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Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nobcefus, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JT99125, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

LakerLeith, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

aquazr1, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Beersnake1, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

swinker, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

anhigdon, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Pours dark brown with an off white head.

S. Bourbon, malt, sweet and heat. There's a touch of pine but mainly boozy and roasted.

T. Bourbon and wood flavor lasting with a strong malt note. A bit hot. Perhaps a touch oxidized with a chocolate yet dark soy like note. Oak, char, booze. Toasty, roasted, barreled and bourbon soaked.

F. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Only slightly dry and roasted in the finish.

O. Lovely beer but she's big.

Stinkypuss, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JohnathanColeman, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

AGoodStout, Jul 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

seakayak, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

slheinlein, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Hermthegerm, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

TheCuriograph, Jun 19, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

KYGunner, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

IMFletcher, Jun 15, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep brown black, lingering head. Cocoa dominates aroma, slightly sweet, with hints of vanilla and bourbon countering coffee and roast malt. Flavor reveals a very roasty and coffee finish, but the chocolate sweetness counters the bitter finish nicely. There's a hint of cherry adding complexity. A little hot, but very enjoyable. Roast is a little more overpowering than I'd like. Reminiscent of a milkshake at times

barczar, Jun 13, 2014
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tuka, Jun 10, 2014
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Axnjxn, Jun 06, 2014
Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.