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Anchorage / Crooked Stave Between the Staves

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A sour collaboration with Crooked Stave.
Sour ale fermented in fouders with 3 strains of brettanomyces, aged in cognac barrels 11 months with a funky bunch of bacteria.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled April 2014
A steady pour into my large wine glass produces a fat-one-finger thick, darkish tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, amber-brown color that shows a rich, red stained, brilliantly clear, brown hue when held up to the light. The nose is tart, woody, a bit warming, and has a back-note of apricot. Lightly must, sort of like damp clay, with a softly phenolic funkiness, as well as a grape like note that reminds me a bit of a red wine.

Nicely tart, with a backdrop of firm oak structure and a solid, apricot like fruitiness that adds an intriguing note to the flavor. There is a touch of nuttiness to the finish as well as a touch of toasted, whole grain character. The finish has a spiciness to it, much of which is derived from the acidity; not really acetic, but maybe a touch of that, mostly a lactic bite, but some peppery oak character and perhaps some spiciness from the residual cognac character. The body is fairly light, making this quite quaffable for a beer of this strength, and there is a persistent carbonation that lingers on for a long time. Hints of vanillin, tart raisin notes, a touch of cherry, some lingering fig essence, and a tart, dark prune like character are all noticeable here. The oak adds a lingering woody flavor, some spice, a toast accentuating note, as well as a tannic structure and lingering, light astringency. The cognac adds a refined, fruity (I think the apricot comes from this somehow), lightly biting, interesting complexity to this beer.

This is quite a bit more tasty than I was expecting. This is quite nicely balanced between the sour, funky, barrel, and malt notes. The finish reminds me quite a bit of a restrainedly tannic, full bodied red wine at times, though this is clearly a sour beer. I took a long time to finish my first pour of this beer (more than an hour-and-a-half) , and it really held up well during the process

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
HonkeyBra (4025) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a reddish color with a khaki head. Aroma of green apples, rubber bands, booze. Flavor is gross. Red wine, vinegar, booze, wood, rubber bands, green apple, tons of acid. Booze and acid is how I describe this. Slick mouthfeel. I had a solid 6 oz. pour of this and its almost unfinishable. This is gross. Not a good beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (4025) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Shared at RBSG 2014 in the Presidential Suite. Tart cherry in the nose. with some bourbon. Strongly acetic and a burning finish. Overall very tart without much else; in a chest burning way without much fruitiness or barnyard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3969) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2014
808s n FartRates review #5 this one courtesy of Cateman197
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head.

The aroma is funky with a bunch of cherry. It’s earthy rich and oaky all around.

The flavor is tart with some sour fruit and burnt sugar. It’s got a bunch of tart cherry character & oakiness.

Neat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3909) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle in Nørrebroparken. Pours a clear brown with a small beige head. Sour with a light sweetness and some tartness. Aromas of sour cherries and some cask wood. Hints of glue. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry and sour finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3901) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear, amber with a small tan head. Aroma of wood,vanilla, caramel, red sour fruits, cognac and brett notes. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dy and pleasant tart. Medium bodied, oily to watery texture and soft carb. An excellent Sour indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3877) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Soft aroma of barnyard and red fruit. Taste is rich, with milky tart, cherries, brett, malt and oak. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (3834) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Pours deep brown with low off-white head. Aroma of bretta, grapes, redcurrant, sweet cherry, oak barrels. Taste is big fruit and sour tart with light fruit sour finish. Light, smooth and crisp body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (3782) - NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle from Kihoskh, shared with esp0r september 5th 2014. Clear red tinted brown body. Acidic aroma with forest berries, wine, wood. Taste is sweet and tart, berries, caramel, nuts, fruit. Lactic and fruity finish. Nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3772) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle share from Matt. Light, effervescent, sweet, all around great. A nice break from the crowd and palate cleanser.


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