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Anchorage Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (2013)

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 15/20
krumbum (752) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Black with a lighter head. Nutty sweet smells. Sweet caramel nuttyness. Liquor bourbon bite comes through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (5175) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (3819) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3432) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2713) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
Flaska från Brill. Kolsvart lågt beige skum. Rik, söt, lätt vinös doft av whiskey, torkad frukt, rött vin, lakrits, mörkt socker choklad, fat och aningen brett. Tjock, silkeslen, krämig, relativt söt, väl dold alkohol, lättsippad = förförisk. Mångfald av smakintryck, lätt syrlig, rött vin, fat, whisky, lakrits, choklad, nötter, mörkt socker, fruktkompott. Komplex, kanske lite spretig men jag köper det. Fantastiskt god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2014
Sample at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival 2013. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of toast, chocolate, coffee, oak, licorice, light brett and earth. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, toast and earth. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1748) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Pour is black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sour - brett, dark roast, rye bread, musk. Flavor is sour up front but transitions into roast, coffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Alcohol is masked extremely well.

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