Huge Arker | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.1/5
354 Ratings
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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:
#2,448
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
354
pDev:
9.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
126
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 354 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of BeerBeast
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elimav
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates


A: Opaque black, huge light tan head, dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. 4.75

S: Not a ton going on in the aroma: roasted malt, some tobacco/leather notes, subtle toasted coconut and charred oak notes from the barrel. Aroma is very nice, but its pretty subtle as a whole. 4

T: Fuller taste than the aroma implied. Heavy roast, heavy charred oak, decent amount of bitterness, fairly significant amount of bourbony booze, subtle toasted coconut. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied but could benefit from being thicker, carbonation a bit heavy for the style, ABV is definitely noticeable but its not hot. Drinkability is pretty good. 3.75

O: Very nice beer, significantly better than any of the other barrel aged Anderson Valley beers I’ve had. Perhaps a bit too boozy (and I actually am usually a fan of boozy beers), but still quite enjoyable. 4

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Photo of TheNerd
2.37/5  rDev -42.2%
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 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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Photo of JudgeDad
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of giediprime41
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Birmz
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, dark fruit, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast bitter and oak spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warmth and light barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV, even with the warming barrel notes. Really big on the barrel presence, but not overdone at all. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose, Calif.
Price: $14.49
Purchased: April 14, 2016
Consumed: May 14, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle (estimated Nov. 2015)

Picked this up on a work trip to San Jose, Calif., on April 14. Slightly was fearing drinking it there, so now here we are. Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout? Yes. Malt beverage aged 6 months in Wild Turkey, Bourbon barrels? No. I have a hate-hate relationship with Wild Turkey from some high school stuff. Gave their Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout a 3.86 back on July 19, 2014 and hoping this one is better.

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, tan head. Nice serene setting on the top. Above average sporadic spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Surprisingly not as much Wild Turkey (or booziness) as I would have thought. Also got bourbon, toffee, caramel, chocolate, hints or crayon, cooking chocolate chips, oaky wood and a touch of coconut (wishful?). (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted just as good as the nose to me. Pleasantly surprised. Got warming in the body right away. Specifically got cooking chocolate chips (looking it up - semi-sweet Nestle Toll House morsels), bourbon, wood, mild vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, toffee, coconut (more than the nose), roasty nuts and chocolate. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was just a really good beer. So much better than I thought it would be. Loved it. (Overall - 4.25)

4.25 | 95 | A

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Photo of rcollyer
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Corey_Graven
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Huge Arker Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, 13.5% ABV, 88 IBU. Pours thick and dark with a huge head that sticks around, decent lacing. Nose is not real strong, fresh, slight alcohol. Taste is roasty, coffee bitterness, alcohol, and I pick up a bit of the wild turkey. Good mouthfeel. Overall, it is a bit too bitter and boozy for me. I would get it again if it were in smaller bottles, but not in a huge boozy bomber that is the equivalent of a normal 6-pack.

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Photo of seedyone
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Pitch black/brown in color. Thin head comprised of tiny bubble foam that leaves some sheet lacing. The aroma while chilled is pleasant though vague. Just the right amount of coffee flavor is carried over the toasty malt. No burn whatsoever. I'm learning to appreciate the folks at Anderson Valley more & more.

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

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

Photo of Tracker83
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Look - Black as night in the glass. Quickly dissipating head as anticipated.
Smell - Bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, roast, hints of smoke
Taste - Big bourbon/booze punch. Some dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate, roasted malts, oaky
Feel - oily, silky but a tad thin. The 13.5% definitely lets you know its there.

Overall - A massive BA stout. Very enjoyable for me. Love Anderson Valleys barrel program. Underrated in my opinion.

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

Photo of jakecattleco
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting pour at Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours brownish black with ring of light tan head. Nose has some sweetness to it, not bourbon in your face like some BBA beers. Taste is barrel heavy with subtle sweetness. Mouthfeel on the thinner side, finishes a bit hot. Good, but I won't revisit.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
04/01/2016
Bottle to snifter. Bottle from Dave Silb.
Dark Black pour, light tan head. Fades to lacing.
Aroma is whiskey, dark chocolate, toast.
Taste is much of the same. Very tasty.

This is much better than the previous Anderson Valley Stout I'd had.

**
04/08/17

Bottle to shifter.

Now a year old.

Whiskey seems really strong.

**

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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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