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
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
Ratings:
1,562
Reviews:
254
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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Photo of sohearn
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpongeHop
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McClinton
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, New Belgium glass,

Off the pour this is a midnight black beer. A fluffy two fingers of head formed and then settled to a quarter inch of dark tan.

Loads of vanilla, some cocoa, marshmallow, a little smoke in the background. Booze is conspicuously absent. It smells like bourbon without the heat.

Graham cracker, burnt chocolate, bourbon of course! Alas, the taste disappoints. There is a burnt bitterness that is off-putting. That flavor turns soapy and needs more sweetness to balance.

As a smaller stout this does have a medium thinner feel. The carbonation is very active. Too active for this beer.

I think this beer smells wonderful and got a little excited about a lower ABV, tasty bourbon barrel beer. I think the barrel overpowers the beer and the high level of carbonation doesn't help when the beer underneath is very flavorful.

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

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

Photo of bshefftz
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JPeterson17
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 OregonGrown7
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

On tap at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY.

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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 bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msscott1973
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

Cheers!

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Photo of MrDis
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TGS
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,562 ratings.
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