Darkest Hour
Anchorage Brewing Company

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From:
Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,037
ABV:
13%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,319
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.79%
Ratings:
373
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 21, 2021
Added:
Jun 03, 2013
Wants:
  88
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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Photo of BourbonForBeer
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

Thick, balanced, nice malts, tasty in short.

Sep 21, 2021
 
4.23 by WDJersey from Colorado on Jul 12, 2021
 
4.04 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jun 21, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

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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4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

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
 
4.23 by smithj4 from New York on May 20, 2021
 
4.44 by TheWolf from Delaware on Mar 28, 2021
 
4.09 by BarrelAgedG from California on Feb 19, 2021
 
4.19 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jun 28, 2020
 
4.23 by psweendogg from Connecticut on Apr 26, 2020
 
4 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Feb 08, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

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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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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
 
4.82 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Sep 22, 2019
 
4.49 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2019
 
4.25 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jul 25, 2019
 
3.99 by Diura from New York on Jul 14, 2019
 
4.38 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Jun 27, 2019
 
4.02 by Raziel313 from California on Feb 09, 2019
 
3.84 by hopkrid from Florida on Oct 07, 2018
 
4.72 by nyclee from New York on Sep 21, 2018
 
4.25 by OldTownBeerGeek from Virginia on Aug 26, 2018
 
4.75 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Aug 24, 2018
 
4.24 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2018
 
4.31 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2018
 
4.37 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2018
 
4.1 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Jul 14, 2018
 
4.17 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on May 23, 2018
 
4.06 by taospowder from New Mexico on May 11, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by VforVinny from California

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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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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
 
4.13 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon on Feb 07, 2018
Photo of rkarimi
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rkarimi from Colorado

2-5

Feb 06, 2018
 
4.35 by GClarkage from California on Jan 29, 2018
 
4 by petermethot from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2018
 
4.3 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Jan 07, 2018
 
4.02 by acurtis from New Jersey on Dec 16, 2017
 
4.68 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Nov 01, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

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 373 ratings