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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1700) - 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 (8999) - 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 (7272) - 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 (908) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (1044) - Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2015
On draft. Copper color with off white head. Dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit, spices taste. Ends thick.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5270) - 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. It’s rich on the palate and feels bigger than it is, and I mean that in a good way. Excellent stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (6899) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (2049) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mikljon (10) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 7, 2014
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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1887) - 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. It’s 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!


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