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Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 4
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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5/5  rDev +25%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25%

Drbking, Mar 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25%

bulldogops, Sep 06, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +23%

BSUBronco, Sep 14, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful, pitch black with a nice tan head on the pour. Recedes to a thin collar.

S - Bourbon, delicious! Slight hints of chocolate and malt.

T - Much like the nose this is a bourbon bomb. Some malt after the bourbon flavor.

M - Pretty light actually. Very slick and goes down easy.

O - This is how I hope my bourbon barrel aged beers taste. This is not a cheap beer but I will be buying several more to cellar. This beer compares very nicely to my favorite BBL aged beer, Allagash Black.

02maxima, Mar 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

reitzbrewing, Sep 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Gregaroo, Jun 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 05.21.14.

A: 2 1/2 finger tan head. Midnight black with some red at the bottom.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, cream, brown sugar.

T: Bourbon, vanilla dominate. Caramel, brown sugar, woodiness, plum are subtle.

M: Creamy. Somewhat chewy.

O: The bottle could have used some cellaring because everything was so strong. The alcohol burn was definitely there, but it's hard to hide with such a high ABV. It's a big beer and it snuck up on me even though I sipped on it. It was a very good BB stout.

Rating: A

WAbeerfiend, Oct 01, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Catracho5, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

seakayak, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jerefreakinmiah, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

anhigdon, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

little_star, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

JohnathanColeman, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

KJ2013, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MattyD13, Apr 13, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +11%

Calaf, Sep 11, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

chinchill, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ohiobeer29, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jaydoc, May 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought 2 bottles from Beers of the World, April 2014. Poured into a Chimay chalice, served at cellar temp.

appearance: Espresso black with an au lait head, creamy lacing.

smell: roast coffee char, a touch of molasses and a faint whiff of bourbon

taste: simple roast with a brown sugar and whiskey finish. There is some unmasked alcohol on the tail.

mouthfeel: creamy, slippery, smooth

overall: tasty, decent BA Stout but not a competitor to BCBS.

fx20736, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

AngusOg, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JRod1969, May 30, 2014
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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.