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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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Reviews: 230
Hads: 1,457
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 32.98%
Wants: 60
Gots: 304 | FT: 10
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is black with a lot of tan head, a good bit of bubbles, and a lot of lacing. Nose has some scorched wood, moderate bourbon notes, light roasted malt. Taste is a bit thin, barrel fades in flavor, some chocolaty malt, a touch chalky, light vanilla. Body is a touch thin, soft carb, soft and creamy feel.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at a gas station in Warren MI for $11.00 for a 22oz bomber. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Wonderful black goodness. Super nice brown head that does not last at all

S- Bit lacking I though but watch the next ratings.....

T- A bourbon flavor but weak beer all around. It's a Guinness with bourbon aging

M- Watery like a Guinness all the way

O- Glad I only bought one. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer pairs well with....... Anything you pair a Guinness with that you don't mind a bit of bourbon.


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Photo of skylab
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Chocolate and vanilla and a little cooked sugar for good measure on both the tongue and nose as expected with a barrel aged stout. Not as much alcohol as I expected from a Turkey-barrel-aged beer so it lacks a little of the typical warmth but I don't really miss it here. It is an exceedingly pleasant brew that I feel would be a great introduction to the breed. It is not the heavier, fuller bodied, more potent example I can sip on for an entire football game but it can be nursed for a really good half! As a matter of fact, buy 2 and make it a full game you can enjoy win or lose. Perfect for the cool winter evenings of the South since it isn't quite as heavy as expected. Worthy of a purchase for sure.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! This is an incredibly complex beer that manages to unite two of my favorite beverages. The nose is heavy on vanilla with a hint of cocoa. A mouthful of this beer starts with the appropriate stout dark malts and moves to a very enjoyable bourbon finish. The undertones of oak, milk chocolate and coffee combine to create a very unique taste experience. This is easily one of the best beers I've tasted in the last year.

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Photo of mmconnolly
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Cant stand Wild turkey so I was skeptical, however this beer hit all the right notes for me. Bourbon ties perfectly with the Blarney Flats body and flavor. That's some Bahl Hornin!!

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Photo of Thorstein
2.13/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

look: dark, but nothing notable
smell: best part about it
taste: the Wild Turkey (is there a worse bourbon?) overpowers any other flavors that may have been present..makes it a vile concoction that ruins your palate.
feel: like sitting in the woods knocking back some bad hooch just to get drunk when you were a teenager.

overall: There are just way too many bourbon barrel aged beers to waste your time on this one. If this is your first and you like it, all the others are better.

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Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Appearance: Great leopard spotted lacing with a pitch black color. Head is caramel colored with very nice retention.

Nose: Straight bourbon right away, which fades to coconut, vanilla, toast, and chocolate.

Taste: Some bitterness up front. Light mouthfeel for a stout. Carbonation is well balanced but watered down. Light vanilla, and toffee with a very faint hint of alcohol hotness at the end.

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Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a darker black. This beer smells absolutely delicious. Smells of bourbon and vanilla. You can smell it as soon as you crack the bottle open. I was expecting more in the taste department. It is a smooth beer. Bourbon and vanilla dominate the taste. It almost tastes watered down though. Most Bourbon barrel stouts are over the top and a bomber will knock you off your feet. At first I didn't like this one because it wasn't that. By the end of the bomber though it won me over.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is the color of dark chocolate with a cream colored head. The beer leaves light yet nice patches of lacing as it goes down.

Aroma: The nose is met with an immediate impact of Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, leaving the impression of wood, bourbon, and even tart apples.

Taste: The taste profile starts out very tart as the bourbon barrels really coat the taste. A dry, woody note fills in the void between the tart beginning and the charred grain coffee finish.

Overall: Much like their Pinchy Jeek Barl effort, the bourbon barrels really dominate everything about the beer.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.