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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: 1,090
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark and nearly opaque as a stout should be. Some cola highlights around the edges. Pretty frothy tan head, but then again it's not an imp.
Smell: more chocolate than bourbon with the bourbon a bit in the background. Pleasant enough, not particularly rich or complex.
Taste: much like the nose. Pleasant enough, nothing special.
Overall: tasty, but not sure this succeeded. Thea bourbon barrel treatment didn't yield much beyond a non- ba stout.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of mccallisters_dali
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mccallisters_dali, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of lemniscate
1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

lemniscate, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

PORTerCITY, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of cackalacky
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

cackalacky, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

pirmannt1, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

zappafrank, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of JISurfer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

JISurfer, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ambruns1979, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, my bottle says 6.9%,

A: Pours black with a creamy tan head, spotty lace, solid head retention.

S: Definite notes bourbon with chocolate and coffee notes. Some roasted malt.

T: Dark malt though it's not particularly striking. The barrel character works well, but the base beer is too light to really make this idea work.

M: Light-bodied, a thin feel. Soft carbonation, easy drinking, a solid feel.

O: It's hard to make a bourbon barrel beer work in a smaller beer, and while this beer has it's moments, it's just OK in the end. The bomber price at $9.79 is crazy.

Halcyondays, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Phillyz, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

GRG1313, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I chose this listing because the ABV on my bottle is indeed 6.9%. That said, the title seems to be simply "Bourbon Barrel Stout." The subtitle mentions Wild Turkey as the bourbon, but it doesn't appear to be part of the actual title. Acquired for $9.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger gorgeous tan colour head. Frothy, creamy, and of good thickness. The 3 minute retention is nice as well. Leaves even light lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Not quite a jet black, but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. To be nitpicky, the head could be darker and richer and the body could be more vibrant. But there are no overt flaws. At this low an ABV relative to the style and barrel aging, you'd think the head would retain for longer.

Sm: Delighfully subtle vanilla and oak notes. The bourbon is definitely there, and it's well integrated with no boozy or hot alcohol notes. Love the bourbon here, but I don't get any toasty notes. Dark malts, cream, chocolate malt. Coconut is a nice touch, and mixes well with the vanilla. Delightfully executed. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Really looking forward to trying this one. A complex, subtle aroma of moderate strength. Damn good for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

T: Hm. The taste is nowhere near as balanced as the aroma. Sweet vanilla up front which bleeds through the finish. Little oak, and even then no toasted oak. Light bourbon character is a highlight. Sweet coconut adds to the sweetness - which is a bit overdone but the coconut flavour itself is nice. Dark malts form the body. Chocolate malt. The beer seems to be overwhelmed by the bourbon flavour - like the foundation/base beer can't handle the additional complexity. The beer suffers under the weight of the bourbon here; this is not seamless integration. No alcohol comes through. No yeast or hop character comes through. Light caramel. In spite of its slightly overcooked sweetness, it's nicely balanced. And the more I'm drinking it, the more I'm acclimating to that sweet vanilla and coconut. I quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Good presence on the palate. Good body, if a bit weak. Complements the flavour profile very well. Good execution.

Dr: It's shockingly drinkable for a bourbon barrel aged stout; I'll have little trouble killing this by meself. The subtlety and complexity of superior beers in the style isn't here, but it's nice to have a bourbon barrel stout I can take down comfortably alone. Drinkability is a highlight of this beer considering the style. I'd definitely have it again on-draught, and I'd love to see how it ages. There's a lot of potential in this beer. It'd make a great starter beer for newcomers to heavy barrel aged stouts - and it'd make a great reminder beer for those of who've had too many heavy imperial stouts that drinkability doesn't have to be restrained in a good stout. Solid stuff from Anderson Valley, but it is a biteen pricey for what it is. I'd love to see this in six pack format. I'd happily kill a 6er of this in a night. Great stuff.

Highlights in this beer are the vanilla, the coconut, and the drinkability.

Main flaws are a relative lack of complexity, the price point, and the lackluster malty core.

Low B+

kojevergas, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours dark brown with one and a half fingers khaki head that leaves a little lace.

Smells of sweet bourbon, coconut, cocoa and brown sugar.

Taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, faint bourbon, caramel, coconut, brown sugar and a lottle caramel. Just hints of the flavors without much oomph.

Light body. Light carbonation. Mild sweet bourbony finish.

Interesting but lacking depth. Thin and lackluster. Seems like they barreled a beer that wasn't quite up to the task. There are plenty of other far better barrel aged stouts available for the money.

ThickNStout, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of vicsju1991
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

vicsju1991, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled version...different from the keg version (at least as far as ABV is concerned). Pours a beautiful dark black color with a medium-large, frothy tan head that disappears rather quickly. A good-lookin beer. Scent is lacking a bit... a little on the light side. Mellow bourbon flavors with sweet chocolate and hints of vanilla. Some nuttiness and dark malt aromas. Hoping the flavors are a bit more aggressive. They sure are! I mean, as aggressive as a 6.9% bourbon barrel aged stout can be. Lovely barrel flavors...definitely pick up the bourbon. Still has the characteristics of an easy-drinking, sessionable stout...but with much more complexity due to barrel aging. Nice coffee flavors with a bit of toffee and vanilla. Somewhat dry, malty finish. Tasty and enjoyable from first sip to the last. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit. Could be more heavy, as this one is light and creamy...almost like Guinness on nitro, but less watery. Drinkability is high. This beer and the bourbon barrel aged nut brown ale I had from Alesmith are part of the beginning of a new craze in craft beer. I really enjoy these low ABV bourbon barrel aged beers, because you get to enjoy a good amount of it without becoming completely intoxicated, yet you obtain those tasty bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes. Win-win. Solid beer. Haven't had the lower ABV draft version, but this one is quite enjoyable.

DovaliHops, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

zestar, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

tobelerone, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

twowheelssoar, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mctizzz, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

TrickkyGangsta, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JAHMUR, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark black with a thick creamy head.

The scent is brilliant with strong coconut aromas, light vanilla, and graham cracker maltiness.

The taste is even stronger coconut with hints of vanilla. The graham crackery end lends to a breadiness or maltiness. Very low in ABV it is my fear that the lack of malts lends to a watery taste and feel near the end of the swallow. Overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable and another fine entry from A Valley!

KYGunner, Mar 24, 2013
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.