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A Deal With The Devil - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 716
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 5.01%
Wants: 635
Gots: 306 | FT: 38
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Saxmusik45 for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Batch # 2. Bottled December 2014.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, toffee, fruit, cognac, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and cognac flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and super sweet but tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle. (703 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Batch #2.

Comes out of the bottle an interesting dark copper orange, then fills with a murky sense of dark rust red and brown, with maybe a bit of mahogany and chestnut colors. No head creation at all on this thing, barely a pencil thin collar around the edges and faint tan. There's hardly even a top to this beer at all either. Sort of looks a little lifeless on arrival.

Aroma really reminds me of King Henry but better. A sense of fruit cake like action, but more citrus and zesty in character. Hints of thick orange, nice warmth but not overly boozy or even hot, mixed in with apricot and nectarine and maybe even a touch of peach in there also. It's big and powerful, but it's also masking much of any other character, and there's virtually no barrel like notes going on here either. It is however, very stunning.

Palate on first sip is very sweet rush of fruit, with an unbelievably thick body. Huge thick rushing oils that feel cold and stuck in your palate. Mid palate fills with much fruit cherry, grape, and then citrus warmth, with huge jammy quality. Mild sensing action of zest and concentrate cherry like brandy. Warmth brings out more hop bitterness just barely, but the sugary aspect gets into lots of brandy sweetness that really starts to mellow out with some warmth. Coats all over incredibly, like a marmalade sweetness on your lips, maybe even some grapefruit hiding in there.

This beer is very hard to put into words. A pretty impressive creation. If the sweetness was just toned down this thing would just be out of this world. (1,621 characters)

Photo of salmo
1.69/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poored into a Culmination Festival Snifters to share with friends.

Appearance: nice ruddy brown color.

Smells like lots of sweet malt.

Tasted like watered down malt extract with little to no hop presence.

Feel was also somewhat sticky.

Overall: quite possibly the most expensive, over rated barley wine in recent history. Sorry Gabe and Jerimiah, this one should have not left the brewery. (398 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2 - Blizzard day beer

Upon hearing about this beer it was hard to imagine it would be able to come together without being a boozy mess. Somehow Anchorage has done it - it is an incredibly clean, complex and balanced barleywine. Tons of sweet cognac, boozy brandy fruits, very sweet oak with a light dry tannic woodiness, and the fresh crisp galaxy hops round it out very well. On the palate it is incredibly smooth, rich, full and not overly boozy by any means. The flavors do not compete or trample one another, all come together very well. The more it opens up the aroma smells like freshly brandy-finished wood, sweet and very inviting, accompanied by dark chewy caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. On top of everything it is a great looking beer - no head, very very soft carbonation, but looks like a glass of dark cognac.

It's name and wild recipe make it sound like an overly aggressive beer that would punch you in the gut, but it is quite the opposite. Very well crafted and full of interesting and delicious flavor nuances. (1,047 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch #2, DEC/2104

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a slowly rising head that is very tiny and eventually goes to the outer ring of the glass

S: Very malty with notes of oak, vanilla, tannins, dark fruit, cognac, and a very light vinous note, also from the cognac. The booze is absolutely buried under complexity. Extremely close to perfection

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a huge rush of sweet maltiness and then comes the complexity of flavor. Everything found in the nose is present and then some. Oak, vanilla, toffee, light tannins and vinous quality, hints of cognac, and dark fruits like raisins and figs all shine through. Booze is again nearly completely buried under amazing complexity and sheer maltiness. Finishes with lingering maltiness and pleasant sweet booziness

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. This is thick, with very low carbonation which makes for a very smooth and decadent brew

O: Wow. This is a beast of a beer, and one that delivers in every category. The barrel really adds some nice nuances, but surprisingly isn't the star of the show. That honor goes to the maltiness and flat out high gravity/plato of the brew. Very much worth the $30+ that was begrudgingly (at the time, not so much now) spent. If you get the chance to try this beer, DO IT (1,292 characters)

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely remarkable red and brown fruit complexity with a luxurious cognac overlay that meshes perfectly. A sophisticated and delightfully mouth coating marvel that is unbelievably smooth and mellow for its 17.3% abv. Beautifully balanced from start to finish. Trade heavily for this one, or don't even flinch at the $30+ price tag, it's well worth it. (354 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle from itracy63 (many thanks!). Batch 2, bottled 12/2014. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

An opaque, deep crimson burgandy nectar fills the glass. A finger and a half sandy butter hued froth rests on top for a couple minutes before disappearing entirely. Once the initial foam is gone there is no head and zero lacing.

