Endless Ending
Anchorage Brewing Company

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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
15.5%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.57 | pDev: 6.13%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
113
From:
Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  10
Gots
  15
SCORE
98
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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: 34 | Ratings: 113 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous beer, with decent head production and retention despite the monster ABV, blend, and barrel aging.

This aroma is on par with any barrel aged beast. A complex blend of bourbon, oak, and cognac, strong toffee and caramel, cherry, molasses, leather, bark, and the slightest touch of musty oxidation. Smells hot - but, at 15.5%, if it's not hot, then I'm broken.

Surprisingly sweet up front - in a dessert wine kind of way, with rich notes of grape and cherry standing out stronger than notes of brown sugar, toffee, and honey. Drinks like a dessert wine, with accents of barleywine and stout - instead of a blend of a barleywine and stout, if that makes sense. In other words: it's unlike anything you could have anticipated, and it's really, really damn good. Long, lip-smacking finish, with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and tannins.

This is a big beer ... but 15.5% big? Wow, it is such an easy sipper, it's pretty unreal. This is right up there with the best big beers from The Bruery, and I'd argue possibly even better than Firestone Walker's anniversary blends.

Sep 25, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Pours black. Smells of lots of bourbon, heavy roasted malt, alcohol. Tastes quite sweet. Bourbon, brown sugar, some dark fruits. Heavy, sweet, boozy. Missing the roasted malt that I get in the nose, but it's still tasty.

Sep 18, 2021
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bret27 from California

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade courtesy of davidtarnow
L: black with creamy brown head.
S: Fig, brown sugar, caramel & vanilla.
T: Caramel, raisin/figs from the barleywine, with chocolate and vanilla. Brown sugar sweetness.
M: Soft mouthfeel, a little thin.
O: I heard that this was the inspiration for “For Gabe” and that intrigued me. Though I haven’t had that beer, I was definitely expecting more.
It’s a great blend, but being hyper critical it is a little too sweet and thin for my palate.
On a side note I generally haven’t loved bw/stout blends as much as fellow beer enthusiasts I know.

Jul 11, 2021
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abqk1d from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with slight heft/thickness to it that forms a nice rich brown head.
S: Picking up notes of BA barleywine with hints of red wine, caramel and vanilla.
T: Caramel fig notes dominate from the barleywine, with hints of chocolate and vanilla...maybe a tad sweet.
M: Pleasant mouthfeel, soft/creamy with just enough thickness.
O: I have really enjoyed this release. I have a few more that I'll keep stored...see if some of the sweetness dissipates.

Mar 18, 2021
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3 December 2020 - Beer #211

Price: $35.00 on Tavour

Appearance: 5 - extremely thick and black. The rest of this head is going nowhere. Lacing is bonkers.

Nose: 5 - this has been attacking my nose since I opened the bottle. Nearly all intense barrel with some sweetness.

Taste: 4 - zOMG! I'm surprised that it's more barleywine than stout given the appearance. The flavor is intense, but it's too incredibly sweet.

Mouth: 5 - super thick and chewy. I'm almost choking.

Overall: 5 - this is what I call fancy beer. It's very good but to darned sweet. What are they trying to hide behind that sweetness?

Cheers!

Dec 08, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 375mL bottle*

This beer poured absolutely pitch black in color with a decadent looking dark mocha brown head. The head on this was a finger thick, but it didn't have much retention to it, dissipating almost instantly leaving me with a flat pitch black liquid. To be fair, with a 15.5% ABV, I wasn't too surprised by its lack of head.

Upfront on the nose, I got big rich aromas of a nice barrel-aged barleywine presenting a unique balance between the barrel and malt characters; the aromas being notes of toffee, dark caramel, and bourbon. The back-end is where I got more characteristics of the stout, as I got nice strong notes of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, dark cherries, and vanilla. However, the characteristics of the stouts were easily overpowered a bit by the strong aromas coming from the barleywine.

This is a very very sweet beer. I first had this at cellar temp and I was blown away by its taste and complexity, but as this warmed up more it began to taste too cloyingly sweet and a bit hard to drink. Still, the taste on this was very good and extremely complex giving me notes of bourbon upfront which was supported by big notes of toffee, caramel, medium roast coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla throughout. This beer finishes on a very sweet/bready malt taste, giving me notes of sweet chocolaty bread. It almost felt as though I was drinking liquid chocolate croissant dipped in bourbon on the finish.

