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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 macher0
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Re-reviewed after about a year of solid top-tier BA stouts.

A: Poured about a finger of amber head that slowly retreats to a frothy rim and blotchy film. Very impressive head. Brownish black color. Opaque. Nice lacing. Not very viscous.

S: Moderately fragrant. Tons of bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and coffee. No booze.

T: Follows smell nicely. Defiantly what one expects after the nose. Bourbon, roasted malts, and chocolate are the major profiles. A slight bourbon-saturated oak finish builds up after a while. Hot and boozey. A little coffee.

M: Moderate bodied and very high carbonation. The carbonation level leads to a very silky smooth feel. The feel is very thin, which seems watery. This is an aspect of the beer that reduces the score and is difficult to over look.

O:It is nice to be able to get this any time, but it is a last resort BA stout. The combination of heat, booze, and thin feel is not good. The dark roasted malts and coffee notes are noteworthy. There is a reason the successful BA stouts are crafted in small batches with careful attention. I get the impression this ale is mass produced with little attention to detail.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 0z bomber from FMcD's. Poured in to a tulip glass. Unable to find any dating.

A- Dark as night, with an off-white one finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Retention on the side of the glass.

S - Bourbon first, chocolate vanilla second, burnt nuts (ouch!) third, and faint hops.

T- Interesting. Bourbon on the finish, but it is preceded by a sweet vanilla nutty taste. Which balances nicely, but the sweetness is almost cloying.

M - Smooth on the entrance, mid finish sharpness from the carbonation, then a slick finish that has a tinge (check) of stickiness.

O - Quite a contrast from the Enjoy By I had earlier. Some might not like the upfront bourbon taste or the sweetness, but I think this is extremely close to pulling it off. It reminds me of the home brew my cousin used to make with Crown. You know the Crown was there, and it added positively to beer. A touch more "heft" in the stout department would be a great addition.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored ale with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells of chocolate, coconut and vanilla. Mild whiskey aroma but it is more made of the parts of whiskey scent rather than the whiskey itself.

Starts out mildly sweet with a mild chocolate and coconut flavor. Pleasant whiskey flavor. Nice chocolate and whiskey flavors with a mild bitterness. Not more complex than that but it is a damn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a nice very tasty beer. Low alcohol for the beer style.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at cap market in salem. wild turkey on the label suggests someone might be paying attention to this one . . . maybe a bit, but not enough. pours well, mild foam, a bit of decent lacing, ring of foam throughout the rest of the glass. color's a nice dark molasses/caramel. nose is cocoa, bit of raisin, a bit boozy (mind you, it's only 6.9%). taste is ok, nothing to write home about, but not bad either, though a bit on the thin side. bit of cocoa, leather, but for 6.9 it seems kind of a bit much on the bourbon, a bit more than i'd expect. i'd rather have some nuanced characteristics, but it just comes across as basic. again, nothing really wrong, but nothing to warrant a second glass, especially at $10 for a bomber.

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Photo of stevied71
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Don't know what to say, maybe I had a bad one - not stouty at all.

More black IPA than stout.

Not bubby to look at but had a light carbonated mouthfeel.

Caramel bourbon smell.

Edge of head no webbing.

Found to be quite gassy.

I had a Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon before, which may affect this review.

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Photo of itsscience
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with some reddening around the edges and a persistent two fingers of light brown head. On the nose I get woodsy vanilla, caramel, and chocolate with an alcohol aroma, which is surprising given that it's only 6.9 % ABV. There's a roasted malt quality as well. All these flavors are stretched thin in the taste: here there is relatively little malt presence. It's bourbon forward with a dry cocoa powder and vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and it finishes with a moderate hop bitterness.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter

A- pours a dark brown/black color with a decent size foamy and fizzy light-tan head, that has decent retention, leaving no lace behind

S- sweet buttery caramel with oaky bourbon juice, grainy malt with a hint of chocolate

T- the malt bill is very grainy up front, sweet caramel and toffee kick in mid-palate with a bit of coffee, oaky vanilla with a kick of bourbon on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability for the style, probably because of its lower ABV

O- the bourbon was more prominent than I expected, given the low ABV, however I think the base beer struggled to match up with the other barrel flavors. Still, very drinkable for a BBA stout

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Frothy, beige head that leaves ample webs of lace. Slow to recede. Near black color--a bit of light passes on the base of the glass.

Slightly sweet aroma with a definitive whiskey touch. The smell does not have an alcohol nose. Good chocolate notes.

