The rich history of Anchor Brewing can be traced all the way back to the California gold rush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco with his family. He purchased an old beer-and-billiards saloon on Pacific Street for $3,500, and tranformed it into a brewery that twenty-five years later, would be named Anchor. Today Anchor Brewing is a household name and their Steam Beer is as much a part of San Francisco as the Golden Gate Bridge. One of their newest releases is a “San Francisco” stout named Flying Cloud.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color that is almost black in the glass, and shows garnet highlights when viewed directly in the light. The generous and fluffy mocha colored head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a light sporadic lacing.
Aromas of rich malts are highlighted by notes of baker’s chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Notes of vanilla and dark cherries add a layer of sweetness. A hint of smoke is detectable as well as an earthy note.
The palate delivers what the nose promised. Rich cocoa, dark roasted coffee and toasted malts flood the palate. Vanilla and fruit notes follow with a touch of cream. A distinct smokiness adds a layer of complexity. There is an earthiness that hits right before the bitter and dry finish.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints