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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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85
very good

1,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 99 | FT: 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Sammy, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, May 18, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

zestar, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.1%

nmann08, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, May 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

kjkinsey, May 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

GRG1313, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kylehay2004, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jaydoc, Aug 27, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 23, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JAHMUR, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nickfl, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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

russpowell, Jul 21, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Slatetank, Feb 25, 2013
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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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 25, 2013
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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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