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Anchorage Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (2013)

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 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 (7546) - 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 (3934) - 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 (4496) - 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 (8548) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (6596) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (Batch 1; thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a dark cola with thin light beige lacing. Smells solid; whiskey and red wine with some dark malt too. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (3175) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Une des bêtes de la soirée! Tellement d’éléments s’entrechoquent et finissent par se fusionner dans cette bouteille. La vanille du baril de whiskey et le raisin du baril de pinot se superposent de façon magistrale, j’ai rarement vu, voire jamais, un tel agencement. Le caractère de la stout belge fruité est déjà impressionnant avant de se laisser caresser par l’effort des barils. Le mélange anis, cerise noire, pinot et vanille à l’étoffe d’un classique pour moi...Elle a fait l’unanimité dans une soirée où c’était pas toujours le cas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2767) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
5 oz pour from June tasting at Doug’s. Very unique aroma. Belgian spices, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, roast, light whiskey, and a light sour funk. Taste has a lot going on and it’s really good. Moderately sweet, light bitterness. Sour finish. This is like a barrel aged sour stout with Belgian spices. Like a blend of 4 different beer styles and it works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a deep thick oily brown with a thin tan head. Sweet roast, cocoa, chocolate, light toast. Smooth, malt chocolate and cocoa. Big chocolate and roast. Cocoa, oxidization and plums into the finish.

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