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Darkest Hour | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Summit hops. Triple fermented: First with a Belgian yeast, second in Pinot Noir and rye whiskey barrels. And finally in the bottle with a wine yeast for natural carbonation.

40 IBU

Added by DucksFan16 on 06-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,613
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
335
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
86
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 67
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to my lovely wife for spiriting (get it!) this back from her trip to San Diego. Been hoping to try this one for a long time. Split with said wife, 750ML bottle with some lovely owl artwork.

The pour is dense black – dark, not stupid. It smells good, but I think my sense of smell was destroyed by ninety minutes of sniffing & sipping Headflyer beers.

The Darkest Hour is pretty much whenever Neegan shows up on screen; that fucker is ruining the Walking Dead. The wine is my Neegan analogy. Wine is very strong, twining it’s long legs around the malty base beer & not letting go. Mid-palate brings bowel-loosening prunes, light vanilla, booooooze, with only the faintest hint of the rye whiskey barrel. This makes me sad. Nice & full, & despite the ABV, I could have done this with a funnel.

Not the union-busting, ball-busting, beaver-dam-busting beer I’d hoped for; the pinot noir really did a number here. Good beer.

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4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark black color with a finger's worth of dark eggshell white foamy head. Slid off at a mild pace to leave some light lace running here and there.
The aroma had some dark roasted malts, light coffee notes, dark chocolate, whiskey barrel, light vinous sweetness, vanilla and ended with a little bit of earthiness.
The flavor moderated between the sweet whiskey tones to the dark chocolate. Some vinous sweetness wrapped around the ends with a little bit of vanilla. Slight aftertaste of whiskey and dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected with a touch of acceptable boozy heat. Whiskey to vanilla sweetness lingering in the finish.
Overall, pretty awesome imperial stout that I would love to have again.

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Verydark appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice molasses aroma. Taste is a sweet molasses without any alcohol aftertaste. Excellent beer definitely worth trying

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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eyenigma
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer. Pours nearly black, with a faint red tinted dark cream head. Very booze forward (for me) and aptly named. Would drink again but not anything super remarkable (to me).

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 (Whisky) into a Teku - released yesterday

L: Pitch black - any light is consumed by the beer, 1 finger brown head (maybe darkest head I have ever seen), leaving minimal lacing/collar
A: Chocolate, whisky, vanilla, and alcohol heat
T: Follows the nose, but leaves an aftertaste of strong whiskey and oak
F: Full bodied, low carbonation
O: A great beer, however, the whiskey comes on a bit too strong for me

There was an 80% price jump versus the previous batch which was released about 2 years ago - the prior price point was a bargain which spoiled me; the new price stings but Darkest Hour is still worth revisiting.

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Photo of bigred89
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefbigjon
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2. Poured in Churchkey.

Beer pours a brown as in actual brown head. Beer is pitch black like oil. It's beautiful. Nice sheen on it.

Smell is delicious. Strong cocoa and whiskey notes mixed with light vanilla and sweet dark chocolate is indulgent.

Taste is fantastic. Stronger whiskey but not overpowering. Mixes well with chocolate resemble brownie. Light vanilla.

Very heavy body. Syrupy. Heaven. Effervescent carbonation. One heck of a body.

Get it. Give all your money.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eire
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've a bottle of Batch # 1, which was bottled in March of 2013, aging in my cellar for 3 years. Since old man winter decided to rear its ugly head here in Cleveland again today in full force after having had fucked off tor the vast majority of the time this winter season, I decided it was appropriate to craft this beer open. Even though this is 13% ABV and Ohio has a legal cap on 12% ABV for beers being sold in the state, this snuck its way onto shelves at a few stores here in the Cleveland area somehow when this beer was originally released. Poured out of a 25.4 oz. bottle into my snifter glass, this beer pours a very dark brown/black color that has no interest in letting in any light at all. Upon pouring this beer into the glass, foam/head wise this beer has a big gray cluster swirl of a film layer foam in the middle of the surface of the beer along with a thick ran ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing, but some. Aromas of toasted caramel malts and some chocolate are present along with a hint of rye along with red wine notes as well of course. The taste is pretty much the same, with some caramel malt sweet notes that give way to some chocolate hints followed by rye whiskey notes and certainly some undertones of oaky red wine along with bits of butterscotch and tobacco as well. One of the most complex flavor profiles I've ever had before in an imperial stout beer. Has a slightly syrupy, chewy, smooth, just ever so slightly prickly, full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. The 13% ABV subtly creeps up on you as you tame more and more sips of this very intricate beer. Very damn amazing!

Eric

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 335 ratings
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