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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: 1,215
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 169 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a nice foamy tan coloured head.

The smell is sweet bourbon, a little weak.

The taste is bitter malts, slightly sweet from the bourbon. The flavour is muted and doesn't really pack the flavour I'd expect from a bourbon barreled stout. Tastes like it is watered down, maybe like bourbon with a couple of melted ice cubes in it.

The mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation, but slightly watery.

This beer is drinkable but not really all that good. I'd say it's a just above average stout but with so many great bourbon barreled beers out there, this seems shitty in comparison. Wouldn't recommend, disappointing for the price.

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Good head retention, decent lacing

S: Faint bourbon & raisin notes, figgyness

T: Dark fruit, carob, dryness, faint boozeyness & leafy hops up front. Raisins, prunes, faint coffee notes, leafy hops & dryness as this warms

MF: Light body, assertive carbonation, stays thin, but does smooth out a bit once warm

Not enough malt backbone to make this work, compared to their Oatmeal stout, this is a joke. Easily the worst beer from Anderson Valley I've ever had. Have these guys been taken over by corporate whores?

Sub-par, taste like a watered down stout with a splash of cheap bourbon hastily poured in

Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, tan head, reasonable lacing.

Aroma: Big notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon. Roast is pretty subdued.

Flavor: Bourbon forward, stout character comes out more in light coffee roast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin for a BA stout.

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of dhmxray
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tfidler
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jmm380
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jbaakko
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.
Had this months ago at the Blue Monkey's Spring Beerfest on draft over a coldplate system. I remembered really liking it and it was the first beer I had that day.

AP: Deep dark brown like a dark milk chocolate bar, close to black. Little head when poured and minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.
AR: Oaky Bourbon/Whiskey is the first aroma to greet me. Hints of chocolate, roasted grains, black bread and a tiny bit of coffee follow. Smells like it should be very tasty.
T: Not quite like the nose, meaning it's more balanced. The Bourbon in the nose isn't the main player in the taste, it's more evenly mixed throughout with the other flavours. It's also more of a buttery barrel type of flavour. It softens on the finish where there's a nice roasty note and then a hint of vanilla from the barrel. It's very solid, just not outstanding. The flavours are there, but they don't 'jump', if you know what I mean. The tastes are very balanced, however.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Stout. This would be a beast if it was chewy. It's not an Imperial Stout at just 6.9% and being aged in Wild Turkey barrels probably added some weight to the ABV, so it's probably just an everyday 5% Stout they started with. I would say most of us are used to barrel aged Stouts that are heartier so our expectations in this regard are higher.
OV: A solid very drinkable Stout with good flavours. If you like Bourbon flavour in your Stout then this won't disappoint you. Just know going it that it's not a chewy RIS style. Definitely worth trying and I would drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Roland45s
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MMBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Liana
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BigDaveLB
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of BrownNut
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anderson Valley is a good name in beer but this is a miss. Disappointing as bourbon barrel aged stouts go and generally as craft beer goes. It's meh, it's almost OK, but it's not at all memorable. It's mild and round and has no real distinguishing character except for a bit of wood taste which isn't particularly good. It is lacking in substance and almost tastes diluted. Almost has a touch of that taste from the bottom of a glass of cola with ice when the cola has been watered down by all of the melted ice. And it's a diet cola at that. And I think that's actually the bourbon taste trying to come through, which doesn't speak well for the bourbon. It has kind of a cheap taste, yet costs plenty. Smells decent, with a nice chocolate frosting note. Smooth. It would be interesting to know what they were going for with this beer. Would not by again. Would not recommend. Needs to go back to the drawing board.

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.