RATINGS: 113   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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Leighton (23687) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Keg at Tempest - SF. Pours clear, deep brown with a foamy topping. The nose holds ripe dark fruits, berries, toasted toffee. Medium sweet flavour with some plums, berries, more toffee. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish with low bitterness, more ripe, dark fruits. Tasty beverage.

luttonm (7216) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2016
SIBF 2016, Seattle. 2015 edition. Tan foam on deepest brown. Deep fruity old ale aroma. Banana, bitter chocolate, dark bread. Modest richness. Alc and bittering balance the sweet. Cool syrup, medicinal sweetness. nice.

tlind2 (1890) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2016
[email protected] Brewing, San Francisco, 10/2015. (Recorded in my notes as just "Barrel Aged Ale") Copper color, frothy tan head. Sweet flavor with syrup and rich malts. Full body, medium-light carbonation. Very nice!

Mario80 (29) - Galicia, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2016
One of my favorite beer! Pours gold colour beer with a medium head. Well-balanced!

OminouSC2 (1085) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Was looking forward to this one in vain, since I find it a bit one dimensional. Malt in focus with the classic sweetness from an American Strong Ale, but nothing there to balance it out.

mcberko (20860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2016 Draft at PIB 2016, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma brings out leather, cocoa, bready notes and English malt. Flavour is complex, with bready caramel malt, toasted English malt, cocoa and light barrels. Complex and well-integrated. Excellent.

AndySnow (8470) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systemboalget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Spices, caramel, roasted malt, dried fruit.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, spices, roasted malt, chocolate.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - 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.

ronaldtheriot (2076) - 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

BuckeyeBoy (9461) - 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.

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