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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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very good

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 100 | 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:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Lovely85, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

rolltide8425, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BeezNeezy22D, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

djtomain, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nickfl, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kylehay2004, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

BMan33, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

LambicKing, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark-brown coloring with ruby highlights and a tall, dense, foamy, light tan head. The nose is layered, with grainy sweet aromas highlighted by a boozey, spicy, bourbon scent. Flavors of vanilla and spice, with an oaky overtone and a slow build of bourbon characteristics. There is a roasty and coffee backbone throughout. Rye and boozey aftertaste with a low profile that keeps the drinkability up. Smooth, toasty finish. Very strong brew with building characteristics. As a fan of bourbon and beer, I am digging on this brew.

GarthDanielson, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jlenik, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Hanzo, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Authority, 8-oz snifter.

Appearance: Dark, luscious, deep, big head, two fingers into one, great lacing and retention.

Smell: Outrageous! Super rich, warmth, cozy feeling. Chestnuts roasting on the fire, late november. Barrel, wood, liquorice. Vanilla around the edges. Bitter chocolate, hops.

Taste: Astringent, a tad sour. Lacks the sweetness/smoothness you expect in a barrel-aged brew. Not as strong/enticing as the nose. Very woodsy, like licking a tree. Moderate roastiness and a happy/bitter bite.

Mouthfeel: A lil' thin, watery. Medium body-flavor, good carbonation.

Overall: Uneven but pleasant, and certainly not bad for a regular stout in barrels. Drinks easy. My first of this kind and also my first barrel-aged brew from Anderson Valley. Would try again.

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

2dogbrew, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Moby, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - black with a huge, dense, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - huge chocolate notes and huge whiskey notes, woody, roasty

T - chocolate, roasted malts, woody, bourbon, vanilla, some booze; a rather overall mild flavor

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice beer, but it seems that the barrels imparted a far bigger flavor than the base beer. If I had to rate each flavor separately I'd give the Wild Turkey an A and the base stout a B. The base beer just needs a bolder flavor to stand up to the barrel aging. Overall, though this is definitely a good stout and one that is well worth trying.

tdm168, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Zkman87, Mar 01, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at whole foods poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours almost black with a 1 finger khaki head, nice lacing. 4.25

Aroma-vanilla, light toffee, cinnamon, coffee, hint of milk chocolate, ground pepper. 4.5

Taste-oak, toffee, vanilla, small hint of butterscotch, not too complex just straight up bourbon taste. 4

Feel-medium body, a little on the watery side, coats palate but aftertaste doesn't linger, mild carbonation, very drinkable. 4

Overall-this is nothing more than a bourbon beer, I can hardly tast the base beer in this. The barrel characters just devour the oatmeal stout. If your not into bourbon this is not the beer for you. That being said, I'm into bourbon and this beer is killer. Very drinkable and at a smaller ABV than most barrel aged beers it's totally sessionable. It's not as complex as most other barrel beers but what it lacks in complexity it makes up with drinkability. 4.5

screamking, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Lantern, Feb 28, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing shades of the deepest brown. It held a two finger head of tan foam, showing nice retention until it eventually settled into a cap atop the liquid. Whips of lacing were left around the glass. Carbonation appeared light, and no sediment or haze was noted. The aroma gave deep roasted coffee and caramel malts, big clean vanillas, liquid milk chocolates, and warm buttery bourbon that smelled much richer than straight Wild Turkey itself. With warmth came malt vinegar, more bourbon warmth without the burn, and the smell of chocolate covered rice crispy cakes. Our first impression was that there was nice warmth to the flavoring, as there was in the nose, but it was met by nice sweetness and spice to balance. As we sipped, soured chalky bite, milk chocolate malts, raw figgy sugars, and citric lemon rind bite started things off. This was quickly cut by cooked brown sugars, faint mustiness, big warming bourbon, clean woodiness, and that sweet Wild Turkey flavoring. The finish washed with more of that crisp drying chocolate malt, rice and rye, booze, and a final drop of that rich chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of warmed chocolates, warmed raw bourbon flavoring, soured oakiness, faint grassy hops, and crisp yeasty bite. The body was medium, with a lightness around the edges, while carbonation felt light. There was an initial syrupy coating around the mouth, giving way to a crisp drying astringency of booze and malty sweetness. There was nice slurp, sip, pop, froth, and cream, and the sip was very warming. The abv was easy for the style, and the beer sipped nicely.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the nice bourbon flavoring and rich woodiness in both the aroma and the nose. The nice thing about this was that they came with sole flavoring, without any overpowering burn, and excessive depth of musky agedness. Each component was strong, with a certain cleanliness to delineate each from the next. The lower abv also contributes to this guy being a considerably sessionable stout. At times, however, the sweetness does get up there, and make this beer seem a bit “young”, but regardless this is a refreshing offering from Anderson Valley.

TheBrewo, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jman005, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Grant89, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

tjkramer95, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Federal Taphouse -served chilled in a tulip allowed to gradually warm to cellar temp.

The color is darkest brown bordering on black with a thin cream cap with tight bead and lace clings in a stringy pattern on the glass. The smell is fruity and very bourbon influenced with an aroma reminiscent of raisins soaked in bourbon with a mild chocolate malt note and light hint of vanilla from the wood. The feel is good with plenty of smooth malt and moderate carbonation allows the bourbon to accent yet not overwhelm the palate with a slight yeast creamy quality and semi-dry finish with subtle tannin from the barrel.

The taste is great with the aforementioned raisiny yeast fruitiness and slight cocoa blending with the bourbon's sweet and woody elements that have a mild dark malt synergy and subtle toasted taste. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, it was enjoyable and I am glad I got the chance to try it. I would order it again because the original oatmeal stout is one of my favorites and the barrel definitely is an improvement adding to the complexity of the flavor profile in my opinion.

Slatetank, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

AnitaBrewski, Feb 23, 2013
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.