mansquito (6425) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2017 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!
Owl farm: poursblack with a beige head. Aroma is funky and roasty malty... wild and yeasty. Taste is lightly sour but quite a bit roasty. Interesting and complex through and through. Drake (13724) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2017
C&C 750 mL bottle. Dark brown, ruby highlights, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of plum, chocolate, oak, pepper, chocolate. Jason P. says "I did not expect that." Taste is berries, cherries, plum, oak, chocolate, caramel, whiskey. Medium bodied, tasty. 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 (1976) - 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 (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, 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 (2535) - 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 (2152) - 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 (772) - 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 (1869) - - 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)