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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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (6276) - 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. Its rich on the palate and feels bigger than it is, and I mean that in a good way. Excellent stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6155) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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. Im not sure it was supposed to smell like this. Taste is nutty caramel, a bit buttery, maple syrup, coconut, other. I didnt pick any oxidation per say but this sure didnt 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (6056) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (6008) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5582) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Nice clear golden brown with a creamy white head. Vanilla oak Whiskey and alcohol aroma. smooth whiskey and strong cereal grain taste with oak notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5527) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5364) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Thanks to tpd975 and retorp for the share. Pours dark cola brown with thin white head. Nose is bourbon, cola, chocolate, spice, cinnamon, vanilla, barrel, and some Christmas Ale. Taste really strikes like Our Special Ale, lots of bourbon, vanilla, cola, and spices throughout. Body is a bit thin, as is carbonation. Very nice, enjoyable beer.


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