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

A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged - Madagascar Vanilla BeansA Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged - Madagascar Vanilla Beans
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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
American Barleywine
4.69 | pDev: 4.05%
Aug 16, 2023
Feb 02, 2021
Barleywine aged for 7 months in Woodford Reserve double oaked barrels and 6 months in Elijah Craig barrels. Finished on Madagascar vanilla beans.
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Reviewed by minterro from California

4.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Rated on 05/08/21. Only rating now because I realized marked the wrong beer. Got a chance to try this brew during beer tasting with a friend. As always, Anchorage not only impresses with the content inside the bottle, but also outside.

A&S: Appearance is maybe the most lacking characteristic of this beer. Unsurprisingly for a high ABV beer, it doesn't contain much head (no head at all actually). The color of the beer is a muddy brown-black. Thick looking even when poured. The aroma is boozy upfront, after time becomes super sweet. Other notes include caramel, molasses, vanilla, and plums (in no particular order)

T&M: Incredible build over time. It is hard to predict what your going to get because this beer is constantly changing even long after sipping. These are some of the flavors we were able to identify (in no particular order of dominance): Marshmallow, dark fruits, currents, macarons, molasses, vanilla, and plums. The mouthfeel is impressive because it is simultaneously thick and carbonated. Super tongue coating, keeping the taste hanging around and evolving on your palate over time.

Overall: First off, truly mind-blowing! This beer clearly stood out as special even in a tasting that included Abraxas (which also happened to land in my top 10 of all time). When rating beers, I try my best to consider my personal bias toward certain styles and not give a high rating to particular beers because they are the styles I like. Barleywines are definitely one of my favorite styles, and this beer is excellent for that style. This beer is also unique in that I couldn't stop thinking even days after trying it. Only a handful of beers have had such an impression on me. Highly, highly, highly recommend this beer even for the high price tag.
Aug 16, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by StoutSnob40 from California

4.37/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown, transparent, with a very dense, active head. Disappears like a fountain soda - Aggressive and loud.

I really struggled with this. In fact, I’ve been sipping on this for 3 hours. The nose is so unique, I couldn’t tell if I loved it or hated it. It’s a beer that benefited the most dramatically from temperature change. You need to drink this at room temp.

Aromas of like, what I expect cooked-down raisins might taste like. No one would do that, and I wouldn’t eat shit that because it sounds horrible, but it’s a very interesting nose. Not a clean vanilla aroma like some other vanilla barleywines, but it’s all dark, reduced fruit, coconut, holiday spices and Rolos candy.

Flavors of heavy wood, cedar, clove, coconut, bourbon-derived dark cherry, and stewed, spiced dark fruit. Sweetness is very subtle, even at room temp.

Syrupy thick, dry, with a very strong booze backbone. The ABV is front and center.

This was really the most difficult beer I’ve ever sat down to really evaluate. It changed by the minute. I liked it, then I didn’t like it.. I loved it, then I hated it.. Eventually, it settled down and became the unapologetic Anchorage monster I was expecting.
Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.84 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania

Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.92 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by Appearanceswc from Virginia

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by Hopelessly0 from California

Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.79/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured a deep mahogany brown. Viscous. Minimal head that subsides to a thin ring around the glass’s edge.

Enticing aromas of vanilla, stewed fruit, brown sugar, dry wood, holidays spices and bourbon. Incredibly complex nose that changes with each approach of the nose. The vanilla and the oaky wood start to take over as the beer warms. It smells so good that one needs to inhale deeply prior to each sip.

On the tongue it is even more impressive. The bourbon barrel is present up front, with the woody character really shining. Lovely warm vanilla, sponge toffee and a background of spiced, stewed fruits. The sweetness is even handed. Just a hint of woody dryness.

Full bodied. Substantial but not syrupy. Rich and elegant.

This is phenomenal. Easily the best flavoured Barleywine I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. I can’t wait to crack open the triple oaked now.
Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by aasher from Indiana

Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4.8 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.57 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Sep 12, 2021
Rated: 5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Aug 04, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 25, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jul 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by vfgccp from New York

Jul 10, 2021
Rated: 4.71 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Jul 05, 2021
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged - Madagascar Vanilla Beans from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 30 ratings