A Deal With The Devil | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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Reviews:
132
Ratings:
980
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
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Photo of dmgeng
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the most expensive bottle of beer I've gotten so far without shipping ($33) so I was really hoping I would like it and I was impressed.

A - Very dark amber color that is somewhat cloudy from the journey this beer has taken. Has a bone colored head that subsides quickly and leaves only a few spots of lacing.

S - Big sweet malt character and a huge dark fruit character accompanied by caramel and some vanilla. The booze is not bad and only adds to the evaporation of the complex aromas. It is quite an amazing smelling beer at >17%.

T - Similar to the smell but much more robust, with a sweet malt character first and then a wash of big flavors takes the tongue. Toward the middle is the rich dark fruit and deep caramel that is almost like candied raisins which I really enjoy. Approaching the back of the tongue is the oak, caramel, and vanilla from the barrel. The finish has the dark fruits and some warmth from the alcohol.

M - High mouth-feel with low carbonation. This just feels right and how the beer should be; soft on the palate, full flavored, and not too cloying. Again it's hard to believe that this beer is so high in ABV since it doesn't really burn on the way down.

Overall, this is an amazing barleywine. I really don't like Cognac but this beer really takes the fruit flavors and ramps it up into a very delicious elixir. It is very complex, flavorful, and a good get but at this price and at this high of an ABV I definitely wouldn't get it more than once a year or even half the volume. If you want to polish your beer resume then you have to try this one if you get a chance but don't expect gold leaf, just gold quality.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $38.99 (ouch). Dark brown, cloudy. People won't like this but to me it smelled like aged Bigfoot. Flavor was sugary sweet, brown sugar, and cognac. A good tasting beer but no way this should be priced more than Darkest Hour.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.26/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very sweet! Too much to enjoy and really overrated in my opinion. I can see how a barleywine lover would enjoy this but I could not get through a few oz of it.

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

This drinks like a Big beer with serious boldness. The front is thick and chewy toffee, caramel, molasses, Werthers Original candies and some dark fruit. It ends with a creamy liqueur like an Irish cream and what I suppose is cognac.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting on a nice night with Chris Truskey, fresh out of jail. This tastes a candy stick. Actually goes down well for such a heavy abv. Chris is telling me a story about his prison stint....boring ...

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich mahogany in color. Fairly dark in appearance. Toffee, brown sugar, burnt caramel and a bit of wine barrel. Thick! Complex. Damn. This is awesome.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great, chewy barleywine and probably my favorite barrel aged offering. Lots of dark fruit, walnuts, and sweet candy on the nose with a great presence of cognac and strong brandy. This is a thick drink but extremely smooth. The ABV is noticeable but not overpowering. On the sweeter spectrum of barleywines, but the overall texture and mix of fruits, cognac, and sweetness make this a near perfect offering. Thank you, Anchorage.

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Photo of jws6w7
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow what an amazing beer. I have never had a beer aged in Cognac barrels before, but I absolutely loved this one. Amazing look, smell, and taste. One of my favorite beers of all time. Glad I have 2 more for the cellar.

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Photo of Shon4star
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
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 cbutova
2.97/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dan Nos Boss like a bawz. Thanks for sharing.

A- Amazing label bottle drops a somewhat hazy caramel amber brew which ends up with a thick creamy head. Pillow thick ring leaves rare lace.

S- Old Ale caramel delivered by the devil himself apparently, its huge. Cognac, toast and raisins with time. Apple juice rears its head with more time.

T- Massive caramel sweetness is a vast majority of the flavor; butterscotch is mentioned. Woody oak from the barrel as well as some deep sugar tones and heavy raisins. Mostly just like Old Ales but less balanced and insanely sweet. Apple juice again.

MF- One of the most oily and viscous brews I have encountered. That being said it has a creamy and smooth texture despite low end carbonation. No heat, somehow.

Tastes like an underfermented sweet homebrew with some oak chips thrown in. Caramel sugar bomb. Apple juice flavors just don't mesh well with the rest of the brew. Maybe a different batch or something but this is not what I expected.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 from a bottle. $35 plus shipping from SFO.

This is a BIG beer, all around. Big taste and mouthfeel. Big Barleywine which is fairly seet up front with the apple barrel taking over 1/2 way through, well into the long finish. It would take a while to sip on even half this bottle, so as with most beers, best shared with friends! This one lives up to the hype.

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Photo of pagriley
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 (750) poured into snifter.

Rich deep mahogany, cloudy with some particulates.
Raisins and dried fruit; tons of booze
Hot at first, but then caramel complexity and barrel
Thick, like pancake syrup

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Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to Sanderson for providing this bottle; I’ve been looking forward to it like a Friday night in Venice. 750ML bomber with some awesome bottle art & a bizarre, stream-of-consciousness poem on the back that I felt compelled to read out loud. Plus points already.

The pour is low carbonation & looks like it could be solidified slightly & worked into a clay animation video. The smell is more akin to a fine liqueur one might sip looking out over the pier in Lisbon. Cognac, caramel, love. This just smells like it’s going to kick ass.

A Deal With the Devil makes me stop & smell the roses; I’m going to savor this like a twelve minute lap dance. The cognac here is not subtle but smoother than a Cano swing, without a hint of alcohol or harshness. The malts are secondary: toffee, caramel, roundhouse of sweetness, candied sugar, brown sugar…this should have a vial of insulin taped to the bottle. Vanilla, honey emerge as it warms. Alcohol finally emerges as a nuclear chain reaction in my gut, spreading warmth in every direction. Too many subtleties for my B- brain to comprehend. Sticky, thick, & sticky; I’d like this to be made into a syrup I could pour on my Belgian waffles. Drinkable? Shit. I could have drunk the entire bomber, gone & cracked another, & only been regretful tomorrow when I woke up & left several ounces undrunk, slipped out of my hand & spilled on the (wonderfully smelling) carpet.

