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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (336) - , 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 (28448) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
1.5L magnum bottle, courtesy kramer. The pour yields a clear, dark, brassy crimson body with a small, swirly head of smooth, off-white cream. Minimal lace spotting shows on the glass. Aromas are based in big notes of caramel and nougat, with a strong vanilla contingent and notes of sweet, milky cake (think tres leches). A hint of rum raisin and mild barrel spice lends a unique touch, as subtle notes of warming rye whiskey creep in. It’s a very unique and inviting nose. The flavor kicks off with a caramel and brown sugar baseline, transitioning into hints of toasted nuts and very softly charred oak. Vanilla is spicy and persistent, but not overwhelming. Rye whiskey imparts its distinct subtleties without being overly intrusive. There is just a faint hint of dry cocoa that shows up at the very end....not much, but it’s there. The palate is a little thinner than I expected, but it still shows ample substance. Light to moderate carbonation is appropriate, and the alcohol is warming but not hot. Overall, I found this to be a very interesting and well done brew. It isn’t easy to nail a low-ABV barrel application, but they did a pretty nice job here. Lots of love went into making this stuff, and it shows.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle, RBWG 2010. Pours a clear dark copper body with a small beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is of dark fruits, some heavy dark caramel, toffee, light alcohol, and some wood notes. The flavor is much the same, a little caramel sweetness, a touch of vanilla, and candied dark fruits with some nice barrel character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thick with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, but on the overall it’s just a good beer, not great. This beer’s reputation certainly floats more on the availability and packaging than the quality of the beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Aroma is sweet with some wood. A bit of bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet with more brown sugar. Hints of wood and spice with a slight stale flavor. Alcohol is pretty mellow and it is nice and smooth overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Tried at Oaquiniox. Someone brought a bottle. Thanks! Dark amber color. Mellow lightly sweet. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Deep amber with frothy white head and lace. Aroma of rich sweet dried fruit. Rich sweet dried fruit and full malt flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Kramer thanks man. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Malty raisins, sweet dark fruits, a bit of oxidation comes across in a soy and moth kinda way but its not too deterring thanks to the dark fruit ester tones imparted by this strong ale. A nice offering.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Clear mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. In the nose and flavor, caramel, toasted almonds and coconut are real standouts. Medium-bodied with nearly expired carbonation. Whispers of wood and bourbon in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5953) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Tried at RBWG 2010. Relatively mild for what I was expecting, but still good. Most of the characteristics you’d expect from the barrels are somewhat subdued.


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