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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
knasputte78 (562) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2016
Svartbrun i färgen. Vanilj, ek och malt i doft. Smaken är tyvärr stickig av kolsyra, ek och vanilj kommer igen med lite torkad frukt. Stickigheten förstör helheten. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Keg at Tempest, SF, 28/01/16. Light black with a decent tan cap. Nose is chocolate, dark malts, nutty, light wood, toffee. Taste comprises burnt chocolate, scrapings of barrel, toffee, dark fruit, light tobacco trace. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smroush (213) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Aromas of whiskey, oak, malt and toffee. Malt dominates; hops fairly subdued. Color is very dark brown with a moderate light brown head. Fairly sweet; bitterness is at best moderate; this is a malt dominated ale. Body is surprisingly light for a bourbon barrel aged strong American ale. Creamy texture; average carbonation and a moderate to long sweet, malty, lightly bourbon finish. Overall fairly good, but not especially complex and a bit thin and malt dominated for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Draft at Tempest, which we hit during/after Box Kitchen, after Cellarmaker, and before Mikkeller Bar. This place was great. Had a bunch of unexpected Anchor stuff on. Most striking to me was this, a weird Anchor beer I’ve had on my Wants list for years and never expected to see. They served it in a pint glass, hell yes. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a moderate beige head that settles into a ring and laces the glass. Oaky, with mild roast and toast, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, earth, cardboard, metal, and mild spice. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a metallic, spicy, roasty, oaky, earthy mouthfeel. I wonder how old the keg is. It seems a bit old, but probably isn’t. Not a standout, knock-your-socks-off beer, but I’m so glad to have finally tried it. Cool experience.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 14, 2016
[2/4/16] Draught at Firewood Grill in San Francisco Airport. Dark brown. Aroma of caramel, wood, dark fruits, molasses, a bit of licorice. Sweet flavor with caramel, dark fruits, licorice, wood, and a bitter finish with a spicy alcoholic note. Medium-bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Black pour from draft at Matilda. Tiny off white head. Kind of a fruit kick - blackberry or something, a little bourbon. Smooth overall. One of the better anchor beers I've tried for sure

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (4208) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Draft at the shothole. A moderately molasses nose with bark and earth. Light vanilla and carbonic bite. Honestly not a big fan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2465) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Tap at hamiltons tavern, san diego. Black color, smooth head. Aroma has some roasted malts, oak, licorice, coffee notes. Smooth palate, oak, some roasted malts, licorice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (807) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 17, 2015
From a Growler bought at Liquor Shed in Casper. 2 finger head of foam sitting on a pitch black brew. Off white it tis, long lasting it tis, leaving some nice lacing it does. Our Special Ale nose intact with a small hint of oak. In other words, some spice and a strong malt backbone. Malty, roasty, mild but there spices, milder oak presence that works for me. By no means too sweet. .like I said, this maintains the qualities of the base beer remarkably well. Medium for both body and carbonation. This is a real treat! I’m glad I bought a Growler and not a Howler.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Inky mahogany, light tan. Sweet lactose, light caramel. Sweet. Medium body, lightly oily. Long finish. Good.


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