Huge Arker - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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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
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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
04-14-2014 00:27:24 | More by BastardKing24
4.63/5 rDev +16.9%
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
04-13-2014 05:20:04 | More by Catracho5
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-06-2014 21:48:00 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-31-2014 16:27:34 | More by BEERchitect
Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.