Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt AleSleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

147 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 147
Hads: 492
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 30
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-08-2009

Called 'Dark Double Alt' on the label.

Ninkasi website:
"7.2% alc./vol. 50 ibus."
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 147 | Hads: 492
Photo of elNopalero
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a ruddy amber, a little like a darker, cloudy apple cider.

The cinder comparison is apt, as hints of it come across the flavor profile. (I’m thinking of Michigan cider, warmed with cinnamon, not hard cider.) There’s hints of cinnamon and cloves, as well as a hop profile that reminds me of pine sap and squeezed grapefruit.

It’s a unique one, and it’s tasty—not your typical holiday ale!

 409 characters

Photo of magictacosinus
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter brew fun continues here! Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Color is reddish-brown, complete with a nicely placed 2 finger head when poured semi-aggressively. Carbonation seems to glide in droves to the top of the glass. Not much lacing overall, and the head dies down rather quickly. It is a seasonal looking beer for sure, but it's definitely an odd combo overall in presentation.

The aroma consists of strong malted aromas combined with dark fruits (often resembling blackberries), honey, brown sugar (and LOTS of it), as well as a hoppy backdrop that is reminiscent of English bitters but still contains the West Coast zest. The doubled malt recipe is pretty obvious even here, but it definitely has a more malty flavor than bready. I realize this beer is also heavily spiced, but I can't find very many spices here except for maybe peppers and medicinal herbs of sorts. It's far better cold, but definitely not too bad even when it warms up!

As expected, the extreme maltiness of this beer seems to only come around as it warms up gradually. I do like the initial hoppy flavor that attacks the palate, as it reminds me of an extremely dry, orange peel concoction. The finish becomes exponentially malty as it is affected by temperature, but on the other hand, the yeasty aromas I liked seem to disappear as well. The caramelized honey flavors jump at you pretty strongly, and this goes well with its syrupy body. There's no overpowering spices to speak of here, and for a winter release, this is surprisingly drinkable and works better than most spice-infused winter releases I've had so far.

This may be too malty for me (and not yeasty enough, which is what I enjoy most in "dubbel" styled beers), but it isn't bad at all, especially when consumed chilled. Warmed up is a different story altogether, but I'll probably have another for the holidays. Worth a try, as it's quite experimental in some ways.

 1,930 characters

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Beyond brilliant clarity, but very weak head-so it's a push there. Dark amber/copper.

S: Alluringly rich aroma. Chocolate and caramel with light fruity esters that I'd have to identify as fig and grape. They work in combination and seem very festive.

M: Medium body. A little harsher than smooth, but not unpleasant. Moderately high carbonation. Rising astringency.

T: High malt character. Some dark fruit flavors and perfume from hops. Kola nut flavor really reminds me of Christmas, but just because of those Coca-Cola cans. Still, this beer works psychologically. Probably not as good as the rating suggests. Earthy flavors and very nut-like finish. Slight metallics really linger in the aftertaste.

 708 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark brown with red highlights; light head and lacing. Aroma of fruit, bread and malt. Medium body. Malty flavor with a peppery bite in the middle. Roasty and dark malt, light fruit, a bit of nut, some cocoa, mild hops. Dry spicy finish. A nice revisitable seasonal ale. This really grew on me as I finished the glass.

 392 characters

Photo of GeezLynn
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured out into a big stein. Straight from Portland sent by homeboy GD via Jeff and Phyllis.

A: Dark chocolate brown with an eggshell white head that settles into a thick film.

S; Very malty as expected - pumpernickel or spiced raisin cake. Some earthy European hops are also slightly noticeable.

T: This is substantially more bitter than most alts I've had previously. Along with the sharp hops, there's chocolate and smoked malts, coffee, and some alcohol spice. Has some slight fruit characters, especially raisin, but they take a back seat to the hops and are most apparent in the finish.

M: Light to medium body, slightly sticky with full carbonation.

A little bitter, but overall, a well made beer that's easy to appreciate. Would love to have another bottle of this stuff.

 797 characters

Photo of djbreezy
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - dark but slightly transparent, medium head

smell - malts and dark fruit

taste - malt, sugar, fruit hints (date, fig type thing going on)

mouthfeel - medium body due to high carbonation but light mouthfeel

overall - tasty malty beverage from ninkasi, not their best, not their worst

 298 characters

Photo of Svingjo
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This seasonal release poured a nice dark brown. It's nose was a slight nuttiness with a hint of molasses. Strong coffee flavour with some caramel in the mouth as well as some hoppiness that wasn't very prevalent on the nose.

 224 characters

Photo of SDtastentune
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker ruby amber, good clarity through a light. No head and small cling lace around rim.

S - Malty bread style with some slight spices of nutmeg or Cinnamon, with some sweet stuff back in there somewhere. Took some effort to smell though with a good swoosh of the glass.

T - More of a tasty malty beer, mixed with some raisin, brown sugar, a bit woodsiness from the hops... maybe Chinook? A little nutty, a lil spicy but not much at all. Pretty balanced flavor though, not overly anything but definitely rich. A little bit of smoked wood?

