Anadromous | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Summit Hops. Aged in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with Brett, Pedio and Lacto. Triple Fermented.

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 306
Photo of Dr_C
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty sour Berry beer. Berry tones are strong but not overpowering. More well rounded than a fruited lambic. Minimal head. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of Pontzie
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cage and corked bottle from my local.

L: Interesting redish tint to the dark brown / almost black pour. Minimal light head that dissipated rapidly and left no lacing. The head ran to the rim rapidly and had very fine yellowish foam.

S: you get the sour cherry scent paired with a light coffee ground scent. Smells more like a sour than the appearances would indicate. Some Yeasty sour dough notes.

T: the sour punch is a bit too strong. It ends up being heavy handed sour on the throat as it finishes. Also the initial taste sort of has a weird blend of grape/red wine mixed in to the saltiness of a beer. It is not pleasing that the two flavors stand out as distinct from one another.

F: So info spending time trying to build it up front to pull the flavors together before it hits the back of my palette and just turns into a dominate sour cherry.

O: Overall it is more work to drink this than it should be. While interesting / unique / different..... ultimately we are here looking for a great beer to drink, this is just an ok beer with some good ideas but it needs a ton of refinement to hits the notes it could or should hit.

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

March 2013 bottle poured into a snifter appears dark brown to black in color with no head formation.

Nose has a bacterial sour note and is earthy and roasty smelling.

The taste is chocolate upfront, earth, tobacco, stale coffee and a little fruity vinous with oak and a little bitterness along the middle with black licorice in the aftertaste.

This is light in body with no carbonation. It is pretty drinkable but im not sure id be into buying this in the future.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a jet black color with an off white to tan foamy head. Delicate foamy lace. The aroma started off with some sweet dark and milk chocolate, dried dark fruits, balanced vinous quality, somewhat tart/sour. The flavor blends the vinous sour to the chocolate sweetness. Some barrel dried woodiness and the dark fruits showing their tart qualities, almost more like blackberry if anything. Leans to the chocolate sweet side with the sour making a decent effort in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Sour vinous qualities seem to just balance and don’t really add any harshness or distract from the feel. Actually, because of that, it just seems to balance very appropriately. Overall, very nice American wild ale with all of the dark components coming across super nice. Definitely worth coming back to in the colder months.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a two finger fluffy tan head that disappates quickly. Aroma is roast malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, slight tartness/sour, and a definite red wine vinous character. Taste follows with big notes of red wine and tartness up front, followed by dark roasted malts and dark chocolate, oak, very slight whiskey notes, and a funky earthiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, with enough crisp carbonation to keep it balanced. Almost gose/stout hybrid like. Overall, this is a very good beer, super complex with layers of flavor that evolve as you drink and the beer warms.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 2016 batch

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of roastyness with some nice sour notes and a little funk. Light coffee and chocolate as well
T: Taste is tartness, oak, funk, some roasty notes, fudge and coffee. Slight sour cherry as well. Swallow is sour cherry and leather with more oak, funk and roasted coffee.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft but adequate and the beer has a dry finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It is complex and flavorful with a pleasing amount of tartness. It reminds me of a very tame Tart of Darkness. If you like sour dark beers this is one to get your hands on.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 9/9/16

A the darkest cola liquid, thumbs width of dark foam quickly falls to a thin film leaving lots of spider web lace even on the side I'm drinking out of

S wet wood, musty wine barrel but not getting the whiskey, strawberry and sour cherries, sugar coated raisins, cocoa powder, cold coffee, maybe some sour plums, plenty gong on

T more sour fruit and some cola added to the mix but other then that it mimics the nose fairly well, about what I expected after smelling it

M comes out a little thin in the mouth but the bubbles fluff it up but then it flattens out in a hurry, sour cherry finish

O drinks a little easy for 8.5% so that says something, dark sours are often odd and this ones no exception but it somehow all pulls together but I would like to see more whisky barrel

An odd brew but it grew on me as I got in to it, that being said I don't think I'd pull the trigger again for a second crack considering the price tag

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle - lots of typical nasties in this one, but the Pinot Noir barrel certainly intrigues me. Wait, that's a FISH on the label?

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with very spare red cola edges, and one finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy brown head, which leaves a bit of windswept rocky remote island profile lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of edgy Brett and lactic sourness, bready and lightly roasted caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit (maybe some prunes and figs), some dank red wine barrel mustiness, a twinge of cocoa powder, maybe some ephemeral coffee notes, and a hint of emerging estery citrus rind. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, a minor earthy nuttiness, sour dark fruit (cherries, red grapes, and dates), musty old socks, an increasing vinous barrel woodiness, some free-agent ashiness, a bit of leathery tobacco, very dry chocolate, and some coffee that's been sitting on the stove for way too long.

