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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3968) - 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 (4408) - 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 (5535) - 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 (2370) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (5733) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
GABF 2011. Murky dank yucky copper but with a generous rocky head. Has an aroma of whiskey oak barrels, bitter heavy toffee, and dark fruits like raisins and figs. Flavor of exactly the same--whiskey barrel, oak, dark fruit, dark toffee. Just couldn’t get behind it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Awesome to get to try this at GABF 2011. Pours a mahogany color with a large off-white head. The aroma is fruity, some apricot, oak, maybe stronger spirits. The flavor was a nice and easygoing but robust mix; akin to a strong ESB in some ways, sweet fruits including darker ones, some oak, light whiskey, burnt caramel. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Gabf. Hazy, darkish orange appearance with a foamy, cream colored head. Sweet, caramel, vanilla, toasty oaky aroma. Quite oaky, vanilla, light toffee, caramel malty flavor. Pretty tasty.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
In short: A tired cheesy and nutty sweet beer. Meh
How: Magnum shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
> The look: Cloudy light burgundy body topped by a very small
In long: Strange nose… I noted something strangely moldy and farmhouse (almost cheesy) over the sweet malts. I’m not sure it was supposed to smell like this. Taste is nutty caramel, a bit buttery, maple syrup, coconut, other. I didn’t pick any oxidation per say but this sure didn’t taste fresh. Two years old is usually not so old for a barrel aged American strong ale but this bottle just tasted tired. At this point this beer is N.V.G. Not Very Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (5405) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This poured a murky brown with no head at all. Aroma was very malt forward and sweet, light smoke and oak too. Flavor was very oxidized and cardboard like, lots of caramel mlats and some dark fruits. Past its prime for sure.


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