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Anchor Our Barrel Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

68 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

reverbking, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

MarkyMOD, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

hayesjw, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

kdown, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

drewkennedy, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

avaldivia, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Lob, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

tatums1984, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Gilmango, Feb 02, 2012
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
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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

codynevels, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

brotherliam, Jan 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

drewone, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

deltatauhobbit, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of xhuskr
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at Beachwood BBQ-Seal Beach on Anchor night...was not what I thought it would be;
A-clear, bubblier than I thought with the great orange/amber
S-mellow but noseable aroma of bourbon and vanilla...not the overpowering aroma as so many barrel aged brews
T-wow...does not taste like the big bear I thought it would be..it tastes better. Nice light bourbon and english ale flavors
M-smooth and yummy
O-very pleased with this quite a bit

I was more than happy and surprised with this..nice to have a great brew from Anchor as good as this was. Bold, smooth, different, yummy..need I say more?!

xhuskr, Dec 03, 2011
Anchor Our Barrel Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.