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Anchorage Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (2013)

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RATINGS: 188   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (2318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
Black with a small pale head. Aroma is raisins, chocolate, wood, dark fruits. Medium-full bodied, slight woody on the palate, dark fruity finish. Taste is dates, wood, raisins, chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2376) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 Bottle from Oregon, shared with prufrock and beastie. Dark pour, some head. I was really hoping for something out-of-the-box and interesting here, but it’s a regular imperial stout for all practical purposes. Too sweet. Little to no sourness. Licorice up there. Far from my favorite anchorage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2014
750ml bottle (Batch 1) in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some light oak and whiskey and wine notes, chocolate and hints of coffee, dark fruits, light alcohol, and a good amount of sweetness. Flavor the same with a great balance of everything. Thick texture. A really good and unique imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9922) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
"A bit of a beast. lots going on. Maybe too much, but it kinda works. Heavy, black beer clocking in at a 13% that shows. Interesting balance of rye barrels, funky oak barreling and what seems to be a big sweet world wide like stout. I couldn’t drink a ton of this, but enjoyed my portion."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2014
750 mL bottle from the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT. Deep black pour, minimal light brown head. Nose and flavor are rich, complex, unique, and captivating; rye whiskey barrel is prevalent, with definite brown sugar and almond sweetness, a light hint of anise on the nose, and big roasty character. Brett is softer than I expected, but the attenuation is gorgeous. Distinctive and awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7007) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Asheville After Party. Deep brown pour with a small head. Spice rack, brown pumpernickel bread. Cocoa. Slight dried wood and buggy tang. Chocolate. Some lemon. Dark roasted malts. Medium body, active carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (669) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Nose is anise, whiskey soaked cherry. Flavor is same plus moderate herbaceous bitterness up front, flashes of heat, dry cacao, mild acidity, chewy oak, mild butterscotch and toffee. Slick oily mouthfeel. Dope....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (7806) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a creamy beige to brown head. The aroma is chocolate milk, sweet roasted malts, berries and vanilla. The flavor is cocoa, oak, vanilla, berries, sweet roast, light coffee and it ends up light tart and cocoa sweet. Smooth cocoa milk like palate. Awesome stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared by hopscotch at Muckfest V on 7/12/14. Thanks Eric! Darkest brown to black in color with a thin tan head. Aroma of whiskey, chocolate and slight licorice. Malty and chocolatey flavor with whiskey and licorice before a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The nose is a swirl of fudge, molasses and brownie brittle. Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation. The flavor is roasty, burnt, lightly acidic and a touch acrid. Finishes somewhat tangy, crisp and tongue-numbing. Thanks to newcigarz for providing the bottle!

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