Anchorage Brewing Anadromous

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Anchorage Brewing Anadromous

The Anchorage Brewing Anadromous is a Black Sour Ale.  We tasted this beer on Episode 14, where you can hear our live thoughts and impressions.  This beer can be a bit of a novelty to some, while being a bit harsh to others.  It has the appearance of a dark stout, but the body and flavor of a much lighter ale.  It has a head that is conducive of a normal sour ale.  The aroma leaves much to be desired, personally; particularly because I am such a fan of sour beers.  With that being said, this beer delivers on its sour flavor, while still maintaining a bit of that roastiness from the malt.  The sour just about overpowers the roasted malt that comes through.  As sours go, I prefer more "punch you in the mouth" sourness, as I like to say.  However, regardless of the few negatives that I have with the beer, I have to say, it was still tasty.  I also have to give Anchorage Brewing credit, as a Black Sour Ale is tough to brew.  There are not very many great examples out there.  It does not have the iconic styles like Lambics and Gueuzes from Belgium.  It is a bit of its own unique creation by adding lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and pediococcus yeast strains to a beer with roasted malt.  This particular example was triple fermented (hence the three yeast strains above), brewed with Summit hops, and aged in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels, as well as some whiskey barrels.  

Joel Moser