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Darkest Hour - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 297
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 86 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 297
Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a shade lighter than jet black with a thin head that fizzes and dissipates like soda. Some visible carbonation creeps up the glass. Definitely doesn't look anywhere near 13%.

S: Lots of raisin skin upfront, and it almost smells like it's been soaked in brandy. I get a sweet booziness right off that bat that's not really a turnoff. It's a little inviting, actually. Beneath the raisin, I get some molasses, heavy wine notes, faint spicy oak, burnt brown sugar and maybe a hint of leather.

T: Man, there's a lot going on here. Upfront, there's some burnt creme brulee with some molasses, sour-ish and dense wine notes, and toffee. Dark chocolate covered raisins, whiskey and oak in the middle with a finish of charred oak, burnt raisin and some booze. Definitely an interesting stout. The sourness of the wine barrel throws things off a bit for me, but this is still really enjoyable. Another good one from Anchorage.

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Photo of Jackals
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I thought that this beer was very interesting. The fact that it is triple fermented intrigued me enough to buy a few bottles. The smell and flavor are very complicated. There is both a wine and a (rye?) barrel character that i found delightful. The fact that it was a dark beer with intense malty/chocolate flavors only made me like it more.
I would recommend to anyone with a penchant for high octane, complexly brewed, fermented, and aged beers


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Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a dirty walnut motor oil, very encouraging pour need for a mid sized cappuccino ice cream colored head, minor lacing. Pitch black in the glass.

Aroma is of yeasty oak, molasses and vanilla. A little solvency of the alcohol. Unripened black cherries. Whiskey is hardly in evidence nor anything from a barrel excepting the vanilla. Nice all the same.

The taste is an explosion of flavors wholly unexpected. The wine and whiskey fully revealed but restrained, the barrel is without a doubt. Again burnt sugar and bittersweet molasses
The alcohol, while indeed slightly solvent, is a welcome obvious flavor component.
Very thick viscous mouthfeel, almost greasy. excellent at room temp
Does not pair well with any worthy food.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Batch # 1. Bottled 3/2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, toffee, whiskey, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with slight sour wine and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great barrel aged presence in the smell and tasty flavors.

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Photo of KevSal
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2 quick review

Wow this is even better than batch 1. Lots of balance, and delicious at every sip. Damn near perfect score, and incredibly smooth for a 13% beer. Drank an entire 750 with ease.

This beer is something else, highly recommend

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchorage Brewing Company Darkest Hour - Belgian Style Imperial Stout, aged in French oak pinot noir and rye whiskey barrels.

Pours very dark. I had to purposely pour this one harder than normal to get a nice head going, resulting in one that was nice and medium brownish. The head fades quickly, but that is to be expected with the extensive barrel aging that this beer has gone though.

I get more of the french oak coming through in the aroma, with the whiskey more in the background. But they mix quite nicely. I want to smell this a while longer before I take my first sip.

The taste is extremely rich. Once again, I get a lot more of the french oak barrel flavors than I do with the whiskey. To be honest, the aroma and taste of this one slightly reminds me of Bar Fly. I believe that Gabe was still the head brewer at Midnight Sun when Bar Fly was brewed. Bar Fly was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, while this one was aged in Pinot Noir barrels, but it's hard for me to not notice a slight resemblance between the two.

Overall, this is a rock-solid brew. I was very excited to try this one from the first time I heard about it's development, which was probably a year ago already. The wait was worth it.

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Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.