Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #4
Ranked #6
4.74 | pDev: 4.85%
Friday at 02:50 PM
May 25, 2020
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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Rated: 4.54 by mltobin from Connecticut

Friday at 02:50 PM
Rated: 4.73 by kidzord from Illinois

Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 5 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a finger of dark caramel colored foam. Oily legs clings to the glass long after each swirl of the used motor-oil looking liquid. The look personifies heft and thickness. Aroma is coconut and vanilla bean, with roasty, toasty, and mild nutty malts following closely behind. It has a sweet start that is quickly curtailed by a cut of whiskey and char. These roasty qualities pair well with the additional thick chocolate and and caramel notes. Flavor profile is coconut, chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee, and heavy roasty and toasty malts. Bourbon and char add to the mix, without cutting or overdeveloping heat. Smooth coconut and vanilla bean is present throughout, bringing with them a little twist of sweetness. Mouth feel is thick, nearing velvety in texture. The weight of the beer stamps it out short of being creamy. Overall, coconut notes are great here, pairing up well with whiskey. There is a lot to it, and yet it remains simplified and laser focused on the task of providing a heavy stout with addition of coconut and vanilla bean.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigelau tulip from a 375mL bottle. ABV 15.5%.
Oct 23, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by sordyl from Illinois

Oct 10, 2022
Rated: 4.8 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 26, 2022
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
375ml bottle poured into a snifter. Quite decadent. Liquid frosting with plenty of floaties.
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by mpipe from Minnesota

4.98/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Yup, it’s that good. Superior flavors burst out of a jet black pour. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, purified angel urine; it’s all there and more. Amazing.
Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 5 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Juggerr from New York

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 5 by IanX from New York

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by jensenmoon from California

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Jun 14, 2022
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Rated by Mr_Beer_Belly from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Just too sweet for me. Has the look, smell, and mouthfeel of a great BA stout. I just couldn’t get past the sweetness to rate it higher
Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 2, 2022

Oh man, here we are. The highest rated beer from Alaska, and 8th highest rated overall on BA. Getting Anchorage beers is always a treat, but I’m expecting this one to go beyond a treat. Let’s pop this bad boy open

Pours a very dark muddy brown with a finger of reddish dark brown head that immediately fades to nothing and leaves no lacing but decent sheeting

To call the nose decadent would be a massive understatement, I could smell this one from the second I cracked it and the aroma filled the room. I’m picking up on aromas of sticky caramel, thick fudge, toasted coconut, sweet bourbon, cinnamon, dates, light roast coffee, nougat, and a touch of maple

While it is certainly good in taste, it doesn't quite reach the levels of the aroma, though there's still a lot going on. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting chocolate cake, black cherry, sweet coconut, spicy whiskey, toasted oak, creamy vanilla, burnt caramel, and a touch of fudge. The swallow brings notes of chocolate cake, toasted coconut, creamy vanilla, sweet bourbon, fresh oak, fruity coffee, dates, and burnt caramel

A full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a rich and slick beer. Finishes slightly sticky with a touch of boozy heat but nothing overbearing

This is truly an awesome beer. I'm sure many will complain that batch 1 was better or some stupid shit like that, but having had only this one, it's amazing. What a treat, cheers BA!
May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours jet black with insanely dark brown head. The head disappeared within seconds, leaving an array of very small coconut chunks floating on top. Looks fantastic.

The nose is absolutely insane. Thick layers of vanilla, coconut, bourbon, chocolate, toffee, marshmallow, a touch of maple, figs, and more sweet fudge. This is definitely on the sweet side, but it just smells thick and creamy.

The taste is marvelous. In addition to the vanilla, fudge, coconut, and bourbon, some of the roasted malts from the base stouts comes through. Marshmallow and some dark fruit. The coconut is definitely on the toasted side, at least that is what comes through. Some burnt toffee, a touch of coffee grounds, and some oak bitterness on the back end. Overall, this hits all the senses and makes for a great ride. Not overly sweet on the taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Long aftertaste. Overall, a fantastic BA stout.
May 29, 2022
Rated: 4.76 by Ssippisam from Minnesota

May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark, inky body, opaque; carbonation burbles percolate above a flat crown with no head. Very rich, powerful aroma; fudge and milk chocolate; roasted and charred grain; moderate sweetness. Very sweet and spicy taste; cocoa and milk chocolate; vanilla and cinnamon; coconut; raisins and figs; fairly bold alcohol presence simmering beneath the sweetness. Heavy body; slick and chewy; very rich residual sugar feel; some alcohol warmth noted, increasing as the beer warms.

This beer exudes decadence and richness. The overall sweetness is a bit overpowering. I think the alcohol notes are more from the beer's ABV rather than anything from the barrel aging. The lack of any head is also a minus. Still, taste-wise, and overlooking the dominating sweetness, this isn't a bad imperial stout, just lacking some depth and complexity that it really could have it had a bit more balance between the malts, coconut, vanilla, and barrel-aging used in its creation.

Pouring temperature: 41 °F; bottling data: unknown bottling date or version; ABV listed as 15.5%
May 10, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by izzyismyrott from Indiana

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Jlee0810 from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Batch 1. 2020. Good not great. Sweet, but not overly. Chocolate bomb on the nose on opening. Like most Anchorage, not much barrel. Won’t seek it out again.
Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.79 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by Dope from Massachusetts

Apr 21, 2022
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Rated by Kapaopango from Spain

4.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Gold label. B2. Amazing nose of coconut, bourbon and chocolate. So easy to drink. I need another one!
Apr 15, 2022
Rated: 4.82 by MJSFS from Florida

Apr 03, 2022
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Rated by monstershu from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pitch black, smooth, and decadent. Worth the hunt for sure.
Apr 01, 2022
Rated: 5 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by eddie5721 from Illinois

Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.85 by o29 from Texas

Mar 15, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Mar 10, 2022
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Rated by acurtis from New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
b2, gold label. Sweetest thing I have drank in years, straight cake icing.
Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 4.88 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Feb 18, 2022
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 241 ratings