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.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of oak (coconut and vanilla). Very soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Deep, dark brown. Quite tasty, particularly as it warmed up a little bit.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rye and toasted oak nose with hints of coconut, vanilla, white pepper and caramel. Soft and herbal on the palate with further influence form the rye whisky leading into a very toasted toffee and biscuit middle with some mild oak astringency at the end. This would be phenomenal with less time in barrel.
Limited to a 100 case 600 bottle release, sampled at the SF beer week kickoff/OBA tasting party.
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