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

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutAnderson Valley Wild 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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Photo of Lahey
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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 ZebulonXZogg
2.17/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I was excited to try this, an Xmas present for Sharon in CT.
A: Poured into my trusty Lagunitas mason jar glass. It poured a dark brown with a small khaki head that was gone in a flash.
S: Not much aroma at all, just faint hint of bourbon and some malt.
T: Again not much going on.
F: Thin and watery.
O: I realize this is not an Imperial stout and I tried to grade it accordingly. Overall, as my guy "Donnie" says, "sad".

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Photo of Bcurly
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Light does not escape this beer, poured into a pint glass. Deep black color. Head is easily formed and lasted for most of drinking experience. Head color is an inviting late in color.
S: Light malt, cocoa, bourbon on the nose as well as secondary notes of espresso and nut.
T: Big booze flavor up front which was surprising for such a low alc. vol. (%6.9) cutting through this you should be able to make out the wild turkey nuances of bourbon, oak, and the classic stout flavors of malt, cocoa, and vanilla. This beer was not very viscous; more bubbles on the glass and less leg than I am used to in my barrel aged stouts. Carbonation should stand out here so if you are hankering to get a friend into stouts but they are into more refreshing beers this might be a good first go at only around $10 a pint. It really is hard to get over the booze flavor for me, so much so that it actually mutes a lot of the other flavors. In all, an okay attempt at a stout barrel aged beer but for a few dollars more there are a lot better options that open up.
F: I enjoy the mouth feel of this one though I do prefer a thicker, less carbonated feel on a beer in the category. I would reiterate here that this is a good entry into the barrel aged stout category because of the less intense flavor, lower viscosity, and higher carbonation compared to some of the 95+ beers in this category.
O: Overall, I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone I know who is a barrel aged stout snob but will be saving my other bottle to see if I can't get someone who hasn't tried many stouts a try at something a little less intense. Not as mellow as I like in my stouts, usually the heavy viscosity and big flavors I am used to can really drown out the taste of alcohol but I keep shocking myself with how boozy this %7 beer feels to me. Is it possible the got their gravity measurement wrong? I am feeling a bit too tipsy than I should after about 10 oz of this one.


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Photo of Cfred371
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a dark brown/black in the glass, with a finger of khaki head

Smell: The Barrel really stands out in this. Vanilla, coconut, faint bourbon, and fudge

Taste: Big toasted coconut, vanilla, some of that fudge, and surprisingly not too much of the Wild Turkey.

Feel: medium bodied, carbonated well, and, I hate saying it, smooth on the finish. Little dryness.

Overall: this is a surprising treat. I love Turkey, so I was going off the barrels largely, and it pays off. The amount of toasted coconut I get off this is insane, and the barrel really imparts its flavors

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Photo of righthereisay
1.9/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Received as a gift. Excited to try, as I usually like bourbon aged beers.

From first sip, ugh. I could hardly drink it. Tried a few more sips. Waited. Finally I threw it out. Probably drank 7 ounces of the 22 at most.

Not worth giving a detailed review. Smelled like bourbon mixed with cheap beer, tasted like bourbon mixed with cheap beer. Worst, the feel was probably among the worst I've ever had. Total waste.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The dark color is a little thin. Aroma has a slight bourbon aroma. Taste of bourbon is a little week. This is a watered down version of the higher alcohol version. No alcohol taste. I do not think aging will help

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the best barrel aged stouts I’ve tried. Nice deep woody textures and smells, velvety smooth and rich. Almost black body, small beige head, lots of whiskey essence without taking over.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent bourbon barrel stout by Anderson Valley. Heavy on the bourbon flavor which I like in this style. A little caramel, nut flavor, vanilla, a little coffee flavor. Not a bad beer, I do wish it was a little heavier and a little higher ABV. Anderson Valley makes great stuff. The brewery tour was nice as well going back to Oregon from the Raiders game. I could see paring this with their Winter Solstice in the cold winter months

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Photo of colts9016
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at a vigorous pour, producing a tan one finger head. The head is creamy and foamy with poor retention. The beer is dark brown with no clarity.

N: Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, wood, and earthy.

T: The bourbon is strong with vanilla, wood, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, biscuits, yeasty, a subtle fruity note.

M: Carbonated, chewy, rich, and lasting finish.

O: I think that there is no balance in the beer. The bourbon is strong in this beer, it is good. I feel that if the beer was a bit more balanced it would be outstanding.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Salted caramel bourbon barrel aged stout

look: black, can't see through it, tan brown head that dissapears completely after a few minutes
smell: like a regular stout, and bourbon whiskey
taste: dark malts, whishkey, a bit to sour, more sourness in the aftertaste.
mouth feel : watery, thin
Overall: I did not really like it and I gave an entire glass to my dog. Salted caramel? No, I do not taste any of that. Whiskey? Yes,
it is mostly whiskey and nothing else. I think that after it warmed up a bit I enjoyed it a little more, but overall it was a bust for me.
I think I forgot, but I don't think I actually like wild turkey.

