Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutWild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
American Stout
Ranked #328
Ranked #21,568
3.79 | pDev: 12.93%
Feb 19, 2022
Oct 27, 2012
Very Good
Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutWild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.87 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by QuintusHorace from California

Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours ebony with a 1 1/2 inch tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma: Chocolate and bourbon dominate. Also roast malt, coffee.

Follows nose: Chocolate, bourbon, roast malt, coffee, molasses. Mild astringency.

This is an outstanding bourbon barrel stout.
Jun 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
10 oz. tulip glass at Westside Taphouse in West Salem OR.
Black body. Tan head. Right on.
Aromas of whiskey, toasted malts, dark chocolate and dried fruits.
Taste similar. Whiskey very well pronounced for such a low abv . Nice on a dark rainy not night.
Mouth feel is medium to low body.carbonatiin low.
A nice beer at a strength I can tolerate on a Sunday night.
Jan 25, 2021
Rated: 3.55 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Jan 25, 2021
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Reviewed by MNJR from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Comes across as a maybe a light milk stout, but really more like a dark lager/Schwarzbier aged in bourbon barrels. Good flavors of roasted malt, and some creamy sweetness. The barrel aging is very pronounced. A very tasty beer, but don't be expecting a "big" experience. It is rather mild for what you might expect. An obviously good but somewhat thin stout with an average to slightly above average personality, made quite enjoyable by the woodsy whisky-ness.
Jan 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Todd from California

3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
22oz bomber. 6.9% Stout aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels. Sample from the brewery.

Pours black with some dark leathery hues around the edges and a two-finger thick, coffee-stained, creamy head that sticks and retains like a pro. Nose is oaky with strong notes of bourbon and some spiciness. Surprisingly light-bodied and very crisp with some creaminess as the beer warms. Roasty malts with some espresso, chocolate, char, and a hit of toffee that melds with notes of marshmallow and woody bite. The flavors are all there, but everything thinned out and unbalanced. Finishes dry with an oaky linger and a ton of booziness on the breath.

Basically, this tastes like a bourbon on ice after the ice has melted, but with too much carbonation and a weak malty backbone. Not bad, and I appreciate the lower ABV, but this beer needs more backbone to help it stand up, taste like a Stout, and push back on this turkey gone wild.
Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by redresonatedragon from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I’m surprised that this ale is rated so low. It has a fantastic aroma, I believe the lower ABV carries the aromatic oils deeper into my sinuses. I enjoy the pleasant bourbon flavors with the only possible gripe being too thin and watery on mouthfeel. To this, I add that I appreciate a lower alcohol BA brew with complexity. Deserves higher rating
Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by crm871 from Utah

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a motor oil black with about a half inch of thick copper head. A bit more head than I’d expect given the style

Smell: bourbon, cinnamon, malt. It’s not a complicated smell at all but it really works here

Taste: heavy on the bourbon - not a problem for me as I’m a whiskey and bourbon guy, but I could see the strong bourbon front of this bothering people. Some vanilla as well. Not getting much else, I wish some of the cinnamon aroma made it through to the taste

Feel: heavier than I’d expect at only 6.9%. This one actually fell a bit short for me given the price tag, but it’s still a good bourbon barrel stout. However, there are much better options out there.
Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by jettjon from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass, it’s a dark brown, basically opaque color with a thick, brown-tan head that fades slowly. Nose of semi-sweet chocolate and a little vanilla aroma with a bit of boozy bourbon. Taste is a bit rough, sort of a watery stout with a splash of bourbon, but with a nice dark chocolate and coffee burnt malt backbone. Finishes dry with bitter hops. Mouth is thinner than expected but not bad. Overall, decent but it misses the mark both as a stand-alone stout and as a bourbon barrel beer. Would not seek out again.
Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4 by arzt from Germany

Jul 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Whoisblnk1 from Hawaii

2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Purchased this in 22oz bottle. Was kind of in a rush and basically just grabbing a couple beers that I had never tried before in the premium section of the cooler. This beer literally taste exactly like the label says: watered down wild turkey with like an oatmeal stout beer. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried it, only to find these flavors do not match at all, and I’m stuck drinking nasty watered down wild turkey. I know what your saying, “I drink turkey.” No, actually, I’ve only met a few actual serious bourbon drinkers that have actually said that and was serious. Skip this product
Jul 22, 2020
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Rated by Sellen from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Jun 23, 2020
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Reviewed by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, sizable off-white head.

Smell: Light bourbon aroma, dark fruit and raisins, a hint of hops.

Taste: The bourbon overwhelms, sadly -- particularly on the finish. The underlying beer is pretty good, just not strong enough to anchor the bourbon flavor. It's a milder stout, not very roasty. The balance isn't right, leaves it tasting just a little "off."

Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.
Jun 21, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by RMW66 from Australia

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by BeerMeCJS from California

Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by rorjets from Connecticut

Jan 24, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Drank 5/1/14 @ the Palace.

Black liquid.

Tan head; minimal lace. Whole milk & oak nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Strangely muted; very mild oak & milk flavors. Boring.
Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by dbauer from California

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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!
Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by rfreed from Washington

Jul 11, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by marcrech from Brazil

Jul 09, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by BFCarr from New Jersey

Jun 11, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by BerryKumquat from California

Jun 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.
Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
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.
Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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.
Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by garthbrennan from Tennessee

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Mar 08, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by jimpyle48 from Virginia

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.
Feb 08, 2019
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
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 mild 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.
Jan 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +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.

Jan 10, 2019
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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.
Jan 07, 2019
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Rated by Doomtrain from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
Strong whiskey notes.
Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1694 ratings