Sweet, enticing aromas of apple, raisin, cherry, oak, cognac, toffee, some vague pine and just a hint of vanilla. This smells incredible and I keep coming back to enjoy it more.

Oh goodness! That nose wasn't lying about the majesty it foretold. Rich, bold flavors of apple, cherry, cranberry, raisin, candy sugar, oak, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, semi earthy and a floral bitterness all wrapped up in a thick, comforting blanket of booze. It gets even better as it reaches room temperature. Despite the not insignificant alcohol heft, this goes down with an ease that belies the 17% abv tag. Absolutely delicious.

Fantastic thick, syrupy, coating body with delightfully soft carbonation. With my mouth almost completely coated those flavors of cognac, toffee, caramel and a slight herbal bitterness linger a very long time. Outstanding

A Deal With The Devil is a truly special brew. Of the myriad barrel aged English barleywines I've tried this is certainly one of the top two or three. It's worth the money, more than worth any hype and a truly hunt-worthy brew. I really hope that I can score some more at some point but a heartfelt thanks to @itracy63 for the surprise mail bomb from Alaska to Georgia! (1,545 characters)

Photo of tommykimchi
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2.

Appearance : Pours with a syrup-like consistency and practically zero head. Has a deep/rich dark amber color.

Aroma : Despite the enormous ABV (17.3%!), there are very little boozy or fusel alcohol characteristics. Instead it has a rich maple syrup and dark caramel aroma.

Taste : Again, maple syrup. Think incredibly sweet dark caramelized sugar coating a brick of toffee with reduced vanilla coke drizzled on top.

Mouthfeel: Thick. I can see how the incredibly viscous nature of the beer may be off-putting for some, but I really dug it.


Overall: Definitely a sipper. Quite the extreme beer experience and truly worth the high price tag. Easily busts into the upper echelon of BA Barleywines. (710 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back by my sister from Anchorage.

Pours like a thick, syrupy pile of mud. Like seriously, this stuff just crawled out of the bottle- it looks unbelievably thick. There's a thin layer of something that looks like molasses or maple syrup on the top of the beer. There's a very small layer of foam of bubbles that could pass as a head, I suppose, with a very small amount of lacing.

Smells quite sweet, with caramelized sugar, sweet caramel, cognac, vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark fruits.

The only drawback here is the intense sweetness- it's not off-putting, but it does keep it from being the absolutely god-tier barleywine I'd thought it would be. Beyond the sweet, intense caramelized sugar factor here, there's a good amount of niceties to be found underneath- molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits, a herbal character that honestly reminds me of aquavit, caramel, toffee, raisins, plums, blackberries, port, bourbon and sweet cognac. It's got a bit of sherry character that sort of suggests oxidation, but I know it can't be at this point.

If I was given this blind, I honestly wouldn't have been able to pick out the specific barrel it was in, because I got notes of cognac, sherry, bourbon, and port at different points.

This is probably the thickest beer I've ever had, it literally drinks like syrup. The mouthfeel is so sticky, so gloopy, so thick and delicious. I feel like I took a bath in maple syrup after drinking this. There's a very low level of carbonation. Despite the hefty ABV (which isn't noticeable, at all), and the intense flavors, it's very drinkable. It was not hard to split the bottle with a friend, and finish my half.

