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RATINGS: 83   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5201) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle thx to Molenbrouwer. Clear redbrown color, short head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, whisky, touch of honey, wood. Slight sweet taste, port and bourbon. Complex and nicely balanced. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle @ De Molen. A clear dark red/brown colored beer with a beige head. The aroma of sweet fruits with malts, wood and whiskey. The taste is sweet with woody notes. A mix between whiskey notes and madeira. It has some bitter in the back. The aftertaste is sweet with bitter and gives a warm feeling.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1319) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Huge thanks to Floydster for sending me this uber rare treat. A: Pours light brown with lots of amber showing through. Small head with some spotty lace. S: Lots of barrel in the aroma. Oak stands out with mild sweet brown sugar notes. There are hints of caramel and a dash of vanilla as well. T: Starts out nice and sweet.....malty. Lots of brown sugar and toffee. Vanilla comes through in a nice way as well. There are notes of oak and bourbon. The barrel does not overpower this one. It is subdued, but so damn enjoyable. So many people over do it with a barrel this beer is nicely done. Dare I say a sessionable barrel aged beer? M: On the thinner side for the style. Sort of low in carbonation, but I almost prefer my barrel aged beers that way. D: The most drinkable barrel aged beer I think I have had. Score one for Anchor. I like it a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4557) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2010
Bottled @ De Molen. Tnx Menno! The aroma has wood, malts and is a bit vinous. Clear, brownc coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, caramel malty, has wood and bourbon. Medium bodied beer. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2010
Bottle@DeMolen. Bourbon aroma. Ruby colour, fizzy off-white head, few lace. Sweet, port, madeira, aged stuff. Sticky mouth feel. Flavourful and well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3558) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Magnum generously shared by largadeer on BA around the Pliny the Younger release - thanks, Chris! Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a very small off-white head. Aroma is more or less Old Foghorn meets the -bals. Lots of caramel malt and some dark fruit notes as well as some oak and bourbon. Flavor is nice and complex. Sweet caramel and toffee, very mellow, with sweet figs and dates and oak, bourbon and vanilla. Medium-full on the palate with soft carbonation and only very mild booze. Great execution on the -bal aging by Anchor for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2010
Dark red, brown colored brew. Vinous, malty aroma. Flavor is vinous and malty too, some bourbon. A peppery aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
pours deep brown with a finger thick tan head. Nose is subtle with light chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is much the same almost without any barrel influence.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9760) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle at Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival. Pours clear mahogany/dark brown with little to no head, thus little to no lacing. Aroma is heavy caramel, toasted, nutty malt with dark fruit sweetness. Some oak, vanilla, and whiskey notes. Sweet caramel malt flavor with oak and whiskey character; dark fruit (dates, plums) notes with faint vanilla. Moderate-full body with moderate-low carbonation, and a slick texture.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Magnum courtesy of IronOrr. Back label of the bottle shows 8% ABV but I do not know the vintage. Opaque mahogany pour with a short tan head. Aroma is strong oak, vanilla, and slight caramel notes. Taste is alcohol, vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet malt and chocolate. Body is medium with light carbonation notes. Pleasant warmth as well. Finish brings out more vanilla, oak, cocoa, sweet malt and light alcohol notes. Rather nice!


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