Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Some coffee, also a distinct soy sauce aroma. Also a hint of bourbon
T: Dark with coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and lightly hopped
M: Thinner than I expected but rich with a light carbonation
O: I always enjoy bourbon barrel-aged beers & this one is certainly solid but not at the front of the pack
04-26-2013 05:32:12 | More by gatorbev
3.15/5 rDev -16.2%
22 picked up tonight at the COOP for a pricey $8ish... poured into my slim tulip produces a black brew with no light escaping even on the stem end of my glass... the head is dark brown and dies back quickly but still leaves nice sheets of lace.
Light roasty notes... a bit of raisin combines with light vanilla/whiskey notes. Really I was expecting more... more stout qualities... more whiskey qualities... really light across the board.
Flavors are again pretty light.. a deep raisin element moves mid palate to the finish.. whiskey notes are light.... this is a decent porter, but not a stout IMO.
The body is medium with a creamy effervescent carbonation.
Okay at best... I had super high hopes for this one. I will not buy again.
04-24-2013 03:52:34 | More by JohnGalt1
4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall crown of tan-hued foam, receding at a steady clip, leaving little flecks of lace on the descent.
Smell: Sweet-scented bourbon notes dovetailed into the Barney Flats scent, with its touches of mild-blend coffee and chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookies.
Taste: Their BFOS presented a steady, sweet maltiness, with semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a smooth, creaminess from the oats and light dark fruitiness. Adding in the smooth vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak elements from bourbon barrels is just gravy. Smooth, sweet-sided finish with lingering aforementioned bourbony accents.
Mouthfeel: Medium, though nicely textured and wholly drinkable with decent amounts of carbonation.
Overall: It's a good bourbon barrel-aged beer. For the bourbon barrel-aged beer lover in us all.
04-21-2013 22:24:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.64/5 rDev +23.4%
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!!!!
04-21-2013 04:21:15 | More by ohiobeer29
3.69/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
04-21-2013 03:51:02 | More by Bung
3.99/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
04-19-2013 22:10:01 | More by biboergosum
4.16/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
04-17-2013 04:56:29 | More by popery
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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