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

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tempest on 10-27-2012

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Photo of bbtkd
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, 6.9% ABV, 14 IBU. Pours medium thickness, black, with 3+ fingers of tan head, not much lacing. Nose is very slight bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is slightly bitter coffee, maltiness, and not much bourbon taste at all. Some might call the taste "watery", but I like it. Mouthfeel is decent, and overall I would get it again.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours black with small light brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and bourbon. Chocolate flavor with plenty of roasty notes and some bourbon character. Medium-bodied with lingering roasty and bourbon finish. Just ok.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much just under 4 across the board - all look, smell, taste and feel are typically good but nothing especially great. Feel is a bit light, flavor is a bit one note. It's nothing at all wrong, it's all very nice.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lacking in bourbon taste and dulled in flavor, this bourbon barrel stout is the most lack luster I have had. Not a lot of bourbon, thinner stout. Overall a miss - but not being a big fan of the overwhelming bourbon flavor, I liked it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with 2 finger tan head that dies quick with little lace. Aroma has notes of bread and roasted malts, wood, hints of chocolate and vanilla. Smooth, light bodied stout, woodiness helps it easily pass with notes of bread and roasted malts, remote coffee, balancing with a vanilla (& chocolate?) sweetness and has slightly dry and boozy finish (and I swear I get hints of toffee and figs on backend).

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Photo of Wontonst
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black concoction with a head that very quickly fizzes away, leaving just this inky liquid. Very nice nose, though not as strong as other bourbon barrel stouts. Very nice vanilla, caramel, roasted malts. The taste was too tart for a stout in my opinion, though the finish is very nice. The mouthfeel is smooth but overcarbonated.

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

Had on tap at Yardhouse and bottle pour at home. No noticeable difference other than on tap was slightly higher carbonation. Light bourbon on the nose with maple vanilla woody smell also. Tastes of light bourbon and roasted malts with light wood/maple and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a BBS IMO almost porter like but definitely makes it easy drinking and at 6.9abv she drinks well. A good BBS if the 11-12% BBS are too much.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma Is alcohol, bourbon. Beautiful looking beer. Taste is mostly Smokey bourbon. Also some barley, coffee, pecans, . Maybe too much whiskey flavor.....not enough stout. Good beer nevertheless."

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