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Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company

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very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | FT: 5
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: 208 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by macrosmatic:
Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is such a winner I had to give it a full review. I generally greatly dislike the newer "black ales" and find them a meaningless style. This one really works and lives up to what it purports to be. I'd actually call this a must try since it is so balanced, so integrated and such a wonderful example of a creative brew.

Pours black with a thin, dark khaki head. Decent looking.

Nose is complex and integrated with sweet black chocolate, sweet bing cherries and oak. The characteristics are all very distinct and yet balanced in a wonderful olfactory delight. I actually don't get the pedio, brett or lacto in the nose but I really don't care the nose is otherwise so nice. There is actually an identifiable pinot noir character in the nose which is really nice to see.

Mouthfeel is medium to full yet bright. It is wonderfully balanced with small bubbles and a complete integration of texture and flavors.

Flavor profile beautifully follows the nose. Rich chocolate, black cherry, light roasted grain and some light sweet coffee, all really well balanced with an acidic fruit sour. This is a wonderful use of brett, pedio and lacto used to enhance the flavors, not dominate. Burgundian pinot noir tones are present in the flavor profile which, like the nose, is really nice to see. This is actually a beer that wonderfully tastes like what reads on the bottle!

Finish is a light citric chocoate; light milk chocolate and cooked fruit. I think this is a creative beer that's not creative just for creative's sake; this one works beautifully.

Photo of nicole309
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
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 andyfrancis
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overcarbed. I popped the bottle to little fanfare, set it on the counter, got distracted by something else going on in the kitchen, only to come back a few minutes later to the bottle sitting in a puddle of its own mess, the mouth still erupting, with a slow constant trickle of dark, mocha bubbles over the side. Aside from that, it looks quite nice. Black with just a hint of brownish red around the edges in the light.

Fruity, raspberry sour and farmhouse funky cheese the nose, despite the dark color. Interesting and complex without being off-putting.

Just a hint of sweet chocolatey banana at first, quickly overwhelmed by cheesy funkiness and watery tart finish.

Despite the initial overflow, there isn't much of bubbly bite. It's pretty heavy compared to pretty much any other sour and leaves a light waxy coating.

They're interesting enough to keep me buying, but for me these Anchorage Brewing wilds/sours have been all over the map, Bitter Monk being my favorite. This one is slightly above the average. Could make for a nice dessert drink in a snifter.

Photo of Brenden
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is a brown dark enough to edge into black, with a touch of a red tint and just a little light sneaking into the edges. Light brown foam forms a tight little head that sticks together for a good while, not especially large but with strength. It leaves pretty good patching as it goes.
The smell and the flavor of this brew are rich, deep, complex, and certainly atypical, seeming to push the boundaries of what a wild ale can do and be. Pinot is a great element to add to the tangy tartness of this beer, and the added oak dryness curbs an additional not-quite-chocolaty sweetness. A tangy/tart green apple and earth mix make for a fantastic backbone for this beer. There's just a faint hint of roast, adding complexity rather than clashing. Tannins and additional tartness complete the overall effect, offer the desired sourness, and round it all together very nicely.
The body is medium but seems almost to flirt with the unknown, as crispness, a bright sort of acidity and a softer feel make you think lighter before some heft, creaminess and depth of flavor make you feel it could be heavier. It ultimately does rest somewhere between, though.
Anchorage really did this one up, making an unusual and complex blend of flavors that really come together. A bold move, and very well done. The $16 price tag may make some shy, but in a 750 the quality matches the price.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Small collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of red wine. Roasted malt. Not a lot of brett. Dark chocolate. Little bit of vinegar and oak.

Taste - Somewhat sour. A variety of sour flavors. After the sour flavors die off, chocolate roasted malt surfaces. Red wine lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. A little ashy.

Overall - Not well blended, but a decent beer.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 bottled in March 2013
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours a deep black with a wispy, finger and a half tall, beige head. The head recedes fairly fast and leaves no lacing behind, which is consistent for a barrel aged sour. Upon uncorking the bottle, the bottle began to gush, but luckily my glass was nearby. Overall, this is a pretty killer looking beer.

Aroma: (4.5)
Tart cherry pie filling right up front, with sour notes of lemon and light acetobactor(think red wine vinegar). The acidic sharpness is sheathed in a wave of funky brettanomyces; wet hay, horse blankets and tangy pineapple. Just before the sour funk gets to be all encompassing, the Pinot Noir barrel comes into play, bringing notes of plum skin, vanilla and faint coconut. As the beer warms, a mere hint of roasted malt from the base beer shows itself.

Taste: (4.5)
As soon beer enters your mouth, you're greet with a deep, ever so faintly tart, black cherry and lemon rind presence that gracefully blossoms into also a very deep, dark and rich chocolate malt body with some nice roasted coffee and nutty notes. These dark stone fruit flavors are coupled with a nice, barnyard funkiness from the Brettanomyces. Surprisingly, the Pinot Noir barrel makes it's presence known not in the finish, but right in the middle of the taste. It's rich, vinous dark plum and cherry flavors intermingle and intertwine beautifully with the wild yeast, souring bacterias and roasted malts. The beer finishes dry, bitter, slightly tart with a moderate tannin presence(for barrel aged beer, that is). There are lingering notes of cherry and plum, as well as vanilla and coconut from the barrel.

