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Anchor Argonaut Collection: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Argonaut Collection: Flying Cloud San Francisco StoutAnchor Argonaut Collection: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout
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Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Dublin-style brew made with English Maris Otter pale malt, two black malts, and flaked barley. Nugget and Golding hops provide a spicy, floral complement to the deep, dark-chocolaty maltiness and dry finish.

Added by elNopalero on 01-24-2013

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 192
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.99/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $4.29 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a lush, tall, but subsiding beige head with a creamyish quality to it.

Smell: A boldy robust nose, chary and ashen with some molasses an underlying fruitiness and an implied harsh, blackened husk astringency. Warming a tad brings about licorice and Industrial Revolution era soot.

Taste: Notably roasty from the get-go with some blackstrap molasses, a slightly obscured, slightly sourish berry-like fruitiness trying to emerge. Some sweetness beneath the hard roast. More char midway. The bitterness seems more a product of the astringent black malts used as opposed to an hop additions. Powdered licorice. Sooty smoke. Bitter, roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not diggin' this one, guys.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, nearly black in the Ciney snifter with some of the darkest foam I've seen. Quite sudsy in the mouth. Foam swirls up as you sip. Winey and rather sweet. Pleasant dark caramel candy taste with the charred malt coming up for the finish.

Rather bitter and plain finish. Still, this is one of the best of the last few years of anemic brews from Anchor. The sudsy mouthfeel lasts to the end. The San Francisco market is wide open for them if they would step ahead a few decades.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a good hearty, chewy black stout with tan head. Aroma was dry export stout malt roastiness.

Taste was what they were aiming for I imagine, its a dry, no frills, chewy adjunct stout. Almost oatmeal like.

Damn George, why you gotta be fartin' while I'm writing this stuff.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is two fingers high, and tan in shade While the head's texture is rather bubbly and light for the style, its retention is decent. Not much lacing is left on the glass - again, thanks to the texture. Still, the look is incredibly appealing. (4)

Smell: Surprisingly light-smelling: not in weakness, but in its aromatic notes. Instead of heavy roast or coffee, I pick up dark fruits and subtle chocolate. Like many export stouts, it's also fairly hoppy (though not in a biting or harsh manner - think earthen or floral notes). There's a hair too much diacetyl to earn a 4, but this is exactly what I want from the style otherwise. (3.75)

Taste: It drinks much like I expected. Gentle notes of caramel and chocolate open it up, before parlaying into a subtly hopped finish. Dark fruits notes linger throughout. Like the nose suggested, it doesn't taste terribly 'dark' - there isn't much in the way of roast, umami, or coffee. However, it is an enjoyable export stout that's well hopped in all the right ways. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Though it has a medium, slightly sugary body, it's very easy to drink thanks to the hop presence. It's close to being refreshing, even. Carbonation is moderate for the style. (3.75)

Overall: I like Anchor - they don't cater to the hype train, they just cram their beers chock full of craftsmanship and balance. This is no exception, natch. I couldn't drink it all day, but I'd GLADLY drink it again. (3.75)

3.65/5: More good work from Anchor

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Photo of tdm168
3.66/5  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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Photo of mlockman
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is just as a foreign export stout should be: intense malt-flavors attenuated by fruity hops. Despite a high-level of hop-flavor, this beer remains not bitter and semi-sweet, though not as sweet as the dark malts underneath this hop profile would otherwise lead one to believe.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinky of tan head. Nice viscosity to this, okay head retention & lacing

S: Carob with woody hops, pruneyness as well

T: Follows the nose, slight coffee notes & dryness as well up front, some raisin notes. Some jammy notes as this warms, some leafy hops, dryness & pruny notes too, carob as well. Finishes dry with leafy hops & jammy notes, faint roastyness

MF: Medium body, smooth carbonation

Drinks easy, a nice take of the style, but not as good as Guinness or some others of this ilk. Not bad, but not very memorable either

