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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:
#2,502
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
354
pDev:
9.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
126
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 354 |  Reviews: 81
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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of eldoctorador
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +20%

Photo of danasofia
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
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 02maxima
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful, pitch black with a nice tan head on the pour. Recedes to a thin collar.

S - Bourbon, delicious! Slight hints of chocolate and malt.

T - Much like the nose this is a bourbon bomb. Some malt after the bourbon flavor.

M - Pretty light actually. Very slick and goes down easy.

O - This is how I hope my bourbon barrel aged beers taste. This is not a cheap beer but I will be buying several more to cellar. This beer compares very nicely to my favorite BBL aged beer, Allagash Black.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black with a fluffy light tan colored head.

Smell: Sweet cherries and bourbon. Cherry pie with alcohol.

Taste: Creamy, cherries again, and bourbon.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Irvinator
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Bellybuttonjam
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Nage37
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Radcpa
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with little head and just the right amount of carbonation. Very nice bourbon aroma. The taste is a very pleasant bourbon with a very smooth non-alcohol flavor. This beer should improve with a little aging

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 05.21.14.

A: 2 1/2 finger tan head. Midnight black with some red at the bottom.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, cream, brown sugar.

T: Bourbon, vanilla dominate. Caramel, brown sugar, woodiness, plum are subtle.

M: Creamy. Somewhat chewy.

O: The bottle could have used some cellaring because everything was so strong. The alcohol burn was definitely there, but it's hard to hide with such a high ABV. It's a big beer and it snuck up on me even though I sipped on it. It was a very good BB stout.

Rating: A

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Photo of Smerdon
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Impfan
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Taby
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of irongator
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Second to none. Amazingly boozy and thick. Heaven in a glass!

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4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of addiwilliams
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Really dark brown color with creamy, mocha head. Aroma is full-on bourbon, caramel, fudge and butterscotch. Taste follows with the fudge and caramel, chocolate cake, bourbon and a roasty bitter finish. Slightly boozy but it's not bothering at all. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. A really well made bourbon barrel aged imperial stout which I think should get more attention.

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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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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 354 ratings
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