Moutfeel: (4.00)
Full bodied, robust with soft carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
An amazing, complex and unique sour from Anchorage brewing co. The sourness is very toned down and really allows the Pinot barrel to really shine and play with the dark, roasted malts. The sour head in me was really hoping for more of an assertive acidity, but I am more than happy that it has been dialed down enough for the other components for this beer to shine through. Highly recommended for the curious palate.

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Akfan
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK so this beer rocks. It is a good intro for people wanting to reach into the sour world. It is tart rather than a total sour...the color pours a dark espresso coffee brown. Head is minimal. Odor has a def bacteria, sour feel. Taste is not a shock to my mouth. Goes in smooth, tart, no pucker, little alcohol feel, but the flavor just buries me. Love the oak and Pinot Noir flavor which is prevalent...just a great great beer one for all to try....this coming from an IPA geek...

Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 750ml / 25.4oz cork-and-cage bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); not sure what the dating information is on this bottle, but my understanding is that it’s not so so old.

Appearance (3.75): Milk chocolate foam makes up the head, rising to maybe half a finger or a finger before dying down, showing little retention with just scattered spots of lace. The body is black with murky brown, tobacco-juice highlights. Looks kind of like a dark porter.

Smell (4.0): Dark, baking-quality cocoa powder, anise, plums, and other dark fruits—dates, maybe? Not so much of the molasses and toffee and other rich malt tones you might guess from the appearance—much more towards the dark fruit and dark chocolate tones. Oddly appetizing, for being so confusing.

Taste (4.0): Lactic sourness, no doubt about that. Tart cherries with a dark, fruity richness that calls to mind dates, prunes, anise, etc. There’s a tannic, red wine-like dryness, with some coffee bitterness, some lighter orange peel bitterness and just a hint of orange flesh sweetness . . . the palate definitely starts with the cocoa powder and coffee bitterness (which, as a single component, blends in with the tannic, lactic side of the beer very well), and then moves into that pruney richness, and finally finishes out with acidic, tannic fruit characteristics. This is kind of an odd one, but very tasty. No clue how strong this might be.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Lighter than the appearance and palate would suggest. Dry and tannic, on the lighter side of medium, and yet moderately rich on the palate with smooth carbonation . . . feels great, honestly. It’s like it has some of the richness of a big, thick, dark beer, but stays relatively light and dry from the acidity and tannic qualities. It feels like a soured . . . imperial porter?

Overall (4.0): This is a confusing beer, but quite palatable and enjoyable. I’d hand this to a refined red wine fan with an open mind any day of the week. It’s like an imperial porter with its cocoa and coffee (while lacking the fudge, caramel, molasses, and cream of a big stout), plus the rich, dark fruits and cherry sourness of a dry wild ale or lambic aged on cherries. The tannic, vinous character is what marries the different components so smoothly, I think. Well done. A tricky target to be sure, but I think Anchorage hit it.

Photo of N17shelfside
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Remembrances from drinking it last night:

Reminded me a lot of Supplication in the way that the Pinot Barrel really imparted of the red wine tannin feel. The balance of the funk was really nice, without any serious sourness. Looking forward to putting away a bottle for a few years to see what happens to it over time, I suspect that it is only going to get better.

Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much no head, actual none, dark brown molasses syrupy barely any light coming through.

Nose lots of sour funk and toasty wood, light barnyard earthy funk, sour lacto funk, weird plant like earth, dark creamy brown malts too like fermented molasses, lots of toasty French oak too, light vinous.

Taste nice sour funk, fermented molasses little corn stalk starchy like, lots of earthy funk, pedo sour, creamy lacto sour too, light bitterness, light sour syrup, sweet flavours too. Lots of toasty French oak, bit buttery, vinous light wine flavours. Finish is dry sticky flemmy and molasses and lots of sour funk lingering.

Mouth is med bod, light carb, creamy but flemmy sour feel.

Overall interesting but nothing special, too much going on and not enough of the good parts... the dark weird malts don't help either.

Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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 WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Get_Lowell
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.5.13
Batch #1
Mar 2013

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light brown foamy head that fades away slowly.

S - Tart, Pine, very woody, some cherry and malty as well.

T - Dark cherry, wood, pine, and some tart fruits.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sour ale aged in pinot, and it shows. Not much Brett impact on this one.

Photo of cvm4
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Seanniek91
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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 kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heard good things about this one; I've been holding onto it waiting to be in the mood for a good sour - and tonight is definitely the night. Batch #1 March 2013. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 30 IBUs. Love the label art; very original and fun. "Black sour ale with brett, pedio, & lacto." Reviewed as a wild ale. "Ale aged in French Oak Pinot Noir Barrels." "Brewed with summit hops. Triple fermented. First in stainless tanks with a Belgian yeast. Second in French Oak Pinot Noir Barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus. Finally in the bottle for natural carbonation." Sounds damn tasty; expectations are quite high. 750ml brown glass bottle with art printed on the bottle and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Cost was $15.00 here in SoCal.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. Liquid slowly surges up, eventually necessitating a pour.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of nice tan colour. Smooth soft complexion; supple. Nice creaminess - especially for a sour. Decent frothiness and thickness. Retention is average - about two minutes. Even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Before dying, it does give way to a floater ring that remains for an additional minute. Quite an intriguing - dareisay a unique - head for a wild ale.

