Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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Reviews by climax:
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
This one pours a beer bottle brown with a medium size tan head. Retention and lacing are good; the big bubbles and patches of foam take a while to scarper off.
The nose is all malt; yet slight wood tones and ripe fruit seep their way in. Roasted chocolate tones and spice do a decent job of keeping things interesting.
50 IBU's seems high for the amount of bitterness I get, yet the finish is quite resinous and dry when I think about it. The alcohol announces itself much more in the taste, and accents the malt-heavy profile quite well. Ripe cherries and chalky yeast flavors do a good job of adding some spunk.
The medium body has a nice chewy quality. That, mixed with the dry chalky finish, makes for a good mouthfeel; perhaps the highlight of the beer for me.
If your looking for a malt-centric beer to cuddle up to while waiting for Santa, this may be a good stocking stuffer.
02-16-2012 05:21:58 | More by climax
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4/5 rDev +6.4%
Ninkasi Sleighr Ale, 2010
Pour a dark dark brown color with a small cream colored head. Smells like nutty chocolate with a hint of mint. The taste is strong on chocolate and hops. It seems more like a porter than an altbier. The nutty smell isn't really there on the tongue as would be expected from an altbier while it also has strong carbonation. The mouthfeel is great. It drinks very clean and crisp. The sweet chocolate lingers on the tongue well.
11-28-2010 01:32:43 | More by DamDweller
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours reddish brown with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with brown sugar. The flavor is caramel malt, toffee, dark fruits and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A little disappointing overall, but a beer worth trying.
02-20-2010 03:13:43 | More by Mora2000
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
On tap poured into a tulip.
Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a one finger light brown head with some light delicate lacing.
Taste is quite malty as to be expected with the style, there's a nice earthy and slightly sharp flavor that rounds it is out well, it doesn't seem syrupy or overly sweet but it's making my lips sticky...
10-13-2011 02:31:40 | More by kingcrowing
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours dark with a thick and creamy hazel-colored foam. Coffee, roasted marshmallows, caramel and a whiff of fresh hops escape the rim and hit my nose. Well balanced and fresh smelling which is nice and surprising.
The smooth nose continues on the palate where each component of roasted malts, hops and alcohol blend harmoniously, creating a very enjoyable beer; especially if you happen to sit in front of a fireplace during a cold winter night. It is delicate, yet robust in its composition, successfully creating an alt beer which has gone to the Dark Side.
10-10-2010 04:46:41 | More by mj001jk
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to Tuttle for breaking this out the night before Hopfest! Went into it thinking, ah, I dunno, not my style/thing, but figured, hey, good friend, opening beers, love Ninkasi, made it easy to go along.
Poured out a rich dark brown and red, but with ample clarity given its deep color. Very interesting aroma, maybe just because of the Christmas theme, I was getting caramel nuttiness, cinammon, taragon, tobacco, pepper, spice/clove. Really deep.
Taste, so much easier than I thought it would be. And more sweetness, but never becoming a 'sweet' beer, ample malt bill and other ingredients seemed to tame this bad boy. Nothing about hops to talk about. About the dryest finish of a beer of this style/vibe I've come around, not heavy, creamy at times, not super challenging, just lots to pick up on. Unique. When the wave of smooth and creamy hits you, you start wondering if there is some flaked oats used in this. Whatever they did, it was enjoyable.
Of course, it looks like a winter seasonal, we drank it in September, so i dunno if this aged and mellowed or whatnot, because that split bomber is my only insight, so I guess at the very least I can say this beer does just fine aged up to 9 months.
10-02-2010 04:24:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +6.4%
12oz bottle into tulip; I don't have a slender cylinder.
A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown, with only the faintest bit of translucency to accentuate the color. A finger's worth of head quickly dissipates, leaving several soap-like bubbles clinging to the edge. Faint carbonation ever so slightly disturbs the surface at the center. As the volume of liquid decreases, more light is let through and an attractive orange hue reveals itself. Perhaps if I'd had a Stange I could've enjoyed the color through the whole glass.
S: Sweet malts, dark fruit—raisins. Mild, though.
T: Malts give way to sweet dark fruits, and the finish clings to my upper palate: hoppy, here. As the beer warms, the hops calm and I pick up a flavor of orange peel to accompany the color.
M: Refreshing amount of carbonation and not too heavy or thick; all pleasant surprises.
O: Really enjoyable after warming a bit; it'll be nice to work through the six-pack during these dark evenings.
