A Deal With The Devil | Anchorage Brewing Company

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A Deal With The DevilA Deal With The Devil

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barleywine style ale brewed with Galaxy Hops. A starting gravity of 37 Plato. Aged eleven months in Cognac barrels.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 2014 version aged for 2 years 4 months. Very smooth and lots of taste. Had a smooth cognac barrel taste with no heat to it. Compares well to MOAS. Had a debate over which was better. Think I prefer Moas by a hair though I'd have to side by side to be sure.

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Photo of Meow49
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not always a big fan of barleywines, but this one absolutely knocked my socks off. Everything about this big boy is, paradoxically, in your face, and yet, very nuanced. Lots of candied molasses, toffee, caramel, drambuie, cognac, orange and lemon zest, kiwi, strawberry, dates, vanilla, oak, and even a touch of the kind of tartness one might find in a world class lambic. I paid around fifty for this bottle of Batch #1, and I've seen them selling on the internet for at least twice that (and it would still been well worth the experience.

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Photo of stakem
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, 2014 bottling poured into a snifter appears a dark chestnut color with a khaki head that fades leaving stringy lace.

Aroma is vinous, raisony, caramel, molasses, oak and herbal hops. Little sherry accent as it breathes.

Taste is sweet with caramel, vanilla, molasses, slight oak, vinous and herbal. Boozy as it warms but yet remains quite sweet throughout.

This is one thick bodied brew, so viscous and chewy with moderate to lower levels of carbonation. I heard nothing but amazing things about this beer and while it was good, I think a lot of the residual sugar in this covered up some otherwise enjoyable nuance. Regardless I would seek this out again because it is quite tasty.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Dark maroon with suppressed fizz trying to slowly rise from the deep, like an orc snuffed out in the dark, leaving some tan bubbles as evidence. Thick, sticky clear legs appear after a swirl.

Smell is deep charred oak, cutting and bright red grape, smoothing almond paste and smoked walnut, with leather, a dash of black pepper, a hint of raspberry, and cigar ash. So far there is a shocking lack of prune element. As it warms I get an added and welcome development of toasted biscuits and maple sugar candy.

Oh holy cow, the flavor is really rich but balanced with a wonderful body--a fizz that just barely surfaces on the palate with a nice, moderate to thick body.

I'm getting a really savory, mouth-watering sauce flavor like demi-glace with grape, red wine, or even raspberry, with some candied citrus I'm guessing might be an abundance of hops. I then taste some softly toasted...I don't know. Wtf is the element that is keeping this from being too sweet? This is a rare barleywine that completely avoids the prune territory, and is well balanced between sweet and savory. Okay, continuing, as it warms, there is that deeply charred oak again, but far in the background, accompanied by mincemeat, tangy caramel, and fruit leather.

17.3%??? I don't feel it at all! I'm not so sure about that listed ABV. I've had small Jackie O's bottles listed at 10% that knocked me on my ass. I drank this whole bomber, albeit slowly but probably at the same pace, and I really only feel a moderate buzz when all is said and done.

This was worth the effort it took to get it.

Batch #2 2014 vintage

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Photo of aleigator
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A deal with the devil b2

Pours a dark ember red-brown colored beer, together with a slowly uprising bubbly, beige head, which then disappears all too soon. After swirling the beer, its thickness becomes obvious at the glass, revealing slick alcohol legs, reminding me of drinking a Whiskey.

Complex on the nose, not defined by an overly present barrel though. A vivid, multi layered fruit note mingles perfectly into caramel malts, evoking dried plums, raisins, fermenting grapes and red apples. A toasty nut quality sets itself atop of the malts, soothed by a flowery note. Way lighter on the nose than its abv indicates, due to its awesome balance.

Drinks utmost silk, with a nice creaminess to it, complex and rich, creating a long lasting, awesomly well balanced firework on my palate, with a warming ending.

Tastes of a glazed caramel maltiness, spiced up by matured, gently bitter hops, creating a dried, sugared orange flavor. Ripe figs, dipped into bakers chocolate and wild honey, enriched by sweet cold pressed coffee get completed by a warming raisin, pepper and clove spiciness. Finishes soft, slighty oaken, with a jammy raspberry and juice grape fruitiness, coated by caramel.

A wonderfull sipper. Its not at all over the top/boozy/hot as I expected it to be - instead this showcases an incedible, well nuanced depth of flavors and aromas, which beautifully respond to each other. Another highlight is its mouthfeel. Many Barleywines tend to have a thinner, unpleasant mouthfeel, this does certainly not. It is silk and soft, almost a little creamy, reminding me of having a warming scoop of caramel ice cream.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally cracked this one after holding onto it for awhile. 2014 vintage so about two years on it.

