Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutWild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
BA SCORE
3.79/5
1,597 Ratings
Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutWild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#15,585
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
1,597
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
367
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 1,597 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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 -1.1%
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 tvenne
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mintzmeet
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
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 Jcarriglio
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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 BEER88
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was expecting way more for a BA stout. The look and sort of smell were there but taste and feel were not.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 8BaconBits
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glennchapin
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of incognito369
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Gambyt20
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of beermeister9
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 armock
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of daem3384
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lwillitz
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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 sohearn
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpongeHop
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 JVan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,597 ratings
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