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Darkest Hour - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 01-21-2012

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 9
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle from spec’s. This listed at 11%. Does not work for the style. The texture of the mouthfeel, the dryness, balance of chocolate, hops, malt. Whole package not in synch or drinkable.

Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with a tan head.

Rye and roast. The spice is there, but it dries out the beer more. It is pretty roasty the way it is. Lots of coffee roast with chocolate.

Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, solid but to dry. The rye was a unique take on the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Lucky Lou's in Denton.

Well, the beer pretty well lives up to its name; it's obsidian black with a nice cream/tan head. No lace.

Darkest Hour smells sugary sweet! Chocolate-syrup is the front-runner here, but there are notes of spice and a smoky aroma that I suspect is roasted barley, but it keeps throwing me off. It's really hard to pick anything out because the sweetness is so potent.

The flavor is dominated by sugar and sweetness which, at first, comes as a surprise but is not a bad thing. Honestly, I did not think I'd be able to notice the rye but it definitely holds the flavors together and keeps the sweetness turning from delicious to disgusting. The smoke smell is overturned by a roasted character and towards the end of a sip, turns the sweetness into a nice burnt chocolate flavor. I bet this stout would be wayyy better when aged. The further down the glass I get, the more tired I get of it being so sweet, but the rye adds an important, yet subtle complexity it keeps me interested; Darkest Hour wouldn't be the same without it.

The alcohol isn't really present, even for 9%, but I can't tell if it's just hidden behind all of the sugar. Full-bodied but easy to drink. I don't know if I could drink more than a pint at a time, but I'd definitely order one again.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a carbon black color; the beige head builds up to a two-finger cap; very good retention

Smell: Roasty tones with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee

Taste: Roast and chocolate, up front, with some coffee and hop bitterness developing, in the middle; similar flavors progress to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice double stout but I didn't get much impact from the rye in the grist; would have expected it to make a distinctive impact but it didn't

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Common Table 2nd Anniversary Party.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, with some very nice roasted malt notes and a hint of cream. The flavor is more of the same, with a ton of milk chocolate and some coffee and roasted malt in the background. The beer is very sweet and I don't get hardly any hop character or bitterness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in the glass with brown around the edges. A thick creamy brown head builds up and slowly falls down leaving lacing.

Roasty, sweet, raisins, brown sugar, dark chocolate.

Velvety smooth full mouthfeel.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Darkest Hour from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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