The carbonation is adequately active in its generally structural frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and so-so smooth, as the funk, char, and sourness really don't engender much hope at this juncture, yeah?. It finishes off-dry, the still ethereally smoked malt and varied wine-led fruitiness easily contending with any lingering souring agents.

Overall, this is another brew from Anchorage that took its time to grow on me - the sourness eventually dovetailing into the heady base brown ale, all under the auspices of that sexy Pinot red wine barrel essence. Other props go to the seamlessly integrated 17-proof booze, which I'm sure I'll be encountering soon enough.

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Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pored from a 750 ml into the modified tulip glass.
A - With an aggressive pour, from the near black backdrop a thin cap can be coaxed. A ring of evidence
clings to the glass.
S - Dark fruits all candied, Plum, fig, raisin, blend seamlessly, with a bit of sour patch blackberry.
T - Right of of the olfactory side, sour dark fruits, a bit of american oak adds tannin's and vanilla.
F - Thin n body, delightful in texture,
O - a delightful twist on the sour stout, kind of in Tim Burton fashion. I frankly enjoy this a great deal.

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: midnight brown, mocha head
S: tart, roasted malts, sweet
T: tart is upfront, really nice finish with stout characteristics
F: very smooth with average carbonation
I: love it, great stuff

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Photo of justinp444
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip it has a black body and a beige head of half a inch. Smell of pinot noir, slight chocolate, vanilla, hay, funk, light vinegar, chocolate, slight roasted malt, pepper, and cherry. Taste is chocolate, pinot noir, grape, vanilla, hay funk. light vinegar, pepper, cherry, strawberry, stone fruit, peach, caramel, and roasted malt. Full mouth feel and body with a nice moderate carbonation. A very good tart sour stout, the pinot noir barrel are pronounced and fantastic.

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Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle at share on 6/11/16. Pours out flat, oily black body. Smell goes in another direction, fruity and tart. Taste is also fruity, with more tartness, and more of the barrel elements coming into play. A nice cap to the evening, full of excellent beers

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Photo of stortore
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep brown pour, with a creamy looking, small foamy head and foamy lacing. Smells of malt, red wine, oak, some Brett funk, yeast, some chocolate, raisins. Also a hint of whiskey, which I've seen in another review, so I guess it's possible... Taste also leads with malt and red wine, cherries, raisins, some chocolate, some Brett sourness/tartness. A light hop bitterness underneath. Smooth. creamy, well carbonated, the taste lingers on the tongue.

This is a well crafted, well blended beer, with a fairly unique profile and a complex flavor. This one is definitely worth a purchase, if you can find it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the middle. The aroma is dominated by Pinot Noir and Brettanomyces. The taste is also dominated by those same Pinor Noir and Brettanomyces. The mouth is slightly thick and tart.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acidic sour beer, light red wine, strawberry, burnt sugars, tart, lemon citrus notes, orange peel, twisler candies. Candied cherries. A solid dark sour beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #2, bottled in November 2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, raisin, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, red wine vinegar, toasted oak, black pepper, leather, light vanilla, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, roasted malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, raisin, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, red wine vinegar, toasted oak, black pepper, leather, light vanilla/char, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Moderate balanced tartness/spiciness and light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, raisin, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, red wine vinegar, oak, black pepper, leather, light char, and yeast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a one inch mocha cap; squiggly lacing all over the glass

Smell: Burnt coffee, Pinot Noir grape and oak with hints of Whisky and dark chocolate

Taste: Lactic cherry and growing oaky Pinot Noir flavors, up front, with the burnt coffee and chocolate elements building underneath; after the swallow, the acetic aspect starts to build, somewhat, and the Whisky barrel flavors reveal themselves but the finish is dominated by the fruit that the Pinot Noir barrels impart; burnt coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: Interesting to see how the scores have played out on this beer; while the Brett seems overwhelmed by everything else that is going on and I can understand why some don't care for the schizophrenic character of this beer, I found it fascinating and quite enjoyable

Thanks, itracy63, for the opportunity

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 8/1/15

A: Dark, dark brown - pours with a small, light tan head that fades rapidly, leaves minimal lacing

S: Well, it's a sour dark beer for sure - definitely sour with some sharp acidity and some musty, lactic aromas - some dark malts, chocolate malts, and caramel - some dark cherries, dark fruits, and red wine - some medicinal, phenolic, waxy flavors - acetone and wood

T: Sour, dark malts, and wine - some acidic notes, as well as damp, lactic notes - some funky Brett, tart notes - dark fruits, grapes, figs - earthy, with some spice - some red wine, with barrel and more dark fruit - some chocolate - finishes with some alcohol and some lingering acidity

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, tart with some lingering dryness and acidity

O: Pretty much what I expected

I bought this over a year ago. Actually, more than a year ago... I vaguely remember buying this in the fall of 2013. And I've been afraid to drink it. My track record with sour stouts is less than stellar. This is pretty good, but it's still not great... I think I should consider avoiding this style.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Cola black almost brown. Head is a light khaki with minimal retention. A small creamy collar. Minimal lacing.