M - Medium to lower carb, not dry and not too resinous but has a big aftertaste of wood or earthy spice?

O - Overall this was an interesting beer, almost reminds me of some Chinook hopped beers, but I could be wrong. Good if you like malty beers and some aftertaste, not too hoppy. Not sure of this thing though, it kinda confuses me.... But good beer.

 897 characters

Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating evident. Purchased for $3.79 at local regional grocer.

A-Pours a dark amber hue with a one and a half finger, light tan head. Modest retention with good lacing.

S-Caramel malt aroma with dark fruits, and some piney and citric hops. Pleasant.

T-Toasted caramel and chocolate malts with fruitcake type fruit and spice flavors.

M-Very smooth and balanced.

D-This is a very drinkable winter seasonal since it has a lot of flavor but is not filling. 7.2% ABV is masked very well. Competitively priced bomber at $3.79 to $3.99 but would be better if available in sixers of 12 oz. bottles.

 661 characters

Photo of PayDay
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To me this drinks more like a strong ale than an alt. Really enjoyable and the malty sweetness and slight hoppiness paired very well with the halibut I had it with. I've gotten out of the habit of buying Ninkasi, but this was leftover from a six pack that my son in law had bought, so I'm glad he left it! I'd definitely buy this once in a while during the winter season.

 371 characters

Photo of pwoody11
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hasn't been many reviews lately and the label states first time ever bottled, so i can only assume I've been sitting on this bottle for about 9 months. I can't remember when or how I got this, but it has definitely been stored properly.

Poured a dark brown with an amber tint, a little light comes through but nearly zero. 1/2 finger head that sits a little creamy leaving behind decent lacing.

Initial nose sheds a cookie like smell. I cant pinpoint what kind. Choc Chip or Oatmeal is what I'm leaning towards. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal? Some burnt dark fruit is on hand as well. Coffee is present as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium carbonation. I likey.

Taste is similar to the nose. First thing that comes to mind is part ale, part stout. Malts are easily detectable and are in the forefront, but the hops are not left out and are nicely represented.

Solid brew. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I am.

Worth checking out.

 946 characters

Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late October for $4.99. Bottled on 10-3-2014.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is malty, some hints of toasted grains.

Taste is bold but very well balanced. Sweet toasted malts are balanced nicely by citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and smooth.

Overall this is a nice seasonal. Unfortunately I did not see that this comes in a sixer format. Will definitely pick up a sixer for next year!

 508 characters

Photo of ms11781
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirdrinknp. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a murky, rust brown color with deep amber hues at the edges and bottom of the glass. A nice, creamy looking off white head reaches about a finger in height and then slowly recedes to a foamy cap. Thick foam is left on the glass with each sip. Sometimes a murky, darker colored beer can be unappealing but that's not the case here.

Huge malt nose. Roasty and nutty at the same time and in almost equal parts. It really doesn't smell sweet at all, which is surprising considering the amount of malt that is here. Zero hop character is detected at all.

The taste has more going on than the nose. Again it's pretty much all malt. Nice caramel and toffee notes come across first and provide a decent amount of sweetness, none of which was in the nose. Not as roasty as in the nose but there is a slight nutty character as well. There is a touch of earthy bitterness too.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Surprising that the body doesn't feel fuller or heavier with the huge malt character, which is pretty impressive.

This is a nice take on the style. A pretty straightforward take with some nice simple flavors and aromas but it's done well and works well.

 1,240 characters

Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--SLEIGH'R Dark Double Alt Ale--Special Release! First Year in Bottles!--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--50 IBU's. (4.15 / 5.0) Alt--Imperial--Starts clear bright dark ruby bronze red color with thin lace off white head. Sediment. Roasted floral hop front. Crisp zesty crusty mild sweet roasted malty spicy toasty dry thin toffee coffee nut hint body. Mild bitter hop clean rich end. Mild fruit hints. Complex. Sampled 1/9/2010. $5.75 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--SLEIGH'R Dark Double Alt Ale--Seasonal Release!--2010. 7.20% ABV. 50 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Alt--Imperial? Lacy lasting big dense tight tan head. Deep dark ruby brown color. No sediment. Light roasted cocoa hint pine hop front. Creamy mild sweet smooth toasty roasty rich mild chocolate spicy big brown ale mildly resinous & chalky body. Mild satisfying smooth end. Sampled 22 oz. bottle purchased for $4.00 10/12/2010 @ Seattle, Fremont PCC on 10/29/2010

 950 characters

Photo of mobrado
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer. Glowing dark brown with a creamy off-white head. A decent Winter seasonal, but MUCH stronger and hoppier than a real Alt. Considering the seasonal competition, I wouldn't get it again though.

 211 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22-oz.bomber into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 1, 2012 (purchased the variety 4-pack for $15.99 at BevMo (with card) in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) on Nov. 27, 2012). Black, but not pitch black, with some brown in it with two fingers of dark tan head that lasted for quite some time. Pretty good retention all-around - wet and foamy on the sides, light lacing on the top.

