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Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

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.

Added by HuskyinPDX on 01-29-2013

BEER STATS
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126
Ratings:
945
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 945
Photo of iong516
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kinda still in the glass, huge toffee and booze aroma, tasted like a toasted marshmellow in a toffee cognac, syrupy, beautifully integrated and well hidden booze. Best BW I've had. b1 shared three ways.

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Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of carrionricardo
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with 3 others so we all got full pours in 5oz taster glasses and I really appreciate that. Beer of this style I feel truly need to be enjoyed in all elements. Poured a dark cloudy brown. Nice thin head that disappeared very quickly. Aromas were toffee,butterscotch,burnt brown sugar, and caramel. Slight vanilla. Your can definetly tell its not bourbon barrel aged but know it's aged in some barrel. Couldn't really pin point cognac but barrel for sure. Taste was sweet butter toffee. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Flavors were everywhere. A little fruity. Like dates or figs. As it warmed the cognac really comes through and everything mellows. The flavors almost seem to seperate. Each sip you taste a different one. First the fruits then burnt brown sugar then Carmel. Wow this one really just gets better each temp degree it raises. Must have sat on my 5 oz pour for an hour slowly sipping here and there as we cracked other bottles. By the time I got to the last sip I was truly blown away. Hands down best ba barleywine I've had!!!!!

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely remarkable red and brown fruit complexity with a luxurious cognac overlay that meshes perfectly. A sophisticated and delightfully mouth coating marvel that is unbelievably smooth and mellow for its 17.3% abv. Beautifully balanced from start to finish. Trade heavily for this one, or don't even flinch at the $30+ price tag, it's well worth it.

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Photo of SteveB24
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- color is a rich, honey like golden-amber. Pours a half finger of head that settles into beautiful swirls of lacing that dont go away, leaves nice lacing on the glass as well. Also has the coolest looking label i've ever seen.
Smell- grapes, plums, cherries, toffee, vanilla, oak.
Taste-just like the smell, a wonderful, rich blend of candy-like sweet fruitiness blended with the sweet malt characters found in the finest english barleywines. Grapes, plums, cherries, apples, toffee, caramel, honey, vanilla. Zero hint of alcohol.
Feel-full bodied, rich and syrupy, but not oily. Almost no carbonation. Finishes with lip smacking stickiness.
Overall-this beer is unlike I have ever had or could ever have imagines. If you get the chance get it, dont even think just get it!

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Photo of Johnct
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

17.2%? Tastes like 5.5%. Amazing. Really hard to describe this one. Like cognac barrel aged maple syrup. Extremely viscous. I don't even know. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Damian
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz./750ml bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Batch #2
Dec/2014
Served in a tulip

Uber thick and viscous appearance. This poured thick like maple syrup. Hazy, ruddy crimson with orange highlights in the glass. The liquid was capped by a barely-there film of tan bubbles that quickly dissolved. The beer looked rather still and somewhat cordial-like.

The aroma was amazingly rich and robust. Super malty and sweet but not overly so. Loads of caramel and dark fruit notes. Sticky toffee pudding came to mind. Boozy. Really rummy. Very raisiny. Booze soaked raisins perhaps. Plummy. Maple notes also came through big time. There was a bit of a port/oxidized character. All in all, incredibly complex and intense. While I probably would not peg this beer for being aged in cognac barrels, it would not surprise me.

The flavor profile was outstanding and very similar to nose. Boatloads of rich, sweet caramel malts. Here too, sticky toffee pudding came to mind. Tons of maple and toffee character. Good amount of port-like complexity. There was a light aged/oxidized character. Boozy but not hot. This drank amazingly well for 17.3%. The booze came through a bit more on the finish. Light barrel notes. Perhaps a touch of bourbon. A hint of piney hop bitterness appeared as well.

The mouthfeel was spectacular. Uber thick and viscous. One of the fullest bodied beers I have ever tried. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence. Pillowy soft on palate.

I sampled the same vintage of this beer fresh after its release and it definitely lacked depth and complexity. The year of age on this bottle however did wonders to it. This is unquestionably the most intense barleywine I have ever tried and one of the most impressive beers in general. Despite its steep ($42) price point, it was definitely worth the splurge. I would love to buy another bottle or two and see how they mature with even more time in the cellar.

