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Darkest Hour - Anchorage Brewing Company

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 64
Gots: 40 | FT: 7
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:
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

(Beer added by: lakersfan16 on 06-02-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paccamacca for the extra!

poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: light to medium black bodied beer with 2 fingers of frothy medium tan head. Spotty lace on the glass. Head drops down to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, oak, rye and red wine notes are very noticable and pleasant.

Taste: Milk chocolate and lots of it. Rye and red wine notes with wet oak. Light notes of dark fruits. Hint of earthy hop that blends effortlessly with all the other flavors in this beer. Fantastic balance and complexity. This is the thing that I love about Anchorage beers is that they are so balanced even though there is sooo much going on with the layers and layers of complexity found in this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its still a sipper too.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer more than I expected. I havent had an Anchorage beer that wasnt awesome yet to date. Recommended.

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Bottle from Belmont Station:

A: Pitch black with a ring of dark mocha head. Nice lacing.

N: Hershey’s syrup, cocoa powder, and tons of vanilla and caramel from the bourbon. Cherries, raisin, and prune.

T: Deftly balanced. Coffee bitterness, malt sweetness and an expert blending of bourbon. Does have a bit of sharpness that I attribute to the wine/brett.

M: Oily, but it’s not nearly as thick as I’d like it to be. Big alcohol.

O: A bit burly take-no-prisoners RIS. I really wish it wasn’t so damned alcoholic.

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Bottle to tulip

A: Poured black with a slight amber head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Slight hints of purple on the edges when swirled. Very viscous.

S: Roasted malts, grapes, wine, bourbon, oak. Some sweetness. Some hops. Complex.

T: A little sweet and a little bitter, very complex. Lots going on here. Strong dark roasted malts. Notes of grapes, oak tannins, bourbon soaked oak, dry red wine, cranberries, and hops. Some vanilla and toffee. Strong booze.

M: A little harsh. Low carbonation. Full bodied. The barrel ageing leaves a aftertaste that is a combination of wine and whiskey.

O: A must try. This is a very complex stout that picks up a lot from it's different ageing mechanisms. It's a work of art, but I had to pace myself as it did not go down quite as smooth as other stouts. The booze is very prevalent and adds to the harshness. But this is a delicious ale. I shared the second bottle with others, some of whom are more wine fans than beer, and they loved it.

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S: Teriyaki sauce with dark bitter chocolate. Strong oak presence with vanilla and green peppers. spicy. molasses and condensed milk. thick fig and raisin with a sharp tannic red wine.

T: Sweet chocolate and belgian yeast up front. a funk mix of dates, figs raisins and molasses. Sweet plum and fresh vanilla. bitter yet smooth with a toffee and red wine finish. bits of caramelized sugar play at the edges of your tongue with some linger burnt spice.

M: Smooth and creamy. very full but not too heavy. long dark fruit and spice finish.

O: Wow i am very impressed here. so complex. cant taste the abv AT ALL. /95

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Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.