Smelled black cherry, dark fruits, chocolate, plum, toffee and caramel.

Tasted those same dark fruits - black cherry, plum and regular cherries. Also chocolate, toffee, caramel and even a bit of brown sugar. Pretty bitter.

Full body. Surprisingly thin texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Normal finish.

This was a pretty good beer, although I think it could have been better. I’m a sucker to chocolate and cherry in the beer and it worked here, but not as much as I would have liked.

 873 characters

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brownish red in color with a 1/2 inch head and very good retention

Smell: Some dark fruit and brown sugar

Taste: Again like most Ninkasi beers this guy is very malty. Notes of caramel toffee and burnt sugar are present

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: This is a good winter beer and I would recommend it and drink it again

 358 characters

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A double dark Alt turns out to be a winter warmer by any other name but this is one for the maltier side. You can taste the hops but the big strong malt comes through in the finish. Quite drinkable and most likely a canidate for one year in the cellar I thought this one the money and tsting close to Full Sail's Wassail.

 321 characters

Photo of brotherloco
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. From Winter 2011 pack. Served in a goblet.

Pours a dark, slightly translucent brown with a 2 finger beige head. Settles fairly quickly. Lots of lacing left in glass.

Aroma is mostly dark malt, slightly sweet, slightly roasted. Dark fruits. Bright hops in the background.

Flavor is dark roasted malt with a ton of fruit notes. Fruit is lighter and sweeter than the nose. Apple, pear, banana. Spicy hops mix things up. Caramel sweetness sneaks through. Alcohol is mostly hidden.

Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. A touch thick.

Overall, solid and smooth. A nice winter brew, and mild given the biggish ABV.

 633 characters

Photo of pnwclimber
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Mid to dark brown. Pebbly head doesn't stick around too long.

S: A bit of a alcohol smell, but not much else.

T: Nice taste. Biscut flavor and a little fruity. Mild hops.

M: Mid range body but clean.

D: Very drinkable.

I really like this brew. I would buy it again ... and again ....

 291 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my sister for picking up this bottle for me on her trip to Oregon.

Dark roasted brown in color. Looks black if you take it away from any direct lighting. Light tan head of about one finger, then recedes to a film of foam. The dark brown and ruby mix is also a little cloudy, so I can't make out any bubbling.

Dark malty bread crust aroma. Pumpernickel and hearty biscuits. The hops add a nice earthy, piney aroma to this brew. Malt forward it seems, but almost equally balanced with some Oregon hops.

Super toasted malt with some roasted malts as well. Mixed in are some citric and Earthy hop aromas. Definetly the hoppiest Alt I've had so far. I think its a pretty good American Northwest take on a classic German style.

Slightly chalky palate with a well balanced, bitter finish. Would buy again.

 816 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP over the weekend... poured into my shaped SA glass... great head retention and just superb foamy lacing... the brew is a crystal clear dark brown that shows deep ruby highlites when held to a light.

Nose strikes me as having quite a bit of leather and maybe some tobacco notes... prominent dark fruits with not as much caramel as I was expecting.

Flavor has more of the fruitiness at the front of the palate.. not as malty as I was hoping for either, but still pretty classy.. good complexities that I am having a hard time describing well.. it all mirrors the nose pretty much, I guess... the body is light given the bigger ABV.. but the carbonation really helps the drinkability.


 725 characters

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled a pint at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Arrived a dark mahogany brown with a light topcoat of creamy off-white froth.

Compelling aroma that is surprising smoky, fruity, and aromatic. This is an odd beer, stylistically (from a conceptual standpoint) and in practice. Do not read "odd" as unpleasant. I am struck by an initial back bacon smokiness, followed quickly by some salt water taffy and astringent grape skins, raisins, milk chocolate, tart crabapples, dry walnut meat, and a decent boozy note. It should be a train wreck yet somehow this brew manages to meld these disparate elements into something that works. I certainly get some classic alt characteristics, fleshed out by equal parts winter warmer and rauchbier. Medium bodied and similarly mid-range in terms of carbonation. Finishes with a surprising dose of piney hops.

As I stated earlier, a unique hybrid. Nice to see a holiday-themed brew doing something besides adding spices. This beer may not truly understand what it actually is, beyond fairly delicious.

 1,034 characters

Photo of augustgarage
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 798 characters

Photo of dvb
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with hints of red. Light gets through, but not much. Frothy head with significant lacing.

S - Mmmm... malt and alcohol. Not much hop character detected in the aroma.

T - On the sweet side, which is not a bad thing. And at 50 IBU, it's just bitter enough. Pleasant alcohol level. Seems right on target for a 1.068 OG brew. Nice. Sort of like a Belgian double mixed with a British brown ale or darker bock.

M - Not too heavy, not too thin. A little stickiness on the lips. Slightly warming, but not overly so.

D - I just killed a bomber inside of an hour and could easily get started on another one... if I had one.

 638 characters

Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.