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Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company

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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DucksFan16 on 06-02-2013

Brewed with Summit Hops. Aged in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with Brett, Pedio and Lacto. Triple Fermented.
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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 43
Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Insanely unique, love everything anchorage puts out and this is no exception!

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing!

Brownish black body with mocha tinged tan foam.
Aroma has a distinct underlying complexity that intensifies as it warms.
Balsamic, wet wood, cheese rind funk, leather, tobacco.

Taste is pretty interesting, adding a healthy dose of roast malt and sourness into the mix. It's the nuanced complexity that steals the show, vinous tannins, wet wood, balsamic and black cherry pits. Leather, dried berries, and underripe pears. Creamy feel underlying the tartness and roast malt elements. Very complex and holds a lot of interest after 2 years.

Photo of cvm4
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Batch #2, Bottled Nov. 2014

L - Pours a black, coffee looking body with a thin tan head. Does appear to be much carbonation or retention to it.

S - Good helping of pinot noir barrels along with roasted malts and some funk.

T - The pinot noir barrel fight with the whisky barrel for attention. It's a back and forth between the two barrels that doesn't really compliment anything. Secondary flavors of roasted malts, vanilla and white grapes. The sour comes through on the end.

F - Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Interesting style, but I think they two different barrels hurt, more than help the beer.

Photo of Get_Lowell
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty mild flavor profile, modestly tart, oak overtures, berry aftertaste.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into tulip during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood Seal Beach. Opaque and very dark brown body, a half finger of tan head with high retention that eventually settles to a ring and islands. Aroma is citrus tartness, wine barrel wood, roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of earthy funk. Taste is initially light sweetness with burnt sugar and molasses, then comes the sour: citrus and apple skin, some bitter roasty notes on the finish. Medium body, thick but smooth texture, moderate-plus carbonation, slightly sour dry puckering finish. A lot going on in this beer!

Photo of nicole309
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2
Full of wonderful sour cherry flavors. Subtle funk and vanilla aroma. Could be my new favorite from Anchorage.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled march 2013 cellared over 1 1/2 years

Pours dark black with a tan film over the top. Smell has complex aromas of oak, must, funk, chocolate malt, cherries, currents and hints of vanilla tannins in the finish. Taste follows the nose with red wine, cherries, chocolate malt, and barnyard brett flavors. Hints of oak and vanilla in the finish along with more dark pit fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a dry crisp finish.

Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, bottled March 2013.

A: Pours near black with a surprisingly faint light brown film for a head. Soapy lace.
S: Pinot noir comes through nicely alongside tart scents of acid and buttery oak. Faint cheesy funk.
T: Pinot noir dominates again with gritty oak tannins and grape skins, a hint of dark chocolate, lactic acid, and butter oak in the finish. One dimensional but delicious.
M: Very soft and frothy carbonation, medium body, slicker and a bit thinner than I would have liked.
O: A red wine bomb, smooth and easy. Needs more carbonation and funk, but definitely flavorful and interesting. However, my least favorite Anchorage beer so far.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter.

A: Opaque and essentially black, with a thin light tan head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funk and acetic acid, some feet, vinous character, oak barrel, and roasted malts. Smells fairly sour.

T: Funky tartness, coffee roasted malts, vinous, acetic acid. The funk character predominates over the sourness. Has some oak tannins lurking underneath. An almost absent finish, with only light tartness, acetic acid and roast malt bitterness.

M: Medium body to a bit on the heavier side, low carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence seems middle of the road.

O: I found it relatively enjoyable but nothing to truly excite the palate. A bit odd - strikes me as a coffee sour. Still, glad to have tried it.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. march 2013 vintage

dark black color with a half inch beige head. smell of tart cherries, very good! smell is so awesome. taste not quite..bit still good.big tartness up front with a lack of cherries, though the back end is quite a bit bitter. finish lingers with bitter cherries. good..could be even better with even more age. very juicy. medium body and low carbonation.

overall 13 months did it well, needs even more age though

Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, interesting beer 2 nights ago. Reviewed fully on tablet during consumption.

A- Black body poured from the corked 750ml to a chalice. Light tan head forms to about a half finger with a frothy texture but falls fairly quickly to a small foamy ring. Lacing is sparse with some small spots.

S- Lactic tarts pretty much dominate the nose for me. Leads me to believe the flavor will be full of funk and sour bacterial influence. Cherry pie Brett feel with some barnyard. Some vinous hints.

T- Talk about a U-turn from aroma to flavor. Some of the aroma carries over but for me a ton of new things take over here. Roasted malts and cocoa come into play here with a spicy Belgian yeast base. With time the lactic acid, Brett cherry funk and barnyard comes out. What really takes over is the pinot noir and oak. Lots of vinous dark fruits and oak tannins.

