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Anchor Our Barrel Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Our Barrel AleAnchor Our Barrel Ale

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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 80
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 113
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.02% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 80
Reviews by dudeman:
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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Toronado.
Bartender said it was aged in Anchor Distillery's Old Potrero barrels which is some mighty fine whisky.
Tan or beige color with very little head.
Anchor malt shows through liberty like hop profile with a very well balanced whisky flavor.
I've always felt that Old Potrero has cinnamon and burnt sugar flavors and I found them here as well. This is dangerously drinkable at 8%. I hope its bottled.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnum received in a trade with largadeer. Thanks! Consumed on 9/18/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears dark brown with crimson highlights and a one finger wispy off-white head.

The nose is immediately reminiscent of rich caramel with lesser notes of toffee and vanilla. It smells sweet, and the rye whisky barrels have left their mark, contributing vanilla and light oak notes. The caramel is most apparent and it's excellent.

Alcohol is prominent in the flavor, accompanying the rich caramel and toffee. The beer is sweet with notes of slightly spicy rye. Oak is apparent. The booze is strong throughout but it's rather complimentary. The finish is long with a little vanilla and lingering caramel and alcohol. The beer is high medium bodied with a low-medium level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

The beer is very drinkable for a high alcohol strong ale. I think I drank half the 1.5L myself.

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Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 doesn't 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 msking 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.      

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Photo of byaeger
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Though I was one of many at the Anchor brewery on Friday, 2/06 to try OBA at its unveiling, I was the first person at the brewery today to buy it. It's only available in 1.5 liter magnums (magna?) and the max is a 6-bottle case.


Anchor is known for traditional brewing with the utmost attention to sterile conditions, so the fact that the brewing crew had to risk aging this beer for six months in, gulp, wood, shows some gusto. Then again, you know there was QC at every turn.

It starts with a blend of Old Foghorn Barleywine, some Bock, and is mostly Liberty Ale, their hoppiest beer. They didn't have to look very far for whiskey barrels to age it in. The Anchor distillery is just across the street!

It pours a viscous charcoal color with dark ruby. Instant bouquet of whiskey and vanilla. Low carbonation. That it's unfiltered helps. As for taste, they hit it out of the park. Well-balanced malt palate since they went heavy on the Liberty. But it's the barrels--toasted oak--drunk with rye whiskey to spice it up nicely.

Though it clocks in over 8% ABV, you need not cellar this to enjoy. If you're lucky enough to score one of these treasures, heaven forbid a meteorite lands on you and you don't get to taste this $30 treat since you were busy watching dust collect on the gold foil.

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Photo of drewkennedy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Smooth but boring. I get dry cocoa and sweet caramel, a little booziness, a hint of smoke, but this beer's character is too small for the potential of an 8% barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Magnum generously shared by largadeer around the Pliny the Younger release - thanks, Chris!

Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a very small off-white head.

Aroma is more or less Old Foghorn meets the -bals. Lots of caramel malt and some dark fruit notes as well as some oak and bourbon.

Flavor is nice and complex. Sweet caramel and toffee, very mellow, with sweet figs and dates and oak, bourbon and vanilla.

Medium-full on the palate with soft carbonation and only very mild booze.

Drinkability is good. Great execution on the -bal aging by Anchor for this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dsgolovin
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store. I had heard mixed reviews about this batch, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not sure which beer they aged in Old Protero barrels, but it is listed as on Old Ale.

A- tan leather color with half finger head.

S- Oak and whiskey.

T- follows the smell, lots of oak and whiskey. For a thin beer this has lots of flavor, mostly booze. Fairy dry. I wonder what batch of beer this is? Christmas, Liberty? Not sure.

M- not a ton of carbonation, but enough to not be unpleasant on my palate. Again, it's thin, but was not offensive in the least for me.

O- I think it's too bad they didn't bottle this beer. It's a little hot right now, and might be better with additional aging. However I was glad to try it and was happy that it wasn't a huge let down as I drove across the city to get it.

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Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dustin013
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1.5L magnum, split a few ways into snifters. Auburn in color with only a trace of head. Great autumnal color, dark but clear.

Smell: At colder temperatures this one's got a big musty barrel aroma. As it warms, the scent of rye whiskey and barleywine begin to take over. Rich caramel and vanilla dominate, with more subtle notes of mineral, toast and dark fruit.

Taste and mouthfeel: Opens with a rich caramel flavor, vanilla and roast following. Sweet but nowhere near cloying. Big oaky character, lightly tannic and fruity. Smooth, silky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Medium bodied, not especially rich though very full-flavored. A fuller body would really bring this one to the next level. Despite the reported blend, this tastes largely like a barrel-aged Old Foghorn to me. That's nothing to complain about, though; Foghorn is a great beer in itself and this is even better.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Anchor Our Barrel Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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