I am finding I am not as big of a fan of barleywines anymore so maybe I didn't like this as much as I would have a few years ago. That said, this was a smooth, decadent treat that almost could serve as an after dinner drink. It was very sweet and balanced. Any hop presence had died out and the barrel character had combined nicely with the malt profile. Drinking a full bomber would have been too much so I was glad to share this on Thanksgiving Day.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what an amazing barleywine. Probably my favorite barley wine. Such a nice sweet taste to this and so complex. I really can't believe how smooth this was for being such a high alcohol beer. Please try this if you can. It is really really good.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours dark with minimal head

S: Sweet sugar, figs, raisins, and liquor

T: A burst of sugary, raisin filled sweetness, rounded out by the cognac barrel.

F: Thick and adequately carbonated

O: An outstanding barleywine, one of the best in its style.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Dec 2014 (batch 2) bottle, opened Aug 2016.

A - Slighly murky mahogany body. Light tan head pours a half finger high with ok retention and lace.

S - Apple brandy, caramel, Pumpernickle, port wine, and molasses.

T - Sweet caramel apple, apple brandy, rum cake, ice wine, almond, and buckwheat honey.

M - Silky smooth with a thick medium-full frame.

O - Delicious and incredibly drinkable at >17%, but the aggressive sweetness isn't for everyone.

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Photo of stortore
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. 2014 batch #2, had on 5/20/16.

Pours a dark garnet, almost brown, somewhat opaque. No real head with a hard pour, a slight amount of lacing. The smell brings malt, dates, figs, raisins, some wine and cognac, toffee, a little bread and plums. The taste also leads with the malt, then figs, caramel, dates, raisins, prunes, some cognac- not overbearing, but so flavorful. Light cherries and oak round it out. A hint of alcohol. It's fairly sweet. Smooth. full bodied, the taste lingers. Hides the ABV incredibly well.

I don't know if a 10 ounce snifter of this every day would keep the doctor away, but I'd be happier than hell. The flavor is phenomenal and the aroma and feel aren't far behind. This is one to seek out, even at the very high price point.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 (2014) drank on 6/11/2016

Look - burnt orange, minimal head

Smell - cognac, oak, caramel

Taste - heavy oak and cognac for sure, toffee, figs, sweet caramel and brown sugar, vanilla, complex, balanced, superb

Feel - rich, warming, and incredibly drinkable. A little booze but the ABV is mostly very well hidden

Overall - one of the best, if not the best, BA Barleywine out there. My second time having this and it's aging quite nicely. I can't drink this style all the time, but this is a really enjoyable beer. Glad I have one more

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Photo of wulfie85
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the best barrel aged barleywine I've ever head. Excellent mouth feel and aromas, but the real star was the flavor. The cognac barrel comes through very well and balances nicely with the dark fruit flavors from the base. Could drink this forever

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, it's time for my 3,000th review here on BA. And I am fortunate to have this great barleywine waiting, amazingly never opened, to celebrate. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange with a thin ligh tan head that dissipates to patches. Aroma is caramel malt, fresh and dried dark stone fruit, figs and cognac; the profile is close to an English barleywine. Flavor is amazing. Caramel, toffee, dark stone fruit, figs and dates; all fruit in concentrated form. Hints of molasses, cognac, vanilla. Big, nearly syrupy body with light carbonation. An extremely well integrated big barleywine, complex, but except for the caramel, nothing stands out, in harmony. The taste profile, like the aroma is in the English barleywine arena, but with a nice light hopping. Rich enough that the massive ABV is completely covered, with only a hint of booziness. Warming, but very drinkable. This is easily one of the best barleywines I've ever had. The cognac notes are mild, but add a very pleasant character to the other flavors. The flavor is rich and consistent from start to the lingering dark fruit and caramel finish. Misses perfection by being a little on the sweet side. There is a little hint of oxidation in this year old bottle. Really outstanding and a pleasure. I can't think of anything I'd rather drink for a milestone review. I doubt I'll ever see one again, but would get this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an amber color. Aroma is boozy and sweet with vanilla maltyness. Flavor is follows the nose with a super smooth vanilla carmel malt flavor with boozyness. Has a great feel and this relly was a treat to drink, fantastic.

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Photo of Mojua
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Someone once described this as liquid candy, and that's exactly what it is. Thick and viscous and over the top sweet. I've only had b2, but I've had it 3 or 4 times, and it's great, but in small quantities. A high level barleywine for sure, but there are others that are a bit more complex, a bit more dry, and a bit more interesting.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding barleywine. You would never guess it has a 17% abv by how smooth and clean tasting it is. No booziness or harshness to speak of, lots of raisin sweetness, cognac is well balanced. If you're a barleywine person, it doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep auburn and cognac hues with a thin 2mm sandy head with moderate retention and lacing
S: Raisins, figs, rye whiskey, and rum on the nose
T: Oatmeal raisin cookies, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and a healthy draw of cognac
F: Creamy, thick and syrupy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O: This is a stellar example of the barlewine style and the cognac barrel-aging and galaxy hops give it a unique twist. I'm not much of a barleywine-guy, but man, I thoroughly enjoyed this! Hopefully batch 4 is more plentiful and can get in more hands of those who appreciate craft beer across the globe

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle into a wine tulip.

