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Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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3.79/5
Very Good
1,609 Ratings
Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutWild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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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:
#16,432
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
1,609
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
370
Trade:
12
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Photo of kitekid
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wish there was more body to go with the huge flavor. And the bourbon could be a lot more balanced. To me it overpowered the stout

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

Photo of Chirdning
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detroitpat
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 16 oz Mason Jar from the Craft Beer Quick Stop on 11-19-17 for $3.00 (1/2 off).

Beer decanted black as night into my Spiegelau stout glass with a nice brown head. Nice sealing of the jar by the Quickie Mart owners.

Nose had nice barrel characteristics as it warm. There was a nice touch of bourbon there along with mild roasted malts.

Taste was pretty good. With 3 months in the barrel one gets some light touches of booze, vanilla, and oak over a mild roasted malt base. Hopping is lacking as this is sweeter despite a smaller abv for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel was light but smooth due to the moderate abv. Beer really lacked that extra oomph that we are conditioned with imperial styles that are barrel aged.

Overall not a great or a very good beer but one that offered some interesting flavors. With a better base beer a barrel aged export stout concept would work better.

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Photo of goopy
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost black with moderate dark tan head. Chocolate & toffee aroma. Slightly salty, hint of bitterness. Flavor is roasted malt & of course bourbon is the dominant note, tastes stronger than 6.9. Thick & smooth feel. Excellent with jelly cookies

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Photo of shivtim
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kds2437
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avery9997
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sylvin
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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