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
Ratings:
288
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Batch # 1. Bottled 3/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruit, wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, dark roasted malt, and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 pretty good beer with a smell that is more sour forward and a taste that is more roast forward.

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4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We all know those deserts- those that share a chocolate and nut grounding. But then those bakers can't help but to introduce that element of citrus. It's odd, its unsettled, but there's something so compelling about them that it keeps you returning to the dish... this beer is the zymurgilogical equivalent of that.

As the wild ale pours the darkest brown before going black, it casts cola highlights as the ale feathers toward the edge. A creamy sheet of mocha-tan spans the ale, doing so with strong retention and island-like lacing.

Incredible sour apple aromas blend in with coffee underpinnings. Decorated with elements of limes and sea air, the scent takes a rounde savory tart scent. Even a tinge of mushroom, smoky chocolate adds to the sour and roast interplay.

The taste really takes off with the scorches sweetness that's rarely found in Anchorage beers. Its burnt caramel taste bleeds seamlessly into campfire chocolates and medium-roast coffee. And then there's the bitter limes, tart lemony taste and delicate cidery mix. As the short-lived sweetness quickly trails, the earthen sourness swells into minerally roast and a compelling dirty pepper quality.

Medium-light in body, this beer seriously flirts with sour thinning and malt robustness. Its creamy body folds in the acidity from sourness in a strange chocolate-slash-lemon dichotomy. Light astringency puckers the jawls as mild warmth keeps the beer porter-ish.

Anchorage got off their feet and onto the world's craft beer stage with the sour-citrusy interplay. Now they have turned into left field in exploring the balance of robust roast and sourness and its playing out marvelously. Though this isn't my favorite- it shows the promise and the dedication to quality and inquisition that today's craft beer audiences deserve!

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heard good things about this one; I've been holding onto it waiting to be in the mood for a good sour - and tonight is definitely the night. Batch #1 March 2013. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 30 IBUs. Love the label art; very original and fun. "Black sour ale with brett, pedio, & lacto." Reviewed as a wild ale. "Ale aged in French Oak Pinot Noir Barrels." "Brewed with summit hops. Triple fermented. First in stainless tanks with a Belgian yeast. Second in French Oak Pinot Noir Barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus. Finally in the bottle for natural carbonation." Sounds damn tasty; expectations are quite high. 750ml brown glass bottle with art printed on the bottle and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Cost was $15.00 here in SoCal.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. Liquid slowly surges up, eventually necessitating a pour.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of nice tan colour. Smooth soft complexion; supple. Nice creaminess - especially for a sour. Decent frothiness and thickness. Retention is average - about two minutes. Even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Before dying, it does give way to a floater ring that remains for an additional minute. Quite an intriguing - dareisay a unique - head for a wild ale.

Body colour is a very dark ruby-black. Solid and opaque. No yeast particles are visible as a result. No bubble show.

Overall, it's looking quite appealing for the style - but it's unusual, which does have me a bit worried.

Sm: Dark malts. Great yeast complexity; I pick up the pedio and lacto but both are subtle. I don't get much in the way of brettanomyces or funkiness, but it's a bit biscuity. Not a spicy or herbal yeasty character; sour all the way. Cream. Dark malts. Buried roast. Maybe even some buried vanilla. Lovely oak and subtle, light red wine/grape notes. It's a bit too clean and clinical for a sour, in classic American fashion. Not the natural spontaneous aroma of a good traditional Belgian sour. A mild strength aroma overall. No hop character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Sourness is timid, and clashes with the dark malt build of the body. The oak is nice, but gets bludgeoned by overwhelming red wine notes. In this way, it's imbalanced; I'd prefer that the flavours complement each other and cooperate, but they come into conflict. Pedio is way too backgrounded. Most of the sourness comes from the lactobacillus. Not getting any brettanomyces or funkiness here. Lightly creamy. A kiss or orange zest. Tannic from the wine aging - to its detriment. It flirts with a cherry pie crust note, but never quite commits - much to my chagrin. A hint of dark sugarplum, which clashes with the sour notes. The sweet/bitter spectrum is zany here; I don't know that the brewer was really in control of this beer. Roast is buried, and luckily so because it really doesn't work well here. No real wild bacteria. The sourness is clean and clinical, not natural and spontaneous. Hints of vanilla are quite unwelcome. Some vinous character. Maybe some licorice (which I personally despise). A bit of raisin. Maybe even some molasses - which is horrid in a sour. It's complex in that there's a lot going on, but it has no subtlety. An unrefreshing mess of a sour. There are good elements here, but the notes clash too much for it to come off cohesive or holistically constructed.

The "black" aspect of this black sour ale really holds it back.

As it warms, the wine character matures but grows even more pronounced, further eclipsing the sour notes that should be the soul of the beer.

The finish really bothers me; it's too sweet and the dark sugarplum, raisin, and kiss of molasses really don't work well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean (overly so). Unrefreshing. Too thick. Okay presence on the palate. Lightly chewy. A biteen syrupy. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well. Overcarbonated - even though it's bottle conditioned; that's strange. Acidic.

Dr: Downable but I expected far better for the price and this beer's reputation. I wouldn't want this again unless it had some age on it - and only then to check if the pedio had finally surfaced. I like the concept of the beer, but the execution is wanting. I'll happily finish the bottle - and the ABV is very well hidden - but I really hoped this would be better brewed than it is. The pinot noir barrel aging in particular is sloppy and heavy handed, with no regard for subtlety. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. Its lack of balance really holds it back. A swing and a miss from Anchorage.

Overpriced.

Drinks fine from a stem-tulip. That's probably the best glassware for it; that or a teku.

Serve chilled.

C+

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4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much no head, actual none, dark brown molasses syrupy barely any light coming through.

Nose lots of sour funk and toasty wood, light barnyard earthy funk, sour lacto funk, weird plant like earth, dark creamy brown malts too like fermented molasses, lots of toasty French oak too, light vinous.

Taste nice sour funk, fermented molasses little corn stalk starchy like, lots of earthy funk, pedo sour, creamy lacto sour too, light bitterness, light sour syrup, sweet flavours too. Lots of toasty French oak, bit buttery, vinous light wine flavours. Finish is dry sticky flemmy and molasses and lots of sour funk lingering.

Mouth is med bod, light carb, creamy but flemmy sour feel.

Overall interesting but nothing special, too much going on and not enough of the good parts... the dark weird malts don't help either.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Anadromous from Anchorage Brewing Company
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