Huge Arker | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,785
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
374
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
133
Trade:
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Ratings: 374 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of sjrider
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque muddy brown color with a bit of fluffy almond colored head leaving a fair amount of lacing. Nose is all sweet malt, bourbon barrel wood and dark dried fruit. Taste follows with a bit of lingering alcohol creep. Finish is on the the warm side but a bit thin and dry...a great late night sipper.

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Photo of sohearn
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeMeATaco
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jrosso
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ananddullabh
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Astor31
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tony210
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, some light filters through. Looks thin. Billowy light tan head foams up and slowly recedes. Huge bourbon aromas as it warms, followed by more bourbon, fudge, and some chocolate. Alcohol makes itsself known like a punch in the face. Taste is more complex than it appears. Pretty smooth, lots of fudge, lots of alcohol, bourbon is plentiful. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and creamy, alcohol is out of control and burning my throat. Overall this beer is out of control and over the top. Not a bad thing, just my observation. Big and boozy despite its thin appearance, the alcohol can be overwhelming at times. Rich and fudgy, definitely enjoyable. I will age my second bottle for a few years.

4/13/18
Bomber, no bottle date, thanks for the trade Bo!
4 rating

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 2/16/17.

Pours dark and opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, malt, caramel, raisins, dates, oak, some chocolate, light smoke. The taste is more malt forward, then bourbon, raisins, caramel, oak, light vanilla. Smooth, a good but lighter body for the style, well carbonated.

The Wild Turkey barrels are excellent overall. Great aroma, but the flavor is very straightforward by comparison. A little thin for both the style and the ABV. Worth a try for the barrels, since Wild Turkey doesn’t get used often.

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Photo of yaksurf
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbarny76
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger creamy at head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and oak.

T - The taste is bourbon, vanilla, caramel and oak. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel within oily finsih.

O - A pretty decent BBA stout. The bourbon and oak dominate the flavor. Alcohol very well hidden especially at 13.5% ABV.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – One finger head on a vary dark brown clear body.

Aroma – Boozy, dark fruits, a little molasses, some charred oak.

Taste – Dark malts, slightly sweet, slightly smoky, a little booze and vanilla, long bitter roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel – Full bodied and smooth.

Overall – Good and well balanced, not too boozy but it lets you know it’s there.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dsimenson
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NorthernLightsMN
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am a huge fan of this brew. Mouthfeel is medium plus, and the bourbon shines through perfectly. I am a sucker for sweet stouts, and this one hits that check mark without being cloying and overly sweet.

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Photo of Kuges
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of great bourbon aroma and flavor. Big roasty stout with coffee and chocolate flavors. Hides the 13.5% ridiculously well - drinks more like 8-9% abv.

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Photo of Avitra
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like drinking my beers cold, and while this obscures some of the taste and smell, it hides the booziness, leaving only flavor. And this one is very flavorful. Coconut and Vanilla with a nice, almost grainy but not quite feel. More milkey than coffee-y. Overall pretty good beer and a stellar example for a non-external flavors Imperial Stout

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 374 ratings