Anchorage Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #12
Ranked #32
4.77 | pDev: 4.19%
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Notes: Blessed is a blend of 1 and 3 year old bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stouts finished on TONS of coconut and Madagascar vanilla beans. It tastes like if you took a waffle cone and filled it with bourbon soaked German chocolate cake then drizzled it with burnt caramel.
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.98/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Ho. Lee. Cow!
Drinking this right after drinking Beer:Barrel:Time and it blows it out of the water. If you had told me that while I was drinking BBT I’d have called you crazy.

Nov 26, 2021
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BlanBarry from Oklahoma

4.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was an amazing beer with high bourbon and lots of coconut with good vanilla finish. I do agree this is like a German chocolate cake. Very well deserving of a high rating.

Oct 20, 2021
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Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark, oily appearance. Smell is sweet, vanilla, chocolate fudge, waffle cone, and bourbon barrel. Taste is much the same. My first beer from Anchorage, and its an Incredible BA Stout, a bit sweet, but not sickening and wanting more.

Oct 18, 2021
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with out any head. The nose is delightful, faint coconut, vanilla, chocolate. Not really any bourbon, but the barrels does seem to add a level of complexity, enriching all these decadent smells. Upon first sip, just hints of coconut as well as the vanilla and baking cocoa. Neither of the three dominates, it’s all extremely balanced. Sweet but not overwhelming! Hints of barrel presence as it warms up. Mouthfeel is perfect, full body but no heavy warmth. Overall: I find this to be a easy sipper. Some heavy stouts are best shared but I could easily finish this bottle. It’s that good!

Sep 23, 2021
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HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick pour, nose shows light coconut and vanilla (but no overpowering), taste is not too sweet with noticeable barrel characteristics - well balanced, mouthfeel is smooth and still, a great and generally easy to obtain release from an amazing brewery.

Jul 12, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle. Inky black body. Smells of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. Tastes the same. Sweet coconut, vanilla, fudgy chocolate, more sugar, tingly alcohol. Outrageously sweet but I keep wanting more. Heavy, sweet, boozy. Stupid but very tasty.

May 19, 2021
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.74/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black body, oily brown legs. The vanilla is absolutely decadent on the nose and palate, with the coconut being mild but mixing things up a bit. Big full body, sufficiently light carbonation, massive vanilla ice cream flavors on the finish.

Apr 24, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler

L: pours a deep, dark black/brown with a minimal very loud dark brown head that fades immediately. Leaves some nice brown abv-appropriate legs with each sip. No visible carbonation, some floaties

S: seriously rich and inviting. Tons of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, caramel. Like a warm double fudge brownie with bourbon caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream

T: follows the nose well, rich and decadent flavors that do a great job playing off of each other. Chocolate leads, with a gently rising wave of vanilla and coconut flavor playing off of that stout base. Abv there but appropriately, doesn’t override the beer

F: very smooth, viscous body. Heavy- body, low+ carbonation, very nicely warming with no abv burn

O: a serious dessert stout, delivers exactly what you expect and doesn’t shy away. The flavor is incredibly rich without becoming overly sweet, body is appropriately think, abv works well. A excellent beer all around

Apr 11, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4.57/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I swear, put this in my whip and the damn thing will throttle like Senna back in the day. This oil is so thick and pure that it actually gives me dirty thoughts. Legal dirty thoughts, but still dirty thoughts.

I love you ma!!!

Mar 01, 2021
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aleigator from Germany

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

Pours a little oily, pitch black in color with a small dark brown head, which recedes to a thin layer of lacing almost instantaneous.

This smells of wood enriched dark chocolate, fudge covered molasses and toasty coconut. Additional aromas of flowery, ice cream sweet vanilla bark waft into the the nose, together with cinnamon, old, burned oak and a lighter, meaty smoke.

