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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 113
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%

On tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is of malt, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and a very woody flavor. There is a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a crisp and clean carbonation level. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome barrel aged presence all around.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

nmann08, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

acurtis, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Generously shared at the PtY release on 2/5/10

A: The pour is a clear, amber color with a mild carbonation and a small off-white head.

S: A nice combination of sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruit aromas fills the nose. There is some barrel influence, but nothing overwhelming.

T: A nice, complex flavor which follows the nose for the most part. The caramel and dark fruits lead the way with some undertones of oak and bourbon. There's also a slight spice to the beer which I did not detect much of in the nose.

M: The low level of carbonation lends the beer a slightly slick mouthfeel, even with its medium body. I will say I was expecting this to be a bit fuller.

D: Despite a slight disappointment on the mouthfeel, I found this to be a great offering from Anchor, and one that I've very much wanted to try. I certainly did not plan on having so many of my highly coveted wants tasted in one day.

womencantsail, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

largadeer, Feb 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

SocalKicks, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

MasterSki, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

MarkyMOD, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

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.      

corby112, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.5%

orangesol, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

drewone, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

ahhh one of the whitest wales out there. most people don't even know this exists.

Pours a light beige head. Color is a caramel copper.

Aroma: I smell rye, but get a little bourbon flavors as well. Very oaky. Vanilla flavors and caramel with toffee. Very barleywine like. Plums, raisins, dark fruits. Very sweet. Warming.

Taste: I taste rye more than anything here. Still very oaky. A lot of similar flavors from the nose. Raisins, toffee, caramel, plums, and dark fruits. Not as flavorful as the nose. A hint of chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky and cloying.

Overall, it's a nice beer. It's drinkable, but it lacks a little flavor compared to the nose. The carbonation is also a tad low. Still, a real treat to have and something I wouldn't pass down.

mothman, Dec 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

afsdan, Apr 21, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

HopHead84, Sep 24, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -14.6%

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
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

eawolff99, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Huge thanks to Floydster for sending me this uber rare treat.

A: Pours light brown with lots of amber showing through. Small head with some spotty lace.

S: Lots of barrel in the aroma. Oak stands out with mild sweet brown sugar notes. There are hints of caramel and a dash of vanilla as well.

T: Starts out nice and sweet...malty. Lots of brown sugar and toffee. Vanilla comes through in a nice way as well. There are notes of oak and bourbon. The barrel does not overpower this one. It is subdued, but so damn enjoyable. So many people over do it with a barrel this beer is nicely done. Dare I say a sessionable barrel aged beer?

M: On the thinner side for the style. Sort of low in carbonation, but I almost prefer my barrel aged beers that way.

D: The most drinkable barrel aged beer I think I have had.

Score one for Anchor. I like it a lot.

tpd975, Feb 13, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 17, 2012
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Anchor Our Barrel Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.