Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout

Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout

Rated 3.467 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA, United States

Style:  Dry Stout

7.4% Alcohol by Volume

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http://www.anchorbrewing.com/beer/flying_cloud Named after a San Francisco sailing legend from a time when stouts were first exported to the West Coast. Our stout is a dry, Irish-style export stout akin to those brewed in the 1800s for the long voyage to San Francisco. Black as night, this high-gravity, malty brew offers intense but well-balanced flavors and aroma, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The arrival of a clipper ship in gold-rush San Francisco brought mail and news of "the States," would-be miners and entrepreneurs, boots, shovels, pickaxes, butter from New York, cigars from Havana, and stout from as far away as London and Dublin. The stouts that San Franciscans imbibed in those days were no ordinary ales. They were export Stouts —dark, intense, high-gravity brews created especially to survive a long voyage like those around Cape Horn. It took the average clipper three to four months to sail from New York to San Francisco. But not the Flying Cloud, which, in 1851, made the trip in 89 days and 21 hours anchor to anchor. With the exception of its own 89 day and 8 hour voyage three years later, its record remained unbroken until 1989. Thanks to this clipper’s "extreme" design and the savvy of its captain, Josiah Creesy, and his wife and navigator Eleanor, the Flying Cloud quickly became a San Francisco sailing legend. We celebrate it and a legendary craft brewing tradition with our Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout.

ID: 63234 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 7 years ago

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Overall Rank3815
Overall Percentile92.9
Style Rank44 of 350
Style Percentile87.4
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.933
Weighted Score3.467
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SIGMUND 6506 reviews
    rated 3.9 1 year ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    355 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Madla. ABV is 7.4%. Black colour, moderate but lasting tan head. Pleasant aroma of moderately roasted malts, hints of caramel, dark bread, wort and woodwork. Dry and roasty flavour, roast malts and coffee, hints of liquorice and dark bitter chocolate, moderate bittering hops in the finish. Nice beer.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.4 6 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    About as solid as you can get for the style. Dark black appearance with a frothy mocha head. Thick creamy texture. Flavors of sweet and burnt chocolate, Just enough hops on the finish to balance it out. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good stout.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Nice ebony colored beer with a big frothy textured milk chocolate brown head rising above. There's decent hang time on the head. Barely any lacing left behind. Light cholate and coffee notes in the nose. Stronger notes in the tasting. Bold, smooth mouthfeel

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