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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9716) - 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 Ive 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 isnt. Not a standout, knock-your-socks-off beer, but Im so glad to have finally tried it. Cool experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9571) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
On tap at Toronado. Pours amber with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a slightly sour bread and toffee flavor with a dry oaky finish that sticks to the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG10 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle. Rich amber-brown beer with an off-white head. Light malt, light barrel/whiskey aroma. Toffee/malt flavor with oak and vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Vanilla and oak lingers with a bit of whiskey and malt. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8674) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Awesome to get to try this at GABF 2011. Pours a mahogany color with a large off-white head. The aroma is fruity, some apricot, oak, maybe stronger spirits. The flavor was a nice and easygoing but robust mix; akin to a strong ESB in some ways, sweet fruits including darker ones, some oak, light whiskey, burnt caramel. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (8438) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 11, 2013
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is with fruity and resinous. The flavour is fairly neutral vegetable with a weak liqourice weak fruit resin palate. This beer is so hard to rate but it was very drinkable and I would love to cellar a bottle of this stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Big thanks to some dude at the tasting, you rock dude. Pours deep striking mahogany with thin off white head. The aroma is full bourbon then oak and then wafting over to a robust layer of tasty smelling sticky maltiness. The taste starts with pure malt, dark fruitiness and bourbon sweetness. A very nice combination creating a smooth opening act. It then becomes thinner with booze and then some modest notes of oak. The stuff is drinking very nice and ending somewhat sweet, nutty, sweet bourbon, oak and yum.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (8248) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
On tap at City Beer SF. Dark amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of oak, light spices, pine and caramel.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (8211) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
GABF 2011. Murky dank yucky copper but with a generous rocky head. Has an aroma of whiskey oak barrels, bitter heavy toffee, and dark fruits like raisins and figs. Flavor of exactly the same--whiskey barrel, oak, dark fruit, dark toffee. Just couldnt get behind it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Tried at RBWG 2010. Relatively mild for what I was expecting, but still good. Most of the characteristics youd expect from the barrels are somewhat subdued.


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