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Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company

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85
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sammy, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Batch # 1. Bottled 3/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruit, wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, dark roasted malt, and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smell that is more sour forward and a taste that is more roast forward.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Thorpe429, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Texasfan549, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

BEERchitect, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

kylehay2004, Oct 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

nickfl, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

jlindros, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

MarkyMOD, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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+

kojevergas, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

drewone, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

orangesol, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

yourefragile, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tdm168, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.4%

PEIhop, Aug 04, 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
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 29, 2013
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Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.