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Anchor Our Barrel AleAnchor Our Barrel Ale

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-09-2009

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've always enjoyed Anchor, and this is the cream of the crop. If you can find a bottle of this in CA it is well worth the $30 for a magnum.

If you can't decide between a good bourbon or a serious beer, this is the way to go. The nose and taste were a wonderful marriage of bourbon characteristics with a strong barleywine presence. I could not recommend this beer more highly.

Absolutely fantastic. I'd gladly drink this again and again.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Though I was one of many at the Anchor brewery on Friday, 2/06 to try OBA at its unveiling, I was the first person at the brewery today to buy it. It's only available in 1.5 liter magnums (magna?) and the max is a 6-bottle case.


Anchor is known for traditional brewing with the utmost attention to sterile conditions, so the fact that the brewing crew had to risk aging this beer for six months in, gulp, wood, shows some gusto. Then again, you know there was QC at every turn.

It starts with a blend of Old Foghorn Barleywine, some Bock, and is mostly Liberty Ale, their hoppiest beer. They didn't have to look very far for whiskey barrels to age it in. The Anchor distillery is just across the street!

It pours a viscous charcoal color with dark ruby. Instant bouquet of whiskey and vanilla. Low carbonation. That it's unfiltered helps. As for taste, they hit it out of the park. Well-balanced malt palate since they went heavy on the Liberty. But it's the barrels--toasted oak--drunk with rye whiskey to spice it up nicely.

Though it clocks in over 8% ABV, you need not cellar this to enjoy. If you're lucky enough to score one of these treasures, heaven forbid a meteorite lands on you and you don't get to taste this $30 treat since you were busy watching dust collect on the gold foil.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a porter. Smells like big vanilla and malty. Taste like bourbon, cherries, vanilla. Very malty. A nice spiciness come through as it warms up. I never heard of this beer before today. I didn't expect it to be this good. I would diffently get this one again!!!!

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4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magnum acquired via a trade with swnicholson, thanks again for sending this to me Scott, and twice for that matter, I really appreciate it, split among several people including Tomme Arthur, the guys from The Bruery, Pizza Port brewers, and several other Belgian Beer Party patrons, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Medium brown color with some mahogany tint, thin 1/4 inch creamy beige head that lasted a few minutes, not much lacing at all, but very nice legs
S-Huge amount of bourbon, rye, oak, butterscotch, vanilla, coconut, biscuit, light milk chocolate, and toffee
T-Starts off quite boozy but not like the way that makes you back off, lots of whiskey, not too overpowering though, middle has lots of caramel and toffee, that seemed to be a component of their Bock, finish had lots of vanilla and oak with a sweet bourbon aftertaste, little bit of hops in the finish, could have possibly been the doings of Liberty Ale but who knows, later on this stuff becomes more sweet and hints of tropical fruit come out, also some dessert like vanilla that is much more rounded and sweet than before
M-Sweet, fruity, oaky, dry, and boozy mouthfeel, pretty thin body, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingered a long time and was very happy for that
D-Wonder how close I could have come to doing this whole bottle by myself, probably half, this stuff went down quite easily for having such a big barrel character, light and smooth all the way through, very good drinkability

I had wanted to try this real bad, Anchor is one of those historic breweries that never disappoints and this was no exception, everybody who tried agreed with me as far as that goes, too bad only six hundred bottles were made, these would be great to have around and open for special occasions with large amounts of people, very nice blending done and still not sure exactly what went into this beer, we will probably never know either, one thing is for sure and that is I would drink this again in a heartbeat, highly recommended

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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnum generously shared by ygtbsm. Thanks again Brad!

Pours a dark copper/mahogany colorwith golden ruby edges and a thin half finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Faint lacing left behind.  

Sweet boozy bourbon aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, rye and hazelnut.  The barrel presence with toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and bourbon but it doesn't overpower the malt notes of the base beer.  Lots of biscuit, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit.

Medium bodied and perfectly balanced with a nice amount of sweet bourbon, earthy oak and tons of vanilla sweetness.  Theres also some toasted coconut and faint heat but not too boozy.  Very nicely balanced and the abv is well masked msking it easy to drink.  Malty notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit and rye.  The spirit is perfectly integrated into the flavor of the beer without being astringent or one dimensional.  Amazing.      

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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at Beachwood BBQ-Seal Beach on Anchor night...was not what I thought it would be;
A-clear, bubblier than I thought with the great orange/amber
S-mellow but noseable aroma of bourbon and vanilla...not the overpowering aroma as so many barrel aged brews
T-wow...does not taste like the big bear I thought it would be..it tastes better. Nice light bourbon and english ale flavors
M-smooth and yummy
O-very pleased with this quite a bit

I was more than happy and surprised with this..nice to have a great brew from Anchor as good as this was. Bold, smooth, different, yummy..need I say more?!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Barrel Ale has a thick, spongy, beige head, a dark, reddish-brown appearance, and a touch of lacing left behind. Aroma is of dark malt, brown bread, black cherry, and oak whiskey barrel. Taste is of all that, with brown bread crust, and moderate bitterness. The alcohol level is more subvert, than overt. Mouthfeel is high medium and velvety, and Anchor Barrel Ale finishes wet and rich.


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4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Floydster for sending me this uber rare treat.

A: Pours light brown with lots of amber showing through. Small head with some spotty lace.

S: Lots of barrel in the aroma. Oak stands out with mild sweet brown sugar notes. There are hints of caramel and a dash of vanilla as well.

T: Starts out nice and sweet...malty. Lots of brown sugar and toffee. Vanilla comes through in a nice way as well. There are notes of oak and bourbon. The barrel does not overpower this one. It is subdued, but so damn enjoyable. So many people over do it with a barrel this beer is nicely done. Dare I say a sessionable barrel aged beer?

M: On the thinner side for the style. Sort of low in carbonation, but I almost prefer my barrel aged beers that way.

D: The most drinkable barrel aged beer I think I have had.

Score one for Anchor. I like it a lot.

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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnum received in a trade with largadeer. Thanks! Consumed on 9/18/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears dark brown with crimson highlights and a one finger wispy off-white head.

The nose is immediately reminiscent of rich caramel with lesser notes of toffee and vanilla. It smells sweet, and the rye whisky barrels have left their mark, contributing vanilla and light oak notes. The caramel is most apparent and it's excellent.

Alcohol is prominent in the flavor, accompanying the rich caramel and toffee. The beer is sweet with notes of slightly spicy rye. Oak is apparent. The booze is strong throughout but it's rather complimentary. The finish is long with a little vanilla and lingering caramel and alcohol. The beer is high medium bodied with a low-medium level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

The beer is very drinkable for a high alcohol strong ale. I think I drank half the 1.5L myself.

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