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Anchor Our Barrel Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-09-2009

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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.

Photo of dudeman
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of reverbking
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of hayesjw
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of kdown
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of drewkennedy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of GTB
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tatums1984
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Gilmango
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of drgarage
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of brotherliam
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Anchor Our Barrel Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.