Impressive color in the body. Almost a ruby-red glow when held to light and deeper brown in the glass. Oatmeal-colored head. Lace and film plentiful and present. 5

Oatmeal-cookie comes to mind first. Butterscotch and caramel. Fruity liquor quality arrives about mid-palate and almost suggests wine. Not bursting with barrel quality to me, but that's okay. More vanilla works in eventually. 4.25

Pretty stunning flavor. First, it's rich as all hell. Sticky, thick and almost still in quality (though there is some carbonation). The feel on this beer factors hugely into the flavor. But the flavor shines on its own. Berry notes, oatmeal cookie, butterscotch and caramel, red wine. The finish is a lovely marriage of sweet bready flavors and fruit. There's some brown sugar flavor in this mix too. The lingering flavor does suggest a digestif and reflect the influence of the barrels. Now that I think about it, there is a similarity in this flavor to Grand Marnier. And I love it. T- 4.75 M- 4.5

This is everything awesome that beer can be. Thick, gooey, offering a swath of flavors and sensations, and still drinkable and enjoyable. Beyond enjoyable. Awesome.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Thick reddish brown, big white head
S: Cognac, burnt sugar, figs, molasses
T: Booze, figs, dates, molasses
F: Super creamy, dreamy going down, incredible body
O: A great example of a BA barleywine with nicely masked ABV.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably a top 2 or 3 barleywine. So sweet and thick. The deal with the devil has been made, and I don't regret it. Maybe in the morning.. loads of sweet caramel and oak notes with some candied dark fruits.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 poured into a snifter. Pours a viscous dark reddish brown. Dark fruit, raisin and brown sugar with notes from the cognac barrels being very apparent as well. Sweet but not overly so even after taking down well over half of a bottle. Alcohol was extremely (almost too) well hidden for such a high ABV beer. Currently the top barleywine I have had the experience of trying.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A confounding brew if ever there was one. Pours frighteningly viscous, with little carbonation. Smells like wet cardboard...like an oxidized beer that should've been drank years ago.

However, the taste is a whole other story. Sweet caramel, liquid vanilla cake dessert heaven is what you get. This is the most unique and full-bodied mouthfeel of a beer I've ever had...it's literally like drinking liquid silk. There is almost nothing in the way of carbonation, but it just works. Cheers!

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown. Hazy and opaque. Minimal cream colored head. More lacing than expected considering the small head. Lacing is super sticky.

Sweet aroma. Caramel, grapes, and fig. Plum, citrus hops, and some molassres. Vanilla and oak barrel notes. Cognac really comes through.

Fruity flavors first. Plum, grape, fig, and raisin. Sweet caramel and molasses. Citrus hops, fairly subtle. Lemon and grapefruit. Bug vanilla barrel notes. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.

Thick, oily body. Mild carbonation. Sweet and sticky on the tongue. Flavors linger. Boozy warmth.

Huge, complex beer. Definite sipper and meant for sharing. A whole bottle would be a struggle due to both the alcohol and the sweetness.

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Photo of BenGap
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First batch of this beer enjoyed at the brewery on A Deal With the Devil Day. Poured a dark brown with hints of caramel color when held to the light. A slight brownish head that faded quickly but left sticky lacing. The smell had notes of raisin, sweet and some malt. Very little alcohol in the nose. Taste was deliciously complex with a sweet and prune like start, quickly giving way to a malt and raisin tang before finishing with just a slight hop bittering. Overall medium body with a sticky cling. Overall wonderful beer that hid the high abv almost too well and took to the multi year aging wonderfully. Each bottle I get of this will go to the cellar.

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Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Deep dark reddish color with an off 1 finger of head on an agressive pour
S: Can really smell the cognac in the nose.
T: Blew me away. Rich an sweet. Dark fruits, very slightly malty and oaky. Very well balanced. At 17.3%, the alcohol is bueatifully hidden.
F: Full mouthfeel. Not as heavy as I would have thought. Very rich though.
O: This has to be one of the best barleywines I have ever had. Love BCBBS, but this is better (especially when compared to the 2015). Am glad I picked up a few of these bad boys. My only knock on this beer is it is slightly too sweet. I'm hoping with a little age, that sweetness is tamed a little. Otherwise, pretty much perfect!

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