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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7619) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2015
12 oz, as anchor barrel ale. Pours an opaque dark ebony with a scant tan head. Big sweet molasses and plum nose, with vanilla. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Molasses, vanilla, and plum on the mid palate. Long sweet earthy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (7495) - 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 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
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systemboalget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Spices, caramel, roasted malt, dried fruit.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, spices, roasted malt, chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6685) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This poured a murky brown with no head at all. Aroma was very malt forward and sweet, light smoke and oak too. Flavor was very oxidized and cardboard like, lots of caramel mlats and some dark fruits. Past its prime for sure.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to Toby. pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is big pit fruit sweetness sweet malts oak barrel belg notes. Taste is more of the pit fruit sweetness booze oak barrel. This is very nice.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - 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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