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RATINGS: 107   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Double-Mag shared thanks to mrubio. (Don’t know vintage, but past prime). Lovely oxidation aroma. Murky brown, with lean body, nearly flat. Dusty flour nose, smooth whiskey dominates flavor, warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Been wanting to try this one FOREVER. Got lucky and picked up two at Total Wine in Spokane. Pours nearly walnut brown with good clarity and khaki head.... Nice barrel notes nod politely toward the rye whiskey... caramel maltiness with plenty of dry toastiness is balanced perfectly by the whiskey and wood... subtle dried cherry essence with warmth... This one exceeded my lofty expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ronaldtheriot (1704) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Anchor Barrel Ale has a thick, spongy, beige head, a dark, reddish-brown appearance, and a touch of lacing left behind. Aroma is of dark malt, brown bread, black cherry, and oak whiskey barrel. Taste is of all that, with brown bread crust, and moderate bitterness. The alcohol level is more subvert, than overt. Mouthfeel is high medium and velvety, and Anchor Barrel Ale finishes wet and rich. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1678) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2016
355ml bottle. Dark body with a low head. Vanilla, fruit, moist wood, soil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5172) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to Toby. pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is big pit fruit sweetness sweet malts oak barrel belg notes. Taste is more of the pit fruit sweetness booze oak barrel. This is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2904) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malin_aiisa (643) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle Dark black, off white head Aroma caramel oat. Taste sweet, coffee, aluminum can. Surprisingly good. Nice texture,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
knasputte78 (388) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2016
Svartbrun i färgen. Vanilj, ek och malt i doft. Smaken är tyvärr stickig av kolsyra, ek och vanilj kommer igen med lite torkad frukt. Stickigheten förstör helheten. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (15966) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Keg at Tempest, SF, 28/01/16. Light black with a decent tan cap. Nose is chocolate, dark malts, nutty, light wood, toffee. Taste comprises burnt chocolate, scrapings of barrel, toffee, dark fruit, light tobacco trace. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smroush (190) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Aromas of whiskey, oak, malt and toffee. Malt dominates; hops fairly subdued. Color is very dark brown with a moderate light brown head. Fairly sweet; bitterness is at best moderate; this is a malt dominated ale. Body is surprisingly light for a bourbon barrel aged strong American ale. Creamy texture; average carbonation and a moderate to long sweet, malty, lightly bourbon finish. Overall fairly good, but not especially complex and a bit thin and malt dominated for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Draft at Tempest, which we hit during/after Box Kitchen, after Cellarmaker, and before Mikkeller Bar. This place was great. Had a bunch of unexpected Anchor stuff on. Most striking to me was this, a weird Anchor beer I’ve had on my Wants list for years and never expected to see. They served it in a pint glass, hell yes. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a moderate beige head that settles into a ring and laces the glass. Oaky, with mild roast and toast, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, earth, cardboard, metal, and mild spice. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a metallic, spicy, roasty, oaky, earthy mouthfeel. I wonder how old the keg is. It seems a bit old, but probably isn’t. Not a standout, knock-your-socks-off beer, but I’m so glad to have finally tried it. Cool experience.

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