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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.


3.7
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1418) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1304) - Riverview, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Rye and toasted oak nose with hints of coconut, vanilla, white pepper and caramel. Soft and herbal on the palate with further influence form the rye whisky leading into a very toasted toffee and biscuit middle with some mild oak astringency at the end. This would be phenomenal with less time in barrel. Limited to a 100 case 600 bottle release, sampled at the SF beer week kickoff/OBA tasting party.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Clear. Light copper color. Nothing amazing. Good but not memorable. Losing my palate quickly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a brownish color. Aromas of wood, bourbon, flavors of vanilla, bourbon, some caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel, I like it better than most people here, but it may have aged well in the meantime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours a dull chestnut brown with a thin off-white head. Mild roasted grain aromas along with a hint of spice spice support a softly fruity, oxidized, dark caramel notes with some earthiness as well. The flavor is fairly light with some spicy whiskey notes, soft vanilla, toasted grains, and a touch of earthy hops. Fairly light bodied with a somewhat short finish.

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimsRatings (416) - - FEB 18, 2013
STRONG bourbon aroma. Pretty good taste, also heavy with the bourbon influence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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