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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - 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 doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2708) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2513) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Tap at hamiltons tavern, san diego. Black color, smooth head. Aroma has some roasted malts, oak, licorice, coffee notes. Smooth palate, oak, some roasted malts, licorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (2469) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2010
Dark red, brown colored brew. Vinous, malty aroma. Flavor is vinous and malty too, some bourbon. A peppery aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2039) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle listed as Anchor Barrel Ale. This is one of those beers I did not ever expect to see, let alone in 12 oz bottles. A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Fluffy, firm cappuccino head. N: Oak, molasses, touch of whiskey, peppercorn, some fig and plenty of raisin and prune. Leafiness with an ample hop presence lending some grapefruit and plenty of pine and earth. Some maraschino cherry and coffee mixed in here, as well. T: Sweet, amply bitter, and a little sour - but more in the old ale way and not in the nasty infected fashion. M: Medium body, crisp carbonation, no alcohol presence. O: Solid offering. I wouldn’t go out of my way to grab this, but it was enjoyable to try and it does one right on a cold December eve.

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