OldMrCrow (2051) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 750 ml bottle from Chuckís.
Man, Anchorage gets all of the cool collaborations. Corked and caged 750 opens with nary a puff; the beer pours a dark murky brown with a hint of white head. The aroma is rich and complex and an unusual combination to say the least. Cherries and balsamic like a Flanders red, oak and a booziness that with a little imagination I can attribute to the cognac barrels, intense cobwebbiness of a mouldering stone basement, and a candied grapefruit new school hops thing that comes way out of left field for the style but somehow makes sense coming out of Anchorage. Fascinating combination. Itís really a glorious aroma -- but I donít have the patience to sit around and sniff -- itís on the first sip.
My first reaction to the sip, after becoming accustomed to high-alcohol sour reds like Aardmonk and the De Dolle Reservas, is that this is (1) not nearly as cuttingly sour, (2) much less aggressively tongue-dryingly tannic (3) much less chewy and (4) much less alcoholic, despite the cognac nose. All of these co-conspire to make it (5) far more quaffable than it has any right to be. One sip in and Iím very glad to have an entire 750 of it to myself. Not a common sentiment with the relatively challenging Anchorage brews, and all the less so with the stronger Belgian reds. None of the chloroform off-flavor exemplified by the Duchess that bothers me so in about half of the beers of this style. Enough vomit-abit-in-the-mouth flavor to give it street cred but not enough to make one question oneís sensibility in enjoying it. Despite the limited carbonation, thereís nothing lacking in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on, and while the beer isnít heavy on the tongue like the bigger Flanders reds, this seems to work to the advantage of the beer as a whole. (Aside -- this should be listed as a Sour Red/Brown, not a Sour/Wild Ale.)
Just when I was starting to wonder if I was over-rating Anchorage based on some sick personal Brett fetish, they come along and really nailed this one.
tl;dr summary: They threw the kitchen sink at this one, but it spontaneously self-assembled into something beautiful.
UDBeernut (1959) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours brown, some light passes, cream hued head. nose has berries, vanilla. taste has a nice sour base, some more berries, cognac is noticeable, some adhesive, soy. light body.
Westmeister (1954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good, complex sour brown. Tannins, dark fruits, cherries, subtle cognac,oak, tart and sour, bit funky,malty.
SlackerMads (1896) - DENMARK - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle not in NÝrrebroparken. Dark chestnut brown with a medium sized diminishing tan head. Wooden, light acetone, dark berries, band aid, fruit stones, dried apricot. Medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, medium sweet and sour. Not too abrasive and opens a lot as it warms up.
Errl (1871) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle..Pour is brown with a thin off white head. .Nose is funk, oak, caramel, spice, tart...Taste is tart, funk, cherries, soft vinegar, dry..
skoisirius (1818) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Just wow. Got fer my lady for her 27th. Drank at Prosperity. You couldnít pair two more of my new favorite breweries, and then they pair up, and create this beautiful monster. I mean, this beauty had cognac dripped elements of sour barnyard funk blowing up at you, but politely for fuckís sake! Oh by the way, this is rating................1600!!!!
ansalon (1711) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aromas of cherries, funk, almond, roasted oak, plum, slight sherry notes. Taste is cherries, funk, almond, plum, slight vanilla and plum notes. Mouthfeel is quite astringent yet very smooth with soft carbonation. Very very good!
HonusWagner (1680) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite excellent. Fruity with a hint of sweetness, touch of cognac, finish is tart but certainly not overwhelming. Kinda has a blackberry thing going on. One of the best dark American sours Iíve had.
BMMillsy (1628) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle from Tipples. Pours brown with a half finger khaki colored head. Aroma of green apples, wood, balsamic, some interesting booze notes, twigs and leaves and vegetal notes. Interesting I guess but a little strange. Flavor is light sour black cherries with a hefty bit of dry oakiness, some booze that I assume is the cognac, and a lingering mellow cherry apple vanilla flavor left on the palate. Fruity notes begin coming out from the cognac with additional sips. Medium plus mouthfeel for a sour, with low carbonation--but not flat by any means. A very good sour in the red/brown style.
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown pour with a light tan pour with a sour and fruity tart aroma. Damn funky with a nice sour flavor profile. Tasty as hell!