MF- Dried out body with a light to moderate overall consistency. Carbonation somewhat on the lower end but the flavors don't really need huge bubbles. Finishes with oak tannins and some tartness on the palate.

Wine is quite massive in this funky dark ale. All over the place but the flavors come together fairly well. Interesting beer once again by Anchorage.

Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, March 2013 bottling split 3 ways. Surprising lack of exploding cork coming from Anchorage.

A - Dark brown pour with some noticeable clarity, thin beige head turns to a ring pretty quickly.

S - Lots of pinot noir barrel here, dark fruit, some lactic sourness, just a bit of caramel back there. Red wine and oak covers mostly any/all dark malts there may be.

T - Still very red wine forward, almost flanders-esque, oak, weird medicinal, brett funk (which definitely leans towards the 'lactose' side of things), vinegar, pretty tart. Kinda...odd. Some hoppiness? Some caramel and molasses hiding way in there. But mostly a red-wine bomb.

M - Somewhat thin and could've used more carbonation. Some booze.

O - The pinot noir barrel is pretty nice but engulfs most of the flavor profile, the lacto funk is a decent touch, I feel like this could've/should've delivered alot more though.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown colour with mocha-coloured head. Small, whispy but leaving decent lace. Looks pretty good.

Hugely Bretty and tart. Nice, deep roast on there with strong balsamic notes, a touch of washed-rind cheese and figs. Slightly intimidating, but very intriguing.

Taste is funky and tart as well. Touch of spicy espresso upfront first though, before funky notes take over midway. Distinct balsamic note, some bitter chocolate, notes of fresh figs, wood smoke and grains of paradise on the back. Finishes dry, and could use a bit more edge. Very intriguing palate though.

Decent body, texture feels nice, but doesn't quite have the bold presence demanded by the bold flavours. Some more body or more carbonation would do different things, but either one would make it seem less meek than it is now.

Quite a bizarre drop, but well-handled, with the off, funky notes and dark bitter notes clashing in a battle for flavour supremacy. Neither wins in the end, but what does win is enjoyment.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a deep, oily black, with a loose but frothy head of pale brown. Pretty light and fluid in the body, and carbonation that swirls wildly when tilted. Minimal lacing. It looks a bit weird to be honesT: very light bodied for the depth of colour. Interesting at least.

Nose is very tart, and marked with a prominent oak character, much like a good Flanders Red. Unlike a Flanders Red, however, there's also a dense darkness to it, giving roast and coffee notes that permeate the more acidic cherry aromas. Some coconut comes through as well. It's really quite complex, but a little anarchic at the same time. I like it.

Taste is similar: plenty of tart flavours bouncing around, but at its core is a strong dark malt presence, making it seem more like a stout than a wild ale. Indeed, the main contribution of the bugs seems to be to rip away all the sweetness and body, making it feel very narrow on the palate. Cherry aromas still stick around, and there's a sheen to the malt that gives off some oak. Extremely unusual: I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

Feel is dense through the centre: but there's actually not much true acidity, nor body to support a lot of the flavours. It works in a weird way, but again it's a strange choice.

Overall, this is still pretty good, with an oddly directed inoculation of brett and bugs. I certainly don't think it's one of Anchorage's best, but that's a pretty high bar.

Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black in color. Minimal tan froth. Subtle lacing.

(S)- Deep dark malts meets and acidic charred oak character. Plenty of chocolate.

(T)- A bit of raisin and cocoa meets an acidic oakiness. Slightly chalky but with subtle Brett bits. Complex and slight bits of dark fruits that finishes dry.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Complex with a good showing of oak and subtle tartness. Subtle dry funk that I quite like.

(O)- I have been liking what Anchorage has been putting out. Reminds me of a drier, funkier, more complex Tart of Darkness.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750ml C&C bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Served at about cellar temp.

Appearance- Black. Quick one finger bubble white/mocha head that left a little bit of lacing around the glass. Poured pretty vigorously.

Smell- Sweet chocolate malts, a little caramel, lacto dairy, light alcohol, light pinot and oak, vinegary tang. It's all over the place and I like it!

Taste- Sour grape first and foremost. Lemon, brett dryness, oaky chocolate and light coffee. Tart and roasty with a light alcohol tinge at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body with ample enough carbonation. Mild booze heat and a very light pucker.

Overall- A lot of mixed reviews on this beer. I really do think it's a solid sour stout. I would like a little more pinot noir barrel though, but I'm happy this tured out to be a good purchase back in june.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black sour ale? Sign me up – Tart of Darkness is one of my all-time favorites.

Batch #1, brewed March 2013 (eight months before the date of this tasting).

