Darkest Hour
Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
Dec 27, 2020
Jan 21, 2012
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours obsidian in color with a one-finger espresso head.
S: Smell rich of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits like fig, & a fair amount of hops.
T: Certainly follows the nose, has a nice malty sweetness hop bite balance.
F: Medium-full bodied, thick, coarse mouthfeel.
O: Super boozy stout that must be tried, cheers!
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a murky ebony with with a sliver of mocha colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, sourmash, kind of fades a bit

T: Follows the nose, barrel dryness as well, a little leafy hop, as well & a touch of Baker's Chocolate up front. Figs, Dark Cherry, much dryness, just a kiss or three of Bourbon & a little dark chocolate as this warms& a touch of red grape. Finishes with much dark fruit, a little oak, a kiss of Bourbon & a little vanilla

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, warming

A nice take on this style , pretty darn drinkable
Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by ruzzal from Texas

May 17, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Feb 06, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas

Jan 13, 2018
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Reviewed by sokol_1993 from California

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Got it from the brewery, 21/12/17
Smell: sour, smell of dark fruits and roasted malt.
Taste: a bit sour, a lot of fruitiness. Probably this came from the port barrel they aged the beer in. Excellent taste!
Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Apr 01, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by aufie from Texas

Feb 21, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Feb 06, 2017
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
So the brewery's site indicates this is a 13% abv. release, yet the bottle label indicates it is 11%. Why the inconsistency there?
This looks fine, smells like bourbon barrel and roasted chocolate/malts.
Taste is largely barrel and toasted bitter bourbon and malts. Flavors rich cocoa that may have been in the nose are lost all but now. Fair for what it is, I'm sipping it, but the end result seems lacking to me,especially so given that I've already been sampling several other acclaimed bourbon barrel imp. stouts over the holidays.
Feels medium-thick and a tad sticky. End taste is a charry hop/ dry feel.
For me this suffers from lack of sweet notes of dark fruits, chocolate and even enjoyable malts. I'm still sipping it to see if that remains the case.
Dec 31, 2016
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Reviewed by ThaneMcC from Germany

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
As far as imperial stouts go - this a fairly good representative of the genre.

Pours a deep black with tan foam, resolves with good residual lacing and minimal effervescence.
Smells is predominantly roasted malts, cocoa, espresso. Taste is sweet malts forward, some coffee, cocoa, hint of leather and smoke with transition to bitter hops mid taste and a rather bland finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, scant effervescence, not syrupy but a rather bitter aftertaste.

Overall, not bad - but something missing that would make this beer stellar. Aging in bourbon barrels? throw in some chillis? Mid note on is not good - I wouldn't seek this stout out and given its price point here in Texas - I feel rather gypped.
Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Stoutsman from Kansas

Aug 01, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by En29356 from Texas

May 12, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I’ve had this local Deep Ellum Imperial Stout many times. It is good but not the best that Deep Ellum has to offer.

(L) The color is dark brown almost black with a two inch thick light brown head

(A) The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

(T) The taste is sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, perhaps a bit too sweet, but overall pretty good.

(F) Velvety mouth feel but there’s a hint of the alcohol. I like it, but it is not top notch.
Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Apr 05, 2016
Rated: 3.2 by MrHolden from Texas

Mar 29, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by MicTar from Texas

Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by MaddDogg84 from Texas

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by JGlitz87 from Texas

Jan 19, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by amvrana from Texas

Jan 15, 2016
Rated: 4.74 by BTHU from Texas

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by sd123 from Georgia

Jan 04, 2016
Rated: 4 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Nov 06, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by mervmurry from Ohio

Oct 17, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by WritersBlock from Texas

Oct 12, 2015
Rated: 4 by threedaggers from Kentucky

Aug 02, 2015
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Reviewed by Mickeyp2814 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I find it funny a brewery in Texas based a beer on winter solstice. We celebrate solstice in AK while here in Texas it's just another day.
This is a good effort by Deep Ellum to replicate Anchorage Brewing Co's brew by the same name (Gabe was brewing this style at Midnight Sun long before DE was open).
Pours a nice dark, almost black, color. Smells of caramel and brown sugar. Nice head but fades fast. Taste is an explosion of caramel, molasses and hints of coffee. I love this brew! However after living in Alaska off and on for the past 20 years I'm a bit spoiled.
I highly recommend this brew though
Jul 19, 2015
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Rated by get_bentley from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Darkest Hour comes in at 11% for the 2015 batch. Just, btw...
Jul 15, 2015
Rated: 4.52 by BayouMafia from Texas

Jun 07, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by Vinithing from Wisconsin

Jun 04, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

May 29, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by KAF from Iowa

May 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Strange Belgian influence runs rampant in this otherwise subpar imperial stout. Has a basic dark malt and chocolate malt backbone with overly sweet candi sugar. No yeast or hop presence.

Too sweet. Imbalanced. Not real intricate.

May 09, 2015
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Reviewed by chrismann65 from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
On tap @ world of beer...Nice smooth dark as night beer ; sweet taste with a nice smooth mouth feel . Nice long finish, went very well W/ my Chimay Burger ..!! You must try this if you see it .!! Very Nice beer .!!
Apr 20, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by jdimento from Texas

Apr 19, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by Tertullian007 from Missouri

Mar 25, 2015
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had on tap. Nice coffee, chocolate, booze, malt, and candi sugar in the taste, with a touch of belgian yeast. Don't hate that at all. Little light and dry for a double stout. Smell is same as taste without belgian influences. Makes sense if you live in texas, so hot here!
Mar 17, 2015
Darkest Hour from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 97 ratings