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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
The last of a bottle shared by Jer. Pours with a hazed amber body with an off-white head. Aromas are sweet, malty, light oak, estery, vanilla. Flavors are oaky, malty, maple, grainy and some brown sugar. Light bubbles, lightly tannic. I would love to be able to try this again!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Magnum generously shared by ygtbsm. Thanks again Brad! Pours a dark copper/mahogany colorwith golden ruby edges and a thin half finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Faint lacing left behind. Sweet boozy bourbon aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, rye and hazelnut. The barrel presence with toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and bourbon but it doesn’t overpower the malt notes of the base beer. Lots of biscuit, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit. Medium bodied and perfectly balanced with a nice amount of sweet bourbon, earthy oak and tons of vanilla sweetness. Theres also some toasted coconut and faint heat but not too boozy. Very nicely balanced and the abv is well masked masking it easy to drink. Malty notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit and rye. The spirit is perfectly integrated into the flavor of the beer without being astringent or one dimensional. Amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2011
1.5 liter bottle. Poured a deep amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, some woodiness, and a bit fruity. Tastes of caramel, wood, dark fruits, and brown sugary.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Tepid brown, no head. Hot, lightly malty, heavy sugar and fruit, bit of toffee and paper and cinnamon through finish. Pretty aged at this stage.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9265) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
1.5L (magnum) thanks to ygtbsm94 at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is a flat, red amber with bubbles for a head. Nose is cheesy hops, heavy toffee and brittle, small butter. Comes across as being a beer I am not going to like very much. Taste is imperial red like with lots of specialty malts, maybe some unwanted crystal malt, and lots of syrup and maple. Stale hoppiness. Very sweet and syrupy. Sort of in between an Imperial Red and barleywine. Not for me :(

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4010) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Big bottle shared by Brad at rbsg2011. Thanks Pours a dark copper amber with a sudsy tane head. Notes of strong toffee, brown sugar, oak, light oxidation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Very sweet and malty nose with lots of oxidation, lots of dark fruit, and some resinous hops. The taste is very sweet, lightly bitter lots of raisin and prune, lots of caramel, toffee, lots of sherry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2858) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Never thought I’d see this one but it magically appeared among many other things at a recent tasting. Barrel ageing at this point is very subtle. This one might be a bit past its prime drinking time. Aroma is a little nutty with a bit of a cola aspect that reminds much of a scotch ale in that one respect. A little smoky, nutty, and a little grain in the flavor. All a little muted and a little watered down at this point in its life. Drink em if you got em.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Double-Mag shared thanks to mrubio. (Don’t know vintage, but past prime). Lovely oxidation aroma. Murky brown, with lean body, nearly flat. Dusty flour nose, smooth whiskey dominates flavor, warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30003) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2010
Bottled. A brown beer wtih a huge beige head. The aroma has notes of matl, caramel, and dried fruits. The flavor is sweet wtih notes of matl, caramel, alcohol, and dried fruits.


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