Darkest Hour
Anchorage Brewing Company

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From:
Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,150
ABV:
13%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,357
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.79%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
372
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 21, 2021
Added:
Jun 03, 2013
Wants:
  89
Gots:
  88
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: 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
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Rated by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Thick, balanced, nice malts, tasty in short.
Sep 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jul 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark, dark body; thin yet lasting light brown head. Woody, roasted char smell; dull, dark chocolate and cocoa presence; malted milk balls; roasted nuts. Dialed up taste flavors noted in the smell; a bit of fire roasted nut character; darker, bitter chocolate; bright whiskey note; earthy sweetness; moderate bitterness throughout. Thick and oily body; sludgy; big residual sugar presence offset with some warm booziness.

The beer's construction seems unique. I might admit to detecting some Belgian yeast qualities, but certainly nothing with wine yeast (probably a neutral sort of strain). Regardless, this is a fine example of a big, imperial styled stout. It's rich and complex, has some great flavor with it's triple fermentation and the mouthfeel has some real depth and meat to it.

Poured out at 57° F; no dating information seen.
Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is an amazing brew! There are few beers like this one. Pours deepest black and only a meager head. The aroma is heavenly; oak, dark malt and a faint hint of smoke. The taste is one of the most complex out there. Deep oak, smoky malt, chocolate and notes of vanilla. A smoothness that few can match. You will travel the world over before you find anything else remotely like this beer.
May 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by smithj4 from New York

May 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by TheWolf from Delaware

Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Jun 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured a black body with minimal head and dark tan lace that dies quick. Smell is roasted/burnt chocolate, some woody booze and touches of other malts. Smooth like velvet, a boozy heat passes over a warm chocolate sensation with a touch of dry, roasted malts and a slight bitterness in the finish. Don't really get the vinous aspect, but I really like this beer as it is easy to drink and mellows as it warms and has great balance.
Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle poured into a tulip
Batch 2, bottled December 2014

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy dark brown head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- aroma opens with chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla, followed by sharp notes of black cherry, red wine, blueberries, molasses, tootsie rolls, chocolate icing & a light undertone of woody and peppery barrel

T- sweet malt notes of cocoa, chocolate cream, vanilla and caramel up front. Mid-palate brings out equal parts of whiskey barrel, adding a peppery rye element, as well as sharp oak. The finish gives dark fruit notes of red cherries, blueberries and dried cranberries. Lingers of chocolate and more barrel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- after five years, this is drinking just fine. Hardly any signs of oxidation, lots of dark fruity notes throughout
Dec 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.82 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Sep 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by Diura from New York

Jul 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jun 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Raziel313 from California

Feb 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by hopkrid from Florida

Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.72 by nyclee from New York

Sep 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by OldTownBeerGeek from Virginia

Aug 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Aug 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jul 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

May 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by taospowder from New Mexico

May 11, 2018
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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.
May 03, 2018
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Reviewed by VforVinny from California

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.
Apr 01, 2018
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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
Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon

Feb 07, 2018
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2-5
Feb 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by GClarkage from California

Jan 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by petermethot from New Jersey

Jan 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.68 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Nov 01, 2017
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

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.
Oct 29, 2017
Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 372 ratings