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Photo of do_ob
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a Madtree snifter. Pours a syrupy, dark brown and settles pitch black in th glass. A relatively gentle pour yielded about 1/2 a finger of tan foam, which bubbled down to a spotty lacing after about a minute. Strong notes of sweet, roasty malt are accompanied by caramel, molasses, ginger, and dark chocolate. Upon tasting, the first notation I see is a strong, choclately bitterness followed by notes of roasted malt, molasses, caramel, and light hints of ginger and cinammon. Overall, the taste is quite sweet, and coupled with the overly-carbonated mouthfeel, this nearly reminds me of a cola. In terms of density, this is fairly light for the abv, but is chewy enough to not feel flat or thin.

Overall, decent. I'm not too experienced when it comes to "Foreign/Export Stouts", but this seemed like an overly-sweet, syrupy American Stout. Not bad, but not sure I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head, minimal retention. Deep black body.

Aroma is rich and dark chocolatey, fairly sweet initially, with a touch of vanilla, and notes of dark fruit. Roast malt becomes more pronounced as it warms, along with tar and licorice.

Flavor is roast malt dominant, with big tar and licorice upfront, substantial nutty malt character hitting mid palate, accompanied by notes of char in the moderately bitter finish. Cereal tones linger in the aftertaste. As it warms, dark cherry, alcohol, and floral hops become evident. There's an acrid note that surfaces late.

Wish the bitterness were less prevalent, and that the acrid character weren't present. Think the black malt character is overdone. Alcohol is definitely noted.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A full-on bubble show presentation; the mocha head settles in at three inches, stripping dots of lace on the way down; the liquid is a translucent cola color

Smell: Roasted grain, chocolate and a hint of molasses

Taste: Roasted grain and chocolate forward, with cinnamon and burnt coffee bitterness building through the middle; some molasses adds sweetness to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little too grainy and a little too sweet, leaving a rather schizophrenic impression; not bad but not a favorite

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Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into 10oz snifter.

A: Pours a very dark woody brown, near black, with a very dense and thick espresso foam stained head that slowly faded into a heavy film which left a few spots of patchy lace down the glass.
S: Roasted nose with notes of coffee dominating. I get hints of nuts and mild chocolate in there as well.
T: Lots of coffee as the nose suggested, with hints of anise, caramel, peat, and bitter dark chocolate. I get anise and peat in the finish, and bitter dark chocolate lingering in the aftertaste. Flavors are strange. I think peat is a good descriptor, as flavors are not smoky, but there is a smoked quality.
M: Medium body, slick and slightly oily mouthfeel, tingly and splashy carbonation, fairly bitter as well.
O: Not bad but probably nothing I’d seek out again. I think this would go well with some oysters or fish and chips though.

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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of LMO1190
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch Black with a tan head. Smells like cherries and roasted malts. Taste of cherries, vanilla, dark malts, sweetness. Smooth mouth feel, very taste clean.

Overall, This is a good clean beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of Marraybay
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was actually far better than anticipated. Feared a dry bitter stout, but this was actually pretty well balanced. Pours black, with a nice 1" or so of head that dissipated. Decent lacing with this. Not a super sweet stout, but enough to provide decent counterbalance to the inherent bitterness. Favorite thus far from Anchor.

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Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours out somewhere between thick and thin with a mocha head

hints of licorice and chocolate

I get lots more chocolate than licorice, dark chocolate bitterness.

full mouthfeel no alcohol presence and a bitter finish .

good for drinking more than one, but not my typical thick stouts.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Globey snifter snifter.

Look : Motor oil black pour coming from this sump of a bottle. 100% opaque. Dips into a fiery orange red head that borders on beige-brown as it settles. The head is initially 3 fingers but the recession is quick and swift to a 1/2 finger retention.

Smell : Soy sauce, slight tin, dried plums, slight cocoa, dried fig, and a faint blue coffee note. It is all fairly faint to nose. As it warms a few degrees I get a slight urine smell as well.

