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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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TEJA (3010) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2014
Fluffy beige head. Clear amber color. Complex aroma from both hops and the whiskey barrel. Medium bitterness with a very interesting taste.

3.4
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Thanks to DaSilky1 for bringing this to the RBSG 2009 grand tasting. This dark amber pour had subdued flavors of vanilla, whiskey and oak. For me, the flavors were a bit light. The barrel influence wasnít very strong.

3.8
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Magnum thanks to Hophead84, thanks for sharing this one Shane. Pours coffee brown with some faint red highlights, small beige head with a touch of lacing. Good amount of whiskey and wood on the nose as well as caramel, toffee and some dark fruits. The flavor kicks off with hints of vanilla, whiskey, caramel.......some fig and plum in there as well. Finishes pretty hot, overall pretty damn tasty.

3.8
k0mpsa (2911) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Tap at hamiltons tavern, san diego. Black color, smooth head. Aroma has some roasted malts, oak, licorice, coffee notes. Smooth palate, oak, some roasted malts, licorice.

3.9
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle @ De Molen. A clear dark red/brown colored beer with a beige head. The aroma of sweet fruits with malts, wood and whiskey. The taste is sweet with woody notes. A mix between whiskey notes and madeira. It has some bitter in the back. The aftertaste is sweet with bitter and gives a warm feeling.

4.4
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Magnum generously shared by ygtbsm. Thanks again Brad! Pours a dark copper/mahogany colorwith golden ruby edges and a thin half finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Faint lacing left behind. Sweet boozy bourbon aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, rye and hazelnut. The barrel presence with toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and bourbon but it doesnít overpower the malt notes of the base beer. Lots of biscuit, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit. Medium bodied and perfectly balanced with a nice amount of sweet bourbon, earthy oak and tons of vanilla sweetness. Theres also some toasted coconut and faint heat but not too boozy. Very nicely balanced and the abv is well masked masking it easy to drink. Malty notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit and rye. The spirit is perfectly integrated into the flavor of the beer without being astringent or one dimensional. Amazing.

3.6
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
8oz, $4 at Stone Bistro. Clear orange with a 1 1/2 finger light beige head, creamy with fair retention. Oak and coconut bourbon dominate--but it isnít all that crazy strong overall, not oxidized, either. Smells like Anchor Steam beneath--toadty with some light malt sweetness. Flavor follows suit, the barrels not overpowering at all. Tastes a lot like Anchor Steam. Thatís all I can say. Finishes dry with bitterness at a 2. Moderate carbonation thatís a little prickly with a medium body. Tasty, if not all that complex--lightly bourbonated Anchor Steam.

4.2
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Pours with a dark amber brown body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with great vanilla, caramel and bourbon notes. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.

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beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
I do not like whiskey/bourbon beers as a general rule. This one is great though. Almost like dessert. Lovely roast smell and bourbon/vanilla taste. You can actually taste the beer through the oak.

3.8
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2010
Dark red, brown colored brew. Vinous, malty aroma. Flavor is vinous and malty too, some bourbon. A peppery aftertaste.


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