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Photo of Brdlist
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Only batch so far - very cool bottle and artwork with some cool Daniel Webster quotations on the back

A - Pours a hazy brown, light yellow foam on the head, settled nicely (poured by a sommelier)

S - earthy and sweet, classic BW profile and a standard for all BW's

T - Impossible to describe it's complexity - subtle booziness almost caramel winey sweetness

M - Incredible, similar to a great wine, soft on the palate

O - an outstanding beer, probably the only batch 1 I'll have, felt quite lucky to enjoy at ChurchKey

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Photo of winningwes91
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Reswald
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This monster of a beer had an Original Gravity of 1152, resulting in an ABV of 17.3%, making it easily the strongest beer ever brewed in Alaska. It took over 4000 pounds of malt to brew this beer, and four separate 3.5 hours boils to fill just two 110 gallon used cognac barrels. Gabe Fletcher brewed it back in February and then let it age in the wood for over 8 months. What's even more amazing is that this is a single malt, single hop beer, quite unusual for a barley wine. So how does it taste?

In a word: Amazing! No, make that two words: Freakin' Amazing! First off, tasting it, you would never believe that it is north of 17% alcohol. It is so smooth and deep that I would have guess more like 12% tops. It is incredibly complex, with a balance and depth of flavor profile that has to be experienced to be believed. I first tasted it the day before the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival and I immediately knew it would win first place; it was just that good. Once again Gabe Fletcher has pulled off a brewing masterpiece. A Deal with the Devil indeed. I'm starting to wonder if he didn't meet a certain gentleman at the crossroads late one night and make a deal for the power to brew these sort of beers. After all, if Robert Johnson could do it to learn how to play the guitar, why not a brewer?

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Photo of Shon4star
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok here we go.
2014 Batch 2 poured into a teku glass

P- pours a dark amber with very little to no head. There is some lacing around the glass. Very thick

S- The smell is absolutely amazing, It has dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. This is by far the best smelling barley my sniffer has ever encountered. It literally is making my mouth water.

T- OMG. Candied sugar, Toffee, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Caramel all hit your palate like an explosion. This is a Sweet one thats for sure. The high abv is unnoticable.

M- Super thick. Coats the entire mouth perfectly. Makes for a great sipper as the taste well stay in your mouth for a long period.

O- This is by far the best B Wine I have had the pleasure of having. IMO better then King Henry and MOAS. I simply cant put how good this is. It meets everything I look for in a B Wine sweet, great flavor profile, and hidden ABV. If you could try 1 B Wine before you die get this one!

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Photo of derftron
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle pouring at Belmont Station

Two 5 oz pours

Smell is of dark liquor, dark furits, figs, bourbon, cognac, maple syrup, carmel, and just thickness

had a slight head that goes away fairly quick. off white

mouthfeel is thick and slightly carbonated. coats the mouth and throat for a few minutes after swallowing..

taste/overall - this is a new standard for barley wines and barrel aged beer in general for me. over 17% and I feel I could drink it for hours (unless my liver quit working). so smooth and luxurious with a depth of flavors that is remarkable. Had not even heard of this beer 3 days ago and heard about this tasting. after reading about it I knew I had to try it and I am very glad I did. sounds like this stuff never comes around. higher alcohol and even better balanced that Sucaba which is damn impressive. they balanced the booze and the cognac barrel flavor so well with this beer and in the end all you taste is a cornocopia of flavors from dates, carmel, figs, bourbon/cognac, maple syrup, etc.. I really hope they put more of these out for sale some day as I will not forget this beer.

As a side note: the only bummer was the extreme price gauging done by Belmont Station with this tasting. I know this beer is expensive, but $10 for a 4-5oz pour??? that sucked, but oh well.

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Photo of tommykimchi
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2.

Appearance : Pours with a syrup-like consistency and practically zero head. Has a deep/rich dark amber color.

Aroma : Despite the enormous ABV (17.3%!), there are very little boozy or fusel alcohol characteristics. Instead it has a rich maple syrup and dark caramel aroma.

Taste : Again, maple syrup. Think incredibly sweet dark caramelized sugar coating a brick of toffee with reduced vanilla coke drizzled on top.

Mouthfeel: Thick. I can see how the incredibly viscous nature of the beer may be off-putting for some, but I really dug it.


Overall: Definitely a sipper. Quite the extreme beer experience and truly worth the high price tag. Easily busts into the upper echelon of BA Barleywines.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32oz growler into a snifter. Appearance is dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A thin white ring of bubbles form around the edges of the glass.

Smelling this beer is addicting. Smells of vanilla, oak, cognac, toffee and raisins. Wow

Taste follows the nose. Starts with vanilla and oak, then the sweet flavors of cognac toffee and dark fruits. Very complex and very balanced. Absolutely no hint of the 17.3% alcohol.

Mouthfeel is sticky. very light carbonation.