Taste : A lot of steamed coffee off the bat, with some blueberry, oatmeal, and a little fig. A shot of smoky lactose. Cocoa. A slight snap of black licorice on the finish. All in all it really is fairly complex and has a lot going on.

Feel : Medium bodied, not exactly creamy but buzzing with a watery oily feel. Dry roasted finish.

Overall : I'd have it again. It was an interesting experience and while not the same kind of monster as a Russian Imperial, Oatmeal, Milk, or American Stout, it's a stout of a different style with liquid black goodness wrapped in a smoky finish.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet dark malt, lightly toasted, cocoa and a bit of lactose. Flavor is mildly sweet toasted malt, cocoa and bitter chocolate, light vanilla. Finishes with a somewhat surprising light grassy hop bitterness and light char. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A spot-on foreign / export stout until the lightly hoppy finish, which actually fits the stout very well. Nicely integrated with good balance of flavors. Anchor seems to never really pull out the stops on their beers, but usually make each one well and pleasant to drink. This is no exception and perhaps with a bit of pushing the envelope in the finish. A quite enjoyable stout that I will buy again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/5/2015 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and molasses.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There’s some smokiness in the background. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better stouts that I would choose first.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored heard, no head retention, some lacing, no much carbonation, looks like a typical stout.

A: Dark chocolate, coffee, hint of soy sauce, some roasted malt notes.

T: Chocolate, coffee, slight taste of soy sauce, some dark fruits, finishes with some moderate coffee like bitterness, a lingering aftertaste of chocolate, dry finish.

M: It's a little thin for a stout, nice balance of carbonation, dry finish.

O: I was expecting a bit more from Flying Cloud, it's a safe beer, a middle of the road stout, still very tasty, drinkable, but nothing impressive, probably will to seek it out again but I would not turn one down if offered.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour, toffee colored soapy head, sticky foam on the glass.

S - Roasted dark chocolate, cream, roasted malt, and some smokiness.

T - Smokey roasted dark chocolate from start to finish, molasses buried deep underneath, coffee beans - balanced from start to finish.

M - A little on thin side for a stout, medium body, gentle carbonation on the tongue, lingering roasted malt on the palate.

O - Solid.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a creamy, thick tan head.

S: Gentle aromas of vanilla bean, heavy cream, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, molasses, and earthy hops are present on the nose.

T: Nicely balanced notes of caramel, molasses, cream, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, vanilla bean, toffee, and earthy, mildly grassy hops fill the mouth. The finish is balanced, with lingering sensations of roasted grain, chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops most noticeable.

M: Relatively full in body and silky. This ale feels very smooth in the mouth, though it turns slightly sticky toward the finish. Carbonation is active, yet delicate. Alcohol is practically undetectable. Though this ale is very easy to drink for the style, I prefer my stouts to be a bit firmer and heavier in the mouth.

O: This is a rock solid foreign/export stout. In this age of hoppy ales, I tend to feel that American craft brewers have lost sight of the delicate balance of earthy hop and roasted, toasty dark malt flavors that make traditional stouts and porters so great, but I definitely do not have that complaint with this ale. Anchor really did the style justice.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 2 Brothers. Pours a rich black color with half an inch of medium brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is earthy with some chocolate , vanilla, and caramel. The taste is of roasted malts, sweet chocolate and caramel. Earth and some dark fruit notes. Hints of smoke. Light, velvety mouthfeel. Roasted malts and some chocolate at the finish. Very little alcohol presence. Overall, a damn fine export stout worth having again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy extremely dark brown head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted dark malts, cocoa, and just a hint of ground coffee.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted dark malts with a light amount of dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of cocoa and just a hint of dark coffee. Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with well hidden alcohol. Definitely worth grabbing and a tasty brew.

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Anchor Argonaut Collection: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout from Anchor Brewing Company
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