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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel StoutAnderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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Photo of SHODriver
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the snifter
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, roast malt a bit of vanilla and some bourbon aromas
T: oaky up front with a bit of caramel and vanilla with some bourbon flavors, chocolate and coffee as well as some roast malt on the back end but very chocolatey. swallow brings a good amount of bourbon flavor, some roasted malt and a bit more coffee and chocolate
M: fuller side of medium on the palate with soft and slightly prickly carbonation.
O: good flavors and a decent balance, not a lot of barrel character but it allows the other flavors to shine a bit more. it's more of a supporting role than dominant flavor. inoffensive and quite drinkable.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-nearly pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing or cascading.

S-bourbon, coconut, leather, and a hint of smoke

T-Much like the nose with bourbon and coconut standing out with some roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of leather

M-thin and slightly syrupy

D-the bourbon, coconut, and leather kind of cut into the drinkability for me, but overall it is a flavorful American Stout

Overall, this is a good stout, not my personal favorite, but complex. Fans of bourbon barrel aged stouts should give this a try.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a big creamy fluffy light mocha head. Aroma is dark fruits and booze, maybe a bit of chocolate. Bit of vomit smell, blegh. Thin mouthfeel. Sweet malta and candy feuits mixed with alcohol flavor. These non-imperial stouts and porters with the bourbon just don't do it for me. Thin, alcoholic, and no complexity. Just tastes like booze, but without much booze. Meh.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter, no bottle date

Pours midnight black with a generous finger of foam. Retention could be better, good lacing though. No visibility or carbonation. Smells of bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate, cherry, some vanilla, rigid malts, and some alcohol. Not the most complex, but some definite activity going on here. Taste comes up pretty short, though. The bourbon is a bit perpendicular to the rest of the taste which comes and goes pretty quick, a flash of flavor- coffee, chocolate, oak, bourbon is quickly ended by the after taste of malt, bourbon, and oak. Feel is the lowest part, it's strange how this washes over the palate, flavor changes quickly but isn't enjoyable. Not the most drinkable. Overall this would be a lot better executed with an imperial stout. The stout simply isn't strong enough to stand up to the bourbon, and the beer is for naught

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Photo of Onenote81
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one shared by a friend last night. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. The nose is pretty weak, as I'm not getting much bourbon at all. Slightly sweet aroma of vanilla, but this is really underwhelming. Decent feel. Creamy and smooth. Velvety texture. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment as well. I'm getting little bourbon and vanilla notes. Mild oak dryness, some chocolate malt present. This beer is just sort of blah. Not much going on. Glad I didn't pay for a bottle. Thanks anyways for the pour, Jacob.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black in color, 3/4 inch head, low carbonation, opaque

Smell: light chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: oak, chocolate, toffee, cocoa--a bit of Tootsie Roll taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, heavy body, sweet with oakiness

Overall: I was impressed with the oakiness of this beer at first, but unfortunately the taste did not carry all the way through this beer. It was still strong enough, but I wish the flavor was a bit stronger. Still I would get this one again if I saw it on tap. Not quite what I would call good, but certainly one of the better brews from Anderdon Valley.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a near black cola color with a finger of soft dense head light brown head that faded into a thin fluffy film that left tons of soapy spotty lace down the glass.
S: Sweet and mild nose with notes of raisin, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of roast, a hint of bourbon, and sticky maple.
T: Mild like the nose. Medium roast, faint chocolate, raisin, caramel, maple, brown sugar, and a hint of toast. Bourbon is low and smooth with no warmth. Falls off in finish, needs something more - more complexity. Hint of vanilla in aftertaste.
M: Falls short. Needs more body and maybe more carb. Watery slick mouthfeel, medium body, low frothy carbonation.
O: Would be much better if thicker, but still definitely enjoyable

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Any beer with "Bourbon Barrel Stout" on the label is going to pique my interest. Then, I was surprised to see that this is a relatively low-ABV version, and I was interested to see where this went: in the past my experience with bourbon stouts has almost certainly been limited to Imperial version. 22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a dark, murky black, browning at the edges. Head forms a very fine, silky ring after settling out quickly. Some very fine but quite minimal lacing around the edges of the glass. Carbonation is fine enough, but it moves through the body quickly. Overall, it looks decent enough.

