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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: 214
Hads: 1,382
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 4.79%
Wants: 62
Gots: 258 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of MartzMimic
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

On tap at Empire Slice House OKC. Pours a dark brown with a finger of creamy mocha head that recedes quickly. The tap is pretty cold, so there's not a lot of aroma. You can definitely smell the bourbon, some chocolate and coffee. The bourbon predominates the taste, and is a bit much. Some dark chocolate and red plums sneak their way in. Really, really boozy. Medium mouth, but not a lot of oil. The aftertaste disappears quickly. Did I mention it's a bourbon first brew? It really loses any sense of balance as it warms. I'm not likely to revisit this one soon. (564 characters)

Photo of MimDIPA
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A- medium black with a decent tan head.
S- chocolate, bourbon, a little roast. Decent but nothing terribly complex
T- Kind of a struggle here. A very brief hint of chocolate and roasted malt before the bourbon kicks in. It's fairly easy to not pick up much other than the bourbon. Really not much in the finish as the MF doesn't let it linger.
M- Too thin, more like a black ale, but maybe even thin for that
O- this beer adds to my suspicion that low abv stouts and bourbon don't mix. Velvet merkin was better but not by a significant margin. Basically the beer itself acts mostly a conduit for the bourbon flavor. And whatever flavor the beer does have doesn't mesh terribly well with the bourbon. Gotta give them credit for shooting for a low abv BA stout at a reasonable price, but just doesn't get there. [Edit: got a bit better at room temp, but still closer to mediocre.] (885 characters)

Photo of shigg85
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Export version from the Netherlands; bottle simply reads "Bourbon Barrel Stout" without a mention of Wild Turkey, contains the same alcohol content, and a different background image of what looks like a bear. I believe this is the same beer though. Bought a bomber bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo, Japan. Poured into a pint class. Awesome chocolate foam and a thick, wonderful mouthfeel to this, but it really lets me down as far as "bourbon barrel stouts" go. There was not much in the nose to excite, and while the taste was pleasant, I was hoping for more. I enjoyed this beer, but it would not make my top rankings of barrel-aged stouts. (655 characters)

Photo of kelli_murphy
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a case for the restaurant that I work for after going to a trade show where AVBC was showing this off. At first I was kind of dismissive because there are a lot of these Bourbon Barrel Stouts showing up and i just logged it away with another one trick pony like some of the rest. So I visited a few other tables and then found myself standing back in front of this display, so I gave in. The nose was all Wild Turkey, that sweet, warm, toasty smell. I fully prepared myself for the same on the palate and was so delighted to have this delicious, delightfully bitter stout greet my taste buds. the finish is long and that is where the Wild Turkey showed up again. I am usually more open minded to beer and I immediately kicked myself for initially passing this one over. So I would say overall this a joy of a brew that I immediately ordered so that I had it available for myself whenever I want it. (910 characters)

Photo of lujendra
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a good beer, but very bland indeed. I have had trader joe's stout that had better/intense aroma and flavor than this beer. The smell is aromatic, but not at the same level as other barrel stouts I have tried. I will give this beer a try again to make sure that this review I am posting is sane and by no means I was biased in this review. (343 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Drank from my Mane liquor tulip

A - Pours a deep cola colour with a tanned head that reduces to a film

S - Molasses, wood oak and bourbon

T - Up front some nice bourbon notes, followed by some vanilla the finish is molasses and booze

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation

O - A little thin in body to be a heavy hitting BA stout. The carbonation is also a little too much. The finish is also rather uninspring (421 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer, just needs to be a little thicker/richer. Flavors are awesome ... the bourbon notes really stand out, both in taste and smell. It pours beautifully ... nice color and wonderfully formed head. It just seems like it should be stronger/starker. (255 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, essentially opaque, with a half finger of tan head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate, with hints of dark fruit and leather.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and a bit of coffee flavors. Finishes with barrel dryness countered by chocolate malt sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit light for style, but the impression is even thinner since the flavor profile (especially the barrel-aging) conjures expectations of a big Imperial Stout. Very well-carbonated, and the alcohol presence is restrained.

O: A perfectly acceptable beer, especially given the availability and reasonable price range. However, certainly fails when held to the high standards of other barrel-aged stouts out there. Worth a try for sure, and a good option if you're at a bar with limited choices on tap. Nothing I'd go far out of my way for, however. (989 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black color with a creamy 2 finger dark tan head that had a lot of popping bubbles, faded slowly and left good foamy lacing coating the sides, rings as it went down and a swampy layer on top.

Smells of bourbon, roasted grains, burnt coffee, chocolate and caramel or toffee; the bourbon and charred notes come through the strongest and the overall aroma is a lot lighter than I expected for a stout aged in Wild Turkey barrels. I’m not saying it smells bad, but just weaker than I anticipated.

