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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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1,049 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 99 | FT: 5
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

od_sf, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Massbmx, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

bigfnjoe, Feb 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

sendbeer, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

waddellc2, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Chadhowie, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ryser2k, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Auraan, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

strongaf, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

jriggins6, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

oldvines, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

vodkammunion90, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

1724th Review on BA
Draft to Cervoise

@Yardhouse, Chino Hills, CA

App- When this came to the table. I was actually really impressed with the pour. Even in the late hours of 1AM, the darkness of the lighting of the restaurant, this beer shined. It was a dark black with a solid 2 fingers of a creme looking head that fall semi fast with a great amount of thick gobby cling down the sides.

Smell- I am a fan of Anderson Valley and generally like the Oatmeal Stout. I am curious WTF happened to this beer. The original beer is layered with malty, flaky oats and a bit of chocolate. This has none of that. It was grainy, boozy, unbalanced and pure Wild Turkey.

Taste- I can handle my beers that are barrel aged. I enjoy the burn, I like the vanilla and oak and bigger flavors. I couldnt do this beer. I only drank 1/2 the glass and couldnt handle the lack of unbalance behind it. This lacked refinement with the oatmeal, the malts and the booze being tied into one unit. Just needed more behind it to balance it all out.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A huge amount of roast and malts behind this without balance. The barrel just adds way too much booze instead of complimenting the base beer, it takes over.

Drink- I wanted to love this, sadly I didnt Nothing but mess and lack of balance behind it. No vanilla, no oak and no balance. Sadly, I wont come back to this one.

FosterJM, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Jsmitty1967, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Braz, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Yardhouse in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served opaque black, with a 2 finger head. Great retention. Solid lacing with good stick around the glass.

Smell - Sweet bourbon aroma. Lesser notes of your typical roasted malt qualities. Not much outside that.

Taste - Sweet whiskey flavor upfront, followed by faint, chalky chocolate character. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, though it thins out quickly before finishing rather dry. Moderate carbonation.

Overall - Not bad, but not really my bag. Too much whiskey character, and not enough stout. In the end, it just doesn't strike me as a beer I'd want to try again.

TheSixthRing, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Kahlerbock, Feb 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Akuma35, Feb 04, 2013
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

ONUMello, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with heavy lacing. Smell is ripe with hot wild turkey biurbon and plenty of chocolate, vanilla, and a stiff helping of barrel char character. Taste starts with rich chocolate that is somewhat thin, heavy on vanilla and booze. Light waves of fudge followed by heat. Taste is more of the same, light cocoa and vanilla with light oak and bourbon quality. Mouthfeel is thin. With moderate carbonation. Overall, worth a try.

homebrew311, Feb 03, 2013
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.