This drinks thick, showcasing the beer‘s decadent body in a marvelous way, with almost no carbonation to speak of, but a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Tastes of sweet coconut bark, and a melange of even sweeter vanilla and toffee, effectivly toned down by balancing bitter chocolate and an uprising Bourbon barrel presence. The oak barrels become more resounding then, joined by notes of black peppers, spicy licorice and molasses among a handful of ash. Finishes a little warmer, maintaining its intriguing interplay between the powerful barrels and the spicy, sweet adjuncts, topped off by brownie batter and well made, boozy pralines.

This beer hits the spot. Its mouthfeel is simply smooth and decadent, revealing layers upon layers of whipped cream. This highlights especially the vanilla in this beautifully, which manages to gain a fantastic, sugary and floral depth which then gets balanced by the dry, oaken Bourbon barrels. The result is simply a truly complex and fulfilling imperial stout which leaves nothing else to desire.

Feb 27, 2021
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

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

Had this over the fall. Tasted like a fudge brownie. Was very thick, great taste. For 14% was not hot at all.
Great body. Well worth it, but cos t a lot to purchase.

Feb 01, 2021
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I went in to this beer expecting a barleywine, because Anchorage - but I was pretty confused when it hit my tongue. Loads of rich, thick milk chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. The bourbon and oak are understated, but there - I'd like a bit more, so that the diabeetus juice doesn't quite overwhelm it, but it's still fantastic. I wish I'd bought a few bottles of this - blessed be the friend who shared with me!

Jan 25, 2021
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Crmontes_96 from California

4.96/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite stouts ever. Such a strong coconut and vanilla taste that really had me wanting more . Such a thicc boi as well, highly recommend trading or searching out for this beer.

Jan 19, 2021
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank a bottle of this recently. Thick and viscous used motor oil pour that smelled of coconut, vanilla and marshmallow. Huge aroma on this. Taste was good with tons of coconut and vanilla but I also found it to be cloying. VERY sweet which really took away from the beer. Feel was great. Nice and viscous. Mouth coating. This beer hit some of the marks for me but really was just too sweet in the flavor department. Wish it were toned down a touch.

Jan 15, 2021
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Rich4mde1 from Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick Diabetes in a bottle. The Coconut and vanilla come through perfectly. It almost like drinking your favorite cake. One of the best overall beers Ive had.

Jan 06, 2021
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bquack from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one blew me away! Poured like motor oil and was close to pitch black in color. Silky thick mouthfeel. Chocolate vanilla flavor was off the chart, but was not overdone. Very sweet pastry stout, but was not cloyingly sweet...just right.

Jan 04, 2021
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stmoorea from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Tavour. Refrigerator kept since purchase. Not as thick as some describe. Pitch black, and silky except for the coconut floaties, which for me detract some from the appearance. Smell is divine - what I'd imagine it might smell like inside the factory where they produce Mounds candy bars. Taste almost matches the smell, except it is a touch too sweet, and lacking enough barrel heat to balance it out. Overall, I need to knock it down only because the drinking experience doesn't meet the price of entry. Considering that, I'd be much happier with a 750 ML bottle of Shared Coconut Vibes.

Jan 01, 2021
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.79/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is suuuuuper sweet coconuts with some to spare. Thicc doesn’t begin to describe this, on the level of coconut vibes. Crazy and excellent and too much for diabetics!

Dec 21, 2020
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Dillpickle315 from Colorado

4.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely pehenomenal beer! Pours pitch black in a snifter. Super sweet coconut on the nose with barrel adding complex sweetness. Super smooth with a nice sweetness when tasting it. Tastes like a tootsie roll. One of the best beers I have ever had!

