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RATINGS: 83   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
RBWG 2010. Pours copper color with off white head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel flavor with vanilla and oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Thanks to DaSilky1 for bringing this to the RBSG 2009 grand tasting. This dark amber pour had subdued flavors of vanilla, whiskey and oak. For me, the flavors were a bit light. The barrel influence wasn’t very strong.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Magnum thanks to Hophead84, thanks for sharing this one Shane. Pours coffee brown with some faint red highlights, small beige head with a touch of lacing. Good amount of whiskey and wood on the nose as well as caramel, toffee and some dark fruits. The flavor kicks off with hints of vanilla, whiskey, caramel.......some fig and plum in there as well. Finishes pretty hot, overall pretty damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2809) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle @ De Molen. A clear dark red/brown colored beer with a beige head. The aroma of sweet fruits with malts, wood and whiskey. The taste is sweet with woody notes. A mix between whiskey notes and madeira. It has some bitter in the back. The aftertaste is sweet with bitter and gives a warm feeling.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
8oz, $4 at Stone Bistro. Clear orange with a 1 1/2 finger light beige head, creamy with fair retention. Oak and coconut bourbon dominate--but it isn’t all that crazy strong overall, not oxidized, either. Smells like Anchor Steam beneath--toadty with some light malt sweetness. Flavor follows suit, the barrels not overpowering at all. Tastes a lot like Anchor Steam. That’s all I can say. Finishes dry with bitterness at a 2. Moderate carbonation that’s a little prickly with a medium body. Tasty, if not all that complex--lightly bourbonated Anchor Steam.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Poured into my glass by some generous person at the RBGW. Light brown pour. Huge vanilla, oak an malt aroma. Smooth malt body with oak, vanilla. Slightly sweet, but awesome overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2517) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Never thought I’d see this one but it magically appeared among many other things at a recent tasting. Barrel ageing at this point is very subtle. This one might be a bit past its prime drinking time. Aroma is a little nutty with a bit of a cola aspect that reminds much of a scotch ale in that one respect. A little smoky, nutty, and a little grain in the flavor. All a little muted and a little watered down at this point in its life. Drink em if you got em.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Pours with a dark amber brown body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with great vanilla, caramel and bourbon notes. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Magnum shared by the silky one at RBSG’09 Grand Tasting. This was a grade A mess up of a barrel beer. I see why they threw in in a magnum and made less bottles. The beer is basically alcohol and lots of barrel, lots of leafy barrel, lots of cardboard, and lots of crap. It is a dark brown color. This was just amateur night at the Apollo. The beer is a dark brown color.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
I do not like whiskey/bourbon beers as a general rule. This one is great though. Almost like dessert. Lovely roast smell and bourbon/vanilla taste. You can actually taste the beer through the oak.


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