Huge Arker Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout by Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Co, Boonville, CA
Beer Style: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Beer God’s Notes:
Woah Lordy. This one is good. I expected a punch in the tongue with the Wild Turkey barrels. But, no this is incredibly balanced (for being 13.5%). The nose on this is all bourbon with some oakiness. It drinks like a strong stout with lots of char and bourbon flavor to it. Hints of vanilla too.
True to its Boontling moniker, “Huge Arker” is a massive force of nature that detonates on your tongue. After primary fermentation, the beer is aged in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels until it fully matures. The deep mahogany color is evocative of the opulence to follow. Dark luscious aromas of burnished oak mingle with candy sugar, bourbon and hearth-baked bread. The luxurious flavors redolent of honey and molasses are intertwined with the richness of dark chocolate and the ardent warmth of alcohol, underpinned with hints of coffee, vanilla and dark fruits.
(Available December – February)
FOOD PAIRINGS: Oysters, braised short ribs, dark chocolate truffles
CHEESE PAIRING: Gorgonzola, Aged Cheddar
GLASSWARE: Snifter or Tulip
BITTERNESS: 88 IBU
MALTS: Pale Two-Row, Special B, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate
HOPS: Northern Brewer