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:
#2,631
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
367
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
131
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 85
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

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

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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 367 ratings