As you would expect, this beer was full bodied, low in carbonation, but incredibly easy to drink for the ABV. I didn't taste any alcohol in this. Instead, it felt like I was drinking liquid candy since this beer was so freakin' sweet. Probably the sweetest beer I've ever had.

Like I said before, this beer was incredible the first half hour I was sipping on this. But eventually--as the beer warmed up and opened up in my glass--it became too cloyingly sweet for me to enjoy all of it by myself. Despite that, I thought this beer was overall a very very nice experience, which gave me super rich and complex notes from the barrel, barleywine and stout. Despite the big price tag, I would say this is definitely worth getting and sharing between you and your friends/family.

Jul 27, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros. Review #4200. Have been waiting on this beer for a while now and between this being a special review and the relaxation of Covid-19 restriction I felt this was a good time to pull out this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades quickly to leave a light halo and wisps. The legs are just spectacular here, thick and painted on. Gorgeous.

S - Aromas of an almost barbecue sauce like element. As someone who utterly loves A Deal With A Devil (especially batch 2) the blending here might have led to some clashing. The barleywine and stout tend to clash, there is some chocolate notes too along with roasty stout elements. The barleywine is pleasant too, lightly fruity. Somehow though this becomes rather barbecue sauce like...really peculiar. Lots of great spikes of aromas, but throughout the aroma that saucy element pops .

T - Taste is similar to the nose with super sweet barleywine elements. Little fruity and smooth but almost cloy level. There is some nice chocolate notes as well. Throughout the beer it is incredibly, incredibly sweet. Borders on cloy level sweetness. The taste is pleasant and the barleywine is nice but the bourbon is somewhat muted. As it warms it becomes even more sweet, which is rather unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy, alcohol hidden well but this is just super super sweet practically sticky sweet.

O - Overall i have mixed feelings towards this beer. The appearance was great, but, everything else is super super cloy and sweet. A Deal With A Devil itself is sweet but this is almost candy like throughout the entire beer. Really puzzling, but, I don't think sitting on this for a few years would have made this less cloy. Quite unfortunate as I had extremely high expectations for this beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

Jul 10, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

huuuge thanks to rudzud
Pours thick and dark, a smaller foamy head with lower retention, dark head, a little lacing, pitch black beer, long thick legs

Nose has way too much going on, sweet barleywine malt, caramel, toffee, etc, then some cocoa and bitter roast notes, some fruity notes, they all seem to blend to a strange BBQ sauce character, some toffee caramel characters, starts to become more barleywine like as it goes, starting to really lean into the Deal WIth the Devil, fair fruity raisin character

Taste very sweet, candy malt and toffee, caramel, sweet candy as well as some vanilla barrel, a bit of vanilla Charleston Chew candy, with a bit of dark fruit, raisin, date, etc, mild bourbon and barrel, sweet vanilla cream notes, light alcohol, thankfully no BBQ sauce but a touch of chocolate stout notes, not a ton, some bitterness with some roasted cocoa malt and a little spicy hop, a bit of tingly alcohol, big sweet caramel and toffee, quite sweet in general

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy thick, a little warming alcohol, med foamy carb

Overall mixed on this one, the bourbon was pretty light, but barleywine Deal with the Devil was delicious, but stout mixed in was eh, so really mixed on this one, where original Deal with the Devil was easily one of the best beers I've ever had

Jun 27, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blackish brown body with light brown surface islands. Aromas of oak, bourbon, barley, caramel, fig, date, dark chocolate, vanillins, candi sugar, black strap molasses, and char. Has booze and sweetness, but this is true to the strong ale style. Taste has everything from the nose plus maple, brown sugar, and slight coffee, with both stout and barleywine flavors undergirding with oak and booze. Feel is warm, thick, refined for style, and super smooth. Best strong ale besides uptopias?

Jun 25, 2020
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on a whim because I found a great deal. Knew it would be good but holy cow what a beer! Such a great blend. Perfectly balanced. Easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had!

Jun 20, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bold, robust and with an indefinite linger of sweetness, smoke and roast, Anchorage Brewing's mix of Imperial Stout and Barleywine only begins when it ends.

