A Deal With The Devil
Anchorage Brewing Company

A Deal With The DevilA Deal With The Devil
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From:
Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
American Barleywine
ABV:
17.3%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 8.61%
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
977
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 23, 2022
Added:
Jan 29, 2013
Wants:
  814
Gots:
  305
SCORE
100
World-Class
A Deal With The DevilA Deal With The Devil
Notes: Barleywine style ale brewed with Galaxy Hops. A starting gravity of 37 Plato. Aged eleven months in Cognac barrels.
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Rated: 4.47 by hopley from Massachusetts

Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.32 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 13, 2022
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#99, so good!
Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.66 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by Filabee from Michigan

Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2014 blend 2 is drinking amazing. First time with this beer so I can’t compare it to drinking fresh, but it doesn’t seem to of lost anything. Thick and viscous, slightly boozy, and just tons of dark fruit and toffee flavors. Really incredible
Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.68 by bret27 from California

Aug 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.67 by Hopelessly0 from California

Aug 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by mush from Illinois

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by minterro from California

4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
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 (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.
May 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.51 by smithj4 from New York

May 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia

Mar 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.99 by Jkolls from Ohio

Feb 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by mdg2358 from Massachusetts

Jan 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.95 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts

Jan 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by DraftDaddy from Illinois

Jan 05, 2021
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Rated by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2014 edition
Dec 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: A dark ruby red with very little head and no lacing. Slight alcohol legs.

S: Fruity, deep, rich caramel, raisin, prune, vanilla, coconut, and cognac.

T: Very rich caramel flavor, similar to aroma, raisin, vanilla, coconut.

F: Thick, full bodied, very smooth and creamy finish.

Overall: One hell of a strong beer, but very smooth considering. It drinks like it has lower abv, very little alcohol burn, although five years in the bottle certainly helped. Highly reccomended.
Dec 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Aug 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.7 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Aug 21, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by motoxrdr21 from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Jul 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by ArtAttackEd from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Bennick218 from Ohio

Jun 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by Argento from Rhode Island

May 24, 2020
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
05/12/20 bottle @ home (Batch #2, 2014)
May 12, 2020
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Rated by Ngoold907

4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
666
May 04, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Did this and the 2020 version back to back, because quarantine. Dark clear brown, no head. Smells strongly of booze, wood, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, barley, vanilla, coconut, and caramel, cognac gives a sweeter complexion. Taste is rich, cognac booze, wood, with rich toffee/caramel, molasses, and everything from the smell, especially dark fruits and a hint of candied cherry lingering. Much sweeter than the 2020. Feel is velvet smooth, very warm, rich, and boozy. The wife loved it
Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.93 by Appearanceswc from Virginia

Mar 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.93 by JellybonesElmer from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.86 by antrocks from Massachusetts

Mar 14, 2020
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Rated by Dharms from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Batch 3 is the GOAT
Mar 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.39 by That_Bearded_Guy from California

Mar 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by spersichilli from California

Feb 12, 2020
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Rated by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
vintage 2014
Feb 07, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. It's a batch 2, a gift to the two of us for working The Festival in Portland.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice darker brown hue with a great one finger lightly tan hued head that faded to leave great bubbly lacing and a thin halo.

S - Big aromas of burnt sugar and caramel. No real alcohol on the nose at all. TONS of dark raisins and dark fruits, glorious cognac barrels and flashes of oak. Great sticky raisin aroma here, super aromatic. While it smells like a vintage beer there is no oxidation.

T - Taste is phenominal. Enormous raisin flavour as well and flashes of chocolate. Exellent cognac barrel notes, sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, barrel oak notes. Loads of almost burnt sugars, little bit of toffee and caramel. This is just exquisietly crafted as far as flavour goes.

M - Mouthfeel is super is lightly carbonated, creamy, smooth, slightly sticky. There is no alcohol.

O - Overall this was a phenomenal beer. There is exquisite cognac notes, lovely dark fruits and creamy barrel. There are incredible characteristics here and with no oxidation in a beer that's 5+ years old....amazing.

Serving Type: bottle
Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Received at The Festival in Portland a few years back. Had a couple weeks ago at Tasty Tuesday and it was delicious, so I decided it was time to try it, shared with rudzud, from Dec 2014, batch 2

Pours a auburn tan foamy thicker creamy head with moderate retention, good lacing, somehow clear darker auburn color

Nose is awesome, layers of everything sweet, caramel, candy, toffee, big burnt caramel, big apple brandy like with some cognac and vanilla barrel, the aged malt is quite nice, big juicy aged fruit raisin, very aged soft malt slight winey oxidized character, but a good aged oxidation like character,

Taste is just awesome, just incredible, loads of juicy dark fruit, raisin plum like fruit and big caramel candy with some molasses but super smooth and fair sweetness, toffee, caramel, candy malt, reddish toasty malt, butterscotch toffee, a mild bitterness, caramel toffee and some buttery oak, sweet fruity cognac and apple brandy, vanilla barrel, drier finish with lingering sweet candy malt and toffee caramel brandy lingering, aged soft malt and barrel character

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy soft med carb, very low alcohol for what it is

Overall holy frig, this was just ridiculous, so smooth and ridiculously awesome, one of the best beers I've ever had, incredible barleywine that I really wish I had a bunch of
Feb 01, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Bigdoc91 from Texas

Jan 05, 2020
A Deal With The Devil from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1133 ratings