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
Ratings:
330
Reviews:
64
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
86
For Trade:
12
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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, deep black, small, quick to fade head, no lace.

The smell starts with a surprising red wine cork smell, teriyaki sauce... and not much more.

Chocolate, musty grape, booze, vanilla extract and soy sauce make up the taste. Cheap bourbon at the finish. Not quite as hot as the ABV suggests, which is nice. Still goes down a bit thin.

Not a fan. I wish they had tried a duel release. Darkest Hour Pinot Noir aged, and a separate DH whiskey barrel edition. That may have worked a bit better.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Batch #1. March 2013. 13% ABV confirmed. 40 IBUs. "Ale brewed with Summit hops. Triple fermented. First with Belgian yeast, second in Pinot Noir and rye whisky barrels. And finally in the bottle with a wine yeast for natural carbonation." 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with printed-on label art and hood-and-wire cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $14.99 USD and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given its current ratings and reputation. Love the label art.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
The wire grows brittle and deteriorates as I unwind it. I'm forced to cut the wire in order to dislodge the cork. Poor manufacturing.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of nice dark tan colour. Nice creaminess. Smooth soft complexion. Nice thickness. Retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a solid opaque dark black. Not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty good for the style, but it's admittedly standard fare. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Not unique or special. No overt flaws are immediately obvious.

Sm: Hmm. Belgian spice sort of clashes with the more traditional dark and chocolate malt body. Molasses. Rye whisky but not much spice. Red wine notes. Bakers' chocolate. Caramel. Oddly, I keep sneezing as I try to ascertain the aroma. Light acridity. No hop profile is detectable, nor is any yeast. No alcohol comes through either. Cream. Caramel. Berry. An above average to mild strength.

T: Dark malts, cream, caramel, caramalt, biscuit malt, chocolate malt, and some light subtle spicy rye whisky. No booze or heat - surprisingly. They really kept that in check. The berry notes are quite light, but do manifest on the climax. Sadly, there's little oak to speak of here. I do get a twinge of lightly acidic pinot noir/red wine just after the climax; integration thereof could definitely be smoother. Sweet Port-like notes. Roast is sorely lacking. No yeast or hop character. All the wine notes are packed in the third act whilst the whisky notes are more timid and occupy the second act. The result is a segmented flavour profile rather than a collaborative cohesive whole of a beer. Balanced, but there's room for improvement - especially structurally. There's certainly a lot going on here, but the complexity is not mitigated by subtlety. Flavour intensity is above average for the style, as is depth of flavour. Flavour duration is average for the style. I do like it, but some of its notes clash. Feels like they lucked out, not like it was deliberately executed this well. I don't get a sense that they were in control here; it's a happy accident.

Mf: Acidic yet soft. Tends a biteen towards the sweeter end but never goes so far as to get cloying or obnoxious. Smooth and wet. Slightly syrupy. On the thicker side but still approachable. Not oily, harsh, biting, or hot. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate, but there's room for improvement. Sticky and chewy.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for the high ABV (which is pretty well concealed). I'll definitely be able to kill this bottle by myself. It has a lot of likable elements, but I don't know that I'd call it great. It's a rather good brew from Anchorage, but it's not exemplary. I doubt I'd get it again at this price ($15), but I can see where others might. By no means disappointing, just not worthy of the hype.

Highish B-

Best enjoyed in small quantities.

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Darkest Hour from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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