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Darkest Hour - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 60
Gots: 40 | FT: 8
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Batch #1, bottled March 2013. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stuck around for a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, red wine/grapes, whiskey, chocolate, and a bit of licorice. The brew tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, red wine, whiskey, dark fruit, licorice, molasses, caramel, and some coffee and wood. I think it's tasty! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and chewy with moderate carbonation. The 13% ABV is well hidden. I liked this brew a lot, I think it's definitely worth trying. I know I'd like to get another bottle of this in the future, it's one of the better beers I've had recently. $17.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Dec 29, 2013
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Photo of artoolemomo
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a gorgeous block of head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The head is a dark beige/mocha while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. The head is very slow to dissipate but shows some sheeting that extends from the head. Lacing ranges from sheeting to spots.

Nose- Lots of smoke such that it has aspects of burnt rubber and oil. Sounds bad but it actually works well with subsequent notes of chocolate and poignant roasted notes. Some hint of coffee but there is a slight acridity to it. The nose from the glass is milder and shows a bit of raisins that have a bit of prunes to them. Swirling shows mostly chocolate and cocoa.

Taste- Starts off with a defined fruitiness (mostly raisins, some cherry) that moves into a very complex flavor profile that moves from rich, dark chocolate to coffee to red grapes (very heavy Pinot Noir) to notes of rye whiskey. Heat is noticeable at the moment but I wouldn't exactly call it boozy. My first sip seems to suggest that this might needs more aging if I wanted to be more like the Belgian Yeti I had two days ago. Dry and ashy finish that also dries out the mouth a bit. Some clove that hangs around but is in no way obtrusive. Even a bit of inkiness but there is a very rich deep chocolate taste on the finish- think 70% or greater cacao dark chocolate. The Pinot Noir and whiskey elements have tons of presence and really mesh well together. At the moment, the entire flavor profile has great progression, great complexity, and great integration. There are clashes but they build the other notes rather than detract from them. Good amount of cocoa as well. Some leather and tobacco and pretty much everything I look for in a good stout. The Belgian characteristics may be muted but they do play enough of a part to distinguish this from a normal imperial stout. This is a brash, in your face beer and I wonder if this is the reason why it doesn't get rave reviews. Sure, 4.1 is a very good score but this could easily be in the top 250 in my opinion. Very good to almost great beer. I think it would be almost great with or without aging. I seems quite versatile.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy bodied while managing to be slight creamy and smooth with a touch of grittiness. It has a bit of zip to it. Very neat, dry finish that does give you a bit of cottonmouth.

Drinkability- By no means sessionable or even dangerous. The alcohol is noticeable and the notes of other alcohols make you pause. I enjoy that from a 13%, 17 dollar beer.

Overall- Why did I ever doubt Belgian Imperial Stouts? I'm 2 for 2 now. The ones I have encountered seem to have a bit of a Quad aspect (or maybe a Dubbel) while maintaining the basic foundation of an Imperial Stout. I have to say that I like that combination. I also must express great admiration for the meticulous nature of Gabe Fletcher's brewing. The process he undertakes must demand (or deserves) at least 17 bucks and if there were more hype around his beers, they would be much more. So on that note, this is beer is shit and don't ever drink anything by Anchorage. It might give you herpes. In fact, I guarantee it will give you herpes.

artoolemomo, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Gushue3, Nov 22, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(Batch # 1, 2013) Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured nearly black in color with a reddish tinge and a one finger of light brown head.

S: I am primarily getting the smell of the aging from the (red) pinot noir barrels, a typical wine/tart smell. Also getting a toffee or molasses. The warmer it got the more I could detect the smell from the aging of the rye whiskey barrels.

T: It first starts off with the wine/tartness. In the middle I get a sweetness that hits, molasses, dark brown sugar. The end follows with a slight bitter coffee/black licorice. There is also the sweet rye whiskey bite on the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied. Almost like an oily mouth feel to it. I don't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall I thought this was a great beer, very complex with a lot going on.

Joshpu, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

sabitu, Nov 17, 2013
Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.