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%
Jun 18, 2022
Feb 02, 2021
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged - Madagascar Vanilla BeansA Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged - Madagascar Vanilla Beans
Notes: 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 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
Rated: 4.66 by rab53 from Washington

Jun 26, 2021
Rated: 4.89 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by Beerbom from California

May 22, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by mig100 from Texas

May 17, 2021
Rated: 5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by smithj4 from New York

May 05, 2021
Rated: 5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Mar 12, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Very dark opaque brown, no head save a thin clear ring. Smell is full of rich toffee and caramel, lush bourbon with dark fruits, molasses and oak with a huge vanilla dollop but in an artful way. Taste is much the same but I found the barrel depth is cut into a bit by the huge vanilla when compared to the original double oaked, still amazing how so much flavor is present in each sip. Boozy, warm, rich, stupid smooth, chewy and lush without getting sickly sweet. Another winner, I am hooked! The wife loved it
Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.76/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
375 bottle at share. wow! This is really a gem. Luscious from start to finish. Dark, oily pour, ring of beige head. Sweet, boozy aroma. Rich dark, malty flavors, heady bourbon flavors, topped off with some sweet vanilla. This was truly excellent.
Feb 21, 2021
A Deal With The Devil - Double Oak-Aged - Madagascar Vanilla Beans from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 28 ratings