Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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
3.99/5 rDev +0.8%
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
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
A big bad bourbon bomb. You could really taste the wild turkey. And that on a huge imperial stout to begin with.
Had tremendous body and a syrupy stout taste, and bourbon all over it.
As powerful its taste and impact, this might as well be your last beer of a long weekend.... but very worthy of that honor.
04-30-2014 06:01:41 | More by Mike-Harms
Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.