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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Tasted on 1/21/14 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at Louisville Beer Store. Pours completely opaque black with a thin, slow-forming brown head that slowly recedes to a very thin collar of lace. The nose is molasses, anise, vanilla, brown sugar, and it is lightly funky and vinous. The flavor is fairly sweet with a whole lot of coconut and vanilla backed up by the molasses, brown sugar, and some nicely bitter roasted coffee. The body is full with just under average carbonation and a long roasted coffee, brown sugar, coconut, and lightly funky vinous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
furthur (543) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Finally decided to open this. Thanks Tim! Bottle, skiff of bubbly foam left a ring behind. Aroma bourbon, molasses, cookies, dried cherries, chocolate, dust. Taste is molasses, cookies, vanilla, cherries, brown sugar, anise, oak. Palate is very thick and rich, little carbonation left at this point. Finish is anise, molasses and roasted barley. This is a bit sweeter than I like, I actually wish it were more sour, my memory of the second batch is not much different. Still drinking this and re-rating. The sourness is like citric acid in sweet candy. It’s subtle, but without it the candy would just be sweet. This is like a hint of cherry lifesavers, under all that roasty molasses vanilla and licorice. Again, I might wish it were dryer or more sour, but the effect is mesmerizing. I really could just keep sipping this, and it’s well past midnight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/19/15] Bottle at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach. Batch 1, 3/13. Black with a nice tan head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, lots of red wine, whiskey, vanilla, oak and sourish dark fruits. Sweet and slightly sourish flavor with lots of dark chocolate, oak, wine fruitiness, whiskey, vanilla and a slight alcohol spiciness in the finish. Full-bodied. Great stuff, very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (521) - USA - MAR 14, 2015
Very dark color with dark khaki head. Smells of barrel, cinnamon, molasses, vanilla, sweet coffee. Taste is thick molasses and chocolate syrup flavors, oak, roasted hop, espresso. Reminds me of bourbon county in the taste. Lot of sweet chocolate goodness in it as well as barrel. Coats the glass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1473) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle shared by Dan at the Pig. Pours a dark thick goodness small mocha head. The aroma is solid with dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, oak barrel, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, and slight vanilla. Taste is similar with roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, graham crackers, and spices. I really didn’t get the brett but who cares. Beer is delish! Thick mouth, full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle shared by beechner224. Nose is lightly booze with some woody notes. Lots of winey notes. Pretty damn solid. A light licorice lingers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (978) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bomber. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, booze, whiskey, roasted. Taste is sweet, wine notes, roasted, chocolate, yum. Taste is serious wine notes, but the abv is well hidden. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a short lived beige-brown head. Aroma is chocolate, wood, peat, smokey and whiskey. Flavor is chocolate, peat, cherry, oldish and smokey. Finish is some tartness, fruity, grassy, woody, red wine. Lingering coffee, chocolate, dark cherry and port wine. Full body, oily, velvety mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Very heavy, but so flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is earth, roasted malt, grape, cherry, vinous, chocolate, coconut, vanilla and rocky road. The taste is roasted malt, bitter-sweet, chocolate, earth, brett, dark fruit, vinous, light alcohol warmth, grape, juicy plum, toast and decent bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2014
750 ml bottle at home - traded with Todd Hannon - thank you very much sir! Pours deep brown, no head cause as flat as a mutha...Intense liquorice nose, darf fruity dark chocolate, Medium body, heavy on the roasted side, quite some alcohol as well. Taste of dark chocolate, some dark burgundy wine notes, mocca coffe hints. Nice, overhwelming though, missing a tad of balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
bottle from hoppypocket, thanks bro! pours dark brown with a nicely reviving light beige head, almost crema-like, leaving some lacing. stunning aroma of chocolate fruitcake, forêt-noire style, mineral bitter chocolate, gentle yet very fragrant whiskey smoke, cherry brettiness and other chewy dried red fruitiness, vinous character, vanilla cupcakes, very spicy - aniseed perhaps, pepper. light carbonation, medium body - oily, astringent, relatively dry bretty-warm-spicy finish. loved it!

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