Theydon_Bois (16472) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
smroush (198) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 14, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[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.
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Homer321 (4030) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the shothole. A moderately molasses nose with bark and earth. Light vanilla and carbonic bite. Honestly not a big fan.
k0mpsa (2396) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Bill Becker (773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
markducommun (865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky mahogany, light tan. Sweet lactose, light caramel. Sweet. Medium body, lightly oily. Long finish. Good.
Sarlacc83 (1809) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.