I didn't get to try this at the Alaska beer and Barleywine fest but I was very excited when I saw it at my local beer warehouse. I will definitely be first in line for this next year at the GABBF. Thanks for making this amazing beer Gabe, please put this in bottles

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Photo of timc100
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2 - Blizzard day beer 2/1/2015

Upon hearing about this beer it was hard to imagine it would be able to come together without being a boozy mess. Somehow Anchorage has done it - it is an incredibly clean, complex and balanced barleywine. Tons of sweet cognac, boozy brandy fruits, very sweet oak with a light dry tannic woodiness, and the fresh crisp galaxy hops round it out very well. On the palate it is incredibly smooth, rich, full and not overly boozy by any means. The flavors do not compete or trample one another, all come together very well. The more it opens up the aroma smells like freshly brandy-finished wood, sweet and very inviting, accompanied by dark chewy caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. On top of everything it is a great looking beer - no head, very very soft carbonation, but looks like a glass of dark cognac.

It's name and wild recipe make it sound like an overly aggressive beer that would punch you in the gut, but it is quite the opposite. Very well crafted and full of interesting and delicious flavor nuances.


Batch 1 cork and caged enjoyed solo 01/03/2016

Very similar to fresh batch 2 with slight oxidation, but pleasant. Tons of refined cognac varnished wood and that brown sugar that comes from a nice subtle cognac-style brandy. Very sweet but for barleywine palates it is very balanced. Tons of sweet dried fruits. Incredible depth of flavor.

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Photo of ReeseMax3
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Amsterdam Cafe in Anchorage. Just heard that the real name for this beer is " A Deal with the Devil". The name is fitting. I have no reservations saying that this is the best barley wine I have ever had, hands down, bar none, not even close. This beer needs to be bottled! I can't even explain in words how indulgent this beer is. Mouthfeel is smooth as butter. As smooth as any oatmeal stout but thicker and a little chewy. It's got that dark ripe ripe fruit and malty taste of a barely wine but just more dank. The flavors are so balanced it is ridiculous. It also tastes of rich toffee, caramel, malt, and wood. A little more boozy as it warms but barely. My mouth and lips are numb from all the alcohol. A real treat.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
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 LiquidAmber
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 SomethingClever
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: very brown brackish in color very hazy small white little head and soapy. When you swirl it the beer has legs looks high alcohol

S: so much vanilla, toffee, caramel, figs, dates, raisins, alcohol some oak this is like candy soaked cognac

T: my....its so silky it has a lot of vanilla sweet candied figs and dates with this like burnt sugar but a good way almost brown sugarish such a nice toasty taste to the finish

M: very soft hardly any carbonation but it has a silky viscous mouthfeel

O: This beer is a must have its amazing the depth of the flavors is insane and the smell is just as good. That little bit of brandy soaked toastiness in the end is worth the price of admission. Let alone having such a beautiful vanilla toffee fig plum and raisin and brown sugar taste. I'm shocked to see this is an American Barleywine because the hops are completely absent to my taste buds.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasting at The Wine and Cheese Place. There were 4 bottle of this and I got two pours + another half pour. Poured into a wine glass after having a few collaborations between Anchorage and various breweries.

A - Pours nicely into a wine glass with a murky syrupy light carmel color with minimal head and minimal carb. This one coats the glass nicely and looks thick and chewy

S - Smell is loads of carmel, sugar, maple syrup, with hints of booze

T - Taste follows the nose here. Maple Syrup followed by carmel and hints of dark fruits that blend together to form an amazing taste. I thought this taste better than King Henry and I am basing this review off what I thought of King Henry a couple weeks ago. This one is so smooth and it hides the 17%+ very well. There is only a faint hint of booziness in this but nothing on the finish or anything that lingers. Carmel, Maple Syrup, Cognac, then dark fruits and hints of molasses

M - This is a very thick chewy viscous barley wine. Definitely a full bodied beer with minimal carbonation.

O - This is the best barley wine that I have had so far. Some people may not agree, but I love the sweetness to this beer and I think it is perfect for masking the 17% beast. I may have to seek this one out.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured deep brown with very little carbonation. Smells of figs, and plums and raisins. Tastes the same with nice vanilla and oak tastes. A fabulous beers that I could drink again and again.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Umm, wow is this good. Quite possibly the best barleywine I’ve had. Huge sweet molasses taste. Drinks like a fine Cognac. I’d actually fork over $35 per bottle any day for this. Tons of dark fruit taste. Absolutely no sour notes, which is wonderful. Sometimes you get that from barrels. I’m not really sure what else to say, but WOW!!!

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever had. Split with a friend who continually asked me to open until I finally relented. I think I could have drank it alone because it goes down WAY TOO EASY. Smoothest 17.3% beer ever for sure. Tons of cognac and fruit, even a nice hop presence. Definitely hunting for another one.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.84/5  rDev +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 JamesNoBrakes
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, complex flavors, hides the alcohol content well. It's very thick though, like oil. It's hard to drink more than one and enjoy it, but it's a great beer. It may be my current favorite.

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