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:
1,568
Reviews:
256
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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66
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350
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, wood, and a mild bourbon aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the barrel aged presence flavor wise is subdued.

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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not real often you come across a barrel aged stout that's comes in under 7% abv but carries this much flavor and mouthfeel! I love it. Not a huge wild turkey fan myself, and the specific character of the whiskey comes through a lot in this beer, but it seems to work. Frothy look, soft grayish brown head on a dark chocolate colored body with good viscosity and so e clinging density. Nose is whiskey first, thin vanilla and booze, with sweet oak, milk chocolate, and derived fruit, maybe raisin leading the way in the flavor. Oats might froth this up a little, chocolate malt is robust, and the oak is long lasting in the finish. It's great because all the booze and body of the huge imperials is here, right there to enjoy from first sip, but it never gets hit and heavy, allowing me to consume way more of this than I could some imperial. Props to Anderson valley for putting this one together, it's perfect this time of year! A touch of acidity in the finish is my only complaint

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that took a long time to die down and left large patches of bubbles covering the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has bourbon but also flavors of the underlying stout.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice easy to drink bourbon barrel aged stout that has a pleasant aroma but lacks the complexity in the taste that some of the other barrel aged beers have.

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4.35/5  rDev +16%
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 20oz pint @theunderground in Edmonton. At least the bartender knew that this was actually on tap, plain and clear, unlike buddy there last week. Gah.

This beer appears a very, very dark brown, verging on black colour, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a barely pockmarked wall of painted lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet, boozy, woody vanilla, caramel malt, powdered cocoa, mild coffee, a bit of black licorice, and faint earthy, leafy hops. Like a shot of bourbon sitting next to a chocolate stout. The taste is more restrained on the Kentucky brown spirit front, with stronger chocolate and dry coffee, the caramel malt gaining some crystallized toffee character, subtle licorice root, and slowing burgeoning astringent Bourbon-soaked oakiness.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but settles down soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, and a tad clammy in its smoothness - perhaps a casualty of the barrel perception. It finishes on the sweet side, all that chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and other sundry whisky notes hardly able to be anything else.

If Wild Turkey was indeed the barrel for this particular aging project, that would go a long way in explaining the big up-front Bourbon essence, followed by the drop-off, which here, at least, is picked up by the heady malt of the base stout. Sans beer, that effect is typically unpleasant as a hungry croc, as Wild Turkey is rather unappealing on its own. Nice to see it actually used for good.

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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,568 ratings.
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