A: In the short time between popping the cork and booting up the computer, a dark brown pillar of foam gushed from the bottle – definitely got some wild yeast conditioning this one. Color is a reflective black, head is short but creamy. Retention is nearly nonexistent in the middle but slightly raised along the sides of the glass, providing a nice crater effect.

S: Deep, dark sugars and sour acids blend to form a uniquely mouthwatering aroma. Brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, and bittersweet cocoa scents pull you in with a stunning richness, but the tartness of red wine vinegar and cherry sustains a continuous brightness that sits on top. Toward the back, subtle notes of barrel and roasts – toasted coconut, char, vanilla – enrich the nose further. Phenomenal.

T: The palate mixes roasty and tart in a beautiful combination, but the initial taste I’m getting is less sour and more bitter, medicinal acid; takes a few sips to get past. Once acclimated, the palate opens to raspberry and blackberry flavors, fruity and wild, covered quickly with dark chocolate and rich burnt sugar. The acids and residual sugars are complimented by sharp lemon rind and black pepper tastes, which give way to some unexpectedly grainy straw tones. Alcohol and sweet fruit finishes it, leaving astringent, spicy booze and juicy grape on the tongue like thick red wine.

M: Thin for a high-alcohol beer, but pretty standard for a sour. While this is no smooth sipper, it certainly has a refreshing quality about it, with its fizzy carbonation and slim body.

O: Anadromous is a beer as unique as it is delicious, a delicate point-counterpoint to roasted malt and fruity tartness. I feel like I had a hard time describing its palate, but suffice it to say, every drink was roasty, rich, and tart; for my taste buds, that’s quite satisfying.

Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Andromous is black with a bubbly tan collar leaving light, scattered drops of lace.

Smell is sour green apples, grape and malt sugars. Pretty pronounced sourness, a little alcohol solvent vapors as well.

Taste is all over the place, a dangerously disjointed and angular cacophony of flavors. The base stout flavors are there in full force, a big export stout with lots of malt, roasty, bakers chocolate. Complex, an interesting stout.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side, slippery.

Drinkability is good from an experience perspective. But this one is a slow sipper, and not one that I'd have on a regular basis. But that can be said about lots of great beers as well. This one is not quite there, but I really enjoyed trying it.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Ken! Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a blackened color with slight garnet or ruby hues, no doubt due to the Pinot Noir barrels used in the fermenting process. There's an off-khaki head that coats the top of the glass about 1 finger tall, which settles down to a slight ring. With the bottle conditioning, I suppose I expected more of a show, but it still resembles a barrel-aged stout of sorts when seen from afar. Slight legs and lacing coat the glass, but otherwise it's pretty straightforward for what it is - viscous, thick, and definitely sludgy. I definitely have little experience with sour stouts, so this is an exciting start.

Whoa! Did someone pour milk or butterscotch into my stout? At the front, there's an immediate lactic acidic blast of flavor, resembling milk and (when the roasted stout notes start to come in), slight vanilla and toffee. There's most certainly an array of dark fruits on this one, ranging from dark cherries to plums, with maybe a little bit of blackcurrant. The whiskey notes seem more pervasive at first, with the buttery, nutty, sharply sweetened flavor, but I wasn't able to find the Pinot Noir characteristics at first until my friend pointed out how much this smelled like one. I suppose the fruits were already a giveaway, but it's too subdued here with all of the Lactobacillus invading the flavor. Not too acidic, but definitely funky! Wild stuff, but a tad too one-dimensional overall.

The flavor is a strong combination of the milky, lactic acidic flavors as well as the sourness imparted by the diverse barrel blending. At first there's a blast of creaminess and funky milk, only to be combined with tart, under-ripe fruits ranging from cherries to currents to blackberries. There's definitely a battle at play here in between the flavors, and blending is more on the strange side than the well thought out one. After the fruits come in, there's a strong buttery, diactyl texture that leads to all kinds of barrel spices, ranging from baking soda to nutmeg, only to be tarnished by extremely funky notes of Pediococcus that becomes really heavy on the stomach, much like an overly buttery Chardonnay. There's a chaotic sequence of flavors at play here, but not much balance. Interesting to drink, but difficult to finish.

This was an intense one. There's no beauty or elegance to it, but it does stand apart from most lactic-forward sours I've ever had. This honestly probably could have been enjoyable if it weren't for the high invasion of Pediococcus at this point. Not bad, but don't consider aging this any longer than it already has been sitting around.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage: 2013
Batch # 1

Pours a nice dark brown almost black color with a light tan colored had. The bubbles are a bit dense but seem to recede quickly and there are some intermingled medium sized bubbles around. The brew looks exactly like a stout.

