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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: 1,249
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 55
Gots: 191 | FT: 6
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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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3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black with3/4 inch of tan head that had medium retention and lacing.

A slightly sweet malt scent was at the front of the aroma, with a bourbon scent that nicely added a counter-point. On the tongue, it was pretty much the same, perhaps the base beer was a bit too sweet, but an intelligent hand was used in the barreling/blending process, as the bourbon complemented the beer very nicely indeed.

The body was much thinner than I expect in the style, this felt more like a light Porter. Drinkability was excellent, my glass disappeared quickly, and I think there'll be another in my future. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Maybe not one that will please the "MOAR EXTREME NOW" crowd, but a thoroughly enjoyable brew. Worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into snifter

A - Very dark, I'll call it black, with a light tan 3 finger head. Retention is very good as a thin cap remains for the session. Fat webs of lacing all over the glass. Fantastic looking stout.

S - Typical stout aromas mixed with the faint notes of the barrel. Roasted malt, chocolate, touch of vanilla and bourbon. There is a bit of wood hidden in the back.

T - Somewhat subdued bourbon and wood. Roasted malts and chocolate with very faint vanilla. I get mostly wood on the finish. The taste is good, but not quite what I was hoping for.

M - Medium body with very good carbonation for the style considering it was barrel aged. Fairly smooth, but not quite silky. Finish is very much wood from the barrel.

O - I'm not sure the price of this, but I would benchmark it against Dragons Milk. If it is around $6 a bomber, then it is worth picking up, I wouldn't spend much more on it. Thank you Ken for the bottle.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a sucker for anything barrel-aged, I felt compulsed to pick this up when I saw it on the shelf across the river in Wisconsin. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is nearly as dark as the soul of a bad movie (Road House comes to mind right now, for some reason). Heady for a middleweight stout. Nose is lighter than the acting skills in Dirty Dancing; faint malt, not much else.

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout (say that nine times fast) kills brain cells without a ton of benefit. Most of the beer is tied up in the distinctive Wild Turkey notes that cascade down the back of the throat & really stick around. Base beer brings roast, milkshake, touch of vanilla. Booziness on the end chips up the interest some. Not sure the base beer is big or thick enough to support the barrel, but hey.

The barrel is really dominant here, as the base beer is somewhat dazed & lost amist the Turkey. Interesting to taste so much of the barrel, though; pretty good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 23/8/13

A 4 the darkest brown with a deep cola edge, loose thumbs width of mocha foam leaves a single thick ring of lace followed by some random patches

S chocolate, cold coffee, vanilla, charred wood, mild bourbon, a hint of over ripe plum, a touch of licorice and booze, smells solid

T more char and some smoke with unburnt wood that's mellow but hard to miss, burnt marshmallow, and the coffee has a darker roast,

M keep telling myself its a BBstout not imperial so the bodies not as thick as you would normally look for, tannins leave a little grit in the mouth but it's slightly sticky on the lips, cola and charred wood lingers on the finish

O lots going on without falling over, easy enough to drink and I don't feel like I just finished a meal

not the extreme complexity of some of the big BB monsters that we all know and love but plenty going on in something a lighter lighter, worth trying for sure

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.