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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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Drbking

Maryland

5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-29-2014 19:41:03 | More by Drbking
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02maxima

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

03-17-2014 00:25:56 | More by 02maxima
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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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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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seakayak

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-16-2014 18:10:32 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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anhigdon

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-19-2014 00:52:06 | More by anhigdon
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-17-2014 17:47:05 | More by MattSharpless
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little_star

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-08-2014 22:57:02 | More by little_star
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-09-2014 01:55:52 | More by JohnathanColeman
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MattyD13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-13-2014 18:22:52 | More by MattyD13
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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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chinchill

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-07-2014 02:45:15 | More by jaydoc
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fx20736

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

05-18-2014 20:06:53 | More by fx20736
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-02-2014 01:23:55 | More by AngusOg
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-30-2014 01:10:01 | More by JRod1969
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Vigilante

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-07-2014 05:57:30 | More by Vigilante
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AGoodStout

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-07-2014 02:37:16 | More by AGoodStout
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

I have been waiting to try this and luckily found it at an awesome place in Eugene Oregon. Thanks to The Bier Stein for getting this one. Barrel aged imperial stouts are mt favorite style of beer, when I want something strong.

Pours a weak black, kind of brownish hues, and a small khaki head that recedes to a ring and bubbles. Not the best looking RIS.

Smell is a big whiff of bourbon and plum/prune. Its sort of one dimensional, but it smells good though. You can faintly make out some toffee or caramel. Not much chocolate or coffee smell.

Taste is a big bourbon hit. Wild turkey whiskey on your tongue, and its quite hot at 13.5%.
This beer is half and half too big and boozy, and being balanced. Its not like parabola, yet its got a sort of sophistication that invites more sips. It seemed this could have been better with more roasted barley or black patent, as the flavor is almost like a barrel aged imperial brown ale. Still, there is moderate tones of cocoa here and there, but mostly its a huge caramel and bourbon bomb, that is melded decently. I don't get any coffee notes, which I enjoy in this style.

Mouthfeel is just above average, being on the thicker side. It is creamy in carbonation, and loads the tongue with flavor each sip.

This beer isn't for the amateur, its complex in its own, while falling just short of the style mark for BA'RIS, STILL - I will give this a high rating as there are no off flavors, the bourbon is not off putting in any way, it is quite pleasant

04-14-2014 00:27:24 | More by BastardKing24
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dominic4beer

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-08-2014 06:19:17 | More by dominic4beer
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-17-2014 10:48:12 | More by zestar
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Stoutmeister

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-30-2014 01:43:52 | More by Stoutmeister
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Beersnake1

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-25-2014 01:40:03 | More by Beersnake1
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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.