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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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85
very good

954 Ratings
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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 28
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
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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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

I had only dreamed about this beer being made and even had the idea to make this beer myself one day.But I just happen to be at the party source checking out what they had on tap and behold the beer of my dreams had came true. Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout .It was so good I bought a growler since they didn't have it in bottles.Amazing beer here.Went through the growler in a day and a half.the big treat is at the nearing of the bottom where the wild turkey is ,the flavor is amazing On tap is slightly better but the bottles are darn near the same might even be better.Here is my review.

serving type: on tap great head and flavor hits quickly

serving type bottle: great head flavor hits fast

appearance: very dark with a great look in a Snifter best way to drink a great stout

smell:wild turkey vanilla,espresso slightly,

taste:wild turkey vanilla,espresso slightly a good mix of all of them great balance not too much not too little

mouthfeel: very smooth easy to drink beer easy to sit back relax and enjoy this beer

overall:This is the beer I dreamed on Anerderson Valley got this one right.I have a ton of this stuff in the frig and will age it and see what happens while enjoying some now as well.almost a perfect beer here if you like stouts and wild turkey you will love this beer!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 04:21:15 | More by ohiobeer29
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Bung

Michigan

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

22oz. My bottle says 6.9%, not 5.8.
Nearly black very dark brown pour. Half finger of tan head. Maintained quite well. Faint bit of lacing as well.

Aroma, some oatmeal like stout aromas, roast malt and peat. Some caramel and chocolates. Not real strong and not much barrel really.

Taste, Roast malt, some chocolate, heavier vanilla and caramel. Barrel is more apparent here. Woody cocoa finish. Pretty straight forward.

Body is a little thin. Barreling tends to thin stuff out, and this probably wasn't too big to begin with. It borders on watery. Carbonation is at a good level. A nice brew, kind of a session barrel aged stout.
No where near worth the $12 I paid for it here in NC. Not quite as nice as their regular oatmeal stout either.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:51:02 | More by Bung
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lokieman

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-21-2013 03:47:56 | More by lokieman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 20oz pint @theunderground in Edmonton. At least the bartender knew that this was actually on tap, plain and clear, unlike buddy there last week. Gah.

This beer appears a very, very dark brown, verging on black colour, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a barely pockmarked wall of painted lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet, boozy, woody vanilla, caramel malt, powdered cocoa, mild coffee, a bit of black licorice, and faint earthy, leafy hops. Like a shot of bourbon sitting next to a chocolate stout. The taste is more restrained on the Kentucky brown spirit front, with stronger chocolate and dry coffee, the caramel malt gaining some crystallized toffee character, subtle licorice root, and slowing burgeoning astringent Bourbon-soaked oakiness.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but settles down soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, and a tad clammy in its smoothness - perhaps a casualty of the barrel perception. It finishes on the sweet side, all that chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and other sundry whisky notes hardly able to be anything else.

If Wild Turkey was indeed the barrel for this particular aging project, that would go a long way in explaining the big up-front Bourbon essence, followed by the drop-off, which here, at least, is picked up by the heady malt of the base stout. Sans beer, that effect is typically unpleasant as a hungry croc, as Wild Turkey is rather unappealing on its own. Nice to see it actually used for good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 22:10:01 | More by biboergosum
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eulerthegrape

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-19-2013 20:36:25 | More by eulerthegrape
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-19-2013 02:40:51 | More by Hopfenpeter
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-19-2013 00:58:24 | More by MRsojourner
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-17-2013 23:06:58 | More by PEIhop
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popery

California

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with just a touch of dark brown at the edges. Great looking head. It’s big and brown. A thick blanket of fine foam. Excellent retention and lacing, particularly for a barrel-aged stout, if a somewhat small one.

Very nice aroma with more bourbon delicacy and rich stout flavor than expected. Lots of vanilla and chocolate. Rich caramel and toffee. Lots of complex barrel flavors knocking around - cherry, walnut, coconut. Little to no roast. Some light oak but more bourbon than oak is coming through from the barrel. The barrel is strong, but the stout and barrel notes are well balanced and work well together. Very little booziness, much less than expected, anyway.

The taste is similar to the aroma and works quite well with the relatively low abv. Big, rich chocolate with sweet caramel and bourbon. Good balance of barrel and stout. Little roast. Sweet bourbon contributing vanilla, caramel, nuttiness and fruit. Very nice. An oaky tannic note and some mild hoppiness cuts off the sweetness in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Nice full feel for a 6.9% abv beer. A lot of smaller beers get awfully thin with some time in a barrel, but Anderson Valley has managed to keep this beer feeling rich and full.

AV has done some excellent work with this beer. I previously tried and liked the tap version, and I think this bottle is even better. I’m very impressed that they’ve managed to get such complexity, richness and delicacy into a beer of this strength. I’m looking forward to trying more from their barrel program, and it’s exciting to see AV and Fal Allen put something fun and new in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 04:56:29 | More by popery
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-16-2013 22:42:20 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-16-2013 05:02:31 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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maloisius

California

5/5  rDev +33%

04-15-2013 04:49:16 | More by maloisius
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twelveinches

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-15-2013 04:34:40 | More by twelveinches
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SanFranJake

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-15-2013 02:07:28 | More by SanFranJake
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark and nearly opaque as a stout should be. Some cola highlights around the edges. Pretty frothy tan head, but then again it's not an imp.
Smell: more chocolate than bourbon with the bourbon a bit in the background. Pleasant enough, not particularly rich or complex.
Taste: much like the nose. Pleasant enough, nothing special.
Overall: tasty, but not sure this succeeded. Thea bourbon barrel treatment didn't yield much beyond a non- ba stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:25:05 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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mccallisters_dali

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-14-2013 23:17:16 | More by mccallisters_dali
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lemniscate

California

1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

04-14-2013 01:53:47 | More by lemniscate
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PORTerCITY

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-14-2013 00:49:15 | More by PORTerCITY
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cackalacky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

04-13-2013 03:57:59 | More by cackalacky
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-12-2013 14:33:44 | More by SocalKicks
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-11-2013 12:03:16 | More by pirmannt1
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zappafrank

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-11-2013 02:59:43 | More by zappafrank
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-08-2013 02:02:12 | More by JISurfer
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2013 21:56:12 | More by ambruns1979
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Halcyondays

California

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, my bottle says 6.9%,

A: Pours black with a creamy tan head, spotty lace, solid head retention.

S: Definite notes bourbon with chocolate and coffee notes. Some roasted malt.

T: Dark malt though it's not particularly striking. The barrel character works well, but the base beer is too light to really make this idea work.

M: Light-bodied, a thin feel. Soft carbonation, easy drinking, a solid feel.

O: It's hard to make a bourbon barrel beer work in a smaller beer, and while this beer has it's moments, it's just OK in the end. The bomber price at $9.79 is crazy.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 06:52:37 | More by Halcyondays
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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