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A Deal With The Devil - Anchorage Brewing Company

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 323
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barleywine style ale brewed with Galaxy Hops. A starting gravity of 37 Plato. Aged eleven months in Cognac barrels.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 01-29-2013)
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -3%

06-18-2014 02:39:51 | More by KCBeerNerd
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adroberts01

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +7.8%

06-16-2014 18:22:58 | More by adroberts01
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

06-15-2014 04:25:25 | More by dataylor21
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HipHopsHooray

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

06-13-2014 00:46:07 | More by HipHopsHooray
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

06-08-2014 14:46:28 | More by GatorLCA
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Brdlist

North Carolina

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
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baybum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.8%

06-03-2014 13:34:29 | More by baybum
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Mbrown44

Delaware

5/5  rDev +7.8%

06-02-2014 19:28:50 | More by Mbrown44
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-31-2014 16:44:43 | More by ShanePB
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Quackus

New York

4.5/5  rDev -3%

05-31-2014 13:17:45 | More by Quackus
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BeerWorld

New York

4.5/5  rDev -3%

05-26-2014 02:39:06 | More by BeerWorld
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Dajtai007

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-23-2014 04:49:55 | More by Dajtai007
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Paccamacca

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-22-2014 17:45:12 | More by Paccamacca
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grrrah

California

5/5  rDev +7.8%

05-21-2014 04:16:08 | More by grrrah
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tjmodica

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-20-2014 15:02:47 | More by tjmodica
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

05-20-2014 12:13:38 | More by drummermattie02
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nicole309

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

05-18-2014 18:05:42 | More by nicole309
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-18-2014 17:15:58 | More by threedaggers
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beerloverofbham

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-12-2014 22:43:27 | More by beerloverofbham
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

05-10-2014 01:25:49 | More by IndyDad
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vonnegut21

New York

5/5  rDev +7.8%

05-09-2014 20:18:56 | More by vonnegut21
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California

4/5  rDev -13.8%

05-09-2014 17:46:29 | More by growlerfox
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SunDevil12

Arizona

5/5  rDev +7.8%

05-09-2014 05:19:53 | More by SunDevil12
A Deal With The Devil from Anchorage Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.