Darkest Hour | Anchorage Brewing Company

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4.19/5
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355 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,642
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
355
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
90
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of Raziel313
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopkrid
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyclee
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Old_Dead_Oak
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black motor oil pour. Intense licorice notes, smooth despite a whopping 13%. 15 months in whiskey barrels smoothes out the alcohol's karma. Cold Alaskan night? No problem.

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Photo of VforVinny
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost no head, but this is essentially the equivalent of bringing a fancy bottle of wine to a good friend's place. Open to share and its amazing all the way.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: This pours pitch black with a very dark small head
S: sweetness from; whiskey, chocolate, dark roasted malt and tabacco.
T: much like the nose but nothing robust and not exploding with flavor. There is a drank fruit juice taste that isn't in the nose that I'm not a big fan of
F: very smooth, medium thickness and sticky

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkarimi
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2-5

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of Vidblain
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 355 ratings