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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt AleSleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Called 'Dark Double Alt' on the label.

Ninkasi website:
"7.2% alc./vol. 50 ibus."

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-08-2009)
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Photo of AgentMunky
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Little to no off-white head. Clear brown sugar.

S: Fruity-sweet and malty. Raisins. Smells a bit like a BSDA. Flat.

T/M: Eh. Thin, yeasty, and lightly sour fruit. Red candy licorice? I'm generally unimpressed.

O: Not a fan, to be honest. It's an okay beer, and I wouldn't recommmend or have again; but still, I'm not a huge fan of altbier in general.

AgentMunky, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

OK, ya know I'm a gonna have to do it...

Pours a dark rust colored amber as though the "Angel of Death" were "Raining Blood" into the glass...Two fingers of creamy smooth head dwindles "piece by piece" into a short crown, as though it were "necrophobic" and didn't wish to die....Medium carbonation promises some great drinking to come. Weird to say this, but it's a s though a Guinness Stout were laid upon the "altar of sacrifice" and all the aromas were captured and "reborn" into this ale. It's a near perfect copy, aroma-wise, of the World's best selling stout. Maybe, perhaps, "Jesus Saves" this from patent infringement through a couple of slight nuances, like a hint of allspice way in the back. You'd have to be "Criminally Insane" to think this didn't smell a lot like the aforementioned iconic ale of the Emerald Isle, though...maybe minus the super-heavy metallic notes of Guinness, though...The flavor is like a malt "epidemic" - very malt forward all through the drink, but particularly right upfront. There's a certain tang to it that, again, hearkens back to Guinness. I'm starting to get the feeling this isn't an accident...too much is similar. The malt tang gives way to a long, malty middle and then the hops kicks in, "postmortem" from the malt and leaves you with a nice, bitter wash. Not super cheap, not super expensive. Good beer, but unless you really like Guinness Stout, you'll think you spent too much money on the bottle.

What I like most: The Label artwork and beautiful appearance.

What I like least: the curious similarities to Guinness Stout.

Verdict: You can find this beer cheaper under a different name, but all old school Heshers have to drink it out of deference...

SolomonGrundy, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of MadTown1000
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

Poured from a big 22oz brown bottle into a glass. A dark chocolate brown, appears caramel colored and more transparent around the edges. Almost no foam in the pour, but it appears a few seconds later, maybe a third of an inch of brown stout foam.

Smell is not overpowering, but I can smell it from a foot away. Sweet like malted milk. Shortly after the pour, the smell fades away.

Very, very complex flavor. Starts a little bit sweet, quickly overwhelmed by an alcohol sting, which then transitions to increasingly more pronounced and more floral hops, leaving a hops-and-alcohol aftertaste. Some over-roasted barley underlies the whole thing. A+ for craftsmanship and complexity, but the flavors that end up dominating are not pleasant IMHO.

This beer demands to be sipped slowly - between the 7.2% ABV and the sharp hoppiness, you would not be well advised to consume in quantity. Mouthfeel is interesting between the alternating flavors, but so many sharp flavors predominate that this doesn't weigh in its favor in my rating.

This would be a fantastic beer for someone (for example, the one raving about it sitting next to me.) Just not for me.

MadTown1000, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of gpogo
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

A- Dark brown, clear, with a cream colored head. Head dissipated and left a thick lacing. Decent carbonation keeping a foamy cap.

A- Clean malt aroma with a light fruitiness. Slight toasted nutty malt aroma. Seems a bit unbalanced, light on the maltiness.

T- Initial bitterness. Toasted barley taste, almost a burnt malt flavor. Finishes clean with a faint astringent taste.

M- Smooth medium body with moderate-high carbonation.

D- Not bad, but I wouldn't seek it out.

gpogo, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep brown/red. Half finger light tan head with alright retention and good lacing.

S: Bready malts. Light piney and floral hops. Some spiciness in the back ground. Light nose.

