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Anchor Our Barrel Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 111
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.02% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-09-2009

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by dudeman:
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4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of byaeger
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of scottgoblue314
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dsgolovin
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -4.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of waltonc
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle of this on JoeySchlitz's birthday. Caramel copper color with small white bubbly head. Bubbles are not fine, but rather larger, potentially created as much as a result of the pour as from the carbonation. Smell and taste are very mellow notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, a little sweet, and a little wood. As this warmed up (and as my tongue forgot about the much stronger flavors of the HOTD Fred I had previously enjoyed at Monk's Kettle on tap), the flavors became a little more pronounced. Very nice example of a barrel aged beer. Not over the top in any way. Very well rounded. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a tad sticky, and low carbonation. Very drinkable, though I question why this is sold in 1.5L bottles only.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- clean near amber with some copper accents. Big 2 finger head with lots of staying power. Tons of scrubbing bubbles.

S- sweet fruity malts. Similar to their barleywine ale. Not much barrel detected in the nose.

T- sweet again to start- caramel, mix of bright and dark fruits, and candy-like confection. Just when u think its going to turn cloying, the barrel makes its presence. Undertones of whiskey and brief vanilla clear the way for a sharp, timely bitterness. A lot going on here, but it works.

M- fairly slick and oily, but not far off for the style. Buttery. Alcohol hidden.

O- unique as it seems to carve out a niche in a relatively lonely style. A great example of letting the whiskey barrel aging complement the beer rarer than dominate it.

Photo of ShareANevada
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously cracked and shared by a kind gentleman at DLD.

Magnum poured into my Sam Smith stem.

Pour is a nice rich golden-tan, not a ton of carbo going on here, just enough for an adequate, yet fleeting head.

The nose gives way to the anticipated vanilla and wood, with a hint of barleywine peeking through.

The taste begins to showcase just what Anchor can do blending some of their very solid beers. For a bigger beer, it is not overbearing, or aggressive, but shows the rounded character of the bock, accented and enhanced with the Libertys hops. This seems graceful to me, forming
together to achieve a full flavored, yet very very drinkable beer. Perhaps thats why these bottles are so big. As it warms, some more
whiskey and barleywine start to become appear, reminding you just how smooth this beer really is for its makeup.

With so many extreme beers on the markey these days, this was an exercise in restraint and flavor. Very well done.

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Anchor Our Barrel Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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