This is a really awesome achievement in brewing. If the sweetness was toned down a bit, and some of the residual sugars fermented out, this would be basically perfect. As it is, it's near perfect, though. (1,869 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1815th Review on BA
Bottle to Anchorage Teku
750 Ml Capped

Batch 2 - December 2014

App- Out of the bottle this was so confusing to me. A couple bubbles and I am thinking its a flat BA Barleywine then BAM! Its a reverse Guiness. All the bubbles come flowing out like a cascading river. Comes to a head with 2 fingers of tan bubbles. Rich, creamy and smooth. Very frothy and looks amazing.

Smell- Smells like a loaf of bread to me with with lots of dark fruits baked in it. Plums, raisins and of course the smells from the barrels come next. Vanilla and Oak. The next thing is the bitter hops on the nose. Quite an interesting mix on this one. I get a bunch of citrus on this one as well.

Taste- Well its a bit more than I thought and a bit more let down as well. Its a big beer to say the least. A ton of flavor from the actual beer itself and the barrel aging process. The flavor of the beer is much like Dr. pepper. A lot of fruits and some other flavors you cant place but its tasty. A very thick drinking beer. A lot of esters from the alcohol, a little middle flavor comes in from the hops and then a bit of the oak. Just large and in charge but needed a bit of calming. Maybe after sitting the flavors will meld. I just couldnt wait.

Mouth- A very large beer. A good solid thick body with a very thick and creamy carbonation. Like drinking an espresso or a latte with the residual foam creeping up on you. The residual flavors are the dark fruits and the flavors of the cognac aging.

Drink- This was a good beer. Bordered on great with time I think. Its a bit thick and chewy with a bunch going on. I saw signs of greatness in it. I will admit. This kicked my ass. I can drink some big beers but I needed a nap. Well done Gabe. (1,738 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 750 poured to tulip

One of the most intriguing pours ever... dark brown and opaque, looked almost flat at first... a nice sticky one finger head eventually developed and only subsided a bit

The nose is huge with grape and cognac, some toffee and burnt sugar

Flavor starts with toffee and grape and runs a gamut of vanilla, oak, fig, buttered popcorn, prune, and cherry after that

Mouthfeel is think, intimidating, almost chewy... nice!

Price point seemed a bit expensive, but I grabbed it anyway. I'm glad I did. If not the best barley wine I've ever tried, it is certainly the best I've have recently. Cognac aging lends layers other barrels just don't, totally right for this brew. (697 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.83/5  rDev +10%

I decanted A Deal With the Devil into my snifter at cellar temperature. This should be fun.

It pours languidly as if thick and weighty, a sheet of tan foam fizzling up gradually and then dying away. The color is intense, murky blood red. Probably as close to looking like blood as any ale I've seen. Bonus!

Potent vanilla, oak, leather, and butterscotch fume up from this stuff in excess, along with a mix of fruits that aren't only sweet-smelling, but a little tart, too! Like raisins, dates, and prunes accented with a fair amount of lemon zest. Maybe a little maple or molasses in there? And I swear I can detect the essence of hops to an extent., kind of as part of that lemon zest quality. A fascinating and tantalizing aroma.

I just took my first sip. Jeepers. This is no mere beer. This an atomic bomb of cognac, vanilla, and oak followed up with a raiding assault by a merciless menagerie of various fruits. A battalion of dark fruits leads the attack, with a smaller regiment of brighter citrusy fruits (along with some peach or nectarine) providing support. AND YET... I'm pretty okay with being visiously attacked by these intense flavors, because they carry out their brutality in a pretty well integrated, orderly and balanced fashion. I even get fine touches of earth, yeast, and nuttiness in the finish. A little bit of noble hops as well. Overall, it's very much like a boozed-up dark fruitcake. And the booze is cleverly concealed, by the way.

The body is massive and thick and sticky, and just... over the top. Nice.

This here is a special little barleywine. It's got insane intensity of flavors, and incredibly, all the complexity and balance necessary to harness that intensity. Not only sweet, but kinda tangy, and with that leathery, slightly bitter swagger that always makes an ale like this interesting. It's got character to spare. (1,861 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

bottle, thanks Scott.

dark reddish brown. caramel, dark fruit nose. taste reminiscent of aged utopias. raisin, caramel, cognac. ABV extremely well hidden. a top 2 barleywine for me. thick, smooth, creamy, awesome! (214 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.

