Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company
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2.98/5 rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Gusher! A quarter of the bottle ended up on my brothers table. The beer pours black like an imperial stout with a lighter body. Light khaki head. The aroma isn't too strong - light roast notes with a mild lactic note. The taste is lightly sour, mild roast , ash, rubber and a strong astringency on the back end. There are some barrel notes but most of the nuance is overwhelmed by the strong astringency and rubber. Borderline offensive. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I hope so. Not good.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2013 03:33:54 | More by mroberts1204
2.99/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2013 07:42:44 | More by harrymel
3.03/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 01:12:39 | More by Alieniloquium
3.08/5 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.
Drinks fine from a stem-tulip. That's probably the best glassware for it; that or a teku.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2013 05:17:25 | More by kojevergas
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
So tried this bottle while at The Festival in Portland, ME and then again later on in the night. Hands down my least favourite Anchorage beer. Reviewed from notes.
A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a jet black pour with minimal head. Just a micro tan halo really with minimal lacing. Pretty weak for a wild.
S - Aroma is equally as puzzling. Light brett, some earthy malt sweetness, lots of funk almost spoiled cream lactose going on here. Atleast its light in the booze...
T - Taste is a bit better...burnt malts, caramel, funky spoiled cream, faint brett, light oak barrel, almost an astringent bitterness on the finish. Just well, its messy.
M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. Light carbonation, astringent, bitter, but drinkable.
O - Overall, yeah. So much going on here results in a very clashing beer. I've got two more bottles, going to age the holy hell out of them to see if that makes things jive more. As it stands, I would not drink this again.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2013 23:09:19 | More by rudzud
Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
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