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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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1,268 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 58
Gots: 210 | 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: 1,268 | Reviews: 219
Photo of BayouMafia
4.96/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draught into a snifter. Beautiful deep dark brown. Only beer I've ever rated a 5 overall as I absolutely loved it. Coffee and great bourbon flavor and the toastiness gives it a great depth of flavor. My personal favorite of all of the BBS's I've tried.

Photo of bonercityUSA
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Navalartichoke
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kraty1
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewduder
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesod
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoppyhoppy
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok for an everyday beer, but more girlie than I prefer

Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown. Without a light overhead it looks black. It has a thick light tan head that settles down and leaves some nice soapy lacing. The aroma is big bourbon goodness. It doesn't have the vanilla or oaky but the bourbon sweetness. There is also a little dark roasted malt in the background. The taste isn't quite as robust, but both the aroma qualities are present. It almost tastes as though someone dropped a shot in the beer (which isn't a bad thing) but the two flavors don't meld a seamlessly as other barrel-aged beers. The body is lighter in weight as well, not as thick or oily. Just short of great.

Photo of Will477
1.93/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is the first bba beer I considered pouring down the drain

Photo of Beerparrot
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good drinking bourbon stout as the flavor doesn't drive you away if your not a whiskey drinker. Too thin for my stout preference, but drinkable for it's lighter abv. Good intro stout.

Photo of MaxPowers
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trifecta1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lard_City
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a piece of buttered toast. Just a hint of whiskey and a real bargain compared to most barrel aged stouts. This beer made me happy.

Photo of lemmy187
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not an huge fan of this beer. Too thin, too much bourbon (for the low svc), and no real presence of the base beer. Rather have had a shot of wild turkey instead.

Photo of anteater
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black with a thick head of creamy tan foam. Head dissipates slowly leaving a thorough lace on the glass. Pretty great.

Smell: seriously bourbon-ey, with a little bit of roast and coffee coming through underneath. Good, but a bit overdone on the bourbon, I'd say.

Taste: an intriguing vanilla right off the bat, I think the bourbon and wood are very nice here. They're not as overdone as I would have guessed just from the aroma. The stout underneath offers some sweetness, and, again, just a little roast, but I feel like the overall effect of the flavor is very good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: it's a little *too* bourbon-ey, but for the most part is a very well-done beer.

Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My first BA beer, and I might not be a fan. Was not too keen on this one. It was a decent enough stout on the face, sweet and chocolatey and malty. The booziness and alcohol flavor was a huge turn off though. Was not as smooth as I thought or hoped it would be. The bourbon characteristics really took over.

Will not seek out or purchase again. I will try a few more barrel aged style beers though to see if it was the style or just this one that I didn't like.

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erockss
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matonika
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Is a dark dark brown. Smell: roasted chocolate malt smell. Bourbon with some raisin s on the nose. Lots of vanilla . Taste: Is a really nice roasted chocolate with bitter caramel and vanilla. Dark chocolate covered coconut. Feel: light body, watery, bitterness hangs around a lil bit. overall: this is not your typical BBS it is 6.5% which is cool because you could drink the whole bottle. It is not overly sweet and heavy. It has the complexity of your typical bourbon barrel beer which is pretty awesome. I like this beer a lot I bought a couple and going to try aging a couple see how a low abv handles a cellar .

Photo of i4ourgot
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on draft and it was served a little to cold. The beer is very dark and has a nice dark chocolate milk colored head. A little disappointed on the aroma and flavor this beer had no Bourbon barrel aroma or flavor, if they had left out the name than bourbon barrel i would not have cared. The beer is delicious but when you put something in the name it leads the consumer to expect it. I did get a little bit of vanilla but no Bourbon notes, so maybe it did do some time in some oak. Great beer but disappointed on the Bourbon thing. The bar charged alot for this beer that doesn't even have hops in it and didn't taste like it spent doing any hard time.

Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robert17529
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am glad I tried it. Easy to drink smooth as others have said a little thin for a stout. Had on tap. Slight ring of foam. I was expecting something more.

Photo of BigJohnShow
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of montesown
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leaves you feeling like it is missing something -

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