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Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout.

(Beer added by: chinchill on 01-29-2014)
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Reviews by cindyjeffsmith:
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: very dark brown, nearly opaque. Some ruby highlights around the edges when held to light. Big mocha head on the pour, impressive for such a big abv.
Smell: surprisingly subdued for such a beast. Some roasty notes and vanilla but fairly subtle.
Taste: big and roasty. Much richer than the nose. Some vanilla and bourbon and a hint of booze (would never guess 13% though). The flavors meld well IMO.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy.
Overall: nicely done. Not quite up to Bcbs standards but nice big bourbon barrel stout to be sure.

04-06-2014 21:48:00 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-19-2014 16:51:48 | More by mctizzz
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-27-2014 03:41:35 | More by aquazr1
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-29-2014 00:33:42 | More by chinchill
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz bottle, and a little dear a shelf tag for my impression thus far of barrel-aged expressions from this brewery. So it remains to be seen what particular sort of 'huge arker' (bomb) this one will be. Onwards, then.

This beer pours a solid tinted black, with strong cola basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky tan head, which leaves some random splatters of dried soapy lace around the glass as it easily abates.

It smells of gritty bittersweet chocolate, well-roasted caramel malt, wet brown bread, besotted wood, cheap rye whiskey, weak black licorice, muddled black fruit, a bit of raw vanilla, and a musty hoppiness. The taste is heady medium baker's cocoa, caramel/toffee malt, doughy bread, mixed vanilla/licorice confection, rather intact boozy Bourbon (wood, spicy grain, alcohol, mostly), mild earthy dark fruit, say prunes and raisins, and a subtle leafy, weedy hop dryness.

The carbonation is quite soft and hard to discern at times, but it does the job, the body a wavering medium weight for the style, a tad oily, but generally smooth, with a certain boozy creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate and nicely subdued caramel still holding court, with that shot o' Wild Turkey finally having found the good sense to mix 'n mingle.

Well, this is quite the improvement over the 'regular' BBA Wild Turkey offering - here, the demon whiskey wood mostly contributes well-rendered Kentucky rotgut flavour to the underlying RIS, and none of the mouthfeel-thinning experience endemic in this one's little brother. Tasty, huge (the English word), and yet fairly balanced, as the 27-proof alcohol is evident, sure, but not nearly as hot as many sub-10 percenters in the same bracket. So, more of a bomb with a slowly hissing fuse, the end result merely pleasantly sinful fireworks.

05-15-2014 04:16:03 | More by biboergosum
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seakayak

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-26-2014 18:03:11 | More by seakayak
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DenverBigRed

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-20-2014 18:26:48 | More by DenverBigRed
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a turbid ebony with a thumb of tan head. Great lacing & head retention, never
really drops bright ( as far as this style can ). Stays effervescent (4.5)

S: Figs, faint booze, Bourbon gets stronger once warm (3.5)

T: Raisins, booze, dryness, Bourbon & figs up front. Some caramel & vanilla mix in with figgyness
once warm, a little molasses, some jammyness too almost makes me think Boulevard BBQ. Finishes
boozey with some woody notes, more figs (3.75)

MF: Medium body at best, slight carbonation, very warming, slick (3.5)

Huge beer, proceed with caution. Tasty enough, just needed more Stout aspects to make me
really happy. Well worth a go though (3.75)

08-19-2014 04:23:22 | More by russpowell
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JT99125

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-07-2014 14:04:07 | More by JT99125
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robgage

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-20-2014 21:13:13 | More by robgage
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-15-2014 05:21:26 | More by ohiobeer29
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%

Deeply black but radiant onyx meets the eye as it is capped with a thickly dense, light brown foam.

The aroma is soft but it reveals a lot of the bourbon. Mostly vanilla, oak, wood with a bit of coffee.

I allowed this to warm for about 30 minutes and it helped to bring out flavor an temper the booziness that I had read about. The bourbon flavor is creamy and sweet with vanilla. I can taste soft tones of oak and wood along with a softer backbone of cocoa.

