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Anadromous - Anchorage Brewing Company

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very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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4.06/5  rDev +8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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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5/5  rDev +33%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Andromous is black with a bubbly tan collar leaving light, scattered drops of lace.

Smell is sour green apples, grape and malt sugars. Pretty pronounced sourness, a little alcohol solvent vapors as well.

Taste is all over the place, a dangerously disjointed and angular cacophony of flavors. The base stout flavors are there in full force, a big export stout with lots of malt, roasty, bakers chocolate. Complex, an interesting stout.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side, slippery.

Drinkability is good from an experience perspective. But this one is a slow sipper, and not one that I'd have on a regular basis. But that can be said about lots of great beers as well. This one is not quite there, but I really enjoyed trying it.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.