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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rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, wood, and a mild bourbon aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the barrel aged presence flavor wise is subdued. (557 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that took a long time to die down and left large patches of bubbles covering the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has bourbon but also flavors of the underlying stout.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice easy to drink bourbon barrel aged stout that has a pleasant aroma but lacks the complexity in the taste that some of the other barrel aged beers have. (687 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not real often you come across a barrel aged stout that's comes in under 7% abv but carries this much flavor and mouthfeel! I love it. Not a huge wild turkey fan myself, and the specific character of the whiskey comes through a lot in this beer, but it seems to work. Frothy look, soft grayish brown head on a dark chocolate colored body with good viscosity and so e clinging density. Nose is whiskey first, thin vanilla and booze, with sweet oak, milk chocolate, and derived fruit, maybe raisin leading the way in the flavor. Oats might froth this up a little, chocolate malt is robust, and the oak is long lasting in the finish. It's great because all the booze and body of the huge imperials is here, right there to enjoy from first sip, but it never gets hit and heavy, allowing me to consume way more of this than I could some imperial. Props to Anderson valley for putting this one together, it's perfect this time of year! A touch of acidity in the finish is my only complaint (983 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ever-classy Barney Flats gets a serious renovation! Without sacrificing the character of the original, it draws in key components from the Wild Turkey bourbon barrels that complement it perfectly!

With a dark, bark brown hue, the beer evades black coloration but only barely. Capped with a delicate lining of espresso-like creme, the beer takes on a stately cask ale-like appearance. Good retention and light brandy legging reaffirm the notions of quality even to the eye.

The aromas of chocolate, heavy toast, medium roast coffee, and heavy cream rise much in the same way as the original Barney Flats, but as the nose becomes accustomed to the scent, the warming beer invites aromas of coconut, vanilla, cherry alcohol, weathered oak, and unmistakable bourbon to act in complement.

The bittersweet chocolate, toasty-roasty coffee flavors stem from aroma with a consistent feed. But the beer seems wrapped in an envelope of soft bourbon taste without the burn. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, charred oak, and mild dark fruit give the beer a sultry elegance that really sets it apart. It seems that the early palate doesn't register the taste nearly as well as it resonates in finish.

Creamy and delightful, the beer's early marshmallow textures morph into a lush velvety texture of warmth and brandyish sweetness. Light wood tanning creates a powdery sensation that balances the sweetness in conjunction with the broad woody bitterness from hops.

The beer simply exudes class- both from the stout and bourbon standpoints. This new Barney Flats variation is much more than a bourbon barrel aged beer, its a collaboration of taste that dovetail together perfectly! (1,668 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 20oz pint @theunderground in Edmonton. At least the bartender knew that this was actually on tap, plain and clear, unlike buddy there last week. Gah.

This beer appears a very, very dark brown, verging on black colour, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a barely pockmarked wall of painted lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet, boozy, woody vanilla, caramel malt, powdered cocoa, mild coffee, a bit of black licorice, and faint earthy, leafy hops. Like a shot of bourbon sitting next to a chocolate stout. The taste is more restrained on the Kentucky brown spirit front, with stronger chocolate and dry coffee, the caramel malt gaining some crystallized toffee character, subtle licorice root, and slowing burgeoning astringent Bourbon-soaked oakiness.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but settles down soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, and a tad clammy in its smoothness - perhaps a casualty of the barrel perception. It finishes on the sweet side, all that chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and other sundry whisky notes hardly able to be anything else.

If Wild Turkey was indeed the barrel for this particular aging project, that would go a long way in explaining the big up-front Bourbon essence, followed by the drop-off, which here, at least, is picked up by the heady malt of the base stout. Sans beer, that effect is typically unpleasant as a hungry croc, as Wild Turkey is rather unappealing on its own. Nice to see it actually used for good. (1,579 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall crown of tan-hued foam, receding at a steady clip, leaving little flecks of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sweet-scented bourbon notes dovetailed into the Barney Flats scent, with its touches of mild-blend coffee and chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookies.

Taste: Their BFOS presented a steady, sweet maltiness, with semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a smooth, creaminess from the oats and light dark fruitiness. Adding in the smooth vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak elements from bourbon barrels is just gravy. Smooth, sweet-sided finish with lingering aforementioned bourbony accents.

