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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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1,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 35
Gots: 115 | FT: 5
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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3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Any beer with "Bourbon Barrel Stout" on the label is going to pique my interest. Then, I was surprised to see that this is a relatively low-ABV version, and I was interested to see where this went: in the past my experience with bourbon stouts has almost certainly been limited to Imperial version. 22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a dark, murky black, browning at the edges. Head forms a very fine, silky ring after settling out quickly. Some very fine but quite minimal lacing around the edges of the glass. Carbonation is fine enough, but it moves through the body quickly. Overall, it looks decent enough.

Nose certainly picks up some bourbon: and oddly, more bourbon than oak, with a definite corn character coming through, and a spicy booze note, without a lot of smooth oaky characters. Certainly there's no oaky vanilla, coconut or rounded wood notes. What's there is that sweet corn character, laced with some darkness that comes through as a compacted vegemite character above some slightly overdone toast. Together, it's almost reminiscent of an acidity. It's weird, and I can't say I love it all that much.

Taste is also not all that great, but for quite different reasons. Here the lack of body is sorely evident, and it's what's missing the most from the beer. Thin entry, backed with lashings of sickly bourbon characters that drop out quickly. What's left is a bready, grainy character that lingers long efter everyone else has disappeared trying to avoid it. Finish has a slight kick of sweetness, again possibly the bourbon: but this has an almost butterscotch cloy to it. Feel is very light, but with enough stickiness to keep some of those flavours around for too long.

Nope, this doesn't work for me. In fact, this beer probably explains why my experience with bourbon barrel stouts has to date been only Imperial versions. The bourbon doesn't do anything for this beer, and in fact probably harms it. It takes over the stout, without providing much good characters itself. The flavours are assertive, but they just don't work for me.

lacqueredmouse, May 05, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good bourbon barrel aged almost anything, Wild Turkey should be interesting... but it's really interesting clocking in only at 6.9%abv...

Pours a darker colored slightly creamy but with big fizzy bubbles of a 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice high water mark lacing, a just about pitch black beer with no real light getting through.

Nose starts with a bit of roasted malt, smoked malt, and a little black patent, that quickly turns to vanilla bourbon barrel, lots of buttery oak, vanilla, and some bourbon to go with it, a light smoked meat aroma with some light roast, otherwise the roasted malt and black patent disappears quickly and I can't find it again, nice caramel, fluffy nougat, and hint of cocoa.

Taste starts again with darker malts but again almost instantly dissolves to buttery oak, and vanilla bourbon barrel. The malts bring a hint of smoke, very light coffee and roast, as well as a light chalky charred black malt and some barrel char. Light bitterness from the roast and a light earthy hop character. It also seems to have a light creamy flaked oat feel. Mild sweetness brings a hint of booze too. Finish is drier but not really much so, a little creamy oats, light char and black malt lingering, some earthy hop bitterness and faint charred barrel with more buttery oak and vanilla barrel, but bourbon is on the very light side overall.

Mouth is a bit heavier bdied, somewhat creamy, lighter but decent carb.

Overall it's not bad, but nothing great. Good to try once, but not much more, and it won't age at all. The buttery vanilla oak is nice, but lack of bourbon leaves a bit to be desired, and lack of overall malt profile as it disappears to the barrel also leaves something to be desired, oh and also lack of carbonation.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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

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3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.


JohnGalt1, Apr 24, 2013
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jgluck, Apr 23, 2013
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.