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RATINGS: 82   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.


3.7
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4429) - 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.

3.8
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Pours with a dark amber brown body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with great vanilla, caramel and bourbon notes. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
@Tampa Wkly Gathering courtesy retorp&tpd975-1.5L bottle-pours a disappearing off white head and mahogany color. Aroma is bourbon, medium/dark fruit, sweet medium malt. Taste is bourbon, medium/dark fruit, sweet medium malt, some earthy hops. Easy, light/medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a brownish color. Aromas of wood, bourbon, flavors of vanilla, bourbon, some caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel, I like it better than most people here, but it may have aged well in the meantime.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle 150 cl. Clear, warm orangey brown with a tiny off-white head. Sweetish aroma of burned malt and wood. Medium body, burned caramel and lots of oak. Hardly any biterness. 110709

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Like many people who have rated this beer, I may like the story behind it but have a hard time seeing anything particularly special in the beer. Lots of British beers are barrel aged but a lot of those beers have 3.1 averages. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2009
(1.5L bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, toffee, wood, and old candy. Flavor of wood, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and some vanilla.


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