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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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very good

1,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 100 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Steve_Gonz, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Cynic-ale, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

timontheroad, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jmich24, Aug 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

rdooley, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of MimDIPA
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.]

MimDIPA, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

maxcoinage, Aug 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

PGVG, Aug 17, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

sammyt728, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Lare453, Aug 16, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +4%

agandt, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

pathead, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

saeh, Aug 14, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

Nobcefus, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

98green, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JMS1512, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of shigg85
3.69/5  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.

shigg85, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

noproduction, Aug 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Bp123, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Hootie159, Aug 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

rojapa, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of kelli_murphy
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

kelli_murphy, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

krl2112, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

toppoop, Aug 08, 2014
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.