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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Brewed with Summit Hops, molasses, dark brown sugar and Italian black licorice. Aged in Rye Whiskey and Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces. Triple fermented.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
From bottle @ The Festival. Dark brown with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, brettanomyces, wine, cherries, liquorice... quite complex, I donít get the Rye Whiskey presence. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet (almost cloying) and sour with red fruits, wines, spices and liquorice. Medium to full body. Low to moderate carbonation. Itís quite complex, but liquorice and the "sourness" turn me off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
bottle. dry woody cocoa. brown sugar. muddled whiskey and vanilla. doughy. fine.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mrnoluv (165) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Funky, sweaty smell, mixed with alcohol, almog like a citrus or lime smell to it, dark stout appearance but after that this being called a stout ends. The taste, I canít even explain it, nowhere near a stout in my opinion and nowhere near a belgian. Very strange complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle (Mar 2013 Batch 1). Pours with a menacing black hue and a large foamy deep brown head with good retention. Some alcohol legs. Aromas are of dark fruit esters, dates, wine, vinous, whiskey, alcohol, damp wood, pomegranates, tart cherries. Very complex. Medium vanillin, some dusty lactone. Rich chocolate notes. Flavors are very rich and very chocolatey, port like vinous character. Lots of oak vanillins and lactones, coconut, toasted notes, sawdust. Dark fruits, leathery, figs and dates. Alcohol is definitely there, and while quite warming it is never harsh. Big and viscous body. Unique. Impressive beer, but I enjoyed some of their other offerings a bit more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle shared by Gene. Thanks! Black pour with a tab head. Bourbon aroma, oak, lots of alcohol, and roasted. Slight tartness, some leather, and licorice. Nice chocolate and booze flavors. Whiskey, leather, coffee, and dark fruit. Licorice, lightly tart, blueberry, roasted malt, and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12291) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Black as a black hole, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of licorice, double chocolate brownies. Taste is rich, thick licorice and bitter cocoa. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3834) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle @ home. Aroma is huge roasty liquorice, big whiskey, vanilla, wood, this that and more. Wow. Flavour is smokey roasty liquorice whiskey, rye, chocolate, light fruity notes, big wood. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Black with almost no head. Huge oaky, vinous, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, raisin, and sour fruit aroma. Thick, chewy, and oily palate. Tastes of raisin, vanilla, bourbon, roasted grain, chocolate, oak, caramel, and brown sugar with some lightly tart fruit notes on an otherwise oaky and alcoholic finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Anchorage Darkest Hour. 750ml bottle picked up in Wasilla on our way up to Denali National Park... Pours a silky predominantly black consistency with reddish auburn edges and topped off with a thin film of medium khaki head that remains for the majority of the duration... Aroma of a mild red fruit vinous quality upfront immediately followed by marshmallow, vanilla, Belgian yeast, and semi-sweet chocolate throughout. Dessert-like in some ways with wine barrel impartations with a soft whiskey and vanilla backing. Smooth and fluffy almost... Flavors are more of the same with semi-tart yet sweet red fruit qualities and cherry cordials to pair alongside a larger belgian chocolate component. Vanilla and subtle barrel influences interplay with the preceding. Some added warmth provided by its strength but lacking a heavy feel or body given the same. Medium bodied or perhaps a shade lighter with a pillowy level of carbonation. Belgian yeast comes into play with that lasting boozy warmth and a trickle of dried bitterness. Not sure if any Brett will take off on this with aging but there is that slight chance as the body has that brevity, lightness, and airy nature that the wild yeast seems to juxtapose. Tasted pretty solid right now but this may transition over time. 8/4/8/3/16

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11255) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown/black with a very dark creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, red berry, treacle. Full bodied. Licorice is quite strong, pretty much dominating the start. Then thereís a little chocolate and red berry, oak astringency, touch of brett. Think I get a little rye, but thatís up in the air. Treacle comes forth with time. Heat is detectable, but is basically flavor enhancing. Incredibly rich and tasty.


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