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Darkest Hour - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 78
Gots: 69 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DucksFan16 on 06-02-2013

Ale brewed with Summit hops. Triple fermented: First with a Belgian yeast, second in Pinot Noir and rye whiskey barrels. And finally in the bottle with a wine yeast for natural carbonation.

40 IBU
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Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefduff2
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rand
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL bottle to snifter

One of the more deeply rich brews I've come across. A gentle poor yields perhaps the most viscous complexions possible in a beer - if it wasn't for the healthy head and carbonation I'd guess it was crude oil.

Other aspects are remarkable as well. The nose carries notes of chocolate and anise and oak - as expected in a big stout - but they're joined by suggestions of port wine and soy sauce. On the palate, a creamy, velvety mouthfeel highlights notes of chocolate and vanilla and sweet bread, coating every corner of your mouth. Oak and hop resin dry things out toward the back of the sip, along with the unique tones found in the bouquet. Booze and chocolatey sweetness usher in the finish, which is long, limgering and tastey.

I heard this was good, but this easily surpassed my expectations.

Photo of Von_Vavez
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mychalg9
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Schlafly33
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iong516
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hooliganlife
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours thick black, little head at first but builds through the pour

whiskey, sweet soft whiskey with a faint hint of dark fruit, maybe cherry

pretty complex taste. whiskey is subtle and through out layering in with red cherry and dark chocolate that has been soaked in sugar.

thick, coats your mouth with a subtle carbonation to add that extra oomph

this is brilliant for being fresh. no need to age.

Photo of Buzz3d
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kelp
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjcote
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craft_shannie
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque coffee color in a snifter with a 1/2 finger head.
One of most opaque beers I have seen.

Lots of Onion in the aroma. It's a characteristic that carries to the taste.
Very different for a IS. Chocolate, coffee, oak and wine in the aroma.

MF-a good but not over-dominant alcoholic finish. I can taste chocolate on the tip if my tongue.

Taste: the most unusual IS I have tasted: onion, chocolate, coffee, oak, wine sour, and more.
Highly complex and worthy of tasting at different temps for aroma and taste.
I found that the colder temp brings out more chocolate, and the warmer temp brings out onion.

A lot of thought went into the recipe. Not sure if Summit hops are used in other IS. The hop, along with Brett, and the aging in whiskey and rye barrels bring out the distinct profile of this beer.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 510a
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjn40277
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DersForsbrand
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing in color and consistency like well used 40-weight, with a thin brown head with good retention and lacing. Rich aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, bourbon with hints of vanilla and dark dried fruit. Flavor is bourbon soaked dark toasted malt, dark dried fruit, especially dates and figs, vanilla, oak, fabulous. There is a hint of fresh dark fruit, and that is the only hint of the wine barrel ageing I detect. Good medium to heavy bodied, appropriate for the full flavors. A little bit light on carbonation, but the thickness largely makes up for that. A really nicely made barrel aged stout. I'm generally not a big fan of wine barrel aged ales or stout, finding the vinous flavors clashing with the dark malt. Not in this case. The bourbon is the dominant barrel flavor and the fruit from the wine barrels is just light enough to add interest and complexity. Arrived on the market and lasted about 3 nanoseconds, so glad I managed to get a bottle of this. Anchorage does a great job, although many of their ales are styles I'm not fond of; wild yeast and sours. This, in one of my favorite styles, is better than I could hope for. Really full flavored and balanced. Delicious.

Photo of ellswrth
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.