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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2315) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Magnum generously shared by ygtbsm. Thanks again Brad! Pours a dark copper/mahogany colorwith golden ruby edges and a thin half finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Faint lacing left behind. Sweet boozy bourbon aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, rye and hazelnut. The barrel presence with toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and bourbon but it doesnít overpower the malt notes of the base beer. Lots of biscuit, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit. Medium bodied and perfectly balanced with a nice amount of sweet bourbon, earthy oak and tons of vanilla sweetness. Theres also some toasted coconut and faint heat but not too boozy. Very nicely balanced and the abv is well masked masking it easy to drink. Malty notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit and rye. The spirit is perfectly integrated into the flavor of the beer without being astringent or one dimensional. Amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Woody-malty balanced aroma. Copper in color with an off-white head. Nice woodiness (vanilla notes) and ver balanced. A fantastic ale; not too strong but flavorful and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Aroma is sweet with some wood. A bit of bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet with more brown sugar. Hints of wood and spice with a slight stale flavor. Alcohol is pretty mellow and it is nice and smooth overall.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 1.5. Brown colored ale. Unfortunately the nose is really lacking, only light hints of malt and wood. Lacking power. Flavor doesnít have a lot going on either, a touch of vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, but itís really soft, sweet, simplistic, light. Nice enough effort. Well made, I just wish it had more power, more taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Tried at Oaquiniox. Someone brought a bottle. Thanks! Dark amber color. Mellow lightly sweet. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle (1 liter?). Poured a brownish red. Nose is slight bourbon, wood, some vanilla and toasted grains. Flavor is a smooth roasted caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, grassiness, and slight booze. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
pours deep brown with a finger thick tan head. Nose is subtle with light chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is much the same almost without any barrel influence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1570) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Tap at Jernigans NC. A really nice example of what a wood aged beer can be mildly. As to say, you really taste the wood in this beer...not the bourbon or the wine...the wood. Itís a solid Strong Ale with a heavy malt all the way through. Hints of oak through with a woody finish. Could be a bit thicker, but tasty!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1505) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Glassy red in color with a fine, contrasting white head, the nose is strong of alcohol and, perhaps, whiskey barrel wood. Itís easy, and not over-wooded, but still potent with alcohol. It reminds me very much of an Old Foghorn, but thinner in body and flavor. This beer should not be consumed cold. Itís thin, wet, and straight to the point. Drink it cold and you lose alot of the beerís gentle nuances. Although it tastes fresh, itís still palatable for a beer that, by its nature, should be aged. But itís nice, classy, and has a great flavor profile of an American Barleywine, with hops and delicious, woody malts. Overall, itís thin, but to the point. A really easy drink.


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