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:
#2,566
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
362
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 83
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

Photo of cmukid87
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 DOCRW
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lohyewcheong
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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 +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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 +1.2%
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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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 362 ratings