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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Barrel-aged ale is not new. It is a centuries-old tradition, from a time when barrels were thought of simply as the containers in which ale was stored and transported from brewery to tavern. Our experiments at Anchor, however, revealed that a carefully considered blend of our own ales, aged in-house in our own ex-Old Potrero handmade oak barrels, results in a unique, complex, and delightfully new tradition: Our Barrel Ale. Available in 50.7-oz magnum bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (732) - - MAY 20, 2015
Draft. Colored like grapefruit pulp with one finger of silky tan froth. Some earthy hops in the nose, as well as mild oak, overripe orange, caramel and some floral notes. Light buttery whiskey, hop bitterness and a hint of toffee in the flavor. Like a gently aged pale ale. Medium body; good heft; massaging carb. Clean, fairly bitter finish. Some lingering whiskey. I was really disappointed in this one. Thereís not nearly as much flavor or complexity as I was led to believe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (958) - Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2015
On draft. Copper color with off white head. Dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit, spices taste. Ends thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (4584) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours a dark brown color with an off white head. The aroma is a nice mix of cinnamon, bourbon, dark fruity raisin, red grape, plum and a touch of nutmeg. The flavor is the same. Nice rich plum and figgy fruit with toasty, spicy vanilla barrel notes. Itís rich on the palate and feels bigger than it is, and I mean that in a good way. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
On tap at City Beer SF. Dark amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of oak, light spices, pine and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (1812) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2014
Fluffy beige head. Clear amber color. Complex aroma from both hops and the whiskey barrel. Medium bitterness with a very interesting taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mikljon (8) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 7, 2014 does not count
On tap at The Office Bar and Grill. Rich sweet whiskey and wood aroma, loads of caramel. Taste is on the sweet side, followed by the woody bourbon. Finishes semi-dry with plenty of tight astringent bitterness. Some alcohol burn. Tasty and pretty strong. Hard to find, but worth it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Tap at Jernigans NC. A really nice example of what a wood aged beer can be mildly. As to say, you really taste the wood in this beer...not the bourbon or the wine...the wood. Itís a solid Strong Ale with a heavy malt all the way through. Hints of oak through with a woody finish. Could be a bit thicker, but tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12945) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 19, 2014
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark copper with a beige head. Aromas of citrus and rye? Med body or better. Itís sort of rye spicy. Just a little on the sweet side. Thereís a subtle oak astringency that seems to turn it towards dry. Very well blended flavors. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Glassy red in color with a fine, contrasting white head, the nose is strong of alcohol and, perhaps, whiskey barrel wood. Itís easy, and not over-wooded, but still potent with alcohol. It reminds me very much of an Old Foghorn, but thinner in body and flavor. This beer should not be consumed cold. Itís thin, wet, and straight to the point. Drink it cold and you lose alot of the beerís gentle nuances. Although it tastes fresh, itís still palatable for a beer that, by its nature, should be aged. But itís nice, classy, and has a great flavor profile of an American Barleywine, with hops and delicious, woody malts. Overall, itís thin, but to the point. A really easy drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is medium amber with a small white head. Aroma is of fruit, resin, spice, and caramel. Flavor is of toffee, oak, rye malts, and fruit rind.

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