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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3715) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2010
Dark red, brown colored brew. Vinous, malty aroma. Flavor is vinous and malty too, some bourbon. A peppery aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10909) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Big thanks to some dude at the tasting, you rock dude. Pours deep striking mahogany with thin off white head. The aroma is full bourbon then oak and then wafting over to a robust layer of tasty smelling sticky maltiness. The taste starts with pure malt, dark fruitiness and bourbon sweetness. A very nice combination creating a smooth opening act. It then becomes thinner with booze and then some modest notes of oak. The stuff is drinking very nice and ending somewhat sweet, nutty, sweet bourbon, oak and yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Pours a ruby sunset brown with a tiny tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits. Taste is bourbon, light brown sugar, oak, walnuts, with a slightly watery finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Magnum. Pours brown with a thin but persistent tan head. Smells of vanilla, oak, some whiskey, caramel, cognac, some spicy hints, peppery. Taste reveals some vinuous hints initially that give way to a dry oakiness with some sweet toffee and dark fruity elements and a peppery, nutty finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Thanks to tpd975 and retorp for the share. Pours dark cola brown with thin white head. Nose is bourbon, cola, chocolate, spice, cinnamon, vanilla, barrel, and some Christmas Ale. Taste really strikes like Our Special Ale, lots of bourbon, vanilla, cola, and spices throughout. Body is a bit thin, as is carbonation. Very nice, enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Magnum thanks to Hophead84, thanks for sharing this one Shane. Pours coffee brown with some faint red highlights, small beige head with a touch of lacing. Good amount of whiskey and wood on the nose as well as caramel, toffee and some dark fruits. The flavor kicks off with hints of vanilla, whiskey, caramel.......some fig and plum in there as well. Finishes pretty hot, overall pretty damn tasty.

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