Rich and chocolatey. Starts off innocently, but there's a strong fudge kick in the swallow. The aftertaste reminds me of an after dinner chocolate. i do not taste the whiskey I smelled earlier. The body is thick and the carbonation low. It's a bit like drinking a carbonated, chilled hot cocoa.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Yardhouse, I think a pint was $7. Looks like your typical stout: black. Head was decent and tan in color. Aroma was a nice bourbon, thick with hints of stout. Flavor was above average, heavy bourbon with roasted malts but it felt too thin. I ordered thus thinking it was Huge Arker and was a little disappointed. I think bourbon barrels are great for beer but the base beer needs to be pretty big to stand up to it, lower ABV beers are just too watery.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black with about a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The bourbon notes on the nose are subtle, but present. The flavor profile also has subtle bourbon notes that seem to take a backseat after the first few sips. The roast profile is pretty good and the finish is mild.

This offering is good, but there are a number of bourbon barrel stouts out there that are definitely superior.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with about a finger of thin tan head
S- chocolate and light bourbon
T- taste is awesome. Sweet cocoa with hints of licorice and bourbon. Not as much bourbon as I was expecting though. Cocoa lingers and is slightly bitter
M- light
O- great but less bourbon than I was expecting

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Photo of tronester
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A super dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Aromas of vanilla and charred oak. Taste begins with some sweet grain, then some oak, after that is some vanilla. A hint of earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is a little light, but not too bad. Overall quite good. Not as rich as some bourbon barrel stouts, but not as high alcohol either. I will definitely get it again.

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Photo of mverity
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours and off very very deep opaquer brown with creamy tan head that held well. Thin collar. Aroma is some dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness. Taste is much the same with no noticeable bourbon or oak presence until the very end. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a body just on the thin side of thick.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third Anderson Valley review, had this on tap at the Village Anchor. Outstanding, almost definitely the best beer of this kind that I've had. Heavy smoke, brown sugar, and, of course, bourbon flavor. Incredible bourbon and coffee aroma. If you like bourbon ales, I can't think if anything better on a chilly night. Only drawback is the price. Usually I don't invest this much for a beer, but this time it might've been worth it.

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Photo of t8dd
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Aroma is strange to me for the style. Lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee on the nose. Poured jet black with an inch thick light tan head that dissipated quickly. Taste is exactly like the nose, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Didn’t get much roasted malt and seemed a little light for a stout. Finish just drops out. Decent but not my favorite.

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Photo of Ego
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 full fingers of cocoa head rise up and sizzle, pretty dark brew with some signs of life simmering to the surface, lacing is spotty, this looks nice for about a minute but then the head retreats, not bad

wow, really strong boozy vanilla notes, almost in the vanilla extract zone, melted caramel (more specifically those little kraft caramel squares I loved as a tyke), some dry cocoa powder hiding underneath as well, wondrous!

taste etc...
pretty smooth, no overwhelming flavors, subtle vanilla finish, this drinks boozier than the ABV would suggest (is this just a jedi mind trick?), weight wise this is medium heavy and satisfies in that department, this is easy to drink but... something is missing

the barrel treatment is obvious but there is no there there, meaning there is no depth here, just kind of falls flat. is it bad ? no, not by any means, and in fact this might be great with certain food pairings but overall it seems lacking

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

Appearance - a dark thick pour, two fingers of light mocha grip the glass at all points. Good lace, slow to fade.

Aroma - pleasant bourbon nose, not a whole lot else. Wood and whiskey.

Taste - roasty malts, on the sweeter side, some cocoa in there as well. The bourbon is nicely balanced, an easy meld with the other flavors. Not hot at all, the lower abv helps to pull that off. Some coconut on the swallow. Finishes warm, a touch of black coffee, coconut.

Mouthfeel - a touch thin for such a tasty beer, Carbonation is average I guess.

Overall - a really good beer that proves you don't have to turn the glass of beer into a 12% hot bourbon drink. It maintains its beer character very well alongside the bourbon, one of the better blends I've seen under 8%.

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

Near opaque black body with a thin, brownish head; thin sheetings of foam clinging to the pint glass. Obvious whiskey barrel tone to the dark grain aroma; chocolate; ripe cherries; vanilla. Rich cocoa and milk chocolate flavors; some charred grain; faint hop bitterness if you let the beer linger in your mouth. Heavy bodied; semi-sweet finish.

A very well-done stout with the creamy, dark grain and malt sweetness character shining throughout. Well-balanced and nicely complex while keeping a respectably low ABV; not necessarily a session brew but could just about make the cut. Most of the whiskey barrel notes come through in the aroma while letting the malt flavors do the talking in the overall taste. Very satisfying...