Tastes likes it smells, with Wild Turkey/bourbon, cocoa powder, roasted grains, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, caramel, charred wood or oaky notes from the barrel aging, grassy herbal notes, and then some more Wild Turkey; the Wild Turkey seems to get stronger in aroma and taste as the beer warms, but it works well with the stout and the malt backbone and does not come off like a shot. The sweetness comes out more after sitting a while and warming, with brown sugar, vanilla, peat moss and chocolate licorice or anise trailing the bourbon and oaky notes; the alcohol is never menacing and always subtle and soft, which is a far cry from a shot of the dirty bird, but I like the way this works with the stout/grains/oats.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost too watery for a stout and much lighter than expected, but the taste is good and the carbonation is like a Guinness and almost flat, with enough flavor to carry it through to a bourbon tasting finish that has sweet vanilla and cocoa notes but then trails off grainy and kind of dry.

This beer is deceptive in many ways as it looks like it’s going to be this bad ass stout with a Wild Turkey kick, but then it hits you like a pillow, with soft complex flavors that come through a very light body and highlight the bourbon complexities without being obnoxiously in your face and overpowering. My friend Chris told me this was a great beer and he suggested that I try it, and I must say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was much easier to drink than I expected and the low ABV to me added to the overall experience and made this a very solid brew. (2,108 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Good Luck in Rochester, NY.

Pours a fairly dark, basically opaque black (with brown tinges near the top that light could pass through), a half inch head, and a very small amount of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, cookie, and very mild bourbon.

The taste is fairly similar. This one reminds me of FW Velvet Merkin- a thinner, slightly watery "session" BA stout. There's a good amount of cookie dough flavor, some cocoa powder, slight roasty and espresso bitterness, and a sort of vanilla coffee creamer flavor as well. The bourbon is slight, and not noticeable in every sip. One of the mellowest BA stouts I've ever had, but it works here.

Medium bodied, fairly thin and watery mouthfeel for the style, but it is only 6.9% ABV. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is not the most complex bourbon barrel aged stout I've ever had, but it's tasty, and drinkable, and doesn't fatigue you like some of the big boys do. (942 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy tan head that settled nicely. Healthy amount of uneven foamy lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a quick whiff of chocolate before being dominated by bourbon liquor. Had a bad experience the last time I had Wild Turkey and can vaguely remember it, but the label reads, “Malt beverage aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels” and I agree. Surprisingly, that heavy liquor whiff gives way to dark chocolate, crayon, sharp coffee beans, toffee, caramel and faint smoky wood.

Tasted better than the smell. Got chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, liquor - bourbon and Wild Turkey, but way less pronounced than the nose -fudge, crayon and light oaky wood.

Full body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish. Worsened as it went down.

An above average stout, but not great. The attempt was great but it wasn’t quite as balanced as it should have been. (1,174 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Night black with an attractive half inch mocha head.

Heavy of bourbon on the nose. Hits of vanilla and espresso and mocha.

Vanilla bourbon taste with a finish of the roasted malt stout. Not as intense or strong as other BBAS. The bourbon is loosing intensity the more I drink. Other notes of cocoa and a little coffee.

Very smooth light bodied comparatively with other BBAS which makes it very drinkable. Alcohol no where to be found.

Overall it's a session Bourbon Barrel Stout for me... Good for when you need that kick but don't want to fully commit. (561 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Pikes in Long Beach, CA

A: Black with light tan head

S: Dark fruity with a little bourbon

T: Tastes first of fruit and milk chocolate, ends with bourbon

M: Light and carbonated

Overall: The brew is not very complex. no real depth. the only thing going for the brew is that you could taste the wild turkey (320 characters)

Photo of arlo19
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours great, dark, decent head on this ale.

Good bourbon aroma and flavor, but not over powering.

Mouthful on this is quite watery. Slight bourbon stays with you.

There are several other bourbon ales I would drink before this one, but definitely worth a try. (261 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. The smell of this beer is more complex than the taste. Taste is dominated by black licorice from begining to end. When I say dominated I mean it. I had trouble pulling any other tastes from this brew. The smell however was really nice with chocolate,brown sugar, toffee, and maybe a hint of mocha. The taste just really let me down with how one dimentional it was. Beer tastes stronger than the listed alcohol content of 6.3%.Not a great beer IMO, but not horrible either. Don't plan to buy again. Do have a Anderson Bourbon Barrel Amber that I hope wil be better. (606 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Pours very dark black with a small tan head. Medium lacing.

S: Bourbon, and chocolate

T: Wild turkey, roasted malts, caramel, and milk chocolate.

M: Creamy texture but a bit thin.

O: Decent but not close to being on same level as many of the other BA stouts on the market these days. (299 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is whiskey and medium roasted malt.

The flavor pops of whiskey with sweetness, roast, but a general lack of flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel is actually quite light for the style at medium to medium minus.