Mouthfeel: Medium, though nicely textured and wholly drinkable with decent amounts of carbonation.

Overall: It's a good bourbon barrel-aged beer. For the bourbon barrel-aged beer lover in us all. (926 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

The way I hear it, this is the only brewery allowed to age in Wild Turkey barrels. I'm not sure if this is entirely true, but it makes for a good story regardless. This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises whiskey, toasted oak, and dark chocolate. It's pretty simplistic, but pleasant nonetheless. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the oak character is lessened, the whiskey is consequently increased slightly (and it certainly tastes like Turkey at this point), and there is an addition of very light roasted malts and a hint of Guinness-style sourness near the finish. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly fluid feel. Overall, though a bit on the thin side and a touch too heavy with the whiskey at times, this is a pretty solid barrel-aged stout. Definitely worth a shot. (913 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good bourbon barrel aged almost anything, Wild Turkey should be interesting... but it's really interesting clocking in only at 6.9%abv...

Pours a darker colored slightly creamy but with big fizzy bubbles of a 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice high water mark lacing, a just about pitch black beer with no real light getting through.

Nose starts with a bit of roasted malt, smoked malt, and a little black patent, that quickly turns to vanilla bourbon barrel, lots of buttery oak, vanilla, and some bourbon to go with it, a light smoked meat aroma with some light roast, otherwise the roasted malt and black patent disappears quickly and I can't find it again, nice caramel, fluffy nougat, and hint of cocoa.

Taste starts again with darker malts but again almost instantly dissolves to buttery oak, and vanilla bourbon barrel. The malts bring a hint of smoke, very light coffee and roast, as well as a light chalky charred black malt and some barrel char. Light bitterness from the roast and a light earthy hop character. It also seems to have a light creamy flaked oat feel. Mild sweetness brings a hint of booze too. Finish is drier but not really much so, a little creamy oats, light char and black malt lingering, some earthy hop bitterness and faint charred barrel with more buttery oak and vanilla barrel, but bourbon is on the very light side overall.

Mouth is a bit heavier bdied, somewhat creamy, lighter but decent carb.

Overall it's not bad, but nothing great. Good to try once, but not much more, and it won't age at all. The buttery vanilla oak is nice, but lack of bourbon leaves a bit to be desired, and lack of overall malt profile as it disappears to the barrel also leaves something to be desired, oh and also lack of carbonation. (1,777 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very black in the small tulip. Not much head in the glass and nothing special to look at. Fairly thin body.

On the plus side, this has a really good bourbon flavor. The aroma is good hooch with some vanilla. The stout itself is nothing to brag about, but it makes a good combination and lets the barrel flavors through. It's not really sweet, and it's a fairly thin beer. Lots of charred flavors which are nicely toned down by the boozy taste.

Altogether an interesting drink, and a good example of how to improve an average stout. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

01/22/2013 update: Had this on tap at Rogue in San Francisco. Lots of vanilla, fruity with hints of mango and pineapple. Warm, rich, and seriously drinkable. (729 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Federal Taphouse -served chilled in a tulip allowed to gradually warm to cellar temp.

The color is darkest brown bordering on black with a thin cream cap with tight bead and lace clings in a stringy pattern on the glass. The smell is fruity and very bourbon influenced with an aroma reminiscent of raisins soaked in bourbon with a mild chocolate malt note and light hint of vanilla from the wood. The feel is good with plenty of smooth malt and moderate carbonation allows the bourbon to accent yet not overwhelm the palate with a slight yeast creamy quality and semi-dry finish with subtle tannin from the barrel.

