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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Kramer thanks man. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Malty raisins, sweet dark fruits, a bit of oxidation comes across in a soy and moth kinda way but its not too deterring thanks to the dark fruit ester tones imparted by this strong ale. A nice offering.

3.7
hopscotch (11177) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Clear mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. In the nose and flavor, caramel, toasted almonds and coconut are real standouts. Medium-bodied with nearly expired carbonation. Whispers of wood and bourbon in the finish.

3.5
drowland (8895) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Tried at RBWG 2010. Relatively mild for what I was expecting, but still good. Most of the characteristics you’d expect from the barrels are somewhat subdued.

3.9
smith4498 (3651) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
RBWG 2010. Pours copper color with off white head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel flavor with vanilla and oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.

3.6
sebletitje (10252) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG’10 pours light burgundy. aroma and flavors, found the barrel profile to be mild with light udnertones of vanilla and barrel. Light chocolate and caramel malts. Overall palate is thin for a 7.5% beer. Finish has a faint touch of wood/barrel that make this one easy to sip on, yet I wish the barrel was a tad more present.

3.8
dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Poured into my glass by some generous person at the RBGW. Light brown pour. Huge vanilla, oak an malt aroma. Smooth malt body with oak, vanilla. Slightly sweet, but awesome overall.

3.7
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a transparent copper amber with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of oaky butterscotch and dark caramel malts with some grassy hops. Starts with good fullness and caramel malty sweetness with some vanilla bourbon complexity before a smooth toffee finish. Well-balanced and enjoyable.

4.1
brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
A: The pour is a clear, amber color with a mild carbonation and a small off-white head. S: A nice combination of sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruit aromas fills the nose. There is some barrel influence, but nothing overwhelming. T: A nice, complex flavor which follows the nose for the most part. The caramel and dark fruits lead the way with some undertones of oak and bourbon. There’s also a slight spice to the beer which I did not detect much of in the nose. M: The low level of carbonation lends the beer a slightly slick mouthfeel, even with its medium body. I will say I was expecting this to be a bit fuller. D: Despite a slight disappointment on the mouthfeel, I found this to be a great offering from Anchor, and one that I’ve very much wanted to try. I certainly did not plan on having so many of my highly coveted wants tasted in one day.

3.9
Lagunitasfan (1323) - 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.

4.2
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Woodshop. Thanks drbill! Brown pour. Hardly any head. Aroma of brown sugar, bourbon, oak, toffee, maple syrup and honey. Flavor is sublime. Smooth and sweet without being cloying. Maple, toffee, caramel, booze, oak, honey...fuck this was damn good.


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