Nose certainly picks up some bourbon: and oddly, more bourbon than oak, with a definite corn character coming through, and a spicy booze note, without a lot of smooth oaky characters. Certainly there's no oaky vanilla, coconut or rounded wood notes. What's there is that sweet corn character, laced with some darkness that comes through as a compacted vegemite character above some slightly overdone toast. Together, it's almost reminiscent of an acidity. It's weird, and I can't say I love it all that much.

Taste is also not all that great, but for quite different reasons. Here the lack of body is sorely evident, and it's what's missing the most from the beer. Thin entry, backed with lashings of sickly bourbon characters that drop out quickly. What's left is a bready, grainy character that lingers long efter everyone else has disappeared trying to avoid it. Finish has a slight kick of sweetness, again possibly the bourbon: but this has an almost butterscotch cloy to it. Feel is very light, but with enough stickiness to keep some of those flavours around for too long.

Nope, this doesn't work for me. In fact, this beer probably explains why my experience with bourbon barrel stouts has to date been only Imperial versions. The bourbon doesn't do anything for this beer, and in fact probably harms it. It takes over the stout, without providing much good characters itself. The flavours are assertive, but they just don't work for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good bourbon barrel aged almost anything, Wild Turkey should be interesting... but it's really interesting clocking in only at 6.9%abv...

Pours a darker colored slightly creamy but with big fizzy bubbles of a 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice high water mark lacing, a just about pitch black beer with no real light getting through.

Nose starts with a bit of roasted malt, smoked malt, and a little black patent, that quickly turns to vanilla bourbon barrel, lots of buttery oak, vanilla, and some bourbon to go with it, a light smoked meat aroma with some light roast, otherwise the roasted malt and black patent disappears quickly and I can't find it again, nice caramel, fluffy nougat, and hint of cocoa.

Taste starts again with darker malts but again almost instantly dissolves to buttery oak, and vanilla bourbon barrel. The malts bring a hint of smoke, very light coffee and roast, as well as a light chalky charred black malt and some barrel char. Light bitterness from the roast and a light earthy hop character. It also seems to have a light creamy flaked oat feel. Mild sweetness brings a hint of booze too. Finish is drier but not really much so, a little creamy oats, light char and black malt lingering, some earthy hop bitterness and faint charred barrel with more buttery oak and vanilla barrel, but bourbon is on the very light side overall.

Mouth is a bit heavier bdied, somewhat creamy, lighter but decent carb.

Overall it's not bad, but nothing great. Good to try once, but not much more, and it won't age at all. The buttery vanilla oak is nice, but lack of bourbon leaves a bit to be desired, and lack of overall malt profile as it disappears to the barrel also leaves something to be desired, oh and also lack of carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 picked up tonight at the COOP for a pricey $8ish... poured into my slim tulip produces a black brew with no light escaping even on the stem end of my glass... the head is dark brown and dies back quickly but still leaves nice sheets of lace.

Light roasty notes... a bit of raisin combines with light vanilla/whiskey notes. Really I was expecting more... more stout qualities... more whiskey qualities... really light across the board.

Flavors are again pretty light.. a deep raisin element moves mid palate to the finish.. whiskey notes are light.... this is a decent porter, but not a stout IMO.

The body is medium with a creamy effervescent carbonation.

Okay at best... I had super high hopes for this one. I will not buy again.

4/3/3/3.5/3.25

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall crown of tan-hued foam, receding at a steady clip, leaving little flecks of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sweet-scented bourbon notes dovetailed into the Barney Flats scent, with its touches of mild-blend coffee and chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookies.

Taste: Their BFOS presented a steady, sweet maltiness, with semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a smooth, creaminess from the oats and light dark fruitiness. Adding in the smooth vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak elements from bourbon barrels is just gravy. Smooth, sweet-sided finish with lingering aforementioned bourbony accents.

Mouthfeel: Medium, though nicely textured and wholly drinkable with decent amounts of carbonation.

