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Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company

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very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 243
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 33.77%
Wants: 14
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of N17shelfside
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black beer with two-finger tan head, not very long retention. Smell - balsamic vinegar, wood, chocolate, slight funk. Taste - moderately tart, astringent, chocolate, notes of oak, pinot noir, berry acidity, attributes of Brett presence. Soft carbonation, excellent drinkability. Round and well-balanced beer.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The latest release from Anchorage Brewing Company, Anadromous - Black Sour Ale with Brett, Pedio, and Lacto.

Poured from a bottle into my Tulip glass. Very dark with a one-half inch light brown head that dissipates rather quickly. This beer almost looks as dark as an imperial stout.

The smell is slightly sour, with an aroma of dark cherries. Not nearly as funky as I was expecting, especially since this beer has brett, pedio, and lacto, but it surprises in a good way.

Taste is very complex. Fruity and sweet, with the dark malts playing nicely in the background. With a beer this dark, I was expecting more of a roasted malty flavor, but I think that the lack of that makes this beer taste much better and you are able to appreciate the different flavor profiles from the aging in French oak pinot noir barrels. I am really enjoying this one.

Medium mouthfeel, very smooth, and relatively low carbonation.

I continue to be extremely impressed by Gabe's mastery of barrel-aging. The label on this bottle states that over 40 different pinot noir oak barrels of sour beer were blended to capture the unique contribution of each. I would have to agree that the barrel-aging on this one is fantastic. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Brenden
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a one inch mocha cap; squiggly lacing all over the glass

Smell: Burnt coffee, Pinot Noir grape and oak with hints of Whisky and dark chocolate

Taste: Lactic cherry and growing oaky Pinot Noir flavors, up front, with the burnt coffee and chocolate elements building underneath; after the swallow, the acetic aspect starts to build, somewhat, and the Whisky barrel flavors reveal themselves but the finish is dominated by the fruit that the Pinot Noir barrels impart; burnt coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: Interesting to see how the scores have played out on this beer; while the Brett seems overwhelmed by everything else that is going on and I can understand why some don't care for the schizophrenic character of this beer, I found it fascinating and quite enjoyable

Thanks, itracy63, for the opportunity

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1. Pours a pitch black color with a small, tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite heavy on the pinot barrel...it kinda smacks you in the face, which I love. Slightly acidic aroma with some lovely oak and sour aromas. As the beer breathes, you get some more roasty aromas. Roasted malt and sour, vinous aromas. Very inviting. Taste is not as sour as the nose, but very tart for sure. Very vinous in the flavor as well with some light alcohol warmth. The flavor really shows the roasted malt and chocolate flavors, still maintaining its delightful tartness. Some buttery flavors with hints of vanilla from the oak. The pinot flavors linger with each and every sip. Very tasty beer, Finishes with some more roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and somewhat soft, but it works in this beer's favor. Drinkability is very high. Overall, it is more sour that Zwet and JP Madrugada Obscura, but not as sour or acidic as Tart of Darkness. Nicely balanced and delicious! I can't wait to see how the yeast and bacteria work on this beer over the years.

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Photo of Akfan
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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...

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Jens4212 for sharing this big brew! Deep, dark and black with a foamy tan head that recedes into ample lacing. I got a big lactic/acetic whiff and a noticeable hint of the whiskey barrel when I took this one in. Nice nose, and inspiring. Very pleasant mix of big flavors on the palate... from the whiskey barrel to the vinegary to the puckering. A really delicious roasted note emerged from the depths of the sourness of this brew, and played in nicely on the end of the palate. Coffee. Brilliant. Great carbonation, nice medium, prickly mouthfeel. You had better believe that the dregs of this bottle went into our 'harvested bugs' yeast project. Nice one folks, if you can find it!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4.01/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2 from a 750 - 10 months old in a Teku

L: Dark with a thin coffee colored head with an aggressive pour
S: Dark berries, red wine, a bit of heat
T: Tart for sure, some oak and whiskey, red wine on the back - low bitterness
M: Medium body, minimal carbonation
O: I prefer this one draft - a bit of sweetness to balance out the tartness - the bottled version always seems inferior to me. Nice beer for sharing - a whole bottle may be a bit much for one person

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Anchorage they are just amazing. This beer however hits the "meh" notes on all cylinders.

Pours a black kinda stout like body thought a hair thin. A light head but the legs are meh at best.

I get a sour note in the aroma and some lactose which is known for killing other aromas.

Sharp sour backing, way back with lactos and dark flavors. Certainly some brett and some dark malts but they are killed by lactose and sour.

Creamy but not full bodied and with sour poorly involved.

I have to say after so much success this is an ok to good beer. It isn't great and for Anchorage that's a failure.

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3.86/5  rDev +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.

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Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.