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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: OBA
Date: July 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear amber, scant head
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, light oak, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2009
From magnum bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting 2009, courtesy of aspidites - thanks Mike. Pours hazy dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is dry wooden and solid roasted malty. Sweet malty and roasted carmalt. Slight bitter and chocolate malt flavoured. Subdued chocolate and vanilla finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle shared at RBSG! Nose of oak and vanilla. Clear brown with a small beige head made of big bubbles. Flavor was bourbon, caramel, and a little vanilla.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2419) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Magnum shared by the silky one at RBSG’09 Grand Tasting. This was a grade A mess up of a barrel beer. I see why they threw in in a magnum and made less bottles. The beer is basically alcohol and lots of barrel, lots of leafy barrel, lots of cardboard, and lots of crap. It is a dark brown color. This was just amateur night at the Apollo. The beer is a dark brown color.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle shared at the grand tasting, thanks a lot. Aroma is vanilla, wood and aged malt. Flavor is the same; somewhat mellow overall and the malt is sorta plain, neither bitter nor sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
I do not like whiskey/bourbon beers as a general rule. This one is great though. Almost like dessert. Lovely roast smell and bourbon/vanilla taste. You can actually taste the beer through the oak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Thanks to DaSilky1 for bringing this to the RBSG 2009 grand tasting. This dark amber pour had subdued flavors of vanilla, whiskey and oak. For me, the flavors were a bit light. The barrel influence wasn’t very strong.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle (1 liter?). Poured a brownish red. Nose is slight bourbon, wood, some vanilla and toasted grains. Flavor is a smooth roasted caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, grassiness, and slight booze. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle. Rich amber-brown beer with an off-white head. Light malt, light barrel/whiskey aroma. Toffee/malt flavor with oak and vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Vanilla and oak lingers with a bit of whiskey and malt. Nice.


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