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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Summit Hops, molasses, dark brown sugar and Italian black licorice. Aged in Rye Whiskey and Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces. Triple fermented.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1932) - Herning, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2014
corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are red wine, dried fruit, chocolate, oakand liquorice - with a slightly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6749) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée avec une pointe de chocolat et de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréale grillée et de chocolat avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #5573)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of Japanese soy sauce, roasted malts. Flavour anise, liquorice, Engelse drop, roasted malts, vanilla and cocos. Finish anis, liquorice, coconut.
(from 66cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Shared by ThirstyBird. Thanks for sharing, Rian!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
krumbum (803) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Black with a lighter head. Nutty sweet smells. Sweet caramel nuttyness. Liquor bourbon bite comes through.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (5584) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 Bottle. For some reason I really expected this one to be tart, but in the end, I was happy. Pours opaque black with a medium dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing. Aroma is roasty malt, cocoa, oak, vanilla, red wine, just a touch of Brett funk. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, light bitter, very oaky and vinous, a bit of anise in there. Very very light whiff of Brett - barely noticeable and certainly not on par with the characterisic Bretty flavor of Anchorage beers. Full body, creamy, perhaps a bit chalky when cold. A bit hot from the 13% ABV, and just a touch of rye spiciness lingering to the finish. This is good shit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pentaz (1256) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle @ Theis. Pours near black with no head. Aroma is oak, cocoa, dark chocolate, wine, brett, dark fruit, roasted malt, licorice, rye and red wine. Taste is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is full, texture is smooth, carbonation is soft. Finishes sweet with oak. Very good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
(Bottle) Pours black with a small head. The aroma is super complex with subtle notes from both barrels, light funk, chocolate, roast, liquorice, mint, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and so much more. The flavour is light to medium sweet, near medium bitter and light acidic with notes roast, liquorice, dark sugars, dark fruit, light funk, nice bittering hops. The mouthfeel is round, fat, oily and light tart with light to medium carbonation. Fiery finish. Near full bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (4142) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
Bottle bought through Brill & Co. Pours pitch black with a rather small bubbly dark mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is malty and complex to say the least with roasted malts, caramel, purple wine gums, hay, charred wood, vanilla fudge, liquorice fudge, moist soil, hay, port wine, bourbon, raisins, dates, dark chocolate, tingling alcohol, chocolate cake, dates, Christmas fruitcake, brandy, bourbon, rum, hints of leather and subtle hints of barnyard. Taste is tiny sweet, slightly bitter, tiny sour, slightly salty and malty with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, charred wood, burnt caramel, hay, salty liquorice candy, toasted coconut, vanilla fudge, chocolate sauce covered banana, dark grapes, dates, moist hay, warming alcohol, leather, biscuits, steak with Madeira sauce, chocolate cake, caramelized almonds, port wine, raisins and hints of butterscotch hard candy, Mouthfeel is round, oily, slightly roasted astringent, tiny tart and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, tiny salty and malty with roasted malts, vanilla fudge, charred wood, toasted coconut, roasted hazelnuts, liquorice fudge, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, toffee, dark grapes, toffee, leather, biscuits, hay and hints of butterscotch hard candy. The complexity of this beer is staggering. Wow! Just wow!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3683) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2014
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan froth. Nose is dark chocolate, red wine, caramel and wood. Medium body, a bit chalky, with a vinous tang. Taste also pairs fudge brownie with wine. Notes of raisin, licorice, whiskey and dark roast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3569) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottled. Pour pitch black. with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, wood and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ende up dry with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent impy.


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