Dec 09, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Blessed. A perfect name for this beer. Anyone who gets to try this one is truly blessed. It is everything you want and unrivaled. The beer is a combination of 1 year and 3 year barreled stouts. The color and flavor are deeper than a dark dungeon on Halloween. The near burnt caramel resonates in every sip. It mimics the best dessert/sauce you ever had, like it came from a three star Michelin pastry chef. When poured, the black elixir resembles an obsidian robe. There is also a bombardment of high quality vanilla bean that layers on top of everything else. The beer just takes you to a different place and deserves to be recognized as elite.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Nov 01, 2020
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.96/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is next level. Reminds me of OG Vanilla Rye on steroids. Has a bit more barrel and vanilla. Overpowers the coconut a bit but the sweetness is perfect in my opinion. Glad to be lucky enough to have acquired a bottle, really nailed it here.

Oct 25, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black-waxed 375ML bottle. The wax appeared to have a touch of concrete mixed into it.

The pour is deep black with the same viscosity & head of 5W-30. The nose is Three Musketeers bar with added vanilla & a slow base of bourbon.

Blessed be the person who is drinking this monster at any given moment. Like other insanely priced Anchorage shorties, this is thick. Redwood thick. Orc thick. Coated liberally with coconut & vanilla, & hard to believe, the barrels play third fiddle. The bourbon isn’t aggressive, but deep & earthy & complex. Finish arrives with bundles of chocolate & a warm feeling of well-being that washes over me. That’s either the alcohol or the theanine. This should come in buckets.

These Anchorage BA beers are stupidly priced & stupidly good. Superb beer.

Oct 25, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.74/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Tavour. Dark as night, flat, slick. Roasty, ashy aroma, boozy. Taste is sweet, roast malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Liquid nectar. Worth every penny.

Oct 06, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out the most sinful black conceivable. Even poured aggressively this yields no head whatsoever. Looks like syrup being poured into my glass.

Nose is pure decadence. Chocolate cake, huge vanilla pastry, caramel, brown sugar, and mild notes of coconut. This smells like dessert. I don't get any bourbon or wood scents surprisingly. But this is captivating so far.

Taste is an initial combination of mildly roasty malt and ridiculous amounts of vanilla. Fudgey, gooey, chocolatey cake, vanilla cake and pastry, caramel, toffee, and toasted coconut on the back end. I don't get very much bourbon in the taste as well. This is an absolutely delicious brew. Unreal. Unlike anything I've had before. A touch on the sweet side. Some contrast may be needed. Like a pretzel or a bagel. Something savory. But don't let it detract from the flavor too long. Revel in this.

Mouthfeel is like syrup. Dense, sticky, fullbodied. Cloying, which is to be expected, but not so much so. Minimal carbonation.

Overall this is pretty much exactly what the description says. A waffle cone filled with German Chocolate cake and topped with burnt caramel. It's amazing how accurate that is. Brews like this is why stouts are my favorite. The amount of complexity and depth in this brew is fantastic. Now the price point is $50 dollars, which makes it on the expensive side of things, but this is meant as a one time experience meant to accent a very particular night. I drank this while reading Battle Ground, the 17th installment of the Dresden Files, and it accompanied it perfectly.

Sep 30, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Used motor oil black with a short but intensely dark burnt mocha head that fizzles out quickly to reveal a few brown floating speckles on the surface. I haven't had a pastry stout with floaters in it for a minute!

The nose exhibits insanely luscious chocolate fudge brownie batter with a deep characteristic of softly gooey vanilla bean sabayon and hints of coconut pudding accented by cinnamon peppered barrel.

I'm tasting German chocolate cake that is more forward of fudge and rich vanilla cream elements, but sweet yet savory coconut adds accents throughout. Here again on the palate, the barrel adds a unique flame-awakened cinnamon sort of character that is quite unique, and actually brings forth a semi-bitter charred oak aftertaste.

Fairly viscous thick, its fine yet cutting carbonation brings a little heat with it, lifting a touch of stinging peppery whiskey back up the esophagus. Leading up to that mature finish is a decadence fitting of a celebration, and on this day it was indeed quite the celebration for us, 2 years post craniatomy.

Sep 08, 2020
Blessed from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 181 ratings