Body colour is a very dark ruby-black. Solid and opaque. No yeast particles are visible as a result. No bubble show.

Overall, it's looking quite appealing for the style - but it's unusual, which does have me a bit worried.

Sm: Dark malts. Great yeast complexity; I pick up the pedio and lacto but both are subtle. I don't get much in the way of brettanomyces or funkiness, but it's a bit biscuity. Not a spicy or herbal yeasty character; sour all the way. Cream. Dark malts. Buried roast. Maybe even some buried vanilla. Lovely oak and subtle, light red wine/grape notes. It's a bit too clean and clinical for a sour, in classic American fashion. Not the natural spontaneous aroma of a good traditional Belgian sour. A mild strength aroma overall. No hop character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Sourness is timid, and clashes with the dark malt build of the body. The oak is nice, but gets bludgeoned by overwhelming red wine notes. In this way, it's imbalanced; I'd prefer that the flavours complement each other and cooperate, but they come into conflict. Pedio is way too backgrounded. Most of the sourness comes from the lactobacillus. Not getting any brettanomyces or funkiness here. Lightly creamy. A kiss or orange zest. Tannic from the wine aging - to its detriment. It flirts with a cherry pie crust note, but never quite commits - much to my chagrin. A hint of dark sugarplum, which clashes with the sour notes. The sweet/bitter spectrum is zany here; I don't know that the brewer was really in control of this beer. Roast is buried, and luckily so because it really doesn't work well here. No real wild bacteria. The sourness is clean and clinical, not natural and spontaneous. Hints of vanilla are quite unwelcome. Some vinous character. Maybe some licorice (which I personally despise). A bit of raisin. Maybe even some molasses - which is horrid in a sour. It's complex in that there's a lot going on, but it has no subtlety. An unrefreshing mess of a sour. There are good elements here, but the notes clash too much for it to come off cohesive or holistically constructed.

The "black" aspect of this black sour ale really holds it back.

As it warms, the wine character matures but grows even more pronounced, further eclipsing the sour notes that should be the soul of the beer.

The finish really bothers me; it's too sweet and the dark sugarplum, raisin, and kiss of molasses really don't work well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean (overly so). Unrefreshing. Too thick. Okay presence on the palate. Lightly chewy. A biteen syrupy. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well. Overcarbonated - even though it's bottle conditioned; that's strange. Acidic.

Dr: Downable but I expected far better for the price and this beer's reputation. I wouldn't want this again unless it had some age on it - and only then to check if the pedio had finally surfaced. I like the concept of the beer, but the execution is wanting. I'll happily finish the bottle - and the ABV is very well hidden - but I really hoped this would be better brewed than it is. The pinot noir barrel aging in particular is sloppy and heavy handed, with no regard for subtlety. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. Its lack of balance really holds it back. A swing and a miss from Anchorage.

Overpriced.

Drinks fine from a stem-tulip. That's probably the best glassware for it; that or a teku.

Serve chilled.

C+

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We all know those deserts- those that share a chocolate and nut grounding. But then those bakers can't help but to introduce that element of citrus. It's odd, its unsettled, but there's something so compelling about them that it keeps you returning to the dish... this beer is the zymurgilogical equivalent of that.

As the wild ale pours the darkest brown before going black, it casts cola highlights as the ale feathers toward the edge. A creamy sheet of mocha-tan spans the ale, doing so with strong retention and island-like lacing.

Incredible sour apple aromas blend in with coffee underpinnings. Decorated with elements of limes and sea air, the scent takes a rounde savory tart scent. Even a tinge of mushroom, smoky chocolate adds to the sour and roast interplay.

The taste really takes off with the scorches sweetness that's rarely found in Anchorage beers. Its burnt caramel taste bleeds seamlessly into campfire chocolates and medium-roast coffee. And then there's the bitter limes, tart lemony taste and delicate cidery mix. As the short-lived sweetness quickly trails, the earthen sourness swells into minerally roast and a compelling dirty pepper quality.

Medium-light in body, this beer seriously flirts with sour thinning and malt robustness. Its creamy body folds in the acidity from sourness in a strange chocolate-slash-lemon dichotomy. Light astringency puckers the jawls as mild warmth keeps the beer porter-ish.

Anchorage got off their feet and onto the world's craft beer stage with the sour-citrusy interplay. Now they have turned into left field in exploring the balance of robust roast and sourness and its playing out marvelously. Though this isn't my favorite- it shows the promise and the dedication to quality and inquisition that today's craft beer audiences deserve!

Photo of draheim
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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 scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
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 208 ratings.