Although I try to review mainly New England brews, once in a while something from out west catches my eye. A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t help but pick up some beer from a new a series of bourbon barrel aged beers from Anderson Valley. The first of this series I tried was the amazingly delicious Pinchy Jeek Barl, a pumpkin beer. Over the past week I tried two others: Anderson Valley Huge Arker and Anderson Valley Boont Barl.
The Boont Barl is an easy drinking amber ale. It has a 6.0% ABV and is quite sessionable. I plowed through the 22-ounce bottle far too quickly, leaving me wanting more. It had light vanilla and oak notes, with a solid backbone of malt and bourbon.
Last night I tried the Huge Arker, and let me tell you…. beer. boner.
This imperial stout is amaze-balls and is probably the best beer I’ve had all year. It socks you with a super malty backbone, and MONSTER vanilla and bourbon flavor. In my opinion, this beer is up there with Goose Island Bourbon County and Jack’s Abby Barrel Aged Vanilla Framinghammer. If you like bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts, you need to run to the store now. Seriously…do it.
And trust me when I say, at 13.5% ABV, drinking a full bottle of the Arker will leave you incapable of anything requiring motor control.