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

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tempest on 10-27-2012

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Photo of charlzm
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on draft on August 8th, 2015 at Grapes and Hops in Ventura, CA.

Beer is very dark brown (virtually black) with deep ruby highlights only barely visible. Decent smallish off-white/light tan head that provides some sheeting.

Aroma is all whiskey.

Flavor is also almost all whiskey, but some weak dark malts and minimal bitterness also put in a token appearance. Acceptable and even a little fun on the palate.

Mouthfeel is thick and thin at the same time. Interesting trick. It's neither as chewy as the best imperial stouts nor as thin as the flavor implies. Very low level of carbonation.

Certainly not a bad beer, but a bigger beer in body, flavor and ABV is needed to stand up to the bourbon barrels.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass, and a thin, light brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of mild, sweet toasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, hints of barrel oak. Flavor follows aroma, with light toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, hint of lactose; finishes with lingering bourbon and mild wood. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Perhaps my first relatively low ABV whiskey barreled stout, and it seems clear that a lighter stout is somewhat overwhelmed by the whiskey character. This is actually well balanced and the vanilla stout character is nicely done, but the whiskey masks it, making this somewhat one-note. The vanilla flavor is a big asset to balance the whiskey. I love whiskey/bourbon beers of all kinds and greatly enjoyed this, but would like to see Anderson Valley beef up the malt body a bit. Delivers what it promises and enjoyed to the last drop.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Notes of coconut, vanilla, and slightly woody.
Bourbon flavor is there, but I expected a more complex profile.
Somewhat disappointing if comparing to the other products of the same brewery, as I like their IPAs and amber.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Well this nice experiment turned out as nicely as you could have wanted it to. While it is a bit thin in texture for a stout (also rather low on carbonation), the Wild Turkey comes through quite well in both the nose and taste. A perfect beer for those of us who can't decide between whether we want to drink a bourbon or a beer, though the fact that it comes in a 750 ml bottle certainly provides a much larger serving of whiskey flavor at one time than the average bourbon drinker is accustomed to.
Bourbon is the most noticeable flavor on profile, but the earthy, woody flavor of the barrel is nicely imparted, as well as a mild combination of sweet malt and bitter roast. Nothing spectacular here, but you weren't expecting a game changer, you were expecting a bourbon-like stout, and you'll get that in this bottle as well or better than anywhere else.

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Photo of Reedbrew
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not bad but not particularly good enough that I'd choose this again over comparable beers. Pretty one-note, very plain, not much bourbon barrel flavor and low ABV.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a one-finger tan creamy head. Smells of vanilla bean. A medium bodied stout. Tastes of coffee and hops with the bourbon and wild turkey showing up late. Very balanced and smooth, not overbearing which would allow for multiple tastings.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 40 degrees into tulip, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – on opening, a burst of bourbon which quickly recedes into the predominating aroma of roasted malt and vanillin
Head large (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), medium brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good – partial curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with vanillin which rapidly fades into weak roasted malt; flavor dies quickly; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Bonzo
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. Pours black with a two finger tan head that slowly fades. S: Bourbon and roasted malts. T: Bourbon... A lot of bourbon. Under the bourbon there is a roasted malt flavor. Not as complex as I hoped. O: Not bad overall just heavy on the bourbon. Was expected more of a smooth blend of malt and bourbon oaky flavor

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Photo of crag
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Direct pour - black a little head which strong lace. I have a bias for this kind of beer and right away the vanilla and Bourbon odour presented itself. Loved the taste but wanted more malt but with a low abv I'm not surprised.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black draft pour with ruby edges; beige/lite tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt/cocoa nibs nose. Chocolate up front, whiskey on exhale; toffee and oaky vanilla as liquid warms. Medium lite mouthfeel and creamy tongue coating. Very good- whiskey flavor balances nicely with warm wood and malt flavors.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Bourbon Barrel Stout is brewed in the style of an American Stout aged 3 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a milk chocolate color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotted. 3

(Smell) Moderate roast, some chocolate and delicate bourbon elements of soft vanilla and lightly toasted oak. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is far more profound than the aroma of this beer. Medium roasted barley, chocolate malt, some light caramel syrup and subtle molasses, finishing on a lingering note of bourbon with strong vanilla and medium toasted oak presence. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, oily, clean and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate, featuring a light frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is earthy bitter and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest, and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout will find fair balance of quality, affordability and availability for those times when a superior barrel aged Imperial stout is unavailable. While this Bourbon Barrel Stout has a solid enough malt base for barrel aging and is generally enjoyable, I feel that the bourbon character in this beer seems poured over the top and was not weaved as delicately into this beer as it could be, with just a bit too much Bourbon exposed and not enough barrel character. Considering, however that the time spent in barrels equates to about 3 months, and that this beer constitutes a year-round release, I'm more impressed than disappointed in the quality of this beer. At the right price, it's worth the money. 3.5

Anderson Valley Brewing Company's
Bourbon Barrel Stout

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Photo of Beglane
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beginning swept in as a hawk would do to its unexpecting pray, swift, agile, and with dominating power. The middle dragged on to lengths I didn't think possible, tending to every taste bud, ramonsing my aging mouth once again what it felt like to be young. Following Anderson Valleys reputation, the stout swept in for the strong hard finish. Bravo

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Photo of RedBaron73
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. I like everything about only issue was that it was served way to cold. Once it warmed a little i got more of the flavors and aroma I was expecting. Definitely a beer worth trying.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It had the look, it almost had the aroma, it sort of had the feel.
I think what distracted me the most from this beer was that it was over carbonated. The Bourbon aroma was there, but since the abv (6%ish) was low, there really wasnt any alcohol burn or influence.
This stout was on the lighter side, the finish was a bit thin

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Photo of BayouMafia
4.96/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerparrot
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of lemmy187
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Matonika
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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 .

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Robert17529
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not usually a fan of Bourbon barrel brews (I like wine barrel ones), but I am always trying to expand my horizons, so I had this one on tap at Melt.

It looks like a stout with a little creamy head - nice. The aroma is dominated by the whiskey smell. Similarly, it tastes like an average, well balanced (not American) stout - with a shot of whiskey in it. The aftertaste, you guessed it, bourbon.

I think this whole effect would be better served by taking a shot of whiskey and dropping it in a stout. Duh. Then you would have some extra kick too. I'm going to try that some time soon.

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Photo of docoman
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is 2nd time I've had this from tap and was hoping it would change my mind, but it's very thin, hardly any BB smell or taste... drinks more like a porter, decent but not great.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.