Anchor Zymaster Series No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout - Anchor Brewing Company
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +24.1%
I’m a stout fan. Across the board—from a boozy barrel-aged imperial stout to a smooth yet sweet and sessionable milk stout I’ll try them all and, more often than not, find something I like. It’s a forgiving style, as the roast and coffee and chocolate notes tend to be painted with broad brush strokes, and because of this I’d say, simply put (flame away) that its an easier style to get “right”-- but ask me the last time an approachable (non-imperial) stout blew my mind and I’d have to scratch my head for a second.
At 7.4% the Flying Cloud may not necessarily be a sessionable stout but it definitely is approachable. There’s so much I liked about it that I can’t stop raving—from its appearance, aroma and taste, to its feel and finish, and above all its depth of flavor this beer hit every note for me and then some.
This pours a solid black-dark brown with cocoa colored foam tightly topping it. There’s an intense, roasty aroma with layers of coffee and cocoa nibs. Smells fantastic. The flavor itself is roast-forward, with a sharp espresso characteristic, dark cocoa notes, and what I can best describe as a true depth of flavor. The beer itself is thick with a rock-solid body that holds up to sipping but also welcomes some easy drinking. Simply excellent.
Anchor knocked it out of the park with this one. Hope to see it join their line-up of regulars someday.
01-24-2013 20:47:40 | More by elNopalero
4.85/5 rDev +20.3%
This is, for all intents and purposes, the perfect stout. It's perfect because it's everything without being too much of anything. It's got the sweetness of a milk stout, the roastiness of a dry stout, the intense chocolate and coffees of a imperial stout, and even some of the dark fruit flavors of a huge imperial stout, all in a manageable 7.5 abv package. The head, as mentioned, is fantastic, a crowning, long-lasting berg of sticky espresso cream. The body is deep, nearly opaque, with only a thin burgundy outline when held up to the light.
The one area that suffers in all this is the mouthfeel. It's actually quite good for a beer of its size, mildly—but adaquately—carbonated, but it just doesn't have the decadent creaminess of, say, a Brunch Weasel.
I suppose, in an absolute sense, there are probably better stouts out there. But in terms of true drinkability, where abv and price are issues, this is pretty close to perfection.
08-20-2013 05:58:24 | More by WetCoaster
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
Had this one on tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown. Very good - hope that Anchor considers putting this beer into a permanent rotation. Very smooth, dark color and overall a very drinkable stout. Drinks a lot smoother than the ABV would suggest. Would drink again!
05-25-2013 21:19:34 | More by ConMac
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
(on tap at Eulogy - served in a shaker pint)
A: dark as night liquid... tall, somewhat loosely-structured, mocha brown foam - wants to hold for a bit, but ultimately sinks down into a frothy, messy cap, then collar... bit of lace here and there
S: dark European chocolate, espresso, baked-toasty malts... perhaps some earthy hop in the background
T: burnt ends of a chocolate chip cookie, licorice in the finish... malty as hell... subtle roasted grain and robust hoppy bitterness... mildly floral, perfumy (alcohol) in the aftertaste
M: thickish, silky body, however, notably and wonderfully dry... moderately abrasive roasty scrub with the alcohol drying the tongue a bit
O: I can't get enough of this beer - is this keg really around a year old?!... a thick, hearty stout with a huge malty flavor - straight-up slightly over-baked, homemade chocolate chip cookie... love this!
05-30-2014 17:10:41 | More by Bouleboubier
4.36/5 rDev +8.2%
thick, very nice full head, darker than dark....
smell is of toasted stuff- roasted nuts, coffee, roasted malts....
taste is roasted everything; thick, nice taste, typical stout flavors although nothig special.
overall, a decent brew. could have a few of these in succession, but thicker, darker, harder than a the other brews to breed a continuity. but a very decent product.
02-22-2013 02:57:26 | More by pkalix
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
On tap at TAPS in Petaluma
I have to agree with the other reviewers in their assessment of a premier stout. From the tasty, colored foam to the brew's overall flavor itself. I was expecting far more hoppy-ness given Anchor's characteristic flavor, but was surprised it was otherwise.
Few stouts out there can approach this one's quality. If you can find this brew, try it....seriously!
12-23-2013 04:13:01 | More by IRONRakkasan
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Black body, light beige head, moderate retention, mostly clear lacing. Aroma includes coffee, roasted malt, touch of chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows suit, nice bitter chocolate aftertaste and pretty nice delivery of flavors. Tasty and easy to drink with a little extra alcohol. Good to see Anchor stepping outside the box.
06-04-2013 03:59:34 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.16/5 rDev +3.2%
10oz Pour on tap @ Fate in Boulder, CO
A – Jet black, head is thin, light brown in color. Lacing left behind is clingy and spotty. Looks good for the style.
S – Bring on the sweet coffee notes. Bitter, dark roasted malts here, some cinnamon/sugar notes come through as well.
T – Dark and rich initially, charred chocolate malt. Big espresso notes show here, followed by a semi-sweet, dark chocolate, malted milk flavor. Very nice, dry overall, not overly sweet.
M – Incredibly smooth, carbonation level is near perfect, it is not thick, nor thin, very nicely balanced.
O –Very nice, was on the menu as a "Cappuccino Stout" and I'd say it fit the bill, nice espresso notes, and a nice dry finish. Great beer.
01-27-2014 02:36:35 | More by Moose90
4.01/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough. Taste is much the same with vanilla and cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 good beer with a great smell and tasty flavors. Definitely the best of the Zymaster series so far in my opinion.
02-10-2013 09:05:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
Anchor Zymaster Series No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout from Anchor Brewing Company
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