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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout
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89
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elNopalero on 01-24-2013)
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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of black chocolate with some residual sugar and light dry roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by black chocolate notes with some residual sugar (lactose?) and some dry roasted malt. Body has a creamy texture with good carbonation and a medium full body. Very enjoyable and well brewed overall.

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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - black with a big thick brown head that has great retention

S - very faint nose; roasted malts, some chocolate

T - chocolate, roasted malts, creamy, faintly grainy, a bit sweet

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was a nice beer. It was rich and had good drinkability. My only complaint was the sweet graininess that came through. Otherwise, this was a nice stout that is worth a try.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Pretty close to black crowned with a rock solid, tight, beige head. Smells of caramel, bread, and cocoa roastiness. Roasted malt flavor...caramel, chocolate, and some dark fruity esters. Medium-plus body with a nice, soft creaminess. Pretty good stout that drinks lighter than it's 7.5%.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a finger and half of head on a pitch black colored body.
The aroma was great with smoked salt and caramel.
The taste was roasted malt, Belgian sugar and burnt wood.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
A really nice and solid stout.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout from Anchor Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.