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Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company

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85
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lakersfan16 on 06-02-2013)
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-15-2013 21:14:37 | More by Jslay013
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magictacosinus

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Ken! Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a blackened color with slight garnet or ruby hues, no doubt due to the Pinot Noir barrels used in the fermenting process. There's an off-khaki head that coats the top of the glass about 1 finger tall, which settles down to a slight ring. With the bottle conditioning, I suppose I expected more of a show, but it still resembles a barrel-aged stout of sorts when seen from afar. Slight legs and lacing coat the glass, but otherwise it's pretty straightforward for what it is - viscous, thick, and definitely sludgy. I definitely have little experience with sour stouts, so this is an exciting start.

Whoa! Did someone pour milk or butterscotch into my stout? At the front, there's an immediate lactic acidic blast of flavor, resembling milk and (when the roasted stout notes start to come in), slight vanilla and toffee. There's most certainly an array of dark fruits on this one, ranging from dark cherries to plums, with maybe a little bit of blackcurrant. The whiskey notes seem more pervasive at first, with the buttery, nutty, sharply sweetened flavor, but I wasn't able to find the Pinot Noir characteristics at first until my friend pointed out how much this smelled like one. I suppose the fruits were already a giveaway, but it's too subdued here with all of the Lactobacillus invading the flavor. Not too acidic, but definitely funky! Wild stuff, but a tad too one-dimensional overall.

The flavor is a strong combination of the milky, lactic acidic flavors as well as the sourness imparted by the diverse barrel blending. At first there's a blast of creaminess and funky milk, only to be combined with tart, under-ripe fruits ranging from cherries to currents to blackberries. There's definitely a battle at play here in between the flavors, and blending is more on the strange side than the well thought out one. After the fruits come in, there's a strong buttery, diactyl texture that leads to all kinds of barrel spices, ranging from baking soda to nutmeg, only to be tarnished by extremely funky notes of Pediococcus that becomes really heavy on the stomach, much like an overly buttery Chardonnay. There's a chaotic sequence of flavors at play here, but not much balance. Interesting to drink, but difficult to finish.

This was an intense one. There's no beauty or elegance to it, but it does stand apart from most lactic-forward sours I've ever had. This honestly probably could have been enjoyable if it weren't for the high invasion of Pediococcus at this point. Not bad, but don't consider aging this any longer than it already has been sitting around.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 17:08:39 | More by magictacosinus
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rc51sport

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-07-2013 02:12:11 | More by rc51sport
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-01-2013 14:11:21 | More by MSandahl23
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wtkphoto

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-30-2013 15:51:41 | More by wtkphoto
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-30-2013 15:21:30 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Reappropriated

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-27-2013 04:20:02 | More by Reappropriated
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Amerikon

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-24-2013 05:45:51 | More by Amerikon
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-23-2013 17:06:05 | More by jklecko2
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KevSal

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-22-2013 07:29:23 | More by KevSal
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:35:08 | More by JoEBoBpr
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-15-2013 14:47:09 | More by vermilcj
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draheim

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 02:17:25 | More by draheim
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BWH999

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-11-2013 06:34:12 | More by BWH999
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brotherloco

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-10-2013 22:38:38 | More by brotherloco
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judkinst

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-08-2013 22:41:47 | More by judkinst
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked & caged 750 into a tulip. Bottled March 2013

Gushed slightly when I opened it, not enough to spill any though. Pretty much pitch black in color, light tan head. Other than the carbonation levels and thin body, looks like a stout.

Nice nose, but lacks in complexity. A bit of booze, roasty malts, only a slight sourness, some oak and pinot noir from the barrels but not much, a bit of vanilla character in there too which is not super appealing mixed with the sour smell. Promising smell, definitely makes me want to take a sip.

Now if the taste was better than the smell, this would be a quality beer, but the taste leaves much to be desired. Not bad by any means, but just a bit boring. Starts pretty roasty and becomes slightly sour in the middle, just a little bit of lactic acid action, and ends pretty dry with some nice barrel character coming through. Not awful.

Very thin mouthfeel, not much body at all. Not awful for a sour, but its a bit too thin. Carbonation levels are pretty low.

This beer basically just gets worse as you go along. Pours really nice, smells promising, tastes ok, and the mouthfeel is ok. Overall a pretty good beer but I would not buy it again. Also I really dont get any brett character whatsoever which is a let down, that could have added some nice complexity for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:41:11 | More by nquigley16
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-05-2013 12:50:45 | More by ColForbinBC
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Craboo

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-03-2013 02:14:37 | More by Craboo
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Zorora

California

2/5  rDev -46.9%

09-02-2013 03:42:00 | More by Zorora
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:36:50 | More by WanderingFool
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shleepy

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 05:44:01 | More by shleepy
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-28-2013 06:15:23 | More by MarkyMOD
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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-28-2013 05:03:59 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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swinyeju

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-23-2013 15:24:18 | More by swinyeju
Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.