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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (1822) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2014
Fluffy beige head. Clear amber color. Complex aroma from both hops and the whiskey barrel. Medium bitterness with a very interesting taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is medium amber with a small white head. Aroma is of fruit, resin, spice, and caramel. Flavor is of toffee, oak, rye malts, and fruit rind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1710) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Huge thanks to Floydster for sending me this uber rare treat. A: Pours light brown with lots of amber showing through. Small head with some spotty lace. S: Lots of barrel in the aroma. Oak stands out with mild sweet brown sugar notes. There are hints of caramel and a dash of vanilla as well. T: Starts out nice and sweet.....malty. Lots of brown sugar and toffee. Vanilla comes through in a nice way as well. There are notes of oak and bourbon. The barrel does not overpower this one. It is subdued, but so damn enjoyable. So many people over do it with a barrel this beer is nicely done. Dare I say a sessionable barrel aged beer? M: On the thinner side for the style. Sort of low in carbonation, but I almost prefer my barrel aged beers that way. D: The most drinkable barrel aged beer I think I have had. Score one for Anchor. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Pours a ruby sunset brown with a tiny tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits. Taste is bourbon, light brown sugar, oak, walnuts, with a slightly watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle shared at the grand tasting, thanks a lot. Aroma is vanilla, wood and aged malt. Flavor is the same; somewhat mellow overall and the malt is sorta plain, neither bitter nor sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Woodshop 5.0 rocked. Light copper. Nose super fruity and malty sweet. Caramel and cream in the flavor. Leather and pepper.

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