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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3793) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Sampled at GABF2013. Pours a ruddy mahogany with a nice white head. Aroma of barrel, christmas tree, pine, spice, some oak and resinous qualities as well. Flavor is fairly bitter with a moderate sweetness. Lots of vanilla, oak, pine, and bourbon. Slick bodied, lively carbonation. Finishes with lots of oak and bourbon. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2013
Draft @ Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody weak piney hoppy aroma with hints of vanilla and caramel. Fruity malty woody vanilla flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty woody vanilla and caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5831) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 11, 2013
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is with fruity and resinous. The flavour is fairly neutral vegetable with a weak liqourice weak fruit resin palate. This beer is so hard to rate but it was very drinkable and I would love to cellar a bottle of this stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
16 ounce sample on tap at Toronado for their 26th anniversary. The aroma has a light dustiness with a mild to moderate bourbon character, and nice underlying sweetness present. Good nose. Transparent amber body with a small, weak, off-white head. Starts a bit fizzy and carbonated, before light metallic, tinny flavor comes in briefly. Bourbon then follows which plays well with the base beer. Very balanced. Finishes with slight metal. A little too carbonated, but otherwise, nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11352) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2013
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of rye, carmel, spice, toffee and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, carmel, oak, rye and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering rye finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
On tap at Toronado. Pours amber with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a slightly sour bread and toffee flavor with a dry oaky finish that sticks to the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimsRatings (421) - - FEB 18, 2013
STRONG bourbon aroma. Pretty good taste, also heavy with the bourbon influence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Clear. Light copper color. Nothing amazing. Good but not memorable. Losing my palate quickly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled at 10/13/2012 at GABF. This American Strong Ale pours a medium amber color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, oranges, and sweet with some wood. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are herbal. Nice carbonation. Nice wood notes throughout. Nice balance. Very smooth tasting. Perhaps a hint of alcohol.. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
8oz, $4 at Stone Bistro. Clear orange with a 1 1/2 finger light beige head, creamy with fair retention. Oak and coconut bourbon dominate--but it isn’t all that crazy strong overall, not oxidized, either. Smells like Anchor Steam beneath--toadty with some light malt sweetness. Flavor follows suit, the barrels not overpowering at all. Tastes a lot like Anchor Steam. That’s all I can say. Finishes dry with bitterness at a 2. Moderate carbonation that’s a little prickly with a medium body. Tasty, if not all that complex--lightly bourbonated Anchor Steam.


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