The taste is great with the aforementioned raisiny yeast fruitiness and slight cocoa blending with the bourbon's sweet and woody elements that have a mild dark malt synergy and subtle toasted taste. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, it was enjoyable and I am glad I got the chance to try it. I would order it again because the original oatmeal stout is one of my favorites and the barrel definitely is an improvement adding to the complexity of the flavor profile in my opinion. (1,108 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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 (678 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Anderson Valley's canned oatmeal stout so when I saw they did a barrel aged stout I was sold. Pours pitch black into my chalice with at least four fingers of tan head, even spread lacing. I like how they kept the abv pretty modest compared to some of the other bourbon barrel aged beers. The nose is beautiful a kiss of bourbon amongst a nice creamy dark chocolate back drop, hints of vanilla and charred oak complement the dark roasted barley in the stout. Flavor develops nicely with each sip expressing more Wild Turkey bourbon characteristics especially the smooth boozy vanilla and charred oak expressions tucked into a glorious dark roasted malt and mild herbal hopped stout, flavors I'm getting are dark chocolate bitter and dry, with a creamy vanilla center it's man candy in the realm of barrel aged stouts. Mouthfeel a bit lighter than expected but the warmth of the whiskey comes through a medium bodied stout mild carbonation albeit natural feeling and smooth going down. Alcohol burns the palate minimally at 6.9% it's a 22 ounce bottle that your liver doesn't mind finishing on it's own. Overall an impressive complex and approachable barrel aged stout I would drink this again and I know it's not too over the top to introduce bud drinking friends who enjoy whiskey. This could convert your friends into craft beer and I can tell it's going to pair great with my AJ Fernandez blended San Lotano Habano Toro cigar I'm about to toast up. Pairing with the San Lotano, the spicy Nicaraugan tobacco goes great with this flavorful stout actually bringing out more whiskey flavors! Leather and oak from the well aged tobacco also complement the flavor profile of this stout, if you try this beer do yourself a favor and pair it with a hand rolled cigar. (1,768 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I chose this listing because the ABV on my bottle is indeed 6.9%. That said, the title seems to be simply "Bourbon Barrel Stout." The subtitle mentions Wild Turkey as the bourbon, but it doesn't appear to be part of the actual title. Acquired for $9.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger gorgeous tan colour head. Frothy, creamy, and of good thickness. The 3 minute retention is nice as well. Leaves even light lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Not quite a jet black, but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. To be nitpicky, the head could be darker and richer and the body could be more vibrant. But there are no overt flaws. At this low an ABV relative to the style and barrel aging, you'd think the head would retain for longer.

Sm: Delighfully subtle vanilla and oak notes. The bourbon is definitely there, and it's well integrated with no boozy or hot alcohol notes. Love the bourbon here, but I don't get any toasty notes. Dark malts, cream, chocolate malt. Coconut is a nice touch, and mixes well with the vanilla. Delightfully executed. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Really looking forward to trying this one. A complex, subtle aroma of moderate strength. Damn good for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

T: Hm. The taste is nowhere near as balanced as the aroma. Sweet vanilla up front which bleeds through the finish. Little oak, and even then no toasted oak. Light bourbon character is a highlight. Sweet coconut adds to the sweetness - which is a bit overdone but the coconut flavour itself is nice. Dark malts form the body. Chocolate malt. The beer seems to be overwhelmed by the bourbon flavour - like the foundation/base beer can't handle the additional complexity. The beer suffers under the weight of the bourbon here; this is not seamless integration. No alcohol comes through. No yeast or hop character comes through. Light caramel. In spite of its slightly overcooked sweetness, it's nicely balanced. And the more I'm drinking it, the more I'm acclimating to that sweet vanilla and coconut. I quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Good presence on the palate. Good body, if a bit weak. Complements the flavour profile very well. Good execution.

Dr: It's shockingly drinkable for a bourbon barrel aged stout; I'll have little trouble killing this by meself. The subtlety and complexity of superior beers in the style isn't here, but it's nice to have a bourbon barrel stout I can take down comfortably alone. Drinkability is a highlight of this beer considering the style. I'd definitely have it again on-draught, and I'd love to see how it ages. There's a lot of potential in this beer. It'd make a great starter beer for newcomers to heavy barrel aged stouts - and it'd make a great reminder beer for those of who've had too many heavy imperial stouts that drinkability doesn't have to be restrained in a good stout. Solid stuff from Anderson Valley, but it is a biteen pricey for what it is. I'd love to see this in six pack format. I'd happily kill a 6er of this in a night. Great stuff.

Highlights in this beer are the vanilla, the coconut, and the drinkability.

Main flaws are a relative lack of complexity, the price point, and the lackluster malty core.

Low B+ (3,658 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but it a recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, oak, clove, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel character; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of roasted/bready malts with a light barrel presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged stout. Nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with a light barrel presence; and very smooth to drink. I was looking for more barrel character in the taste; but otherwise a nicely enjoyable stout. (1,369 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the USNWWC in NC.

