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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6498) - 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 (419) - - 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 (5285) - 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 (2691) - 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 isnít 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. Thatís all I can say. Finishes dry with bitterness at a 2. Moderate carbonation thatís a little prickly with a medium body. Tasty, if not all that complex--lightly bourbonated Anchor Steam.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3764) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Near clear amber pour with decent offwhite head. Sweet citrus nose. Flavor was more bitter. Some whisky notes in there. A little alcohol. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4025) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Soft copper amber pour with a sandstone tan head. Nose is rich and caramel forward with hints of toasted oak and diacetyl. Caramel and bitter tannic oak. Musty and lightly oxidized. The barrel is not as forward as I would have expected. A nice enough strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours a dull chestnut brown with a thin off-white head. Mild roasted grain aromas along with a hint of spice spice support a softly fruity, oxidized, dark caramel notes with some earthiness as well. The flavor is fairly light with some spicy whiskey notes, soft vanilla, toasted grains, and a touch of earthy hops. Fairly light bodied with a somewhat short finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Nice clear golden brown with a creamy white head. Vanilla oak Whiskey and alcohol aroma. smooth whiskey and strong cereal grain taste with oak notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Woody-malty balanced aroma. Copper in color with an off-white head. Nice woodiness (vanilla notes) and ver balanced. A fantastic ale; not too strong but flavorful and balanced.


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