Spicy and dark fruit notes in the nose. Hints of brandy.

Body seems a bit light but is fairly smooth for the very high ABV.

Nice complexity. A bit boozy in the finish. (194 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very enjoyable beer, the cognac barrel adds an interesting presence to go with the strong barleywine characteristics. The cognac adds a smoothness but without the boozy flavors you get from bourbon or rum barrels. (216 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Zwanze Day at the Holy Grale

A. Pours moderately thick with a deep mahogany color with amber hints. Fine bubble head. Moderate to high viscosity.

S. The nose is caramel, booze, boozy oak, dark chocolate, and toffee. The cognac is present.

T. The taste follows the nose consistently with major notes of cognac, toffee, vanilla, marshmallows, hazelnuts, figs, and bread pudding. Certainly boozy but not unpleasant - I mean this is a beast. There is sweetness but it comes through to balance the flavors and blends to the flavors.

M. Smooth for the abv, moderate carbonation, and FULL body. Sticky.

O. This is an excellent treat. Very big beer. Bold flavors makes this one worth the acclaim. I'm happy I was able to try this so I do not need to search it out. Anchorage brought their A game. (808 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%

Not meant for the faint of heart- this massive taste of ale is a high testiment to what ale can be and not of what it should be. With its high succulent charm and slow-sipping rewards, patience is rewarded in such high culinary delight.

A Deal With The Devil shows a highly viscous weight with its decant. Layering upon the glass with such sugary weight, it seems to crawl into the glass all by itself. Its tawny mahogany color gives way to a breadth of aromas that stimulate the senses with brown sugar, toffee, molasses and sweet fruity booze. Those cognac tendencies show full force as the flavors favor grape, caramel, umami and black-strap molasses.

As the middle unfolds, the booze-soaken fruits of apples, dates, figs, raisons, plumb, cherry and peach are all represented, but done so in a dried and pleasantly oxidized kind of way. With such tang, heat and sweetness, that session easily gravitates to a sipping session rather than a drinking one.

And as the most subtle of sips latch onto the taste buds, its finish is long-lasting, deeply saturating and luxurious on the palate as each decadent sip reaches deeper and deeper into the taste buds for a lasting dessert-like slumber. (1,193 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged Batch 1 (Dec 2013) bottle from Tipples poured on 7-12-14. Pours a mahogany brown color with some purple--and it pours very viscous looking-and a big light brownish yellow head. The aroma is magnificent coming off this thing and you can smell it across the room. Big dark fruits, figs, oak, molasses, brown sugar, coconut, maybe some vanilla, yum. Flavor is huge sweet brown sugar, figs, cognac, lots of chewey oak, leather, more brown sugar. Good lord it is sweet and intense. Incredibly smooth for the ABV and very little boozy alcohol heat presence. Cheery and thick mouthfeel with low but still present carbonation. What a treat this is. Worth every bit of hype and one of the best Barleywines I have ever had.

Batch 2 bottle not quite as rich and viscous but still darn good. This years seemed a bit more one note than before, with less coconut and brown sugar, and more molasses. (902 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to The Dooper for the share on this one. Fun times man!

From a 750 into a snifter.
Batch #1
December 2013
37 degrees Plato
IBU 60
Galaxy hops
Barleywine aged in cognac barrels for 11 months

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thicker looking, light tan head with great retention. Dark maroon red or brown body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a ring leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Beauty.

SMELL: Cognac, oak, vanilla, coconut, red fruits and lots of toffee on the nose. Bold for sure. Some caramel and butterscotch accompany the cognac and oak as well. Alcohol for sure, and some spicy aromas. Very bold and candy-like. Excellent.

