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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: 1,267
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 58
Gots: 209 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: tempest on 10-27-2012

Aged for three months in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character.
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Ratings: 1,267 | Reviews: 219
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. Just under one finger of frothy light brown head formed, but it fell quite quickly.

3.75 S: The nose on this is very nice, but the focus is definitely on the bourbon instead of the beer. The base offers modest amounts of roastiness, chocolate, and caramel with a touch of ash and butter. The bourbon is leathery, but clean without any sharpness. Touch of nondescript fruitiness, oak, vanilla, and perhaps a hair of peat.

3.25 T: Taste also features the bourbon. Pretty much tastes like the nose, except that the base beer is even more muted. On the drier side without much complexity.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is really lacking in body and creaminess. It's not bad, it just isn't good either.

3.25 D: It's worth a try I guess, but it's not something worth revisiting.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rsths13
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of artdob
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very dark pour, served cold, the head fades quickly.

Malty nose comes through well on the chilled beer (I'm usually a room temperature drinker).

Roasted notes with a rather light underlying foundation for the palate. Something strikes me slightly off here?

Robustly carbonated, reminds me almost of a cola.

Interesting brew. Has some attractive characteristics, though something a bit off for me in the flavor department. Maybe has something to do with the "malt beverage" versus beer identifier on the label. No hops?

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Anderson Valley's canned oatmeal stout so when I saw they did a barrel aged stout I was sold. Pours pitch black into my chalice with at least four fingers of tan head, even spread lacing. I like how they kept the abv pretty modest compared to some of the other bourbon barrel aged beers. The nose is beautiful a kiss of bourbon amongst a nice creamy dark chocolate back drop, hints of vanilla and charred oak complement the dark roasted barley in the stout. Flavor develops nicely with each sip expressing more Wild Turkey bourbon characteristics especially the smooth boozy vanilla and charred oak expressions tucked into a glorious dark roasted malt and mild herbal hopped stout, flavors I'm getting are dark chocolate bitter and dry, with a creamy vanilla center it's man candy in the realm of barrel aged stouts. Mouthfeel a bit lighter than expected but the warmth of the whiskey comes through a medium bodied stout mild carbonation albeit natural feeling and smooth going down. Alcohol burns the palate minimally at 6.9% it's a 22 ounce bottle that your liver doesn't mind finishing on it's own. Overall an impressive complex and approachable barrel aged stout I would drink this again and I know it's not too over the top to introduce bud drinking friends who enjoy whiskey. This could convert your friends into craft beer and I can tell it's going to pair great with my AJ Fernandez blended San Lotano Habano Toro cigar I'm about to toast up. Pairing with the San Lotano, the spicy Nicaraugan tobacco goes great with this flavorful stout actually bringing out more whiskey flavors! Leather and oak from the well aged tobacco also complement the flavor profile of this stout, if you try this beer do yourself a favor and pair it with a hand rolled cigar.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet coconut and vanilla, with some mocha and macaroon.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and light roasted coffee, with some toasted coconut and vanilla and oak. It had a clean and mellow bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a solid bourbon stout. The scent and taste were well composed and balanced. The body was weak, but the finish was very smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Probably not for aging, but it was great fresh.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, opaque, light brown head, finger, some lace.

Aroma: bourbon, vanilla, roast, chocolate, oak.

Taste: subtle bourbon, oak tannins, roast, dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: creamy, medium to full bodied, pleasantly velvety for an American stout.

It's drinkable for sure with the low ABV. Smells real good, somewhat weak in the taste, but overall its pretty good. Not sure it's worth the $10 price tag though...maybe agin another bottle will prove successful.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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