33:06 | More by Ego
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4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

Appearance - a dark thick pour, two fingers of light mocha grip the glass at all points. Good lace, slow to fade.

Aroma - pleasant bourbon nose, not a whole lot else. Wood and whiskey.

Taste - roasty malts, on the sweeter side, some cocoa in there as well. The bourbon is nicely balanced, an easy meld with the other flavors. Not hot at all, the lower abv helps to pull that off. Some coconut on the swallow. Finishes warm, a touch of black coffee, coconut.

Mouthfeel - a touch thin for such a tasty beer, Carbonation is average I guess.

Overall - a really good beer that proves you don't have to turn the glass of beer into a 12% hot bourbon drink. It maintains its beer character very well alongside the bourbon, one of the better blends I've seen under 8%.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:47:36 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of beergoot


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near opaque black body with a thin, brownish head; thin sheetings of foam clinging to the pint glass. Obvious whiskey barrel tone to the dark grain aroma; chocolate; ripe cherries; vanilla. Rich cocoa and milk chocolate flavors; some charred grain; faint hop bitterness if you let the beer linger in your mouth. Heavy bodied; semi-sweet finish.

A very well-done stout with the creamy, dark grain and malt sweetness character shining throughout. Well-balanced and nicely complex while keeping a respectably low ABV; not necessarily a session brew but could just about make the cut. Most of the whiskey barrel notes come through in the aroma while letting the malt flavors do the talking in the overall taste. Very satisfying...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:23:39 | More by beergoot
Photo of _IanMcG561


3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color - dark brown, Tan head

Smell - Bourbon and booze with a hint of roasted malt

Taste - Rich, Malty, Bourbon, Dry, Leathery

Overall - This beer is amazing, drinks so easy while packing a huge amount of taste. Bourbon and chocolate roasted into a delicious stout. The finish has a dry taste of bourbon and chocolate making you want more and more of this wonderful stout. This is by and far one of the most drinkable stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 07:23:42 | More by _IanMcG561
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single 22 oz bottle from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester. Poured into a chalice, served at room temp.

appearance: black with thick Khaki head, nice lace coating the glass,

smell: molasses with a light Bourbon aroma.

taste: thin on malt, Bourbon is very noticeable but is also light. This beer is seriously underpowered. Nice coconut finish.

mouthfeel: light for the style but maybe in a good way, feeling buoyant and durable.

overall: my 1st Anderson Valley beer and I am not overly impressed. This is a 'lite' stout and is lacking in body and oomph.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:34:17 | More by fx20736
Photo of Willytee3

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a jet coffee black with cherry red highlights. 1 finger bubbly head leaves a dense spotty lace.
Smells of warm toffee, strong vanilla, and bourbon mellowed by oak. Grassy oak, wet earth and rum bread pudding. A grain like alcohol carries/enhances the nose.
Taste is lighter than the nose would suggest, yet complex and refreshing in a cola soda pop kind of way. Oak, Vanilla, dry toasted malts, grassy notes, with nice long dry oak finish. The bourbon cask alcohol appears without overpowering but is distinctive.
Feels thin but refreshing, not deep in rich flavors as I prefer my Porters, but perhaps appealing to someone who likes a lighter style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:45:16 | More by Willytee3
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3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i really appreciate the idea of this beer: to make a barrel aged stout available at a decent price and that doesn't overpower you with abv.

the pour is pretty glorious... just an exceptionally inviting glass of beer, with nice sticky tan foam on top.

some roasty notes in the nose but nothing exceptional, the drink is well rounded if a tad saccharine. hint of licorice and the bourbon is faintly there... but it is over all very subtle. i like it. i would buy a 6 pak and drink it everyday.

a little thin overall, flavors on the tongue but not substantial. it is close to being great... would love to see this on cask somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:13:06 | More by colforbin73
Photo of rangerred


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours jet black with a one finger light tan had that settles to a fairly thick ring around the top of the beer. Pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass and some splotchiness on top.

Bourbon is really smacks you in the face in the aroma with the vanilla character being prominent. Wood underlies this along with dark chocolate.

Lots of vanilla and wood char in the taste almost as if a shot of bourbon has been dropped into the beer. There is more roast and coffee evident here compared to the aroma along with dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness and a bit of a watery mouthfeel leads to a sticky finish.

Overall, this beer has a lot going for it but I feel like it just lacks the body to be great. Everything starts out good but kind of craps out midway through. I would get this again, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 01:20:56 | More by rangerred
Photo of cbutova


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
Photo of Tucquan


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-12-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque black with a 2-finger dark tan head a very nice lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, nutty, vanilla, mild roasted malt. Pleasant. Not strong.

T - Initially some raisin bread sweetness, vanilla, cocoanut and bourbon. Then a fair amount of coffee and char. Finishes with a good balance of residual sweetness and roasty bitterness. The coffee and char flavors, while fairly apparent mid-taste, don't linger into the aftertaste. There also bourbon alcohol flavor present in the finish in balance with the other flavors; in other words, subdued.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Thinner than you'd expect for a stout.

O - First impression is this is more like a mildly barrel aged porter. Enjoyable but doesn't knock it out of the park. It's got some nice flavors for a 7% brew but I think I'd rather have their Oatmeal Stout. Of interest, my wife liked this more than me particularly because it was lighter flavored and had a lower ABV. While I was looking for MORE, she liked the simpler, lighter bourbon stout flavors on display with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 21:34:16 | More by Tucquan
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, Malt Beverage aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrels, Boonville, CA. Bahl Hornin' since 1987. Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, CA. 22 Fl. oz., 6.9% alc. by Vol.

Denseness, darkness, utter blackness, Under a large toasted tan head, that drifts down just a little bit, settles into a tight, brown ring.

Aroma: Rich, roasted malts turn out before being quickly subsumed by bourbon-ness. Mollasses, char, raisins, carob, a little vanilla, and a bit of black cherry. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Taste: Boom, boom, there it is: thickness and richness of the bourbon barrels all over the palate. Plump and full and ending a bit on the dry side. And there's the cherry, there's the vanilla, there's the roast and the toast. Mmmm. Not quite so full bodied, pretty much medium-ish….lots of tastiness. Easy-drinking. Not too strong, this one. Lot of bourbon barrel beers are imperial stouts, this one is regular stout. And it's awfully nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:52:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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