This is better than Jurassic Park. Let me clarify, this is better than East of Eden, though doesn’t reach the level of Dune (though really, what does?). Anybody who’s looking for complexity, or an expensive drunk, or a kick-ass barleywine, should really just give their bottle to me. Excellent beer that’s only a chip shot from the elite.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had the pleasure of having this twice now.

L: Hazy caramel. Would be perfect with some head, but at nearly 18% it's understandable.

S: Cognac and caramel. It sounds simple, but it's quite heavenly.

T: That's basically as good as it gets. So incredibly rich. The cognac is so smooth, rich caramel and malt just coat your tongue.

F: I don't know how they do it here. 17.3% and not a sign of alcohol. It's ridiculous. I think I may have gotten just an ever so slight hint as it warmed for 30 minutes, but it was still barely noticeable.

O: My second favorite barleywine to date, right behind Aaron. For the price and availability though, I'd go with this every time.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color and extremely hazy in complexion. There's a fingernail of dark khaki colored head. I smell dark malt and sweet cognac. The flavor is very malty and it finishes slightly sweet. The mouth is remarkably silky smooth considering the strength.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. The most expensive beer I have bought. Oh Hell, tax returns were last week. As this beer falls into my glass I marvel at the visually noticeable viscosity. A Deal pours a dark copper color. Body is turbid and deep. As I agitate the glass, I can only gather a thin slice of tan, creamy foam. Spots and dots of lacing with legs like wine. Poured cold and allowed to warm. At its coldest, I get a cognac richness that is new to my senses. With warmth, the flavors don't necessarily change, they just become richer. Incredibly sweet smelling. Booze infused apples and dark fruits. Caramel and brown sugar by the gallon. Dry wood. Some wet, sugar-dipped tropical hops. One of the richest, sweetest aromas. The flavor is just as sweet as the nose suggested. Cognac really expresses itself. Lots of apple flavor. Caramel-coated figs, plums and raisins. A boozy woodiness. As it warms, it reminds me more and more of port wine. The Galaxy hops even raise a tentative hand here. Finishes with a ridiculous sweetness. Like drinking maple syrup. Softer carbonation. This beer's sweetness is so aggressive that I can't even taste the huge amount of booze hidden here. The flavor coats my palate and never leaves. A Deal With The Devil is incredibly ambitious. Cognac and probably 700 grams of sugar. I'm happy I went for it...just kidding, this beer was very overpriced.

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at room temperature.
L - Poured a deep amber color with a half a finger of short lived head.
S - Faint whiff of booze, caramel and malt.
T - Sweet, vegetal and somewhat cloying even for a barley wine.
F - Moderate to heavy mouthfeel.
O - For the price this one was a disappointment.

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Photo of BrentLepping
3.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweetness is almost too much. It's over the top and is the only thing holding back a higher review on my end.

There are other high gravity beers that don't come off nearly this sweet.

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Photo of CTJman
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber. Taste was spot on and very smooth. The cognac barrels add a nice layer of flavor

This beer was one of the best barleywines I've ever had

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Photo of tykechandler
1.5/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

NO. cloyingly sweet. no nuance. i love everything else i've had from anchorage, but i'd rather have almost any other beer than this (yes, even a [insert shitty beer]). MAPLE SYRUP IN A BOTTLE. blech.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.44/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2014 Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity! Rich sweet fruit and caramel. Sticky syrupy sweet mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol content extremely well with just a wisp on the nose. A bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium dark brown body, half finger white head, minimal retention time, no lacing. Looks pretty much like black coffee, really.

S- Caramel and toffee bomb. As it warms up, you get a bit more of that dry cognac aroma, but make no mistake, there is a lot of molasses-like sweetness in this beer accompanied by a bit of damp oak. As it warms up, I get a bit more of a menthol-like mint aroma that is nice and dry.

F- Incredibly balanced sweet caramel with a good toffee complement and even a bit of sweet tropical fruit. Plenty of molasses. No menthol or mint, but there is a hint of that excessive syrupy brandy sweetness that makes it particularly appealing compared to other barleywines. A bit of dark fruit and raisins as well.

M- Thick bodied, lower carbonation, syrupy but without being cloying. Finish is more of a mild tropical fruit subdued by a ton of sweet molasses and sugar.

O- Phenomenal barleywine. It's much different than King Henry or The K13 which remain my favourite barleywines, but it's almost as good as these are in its own way. Highly recommend.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.08/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I may have had a bad bottle, but honestly it's so overly sweet it's almost hard to enjoy. I'm quite surprised this had a perfect 100 and is so high in the top 250.

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Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and delicious. My kind of b-wine! Montrealbcr89, you maniac! Boozecamel too, who hooked me up with a bottle. You handsome fellas are too good to me.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 2. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, dark amber color tending toward brown, with a few cm of sloppy, fine sand-colored head. Pretty good retention and some dots of lacing.

S: Red and dark dried fruits (plum, raisin, black cherry), rich oak and cognac character, mild toffee, red fruit roll-up, orange vanilla frosting. The fruit comes through nicely and prominently with the oak lending structure.

T: Rich fruit melds with prominent oak and malt, moderate gripping tannins impart an abrupt and almost off flavor. Moderate sweetness.

M: Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, with very light carbonation. Hides the massive ABV well.

O: Very fruit forward barleywine, with the cognac treatment only increasing this rather than providing some vanilla/oak, which is notably absent, to cut the fruitiness. This is decidedly a step down from Sucaba or Bourbon Abominable.

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A Deal With The Devil from Anchorage Brewing Company
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