11-15-2011 05:18:44 | More by jpbebeau
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
Fucking metal holiday artwork
copper color sparkling lacing around snifter
no smell really at all some maltyness
in the beginning sweet chocolate roasty taste with slight cherry hints and caramel malt hidden within and then a hoppy bitter finish
light syrupy mouth feel with light carbonation
defiantly a beer worthy of slayers name
11-16-2013 06:49:36 | More by DanielDomigan
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance - Pours a dark reddish brown with an off-white, finger width head. Good retention. Leaves a nice, sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell - Sweet aroma, consisting of caramel, toffee, fig, and slight toasted malts.
Taste - More hoppy on the tongue than in the nose. Toasted bread, with lesser notes of caramel and toffee. Fruity esters, hitting on fig, then a nice citrus hop comes through mid-taste and takes the reigns for the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with a bit of stickiness. Fair carbonation. Finishes dry.
Overall - This is a solid winter seasonal, though I'm a bit perplexed at labeling this a "double alt" when I've had standard alts with just as much flavor and ABV. Still, I'm enjoying the brew, and may be a future purchase.
12-17-2012 03:06:49 | More by TheSixthRing
4.1/5 rDev +9%
A - pours with a bit over a finger of slightly creamy, thick light tan colored foam. the beer is mostly clear, very deep amber in color. small patches of wet lace left behind.
S - rich chocolately malts, toasted nuts, crusty bread, and malted candies.
T - begins with traces of porter-like roasted malt, chocolate, roasted nuts and a slight bit of coffee before turning sweeter. caramel, toffee, and some dark fruits creep in. light bit of citrusy and earthy hops come alongside moderate bitterness.
M - thin to medium bodied, with moderate and fizzy carbonation. sweetness brings some dryness as well, though goes down a bit oily. finish only slightly chalky.
D - nice balance, warming but not harsh, and overall pretty tasty. very well suited for the winter months.
12-29-2010 02:21:25 | More by Stigs
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
Gotta dig the Slayer logo font, a band my youth would have never been the same without. (The old stuff still rules!) And gotta dig msubulldog25, who sent this my way, a guy my beer experience would be lacking without.
This is a beautiful beer, plain and simple. Deep burgundy red shoots through dark brown. Rusty root beer jeweled in crimson. The head is a light tan, super foamy and super creamy.
Great nose, too. Piney hops embedded in a spicy holiday ale melange. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. They could have just as easily sold this as a winter warmer. Aroma-wise, anyway.
Taste-wise, hops are prickly and ever-present, yet never eclipse the spicy, malty character that is the main essence of this beer. Those nice holiday pie-type spices pop through and reign as the features of the flavor. Hints of cola, bitter herbal tea and purple grape.
Thinnish body, but hardly watery, and the ample carbonation keeps it alive and kicking.
I'm not an alt expert, but this one is clearly more northwest winter warmer, or even American red, than an authentic German altbier. Seems to me anyway. And that's just fine, because it's the quality that counts, and this one delivers.
11-20-2011 20:25:46 | More by Metalmonk
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
A: reddish amber, maybe more like a light crimson with brown edges. Not much for head but did contain a thin and filmy lace starring back at me from the opposite side of the glass
S: husky and sweet roasted malts, toasted nuts (peanuts), caramel sweetness
T: husky dark roasted malts with sweetness of soft chocolate and strong caramel. Flavors of toasted redskin peanuts in the mix. Reminds me of the nuts that were under the heat lamp in the stainless steel trays, at the candy store....oh yeah. Beer is very well balanced and delightful
M: smooth, just a bit dry, crisp and yet creamy characteristics. Overall a clean, mild body and pleasing throughout
D: easily drinkable! I got this one on draft at the Belmont Station and they served it at the correct temp allowing the flavors to really challenge the palate. Wonderful beer!
01-15-2009 03:56:00 | More by Magpie14
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Uerige sticke.
Auburn liquid, nearly clear with bronze highlights and a beige cap. Pasty lacing, good retention.
Very mild toasty malt notes in the nose - little else.
Intensely malty palate entry with hints of the woodshop. Potent and focused astringency leads to the dry, malty/woody finish with additional touches of earth and peat (grassy/peppery notes from hops?). A touch of cocoa and roast coffee comes out as well. Vague spice sweetens up the aftertaste a tiny bit - alcohol offers a nice kick.
Light-bodied, smooth, warming, gently carbonated mouthfeel.
While the aroma doesn't lead you to expect much, this packs a singular malty punch without excessive astringency. The specialty malts are well displayed but in no way overwhelm the base malts.
02-01-2012 05:40:10 | More by augustgarage
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
Cold 22 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours dark cola brown with a medium dark tan head. Slight aroma of phenol.
Taste is full and nutty, with a healthy load of hops and a little chalky bitterness. Secondary flavors of citrus. A little yeasty, too.
For a beer that is both as strong and as dark as this I am finding it surprisingly bland.
01-13-2011 01:23:38 | More by hreb
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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