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RATINGS: 114   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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4.1
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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.

3.5
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2015
12 oz, as anchor barrel ale. Pours an opaque dark ebony with a scant tan head. Big sweet molasses and plum nose, with vanilla. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Molasses, vanilla, and plum on the mid palate. Long sweet earthy finish.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
The last of a bottle shared by Jer. Pours with a hazed amber body with an off-white head. Aromas are sweet, malty, light oak, estery, vanilla. Flavors are oaky, malty, maple, grainy and some brown sugar. Light bubbles, lightly tannic. I would love to be able to try this again!

3.9
BuckeyeBoy (7663) - 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.

3.5
AndySnow (7621) - 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.

4.2
caesar (7133) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle thx to Molenbrouwer. Clear redbrown color, short head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, whisky, touch of honey, wood. Slight sweet taste, port and bourbon. Complex and nicely balanced. Great stuff.

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.

3.6
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle, RBWG 2010. Pours a clear dark copper body with a small beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is of dark fruits, some heavy dark caramel, toffee, light alcohol, and some wood notes. The flavor is much the same, a little caramel sweetness, a touch of vanilla, and candied dark fruits with some nice barrel character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thick with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, but on the overall it’s just a good beer, not great. This beer’s reputation certainly floats more on the availability and packaging than the quality of the beer.

3.1
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This poured a murky brown with no head at all. Aroma was very malt forward and sweet, light smoke and oak too. Flavor was very oxidized and cardboard like, lots of caramel mlats and some dark fruits. Past its prime for sure.

4.2
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours a dark brown color with an off white head. The aroma is a nice mix of cinnamon, bourbon, dark fruity raisin, red grape, plum and a touch of nutmeg. The flavor is the same. Nice rich plum and figgy fruit with toasty, spicy vanilla barrel notes. It’s rich on the palate and feels bigger than it is, and I mean that in a good way. Excellent stuff.


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