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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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1,244 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 55
Gots: 189 | FT: 6
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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:
Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012

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3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Edit. I want to make sure if anyone reads this they get it. People complaining this beer is too thin are insane. Thin beers let the bourbon turn into a hot mess, they let ill flavors through from the barrel aging. They aren't big or bold enough to balance with the sharp notes from barrels. This beer doesn't suffer from any of this. It is a perfect lower abv bourbon barrel impact. Something I've never had to be honest as this is a thin base beer and it isn't over powered or soured or whatever.

Now you might not like the end product...that's fine. Some people don't like non imperial stouts period. Still sit back and accept this as a light oatmeal stout with some bourbon barrel flavor and short of price what's better, who does this style even?

I swear I had this one tap a few months back but the abv at the time was listed around 5.9% and on tap. Oh well.

Pours a really nice thick creamy head. The body is a touch thin but it's a nice dark stout body.

The nose is lacking even after a second pour I can't pick up much aroma. A bit of vanilla and a hint of oak, and with the vanilla is some chocolate malt which isn't really a great thing. I don't get much sugar which is common when the abv is lower and the beer isn't a sugar/malt centric style.

The flavor on this one is interesting. I truly felt this was 100x better on draft but I wasn't taking notes then :( The flavor brings out the barrel oak and vanilla and mixes some chocolate and I get either a mocha or a caramel coffee thing here and I can't place my finger on it, it isn't the focus. The problem is I feel like this one almost just had them take a bigger beer and add an oz of water to lighten it. It is possible the oatmeal is that clean, but more likely this isn't a very sweet base beer and thus it doesn't linger. this is both a good and bad thing with the beer.

Dispute the head, this is a bit thing and could use a bit more carbonation. Given the lack of aroma a nitro of this would be amazing.

I really like this beer dispute the flaws and it is flawed. it runs around 9 bucks for a bomber which in the bourbon barrel world is great, but for such a thin beer, it feels like it is a touch high. This all said no review to put out but seek this one out in tap over the bottles.

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Photo of beagle75
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild dark chocolate and spirit-derived qualities such as vanilla and boozy bourbon. Oak is also detectable, contributing a mature mustiness.

T: Begins dry, with weak vanilla and aggressive carbonic acidity. A combination of dark and spirituous flavors emerge in the middle, behind the wake of receding acidity, including toasted coconut and plum fruit. The finish sees additional dryness joined by a strong whifff of husky roast.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; wet, slightly acidic, and slightly oily on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer represents the relatively uncommon practice of barrel-aging a normal gravity porter-style ale. Not surprisingly it is reminiscent of barrel-aged Black Marlin Porter by Ballast Point, yet falls short of that other beer due to a less well-established malt base. It does yield many transformative qualities indicative of the spirit and the wood, but its runaway acidity also leaves the palate feeling nearly scorched.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Brewasaurus
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown, not much light getting through this one. I had to hold it up to a lamp to see some color on the edges. Small amount of a nice tan head. Looks like a tasty glass of beer.

S: Doesn't have a particularly strong smell. A little sweet, but I really had to look for it. Looking at other reviews, I wonder if this bottle was not as fresh.

T: Starts with a brief hint of bourbon that masks a light roasted chocolate, biscuity flavor. The aftertaste leaves a little to be desired, as it finishes a little more bitter than i'd like. I don't really notice the hops much, they are not a dominant flavor at all.

M: Very light, especially considering its brethren in this category of bourbon barrel aged stouts. Good carbonation, but I do find myself wishing it was a bit thicker.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect with such a relatively weak BBA stout, but I was pleasantly surprised. Certainly not as flavor-rich as the heavier stouts in the category, but overall it was a pleasant beer that was very drinkable, like a BBA Stout - Lite. I had it from a 22oz bomber and felt like I could finish the whole thing. I wish the bourbon was a bit more prominent, perhaps to cover the aftertaste. I'd buy it again since it has some complexity, but not as alcoholic as the high-gravity beers.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.