TASTE: Cognac, oak, toffee and butterscotch up front. Very sweet and flavorful. Lots of barleywine and alcohol as well. Big finish of toffee, caramel and butterscotch sweetness, some spicy alcohol, with oak, vanilla and sweet cognac from the barrels. Excellent. Bold and lingering aftertaste is mostly sweet with a touch of bitter hops under all the sweet caramel, toffee and cognac barrel flavors. Perhaps a touch more bitterness is necessary to balance out all the sweetness, but this is plenty interesting, complex and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes sticky. A good amount of heat lingers. Excellent feel for the style. Big, silky, sticky enough and some well measured heat. You'd never guess this was 17%, and it's much fuller, creamier, and less abrasive than the competition. Class.

OVERALL: This was really, really good. It's definitely a sweet beer, but it's big, full bodied, thick, flavorful, and very complex in the flavor profile. A touch more bitterness might help push this into the next stratosphere, but as it is, it's a beauty of a beer and well worth checking out if you can. Would love to see a bottle of this with 5 years on it, and am very much looking forward to the next batch. Awesome beer night Dooper. Cheers! (2,016 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1. 750ml bottled opened at Trappist Provisions.

A: Pours a ruddy deep brown with a bubbly and thin light brown head that faded into a faint light brown collar.
S: The cognac barrel definitely dominates with scents of boozy raisins, brandy and red grapes. It's also very musty and earthy smelling. Definitely some damp basement. There's a note of mild chocolate as well.
T: I get some warming booze and very smooth barrel flavors, rich notes of leather, dark chocolate, and earthy subtle hops, very mild leaf tobacco,barrel spices, brown sugar, caramel and some toffee. Woody barrel finish, with dark fruits, brandy, and rich chocolate fudge lingering in aftertaste along with bitter earthy herbal hops. Booze soaked raisins and dark chocolate dominate overall.
M: Extremely velvety carbonation, rich mouthfeel, smooth with warming booze but not hot at all. Drinks like a beer with much lower alcohol. Very rich and full, but super soft and airy at the same time. Extremely impressive could sip all day.
O: Take any other 17% beer fresh and it's hot, but this tastes like its been cellared five years in the bottle. One of the better barleywines I've ever had, and definitely the best one I've had fresh. Really delicious and amazing mouthfeel, and really impressive all-around. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass at a Shelton Brothers tasting at the Wine and Cheese Place.

A: Pours a murky reddish brown with a small amount of tan foam, head dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a nice trail of suds on the glass as you sift it.

S: Very aromatic, toffee, caramel, biscuit comes out as it warms up, boozey fumes if you get close enough.

T: Sweet molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, booze; all of the flavors which were out on the nose come together for a big party. There's so much going on from start to finish you keep discovering new flavors after numerous pulls.

M: Full bodied, one of the thickest beers I have ever had, very chewy, a dessert in a glass.

O: This is one of the finest barleywines I have ever had the pleasure to drink. I couldn't quite pull out any traces of the cognac barrels but I am sure it is probably hiding in there somewhere waiting for a more experienced palate. Be careful with this one, it will sneak up on you given how smooth it is! (995 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasting at The Wine and Cheese Place. There were 4 bottle of this and I got two pours + another half pour. Poured into a wine glass after having a few collaborations between Anchorage and various breweries.

A - Pours nicely into a wine glass with a murky syrupy light carmel color with minimal head and minimal carb. This one coats the glass nicely and looks thick and chewy

S - Smell is loads of carmel, sugar, maple syrup, with hints of booze

T - Taste follows the nose here. Maple Syrup followed by carmel and hints of dark fruits that blend together to form an amazing taste. I thought this taste better than King Henry and I am basing this review off what I thought of King Henry a couple weeks ago. This one is so smooth and it hides the 17%+ very well. There is only a faint hint of booziness in this but nothing on the finish or anything that lingers. Carmel, Maple Syrup, Cognac, then dark fruits and hints of molasses

M - This is a very thick chewy viscous barley wine. Definitely a full bodied beer with minimal carbonation.

O - This is the best barley wine that I have had so far. Some people may not agree, but I love the sweetness to this beer and I think it is perfect for masking the 17% beast. I may have to seek this one out. (1,249 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL Batch #1 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. (2,652 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Brdlist
4.96/5  rDev +13%
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 (523 characters)

A Deal With The Devil from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.