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Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | 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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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:27:24 | More by BastardKing24
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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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Catracho5

California

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 05:20:04 | More by Catracho5
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-12-2014 02:37:28 | More by kylehay2004
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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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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark brown, nearly opaque. Some ruby highlights around the edges when held to light. Big mocha head on the pour, impressive for such a big abv.
Smell: surprisingly subdued for such a beast. Some roasty notes and vanilla but fairly subtle.
Taste: big and roasty. Much richer than the nose. Some vanilla and bourbon and a hint of booze (would never guess 13% though). The flavors meld well IMO.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy.
Overall: nicely done. Not quite up to Bcbs standards but nice big bourbon barrel stout to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:48:00 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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FATC1TY

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-05-2014 23:10:36 | More by FATC1TY
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-05-2014 02:55:43 | More by KevinGordon
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

04-03-2014 08:45:09 | More by largadeer
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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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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-31-2014 18:15:10 | More by ortie
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In comparison of all the arkers that I know, there are small ones, there are large ones, there are medium-sized ones, but this one is huge!

Just a shade off of black, the dark "bark" brown hue is laced with powdered cocoa appearances. Its dense haze prevents any light as its cauldron simmers with a creamy lather of espresso-like creme to top glass. Trailing with mild fingerling lace, the stout is masculine and calm.

Its robust scent of charred toast, french-roast coffee and dark chocolate is moderately strong even though there's a somber tone to its intensity. With a growing bourbon presence, the nose is soon under command of its oak, caramel, vanilla, light coconut and its own spicy char. Woven together with malted milk, roasted nuts and subtle campfire, the bourbon and roast pull together seamlessly.

Its decadent taste of coffee, chocolate, nuts and toast are supported with toasted caramel, milkshake and cake batter-type of sweetness and breadiness. Again, it mid-intense flavor is smooth and cream filled. But the rise of bourbon carries a classy taste with its whisky-soaked oak, vanillans and and wood spices that offset the beer's lavish taste to start.

Creamy and lush in texture, its tightly woven carbonation dissolves deeply into the stout's sweetness and is slow to separate. This silky texture remains in tact deep into taste and lifts only as the bourbon spice and warmth dissect the marshmallowy feel and allow the wood spices to dry the palate like fine powder.

Huge Arker is a deceptively smooth bourbon-laced stout. There's' really no indication to its powerful strength as it plays out with remarkable drinkability on the tongue and palate. I don't know what an Arker is.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 16:27:34 | More by BEERchitect
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Danny1217

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-31-2014 01:49:38 | More by Danny1217
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Drbking

Maryland

5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-29-2014 19:41:03 | More by Drbking
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Rick778

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

03-29-2014 03:19:06 | More by Rick778
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nabit

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-27-2014 05:24:14 | More by nabit
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-25-2014 23:10:32 | More by skaboom420
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a tan head. Leaves a lot of lace. Color is pretty much black.

Flavors: nothing out of the ordinary here. A heavy dose of whiskey. Some oak and vanilla with molasses. Roasted malts with hints of coffee. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Finishes with a huge dose of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: smooth, hot, and creamy. Full bodied.

Overall, a solid ba stout, but a bit too hot. Still, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 21:04:45 | More by mothman
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MrBoh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-24-2014 17:31:58 | More by MrBoh
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49.6%

03-23-2014 13:53:55 | More by YeastInception
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-22-2014 16:20:54 | More by dcisco44
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dunlap926

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-22-2014 16:01:07 | More by dunlap926
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-22-2014 04:17:30 | More by johnnyboy76
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge Arker? What's an Arker? In any case, it arrived in a stemmed glassed. Black all the way through, especially in the dim lighting of the establishment. A centimeter or two of dense foam topped it off. The aroma is deep and rich with strong elements of bourbon, along with coffee, vanilla. On the palate the bourbon moves to forefront showing off its oak and vanilla notes. The dark malt does penetrate into the profile with the usual coffee and chocolate accents. Smooth but strong, one eight ounce glass is sufficient for a causal night out. The bourbon is the main player here, more so than in any beer I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 13:46:48 | More by BeardedBoffin
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robgage

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-20-2014 21:13:13 | More by robgage
Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.