Smell: A big beautiful mess of everything. Layers of sour and tart. Lacto pushes some yogurt. Slight roasted malt. A touch of coffee with a ton of dark fruit. Dark cherry and plum mostly. Sharp cour bite on the back. Pedio really grabs hold and throws some deep sour notes. Touches of lemon and lime. Vague notion of dark chocolate as well. Decidedly damp with a lot of wet grass and a touch of cardboard. Slight oxidation. Some mild spicy elements as well. Grassy. Red wine creeps through the back with a ton of red grape skin. Definitely vinous.

Taste: Dry red wine. Pinot Noir barrel is massively evident. Red wine grape and some serious oak. Soft spiciness coupled with a general dark fruit. Some cherry skin and dark cherry flesh. Mild yeast and barrel spiciness. Tons of grass with some damp hay and musty basement. A touch of rock. Some roasted malt. A touch of caramelized malt sweetness as well. The souring bacteria takes a back seat to the brett and what I can only imagine is the Anchorage house yeast. Hints of baker's chocolate. Minimal hops. They add something vaguely earthy with a soft floral edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Mildly astringent. A touch underwhelming on the body - seems like a barrel was used and thinned things out.

Overall: No Falcor, don't follow Artax!

It's not a bad "sour stout" at all. The body is a touch underwhelming and the souring bacteria are more prevalent on the nose than the taste and that's a missed opportunity.

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Photo of Mikus
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Jens4212 for sharing this big brew! Deep, dark and black with a foamy tan head that recedes into ample lacing. I got a big lactic/acetic whiff and a noticeable hint of the whiskey barrel when I took this one in. Nice nose, and inspiring. Very pleasant mix of big flavors on the palate... from the whiskey barrel to the vinegary to the puckering. A really delicious roasted note emerged from the depths of the sourness of this brew, and played in nicely on the end of the palate. Coffee. Brilliant. Great carbonation, nice medium, prickly mouthfeel. You had better believe that the dregs of this bottle went into our 'harvested bugs' yeast project. Nice one folks, if you can find it!

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Photo of Dentist666
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black beer with two-finger tan head, not very long retention. Smell - balsamic vinegar, wood, chocolate, slight funk. Taste - moderately tart, astringent, chocolate, notes of oak, pinot noir, berry acidity, attributes of Brett presence. Soft carbonation, excellent drinkability. Round and well-balanced beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing!

Brownish black body with mocha tinged tan foam.
Aroma has a distinct underlying complexity that intensifies as it warms.
Balsamic, wet wood, cheese rind funk, leather, tobacco.

Taste is pretty interesting, adding a healthy dose of roast malt and sourness into the mix. It's the nuanced complexity that steals the show, vinous tannins, wet wood, balsamic and black cherry pits. Leather, dried berries, and underripe pears. Creamy feel underlying the tartness and roast malt elements. Very complex and holds a lot of interest after 2 years.

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Photo of cvm4
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Batch #2, Bottled Nov. 2014

L - Pours a black, coffee looking body with a thin tan head. Does appear to be much carbonation or retention to it.

S - Good helping of pinot noir barrels along with roasted malts and some funk.

T - The pinot noir barrel fight with the whisky barrel for attention. It's a back and forth between the two barrels that doesn't really compliment anything. Secondary flavors of roasted malts, vanilla and white grapes. The sour comes through on the end.

F - Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Interesting style, but I think they two different barrels hurt, more than help the beer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into tulip during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood Seal Beach. Opaque and very dark brown body, a half finger of tan head with high retention that eventually settles to a ring and islands. Aroma is citrus tartness, wine barrel wood, roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of earthy funk. Taste is initially light sweetness with burnt sugar and molasses, then comes the sour: citrus and apple skin, some bitter roasty notes on the finish. Medium body, thick but smooth texture, moderate-plus carbonation, slightly sour dry puckering finish. A lot going on in this beer!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled march 2013 cellared over 1 1/2 years

Pours dark black with a tan film over the top. Smell has complex aromas of oak, must, funk, chocolate malt, cherries, currents and hints of vanilla tannins in the finish. Taste follows the nose with red wine, cherries, chocolate malt, and barnyard brett flavors. Hints of oak and vanilla in the finish along with more dark pit fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a dry crisp finish.

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Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 306 ratings