Endless Ending
Anchorage Brewing Company

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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #30
ABV:
15.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #1,784
Avg:
4.68 | pDev: 7.05%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
26
From:
Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
  5
Gots
  13
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Endless EndingEndless Ending
Notes: Blend of A Deal With The Devil barleywine and Darkest Hour imperial stout aged 18 months in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels, then blended into Missouri oak foeders for an additional 3 months.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a pretty dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet and malty bourbon tones, chocolate fudge, roast, caramel candy, toffee, plum, raisin, oak, vanilla, and coffee.

This is honestly exceptional. It combines the two components quite well, with a huge dose of spicy and warming oak. I think the barleywine slightly dominates, but I get solid flavor components from both. There's just a ton of boozy caramel, some dark fruit, even molasses and maple. There's also milk chocolate and a touch of coffee (and creamer). This is definitely very sweet, but it never gets overly cloying, luckily.

This is thick, sweet, and creamy, with no booziness at all. It's surprisingly drinkable, for what it is.

This was basically a slam dunk when it was announced. Of course it ended up being stupid delicious.

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Photo of maximum12
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to lookrider for this white-waxed 375ML bottle. I’m a huge fan of Devil, so this was a must-have for me.

The stout won the pour – onyx black with no hint of barleywine. The nose mimics a glass of bourbon that’s been sprinkled liberally with brown sugar. No complaints.

Endless Ending should be a description rather than a name. Bourbon drapes itself over the senses & won’t let go – right away, mid-palate, & the finish are all layered in bourbon. Underneath the bourbon riot is chocolate cake, caramel cake, enough brown sugar to cause an overdose, molasses, & white pepper that slides into sweet, sweet vanilla on completion. Wow. No booze in the taste, just in the reasoning & balance centers. There’s a lot of stairs between me & bed. 375ML? Give me a trough & a towel, please. I’d lap this up until I drowned in it.

Feeble, mortal words are not up to the task of describing this hybrid. I am now 7/2940 in identifying the few perfect, inhumanly marvelous beers in the world in a quest that’s spanned over a decade. Perfect. Just perfect.

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Photo of beergoot
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Starless night black body sporting a thick, creamy, tan head. Rich mocha and cocoa aroma; baker's chocolate; some cinnamon; oak; some booziness buried in the sweetness. Sweet cocoa flavor infused with milk chocolate; intriguing fruitiness lurking deep within the sweetness; fresh figs and dates; very well mixed alcohol presence, subdued; hard to define spiciness. Heavy body; thick and chewy; very rich and warm on the palate; incredible presence of residual sugars coat the tongue.

What an incredibly rich and sumptuous beer feast we have here! The depth and complexity are mind-boggling. My regret is I only acquired one bottle of this beer. I should have gotten six. Grab some if you come across it. This one fine and exceptional dark ale experience that is not to be missed.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL into a mini snifter. pours pitch black with hardly any head to speak of. little bit of a brown collar around the edge of the glass. smells of oak, dark fruits, a little bit of a figgy sweetness. taste is slight chocolate with the dark fruits and BW sweetness dominating. mouthfeel is full with a slickness to it that makes this 15% beer all too drinkable. overall, it’s an interesting beer for sure. not having had the individual components is making this a little harder to dissect. i thought it would remind me more of perennial’s 2018 anniversary blend but it really doesn’t. i think it’s more of a 50/50 blend where as perennial anniversary was majority BA stout. still, a good beer and makes we want to seek out the two beers that were blended to make this.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Stark syrupy black with a tall tan dense foam that collapses quickly to a thin but creamy persistent blanket and curled collar.

This is every bit as sweet as I was warned it was...but it's also delicious. Start is toasted maple and brown sugar via a slickly smooth and sticky body that quickly expands with complexity by developing peppery, nutty oak and dark fruit flavors mixed with some roasty malt and charred barrel.

A light carbonation of very tiny bubbles lifts additional notes of bruleed toffee and hints of sweet blackberries and blueberries before the semi-dry, semi-sticky finish. The complexity actually diminishes with time, it seems--something I'm not sure I've ever experienced--but it's not too detrimental to the beer overall. It can feel a bit vanishingly thin at times though.

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Photo of micada
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, paid more per ounce than ever before, so I hope to not be biased artificially. 2019 12 oz bottle opened cool, poured hard to a tulip glass. Head is two-finger dark brown, tight-cell type that burns down fast to a persistent tiny ring. Color is super-dark burnt caramel brown, fitting as the nose is very prominent burnt caramel and bourbon. I could keep my nose in the glass smelling for an hour. First sips are great blend of bourbon bite, caramel sweetness, stout body, and that unique Woodford Reserve linger. I wish I could explain it better but...it’s sort of spicy but not in a winter spice sense; a woodiness that is earthy but refined; just overall distinct and tasty AF. Lots of stickiness on the glass when turned. Super-thick viscous mouthfeel. I could see some people might think it’s too sweet, but I think it holds back just enough. The caramel/vanilla/oak in the forefront is excellent. The stout adds presence and balance to the barleywine sweetness, but no sense of dark chocolate or coffee that many instill. It’s really a good mix...an expensive Black and Tan of sorts! The alcohol doesn’t bite up front, but wow it hits hard. I’m less than half a glass in typing this and feeling it quickly. I’m versed in drinking double-digit ABV offerings, and I think they lied about 15.5%! As it warms, it stays true to the original profile. The nose is still superb. A great sipper for this cool night on the back deck. The WR flavor hangs in the back on the tongue forever it seems. If I had a black and blue burger right now...oh, baby!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like a stout - black-bodied in the oversize snifter, producing a fat finger or two of chocolaty brown foam... Head slimmed into a collar after a bit, which trailed a quick wash of lace motes after each sip... Enormous aromas of chocolate, bourbon, and molasses - somewhat smoky element at play, faint touches of dry charred wood... Super-rich and sweet, full of plush vanilla and caramel and marshmallow, melded with boozy fudge and licorice molasses... Full-bodied and sticky, smooth; very mild bitterness of ash and tannin, maybe some bitter peel... Barleywine-like elements seems to manifest more on the back-end of the sip - up front it comes off very "bourbon barrel stout" - but as it develops the malts and dark fruits of the barleywine add considerable depth with suggestions of dates and prunes and a resinous shellac of of fruit leather and tobacco... This really is pretty damn excellent, and I better slow down because its gonna be gone too soon if I don't - addictively sippable... Pricey 12.7 oz. bottle - A website called Tenemu stated that the bottles would be $25 at the brewery; I got mine through Tavour for $35... Among the most I've paid for a beer, but its turned out to be completely worth it - easily top 50 all-time across all styles for me...

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Photo of Radcpa
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with slight light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant slightly sweet caramel. Taste is also a slightly sweet caramel with s little alcohol warmth. Overall exceptional

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Endless Ending from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 26 ratings