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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:
#16,415
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
1,609
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
370
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 1,609 |  Reviews: 264
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this was on sale at either Bevmo or Fred Meyer's, so I grabbed a bomber of it

Beer pours very dark into my pint glass. Typical head yielding pour yields a typical head. Recedes fairly quickly, and zero lacing throughout the session.

Nose is hard to nail down. Sour wheat / whiskey smell, hard to detect much else.

I hate to use an over used term, but the flavor is incredibly balanced. The whiskey bourbon is apparent, but not overdone. A hint of chocolate and roasted malts round out the flavor.

Mouth feel is spot on for an american stout. Full bodied without being cloying or overbearing.

Overall this is a really well done barrel aged stout. I'm not normally a fan of the style, but this one is incredibly well balanced. Would drink again!

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Photo of seanote
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and opaque brown with a thick, creamy and generous tan head that fades away to spotty lacing.
The aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, slight sweet vanilla.
Tastes pretty darn good. Bitter chocolate and whiskey notes first followed by some sweet milk chocolate and vanilla with a lingering roast coffee finish and a burnt char aftertaste. A bit more whiskey in the taste as it warms.
Mouthfeel is disappointing, thin and lifeless.
Good beer that a better mouthfeel would improve markedly.

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Photo of byronic
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stratusjeans
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of detgfrsh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No date on the bottle. Pours jet black with a one finger tan head. Smells of malt with a touch of oak. Pretty light feel for a stout, malt and barley flavors come through on the back side.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthew54
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the idea of an affordable bourbon barrel stout, as my frugal soul rebels a bit at $18 or $20 bombers. But you do get what you pay for, and this beer is evidence of that.

Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout is a pretty mild cup of tea. The body is light, the aroma is light, and the taste is light. Now if you're not looking for a powerhouse stout, you may be quite happy. It's quite smooth, and reasonably tasty. But the bourbon is not a lot more than a hint, the underlying stout itself is pretty ordinary, and the beer is not memorable.

Possibly a good deal for the price, but underwhelming among all BB beers.

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Photo of Zatch90
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aaryah
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer started out great, it poured a nice deep brown/black with a thin root beer head that broke pretty quickly. Light could get through, but just barely. The nose was nice, you could smell the roasts and the bourbon quite prominently. But then the beer went a little sideways. The flavor just wasn't there. It didn't taste like anything I expected, or anything much at all. It was thin and watery and the only flavor I got was a weak coffee on the back end.

While I didn't expect the world from this beer, I was a little disappointed. I have to wonder if the year it had on it took some character from it, and that we would have been better off drinking it fresh.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Passed on this so many times I will not spend $10 (NJ) more in (PA) for a 7% ABV bomber. Just not enough of a drink for me, would need another beer afterwards. But a 32oz crowler for $8 is just enough beer and value to make this a buy. And I'm glad I did.

Because this beer is outstanding. Beautiful dark cola looks great in my 5 oz snifter. Nice aroma chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows, little chocolate and bourbon bomb. Caramel and toffee along for the ride. Completely appropriate body and mouthfeel for 7%. Don't believe the reviews complaining about that, I especially like ones stating "needs more malt" duh, then it would be higher ABV.

Bottom line, by far the best 7% beer I've had and will certainly get it again at that price. Hope it's still on tomorrow night. If I had known it was this good would have grabbed more. Top shelf stuff.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandonlovesbeer
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: dark black. Inch high Khaki head.

Smell: faint hint of bourbon but I had to strain. Smelled light a normal stout.

Taste: Bourbon is barely an afterthought. The stout flavor is fairly light. No vanilla. Hardly any dark toasty notes. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Nothing there at all. If I didn't know what I was drinking I'd say dark ale.


This is what I would consider a starter stout. A starter bourbon barrel aged beer. But for someone looking for a good barrel aged stout, stay away from this. You will not enjoy it. It's a huge disappointment.

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Photo of Dzu
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Toronado San Francisco

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Photo of dbattey
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deakin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkazemi
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleHunter805
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ews3
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,609 ratings
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