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

A Deal With The Devil - Triple Oak-AgedA Deal With The Devil - Triple Oak-Aged
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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Barleywine - American
Ranked #1
Ranked #29
4.76 | pDev: 5.04%
Yesterday at 05:13 AM
Oct 15, 2018
A Deal With The Devil - Triple Oak-AgedA Deal With The Devil - Triple Oak-Aged
Notes: Aged for 27 months. 10 months in Cognac barrels, then transferred to freshly emptied Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels for 12 months, finally transferred to freshly emptied Buffalo Trace barrels for 5 months.

Blend 2018 - Aged for 27 months. 10 months in Cognac barrels, then transferred to freshly emptied Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels for 12 months, finally transferred to freshly emptied Buffalo Trace barrels for 5 months.

Blend 2021 - Aged for 24 months. 10 months in Woodford Reserve double oaked barrels, 7 months in Amalga Distilling Whiskey Barrels, and 7 months in Elijah Craig barrels.

Blend 3 August 2021- Aged 8 months in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Barrels, then Transferred to Elijah Craig Barrels for 6 Months, then transferred to Buffalo Trace Barrels for an additional 8 months.
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Ratings by DIM:
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4.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

For the first 8 years of parenting, I worked full-time and my wife part-time. It worked extremely well for us. Then in May, she unexpectedly got a wonderful full-time job offer. I had no choice but quit my job and take the summer off. I'll sacrifice anything for my family. I started my new part-time job this week driving a school bus. I am drinking this ludicrously expensive beer today to celebrate my massive pay cut! Gonna be a quick review, I need to get this bottle finished before I start my route.

Batch 3

I don't comment on appearance much these days, but I have never seen a beer cling to the side of the glass this way. After rolling the glass around, it looks like honey is stuck to the inside of the glass.

Boozy as hell but this does not come across as hot. Sweet, rich, seductive, undiluted bourbon absolutely dominates. I don't remember where I read the following line, it isn't mine but it's apt. This is like bourbon aged in a barleywine barrel. Beyond the dominating bourbon, which I'm loving, there is plenty of sticky caramel, raisin, molasses, honey, vanilla, nougat and much more. The mouthfeel is still and sticky. Running my tongue over my teeth and gums five minutes after a sip yields a burst of flavor. Damn this is good, ridiculous in every way.

Oct 02, 2021
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4.84 by Appearanceswc from Virginia on Yesterday at 05:13 AM
4.93 by Lucoli from New York on Sunday at 08:51 PM
4.5 by spersichilli from California on Thursday at 07:32 AM
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Thursday at 03:51 AM
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

It is a fantastic beer. Not quite Batch 1, and a bit far away from Batch 3, but still a fantastic offering. Great barrel character, terrific flavor profile, stellar finish.

Wednesday at 11:56 PM
5 by not2quick from Missouri on Wednesday at 10:20 PM
4.5 by Desp59 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2022
4.75 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2022
4.62 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Jan 06, 2022
4.85 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 06, 2022
4.75 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Jan 05, 2022
3.75 by Beerbom from California on Jan 05, 2022
4.59 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jan 04, 2022
4.86 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia on Jan 04, 2022
4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Jan 03, 2022
4.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jan 03, 2022
4.75 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 03, 2022
4.56 by Dicers from Colorado on Jan 03, 2022
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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by lupercmda from North Carolina

Perfect beer that cannot be improved on.

Jan 03, 2022
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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by micada from New York

Absolutely fabulous. Poured fridge cold to a Glencairn glass. Color is dark, deep chestnut. No head that cares to form. Viscous like oil down the side.

Nose is instant strong bourbon, caramel, stone fruits, barrel. Pure fragrant bouquet.

First sips are all those aromatics converted to gustatory glee. Everything is even more intense than the nose. So much complex flavor, just amazing. It has all the sweetness of an English style, with a surprisingly solid middle foundation of a stout. Balance is perfect.

Alcohol is prevalent and hot, but so perfectly a bourbon bomb balanced with sweetness and hints of dark chocolate notes. Leaving a mouthful to sit on the tongue for a minute is quite a delight. Explosive flavors!

Mouthfeel is full, heavy, syrupy without any cloying elements at all.

Ohhhh, that’s a Woodford Reserve flavor there. Yes, yes, yes.

