Anchor Our Barrel Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is of malt, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and a very woody flavor. There is a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a crisp and clean carbonation level. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome barrel aged presence all around.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

been hearing about this one for awhile now, so nice to finally try it. its unique as they go too, and real different from other anchor stuff. much darker than anticipated on the pour, with a short tan head and a real dense ruby to brown color, rich and viscous looking. smells like a old ale, some english yeast and a little tang, the oak is obvious, sweet and woody all the way, and a little more booze there than usually shows up in a beer at this strength. molasses, raisin, prune, fig, dried elderberry, bourbon, and caramel all come in during the flavor experience, whiskey first, hot and a little sweet, followed up nicely by all the dried fruit in this, seriously its like a trail mix in a glass. a bit more sweetness than it needs, but i like the english yeast going on, its not irrelevant here. basically no carbonation at all, it drinks nearly still, more barleywine in this aspect, not bad, just remarkable. not sure how long it spent it wood, and not sure what was previously housed in these barrels, but this is distinctive and interesting beer, even if i am not in love with it. lots of wood, and the malt is darker than many, giving it some cooked sort of depth. layered and strong, this warms up well. cool stuff from anchor, glad i finally got to have one...

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1.5L magnum, split a few ways into snifters. Auburn in color with only a trace of head. Great autumnal color, dark but clear.

Smell: At colder temperatures this one's got a big musty barrel aroma. As it warms, the scent of rye whiskey and barleywine begin to take over. Rich caramel and vanilla dominate, with more subtle notes of mineral, toast and dark fruit.

Taste and mouthfeel: Opens with a rich caramel flavor, vanilla and roast following. Sweet but nowhere near cloying. Big oaky character, lightly tannic and fruity. Smooth, silky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Medium bodied, not especially rich though very full-flavored. A fuller body would really bring this one to the next level. Despite the reported blend, this tastes largely like a barrel-aged Old Foghorn to me. That's nothing to complain about, though; Foghorn is a great beer in itself and this is even better.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ahhh one of the whitest wales out there. most people don't even know this exists.

Pours a light beige head. Color is a caramel copper.

Aroma: I smell rye, but get a little bourbon flavors as well. Very oaky. Vanilla flavors and caramel with toffee. Very barleywine like. Plums, raisins, dark fruits. Very sweet. Warming.

Taste: I taste rye more than anything here. Still very oaky. A lot of similar flavors from the nose. Raisins, toffee, caramel, plums, and dark fruits. Not as flavorful as the nose. A hint of chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky and cloying.

Overall, it's a nice beer. It's drinkable, but it lacks a little flavor compared to the nose. The carbonation is also a tad low. Still, a real treat to have and something I wouldn't pass down.

Had this on tap July 2015. Lots more carbonation. Sweet caramel and toffee with lots of barrel flavors. 4.15

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared at the PtY release on 2/5/10

A: The pour is a clear, amber color with a mild carbonation and a small off-white head.

S: A nice combination of sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruit aromas fills the nose. There is some barrel influence, but nothing overwhelming.

T: A nice, complex flavor which follows the nose for the most part. The caramel and dark fruits lead the way with some undertones of oak and bourbon. There's also a slight spice to the beer which I did not detect much of in the nose.

M: The low level of carbonation lends the beer a slightly slick mouthfeel, even with its medium body. I will say I was expecting this to be a bit fuller.

D: Despite a slight disappointment on the mouthfeel, I found this to be a great offering from Anchor, and one that I've very much wanted to try. I certainly did not plan on having so many of my highly coveted wants tasted in one day.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Smooth but boring. I get dry cocoa and sweet caramel, a little booziness, a hint of smoke, but this beer's character is too small for the potential of an 8% barrel-aged beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been wanting to try this one FOREVER. Got lucky and picked up two at Total Wine in Spokane. Pours nearly walnut brown with good clarity and khaki head.... Nice barrel notes nod politely toward the rye whiskey... caramel maltiness with plenty of dry toastiness is balanced perfectly by the whiskey and wood... subtle dried cherry essence with warmth... This one exceeded my lofty expectations.

4/4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25

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