Anadromous | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States | website

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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Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.6%
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 +25.1%
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 -4.9%
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 +9.3%
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%
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 +9.8%
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 +7.5%
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 +11.7%
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 -16.3%
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 -18.9%
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 +8.3%
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 +13.5%
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 +9.1%
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 -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 SierraFlight
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
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%
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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Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, bottled March 2013.

A: Pours near black with a surprisingly faint light brown film for a head. Soapy lace.
S: Pinot noir comes through nicely alongside tart scents of acid and buttery oak. Faint cheesy funk.
T: Pinot noir dominates again with gritty oak tannins and grape skins, a hint of dark chocolate, lactic acid, and butter oak in the finish. One dimensional but delicious.
M: Very soft and frothy carbonation, medium body, slicker and a bit thinner than I would have liked.
O: A red wine bomb, smooth and easy. Needs more carbonation and funk, but definitely flavorful and interesting. However, my least favorite Anchorage beer so far.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter.

A: Opaque and essentially black, with a thin light tan head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funk and acetic acid, some feet, vinous character, oak barrel, and roasted malts. Smells fairly sour.

T: Funky tartness, coffee roasted malts, vinous, acetic acid. The funk character predominates over the sourness. Has some oak tannins lurking underneath. An almost absent finish, with only light tartness, acetic acid and roast malt bitterness.

M: Medium body to a bit on the heavier side, low carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence seems middle of the road.

O: I found it relatively enjoyable but nothing to truly excite the palate. A bit odd - strikes me as a coffee sour. Still, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. march 2013 vintage

dark black color with a half inch beige head. smell of tart cherries, very good! smell is so awesome. taste not quite..bit still good.big tartness up front with a lack of cherries, though the back end is quite a bit bitter. finish lingers with bitter cherries. good..could be even better with even more age. very juicy. medium body and low carbonation.

overall 13 months did it well, needs even more age though

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Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, interesting beer 2 nights ago. Reviewed fully on tablet during consumption.

A- Black body poured from the corked 750ml to a chalice. Light tan head forms to about a half finger with a frothy texture but falls fairly quickly to a small foamy ring. Lacing is sparse with some small spots.

S- Lactic tarts pretty much dominate the nose for me. Leads me to believe the flavor will be full of funk and sour bacterial influence. Cherry pie Brett feel with some barnyard. Some vinous hints.

T- Talk about a U-turn from aroma to flavor. Some of the aroma carries over but for me a ton of new things take over here. Roasted malts and cocoa come into play here with a spicy Belgian yeast base. With time the lactic acid, Brett cherry funk and barnyard comes out. What really takes over is the pinot noir and oak. Lots of vinous dark fruits and oak tannins.

MF- Dried out body with a light to moderate overall consistency. Carbonation somewhat on the lower end but the flavors don't really need huge bubbles. Finishes with oak tannins and some tartness on the palate.

Wine is quite massive in this funky dark ale. All over the place but the flavors come together fairly well. Interesting beer once again by Anchorage.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, March 2013 bottling split 3 ways. Surprising lack of exploding cork coming from Anchorage.

A - Dark brown pour with some noticeable clarity, thin beige head turns to a ring pretty quickly.

S - Lots of pinot noir barrel here, dark fruit, some lactic sourness, just a bit of caramel back there. Red wine and oak covers mostly any/all dark malts there may be.

T - Still very red wine forward, almost flanders-esque, oak, weird medicinal, brett funk (which definitely leans towards the 'lactose' side of things), vinegar, pretty tart. Kinda...odd. Some hoppiness? Some caramel and molasses hiding way in there. But mostly a red-wine bomb.

M - Somewhat thin and could've used more carbonation. Some booze.

O - The pinot noir barrel is pretty nice but engulfs most of the flavor profile, the lacto funk is a decent touch, I feel like this could've/should've delivered alot more though.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown colour with mocha-coloured head. Small, whispy but leaving decent lace. Looks pretty good.

Hugely Bretty and tart. Nice, deep roast on there with strong balsamic notes, a touch of washed-rind cheese and figs. Slightly intimidating, but very intriguing.

Taste is funky and tart as well. Touch of spicy espresso upfront first though, before funky notes take over midway. Distinct balsamic note, some bitter chocolate, notes of fresh figs, wood smoke and grains of paradise on the back. Finishes dry, and could use a bit more edge. Very intriguing palate though.

Decent body, texture feels nice, but doesn't quite have the bold presence demanded by the bold flavours. Some more body or more carbonation would do different things, but either one would make it seem less meek than it is now.

Quite a bizarre drop, but well-handled, with the off, funky notes and dark bitter notes clashing in a battle for flavour supremacy. Neither wins in the end, but what does win is enjoyment.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a deep, oily black, with a loose but frothy head of pale brown. Pretty light and fluid in the body, and carbonation that swirls wildly when tilted. Minimal lacing. It looks a bit weird to be honesT: very light bodied for the depth of colour. Interesting at least.

Nose is very tart, and marked with a prominent oak character, much like a good Flanders Red. Unlike a Flanders Red, however, there's also a dense darkness to it, giving roast and coffee notes that permeate the more acidic cherry aromas. Some coconut comes through as well. It's really quite complex, but a little anarchic at the same time. I like it.

Taste is similar: plenty of tart flavours bouncing around, but at its core is a strong dark malt presence, making it seem more like a stout than a wild ale. Indeed, the main contribution of the bugs seems to be to rip away all the sweetness and body, making it feel very narrow on the palate. Cherry aromas still stick around, and there's a sheen to the malt that gives off some oak. Extremely unusual: I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

Feel is dense through the centre: but there's actually not much true acidity, nor body to support a lot of the flavours. It works in a weird way, but again it's a strange choice.

Overall, this is still pretty good, with an oddly directed inoculation of brett and bugs. I certainly don't think it's one of Anchorage's best, but that's a pretty high bar.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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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