Darkest Hour | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by UTCengOwl on 01-21-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 86
Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with a tan head.

Rye and roast. The spice is there, but it dries out the beer more. It is pretty roasty the way it is. Lots of coffee roast with chocolate.

Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, solid but to dry. The rye was a unique take on the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Common Table 2nd Anniversary Party.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, with some very nice roasted malt notes and a hint of cream. The flavor is more of the same, with a ton of milk chocolate and some coffee and roasted malt in the background. The beer is very sweet and I don't get hardly any hop character or bitterness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of En29356
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle from spec’s. This listed at 11%. Does not work for the style. The texture of the mouthfeel, the dryness, balance of chocolate, hops, malt. Whole package not in synch or drinkable.

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Photo of pandajuice22
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BayouMafia
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dwtucker90
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of dumptruck81
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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 UTCengOwl
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer number two at the brewery tour. I prefer to not have my big stouts in Shaker pint glasses... but what can you do. This is a completely new beer taste for me and I have to give them credit for that. Rye Imperial Stouts with Candi Syrup can evidently be really good.

The beer is black and imposing, as it should be. Wish I was drinking this in a balloon glass... oh, well.

The taste is shockingly interesting. The beer is sweet. Very sweet. Close to underfermented, but still not cloying. The beer is more smoky than roasty, but the malts aren't out of line for an Imperial Stout. The star is the Rye bite. When mixed with such a sweet, dark beer, they take on a distinct taste that I've never had before. It complements the roast and smoke extremely well and makes the beer almost refreshing.

This is fantastic stuff and I'd recommend that everyone should try it if they can.

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Photo of chelseadanny
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TBoneJones
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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 JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of get_bentley
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
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 ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cam12
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MrHolden
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Darkest Hour from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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