Pouring with the inky depths of black onyx, Endless Ending carries a visual density with a rich and lathery head that swiftly greets the nose with a bold element of char that floats above savory, sweet, coffee and browning sauce character. Lush with its malts, the sweetness rolls onto the tastebuds with blackstrap molasses, sorghum, brown sugar and a toffee.

But the real fun starts on the middle palate as its robust, "browned" sweetness is greeted by a host of complementary tastes, such as mesquite, campfire, dark chocolate, espresso, candied walnut and a sweeter spice of sherry wine. While the sweetness holds on for a fat maltiness late in taste, its woodsy bitterness is overcome by savory sweetness and the strong spice of rum, whisky and brandy.

Lavishly full and literally thick on the palate, a nougat-like texture a hefty, creamy and dense for an extremely long, sweet and smoky finish, the beer warms gradually and reveals more savory, robust and spicy secrets more and more in an unrelenting aftertaste that continues to reward the tastebuds with complexity.

May 14, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2020-04-11
375ml bottle served in a WABL sample glass. I don't see a date. Wax is white, "Aged 18 months in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels"

Pours very dark with a small head, looks thick but not quite syrupy, seems opaque. Smell is barleywine, bourbon, oak, and booze. Vanilla and toffee.

Taste is a hint of cherry cough syrup, sweet and boozy, oak and chocolate and toffee. Cherry cough syrup is alarming, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Overall, it's pretty good. Almost really good -- needs to drop that cherry cough syrup flavor.

Original scores: 4 / 4 / 3.75 / 4 / 3.75

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2021-07-11
Giving it another try...I remember having it with friends a month or two ago and loving it. Still no date on it and I don't know if there was more than one batch, so I don't know if it's the same batch or not.

Anyway, I'm not getting cherry cough syrup this time, and it is super sweet, but quite delicious. Like, super delicious. Since 2/3 of the bottles I've taste have been delicious, I'm jacking up the score.

Apr 12, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into CS snifter.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with thick brown head.

Smell: Massive dry tannic oak. Huge dark fruit mostly prunes and raisins. Lots of tobacco notes. Bakers cocoa.

Taste: Starts off leaning a little towards the sweet side highlighting chocolate and vanilla; it has a stout like presence. The middle of the beer has a hint of black licorice; a lot of tobacco and molasses with dark fruit noted including red grapes with cognac barrel notes. The finish is very "grapey" with vanilla, caramel, oak, and bourbon. This is where the barleywine really takes center stage and where did all this brown sugar come from? There is so much brown sugar richness it is not even funny. I think I even get a hint of maple. The beer finishes slightly dry with a light roasted bitterness. Very layered and complex barrel flavors here; cognac and bourbon are both well defined and hard to miss; intertwined through out the beer's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer. perfectly carbonated. the perfect mouthfeel; its thick and coating. You know this beer is hefty and you can sense the abv is high, yet this beer remains an incredibly smooth drink.

Overall: This is a layered and complex sipping beer; this beer is very rich yet outrageously smooth. Extremely complex and well matured / blended barrel character in this stout and barleywine blend. Anchorage barrel program is legit. This American strong ale is a beast, but it is really really well done.

Feb 25, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.09/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with a good amount of brown head. Nose is licorice, dark charred wood, oak, bourbon, sweet malts, molasses, some dark fruit, and a bit of nuttiness. Taste is an ass kicker. Super complex with a nice mix of roasted malts and sweetness from the barleywine. I don't often like the blends of styles, but this one works nicely. Lot of bourbon, licorice, coffee grinds, brown sugar, and a syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel isn't quite as thick as one might expect for such a high ABV beer, but the barleywine keeps it thinner. The syrupy aftertaste seems a bit artificial and detracts from the overall experience. However, overall this is a nice beer.

Feb 01, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Viscous and dark on the pour, producing a fleeting tan head that left scant wisps in the glass. Big bourbon aroma up front. The second sniff brought both malty/fruity BW elements and chocolate notes from the stout. The taste was big, rich, sweet, and wonderfully boozy. Big chocolate, caramel, cherry, and vanilla flavors. Sweet but not cloying and the barrel cut things well. Big and decadent with the best from the BW and Imp stout. Outstanding.

