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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 142 | FT: 4
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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3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a dense creamy tan head that settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is subtle but has a nice aroma of chocolate and sweet whiskey. Mild vanilla notes as well.

The flavor is of a powdery chocolate, smooth caramel and a hint of vanilla. Not much from the whiskey. There is a light booze flavor nothing really specific

The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. Sweet on the palate but not syrupy.

A rather boring barrel aged brew but it drinks nice and has a nice flavor.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Not quite opaque dark brown with 1 finger of light-beige head with below-average retention and minimal lacing.

S: The aroma is not strong with only some hints of whiskey and nothing that really resembles Wild Turkey. The stout base is not very characterful with some caramel malt notes.

T: The flavor is a big letdown with some caramel malt sweetness. There are some dark malt qualities, but they are weak. The body is so light that it seems like the flavors are diluted. The bourbon whiskey flavor is there but very muted. A big disappointment.

M: The mouthfeel is all wrong for a bourbon barrel aged stout -- too thin.

O: This was one of the more boring beers I have had in the last couple of years. One of AV's poorer beers -- I think this is an attempt to lighten up a beer that I don't think really can be light -- it needs the big imperial stout dark maltiness to work with the whiskey character. Without it, they both feel off. I would definitely skip this one, especially at the unbelievable price point.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not real sure about the details of this brewer or this beer - I just saw "bourbon barrel" and "stout" and figured it'd be my cup o' tea. Apparently, the base stout is an oatmeal stout, and the bourbon barrel is of the Wild Turkey sort. So let's give it a go.

A: not quite pitch black, finger of beige head that slimmed into some wispiness, faint mote traces inside my snifter

S: got some bourbon, dry style, and some dark maltiness reminiscent of cocoa powder and iced coffee

T: dry-tasting chocolate and dark malts, tones of Wild Turkey - not particularly complex or rich; slight smokiness

M: thin on the palate - not what I expected, smooth, though, with a mellow bitterness

O: guess I expected more than what I got - a little too thin feeling and not a very strongly flavored beer - felt closer to a porter than a stout - and the bourbon barrel aging dried it out a bit too much for my tastes.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an incredibly dark brown, near black. Nearly 2 fingers of dark khaki colored head, nice retention, 1/4" remains after about 5 minutes, lacing is great.

S - Smells fantastic. Very sweet, lots of chocolate malts, caramel, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Raisin or dark cherry is also very present.

T - Initially I'm getting mostly sweetish dark fruits and some light bourbon flavors. The bourbon lingers a bit as the vanilla, and a bit of chocolate/coffee like malts come into play. The finish is slightly dry, chocolaty sweet, and mild bourbon. Definitely not going to make many people flinch, mild but very good.

M - Incredibly drinkable. A little light but very smooth - I could down this pretty quickly in great comfort. Definitely a rarity for the style, a huge plus

O - Definitely the lowest ABV if seen on a Bourbon Barrel Aged brew. Is it the most flavorful smack in the face? No, not at all. But its still got great, balanced flavor, an incredibly smooth drinkability and a hint of that bourbony deliciousness we all know and love.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Black with 3 fingers of tan head. Nice retention with no light penetration.

Nose
Dark fruits, chocolate and espresso with a light bourbon character.

Taste
Rum raisin, cherry and black grapes. Semi-sweet chocolate with splashes of milk. Caramel and oatmeal. A hint of espresso. Very light essence of Wild Turkey bourbon with no real barrel character.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth.

Overall
Much lighter than most Bourbon Barrel Stouts, this makes an easy drinker. However, at $13 a bottle the quality is surely questionable.

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.