Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutWild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 278 | Ratings: 1,672
Photo of German-Helles
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very dark brown with a nice 2 finger head of tan foam that lasts for several minutes before giving way to a little less than a half inch with nice lacing.
I can smell malt and vanilla, a bit of chocolate. As the stout warms, the chocolate comes to the front a little.
The taste follows the nose plus a very nice oak flavor, coffee, the bourbon of course. The bourbon is not overpowering like some can be. The oak and coffee gives it a dry finish, but it is also sweet.
This beer is too dark to see any carbonation, but I can feel it along with a very creamy feel.
The Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout by Anderson Valley has become a favorite of mine. The oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, along with just a tiny bit of bourbon makes it very drinkable for me. The low 6.9ABV is a bonus also!

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber: This one pours an opaque dark brown color. About a finger of a tan head that didn't linger long or leave much lacing. Nice nose. Vanilla, chocolate, some bourbon, caramel, light roasts and a few others. Somewhat complex. The taste is good. Chocolate malts, some vanilla, a hint of the bourbon, caramel. Just a touch of sweetness, as it is well balanced. A keeper.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, two finger light brown head, excellent lacing, light carbonation.

S: Chocolate, bourbon, oak. Amazing!

T: Chocolate, creamy, bourbon, oak. Superb.

F: Full bodied, creamy, full flavored.

O: Probably the best low alcohol stout I ever had.

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Photo of kitch
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into an Anderson Valley ‘can’ glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a big almost four finger tanned head that had pretty good retention and left some lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla with hints of coffee and oak.

Taste: Bourbon sweetness and oak with only hints of any roast, chocolate or stout in the background. The roastiness comes out more as it warms, but in the end still not enough for me.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Too much bourbon and a lack of stout identity for me. For the amount of bourbon, body was also lower than I prefer.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Dark brown body over small tan head. Sweet smell with a bit of malty booze. Taste was way too thin for a stout even after warming a bit, more like a not particularly good porter. Was expecting much more from this than was delivered.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip. there is an etched date of 2014, so this one is 4 years old.

Jet black body, small but persistent tan head. There is a decent stream of carbonation up the side of the glass. some very light lacing.

There is a mid aroma of dark fruits.

This is where it started to go wrong for me. The Wild Turkey Element is VERY present, even after 4 years in the bottle. Had to laugh at the listed abv of 6.9, because it comes off much stronger. All the other parts of this stout are crushed by the booze, though occasionally I can pick out a little dark fruit. It also seems more like whiskey than bourbon, and the overall drink tastes like a whiskey and water. It would seem this particular stout does not age well.

Mouth is between thin and medium, another turnoff. Finish is whiskey.

Overall, a stout that doesn't age well, and a booze element that dominates. Not for me I'm afraid.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This nice stout
pours a murky brownish black with cola highlights and a nice head of
light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, subtle light pool, and displays
some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate,
and dark breaded malts with some dark fruit notes. Flavors surpass the
nose with light coffee laced with vanilla and mild sweet bourbon that
imparts light notes of barrel and subtle warming booze over a bed of
dark breaded malts with a touch of cola and toffee with hints of
raisins and brown sugars. Very nice mouth feel; medium full
body, medium light carbonation, and a lightly dry subtly boozy

Overall, excellence as always from this quality brewery.


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Photo of GarrettB
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

July 25th, 2015 - Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout is a nice and sticky stout, with heavy dark chocolate notes in the smell and a touch of roasted coconut husk. But the flavor is just a but too sweet, tempered somewhat by sugary shredded coconut. That vitiates the brew, but the palate is smooth and rich.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at R.Davidson Chophouse, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pour a deep brown, almost black, with a beige finger of foam that slowly diminishes and leaves heavy lace in its wake.

The nose has an oakey, malty predominance initially. Hints of dark roast coffee balance a really nice emergence of chocolate after you give the beer a minute to open up.

