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A Deal With The Devil - Anchorage Brewing Company

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A Deal With The DevilA Deal With The Devil

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BA SCORE
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457 Ratings
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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 587
Gots: 232 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 01-29-2013

Barleywine style ale brewed with Galaxy Hops. A starting gravity of 37 Plato. Aged eleven months in Cognac barrels.
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Ratings: 457 | Reviews: 72
Photo of brewtus
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sunofneurot
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 2. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, dark amber color tending toward brown, with a few cm of sloppy, fine sand-colored head. Pretty good retention and some dots of lacing.

S: Red and dark dried fruits (plum, raisin, black cherry), rich oak and cognac character, mild toffee, red fruit roll-up, orange vanilla frosting. The fruit comes through nicely and prominently with the oak lending structure.

T: Rich fruit melds with prominent oak and malt, moderate gripping tannins impart an abrupt and almost off flavor. Moderate sweetness.

M: Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, with very light carbonation. Hides the massive ABV well.

O: Very fruit forward barleywine, with the cognac treatment only increasing this rather than providing some vanilla/oak, which is notably absent, to cut the fruitiness. This is decidedly a step down from Sucaba or Bourbon Abominable.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deserves its reputation. Best barleywine I've had.

Photo of draheim
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 (batch #2, December 2014) into a tulip. Pours a hazy deep mahogany w/ a minimal beige head, as would be expected of a 17% barleywine. Leaves a gorgeous fine viscous coat of liquid on the side of the glass when swirled or tipped, and maintains a beautiful layer of carbonation throughout.

Aroma is huge sweet dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, cognac, toffee, leather, tobacco, and just about any other rich decadent superlative you can throw at it. Yet as bold as it is, the aroma is also refined and subtle. This isn't just a big ridiculous beer for the sake of extremes. This is exquisite. Can't wait to taste any longer.

First sip. Oh, so smooth and rich, velvety. The figs/dates, the toffee, the caramel, the vanilla, the cognac, the alcohol all blend and swirl together effortlessly. There's little to no boozy harshness here, this is not a big beer that I need to choke down. This beer is complex, deceptive, seductive ... in a word, devilish. About as close to a true 5 as I'm likely to get... but I want to hold out for a truly perfect beer.

Mouthfeel is thick, velvety, smooth. Coats the palate and holds on. Here's where that fine layer of carbonation sets this beer apart. I've had extra strong beers before that get syrupy and heavy on the palate, that become a chore to drink. This one might do that too, but there's no early indication of it.

Overall, hands down one of the best strong beers I've ever had, and also one of the best beers period. 750mL is obviously a sharing size for this, and unfortunately I have no one to share it with tonight. So I hope by opening it before 5 p.m. I've given myself enough time to savor this one throughout the evening. It really is that good.

Photo of bcrossan
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. One of best BA BWs I have tasted

Photo of ChewbaccaSD
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SixPack6
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AnotherImperial
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kermis
3.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jballn
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of corm44
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of esktime
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MWolverines66
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of greenspointexas
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super sweet, but very good.

Photo of HOPTOMIC_BOMB
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer hits of loads of cognac throughout, almost like a dessert wine or liqueur. Up front, some dark fruit and figs, then onto lots of almost cloying sweetness of toffee and caramel. The beer is full bodied and offers flavor throughout.

On the sweeter side of the style, but wonderfully complex.

Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As a Texan living in Alaska the whole Barleywine thing was new to me. Sure we get them in Texas but the experience is totally different. Barleywines are typically a cold weather type of thing so it's not surprising that when reading reviews from people in Austin, TX or Tampa, FL There is a lack of knowledge regarding Barleywines and the low ratings. There is a reason BA gives Deal with the Devil a 100 score and something folks in the before mentioned places do not understand.
This is a must have for anyone that enjoys Barleywine. Sweet and strong and better as it warms. Time only makes Deal with the Devil better so if you can get a bottle hold on to it a couple of years letting it age. Also this is a sipping brew to be shared with friends. A bottle can easily be shared between four or five people.
If you know what good Barleywine is you will appreciate Deal with the Devil. Get it if you get a chance!

Photo of williamjbauer
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sarge3130
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A Deal With The Devil from Anchorage Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.