Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUN 28, 2017
Pours a dark black color with a overripened sour fruit aroma. Taste is true to the sour style with a black cherry wine flavor. Aftertaste is slightly metallic with a lasting aluminum tickle on the tongue. B MetalNHopHead (2261) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 20, 2017
It’s never surprising to get funky Brett in a bottle of Anchorage beer, but the Alaskan brewers sometimes knock me off balance with just how much complexity they can bring out. Anadromous did that for me. It has a dark brown appearance and a light brown head that fades quickly. Earthy old oak aromatics and some vinous notes. Taste profile is complex to a degree that’s hard to pin down. It varied with almost each sip. At various tastes and temperatures I got musty wood, barnyard Brett, vinous dark grape, citrus, sour black cherry, blackberry, and aged vinegar. Acidic mouthfeel yet it’s not overwhelming. Anchorage has always had something of a mad scientist slant with how they treat Brett and barrels, but Anadromous seems especially bizarre. I mean that in the kindest way. Capa (3617) - DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Black pour with a fuzzy tan head. Cherries, chocolate, tart, light vinegar but not in an off-putting way, acidic, light roast. Medium thin body. Sour and enjoyable. Nickls (2616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle. Jet black pour with a light tan head. Light cocoa sweetness, some roast, light red wine vinegar in the aroma. Sour dark cherries, cocoa powder, slight roast, some woodiness. Medium to lighter body. Just OK. Sorta vinous, sorta sour, sorta fruity,sorta roasty and sorta just muddled. ineedbeer (2297) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Poured from a 750 ml, Batch #1 bottle.
Aroma is moderately malt forward with quite a bit of dark fruit and red wine notes. Moderate chocolate notes with some lighter coffee and toasted bread notes. Moderately strong red wine notes with some light berry, cherry, plum and prune. Light oak notes with hints of bourbon.
Pours black with a medium sized, moderately thick, mocha colored head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. No lacing and medium small legs.
Flavor is moderately acidic and slightly sharp. Moderate chocolate notes with almost and equal amount of coffee and roast. Some lighter toasted bread. Moderate dark fruit notes with raisin, berry, cherry, prune and plum. Some medium light red wine notes with light bourbon and oak. Low bitterness and some medium low astringency.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Moderate astringency and low, but present alcohol warmth.
Overall, a decent beer, but I think yesterday’s dark sour from Shady Oak was better. This one is a bit too acidic and the fruit notes clash more with the malt than I prefer.
swanmann (782) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 31, 2016
It’s nearly black with a half inch of gradually settling tan foam. At room temp the pinot and whisky aromas really come out, grape jelly, alcohol, smoked wood. The flavor has some dark fruit, black grape, cherry, with a bit of dark chocolate bitterness on the back end, some musty dirt, slightly tart and sweet. The carbonation is fairly soft, a bit acidic on the tongue. It’s definitely unique and not bad. Unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. zoucrew102 (2236) - - DEC 28, 2016
750ml corked bottle, thanks Craig! Rich red wine aroma with notes of sour cherry, chocolate, Brett funk, whiskey and some oak. Pours black with a thin light brown head that has poor retention and little lacing. Starts with tart cherry flavors with notes of chocolate and whiskey as well as a rich, full body and vinous mouthfeel. Finishes tart and dry, like a dry red wine, with red wine, Brett funk and a bit of oak with the red wine flavors lingering heavily on the palate. Very nice. UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 29, 2016
Appearance: deep ruby brown with a hint of lightening around the margins, one finger of creamy beige head, excellent retention and spotty lacing. (5/5) Aroma: dried tart cherry, vinous red wine, dark chocolate, brown bread, leather and tobacco. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high tart, moderate sweet, mild bitter, light funk. (8/10) Medium-light body, moderate-soft carbonation, medium duration tart and lightly funky finish. (4/5)
So, "anadromous" means a fish that migrates upriver, and the horrible monster on the label is actually a salmon. Not entirely sure what that has to do with the beer, mind you - it’s not fishy, that’s for sure. It’s red wine tart and lightly funky, with complex notes on a somewhat light body. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it works for me. (17/20) Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a jet black color with an off white to tan foamy head. Delicate foamy lace.
The aroma started off with some sweet dark and milk chocolate, dried dark fruits, balanced vinous quality, somewhat tart/sour.
The flavor blends the vinous sour to the chocolate sweetness. Some barrel dried woodiness and the dark fruits showing their tart qualities, almost more like blackberry if anything. Leans to the chocolate sweet side with the sour making a decent effort in the aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Sour vinous qualities seem to just balance and don’t really add any harshness or distract from the feel. Actually, because of that, it just seems to balance very appropriately.
Overall, very nice American wild ale with all of the dark components coming across super nice. Definitely worth coming back to in the colder months. thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Pours black into a tulip. Tan head with excellent retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Dusty chocolate and plum aromas. Medium bodied with dusty dark chocolate and tart cherry and plum upfront turning to bitter earth and oaked whiskey in the lasting finish.