A Deal With The Devil | Anchorage Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
982
Reviews:
132
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
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735
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310
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32
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Photo of JFreres
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaximus
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B2. 12/2014

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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 Eidel18
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 FalconCount
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of loganburgh
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bradaplast
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 Boilerup
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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 SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eire
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spud762
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Deal With The Devil from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.49 out of 5 based on 982 ratings.
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