Now. The aroma is completely different. Starts off very very acidic and tart. Notes of pure balsamic vinegar with notes of vinous tart grape skins. There are some leathery notes in the nose s well as granny smith apple sweetness/tartness mixed in the nose. As the brew warms some mild dark fruit notes cN be perceived. Slight notes of raisins and even some slight chocolate notes. Still very well hidden behind the lactic sourness.

Flavor starts off quite surprising. I was expecting a large devastating punch of lactic sourness. But while the vinous and tart vinegary hints show up they are tempered immediately by a more interesting and subtle roast and dark malty note. There is a great balance between the wild acidic notes and this more "stout-like" flavor. Threw me of at first but Im liking it. The brew is approachable and has a nice dry finish with some mild cocoa bitterness mixed in with great oaky and tart dryness. Mouthfeel is slight light but makes the brew drinkable. Well done Anchorage.

Overall this brew threw me for a loop. The nose starts off making you think that its going to remove the enamel from your teeth and give you heartburn for days but the lactic acidity is tempered by some nice dark malt notes that impart some cocoa sweetness, mild coffee notes and a nice bready finish.

Photo of draheim
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL (batch 1, bottled March 2013) into a tulip. Pours a pitch black w/ a loose khaki head that settles pretty quickly.

Aroma is... unique. Definitely acidic/lactic, also distinctly vinous. Smells a bit vinegary, but the dark roasty malt also asserts itself. Throw in some sour cherries. So combined, you have this sour coffee/red wine/chocolate thing going on. If nothing else, it's intriguing. But I can't say it smells outstanding (interesting more than anything), so I have to give it less than 4.0.

Taste is equal parts dark roasty malt and tart funk. The pinot noir gains prominence as it warms. Hm. This is certainly an interesting twist on the "standard" American wild, if there is such a thing. And I like it! Reminds me of chocolate-covered cherries, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied, carbonation keeps it fairly light with a moderately dry finish.

Overall another good beer from Anchorage. Not my favorite, but there's plenty to enjoy and consider here.

Photo of nquigley16
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked & caged 750 into a tulip. Bottled March 2013

Gushed slightly when I opened it, not enough to spill any though. Pretty much pitch black in color, light tan head. Other than the carbonation levels and thin body, looks like a stout.

Nice nose, but lacks in complexity. A bit of booze, roasty malts, only a slight sourness, some oak and pinot noir from the barrels but not much, a bit of vanilla character in there too which is not super appealing mixed with the sour smell. Promising smell, definitely makes me want to take a sip.

Now if the taste was better than the smell, this would be a quality beer, but the taste leaves much to be desired. Not bad by any means, but just a bit boring. Starts pretty roasty and becomes slightly sour in the middle, just a little bit of lactic acid action, and ends pretty dry with some nice barrel character coming through. Not awful.

Very thin mouthfeel, not much body at all. Not awful for a sour, but its a bit too thin. Carbonation levels are pretty low.

This beer basically just gets worse as you go along. Pours really nice, smells promising, tastes ok, and the mouthfeel is ok. Overall a pretty good beer but I would not buy it again. Also I really dont get any brett character whatsoever which is a let down, that could have added some nice complexity for sure.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anadromous pours flat black into the glass with some ruby highlights around the edges. Minimal foam on top. Very few spots of lace on the glass.

Strong tart aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, and must.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, somewhat watery and and dry. Mild carbonation. The flavor is tart and fruity. Red grapes, raisin, brown sugar, oak, coffee, chocolate (?) and vanilla are dominant. It finishes very tart, musty and dry. Once gone the dark fruit and tartness lingers on the palate.

Lots of flavors happening in this beer. Savor each sip.

Photo of shleepy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, purchased at K&L in Redwood City, into trappist ("chalice") style glass.

A: Very dark brown / black. Brown head.

S: Sour, chocolatey.

T: Not intensely sour, really; and it balances the chocolatey and chalky flavors nicely. A bit of a prune flavor, too. Feels very dry.

M: Medium body. Definitely feels lighter than the 8.5% ABV rating and the dark, imperial-stout-like appearance would imply. Feels very smooth and chocolate-milky.

O: Very solid, pleasant beer. Another hit by Anchorage.

Photo of harrymel
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #1, bottled March 2013

It's black with a rim of tan foam and a mirrored surface, much different than the foam coming out of the bottle rather persistently. Smells of lacto, lemons, a little toasted malt, some funky resin, a little oak and some co2. Flavor is robust with coffee and soil, then there's the lemony tart and some bitterness and harshness to it. It's rather heavy with a low carb and a semi dry finish. I'm torn on this beer, it has the makings of a really nice sour stout, but lacks some of the subtlety I enjoy in some other examples for the malt portion. The bacterial characteristics are a little too dominated by bitterness and almost an aspirin character.

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Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.