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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled at 10/13/2012 at GABF. This American Strong Ale pours a medium amber color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, oranges, and sweet with some wood. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are herbal. Nice carbonation. Nice wood notes throughout. Nice balance. Very smooth tasting. Perhaps a hint of alcohol.. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2010
[email protected] Bourbon aroma. Ruby colour, fizzy off-white head, few lace. Sweet, port, madeira, aged stuff. Sticky mouth feel. Flavourful and well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (4848) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Draft at the shothole. A moderately molasses nose with bark and earth. Light vanilla and carbonic bite. Honestly not a big fan.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4672) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Soft copper amber pour with a sandstone tan head. Nose is rich and caramel forward with hints of toasted oak and diacetyl. Caramel and bitter tannic oak. Musty and lightly oxidized. The barrel is not as forward as I would have expected. A nice enough strong ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4602) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Magnum generously shared by largadeer on BA around the Pliny the Younger release - thanks, Chris! Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a very small off-white head. Aroma is more or less Old Foghorn meets the -bals. Lots of caramel malt and some dark fruit notes as well as some oak and bourbon. Flavor is nice and complex. Sweet caramel and toffee, very mellow, with sweet figs and dates and oak, bourbon and vanilla. Medium-full on the palate with soft carbonation and only very mild booze. Great execution on the -bal aging by Anchor for this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Tepid brown, no head. Hot, lightly malty, heavy sugar and fruit, bit of toffee and paper and cinnamon through finish. Pretty aged at this stage.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4181) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle shared at RBSG! Nose of oak and vanilla. Clear brown with a small beige head made of big bubbles. Flavor was bourbon, caramel, and a little vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4142) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Like many people who have rated this beer, I may like the story behind it but have a hard time seeing anything particularly special in the beer. Lots of British beers are barrel aged but a lot of those beers have 3.1 averages. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Near clear amber pour with decent offwhite head. Sweet citrus nose. Flavor was more bitter. Some whisky notes in there. A little alcohol. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Big bottle shared by Brad at rbsg2011. Thanks Pours a dark copper amber with a sudsy tane head. Notes of strong toffee, brown sugar, oak, light oxidation.


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