Anchor Barrel Ale
Anchor Barrel Ale is an American Strong Ale, 7.5% ABV. This beer is the Fall 2015 release in The Argonaut Collection. According to the website: Anchor Barrel Ale is a special blend of our ales, aged in our used Old Potrero whiskey barrels and on their staves. I have no idea what beers are in the blend, but here goes nothing…
The beer pours with a dark brown color with an excellent light tan head. The aroma is very similar to Anchor “Christmas Ale” with a familiar malt sweetness, slight spice, and a hint of cola. Maybe just a small hint of rye whiskey on the nose as well. The taste is malty with some big dark fruits, slight roasted malt, a pinch of chocolate and a mild dry woodiness and rye whiskey. This ale is drinking a lot like a cross between an American Porter and a Belgian Dubbel… with a hint of whiskey barrel thrown in for good measure.
Not sure if they will brew/blend this again, but I’m glad I came across a bottle and tried it!