Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
Finally had a chance to open my growler of Sleigh'r which had apparently done 30 days in bourbon casks before I had gotten it. Very, very nice. It had been in the growler aging for about a month on a road trip to Albuquerque. Waiting for the right moment to open tonight in rainy Oregon. It poured with a lovely brown head, with the aroma of bourbon. Great mouth feel lots of maltiness from the bourbon and simple hopping and generous use of Munich and Vienna malts , a true double alt. I'd missed the regular Sleigh'r last year, but still remember the 2008. The added aging in whisky casks made this a truly wonderful surprise. A bit better than my keg of the great 2010.
12-30-2010 07:51:40 | More by mistaya
4.45/5 rDev +18.4%
A: Dark red, almost black, with a foamy cream-colored head.
S: Caramel, nuts, some sort of flowery hops. Definitely not used to smelling a combination like this. This is a new style to me, but so far I like this.
T: Sweet roasted malts, a little bit of nuttiness. There's a nice floral hop bitterness underneath it.
M: The carbonation might be a bit much on any other beer, but it's good here. Helps everything down and feels good on the tongue.
D: I'm farther down this beer than I realized between when I started this review and now. It's really delicious.
12-03-2009 06:37:30 | More by electricfields
4.45/5 rDev +18.4%
I first tried this beer while in Idaho on a search for a new home. I had never heard of it and gave it a try, and I enjoyed it immensely. If I could drink this all the time, for the price, well I think I'll get it whenever I can when its available. Its that good.
Pours a deep red, almost black but can see some light through it. Decent size head that falls to a ring with some bubbles. Heavy lacing on the side of glass throughout drinking it.
Smell is roasted barley and specialty malts. Some rye bread, some coffee, and bittering hops.
Taste is very good with good amount of bitter from malt, which I am a fan of. Big roasty flavor with a bready, malty, caramel like flavor in the middle, with a short finish of bittering hops. Also a tad bit of cherry flavor as well if you dig in. 7.2 abv hits the spot as I like beer that gives me a buzz for the price. Very clean taste overall, and I can't find any off flavors.
It's got medium carbonation, with a kind of light mouthfeel. Little can be said about the style as I've only had a few alt ales, most of which were very good. This is just a great winter warmer beer that is readily available on the west coast.
Over all I have to recommend this to anyone that likes darker sessionable beers. It's almost in the realm of a stout or porter, but not quite there.
12-19-2013 04:35:23 | More by BastardKing24
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
appearance - nice dark red color with a moderate head
smell - somewhat subdued compared to other Ninkasi offerings, primarily because of a minor amount of hop influence.
taste - a very smooth nicely balance malty flavor with some sweetness, clipped off just right by a background hop note.
mouthfeel - silky smooth
drinkability - excellent....perfect for a 7.2 abv brew - just up to the point of being boozy, without being so.
This is a delightful fall/winter beer, and my favorite Ninkasi brew to date. Reasonably good buy at $3.59 per bomber (still that's eqivalant to $11.75 per six-pack....which seems real high when I can pick up Jubelale for a $7 per six-pack all winter long).
10-15-2010 01:51:41 | More by ricke49
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
A - Deep brown. Almost completely opaque. Moderate head and lacing.
S - Toasty malts. Sweetness and spices.
T - Roasted malty sweetness. Toffee and caramel. Deep and complex flavors. Little to no hop flavor, but nice hop bitterness.
M - Surprisingly light and drinkable. Lingering bitterness.
O - Liking this beer a lot. Definitely on the malty side, but has a nice slight spice and long bitterness. I like the warm balance it creates with the alcohol. Went great with my lamb sausage. Sweet beer, smoky lamb.
11-12-2011 22:34:52 | More by ficknish
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
4.29/5 rDev +14.1%
Being a slayer fan I was super excited about this one.
A: pours an extremely dark brown with a very thin quickly disapating white head.
S: Not much going on in the nose. A bit of nuttiness, caramel malts, and a bit of cocoa Smells a bit festive would be a good way to describe this. Nothing overpowering.
T: nutty, a bit malty with slight coffee notes. with a very pronounced hop bitterness at the end that surprised me because I couldn't detect any hops in he nose. I like it a lot.
M: thin carbonation wish it was a bit more viscous. It left my lips a bit sticky.
Overall: I had high hopes for a beer that bared the name of the almighty thrash lords known as slayer. It did not let me down. I need to blast some altar of sacrifice while I enjoy this. I'd recommend this beer to any metal or hop head.
11-16-2013 07:07:22 | More by hopqaman
4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
Great beer has got to be the #1 reason to live in the Northwest. Ninkasi is producing some remarkable contributions to the craft beer legend here. The dark couble alt, Sleighr, is a worthy offering. Beautiful mahogany color, nice enduring lacing, malty without tasting like my mom's drop bisquits. Smoth mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Makes my day.
03-28-2011 21:07:26 | More by RedBiddy
4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
Bomber purchased in Dec been ageing. Loved it in Dec hopefully it works even better now. Poured into standard pint.
A: dark red/brown like a the child of a red ale and a porter. Not much head from this 7.5 month old bottle and a sparse cap. Leaving adequate lacing.
S: Ethanol and dark malt. Big chocolate on the nose too. Reminds me of a 16% stout I once loved.
T: lots of chocolate taste, a little roasty, and a bit like slightly burned biscuits. The hops have setteled down a bit from what I remember but still there. A slight bitter note at the end then ethanol warming.
M: thicker side of medium with just enough chew. Smooth with just a bit of carbonation.
O: Good stuff at this age, the alcohol seems to be stronger and the hops a little less. Might have let it sit a little too long but it is still one of my favorites.
07-26-2012 01:15:35 | More by N3rdM3t4l
4.25/5 rDev +13%
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep brown color with garnet hilights, topped by a good amount of creamy tan head. Aroma is very malt-forward, with a nice nutty character and a good roasty backbone.
Palate is sweet and malty, nutty and slightly chocolatey. Some mild, fruity hops keep it from being an overwhelming malt blast and leave a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Body is full and a bit creamy, a very nice vehicle for the assertive flavors. I'm not sure I've had more than a couple of beers in the double-alt style, but I've sure been enjoying this one all winter long. A nice break from the usual Ninkasi hop bombs.
03-01-2011 06:04:22 | More by ElGordo
4.25/5 rDev +13%
22oz. bottle into pint glass.
Pours a clear, medium brown color with some faint amber hues. There is rising carbonation and a slightly off white head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.
The aroma is of robust, lightly roasted, nutty and lightly sweet malts with a very faint hop profile.
The hops come forward quite a bit more in the flavor with herbal and pine notes, though the roasted nutty, caramel malts are still very present. The hop and malt notes blend really nicely.
The mouthfeel is fairly average, medium body with fairly strong carbonation.
I usually find beers similar to this style usually are a bit tougher for me to drink through, though I found this beer extremely easily drinkable and pleasant. A very nice winter seasonal and one I will look forward to enjoying again.
10-19-2010 02:42:07 | More by vkv822
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.