Anadromous | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

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.

Added by DucksFan16 on 06-02-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
276
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
31.87%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 276
Reviews by ccrida:
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is such a winner I had to give it a full review. I generally greatly dislike the newer "black ales" and find them a meaningless style. This one really works and lives up to what it purports to be. I'd actually call this a must try since it is so balanced, so integrated and such a wonderful example of a creative brew.

Pours black with a thin, dark khaki head. Decent looking.

Nose is complex and integrated with sweet black chocolate, sweet bing cherries and oak. The characteristics are all very distinct and yet balanced in a wonderful olfactory delight. I actually don't get the pedio, brett or lacto in the nose but I really don't care the nose is otherwise so nice. There is actually an identifiable pinot noir character in the nose which is really nice to see.

Mouthfeel is medium to full yet bright. It is wonderfully balanced with small bubbles and a complete integration of texture and flavors.

Flavor profile beautifully follows the nose. Rich chocolate, black cherry, light roasted grain and some light sweet coffee, all really well balanced with an acidic fruit sour. This is a wonderful use of brett, pedio and lacto used to enhance the flavors, not dominate. Burgundian pinot noir tones are present in the flavor profile which, like the nose, is really nice to see. This is actually a beer that wonderfully tastes like what reads on the bottle!

Finish is a light citric chocoate; light milk chocolate and cooked fruit. I think this is a creative beer that's not creative just for creative's sake; this one works beautifully.

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Photo of cvm4
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
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 nicole309
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2
Full of wonderful sour cherry flavors. Subtle funk and vanilla aroma. Could be my new favorite from Anchorage.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of freshflesh
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andyfrancis
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overcarbed. I popped the bottle to little fanfare, set it on the counter, got distracted by something else going on in the kitchen, only to come back a few minutes later to the bottle sitting in a puddle of its own mess, the mouth still erupting, with a slow constant trickle of dark, mocha bubbles over the side. Aside from that, it looks quite nice. Black with just a hint of brownish red around the edges in the light.

Fruity, raspberry sour and farmhouse funky cheese the nose, despite the dark color. Interesting and complex without being off-putting.

Just a hint of sweet chocolatey banana at first, quickly overwhelmed by cheesy funkiness and watery tart finish.

Despite the initial overflow, there isn't much of bubbly bite. It's pretty heavy compared to pretty much any other sour and leaves a light waxy coating.

They're interesting enough to keep me buying, but for me these Anchorage Brewing wilds/sours have been all over the map, Bitter Monk being my favorite. This one is slightly above the average. Could make for a nice dessert drink in a snifter.

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Photo of Shagator
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 Schlafly33
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Brenden
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is a brown dark enough to edge into black, with a touch of a red tint and just a little light sneaking into the edges. Light brown foam forms a tight little head that sticks together for a good while, not especially large but with strength. It leaves pretty good patching as it goes.
The smell and the flavor of this brew are rich, deep, complex, and certainly atypical, seeming to push the boundaries of what a wild ale can do and be. Pinot is a great element to add to the tangy tartness of this beer, and the added oak dryness curbs an additional not-quite-chocolaty sweetness. A tangy/tart green apple and earth mix make for a fantastic backbone for this beer. There's just a faint hint of roast, adding complexity rather than clashing. Tannins and additional tartness complete the overall effect, offer the desired sourness, and round it all together very nicely.
The body is medium but seems almost to flirt with the unknown, as crispness, a bright sort of acidity and a softer feel make you think lighter before some heft, creaminess and depth of flavor make you feel it could be heavier. It ultimately does rest somewhere between, though.
Anchorage really did this one up, making an unusual and complex blend of flavors that really come together. A bold move, and very well done. The $16 price tag may make some shy, but in a 750 the quality matches the price.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of iong516
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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 buzzword
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Mar02x
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of KensWorld
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adamdarcy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Small collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of red wine. Roasted malt. Not a lot of brett. Dark chocolate. Little bit of vinegar and oak.

Taste - Somewhat sour. A variety of sour flavors. After the sour flavors die off, chocolate roasted malt surfaces. Red wine lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. A little ashy.

Overall - Not well blended, but a decent beer.

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Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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