Predominantly sweet, subtle oak flavors play nicely together. A strong malt presence lingers, and I was hoping for just a bit more barrel presence. Very good, but lacking just a little on the adjuncts.

Nice mouthfeel, if not a tad thin. Sticky finish, but a good creamy beer with a nice warmth down the back end.

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Photo of Tburke6
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed on tap on West coast, found it got better as it warmed a bit. Surprising to find in bottle on east coast, and it is very good, even paired with a turkey BBQ on a cool rainy day

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from A 22 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a is dark brown with a large thick brown head. The aroma is cocoa malt with a hint if Wild Turkey. has a very nice malt flavor.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma had nice toffee, butterscotch and dried dates with a light fruit acidity. Taste follows with toffee and dried fruits, really well integrated but it fades towards the finish and doesn't linger too much. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Really nice aroma but the low ABV doesn't support the flavor too well and overall feels kind of watery.

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Photo of janubio
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colour, small off-white head with medium retention. Creamy compact lace.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice, dried fruits.
Medium body, sticky texture, normal carbonation.
Taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel, red and dried fruits.
To be barrel aged, IMO, it lacks of some more punch and graduation is too low.

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 16 oz Mason Jar from the Craft Beer Quick Stop on 11-19-17 for $3.00 (1/2 off).

Beer decanted black as night into my Spiegelau stout glass with a nice brown head. Nice sealing of the jar by the Quickie Mart owners.

Nose had nice barrel characteristics as it warm. There was a nice touch of bourbon there along with mild roasted malts.

Taste was pretty good. With 3 months in the barrel one gets some light touches of booze, vanilla, and oak over a mild roasted malt base. Hopping is lacking as this is sweeter despite a smaller abv for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel was light but smooth due to the moderate abv. Beer really lacked that extra oomph that we are conditioned with imperial styles that are barrel aged.

Overall not a great or a very good beer but one that offered some interesting flavors. With a better base beer a barrel aged export stout concept would work better.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost black with moderate dark tan head. Chocolate & toffee aroma. Slightly salty, hint of bitterness. Flavor is roasted malt & of course bourbon is the dominant note, tastes stronger than 6.9. Thick & smooth feel. Excellent with jelly cookies

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If barrel aging strikes fear into you, fear not no more, for there is a beer out there that has barely touched the barrel, for instance, this one stays in a barrel less than 100 days. Shit, then you have opposite end of the spectrum where shit like Black Gold stays in the barrel more than 1000 days. Anyways, let's proceed with this black ale that has the viscosity of their oatmeal stout, but a thinner brown head on top 1/5". Aroma of a boilermaker, the nose reveals more alcohol than barrel aspect somehow in a beer less than 7%. How dey do dis?

Taste, its alright, similar to how Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard barely has any bourbon notes. I mean, they're there, its not like they're bullshitting you, its just as faint as bourbon can be in a beer essentially. As it warms, you get more integration and noticeability. Viscosity seems fine, bitterness is higher than I would prefer. Proclaimed notes of toffee and chocolate seem very nuanced at best. Questionable dark fruit makes me think more of Russian Imperial Stout moreso than an American one.

Its a decent price and kind of an introductory level barrel aged stout. Its below average for a barrel aged stout, but better than average for a stout.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coffee black complete with tiger eye edges and a head that quickly fades to a creamy tan ring.

Smell is oaky bourbon, but not hot, with mapled nuts, cola and roast, transitioning seamlessly in flavor to cola, toffee, roast, nuts, coffee, maple, and chocolate.

This is complex, but at the same time, light in flavor, with a medium-thin body, yet a full froth, and a semi-dry finish.

You don't see a lot of 6.9% beers successfully aged in bourbon. For those that want the kick of something stronger without actually paying the physical price, this is a great choice.

