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Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company

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85
very good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lakersfan16 on 06-02-2013)
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Reviews by vinny21bal:
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

vinny21bal, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of andyfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

andyfrancis, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

JasonFromLA, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.36/5  rDev +16%
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.

Brenden, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Reappropriated, Sep 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

buzzword, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sammy, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tdm168, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

adamdarcy, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 30, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

flayedandskinned, Jun 19, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

GRG1313, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Magery, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

tfidler, Jul 21, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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...

Akfan, Aug 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

st9647v3, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

rc51sport, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

hopkrid, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

fmccormi, Jul 03, 2013
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Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.