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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 ChrisMon02
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Anderson Valley pint glass.

Deep brown color with a mocha colored head leaving decent lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

Smells of caramel, vanilla, light bourbon and a touch of chocolate.

Taste mimics the smell. Not the strongest of flavors but not bad either.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not as thick as higher quality beers of the style but again, not bad.

A decent entry level brew for those interested in the style. Would have again but wouldn't necessarily seek out.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, 6.9% ABV, 14 IBU. Pours medium thickness, black, with 3+ fingers of tan head, not much lacing. Nose is very slight bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is slightly bitter coffee, maltiness, and not much bourbon taste at all. Some might call the taste "watery", but I like it. Mouthfeel is decent, and overall I would get it again.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours black with small light brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and bourbon. Chocolate flavor with plenty of roasty notes and some bourbon character. Medium-bodied with lingering roasty and bourbon finish. Just ok.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much just under 4 across the board - all look, smell, taste and feel are typically good but nothing especially great. Feel is a bit light, flavor is a bit one note. It's nothing at all wrong, it's all very nice.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lacking in bourbon taste and dulled in flavor, this bourbon barrel stout is the most lack luster I have had. Not a lot of bourbon, thinner stout. Overall a miss - but not being a big fan of the overwhelming bourbon flavor, I liked it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with 2 finger tan head that dies quick with little lace. Aroma has notes of bread and roasted malts, wood, hints of chocolate and vanilla. Smooth, light bodied stout, woodiness helps it easily pass with notes of bread and roasted malts, remote coffee, balancing with a vanilla (& chocolate?) sweetness and has slightly dry and boozy finish (and I swear I get hints of toffee and figs on backend).

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Photo of Wontonst
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black concoction with a head that very quickly fizzes away, leaving just this inky liquid. Very nice nose, though not as strong as other bourbon barrel stouts. Very nice vanilla, caramel, roasted malts. The taste was too tart for a stout in my opinion, though the finish is very nice. The mouthfeel is smooth but overcarbonated.

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Photo of MFMB
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Yardhouse and bottle pour at home. No noticeable difference other than on tap was slightly higher carbonation. Light bourbon on the nose with maple vanilla woody smell also. Tastes of light bourbon and roasted malts with light wood/maple and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a BBS IMO almost porter like but definitely makes it easy drinking and at 6.9abv she drinks well. A good BBS if the 11-12% BBS are too much.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma Is alcohol, bourbon. Beautiful looking beer. Taste is mostly Smokey bourbon. Also some barley, coffee, pecans, . Maybe too much whiskey flavor.....not enough stout. Good beer nevertheless."

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this reads more like a doppelbock than a stout. But not a bad one.

Dark brown color, tan head. Lace is ok, not super persistent or fine.

Smell is clean, mild. Nuthin wrong here, move along.

Taste is fairly good... malt with a hint of sweetness, kinda like Ayinger Celebrator. Not super complex. But... ok-nice.

Mouthfeel is moderate, light for a stout. Carbonation is lovely. Not overdone.

Hints of citrus on the finish - interesting.

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Photo of salimoneus
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have tried the 2014 and 2015 versions poured from a bomber, I can say that both experiences were very similar. This is a decent beginner's barrel aged stout, but for someone who enjoys the stronger barrel aged imperial stouts, this beer will have a thin mouth feel, and relatively weak flavor profile. Considering it is only 3 months aged, the lower ABV, and it's just a regular stout as opposed to an imperial stout, it performs about as well as one could expect due to the minimal amount of time spent in the barrel. The bourbon flavors are definitely present and detectable, but overall this beer is not very complex. Again, a good beginner's barrel aged stout, but for the seasoned stout lover you will likely find this lacking in just about every area. In the year-round available barrel aged stout category, I would without hesitation recommend New Holland's Dragon Milk over this beer, and it's probably cheaper at around $15 a 4-pack as well.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black in the glass w/ a very thin tan/mocha head
Smell - Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, roasted malts, some oakiness
Taste - Vanilla, bourbon, some caramel/toffee, some oak, roasted malts
Feel - The only downside to this beer in my opinion. Way too thin

Overall - Don't know what it is but I absolutely LOVE this beer. Would be a staple stout for me if I could find it all the time. Beef up the mouthfeel/ABV....and this is world class!!

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. Ebony color with a clinging tan head. Decent oak aroma. Initially it has a huge chocolate taste follow by oak tannins and light vanilla. There is also a faint taste of Wild Turkey. Unfortunately as it warms it loses the chocolate and bourbon flavors. It also feels pretty thin and watery for a stout.

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