A Deal With The Devil - Anchorage Brewing Company
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4.61/5 rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed out of a 750 mL bottle at an Anchorage tasting/flight at Bridger's Bottle Shop in Kansas City. Served in a half pint nonic style tumbler.
Appearance - Has the color of black strap molasses, and looks about as close to the consistency as a beer could look, with a very viscous feel and legs that really linger when I tip the glass to see the liquid wash over the side. There is only about a half finger of dark tan foam and it dissipates fairly quickly, leaving the slimmest of ringlets around the edge of the glass and zero lacing.
Smell - Rich, sweet aromas waft out of the glass, with flavors of dark salted caramel, molasses, maple syrup and buckwheat honey. There are hints at woody tannins, but I think most of the flavor profiles imparted by the barrel aging are more in the vein of port wine and rich, passionfruit syrup/jam, which I would guess comes from the Galaxy hops. I don't get any citrus or bitterness whatsoever.
Taste -The immediate impression that comes to mind is sorghum and syrup, almost like if you were to take whole grain pancakes and syrup, then infuse them into a beverage. It's not sweet enough to be straight up syrup, and the grain base definitely plows through to give this one a great flavor profile. Again, the notes of molasses and buckwheat honey are present, with the caramel being less noticeable than in the smell. There is also a hint of french vanilla and notes of candied figs and dates--again similar to port. I'm stunned at how well the booze is hidden. Not that it's unnoticeable, but that it's a bit of a surprise that we're in 17% range.
Mouthfeel - Full bodied--about as full bodied as any beer I've ever had--and low carbonation, which ultimately plays into the syrupy impression the beer gives. Very viscous and lingers on the palate long after the liquid has been swallowed, which is nice because you can sit and appreciate the flavors and give yourself some time to absorb the high levels of alcohol.
Overall, just an otherworldly beer. Even though this beer is listed as an American Barleywine, the barrel-aging has definitely taken over in the primary characteristics and gives it a very English feel with big sweetness and lots of grain. I wish I had a full bottle of my own, because I would love to pour this into a brandy snifter and sip on it over the course of an hour or two. And with the low carbonation, I can imagine it would hold up pretty well over a couple days--you could possibly even decant it without severely impacting the overall profile of the beer. I hope against hope that Anchorage produces this beer again and that I can actually procure some for myself.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 15:23:43 | More by LambicPentameter
4.04/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #1, December 2013.
Appearance - Wow. It pours like fake milk in a cereal commercial. Murky reddish brown. Small khaki head. Thin collar.
Smell - Cognac. Dark caramel. Oak. Lots of brown sugar.
Taste - Viscous caramel. Cognac. Sharp fruitiness. Apples. Grape. Then brown sugar. Oaky finish. Thick syrupy sweetness. It's even a little hoppy.
Mouthfeel - This is thicker than any beer I've ever had. Medium low carbonation. Not very boozy, though.
Overall - This is serious. Good, but really sweet.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2014 23:48:38 | More by Alieniloquium
4.96/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Only batch so far - very cool bottle and artwork with some cool Daniel Webster quotations on the back
A - Pours a hazy brown, light yellow foam on the head, settled nicely (poured by a sommelier)
S - earthy and sweet, classic BW profile and a standard for all BW's
T - Impossible to describe it's complexity - subtle booziness almost caramel winey sweetness
M - Incredible, similar to a great wine, soft on the palate
O - an outstanding beer, probably the only batch 1 I'll have, felt quite lucky to enjoy at ChurchKey
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 15:30:16 | More by Brdlist
A Deal With The Devil from Anchorage Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.