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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From:
Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #2
ABV:
17%
Score:
100
Ranked #18
Avg:
4.7 | pDev: 5.32%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
171
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 25, 2022
Added:
Oct 15, 2017
Wants:
  67
Gots:
  22
SCORE
100
World-Class
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-AgedA Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged
Notes: Blend 2020 - Galaxy hopped in Woodford Reserve Double Oak barrels, then blended with 24 month and 12-month-old A Deal with the Devil that it transferred into fresh barrels halfway through aging.
Blend 2022 - A Deal With the Devil Barleywine aged for 9 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels, then transferred into freshly emptied Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels for an additional 7 months
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Rated: 4.63 by bret27 from California

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Holding up really nicely. Traces of oxidation but still getting that abundance of booze-soaked raisin goodness you expect from DWTD. Finishes warm w/ undertones of Caramello candy and torched oak. Glad to finally tick this beast… rest of the set to go!
Nov 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by MorpheusIPA from Ohio

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.67/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
2020 Version with Wax Dipped Can. 2 and a half years of aging.

Pours out the color of chocolate pudding. No foam formation. Not a surprise.

Nose, right off the bat, is something intriguing. I get a dominant, rich grainy bread note. I couldn't think of what it reminded me of, until it finally clicked. Ezekiel Bread. Earthy, grainy ezekiel bread as the base. Incredibly distinct. As for the rest, brown sugar, perhaps even venturing into molasses, figs and dates are emphasized greatly, and while borbon and oak are present, they do not dominate. Booze on the nose for sure as it warms.

Taste follows much of the nose and expands upon it. The dark, rich, earthy and grainy bread is there still, but is dampened by the sweetness of the molasses and dark fruit presence. Oak and bourbon are still mild. Some smokiness that I didn't get from the nose. And there is a slight hint of that cherry flavored Tootsie Pop that I got similar to A Deal With Evil. But this has less cherry and more of an candy/chocolate Tootsie Roll flavor. The hops have withered away in bitterness, but I can taste that distinct profile they leave when they've been aged for a time.

Mouthfeel is very fullbodied. Soft, smooth, creamy. Despite its considerably density, it doesn't hang on the palate like oil. There is slight carbonation, but not none. ABV is very noticeable here. Drying, but not enough to tiresome and there is some cloying after a time.

Overall, this is my first official A Deal With The Devil, and after saving it for a little while, this brew really delivers. I was a bit worried I may have saved it for too long, but at 17%, this one was a trooper. Always a pleasure to crack open an Anchorage for a special occasion. Drinking this while reading The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson.
Nov 17, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Oct 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.66 by dleiner from New York

Oct 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by SkiBum22 from New York

Sep 30, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2022

Drinking this is comparable to drinking cold brew coffee concentrate that I forgot to water down. The intensity of flavors makes this absolutely unique. The relatively short time in the barrels seems to leave the oaky depths and nuance behind in favor of a massive straight up bourbon presence. This works well with the strong toffee and raisin base. This does not represent my favorite approach to double barrel barleywine, I will continue to buy multiples of everything Kane offers at a fraction of the price while this is a one and done purchase. But, these are flavors I enjoy at intensity levels that no one else offers. If you are curious, I say try this once. This is leaps and bounds better than Wendigo.
Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by dontknojack from Louisiana

Sep 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by Ssippisam from Minnesota

Aug 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.64 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by micada from New York

5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2022 version. I really get the Heaven Hill and Woodford Reserves notes in spades. It’s more a “stouty” barleywine to me, think flavors of BCBS swirling with 50/50 2015 Woodford Reserve. Bright alcohol bite. Caramel notes in the middle of sips and swallows. Mouthfeel is full, just below syrupy.
Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.93 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.85 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours deep, dark brown. Aroma is amazingly sweet with caramel, brown sugar, spiciness & bourbon. Taste is incredible balance of the aroma with a perfect hint of vanilla. Full bodied.
Overall, the best barleywine I've drank.
Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by dboon from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Can 2020 vintage. Dark brown pour with no real head. Big boozy caramel bouquet. Thin in body. Super boozy with caramels, raisins, and oak. Good mouthfeel with a thin body.
May 15, 2022
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#122, just outstanding!
May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.88 by notchucknorris from California

May 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

Apr 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.97 by MJSFS from Florida

Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Look - black and thick with a nice head and rimmming
Smell - sweet caramel toffee and a lots of barrel
Taste - so much barrel! Woody caramel toffee some vanilla
Feel - full body very slight carb
Overall - outstanding!!!!!!!!!
Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.71 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.74 by MrNate from Florida

Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by sordyl from Illinois

Dec 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Hefewiseman from Florida

5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2020 waxed can: This was a straight up 5. It's everything you want in a BA barleywine. It's thick, chewy and absolutely punches you with toffee and barrel. This was shared with about 8 people and one can was enough. It's a sipper you want to take your time with for sure.
Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.72 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.95 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.81 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Sep 17, 2021
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Reviewed by rabbott2 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Cognac sweetness balanced with oak comes through on the nose so strong. Amazing. The balance of flavors combining the barrel and barleywine is incredible. The ABV is so well hidden. Incredible beer. Complex and powerful
Sep 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.61 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jul 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 208 ratings