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Anchorage Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (2013)

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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Brewed with Summit Hops, molasses, dark brown sugar and Italian black licorice. Aged in Rye Whiskey and Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces. Triple fermented.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1476) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Aroma is fairly dominated by red wine and oak but there are complimenting chocolate and roast notes. Moderate dark fruit esters and a light licorice note. Dark fruit is cherry and plum mostly with some prune. Pours black with a moderately thick dark mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers. A thin film lingers on top as well. Flavor starts with some sweet chocolate notes and light roast, but mid palate the wine notes come in and from then on this beer is dominated by red wine. Very vinous with dark fruit notes and tannins you would expect from red wine. light bitterness but the finish is lingering chocolate, light oak, moderate red wine and some alcohol heat. As it warms more of the character of the beer becomes evident but the red wine notes are still very strong. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium high alcohol warmth. Overall I find this beer to be too unbalanced towards red wine notes and I like red wine. Perhaps some age would mellow the red wine but I did not feel like waiting to rate this beer. It is also fairly hot but is 13% I think I find this to be my least favorite Anchorage offering so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
750mL. Deep brown pour looking ink in the glass. Medium to weaker reddish foam with mild acid fizz. Little retention and no lace. Not really an Imperial Stout appearance. Nose is grape soda up front that somewhat dissipates to soy and meat fat as it warms. Still some grape soda and also black pepper barrel. Cabernet and soy seems to move to smoke and rye whiskey barrel at room temperature. Certainly complex and difficult to decipher. The rye and wine barrels go back and forth and meld as well as possible. Taste up front is vinous and tannic with red wine, peppery barrel. Hints of licorice and a hefty dose of melted dark chocolate. Flashes of rye barrel heat. Palate is dry, pepper barrel, tannic but not bitter or sweet. Really nice. Vinous and lactic palate with tannic berry skins. Interesting beer, one of the most complicated I’ve ever tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2111) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2013
Pours black with low to no latte brown head Aromas of belgo yeast, molasses, red fruits, dark malts Taste has nice lingering molasses, coffee, vanilla, cherries, wee bit of bourbon ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
(750ml bottle) clearing dark brown, tan bubbles. Nose of bourbon, raisin, brown sugar, quad like. Taste of raisin, date, bourbon and barrel is light, wood is nice and subtle but balancing, alcohol. Nice beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douginromeo (1) - Romeo, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2013 does not count
Really interesting style - dark fruits from the Belgian yeast and nice vanilla and booziness from the barrel aging process. Overall, a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks a ton for sharing, Chris! Batch 1, bottled March 2013. Pours a cola brown color, cloudy, with a tiny tan ring for a head. Whiskey immediately hits in the aroma, with molasses, oak, brown sugar, pinot noir, anise, and cocoa- very warming in the nostrils. Flavor of roasted malts, oak, pinot noir, soy, chocolate, brown sugar, toast, and whiskey. Some funk throughout. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a dry, funky, sweet, vinous mouthfeel. So much going on here. Once again, Anchorage, I don’t know how you take on this much for a single beer and manage to crank out something so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4211) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle: Poured a dark thick oil black with light brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste is licorice, roasted malts, molasses, and lots of rye whiskey alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5473) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle from the USA cheers Graham; black engine oil pour with quickly disappearing beige head, big boozy aroma with some tart notes, dark fruit taste with coffee a bit tart, peaty a hint of smoke. The alcohol is present, excellent impy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (9515) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
750ml bottle, shared with local raters. Batch 1, bottled March 2013. Very dark brown color. Thin light brown head. Good spread of dotty lace. Wait, this is 13%, what? Awesome, whiskey, vanilla aroma up front. Some deep, dark red grape pinot aroma, oak in the nose, and a hint of sour funk. Bigger body, but more dry in the texture. Lightly chewy. Good, super-long aftertaste. Coffee, dark chocolate, brownie... Taste is lightly tart, good bigger bitter taste, light sweet. Amazing taste for 13%. No bite or burn, the most easy drinking 13% beer ever. Barely any warmth, even. Light bit of spice, but much light and less featured than in your typical belgian imperial stout. WTF.. I’m in love with this beer. The ultimate sour imperial stout. Far eclipses Jolly Pumpkin’s Dark Dawn, which was my benchmark for the style. Light rye spiciness in there, light dark fruit. Fucking. Delicious. Such a tasty, complex beer. Love it. Will be getting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
750ml bottle. Rating #25. Thick black color with a tan head. Funk and barnyard, not picking up any stout aromas. Whiskey, dark fruits and a little funk and black licorice, pretty tasty in small doses. (2836)

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