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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG’10 pours light burgundy. aroma and flavors, found the barrel profile to be mild with light udnertones of vanilla and barrel. Light chocolate and caramel malts. Overall palate is thin for a 7.5% beer. Finish has a faint touch of wood/barrel that make this one easy to sip on, yet I wish the barrel was a tad more present.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6363) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
On tap at Toronado. Pours amber with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a slightly sour bread and toffee flavor with a dry oaky finish that sticks to the palate.

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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Tried at RBWG 2010. Relatively mild for what I was expecting, but still good. Most of the characteristics you’d expect from the barrels are somewhat subdued.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
In short: A tired cheesy and nutty sweet beer. Meh
How: Magnum shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
> The look: Cloudy light burgundy body topped by a very small
In long: Strange nose… I noted something strangely moldy and farmhouse (almost cheesy) over the sweet malts. I’m not sure it was supposed to smell like this. Taste is nutty caramel, a bit buttery, maple syrup, coconut, other. I didn’t pick any oxidation per say but this sure didn’t taste fresh. Two years old is usually not so old for a barrel aged American strong ale but this bottle just tasted tired. At this point this beer is N.V.G. Not Very Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (5839) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Awesome to get to try this at GABF 2011. Pours a mahogany color with a large off-white head. The aroma is fruity, some apricot, oak, maybe stronger spirits. The flavor was a nice and easygoing but robust mix; akin to a strong ESB in some ways, sweet fruits including darker ones, some oak, light whiskey, burnt caramel. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Nice clear golden brown with a creamy white head. Vanilla oak Whiskey and alcohol aroma. smooth whiskey and strong cereal grain taste with oak notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Kramer thanks man. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Malty raisins, sweet dark fruits, a bit of oxidation comes across in a soy and moth kinda way but its not too deterring thanks to the dark fruit ester tones imparted by this strong ale. A nice offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled at 10/13/2012 at GABF. This American Strong Ale pours a medium amber color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, oranges, and sweet with some wood. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are herbal. Nice carbonation. Nice wood notes throughout. Nice balance. Very smooth tasting. Perhaps a hint of alcohol.. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - 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!


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