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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Big bottle shared by Brad at rbsg2011. Thanks Pours a dark copper amber with a sudsy tane head. Notes of strong toffee, brown sugar, oak, light oxidation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3882) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3844) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Near clear amber pour with decent offwhite head. Sweet citrus nose. Flavor was more bitter. Some whisky notes in there. A little alcohol. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3714) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Magnum generously shared by largadeer on BA around the Pliny the Younger release - thanks, Chris! Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a very small off-white head. Aroma is more or less Old Foghorn meets the -bals. Lots of caramel malt and some dark fruit notes as well as some oak and bourbon. Flavor is nice and complex. Sweet caramel and toffee, very mellow, with sweet figs and dates and oak, bourbon and vanilla. Medium-full on the palate with soft carbonation and only very mild booze. Great execution on the -bal aging by Anchor for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Sampled at GABF2013. Pours a ruddy mahogany with a nice white head. Aroma of barrel, christmas tree, pine, spice, some oak and resinous qualities as well. Flavor is fairly bitter with a moderate sweetness. Lots of vanilla, oak, pine, and bourbon. Slick bodied, lively carbonation. Finishes with lots of oak and bourbon. Enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Tepid brown, no head. Hot, lightly malty, heavy sugar and fruit, bit of toffee and paper and cinnamon through finish. Pretty aged at this stage.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
16 ounce sample on tap at Toronado for their 26th anniversary. The aroma has a light dustiness with a mild to moderate bourbon character, and nice underlying sweetness present. Good nose. Transparent amber body with a small, weak, off-white head. Starts a bit fizzy and carbonated, before light metallic, tinny flavor comes in briefly. Bourbon then follows which plays well with the base beer. Very balanced. Finishes with slight metal. A little too carbonated, but otherwise, nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
1.5L magnum bottle, courtesy kramer. The pour yields a clear, dark, brassy crimson body with a small, swirly head of smooth, off-white cream. Minimal lace spotting shows on the glass. Aromas are based in big notes of caramel and nougat, with a strong vanilla contingent and notes of sweet, milky cake (think tres leches). A hint of rum raisin and mild barrel spice lends a unique touch, as subtle notes of warming rye whiskey creep in. Itís a very unique and inviting nose. The flavor kicks off with a caramel and brown sugar baseline, transitioning into hints of toasted nuts and very softly charred oak. Vanilla is spicy and persistent, but not overwhelming. Rye whiskey imparts its distinct subtleties without being overly intrusive. There is just a faint hint of dry cocoa that shows up at the very end....not much, but itís there. The palate is a little thinner than I expected, but it still shows ample substance. Light to moderate carbonation is appropriate, and the alcohol is warming but not hot. Overall, I found this to be a very interesting and well done brew. It isnít easy to nail a low-ABV barrel application, but they did a pretty nice job here. Lots of love went into making this stuff, and it shows.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Very sweet and malty nose with lots of oxidation, lots of dark fruit, and some resinous hops. The taste is very sweet, lightly bitter lots of raisin and prune, lots of caramel, toffee, lots of sherry.


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