Anchorage Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #108
Ranked #11,505
4.14 | pDev: 5.56%
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Very Good
Notes: American-style barleywine brewed with Mosaic, Citra and Vic Secret hops. Double dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic. Aged in fresh Missouri oak foeders from our friends at Foeder Crafters of America.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 20 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy golden brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like sticky citrus, sweet caramel, oak, toffee, fruitcake, molasses, and piney hops.

This is basically a massive triple IPA with a great malt backbone. I would have like it better without all the dry hopping, but it's still pretty delicious. There's a sticky hop sweetness, and a huge boozy and bitter piney hop character. There's also fruitcake, rum, vanilla, oak, toffee, and caramel - just a big and delicious gnarly malt backbone here.

This is medium bodied, with a nice crispness, despite the heft and style. It's a slow sipper, though.

I imagine this will even better if the hop character fades at some point. As it is now, it's good but just way too intense.

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Photo of Barettes
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tulip pour. Coloration initially appears dark brown, but when held up to light it's actually deep garnet red. Head dissipates quickly, no lacing.

The flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, dark stone fruits, but the booziness dominates somewhat to the detriment of the rest of the flavor profile. I also pick up some raisin, vanilla, citrus and the finish is bitter, resiny, yet with a lingering sweetness on the lips. Moderate to heavy feel, somewhat syrupy, mildly carbonated.

Has all the elements to be outstanding, so I'll qualify my rating by saying the score might be higher if I'd cellared this to give the flavors time to develop.

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Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy mahogany brown body; thin, patchy and wispy head. Deep, rich caramel and dark pitted fruit smell; old, dried wood buried in the mix. Powerful flavors; heavy, sweet caramel; toffee; licorice; figs; anise; boozy. Heavy body; oily and chewy; heavy residual sugar feel; alcohol heat.

What we have here is dense, oily, boozy behemoth of a beer. If this one doesn't warm your innards, you just ain't right...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark orange red with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches, then disappears, leaving slight lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, plums, orange, citrus hops and a touch of pine. Flavor follows, with dry caramel malt, orange and lemon citrus, dried and fresh plums, citrus and piney hops and slightly astringent oak. Finish is citrus, rind, mixed fruit and lingering oaky tannin character. Medium bodied with light to medium creaminess. It's been a while since I've seen a new American style barleywine and it's great to revisit it. The initial flavor of Chaos is similar to other classics of the style like Double Bastard, but the finish is unique, with interesting tannin notes that are reminiscent of red wine, but a bit more spicy. It's a bit hot at this young age, typical of the style, but very much invites repeated tastings, requiring a little restraint to sip it slowly. I very rarely enjoy red wine notes in ales (although I do like red wine), but this is a clear exception. Anchorage's big beers are tough to come by, but I'm really glad to have been able to try this one. I am not cellaring this style any more because the aged hop flavors are not an improvement to my taste, but I would be curious about how this would age. In the remote chance I get another can, I'll cellar it. Until then, I've really enjoyed this one. This style has become too rare these days.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep mahogany and burnt caramel color. Minimal head, hints of legs as round the edges.
S: lots of hops with deep brown sugar u derneath
T: deep caramel, and toffee. Burnt sugar. Huge juxtaposition with sharp bitter hops. Hops actually hit me first, followed by lingering sugar.
M: sharp wars, mild carbonation and thick chewiness.
O: great New American barleywine. The holidays in a glass

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Photo of hashtagfakebrews
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark amber appearance. Excellent clarity.
Malty nose, slight fruity hop aroma. Lacks intensity
Malty, rich, nice balance. Many layers to the flavor. Absolutely beautiful.
Full bodied. Velvety, rich. A little syrupy. Smooth alcohol warmth

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with ruby brown accents; looks close to clear under a finger of off-white head in my nonic pint...Aromas of sweet pine resin and dark citrus peel and flower... Sweet, chewy, shellacky on the sip... Moderate bitterness creeps in quickly and coats the palate; sharper notes of citrus and oak tannin are energetic and titillate the taste buds... Medium-full body has some heft and chew, coupled with the bitter shellac of resin, but softened by a gentle carbonation that kept a thin film of fuzz atop the beer throughout... A classic barleywine reminiscent of Bigfoot, Old Guardian, and Old Numbskull...

Features Mosaic, Citra, and Vic Secret hops; double dry-hopped with the Citra and Mosaic... Aged in Missouri oak foeders (I don't know what makes Missouri special here, but ok... lol) from Foeder Crafters of America...


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Photo of chitoryu12
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Interesting ruby red color with good clarity when held up to the light. Slightly under 1 finger of fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Heavily hopped, both fruity/citrusy and piney hop scents intermingling. There's a sweet undercurrent, but the hop mixture is the most prominent scent.

Taste: Unusual. A sort of scooping doughy sweetness that doesn't come when it first hits your tongue, a slight savory/sour component, and then hops on the back end milder than they are in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Also unusual. The body is almost TOO full, verging on syrupy, with relatively little carbonation. Reminds me of flat soda.

Overall: A surprisingly poor showing for such a hyped beer.

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Chaos from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 20 ratings