A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged
Anchorage Brewing Company

A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-AgedA Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged
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American Barleywine
Ranked #4
Ranked #122
4.73 | pDev: 4.65%
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-AgedA Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged
Notes: Cognac barrel for 10 months then transferred to Woodford Reserve Double Oaked for 5 months.
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Photo of Jeffo
4.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The big man brought out all the barrel aged versions back in October. Cheers!

From a 37,5cl bottle into a tasting glass.

37 degrees Plato
IBU 60
Galaxy hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thicker looking, light tan head with great retention. Dark maroon red or brown body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a ring leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Beauty, just like every variant.

SMELL: This one is quite woody, with caramel and toffee aromas, butterscotch, some milk chocolate and coconut, and a good dose of oak as well. Mute red fruits underneath. Boozy and woody, same as the Redford 15 month.

TASTE: Lots of cognac, coconut and milk chocolate up front. Big finish of cognac, coconut and milk chocolate, as well as some heavy toffee and butterscotch sweetness. Some decent oak and alcohol lingers as well, though not quite as wood forward as the nose had suggested. Hints of red fruits in there as well.

PALATE: Very full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes sticky. A good amount of heat lingers. Excellent feel for the style, much like all the variants, but this one is even fuller than the rest.

OVERALL: Super enjoyable, though this one is also a touch wood-heavy on the nose, though not as much as the Woodford 15 month. I might be nit-picking, but when it’s this good, you can still separate the awesome from the other-worldly. Thanks again, man!

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Jul 24, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is amazing.

Apparently, it is better on draft, but the version I had from the waxed bottle was fantastic.

A terrific mix of bourbon, oak, salt, toffee, and a highly carbonated second wave of sweet molasses flavor on the finish make this beer truly memorable.

This beer sits rivals BCBW '13 and Aaron b1 in their prime as the best in the style.

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rodmanfor3 from Vermont, Oct 04, 2018
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4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 Vintage

This is up there with some of the best BW's that I have tried. Incredible barrel notes. Sweet and rich flavors like caramel and toffee with a hint of dark fruits. Smoothest 17% abv beer that I have ever drank. It seriously drinks like its 10% how the hell did they do that? World class brew that carries its weight on the rating it receives.

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Photo of Rristow
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted from bottle. Pours dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma of cognac, molasses, caramel. Thick, cloying, chewy mouthfeel. Moderate to heavily sweet. Flavors of brown sugar, molasses, cognac, toffee, caramel, and hints of oak. Just a perfect barleywine.

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Photo of lupercmda
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, gooey brown and smells of figs, dark fruits, and caramel. This is the best tasting barleywine I have ever had. Rich, thick, oily, all of the dark fruits and smooth bourbon finish. WOW JUST WOW!!

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lupercmda from North Carolina, Jun 07, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the recent HOTD fredfest event.

The beer pours a somewhat murky orange chocolate brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, it's apparent this has seen some pretty serious barrel aging, as I pick up considerable vanilla, caramel, light bourbon, molasses and light coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this sweet, rich beer, and I appreciated how well integrated the alcohol was in this beer. You can definitely tell the abv. is up there, but I would never have guessed 17%. The sweetness wears on your after a bit, so a little bit goes a long way, but this is otherwise a very impressive BA barleywine from Anchorage brewing. Mouthfeel is very full, soft and long on the palate.

Excellent beer for sure, and one that reminded me very much of the Fremont Brew 1000 from a couple years back. Not as much bourbon as the B1000 I suppose, but pretty similar otherwise. Definitely a treat to see this fine beer at Fredfest this year.

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John_M from Oregon, May 07, 2018
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4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will say this is probably the best barley wine I tasted. It poured a dark murky brown - almost like prune juice (but not in a bad way!). Very little head, probably due to high alcohol content. The smell is just delicious - picked up notes of heavy dark fruits soaked in bourbon with oak, toffee, and vanilla. More than what words can describe. The taste was just outstanding - again tons of bourbon soaked dark fruits. Very sweet with notes of toffee and vanilla that became more prominent at room temperature. The bourbon was up front from start to finish with a nice spiciness. There is just a subtle hop bite but its pretty much a desert in the glass. No alcohol warmth despite its ultra high ABV content. Very full-bodied, sticky, and rich. Overall: seek this out, it will not disappoint! Because of its high alcohol content, I was glad to share with a friend.

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Benish from Wisconsin, Apr 10, 2018
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4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle, from the 2017 release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours an ugly as shit murky brown body, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. This is a damn ugly beer, even for barleywines. Smell is transcendent; huge caramel, toffee, bourbon notes, distinct sweet brandy/cognac notes, with trace of spicy fruit on the backend. This is as metal/barleywine as it gets. Flavour follows, thick syrupy caramel, mild earthy bitterness that does just enough to balance it out and prevent this beer from being too sweet or cloying. No alcohol heat, plenty of oak and whiskey flavours, toffee, touch of resin and spice. Wonderful. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not cloying or syrupy, incredibly substantial, lots of complexity throughout, with a sweet nutty toffee finish. Overall, a damn delicious barleywine. I like this better than the single cognac releases that signify the first 3 releases.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Apr 10, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle thanks to Steve. Darkish amber, small tight, creamy head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, caramel, cognac. Boozy too, very evident. Taste is even better, sweet heat, mallty notes, vanilla, wooden barrel, cognac. While it is evident it is potent, it doesn't burn that much. True classic.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 01, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely incredible. Dark, nearly completely opaque brown. So sweet and sticky that somehow my fingers ended up sticky. Cognac shines. Somehow this is 17%. Only tastes...13%? God, the only complaint I have about this beer is that I don't know if I'll ever get another taste of it. Better to have loved and lost...

