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

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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.

Added by tempest on 10-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,562
Reviews:
254
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
349
For Trade:
12
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Reviews by Wasatch:
Photo of Wasatch
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonaiton, with a nice small fizzy tan head, which leaves a HUGE oil slick in the middle of the glass, some nice sticky lacing as well. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate, coffee, and toffee notes. A little vanilla note also. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, and malty. Lots of dark notes thrown in with some roastyness, a slight bourbon note. Medium body. Overall a very tasty brew, a nice stout with a bourbon note thrown in, glad to see it here in Utah, would definitely recommend.

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Photo of professorchow
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

In a glass from the bottle. Pours dark brown, a perfectly fine looking stout, though head dissipates fast. Smell is mild, mainly bourbon. Taste of Wild Turkey largely overpowers the Stout. Not that the taste is very strong for a barrel aged stout, but such taste as the beer offers is an astringent mix of bourbon and something medicinal. Thin mouthfeel. I love plenty of barrel aged stouts, but this one was hard to drink. Shared with a few fiends who all had the same response. Reading other reviews, I wonder if ours was an off batch.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass, and a thin, light brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of mild, sweet toasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, hints of barrel oak. Flavor follows aroma, with light toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, hint of lactose; finishes with lingering bourbon and mild wood. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Perhaps my first relatively low ABV whiskey barreled stout, and it seems clear that a lighter stout is somewhat overwhelmed by the whiskey character. This is actually well balanced and the vanilla stout character is nicely done, but the whiskey masks it, making this somewhat one-note. The vanilla flavor is a big asset to balance the whiskey. I love whiskey/bourbon beers of all kinds and greatly enjoyed this, but would like to see Anderson Valley beef up the malt body a bit. Delivers what it promises and enjoyed to the last drop.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 05.09.14.

A: Midnight black with some red at the bottom. Tan 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S: Vanilla, caramel. I could smell it from an arm's length away while pouring. Magnificent!

T: Vanilla, caramel, bourbon dominate. Very slight char is there too as well as milk chocolate.

M: Creamy smooth. A bit watery but the ABV is very low for a BB stout, so whatever.

O: This was my first BB stout. I'm an addict now because of this one. The vanilla, caramel, and bourbon are strong. It is surprisingly complex. The ABV is low, but there is always Huge Arker for something heavier in the mouth.

Rating: A

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Photo of charlzm
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on draft on August 8th, 2015 at Grapes and Hops in Ventura, CA.

Beer is very dark brown (virtually black) with deep ruby highlights only barely visible. Decent smallish off-white/light tan head that provides some sheeting.

Aroma is all whiskey.

Flavor is also almost all whiskey, but some weak dark malts and minimal bitterness also put in a token appearance. Acceptable and even a little fun on the palate.

Mouthfeel is thick and thin at the same time. Interesting trick. It's neither as chewy as the best imperial stouts nor as thin as the flavor implies. Very low level of carbonation.

Certainly not a bad beer, but a bigger beer in body, flavor and ABV is needed to stand up to the bourbon barrels.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ever-classy Barney Flats gets a serious renovation! Without sacrificing the character of the original, it draws in key components from the Wild Turkey bourbon barrels that complement it perfectly!

With a dark, bark brown hue, the beer evades black coloration but only barely. Capped with a delicate lining of espresso-like creme, the beer takes on a stately cask ale-like appearance. Good retention and light brandy legging reaffirm the notions of quality even to the eye.

The aromas of chocolate, heavy toast, medium roast coffee, and heavy cream rise much in the same way as the original Barney Flats, but as the nose becomes accustomed to the scent, the warming beer invites aromas of coconut, vanilla, cherry alcohol, weathered oak, and unmistakable bourbon to act in complement.

The bittersweet chocolate, toasty-roasty coffee flavors stem from aroma with a consistent feed. But the beer seems wrapped in an envelope of soft bourbon taste without the burn. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, charred oak, and mild dark fruit give the beer a sultry elegance that really sets it apart. It seems that the early palate doesn't register the taste nearly as well as it resonates in finish.

Creamy and delightful, the beer's early marshmallow textures morph into a lush velvety texture of warmth and brandyish sweetness. Light wood tanning creates a powdery sensation that balances the sweetness in conjunction with the broad woody bitterness from hops.

The beer simply exudes class- both from the stout and bourbon standpoints. This new Barney Flats variation is much more than a bourbon barrel aged beer, its a collaboration of taste that dovetail together perfectly!

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a pint glass at O'glee, Bangkok.

Black in color with thick silky khaki head, it stands with very good retention before slowly sinking to an eternal fluffy crown that won't die down until the last sip and leaving plenty of sticky lacing along the way.

In a nose, chocolate, espresso, roasted, dark bread, toasted biscuit, and caramel toffee, all of these aromas are derived from its malty goodness while bourbon barrel yields notes of vanilla, woody, and slight spicy.

The taste is led by rich malt bill of chocolate, espresso, roasted, toasted biscuit, dark bread, caramel, and toffee. The bourbon barrel aging provides notes of woody, vanilla, and subtle spiciness. The aftertaste is lingering with moderate bourbon whiskey character.

Medium body with low carbonation but it is proper to carry all the things well under the smooth mouthfeel and medium crisp palate, finish is very dry.

This one is indeed a good Stout with the proper amount of bourbon barrel character to add more depth and complexity. The bourbon barrel profile is harmoniously presented in not so intense fashion, good for ones who want to start enjoying the barrel-aged Stout.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a one-finger tan creamy head. Smells of vanilla bean. A medium bodied stout. Tastes of coffee and hops with the bourbon and wild turkey showing up late. Very balanced and smooth, not overbearing which would allow for multiple tastings.

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Photo of DanGeo
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of DavyJones
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tbryan5
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of KDNW
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and opaque brown with a thick, creamy and generous tan head that fades away to spotty lacing.
The aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, slight sweet vanilla.
Tastes pretty darn good. Bitter chocolate and whiskey notes first followed by some sweet milk chocolate and vanilla with a lingering roast coffee finish and a burnt char aftertaste. A bit more whiskey in the taste as it warms.
Mouthfeel is disappointing, thin and lifeless.
Good beer that a better mouthfeel would improve markedly.

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Photo of KyleMaurer90
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Shagator
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mverity
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours and off very very deep opaquer brown with creamy tan head that held well. Thin collar. Aroma is some dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness. Taste is much the same with no noticeable bourbon or oak presence until the very end. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a body just on the thin side of thick.

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Photo of JoeD15
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of JakerLou
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerswag
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

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