Huge Arker | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout.

Added by chinchill on 01-29-2014

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Photo of Beerlover
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danasofia
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet glass.

Look - Very nice, not quite extraordinary though. Opaque dark brown, with a substantial ring of amber/brown on the outside when held to light. Highlight of this beer's appearance is the sparkling, crystal-like lacing.

Smell - Fantastic! Incredibly sweet - vanilla, coconut, raspberry and plum, milk chocolate, tiny bit of coffee, and plenty of bourbon.

Taste - Follows the nose, but with more bourbon - additional flavors of salted caramel and a more pronounced toasty coconut flavor. This beer definitely pivots on the combination of bourbon and vanilla, but pulls off an excellent finish that resolves with an incredibly lasting aftertaste of coffee and bitter mixed with milk chocolate. For as boozy as it is, this stout does a great job of balancing pronounced, warming bourbon character with sweet, complex flavors.

Feel - Not quite as thick or viscous as it could be, but more than adequate. The syrupy aspects of the beer highlight the bourbon and chocolate flavors, while it's moderate carbonation adds more texture and highlights vanilla and coconut.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lohyewcheong
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque glossy SRM 40. 1cm creamy looking tan colored head. Multiple layers of lacing visible on the wall of the glass.

Very good example of the coconut/vanilla aroma from Bourbon Barrel Aging! Smells sweet. Some dark fruit in there.

Doesn't taste as good as it smells. Definitely getting the coconut/vanilla bourbon barrel character as in the nose, but a little bit too bourbon forward for me. Tasted better cold, because it got boozy near room temperature. Aftertaste is a pleasant bitter.

Good mouthfeel. Medium viscous for Imperial Stout standards. Gentle carbonation. Oily and sticky on the lips.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stanale
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malt. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and oak.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Deep mahogany brown to black in color, it comes with thick creamy tan head that well retains itself with good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving massive amount of sticky and refined lacing patch and spot here and there.

It is equipped with so intense bourbon barrel in a nose, revealing notes of burnt oak, vanilla, and spicy alcohol. Malt reinforces with its candy, brown sugar, some roasted, baked bread, hint of chocolate, peanut butter, and charred nut. More malty chocolate and coffee discloses more when the beer get settled.

The flavor bursts all over with dense bourbon profile of heavily burnt oak, vanilla, and spicy yet warming alcohol as well as honey and molasses while malt works in parallel with its rich chocolate, roasted coffee, charred nut, and toasted bread. There is strong bitterness and solid roasted note at the end which is derived mainly from roasted malt and partially from hop. Bourbon booziness also keeps its persistent run until the finish and lasting well in the aftertaste.

Big and bold body but not too hefty or cloying with some good crisp and proper amount of carbonation to generate smooth mouthfeel and well-rounded feeling through the palate, finish is dry.

Strong, solid, and no compromise bourbon barrel Stout, tasty yet very big in both bourbon and Stout character, alcohol is not hidden but in your face with real pleasure. Maybe a no go for the faint-hearted but a well-deserved go for someone who appreciates the complexity and aggressiveness.

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Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the recommendation of one of the beer gurus at my favorite shop. Rarely led wrong by these guys, so decided to give it a shot, despite this being one of those beers I continuously overlook. For what reason that is I do not know.

Matte black with a tan froth that scoots away quickly, leaving fat bubbles around the glass.

The aroma is subtle but deep with notes of milk chocolate, pine, black cherry and currant. Complex and inviting.

Tastes of brown sugar, caramel, black grape, plum and oak in the finish. Flirts with a cloying sweetness, but balances out in the end. Some chocolate? I don't know. Perhaps I just think chocolate should be there.

Goes down dry (comparatively speaking) and has a certain sharpness to it. Alcohol is well-hidden but there's a lingering but (although very faint) chemical taste that never quite goes away.

Huge Arker does not taste like a traditional BA RIS, but once you get into a couple of glasses of this beer,, it's distinctiveness really grabs ya'.

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Photo of chrislikesbeer
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic beer. Great color, amazing nose, thick creamy head, complex flavors. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon up front. A smooth sweetness that's not too sweet. I actually drink this beer a lot so the only negative would be every now and then, I get a batch that tastes and smells a little more boozy than other batches. Other than that, fantastic beer that will warm your belly and brain.

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4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shmizzen
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAFH
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my top 10 brews, end of statement. If you hven't tried it you are missing one great brew.

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Photo of BB1313
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Heinen's in Mayfield Village, Ohio

Pours black with a small light tan head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of cocoa malts and milk chocolate. Subtle hints of vanilla. The bourbon aromas are subtle but definitely noticeable. The flavors are very bold and rich. Lots of sweet bourbon up front. Lots of chocolate. Malts do their thing. Mild bitterness. More sweet than bitter, but nothing cloying or over the top at all. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol notes are there, but well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not too thick, but is very fluffy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a great barrel aged stout. It's very bold, but balanced. The Wild Turkey shines and really gives this one some character. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Well done.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SerpentX
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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