Anchorage Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (2013)

 
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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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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DanielCoor (65) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle to snifter shared with local non geek buddies, they were stoked on his beer. Smells great, dark fruit, light coffee and chocolate. Pours a deep brown almost black with a rich dark brown head that lingers but leaves little lacing. Taste is full of plum, fig, vanilla and rich oak. There is a viscous mouthfeel that leaves the flavors lingering on the palate. Too both beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
PhillyCraft (8196) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle, pours deep, dark brown with small sized head. Tasting notes are chocolate, rye, vino, dark fruits, and some whiskey. Def got some sour notes out of this one from the brett and pino barrels. Finishes with a lot of wood and rich booze flavor. Nice offering from the AK brewer.

3.8
Scopey (16266) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle, many thanks to BenH. 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. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Interesting and good depth of flavour. Rather tasty stuff.

3.9
Zymurgeist2 (2436) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
From bottle to tulip glass. Aromas of rye whiskey, dark fruit and sweet molasses. Opaque with brown head that is initially large but fades quickly. Flavor is dark fruit, chewy biscuit and slight coffee. Very little tartness. Medium-full mouthfeel that is slick oil viscosity.

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Theydon_Bois (21480) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s Pad, big thanks to Ben for bringing this one south of the border to share, 31/07/13. Light black with a thinnish tan head that clears edgeward. Nose is bitter chocolate, dark malts, booze soaked oak, brown sugars, dark toffee, lightly soured dark fruit. Taste comprises chocolate, woody, light booze, tarte dark fruits, dark malt with very little roastiness, molsases, tar, light spice. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the finish. Tasty impy, the booze comes through but for 13% is well integrated. Good depth of flavours to this number. Nice !

3.8
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a dark body with thin brown head. Aroma is sour roast, wine, oak and berries. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with notes of sour berries, dark roast, malt, chocolate and oak. Solid imperial stout with a nice, subtle sour character.

3.8
PapaSkeetSkeet (1011) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Black with a medium brown head that looks like the optimal color of a roasted marshmallow; half golden brown with some areas bulging with rich darker brown. Rich brown bubbles can be seen oozing around the sides of the glass towards the surface. The viscosity is apparent in the lethargy of this motion. Aroma is zingy vanilla extract and tart grape with cocoa. Smells a little like a sour with substantial lactic, but in this context I attribute this tart aroma to the whisky influence. Body is heavy, with light and fine but dynamic carbonation, like a heavy fleece blanket. Flavor is light choco-caramel with big whiskey-vanilla candy. Some dry, mesquite BBQ sauce. A little salt, and definitely hot and boozy. Some bark and significant dried cherry. Pine and earth hops. Overall, a great beer. The aroma alone gets me breathing heavy. The flavor and body experience, however, can be a bit much to bear. I want to say I love it, hands down, but if I had brewed it I know I would be more critical than that. It is not quite consumable enough to merit the title of great; it is not a standard setter. The flaw lies in the flavor, particularly 1-2 seconds into the sip. Some intense alcohol comes through along with a queer combination of grassy-tree bitterness and whisky tartness. It is fatigue to drink much of.

4.4
Leighton (22814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Massive thanks to Ben for busting this out. Quite a pleasant surprise. Pours deep, fairly oily black with a creamy, beige-brown head. Nose holds a bit of torched wood, some dark fruits, very subtle tang. Medium to big sweet flavor with hefty chocolate cake, strong torched wood, slight alcohol, dark berries, some vinous qualities, light burnt toast, faint earth. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, lots more chocolate cake, raisins and other dark fruits, figs, dark toast, some oaky red wine barrel, hints of vanilla, only very slight tang in the form of berries. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you, Ben.

4.2
BenH (3431) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle, thanks Paul. Black with tan head. Aroma of licorice, light vinegar, oak,wine. Taste is complex, a lot going on in different directions, wine elements are there, licorice, molasses, dark fruits, yeast esters, vanilla oak, vinegar. Sweet and llightly tart. Very interesting indeed

4.4
allfreej (567) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottled. Black pour. Fine light brown head. Very good lacing. Medium mouthfeel. A little thin on the finish. A bit wine-like. Very roasty malt. Sweet. Molasses, coffee, baker's chocolate. Pretty significant vinous notes in the finish. Alcohol warmth without being hot. Aroma is roasty, coffee malt. Wine. Molasses. Sour nose. Very complex, balancing all that is going on with a deft touch. The woodiness of the oak barrels comes through mostly in the aftertaste. I thought the price was a little steep, but this is really some tasty stuff. Quite impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.


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