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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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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 58
Gots: 209 | FT: 8
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:
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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Ratings: 1,267 | Reviews: 219
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3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black with traces of tan, 1/2 foamy head, nice amount of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet milky/lactose sugars, almost like a milk stout with some faint whiskey aroma. Coffee, brown sugars, a little smoke, chocolate and vanilla. Slightly underwhelming overall but solid.

Taste - First sip starts as a classic American stout with chocolate, added sugars and malts, then Jim beam whiskey comes in. Really has a nice amount of beam with being only 6.9% alcohol. Has a classic beam n' coke flavor, espically at the finish. Some smoke, coffee and vanilla is present through the taste.

Mouthfeel - Malts, chocolate and whiskey coats the tongue. More whiskey, some sugars and a cola like flavor gets the palate. The finish is whiskey, vanilla and smoked malts.

Overall - Solid, really packs a punch of flavor and can really taste the beam in it. If you like jim beam then this is a beer for you. Its really smooth, easy to drink and gives you a big beer feeling, wrapped into a 6.9%'er. Worth a drink for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pure black with no highlights, topped by three fingers of dark tan foam.

Wonderful inviting, alluring aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak up front, with supports of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

Taste is the same. Bourbon, vanilla, oak forward. Coffee and chocolate in support. Does not have quite the depth of some other bourbon barrel stouts.

Smooth rich mouthfeel.

It's not on par with KBS, but it is well worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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