Overall: It's a good bourbon barrel-aged beer. For the bourbon barrel-aged beer lover in us all.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

I had only dreamed about this beer being made and even had the idea to make this beer myself one day.But I just happen to be at the party source checking out what they had on tap and behold the beer of my dreams had came true. Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout .It was so good I bought a growler since they didn't have it in bottles.Amazing beer here.Went through the growler in a day and a half.the big treat is at the nearing of the bottom where the wild turkey is ,the flavor is amazing On tap is slightly better but the bottles are darn near the same might even be better.Here is my review.

serving type: on tap great head and flavor hits quickly

serving type bottle: great head flavor hits fast

appearance: very dark with a great look in a Snifter best way to drink a great stout

smell:wild turkey vanilla,espresso slightly,

taste:wild turkey vanilla,espresso slightly a good mix of all of them great balance not too much not too little

mouthfeel: very smooth easy to drink beer easy to sit back relax and enjoy this beer

overall:This is the beer I dreamed on Anerderson Valley got this one right.I have a ton of this stuff in the frig and will age it and see what happens while enjoying some now as well.almost a perfect beer here if you like stouts and wild turkey you will love this beer!!!!

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Photo of Bung
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. My bottle says 6.9%, not 5.8.
Nearly black very dark brown pour. Half finger of tan head. Maintained quite well. Faint bit of lacing as well.

Aroma, some oatmeal like stout aromas, roast malt and peat. Some caramel and chocolates. Not real strong and not much barrel really.

Taste, Roast malt, some chocolate, heavier vanilla and caramel. Barrel is more apparent here. Woody cocoa finish. Pretty straight forward.

Body is a little thin. Barreling tends to thin stuff out, and this probably wasn't too big to begin with. It borders on watery. Carbonation is at a good level. A nice brew, kind of a session barrel aged stout.
No where near worth the $12 I paid for it here in NC. Not quite as nice as their regular oatmeal stout either.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with just a touch of dark brown at the edges. Great looking head. It’s big and brown. A thick blanket of fine foam. Excellent retention and lacing, particularly for a barrel-aged stout, if a somewhat small one.

Very nice aroma with more bourbon delicacy and rich stout flavor than expected. Lots of vanilla and chocolate. Rich caramel and toffee. Lots of complex barrel flavors knocking around - cherry, walnut, coconut. Little to no roast. Some light oak but more bourbon than oak is coming through from the barrel. The barrel is strong, but the stout and barrel notes are well balanced and work well together. Very little booziness, much less than expected, anyway.

The taste is similar to the aroma and works quite well with the relatively low abv. Big, rich chocolate with sweet caramel and bourbon. Good balance of barrel and stout. Little roast. Sweet bourbon contributing vanilla, caramel, nuttiness and fruit. Very nice. An oaky tannic note and some mild hoppiness cuts off the sweetness in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Nice full feel for a 6.9% abv beer. A lot of smaller beers get awfully thin with some time in a barrel, but Anderson Valley has managed to keep this beer feeling rich and full.

AV has done some excellent work with this beer. I previously tried and liked the tap version, and I think this bottle is even better. I’m very impressed that they’ve managed to get such complexity, richness and delicacy into a beer of this strength. I’m looking forward to trying more from their barrel program, and it’s exciting to see AV and Fal Allen put something fun and new in bottles.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark and nearly opaque as a stout should be. Some cola highlights around the edges. Pretty frothy tan head, but then again it's not an imp.
Smell: more chocolate than bourbon with the bourbon a bit in the background. Pleasant enough, not particularly rich or complex.
Taste: much like the nose. Pleasant enough, nothing special.
Overall: tasty, but not sure this succeeded. Thea bourbon barrel treatment didn't yield much beyond a non- ba stout.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, my bottle says 6.9%,

A: Pours black with a creamy tan head, spotty lace, solid head retention.

S: Definite notes bourbon with chocolate and coffee notes. Some roasted malt.

T: Dark malt though it's not particularly striking. The barrel character works well, but the base beer is too light to really make this idea work.

M: Light-bodied, a thin feel. Soft carbonation, easy drinking, a solid feel.

O: It's hard to make a bourbon barrel beer work in a smaller beer, and while this beer has it's moments, it's just OK in the end. The bomber price at $9.79 is crazy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of ThickNStout
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours dark brown with one and a half fingers khaki head that leaves a little lace.

Smells of sweet bourbon, coconut, cocoa and brown sugar.

Taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, faint bourbon, caramel, coconut, brown sugar and a lottle caramel. Just hints of the flavors without much oomph.

Light body. Light carbonation. Mild sweet bourbony finish.

Interesting but lacking depth. Thin and lackluster. Seems like they barreled a beer that wasn't quite up to the task. There are plenty of other far better barrel aged stouts available for the money.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled version...different from the keg version (at least as far as ABV is concerned). Pours a beautiful dark black color with a medium-large, frothy tan head that disappears rather quickly. A good-lookin beer. Scent is lacking a bit... a little on the light side. Mellow bourbon flavors with sweet chocolate and hints of vanilla. Some nuttiness and dark malt aromas. Hoping the flavors are a bit more aggressive. They sure are! I mean, as aggressive as a 6.9% bourbon barrel aged stout can be. Lovely barrel flavors...definitely pick up the bourbon. Still has the characteristics of an easy-drinking, sessionable stout...but with much more complexity due to barrel aging. Nice coffee flavors with a bit of toffee and vanilla. Somewhat dry, malty finish. Tasty and enjoyable from first sip to the last. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit. Could be more heavy, as this one is light and creamy...almost like Guinness on nitro, but less watery. Drinkability is high. This beer and the bourbon barrel aged nut brown ale I had from Alesmith are part of the beginning of a new craze in craft beer. I really enjoy these low ABV bourbon barrel aged beers, because you get to enjoy a good amount of it without becoming completely intoxicated, yet you obtain those tasty bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes. Win-win. Solid beer. Haven't had the lower ABV draft version, but this one is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark black with a thick creamy head.

The scent is brilliant with strong coconut aromas, light vanilla, and graham cracker maltiness.

The taste is even stronger coconut with hints of vanilla. The graham crackery end lends to a breadiness or maltiness. Very low in ABV it is my fear that the lack of malts lends to a watery taste and feel near the end of the swallow. Overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable and another fine entry from A Valley!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - garnett colored, off-white head, 2 fingers, good retention, dissipates down to 1 finger ring. Very nice.

S - chocolate, light roast coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Hops are very light possibly floral and citrus.

T - chocolatey, maple like maltiness, some vanilla, and hearty notes of bourbon.

M - malt-dominated, medium bodied, not hot, but a little warmth on the aftertaste.

D - very nice overall. Abv not heavy, helps make it almost sessionable. Worth seeking it out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh, NC

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark brown and dark amber highlights at the edges of the glass. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some stronger aromas of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Lighter notes of oak, licorice, and just a touch of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of roasted malts that quickly give way to the flavors from the bourbon including some vanilla. Behind the bourbon there are light to moderate notes of chocolate, oak, and anise. Light amounts of bitterness with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness with a touch of alcohol warmth.

O: This beer feels much bigger than it actually is and makes you want to sip it very slowly, having only a small serving - impressive to have the depth of flavor and bourbon-ness without huge ABV.

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

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark-brown coloring with ruby highlights and a tall, dense, foamy, light tan head. The nose is layered, with grainy sweet aromas highlighted by a boozey, spicy, bourbon scent. Flavors of vanilla and spice, with an oaky overtone and a slow build of bourbon characteristics. There is a roasty and coffee backbone throughout. Rye and boozey aftertaste with a low profile that keeps the drinkability up. Smooth, toasty finish. Very strong brew with building characteristics. As a fan of bourbon and beer, I am digging on this brew.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Authority, 8-oz snifter.

Appearance: Dark, luscious, deep, big head, two fingers into one, great lacing and retention.

Smell: Outrageous! Super rich, warmth, cozy feeling. Chestnuts roasting on the fire, late november. Barrel, wood, liquorice. Vanilla around the edges. Bitter chocolate, hops.

Taste: Astringent, a tad sour. Lacks the sweetness/smoothness you expect in a barrel-aged brew. Not as strong/enticing as the nose. Very woodsy, like licking a tree. Moderate roastiness and a happy/bitter bite.

Mouthfeel: A lil' thin, watery. Medium body-flavor, good carbonation.

Overall: Uneven but pleasant, and certainly not bad for a regular stout in barrels. Drinks easy. My first of this kind and also my first barrel-aged brew from Anderson Valley. Would try again.

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Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.
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