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

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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Reviews:
242
Ratings:
1,505
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13%
 
 
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Reviews by kojevergas:
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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+

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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%

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 +0.5%
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 +15.4%
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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4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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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2.36/5  rDev -37.4%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of KDNW
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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