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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 99 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

IRONRakkasan, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ChanceK, May 26, 2013
Photo of juanbon
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

juanbon, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Boilerfood, May 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

PStriedl, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

andysc83, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

KeyWestGator, May 24, 2013
Photo of shand
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviews for this beer are kinda silly. Just because it's not super thick and strong doesn't mean this isn't a great bourbon barrel stout. The taste has an extremely well integrated bourbon flavor which wonderfully mingles with the base stout. Strong vanilla and oak tones, extremely tasty, very drinkable.

shand, May 24, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a deep brown with amber hues. Off white head forms and leaves a sheet of lace.

SMELL: Whiskey and oak, possessing a chocolatey malt background. You can really pull in alot of the Wild Turkey.

TASTE: Reminds me of eating s'mores by the campfire, taking sips of turkey periodically. Vanilla and roast, touch of coffee. Whiskey shows up mid palate with a smooth sweet grain alcohol flavor, but really no heat. Hops are leafy and alittle citrusy. Really Good. Not as strong or boozy as some, this is just flavorful.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth feel, soft carbonation. A bit thin which hurts the score. Very light sticky dryness.

OVERALL: Tasty brew, really like what the barrel did to this one. Subtlety works in this genre, let the barrel shine. I must admit, I really enjoy Wild Turkey, so this beer delivered a great 2 in 1.

Stinkypuss, May 24, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of dark fruit. It tastes like roasted/charred malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon character in both the aroma and taste is light, but still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's thin for a stout. It has moderate carbonation, and goes down easy enough. I'm a little disappointed that the bourbon in this brew isn't stronger, but it's still a decent beer overall. With that being said, I wouldn't pay $11.99 a bottle for this again.

bluejacket74, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Mantooth, May 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

alex021224, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

wtkphoto, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

WizzardOfHops, May 21, 2013
Photo of neophilus
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark pour with ruby highlights. In the light the brew takes a rich brown hue, not quite black. Decent head at first with some lacing.

Rustic, earthy aroma like freshly turned soil. Wood notes flow in, baker's chocolate and tobacco leaf on the nose. Rich chocolate flavor up front with vanilla highlights. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate. The finish is semi sweet with lingering vanilla and cocoa nibs. No bourbon to be found in here.

Mouthfeel has a thick and velvety body like an well made cream soda.

When the label says "Bourbon Barrel Stout" I am looking for some serious flavors but this did not deliver in that regard. Closer to a brown ale than a stout IMO and had no bourbon to be found anywhere. Still this could make an excellent desert beer or a beer for a lighter palate who doesn't like a lot of roast or bourbon in their beer.

neophilus, May 20, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my brother - my portion into a Deschutes tulip...

A: Dark brown/black body with a thin head and some lacing.

S: Mild spirit aromas, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate and malt/bourbon sweetness. Stout character seems subdued - overall the nose is a bit muted in general.

T: Follows the nose, thin-tasting whiskey and spirit flavors, vanilla sweetness, mild char and roasted malt. Flash of milk chocolate.

MF: Medium bodied with a thinner mouthfeel than I would hope form though with the lower ABV maybe I'm expecting too much? Carbonation is decent.

O: Even for a >7% abv bourbon barrel stout, I expected this one to be more pronounced and 'full' in smell, taste and feel. A bit disappointing.

Scotchboy, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BigBarley, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

bbfc, May 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

craftbrew502, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

shehateme, May 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

nzerbe, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

hopkrid, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

KiMiRaiK, May 19, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a dense creamy tan head that settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is subtle but has a nice aroma of chocolate and sweet whiskey. Mild vanilla notes as well.

The flavor is of a powdery chocolate, smooth caramel and a hint of vanilla. Not much from the whiskey. There is a light booze flavor nothing really specific

The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. Sweet on the palate but not syrupy.

A rather boring barrel aged brew but it drinks nice and has a nice flavor.

Gmann, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

DangerDawg, May 19, 2013
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.