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Robomunky from Washington, Feb 19, 2018
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4.81/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not at all for the faint of heart, this massive barleywine of ale is a testament to what ale can be and not of what anyone prescribes what it should be. High succulent charms the senses with slow-sipping rewards, patience is rewarded while basking in the indulgence of what's best about cognac, bourbon and oak.

Double oaked A Deal With The Devil pours with a highly viscous weight while glossing the glass with such brandy legging and sugary weight. Tawny mahogany in color, the beer's appearance gives way to breath taking aromas of brown sugar, toffee, molasses, chocolate, wine and a cognac and sherry glazed boozy spice. The combination of bourbon and cognac carries the full force of blackstrap molasses, sorghum, brown sugar and the unexplainable savory taste of extended aged sherry.

The beer explodes on the middle palate as the booze-soaken fruits of fig, date, raisin, red grape, plum, blackberry and prune all represent the macerated character of the most savory fruit tar to exist. Oxidation notes nearly extend past port and sherry and into the world of teriyaki and soy sauce with a kiss of fudge. Playfully tangy, the sweet and heat of the late palate, balances with a lavish malty rich taste and a spicy, sassy finish.

Full, chewy and pleasantly cloying, the most supple of sips quickly reach across the palate and saturate the tastebuds completely with the sweetness of butter rum, butter pecan and an elegant richness that satisfies the sweet tooth and the need for all-things-savory all at once. Its forever long finish closes with an afterglow of seared sweetness, fortified wines and lavish malt richness.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jan 25, 2018
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4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For a barleywine, it doesn't get much better than this. Poured from bottle on 1-13-18, thanks to Matthew for sharing! Dirty brown water is what it looks like to me. Smells rich and inviting, with a very faint hint of barrel aging. Damn smooth, with an English barleywine flavor, and once again a hint of barrel. Alcohol is insanely hidden. Was happy to get the chance to try this.

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gibgink from Missouri, Jan 16, 2018
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4.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours a super thick dark brown. No head, looks amazing.
S: big spirits, I know it's double barrel, but the cognac is prominent. Smooth and sweet barrel aroma, very nice.
T: big sweetness with the cognac starting to shine then the bourbon comes in and mutes it. I don't think the double barrel makes it better.
F: so damn thick and smooth. World class feel, amazing.
O: I prefer the cognac to this, but this was a treat for sure. Awesome beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a pretty dark and murky brown, with a tiny head and no lacing.

This smells like caramel and Rolos, with oak, cognac, light and sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, and cola.

The biggest coup that this beer pulls off is the complete vanishing of any booziness. This beer is 17%- there is no heat on it. How in the world did Anchorage manage this? There's so much rich malt character just sprayed all over this beer- sticky caramel candy, chocolate fudge, toffee, herbal Cola, Port, raisin bread, grape jelly etc. You get the idea. Both barrels come through, and the Cognac comes through more strongly. This is not surprising, given that this beer was thoroughly massaged by Cognac barrels for double the time it was in the embrace of Woodford barrels. There's a little hint of oak. I've only ever had Batch 2 of this beer before, and while good, it was exceptionally sweet, and cloying. I'm not going to pretend that this isn't sweet, but it's not cloying, and finds a little bit more balance. This seems like due to the double barrel action- Cognac alone would create a lot of sweetness.

This is pretty lightly carbonated. Like mentioned before, this has no lingering booziness whatsoever- it goes down like it's merely 9-10%. It's a near miracle. The feel is slightly syrupy, and pretty full bodied.

This beer is basically heroin if you like barleywines.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Dec 04, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour; color leans more towards brown/porter than quad/amber, but that might have to do with there being chocolate notes (like B3 bottles) in place of caramel/butterscotch/toffee. Lots of dark fruit notes on the nose and on the finish once the pour breathed. Booze was evident but not overwhelming, though it was a little thin overall. IMO this might really round out with 6-12 months on it, but I couldn't help myself and had to try it now.

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IMFletcher from Kentucky, Nov 05, 2017
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good. You think it might be too sweet but then the barrel dries it out real nicely. I thought the bourbon added an interesting maltiness to the beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, outstanding barley wine.

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Sporeg from Ohio, Nov 04, 2017
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at ADWTD day in a goblet

Sticky curtains, caramel brown, velvet head, full mouthfeel, sweet, creamy, bitter, balanced, is this really 17%?- 10 minutes later - yup, incredibly balanced and impossibly smooth, perfection 7 stars out of 7.

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A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 114 ratings