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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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3.1
Beerman6686 (6611) - 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.

3.6
kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Black pour from draft at Matilda. Tiny off white head. Kind of a fruit kick - blackberry or something, a little bourbon. Smooth overall. One of the better anchor beers I've tried for sure

4.2
joeneugs (6372) - 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.

4.4
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Magnum. Pours brown with a thin but persistent tan head. Smells of vanilla, oak, some whiskey, caramel, cognac, some spicy hints, peppery. Taste reveals some vinuous hints initially that give way to a dry oakiness with some sweet toffee and dark fruity elements and a peppery, nutty finish. Excellent!

4.1
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Deep amber with frothy white head and lace. Aroma of rich sweet dried fruit. Rich sweet dried fruit and full malt flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very nice beer.

3.8
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Magnum courtesy of IronOrr. Back label of the bottle shows 8% ABV but I do not know the vintage. Opaque mahogany pour with a short tan head. Aroma is strong oak, vanilla, and slight caramel notes. Taste is alcohol, vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet malt and chocolate. Body is medium with light carbonation notes. Pleasant warmth as well. Finish brings out more vanilla, oak, cocoa, sweet malt and light alcohol notes. Rather nice!

2.9
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
In short: A tired cheesy and nutty sweet beer. Meh
How: Magnum shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
> The look: Cloudy light burgundy body topped by a very small
In long: Strange nose… I noted something strangely moldy and farmhouse (almost cheesy) over the sweet malts. I’m not sure it was supposed to smell like this. Taste is nutty caramel, a bit buttery, maple syrup, coconut, other. I didn’t pick any oxidation per say but this sure didn’t taste fresh. Two years old is usually not so old for a barrel aged American strong ale but this bottle just tasted tired. At this point this beer is N.V.G. Not Very Good.

3.9
skortila (5985) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2010
Bottled @ De Molen. Tnx Menno! The aroma has wood, malts and is a bit vinous. Clear, brownc coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, caramel malty, has wood and bourbon. Medium bodied beer. Nice.


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