Darkest Hour | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87.6%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 89 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States
deepellumbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UTCengOwl on 01-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,292
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
89
Liked:
78
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
9.31%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
21
Trade:
1
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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
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.

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Photo of Stoutsman
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of En29356
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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.

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Photo of archero
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHolden
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MicTar
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amvrana
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BTHU
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mervmurry
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mickeyp2814
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

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Photo of get_bentley
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...

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Photo of BayouMafia
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vinithing
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Darkest Hour from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.6% out of 100 with 89 ratings
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