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Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

slheinlein, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Hermthegerm, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

TheCuriograph, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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%

IMFletcher, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

tuka, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

MLaVioletteJr, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

DRTBrewster, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Axnjxn, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Sarmartay, Jun 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Gregaroo, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Porter, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

dtomes, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

jrohrbacher, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Sean32, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Stoutmeister, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JRod1969, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

JMBSH, May 28, 2014
Photo of fx20736
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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4/5  rDev 0%

ejimhof, May 18, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

biboergosum, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Mikeluzzjr, May 10, 2014
Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.