Huge Arker | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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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 Mrose78
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A little too boozy for my taste.

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Photo of YeastInception
2/5  rDev -51.6%

Photo of TheNerd
2.37/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very perplexed by the (current) overall rating of 91. Looked beautiful. Head is nice and silky. Velvet clinging to the side of my glass. Sadly the flavor was really not there. So much alcohol on the pallet. It tastes like chocolate flavored toothpaste. The beer around the alcohol shows a lot of potential but all you get is a sharp flavor up the middle of your tongue (which also eliminates any opportunity for a good mouthful). Maybe if I cellared it for another few years the alcohol flavor would've mellowed out but it's been three years since bottling already so it could take a long time. At 13.5 abv I got a great happy buzz but I curled my tongue with every sip

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Photo of FrogOut69
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of FATC1TY
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Waveoff
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

3.23/5: Shows off Wild Turkey really well, but a bit too utilitarian in its complexity and alcohol concealment

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Photo of jjd315
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rick778
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffo
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on Buffalo a year back.

From a bomber into a snifter
Malt beverage aged 6 months in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Very clear dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, slightly creamy light tan head with very good retention. Transparent bistre brown body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foamy cap and clings to the glass. A half splotchy wisp remains leaving a some traces of lacing down the glass. Well engineered head but the color is simply too weak for the style.

SMELL: Big nose with piles of wood and oak initially. Some toffee notes with milk chocolate and sweet cream under the woody aromas. Mostly oak, bourbon and alcohol run the show here.

TASTE: Lots of wood and bourbon up front. Very boozy too, with straight up bourbon, wood and toffee sweetness. A big, boozy swallow with more wood and bourbon, moving into a bold and lingering aftertaste of wood and oaky flavors, bourbon, alcohol, some sweet cream and milk chocolate. This is definitely alcoholic with lots of wood and spirit.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body and surprisingly creamy on the palate. Medium levels of carbonation, goes down fine with a good burn and finishes slightly sticky. Lots of alcohol and heat linger.

OVERALL: This is big for sure. It definitely drinks like a 14% beer and the booze and wood are certainly main actors in the show. This is very bourbon and oak heavy, with the underlying stout being rather weak in comparison. The overly light color for the style was a bit of a giveaway in that department. That said, the beer is decently engineered with a solid feel, so the overly woody and boozy flavors aren’t all that tough to swallow. Perhaps a less dominant barrel and a stronger stout base would help, but in the end, this is a decent effort and worth checking out if you enjoy big, bourbon barreled beers. Most certainly a better creation than their little Wild Turkey bourbon barrel stout. Recommended.

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Photo of Jobin_24
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcisco44
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of slheinlein
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Rado
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of TheCuriograph
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of scottfrie
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into BT glass.

A: Pours a dark cola, near black, with a couple fingers of very dense and soft looking creamy mocha colored head that took forever to fade into a lasting bubbly collar that left thick sheets of fuzzy lace down the glass.
S: Bourbon is rich and sweet but not overly volatile or boozy. I get notes of raisin, leather, chocolate and candied dates.
T: I get notes of raisins, leather, and chocolate that are quickly overshadowed by boozy and dominating notes of bourbon. The finish is particularly boozy that reminds me more of watered down whiskey than it does a barrel aged beer. I also get a lingering peat/char quality that sticks around long after the swallow, as well as flavors of toasted marshmallow throughout.
M: Thick and chewy mouthfeel, full and rich body, lightly sticky, with a ton bourbon that has a ton of lingering booze after each swallow. The carbonation is fluffy and thick.
O: This beer has a huge Wild Turkey presence. It’s not necessary hot, but the booze is very prominent to the point of distraction, and the finish is definitely rough.

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Huge Arker from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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