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Anchorage Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (2013)

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RATINGS: 190   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (16856) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s Pad, big thanks to Ben for bringing this one south of the border to share, 31/07/13. Light black with a thinnish tan head that clears edgeward. Nose is bitter chocolate, dark malts, booze soaked oak, brown sugars, dark toffee, lightly soured dark fruit. Taste comprises chocolate, woody, light booze, tarte dark fruits, dark malt with very little roastiness, molsases, tar, light spice. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the finish. Tasty impy, the booze comes through but for 13% is well integrated. Good depth of flavours to this number. Nice !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7458) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a dark body with thin brown head. Aroma is sour roast, wine, oak and berries. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with notes of sour berries, dark roast, malt, chocolate and oak. Solid imperial stout with a nice, subtle sour character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1008) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Black with a medium brown head that looks like the optimal color of a roasted marshmallow; half golden brown with some areas bulging with rich darker brown. Rich brown bubbles can be seen oozing around the sides of the glass towards the surface. The viscosity is apparent in the lethargy of this motion. Aroma is zingy vanilla extract and tart grape with cocoa. Smells a little like a sour with substantial lactic, but in this context I attribute this tart aroma to the whisky influence. Body is heavy, with light and fine but dynamic carbonation, like a heavy fleece blanket. Flavor is light choco-caramel with big whiskey-vanilla candy. Some dry, mesquite BBQ sauce. A little salt, and definitely hot and boozy. Some bark and significant dried cherry. Pine and earth hops. Overall, a great beer. The aroma alone gets me breathing heavy. The flavor and body experience, however, can be a bit much to bear. I want to say I love it, hands down, but if I had brewed it I know I would be more critical than that. It is not quite consumable enough to merit the title of great; it is not a standard setter. The flaw lies in the flavor, particularly 1-2 seconds into the sip. Some intense alcohol comes through along with a queer combination of grassy-tree bitterness and whisky tartness. It is fatigue to drink much of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Massive thanks to Ben for busting this out. Quite a pleasant surprise. Pours deep, fairly oily black with a creamy, beige-brown head. Nose holds a bit of torched wood, some dark fruits, very subtle tang. Medium to big sweet flavor with hefty chocolate cake, strong torched wood, slight alcohol, dark berries, some vinous qualities, light burnt toast, faint earth. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, lots more chocolate cake, raisins and other dark fruits, figs, dark toast, some oaky red wine barrel, hints of vanilla, only very slight tang in the form of berries. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you, Ben.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle, thanks Paul. Black with tan head. Aroma of licorice, light vinegar, oak,wine. Taste is complex, a lot going on in different directions, wine elements are there, licorice, molasses, dark fruits, yeast esters, vanilla oak, vinegar. Sweet and llightly tart. Very interesting indeed

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottled. Black pour. Fine light brown head. Very good lacing. Medium mouthfeel. A little thin on the finish. A bit wine-like. Very roasty malt. Sweet. Molasses, coffee, baker's chocolate. Pretty significant vinous notes in the finish. Alcohol warmth without being hot. Aroma is roasty, coffee malt. Wine. Molasses. Sour nose. Very complex, balancing all that is going on with a deft touch. The woodiness of the oak barrels comes through mostly in the aftertaste. I thought the price was a little steep, but this is really some tasty stuff. Quite impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1815) - 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
GT (9982) - 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 (2711) - 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 (6054) - 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!

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