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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3557) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3454) - 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.

   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. It’s 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 it’s 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 isn’t 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3119) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at Eight friends Inn. Pours black with a small tan head. Sweet and smooth brew with a taste of tarr pastils and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3013) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - 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.

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