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Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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very good

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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

little_star, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

vfgccp, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jaydoc, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Chume11, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

WiggyKGB, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

StaveHooks, May 03, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mfnmbvp, May 02, 2014
Photo of Mike-Harms
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Mike-Harms, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

MJSJr, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mctizzz, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

22Blue, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

bleedsblu, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jerefreakinmiah, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

smithj4, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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

BastardKing24, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MattyD13, Apr 13, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Catracho5, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

kylehay2004, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

dominic4beer, Apr 08, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25%

FATC1TY, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

KevinGordon, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

largadeer, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

AngusOg, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

ortie, Mar 31, 2014
Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.