Yes, you want this. I have one more. I’m not sure it’ll be traded now…

Jan 03, 2022
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4.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Stevedore from Oregon

Very hard to beat as far as BW goes. Dark brown, caramel body. Rich toffee, chocolate fudge. Big barrel character but without any sort of conceivable alcohol bite. Rich sweetness but balanced by the barrel. Full bodied, thicc, lower carbonation. Excellent

Jan 02, 2022
5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2022
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4.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by StoutSnob40 from California

Pours a rich amber color, and sits nearly black in the glass. Ominous for a barleywine. Generates a much larger head than I expected, but the 17% ABV destroyed it very quickly.

Initial aromas have so much hot alcohol and dark fruit that it’s almost port-like. It’s tight right out of the bottle. Needs some time in the glass to relax, and you’re greeted with floral vanilla, popsicle stick wood, butterscotch and molasses.

It’s right on the edge of being too sweet. Let this warm up too much, and it may push you off, but at 50° - 55°, it behaves itself. Flavors of sticky toffee pudding, vanilla, oaky coconut, and finishes with an almost Old Fashioned-like boozy citrus peel. Very unique.

Drinks like thick boozy syrup, coating your mouth, and burning all the way down.. to meet the devil himself. It’s the perfect finish for a beer this monstrous.

Jan 01, 2022
4.72 by WDJersey from Colorado on Jan 01, 2022
4.99 by Jkolls from Ohio on Dec 31, 2021
4.76 by KT123 from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DEZ01301960 from Illinois

Bottle share with my brother. Bucket list beer. High price point. Beer was very tasty, lived up to expectations. Not sure I would spend $100 on this again.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

2021 vintage, batch 3.

This one pours a golden dark brown color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like honey-drizzled toasty bread, caramel, port, cherry, Heath bars, chocolate, and bourbon.

This is absolutely stellar - an example of everything that can be done with simply high quality barrels and high quality barleywine. It's sticky and sweet, but the barrels add some wonderful dimenson - nuttiness, vanilla, lots of oak spice, along with honey, chocolate, caramel, and rich toffee notes.

This is medium bodied, rich and sticky, with very little booziness. It's super drinkable, considering it's a triple barrel aged 17% barleywine.

This is just stupid good, and one of the best barleywines you will ever drink. I need to drink the other batches of it!

Dec 21, 2021
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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by mschrei from Illinois

Batch 3. Brown/Ruby cola like coloring, legs like red wine like no other beer I’ve ever seen. Scents of bourbon, caramel, dark malt, dark fruit, and honey. Taste is big bourbon barrel. Notes of dark fruit, malt, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and honey. Thick, big bodied, tangy, sweet, balanced, and boozy as hell. A beer that makes me say DAMN. A real five star beer. If I ever buy it again, I’ll hide it away and try to not drink it for a few years.

Dec 21, 2021
4.5 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Nov 27, 2021
4.66 by Jlee0810 from Indiana on Nov 04, 2021
4.64 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 30, 2021
4.87 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2021
4.84 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Oct 03, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

Blend 3, August 2021. 375ml waxed and capped bottle into a Founder's snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dark, almost black mahogany. Near no head but with some of the oiliest legs I've seen in a while. Nose is boozy up front. I get hints of molasses, brown sugar, hazelnut, salted caramel, and butterscotch, and chocolate. Great complexity with almost a brininess for balance. Beer opens molasses, caramel, and syrup up front. Boozy and extremely hot on the palate. A second sip yields salted caramel, sweet soy sauce, and more molasses in the middle. Oaky and boozy at the finish with a sticky tobacco and oak presence. DIsplays great complexity, just like the nose, but the booziness needs time to dissipate. Body is full with low carbonation. Oily, slick, and hot on the palate. Goes down hot with a sticky, lingering finish. Perfect for the style.

Very good overall but this needs some time. Would be great to revisit in 2-3 years.

Sep 23, 2021
4.88 by rab53 from Washington on Sep 19, 2021
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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BEER88 from Washington

Follow my Untappd for picture and review @c b . Definitely the best barleywine I’ve ever had to date!!

Sep 17, 2021
4.6 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Sep 12, 2021
4.72 by smithj4 from New York on Sep 09, 2021
A Deal With The Devil - Triple Oak-Aged from Anchorage Brewing Company
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