This is 13 pct and I actually felt none of it, albeit I warmed it to promote this fact. Instead, I feel a smooth thickness and a decent fullness.

Very enjoyable but softer than I expected.

06-15-2014 11:53:42 | More by KYGunner
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Catracho5

California

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

Serving Type: 22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, no hint of ruby on the edges, beautiful creamy tan head with tiny bubbles floating on top, nice lacing down the sides, head diminishes after a few minutes.

Smell: Big bourbon smell upfront, no hint of roasted malt or coffee, not a huge bourbon smell like other bourbon barrel aged stouts I have tasted. You get some alcohol on the back end.

Taste: Big bourbon taste up front, then comes the alcohol on the back end, the bourbon dominates on the palate, some alcohol, some bitterness on the backend, no dark fruity flavors that I can notice.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation, not as heavy as I expected, thicker than your average stout but no as thick as other Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged stout I have tasted.

Overall: Awesome beer, I hope this is made year round, enjoyed it greatly

04-13-2014 05:20:04 | More by Catracho5
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LakerLeith

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-29-2014 02:29:05 | More by LakerLeith
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-05-2014 02:55:43 | More by KevinGordon
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-16-2014 08:27:32 | More by fivetime
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MJSJr

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-28-2014 05:22:00 | More by MJSJr
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-22-2014 16:20:54 | More by dcisco44
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-07-2014 02:45:15 | More by jaydoc
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Gregaroo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

06-04-2014 15:32:56 | More by Gregaroo
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, glossy black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very bourbon-forward, with some smoke and chocolate.

The taste is similar. One of the more bourbon forward stouts I've had, this is huge and tasty. Some vanilla, and chocolate, a slight kiss of smokiness, and some good roasted malt flavors.

Thick bodied, quite viscous and sticky, but still very drinkable. Low carbonation.

This was very tasty, I was impressed.

06-14-2014 21:05:03 | More by GreesyFizeek
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bourbon with dark malt and chocolate barely making themselves known. Flavor follows, with an intense bourbon, vanilla, dark malt and hints of chocolate, very boozy; light chocolate and vanilla appear in the finish after the bourbon settles. Medium, creamy bodied. Whoa, this is one bourbon monster. Many bourbon aged stouts taste like a stout with a shot bourbon, this tastes like a bourbon with a shot of stout. Not sure how I feel about this one. I like bourbon and I do really like drinking this, but it really seems to be a bit unbalanced in favor of of the booze. I am certainly going to buy a couple of these to cellar, this could be interesting with a few years on it. Rating is a bit below my actual enjoyment value because it deviates so much from the style. A powerful, bourbon flavored sipper.

03-04-2014 03:37:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

04-03-2014 08:45:09 | More by largadeer
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DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-08-2014 13:57:50 | More by DerrickW
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I've been holding this bottle down for a couple months now, and I decided now was the time to try it. My second bourbon barrel aged stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy brown color; opaque black in the glass. A finger and a half of creamy khaki mocha head. Nice scattered spotty lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The smell is good, but not great for the style especially. Some fudgey chocolate / cookie dough, mild vanilla, mild caramel / toffee, and lots of alcohol fumes. Pretty nice, but I was expecting a little more.

T - Taste follows the nose - some fudgey chocolate / cookie dough / vanilla, mild caramel / toffee presence, and lots of boozey Wild Turkey bourbon heat. Some mild dark fruit presence noticeable as the beer warms.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Sticky, bitter, roasty, and dry. Medium-full bodied with good adequate carbonation.

Overall, it's a nice beer, but not quite as amazing as some of the other bourbon barrel aged stouts I've had. The booze character is high with this one, leaving lots of residual heat behind.

Anderson Valley Huge Arker ---4/5.

05-02-2014 03:33:17 | More by mfnmbvp
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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.