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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Barleywine - American
Ranked #2
Ranked #57
4.72 | pDev: 4.87%
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-AgedA Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged
Notes: Blend 2017 - Cognac barrel for 10 months then transferred to Woodford Reserve Double Oaked for 5 months.
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.
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Deep brown. Smells intensely alcoholic. Bourbon, brown sugar, spicy oak, booze. Tastes of bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, spicy oak in the back end. Heavy. Extremely boozy. It's tasty, but it's over the top.

May 30, 2021
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel apple, fruit leather, and a wave of oak w/ hint of orchard rot on the finish. When cold, what it lacks in complexity it gains in its expression of candied fruit, which evolves from a bold apricot-like sweetness to a drying apple skin/orchard rot/barrel tannin character on the finish. Although it wasn't aged in Cognac barrels, the fruity quality and heat on the finish gives the impression of Cognac or at least some fortified wine.

When it warms, though, it shifts gears: fruit leather base tones blend with gentle mid tones of toffee cookies, molasses, and brown sugar.

Almost goes into B4K browned butter/crispy pancake edge territory, but instead veers into a wonderful fruit leather zone. Delicious

Dec 13, 2020
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 waxed can release.

A: Pours a deep, red-tinted cola color with foam that dissipates immediately. A bit murky looking. No lacing but extensive alcohol legs.

S: Butterscotch, dark red dried fruit, leather, bourbon, a bit of vanilla, oak, cola, coconut, and ethanol burn. Pretty flavorful.

T: Rich caramel, vanilla, red fruit, bourbon, a bit of chocolate, coconut, and oak, finishing with dark cherry and cognac on a long, elegant finish. Medium-high sweetness with a touch of tannins to offset it.

M: Medium-full bodied, roundish, with a mild alcohol burn. Mild carbonation.

O: Big, sweet English barleywine. Great red fruit, caramel, and barrel character, though the sweetness limits the drinkability quite a bit.

Nov 12, 2020
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable feel on that. Booze is well hidden under layers of oak, leather, toffee and burnt caramel. Really fantastic blending that doesn’t over do it

Sep 12, 2020
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Appearanceswc from Virginia

4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another legendary beer. At the time that I tasted it it was hands down the best beer I had ever had. I didn't consider myself to be a BW kind of guy but this was easily world class!

Sep 11, 2020
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GRG1313 from California

4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twice tried and twice enjoyed! One of the best Barleywines made in my opinion and worthy of the cult status and the high scores. Need not be aged but will stand up for at least a few years.

Jul 22, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Burnt mahogany brown with a short mocha head that fizzles out audibly to a silky coffee black surface.

First whiff is salted caramel, and first taste is Heath bar--both associations coming across as instantly recognizable.

Sweet but delectable, it's got a sherry like oak that brings with it that signature nougat character. Charred barrel emerges more and more as it warms, also with more heat, yet never too much.

The medium body is fine yet lightly syrupy sticky, but its firmly dense carbonation comes into a nicely woody dry, gullet warming finish. While it seems like it might be a bit sweeter than I remember batch 2 in 2014 being, there's not one single off-note.


I'm not sure why or when these entries were merged, since the vintages went through different treatments, but the above review was for the upside down, black waxed pint can. In July 2021, I finally got my hands on a 2017 red waxed 12 ounce bottle, and found it to be fully deserving of all its laurels.

The oak is actually still really assertive. The overall expression is peppery whiskey, mature port and cocoa-dusted date all enveloped by an excellent char that's far more forward and bold than I'd expected, without being overbearing or unpleasant. It's a dichotomy that doesn't often occur, or even make sense, as the body here wasn't particularly thick or dampening, and such a bold barrel presence can often become too spicy, boozy, burnt or woody. However, here on exhibit is a magical convergence of fortunes.

I can see how this rocketed Anchorage to its lofty hype status, but I'm not sure they've ever quite achieved such heights again. Such are the perils of transcendence. As such, I'm not going to increase my score, opting instead to keep the more recent, but still excellent, vintage as precedent.

Jun 22, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage: A bit of malt, molasses, caramel. Sweet. Light brown color, translucent, not much head. Plenty of barrel. Fantastic.

2020 vintage: This can is quirky, but okay - points for novelty. Lots of caramel, raisin, and barrel. Very, very sweet - nearing pastry level. Slightly thicker and more opaque.

Jun 12, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can. Little head. Dark brown/black color.

Massive oak and bourbon. Is this bourbon or beer? I can’t tell. Vanilla, toffee, caramel. This is barley wine vs stout vs bourbon. Warming, smooth, boozey all in one. I don’t know how it’s possible. Dark dried fruits, molasses, and wet oak. Just wow. This is unlike any other deal with a devil.

May 16, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Did this, 2020 vintage, and the original back to back, because quarantine. Dark clear brown, no head. Smells strongly of bourbon, wood, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, barley, coconut, vanilla and caramel. Taste is so deep, really get the barrel character in a rich way, with booze, flavoring and wood all dynamic, with rich toffee/caramel, molasses, and everything from the smell, especially dark fruits. Feel is smooth, very warm, rich, sneaky thick, and full. Like the original but with more barrel and darker, barley more present too. Best american barleywine I have had The wife loved it

Apr 25, 2020
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.01/5  rDev -15%
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!

Jul 24, 2019
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Oct 04, 2018
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | 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.

2020 vintage ; drank 7/4/2020

stronger barrel when this is fresh. lots of dark fruit flavors and barrel. waxed can is unique

Sep 04, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jun 24, 2018
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lupercmda from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.9%
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!!

Jun 07, 2018
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John_M from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

May 07, 2018
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Apr 10, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Apr 10, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Mar 01, 2018
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Robomunky from Washington

4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

Feb 19, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for 2 years in the bottle. Dark amber appearance with slight off white head. Aroma is a nice standard barleywine. Taste is also a standard very smooth rich barleywine.

Feb 18, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jan 25, 2018
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gibgink from Missouri

4.69/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Jan 16, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Dec 16, 2017
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 177 ratings