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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Big thanks to some dude at the tasting, you rock dude. Pours deep striking mahogany with thin off white head. The aroma is full bourbon then oak and then wafting over to a robust layer of tasty smelling sticky maltiness. The taste starts with pure malt, dark fruitiness and bourbon sweetness. A very nice combination creating a smooth opening act. It then becomes thinner with booze and then some modest notes of oak. The stuff is drinking very nice and ending somewhat sweet, nutty, sweet bourbon, oak and yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7424) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a transparent copper amber with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of oaky butterscotch and dark caramel malts with some grassy hops. Starts with good fullness and caramel malty sweetness with some vanilla bourbon complexity before a smooth toffee finish. Well-balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7095) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (6161) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
On tap at City Beer SF. Dark amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of oak, light spices, pine and caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5941) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 11, 2013
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is with fruity and resinous. The flavour is fairly neutral vegetable with a weak liqourice weak fruit resin palate. This beer is so hard to rate but it was very drinkable and I would love to cellar a bottle of this stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (5882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
GABF 2011. Murky dank yucky copper but with a generous rocky head. Has an aroma of whiskey oak barrels, bitter heavy toffee, and dark fruits like raisins and figs. Flavor of exactly the same--whiskey barrel, oak, dark fruit, dark toffee. Just couldn’t get behind it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5877) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle thx to Molenbrouwer. Clear redbrown color, short head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, whisky, touch of honey, wood. Slight sweet taste, port and bourbon. Complex and nicely balanced. Great stuff.

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