Jan 28, 2020
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wally_world from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Trade beer. Wonderful nose that gives hints of both stout and barleywine, with a hint of barrel.

This beer is rich. Plain and simple. Even with the 12 oz. format, I was glad I had two people to share it with. I definitely got both stout and barleywine, with stout being the front half and a barleywine finish.

Overall, this beer is definitely worth seeking out. It is unique, very tasty, and being in Illinois, hard for me to get.

Jan 18, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours espresso colored, with a small mocha head that leaves plenty of squiggles

Smell: Barleywine and Bourbon subsume the stout tones, with black cherry, raisin and plum providing a fruity aspect; plenty of caramel and Bourbon, too, with chocolate, roast and vanilla also in the mix

Taste: As in the aroma, the fruit presents first, with black cherry, plum and raisin tones; the caramel brings a developing sweetness along with some chocolate undertones; Bourbon and vanilla arrive, in the middle, with some roast showing up after the swallow; the finish is a complex medley of all the flavors that keeps the booziness in check

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth but much less than I would have expected given the ABV

Overall: It is only January 9 but this could well be the best beer I will taste in all of 2020

Jan 09, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Extremely dark brown, verging on black. About 1.5 fingers of thick light brown head with excellent retention.

Smell: Chocolate-covered cherries, stone fruits, cola, brown sugar, and a hit of booze. Almost overpowering.

Taste: Puckering alcohol content. Cherries, roast malt, oak, vanilla, and toffee. Tangy on the finish. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, with minimal carbonation.

Overall: It's rare that I describe a beer as "too much." This is so rich and decadent that it's actually a little difficult to drink. While I give it a high score, be warned that this is a powerful beer where every flavor is a little overpowering even when you're ready for it.

Jan 05, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jeremy. Dark black, small patchy beige head. Aroma is sweet, woody, sugary. Taste also walks the line between Barleywine and RIS. Smooth, sweet and clean.

Jan 03, 2020
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Barettes from Washington

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank this bottle several weeks back on my birthday. Per ounce, the most expensive beer I've purchased to date, but the price is matched by the richness of the drinking experience.
The most decadent beer I've ever tasted, it's like a chocolate-fudge-fig-licorice-toffee port. Cellaring my other bottle for another special occasion. 97.

Dec 21, 2019
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into an Anchorage Teku.

Pours a deep brown, inky body with a one finger brown head that reduces to leave a ring of retention that sticks around for a while.

Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, boozy vanilla, cocoa, subtle dark fruits, sweet candy.

On the tongue, this is thick, rich, sweet, boozy, but absolutely tasty.. vanilla-chocolate fudge, caramel, roasty espresso, charred bourbon, bittersweet chocolate brownies, finishing boozy but tasty, chocolate roasty sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, definitely a sipper. Low carbonation.

Yummy.. flavorful, BIG, sweet, sipper, dessert beer.

Dec 19, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Silky, pitch black and forms a pinky worth of dark mocha colored crown that dissipates quickly.
The nose brings a huge wave of barrel. Dry wood notes mixing with dark fruit, fig cookie, vanilla and tobacco.
The taste is surprisingly nuanced. Masterfully blended. Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, figs, caramel. Great barrel presence through the nuances of flavors and dry woody element, without being too hot. Sticky, sweet, moderate carbonation.
Overall, this is masterfully blended. Great brew.

Dec 08, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 12.6.2019

A - black dark khaki head
N - cherries, vanilla, barrel, molasses, chocolate
T - taste is also complex. Panela sugar followed by cherries and chocolate and nice warming barrel flavor rounds out with a mild bitterness
F - slightly thin for the style and slightly more carbed than desired.
O - if you are a fan of fruit and rich dark sugar - this is a must try. Wish it was slightly more viscous and slightly less carbed

Dec 07, 2019
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nofmxc from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing flavor! Inky black with beautiful brown head. Like drinking fudge. First sip was different but by the third sip, it grew on me so much! Very sweet like I like it.

Dec 07, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black color.

Thick and rich. Big bourbon barrel flavor. Mix of barley wine and imperial stout. Amazing combination where both base beers show. Chocolate, fudge, oak, molasses, dark fruits. Warming bourbon. Vanilla. Incredible.

Nov 24, 2019
Endless Ending from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 113 ratings