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Anchor Our Barrel Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 116
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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Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Crosling, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of drgarage
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

drgarage, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

acurtis, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

LoveStout, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

ArrogantB, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of kdown
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

kdown, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

nmann08, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

avaldivia, Apr 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

birchstick, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

akang, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

CoolEthan, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Bosoxfan20, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of ShareANevada
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

ShareANevada, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of dsgolovin
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

dsgolovin, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mc4z, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

deltatauhobbit, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Gilmango, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -4.3%

SocalKicks, Jan 08, 2014
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Anchor Our Barrel Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.