Appearance: dark mahogany, but opaque black in the glass. Small head with great retention.

Nice fruity aroma is sweet, with an obvious but not quite overpowering bourbon aroma. Has hints of caramel and coconut. The bourbon comes to the fore in tasting too, leaving this brew a bit imbalanced even though the dark roasted malt flavor does come through. Hints of caramel and brown sugar, a tough of spicy hops. Bourbon and a hint of coffee linger on and on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body up front; thins out some before finishing a bit dry. Good medium carbonation.

Overall: Should not be served cold. Drinks bigger than 6.9%. Has a little bit too much bourbon barrel influence. (720 characters)

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

Served on-tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh, NC

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark brown and dark amber highlights at the edges of the glass. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some stronger aromas of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Lighter notes of oak, licorice, and just a touch of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of roasted malts that quickly give way to the flavors from the bourbon including some vanilla. Behind the bourbon there are light to moderate notes of chocolate, oak, and anise. Light amounts of bitterness with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness with a touch of alcohol warmth.

O: This beer feels much bigger than it actually is and makes you want to sip it very slowly, having only a small serving - impressive to have the depth of flavor and bourbon-ness without huge ABV. (1,250 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - black with a huge, dense, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - huge chocolate notes and huge whiskey notes, woody, roasty

T - chocolate, roasted malts, woody, bourbon, vanilla, some booze; a rather overall mild flavor

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice beer, but it seems that the barrels imparted a far bigger flavor than the base beer. If I had to rate each flavor separately I'd give the Wild Turkey an A and the base stout a B. The base beer just needs a bolder flavor to stand up to the barrel aging. Overall, though this is definitely a good stout and one that is well worth trying. (643 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, my bottle says 6.9%,

A: Pours black with a creamy tan head, spotty lace, solid head retention.

S: Definite notes bourbon with chocolate and coffee notes. Some roasted malt.

T: Dark malt though it's not particularly striking. The barrel character works well, but the base beer is too light to really make this idea work.

M: Light-bodied, a thin feel. Soft carbonation, easy drinking, a solid feel.

O: It's hard to make a bourbon barrel beer work in a smaller beer, and while this beer has it's moments, it's just OK in the end. The bomber price at $9.79 is crazy. (582 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a deep brown with amber hues. Off white head forms and leaves a sheet of lace.

SMELL: Whiskey and oak, possessing a chocolatey malt background. You can really pull in alot of the Wild Turkey.

TASTE: Reminds me of eating s'mores by the campfire, taking sips of turkey periodically. Vanilla and roast, touch of coffee. Whiskey shows up mid palate with a smooth sweet grain alcohol flavor, but really no heat. Hops are leafy and alittle citrusy. Really Good. Not as strong or boozy as some, this is just flavorful.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth feel, soft carbonation. A bit thin which hurts the score. Very light sticky dryness.

OVERALL: Tasty brew, really like what the barrel did to this one. Subtlety works in this genre, let the barrel shine. I must admit, I really enjoy Wild Turkey, so this beer delivered a great 2 in 1. (847 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Idle Hands in NYC. I haven't had many non-imperial stouts aged with bourbon that had a good balance, but damn this is fine beer. The smooth, toast and vanilla liquor notes play off the roasted barley with touches of coffee, sweet chocolate, and oats. It's a medium-weight stout, just big enough to carry all the flavors. Overall, it's a wonderfully complex beer and I went back to the bar for a second. (416 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, served in a snifter.

Appearance - Pours black with some transparency at the edges. Nice khaki head. Great surface wisps.

Smell - Chocolate and bourbon. Bourbon is really strong. Alcohol, but smells more like liquor than beer booze.

Taste - Again its totally dominated by the bourbon. I don't mind that much, though. The chocolate and coffee malts in the back make a faint impression. Roasty in the back. Boozy bite and some sharp oak.

Mouthfeel - It's too thin for the barrel. Without the barrel, it would have a decent body for a single stout. Barrel heat.

Overall - It really is tasty and well made. Not your traditional bourbon stout considering its ABV. (670 characters)

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. (320 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (2,083 characters)

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.