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Anchor Our Barrel Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 112
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-09-2009)
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Crosling

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.5. Brown colored ale. Unfortunately the nose is really lacking, only light hints of malt and wood. Lacking power. Flavor doesn't have a lot going on either, a touch of vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, but it's really soft, sweet, simplistic, light. Nice enough effort. Well made, I just wish it had more power, more taste. I'm puzzled why Anchor didn't put any Foghorn in the blend. That seems like the beer to barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 06:44:22 | More by Crosling
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drgarage

California

3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Toronado on Jan. 28, 2012. Presumed to be a fairly new batch.

A: Lovely orange-red, like Liberty Ale with some faded age on it. Virtually no head or visible carbonation, like a fairly standard barley wine.

S: Booze and currants, largely. Virtually no hops or barrel to speak of, but very complex in its booze and dark fruit smell.

T: Really nice taste. Subtle and smooth vanilla and a bit of oak. Far from the barrel bombs we've all gotten used to.

M: Big disappointment. The batch is clearly over-carbonated, which makes it totally flat once the foam dies down. From what I could see out of the tap, it was about 80 percent head. Kind of ridiculous. Mouthfeel of flat soda.

O: Worth trying if you've never had it, but I highly doubt this is the best version to try. Old Foghorn is so much better than this batch it isn't funny.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 05:03:13 | More by drgarage
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

10-23-2013 14:38:49 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-29-2012 02:28:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

08-27-2013 02:51:47 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

10-26-2013 19:37:22 | More by LoveStout
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

04-27-2012 22:38:24 | More by popery
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GTB

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

03-04-2012 21:32:14 | More by GTB
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hops and Pie, I was pretty surprised to see this since I knew the bottles were very rare. No wonder given the fact they age it in their own whiskey barrels. Bright amber color, small head. Aroma is weird, sort of sweet, no whiskey, hints of wood. The flavor was sweet, had notes of cola and then dr. pepper, booze and then wet wood. Honestly based on the taste I assumed this was aged in first use oak or something because it tasted like it was barrel-aged but did not taste like any sort of spirits. Overall very interesting but a whole bottle would be quite cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 01:07:24 | More by ArrogantB
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kdown

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-13-2013 17:46:11 | More by kdown
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

10-14-2013 16:48:05 | More by nmann08
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avaldivia

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-16-2012 23:55:27 | More by avaldivia
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birchstick

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-06-2013 05:26:00 | More by birchstick
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-19-2014 08:28:55 | More by zestar
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akang

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

01-08-2014 06:10:33 | More by akang
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CoolEthan

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

01-10-2014 05:22:41 | More by CoolEthan
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2014 20:19:51 | More by Bosoxfan20
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ShareANevada

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 17:58:33 | More by ShareANevada
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dsgolovin

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 23:47:25 | More by dsgolovin
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-30-2013 01:01:44 | More by mc4z
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 02:42:14 | More by jlb502
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-03-2011 19:05:57 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Gilmango

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-02-2012 00:16:58 | More by Gilmango
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-08-2014 05:40:30 | More by SocalKicks
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-15-2014 04:42:45 | More by orangesol
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Anchor Our Barrel Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.