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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25072) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3900) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12363) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36243) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3967) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2906) - 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.

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