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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11117) - 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 (5231) - 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 (3844) - 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 (2315) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (730) - 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 (822) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Inky mahogany, light tan. Sweet lactose, light caramel. Sweet. Medium body, lightly oily. Long finish. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1735) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle listed as Anchor Barrel Ale. This is one of those beers I did not ever expect to see, let alone in 12 oz bottles. A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Fluffy, firm cappuccino head. N: Oak, molasses, touch of whiskey, peppercorn, some fig and plenty of raisin and prune. Leafiness with an ample hop presence lending some grapefruit and plenty of pine and earth. Some maraschino cherry and coffee mixed in here, as well. T: Sweet, amply bitter, and a little sour - but more in the old ale way and not in the nasty infected fashion. M: Medium body, crisp carbonation, no alcohol presence. O: Solid offering. I wouldn’t go out of my way to grab this, but it was enjoyable to try and it does one right on a cold December eve.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9226) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Porter like in color. Aroma of dark fruit mostly, little barrel on the nose. Flavor is malty, fruity and earthy. Rarely do I say this, but the barrel presence is weak. I appreciate subtlety but wanted more in this one. A decent beer overall, if not what was expected. Like many Anchor beers, well crafted but ultimately unremarkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7361) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2015
12 oz, as anchor barrel ale. Pours an opaque dark ebony with a scant tan head. Big sweet molasses and plum nose, with vanilla. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Molasses, vanilla, and plum on the mid palate. Long sweet earthy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (942) - - 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. There’s not nearly as much flavor or complexity as I was led to believe.


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