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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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Ratings: 1,216
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 170 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but it a recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, oak, clove, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel character; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of roasted/bready malts with a light barrel presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged stout. Nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with a light barrel presence; and very smooth to drink. I was looking for more barrel character in the taste; but otherwise a nicely enjoyable stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of drpimento
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent brew! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, tan head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is an almost opaque, but clear, cherry tinted brown. Aroma is roast malt, cocoa, whiskey, vanilla, caramel, hint of molasses. Flavor's like nose, starts more like stout with a hint of whiskey, then the whiskey really comes out strong to a point that's perhaps a tad too much. Carbonic tang is up front followed immediately with malt sweet, then some bitter at the end. Body/carbonation are very good, tho the whiskey throws the balance a smidgen. Finish is like flavor, the whiskey makes it long. Probably only have this one bomber. Be a good one to share.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black with sticky beige foam. Low carbonation. Foam creates sticky speckled dots on the glass wall.

S: Strong on vanilla. Malty biscuit notes. Slightly sweet.

T: Surprisingly delicate. Starts off with strong vanilla with a diluted chocolate flavor. Light new oak nuances with nutmeg and allspice. Sweetness fades with a bit of licorice. Slight tanginess builds to the end finishing it dry. Good, but I thing it could benefit for just a slight hop addition for a little more crispness. It finishes a little tangy, but a little more hop (very little) would hammer it home.

M: Thick but balanced well by the mild tanginess. Finishes dry, again from the mild tanginess. Licorice flavor lingers a bit long, but acceptable considering the full body that comes with it.

O: Nice. Lots of flavor, and fairly smooth. Didn't pick up much bourbon here and heavy on the vanilla notes, but still quite tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of VincentFrey
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Boulevard tulip glass.

Appearance: It's pitch-black, and can't find much color around the edges in a number of lights. Oddly inviting! However the head is very thing, receding toward the edges with little retention.

Smell: Delightful notes of bourbon and vanilla, with the rolled oats and caramel following up. It's very good, but a bit more strength from the base beer would push it towards perfect.

Taste: Just terrific! I wasn't as much of a fan of Barney Flats as others, but this is just incredible. All the highpoints of a standard oatmeal stout, with none of the alcohol burn or "going too far" of some barrel aged stouts.

Mouthfeel: Very, very close to perfect. Full, rich body lingers everywhere, sticking to gums and even the lips. Just no intangible to hit perfect, but for a $6 bomber, incredible!

Overall: I really dig, and am very happy to see Anderson Flats in Maryland if this is what they're selling.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.