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Photo of mintzmeet
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black brown body with medium tan head. Smells like Irish cream or maybe just bourbon with a little cream. Very drinkable. The bourbon flavor is not too strong almost like you'd expect in a bourbon flavored ice cream. The brew is extremely creamy itself, in fact I'd call it "buttery." Some nice oily flavors/aromas too.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. "Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout"
$8/pint on tap @ Yard House, King of Prussia, PA

Notes: Brown-black body beneath a finger-thick head of foamy tan. Good head retention and OK lacing. Aroma expresses chocolate with a hint of Bourbon. The flavor is fuller with more bittersweet dark chocolate, more Bourbon, and some roasty coffee. Some minor dark fruitiness and a hint of vanilla, spice, and alcohol as well. Very light oak in the dry finish with some residual Bourbon and roastiness lingering. On the lighter side of medium bodied and moderately zesty. Decent and very drinkable.

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Photo of incognito369
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look -- Pitch black
Smell -- Hints of chocolate and bourbon
Taste -- Hints of chocolate and bourbon
Feel -- Thin tasting
Overall -- If you never had a bourbon barrel stout before, this would be a good transitional beer. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch black with a thick tan foamy head. The beer smells like bourbon. You get the spice, the vanilla, the alcohol. There is a strong chocolate aroma as well. The beer at first tastes like a typical stout with chocolate and coffee notes and then is followed with the bourbon flavoring. It is a little woodsy. The beer is a little thin for the style.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2 fingers dark tan over a body of pitch black

S - bourbon in all its glorious complexity, vanilla, spice, wood, touch of chocolate

T - roasted malts, bourbon, caramel-like sweetness, vanilla, spice, wood; complex and well-balanced

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation, dry finish (a bit thinner and more carbonated than I would expect for the style)

O - flavor could be stronger, body thicker, and carbonation lower; still a pretty decent bourbon barrel stout

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Photo of SpongeHop
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - jet black; tiny ringlet head of quite sizeable hazel bubbles, only really sticking around at the edges of the glass
S & T - whole-wheat crackers with some dark, bitter coacoa; very light buttery sweetness, nutty bitterness, slight almost-blackened caramel. Quite pleasant, actually, surprisingly well-balanced. Barrel can be found in a woody, almost red wine-y vinuousness.
F - lighter than I anticipated. No one flavor was overpowering the other (or your palate, for that matter). Not boozy at all. Not drying on the tongue. Barrel was quite prominent, but not domineering. Sugars are very much in check (this is not a glass of goopy, sugary, sticky, syrupy molasses at all). Sessionable, almost.. Very pleasant.

O - a very, very decent beer. Not the best BBA I've ever had, but it's definitely up there, and you can definitely taste the influence of the barrel and for such a modest, almost sessionable ABV, with such an understated, 'humble' flavor profile, it would make for a great introduction for anyone interested in the world of barrel aging.

I absolutely recommend this one.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, New Belgium glass,

Off the pour this is a midnight black beer. A fluffy two fingers of head formed and then settled to a quarter inch of dark tan.

Loads of vanilla, some cocoa, marshmallow, a little smoke in the background. Booze is conspicuously absent. It smells like bourbon without the heat.

Graham cracker, burnt chocolate, bourbon of course! Alas, the taste disappoints. There is a burnt bitterness that is off-putting. That flavor turns soapy and needs more sweetness to balance.

As a smaller stout this does have a medium thinner feel. The carbonation is very active. Too active for this beer.

I think this beer smells wonderful and got a little excited about a lower ABV, tasty bourbon barrel beer. I think the barrel overpowers the beer and the high level of carbonation doesn't help when the beer underneath is very flavorful.

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Photo of Lahey
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell and look of this beer are both fine. The flavor is a little disjointed and lacking. Has a weird off taste on the first few drinks with a weird raisin-fig taste at the end. Didn't realize until after purchase that it's not an imperial, so the feel is a little thin and so is the buzz. Worth a try if you don't like imperials, but I want some chew in my stouts and more coffee too.

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Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,672 ratings