T: Toasted bready malts upfront. Some hops in the middle with a touch of spiciness. Very light taste on this.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Slight slickness.

O: It's decent. Nothing special at all. Nothing bad.

doughanson78, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Klsfgiants15
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown/black. Tan head, but not worth admiring.

Smell: I sense a big roasted chocolately smell that is very pleasing. But I'm also detecting some kind of soured smell too. But this beer is definitely fresh. So I'm not sure where that sour smell comes from.

Taste: The first thing that I think of is a mixture between bread and crackers--It's got a lot of texture to it. It later moves into that big chocolate taste that was prevalent in the smell. The aftertaste is a little hoppy and citrusy. It's an interesting change in taste from beginning to end. The more this beer warms up the better it tastes.

Mouthful: It's almost like it's not in my mouth. Very absent in feel.

Drinkability: Not a bad drink. There isn't too much to it. Its kind of a let down for how dark and strong of a beer this is. But the alcohol and flavors mix well.

Klsfgiants15, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate caramel-brown color. Really, really murky without any real head formation or lacing afterward. The nose brings some light caramel and toffee plus a bit of bready easta nd some light toast. Flavor is mostly just a touch of caramel with some very light hopping and then some bread. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of booze. Not bad, but not something I'd look for again.

Thorpe429, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

I bought a bottle of Sleigh'r in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a red/brown color, clear with a bit of chill haze. One finger off-white head is both bubbly and frothy.

Smell is faint, dark fruit and sugar aromas like dates and brown sugar.

Taste is a roasted malt flavor up front, with a sweetness like bread, and then a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and light with a fairly clean feel.

A drinkable brown ale in an unusual style. I doubt I'll see this after the holidays, but ti was fine while it was here.

RJLarse, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Beerswag, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours a crystal dark copper with a thin light tan head.

Nose is light fruity esters, pleasant but mild Nose gives way to some nice smoke, light coffee and roasted malt.

Medium to full mouthfeel with nice balance and a light champagne carbonation.

Flavors start malty and quickly go to big bitter hop and a grapefruit bitter finish. Front sweet malty character and midpalate are nice but short and this one ends with a big and long lasting bitter finish. I get a nice double alt character to this with some roasted malts, hints of smoke and roasted coffee. I get no winter spice character at all.

Nice beer; not what I expected but very good albeit not real comlex. A bit of an identity crisis on this one. Smokey with coffee tones with food.

GRG1313, Dec 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Strychn9ne, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

wembly13, Dec 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

forestkcary, Jul 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

gefinley, Jan 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Beercounter1, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of bifrost17
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

bifrost17, Dec 16, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Claytonbrewsby, Apr 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

fishguyac, Nov 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Geno206, May 31, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

Deep dark brown with reddish hues. Substantial off white head that slowly recedes to a fluffy cloud like lacing. Aromas of fruity malt, dough and alcohol. Mild sweetness up front with a bittersweet finish. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Alcohol flavor definately comes through as well. Slight roasted chocolate and cola notes. Nice smooth and creamy body with medium carbonation. It has a good feel and is drinkable but there are some strange flavor notes here that I'm not that crazy about. I'd have again but probably wouldn't seek it out.

Braz, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

Dark mahogany with huge brown foamy head with good retention and lacing. Roasted malt and light caramel with herbal spice aroma. Very delicate malt character fluctuating between roasted malts, a little peat and something a little more bready, rye perhaps. Balance tips a bit in the end to a fairly dry moderate very light citrus hop flavor and bittering. Mouth feel is robust but with a moderate-high carbonation.

Fairly interesting flavors although they are a bit subdued as is proper for the style, except this is supposed to be a double. It seems very similar to Full Sail's wassail but I didn't taste it side by side but just had it recently. Easy to drink but not a whole lot to look forward to.

Bfarr, Oct 28, 2010
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.