The beer offers a coconut flavor up front that is quite enjoyable, but then flies off of the palate. Still a reasonable beer for the ABV however. (366 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Black with just over 1 fingers width of light tan head, which dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves small amounts of lacing.

S: Chocolatey notes, black licorice/anise, heavy cream. Very subtle oak but otherwise the barrel presence is barrel present. I dont really dig it.

T: Initially follows the nose with heavy cream and semi-sweet chocolate. Barrel characters are more noticeable in the flavor, with a nice bourbon charred oak character. A bit of booziness which is surprising considering the low ABV. Bourbon characters are actually surprisingly strong. Base beer characteristics aren't the best, but its tasty.

M/D: Medium body, fairly thin, carbonation moderate, drinkability is average.

O: I wasnt a big fan at first, but it definitely grew on me, particularly the big bourbon characters in the taste. Nothing special but definitely worth a try. (908 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout. 6.9% ABV

A: Black, with dark brown in the dimple. Almost no head.

S: Dark cocoa and dark caramel, mostly. Some Bourbon notes in the back, with sweeter oak caramels.

T/MF: This BBA stout has more darker flavors along the lines of char and graphite. Slight dark chocolate behind.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (378 characters)

Photo of macher0
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Re-reviewed after about a year of solid top-tier BA stouts.

A: Poured about a finger of amber head that slowly retreats to a frothy rim and blotchy film. Very impressive head. Brownish black color. Opaque. Nice lacing. Not very viscous.

S: Moderately fragrant. Tons of bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and coffee. No booze.

T: Follows smell nicely. Defiantly what one expects after the nose. Bourbon, roasted malts, and chocolate are the major profiles. A slight bourbon-saturated oak finish builds up after a while. Hot and boozey. A little coffee.

M: Moderate bodied and very high carbonation. The carbonation level leads to a very silky smooth feel. The feel is very thin, which seems watery. This is an aspect of the beer that reduces the score and is difficult to over look.

O:It is nice to be able to get this any time, but it is a last resort BA stout. The combination of heat, booze, and thin feel is not good. The dark roasted malts and coffee notes are noteworthy. There is a reason the successful BA stouts are crafted in small batches with careful attention. I get the impression this ale is mass produced with little attention to detail. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 0z bomber from FMcD's. Poured in to a tulip glass. Unable to find any dating.

A- Dark as night, with an off-white one finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Retention on the side of the glass.

S - Bourbon first, chocolate vanilla second, burnt nuts (ouch!) third, and faint hops.

T- Interesting. Bourbon on the finish, but it is preceded by a sweet vanilla nutty taste. Which balances nicely, but the sweetness is almost cloying.

M - Smooth on the entrance, mid finish sharpness from the carbonation, then a slick finish that has a tinge (check) of stickiness.

O - Quite a contrast from the Enjoy By I had earlier. Some might not like the upfront bourbon taste or the sweetness, but I think this is extremely close to pulling it off. It reminds me of the home brew my cousin used to make with Crown. You know the Crown was there, and it added positively to beer. A touch more "heft" in the stout department would be a great addition. (951 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored ale with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells of chocolate, coconut and vanilla. Mild whiskey aroma but it is more made of the parts of whiskey scent rather than the whiskey itself.

Starts out mildly sweet with a mild chocolate and coconut flavor. Pleasant whiskey flavor. Nice chocolate and whiskey flavors with a mild bitterness. Not more complex than that but it is a damn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a nice very tasty beer. Low alcohol for the beer style. (493 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at cap market in salem. wild turkey on the label suggests someone might be paying attention to this one . . . maybe a bit, but not enough. pours well, mild foam, a bit of decent lacing, ring of foam throughout the rest of the glass. color's a nice dark molasses/caramel. nose is cocoa, bit of raisin, a bit boozy (mind you, it's only 6.9%). taste is ok, nothing to write home about, but not bad either, though a bit on the thin side. bit of cocoa, leather, but for 6.9 it seems kind of a bit much on the bourbon, a bit more than i'd expect. i'd rather have some nuanced characteristics, but it just comes across as basic. again, nothing really wrong, but nothing to warrant a second glass, especially at $10 for a bomber. (734 characters)

Photo of stevied71
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Don't know what to say, maybe I had a bad one - not stouty at all.

More black IPA than stout.

Not bubby to look at but had a light carbonated mouthfeel.

Caramel bourbon smell.

Edge of head no webbing.

Found to be quite gassy.

I had a Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon before, which may affect this review. (309 characters)

Photo of itsscience
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with some reddening around the edges and a persistent two fingers of light brown head. On the nose I get woodsy vanilla, caramel, and chocolate with an alcohol aroma, which is surprising given that it's only 6.9 % ABV. There's a roasted malt quality as well. All these flavors are stretched thin in the taste: here there is relatively little malt presence. It's bourbon forward with a dry cocoa powder and vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and it finishes with a moderate hop bitterness. (512 characters)

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.