flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared from a year old 750ml bottle. Looks like a stout, dark nearly opaque, with a foamy chocolate, mocha head. Smells like berries, chocolate, coffee, pinot and funk. This is a sipper, for an 8.5% sour it drinks pretty thick and the alcohol is present. Flavors of mocha, deep pinot and wine barrels, chocolate, espresso, figs, dates, plums and a touch of charcoal smoke and some sour funk at the end. The carbonation is on the lower side, but adds a nice touch to this incredibly complex beer. This is the first aged Anchorage beer I’ve enjoyed. So delicious, so unique, so complex- I would drink this thing now, it has aged beautifully and I can’t see it getting better. Perfect balance of fresh flavors and aged sour funk.
sitzds (318) - - APR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 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!
Habanero (3569) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours hazy deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of overripe fruit, toasted caramel, chocolate and brett. Sweet flavor that end up dry and slightly tart. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent sour.
smith4498 (3380) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours translucent brown color with tan head. Aromas of toasted malts and funkiness with some oak and wine. Sour toasted malt and cherry flavors with some wine, brett and oak with hints of chocolate. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
rejtable (2010) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer! Bottle one year old. Pours cola black with an immediately disappearing head and no lacing. Nose is barnyard and light roasted cereal. Notes of light espresso, sour cherries, yeast. Taste is light sweet medium sour, minimal bitterness. Light body with low/medium carbonation.
Shinskyweiser (49) - - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Pours dark as night. Little head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of red wine, sour cherry and oak. Taste of wine, sour cherry, bitter dark chocolate and coffee. A bit spicy on the palate as well. The flavors that develop when this beer warms are fantastic! Great roasty sour ale!
MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
An intense interplay of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, wine barrel and chocolate-y malts produces a complex brew which one must sit down to sip on.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the blackness.
-Carbonation is prickly, forceful.
-The finish is dry with lots of brett and peppery, coniferous hop bitterness.
-Malts also contribute raisin-like qualities.
-This probably needs to lie down for a while. It’s already impressive, but perhaps too boastful for my tastes.
OldMrCrow (2238) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from somewhere in Portland. Belmont station?
I didn’t have much idea what to expect from this beer, but Anchorage beers are always worth trying in my experience. This one is a way-out-of-the-box experiment in wine and chocolate. Only a puff on opening, but it left unattended in the kitchen after pouring a glass, it foams over and leaves a good sized amount of beer to stain the white counter. In my tulip it pours dark near black with a robust if short-lived brown head. Unusual nose melds aromas not usually experienced together: tons of chocolate: chocolate cake, baker’s chocolate; bretty sour funk; intense red wine barrel. Also hints of balsamic and steak sauce, cobweb, wet fur musk.
Strange as that combination seems, the taste actually follows fairly directly. The wine is right up front, bringing a blackberry juiciness that I’d associate with a merlot more than a pinot, plenty of chocolate roast, more wild than sour, closer to Jolly Pumpkin than any other brewery I can think of, sweet on the early part of the finish before drying out with a roast coffee finish. Mouth-filling palate, some heat on the back of the throat long after swallowing. It’s an interesting experiment, packed with flavors so big that 12 ounces are good; 22 is too much. I bet this one kills it in the 2 oz pour category. That’s points off in the overall.
No surprise - this one is not subtle in the least. I need to start drinking subtle again.
TaktikMTL (6728) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de raisins avec une pointe de cerise sûrette. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée avec une pointe de cerise sûrette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #5479)
pushkinwow (2429) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a dark beige head that completely fades. Funk, saison, malty, boozy, tannin, brett, mild carbonation and moderate body, tart and a slight burn on the finish.