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Photo of _IanMcG561
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color - dark brown, Tan head

Smell - Bourbon and booze with a hint of roasted malt

Taste - Rich, Malty, Bourbon, Dry, Leathery

Overall - This beer is amazing, drinks so easy while packing a huge amount of taste. Bourbon and chocolate roasted into a delicious stout. The finish has a dry taste of bourbon and chocolate making you want more and more of this wonderful stout. This is by and far one of the most drinkable stouts I've had.

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Photo of fx20736
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single 22 oz bottle from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester. Poured into a chalice, served at room temp.

appearance: black with thick Khaki head, nice lace coating the glass,

smell: molasses with a light Bourbon aroma.

taste: thin on malt, Bourbon is very noticeable but is also light. This beer is seriously underpowered. Nice coconut finish.

mouthfeel: light for the style but maybe in a good way, feeling buoyant and durable.

overall: my 1st Anderson Valley beer and I am not overly impressed. This is a 'lite' stout and is lacking in body and oomph.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a jet coffee black with cherry red highlights. 1 finger bubbly head leaves a dense spotty lace.
Smells of warm toffee, strong vanilla, and bourbon mellowed by oak. Grassy oak, wet earth and rum bread pudding. A grain like alcohol carries/enhances the nose.
Taste is lighter than the nose would suggest, yet complex and refreshing in a cola soda pop kind of way. Oak, Vanilla, dry toasted malts, grassy notes, with nice long dry oak finish. The bourbon cask alcohol appears without overpowering but is distinctive.
Feels thin but refreshing, not deep in rich flavors as I prefer my Porters, but perhaps appealing to someone who likes a lighter style.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i really appreciate the idea of this beer: to make a barrel aged stout available at a decent price and that doesn't overpower you with abv.

the pour is pretty glorious... just an exceptionally inviting glass of beer, with nice sticky tan foam on top.

some roasty notes in the nose but nothing exceptional, the drink is well rounded if a tad saccharine. hint of licorice and the bourbon is faintly there... but it is over all very subtle. i like it. i would buy a 6 pak and drink it everyday.

a little thin overall, flavors on the tongue but not substantial. it is close to being great... would love to see this on cask somewhere.

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Photo of rangerred
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours jet black with a one finger light tan had that settles to a fairly thick ring around the top of the beer. Pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass and some splotchiness on top.

Bourbon is really smacks you in the face in the aroma with the vanilla character being prominent. Wood underlies this along with dark chocolate.

Lots of vanilla and wood char in the taste almost as if a shot of bourbon has been dropped into the beer. There is more roast and coffee evident here compared to the aroma along with dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness and a bit of a watery mouthfeel leads to a sticky finish.

Overall, this beer has a lot going for it but I feel like it just lacks the body to be great. Everything starts out good but kind of craps out midway through. I would get this again, though.

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Photo of cbutova
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap over the weekend at The Dive Bar in Worcester, MA. Notes taken at time of consumption.

A- Pitch black pour to a pint glass with a tan-brown cap of foam atop the brew. Head rises to about a finger high with a creamy texture. Good retention but eventually falls to a frothy ring with some spotty lace drizzle down the glass.

S- Cocoa maltiness up front in an aroma lacking strength for a Stout. Roasty and caramel malts with just a tiny hint of Bourbon barrels.

T- As with the aroma, just lacks a certain character of Stouts. Barrel presence is also a bit low with just tiny hints of whiskey and vanilla. Toasty, cocoa and roasted malts with some caramel make up a bulk of the flavor. Eventually some coffee, mild black currant fruitiness and cereal grain hints come out. Mild soy-cola feel.

MF- Silky, lighter end body with a moderate level of carbonation. Feels a bit thin overall and lacking of texture.

Just seems a bit faint in both the aroma and taste. Well balanced but nothing really jumps out on the palate to carry the beer forward. Gets better with warmth and time but never really reaches that high. There are just too many good Bourbon stouts out there I suppose.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-12-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque black with a 2-finger dark tan head a very nice lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, nutty, vanilla, mild roasted malt. Pleasant. Not strong.

T - Initially some raisin bread sweetness, vanilla, cocoanut and bourbon. Then a fair amount of coffee and char. Finishes with a good balance of residual sweetness and roasty bitterness. The coffee and char flavors, while fairly apparent mid-taste, don't linger into the aftertaste. There also bourbon alcohol flavor present in the finish in balance with the other flavors; in other words, subdued.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Thinner than you'd expect for a stout.

O - First impression is this is more like a mildly barrel aged porter. Enjoyable but doesn't knock it out of the park. It's got some nice flavors for a 7% brew but I think I'd rather have their Oatmeal Stout. Of interest, my wife liked this more than me particularly because it was lighter flavored and had a lower ABV. While I was looking for MORE, she liked the simpler, lighter bourbon stout flavors on display with this brew.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,532 ratings.
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