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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

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | 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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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-24-2012 03:53:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-01-2013 02:14:04 | More by Strychn9ne
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-09-2013 05:14:24 | More by Zbeetleman
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wembly13

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-26-2012 00:45:32 | More by wembly13
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forestkcary

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-19-2013 08:04:30 | More by forestkcary
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gefinley

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-01-2014 22:46:12 | More by gefinley
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Beercounter1


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-01-2013 06:36:42 | More by Beercounter1
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bifrost17

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-16-2011 08:25:37 | More by bifrost17
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-10-2014 21:35:19 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-09-2012 04:48:14 | More by fishguyac
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-26-2013 09:35:34 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Geno206

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-31-2013 05:31:53 | More by Geno206
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Braz

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 15:20:46 | More by Braz
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Bfarr

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:57:21 | More by Bfarr
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ashleyobrian

California

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was terribly excited when I saw this beer, since I'm a big fan of Ninkasi and Slayer. I was less excited when I drank the beer. It's much more mellow than I'd expect from a seasonal beer named after a thrash-metal band.

Smooth, drinkable, malty, but a bit "flat" in flavor. Basically a typical brown ale in a nice bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:23:03 | More by ashleyobrian
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Murchmac

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cherry brown with creamy white head and lacing down the glass.

Doesnt smell like much.

Tastes a bit nutty, a bit hoppy, some warming chocolate and toasty maltyness going on in the back.

Not a bad beer, enjoyable, some alcohol present. Have a had few from this brewery, ill reserve judgement till I have a few more. What i've so far i've liked ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 05:46:53 | More by Murchmac
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Murrhey

Montana

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from a bomber. Love Ninkasi beers so I'm pumped to try this.

A- Dark, bordering on black. Paper thin white head, no retention. Well carbonated though.

S- Booze, molasses, caramel, chocolate. Brewing spices as well.

T- Roast malts and a sweetness that must be molasses. Coffee flavors that run dark and bitter.

M- Heavy, over carbonated. Like drinking fresh Coke.

O- Has too many big minuses for me to give it a great grade. Smell is weak, taste is weak, and mouthfeel is weird. That being said, I might actually buy this again. Something about it strikes me. Maybe it is the 7.2 percent ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 07:41:54 | More by Murrhey
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CHickman

New York

3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours black color with brown showing at the edges where the light hits it, with a 2 finger frothy beige head that faded slowly and left good lacing as it went down, leaving a layer on top.

Smells of malt, grains, yeast, cardboard, light caramel, burnt wood and chocolate; pretty basic nose and a lot tamer than I expected.

Tastes like it smells, with malt, toasted grains, yeast, cardboard, light caramel, coffee grinds, burnt wood, lemon zest and bitterness, herbs, metal like a penny and chocolate. It’s got limited fruit with strong malty notes, and I’m not sure the bitterness added any balance. Roasted grains and malts negated any sweetness and this was pretty one dimensional tasting.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with light watery carbonation, a medium body and slightly bitter finish that’s full of roasted malt. It got a little better and more flavorful as it warmed up, but not to the point that got me excited to drink it.

I bought it because I love the Slayer homage on the label, but thought it was average at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:51:31 | More by CHickman
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a burnt caramel colo with a nice two finger tan head. Very good retention and excellent lacing

S - Very mild aromas. Mainly malys. Perhaps a light chocolate and coffee aroma hidden in the very back

T - Mainly caramel malts. Not sweet though. Im not getting any chocolate or coffee. Good bitter finish

M - Medium body beer. Very slick and goes down really smooth. No burn at all.

O - A decent beer and not what I expected. Would like to for it to have had a little more flavor and aroma. It was a little dissappointing. Still, an enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 16:12:02 | More by Goosehunter75
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 02:31:40 | More by kingcrowing
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Docer for this bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip. Exceedingly dark brown with a auburn tint. The foamy off-white head reduces fairly quickly, but a thick bubbly ring and islands remain. Scattered soapy lacing.

Rich malty nose- roasty, nutty and mildly sweet. Pleasant in a mild sort of way. Tastes a good deal more lively, with a fruity burst immediately followed by a surprising punch of herbal bitterness. Loads of maltiness- moderately sweet, plenty nutty and roasty, with a pronounced burnt quality to the otherwise clean finish. The viscous body seems to wrestle with the bitterness and a certain resiny grit. A few additional flavors reveal themselves right at the swallow- a touch of cocoa powder, a few raisins, a touch of citrus zest.

Overall impression: Perhaps not as smooth as it could be, but pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:15:19 | More by PDXHops
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance pours a dark ruby brown with a thick off white head having good lace. Smell has a light roasted malt aroma. Taste of lightly roasted malts having a good balance with the hops ending in a light piney note. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium with good carbonation. Not a big or complex as expected, but still a simple easy drinking Alt ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:32:21 | More by Bookseeb
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santomark

California

3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Poured a very deep, rich brown, almost black, with a thick latte, tan colored head. Retention was a bit slow, maybe it was the way I poured this one?

S - Not much going on in the nose, mild roast, dark fruit smell, figs, plum, molasses, everything was very subtle to the nose.

T - The taste accompanies the smell. Very mild roasted malt, coffee, latte, reminded me very much of brown bread ingredients, mild fruit like figs and plums, a tad of a charcoal spicy finish.

M - Medium to Heavy body, mild carbonation, lingers in the throat for a bit.

O - Aside from boosting my egoism and having a name that made me want to enjoy this with Hell's Angels in a pool room. This was very subtle, everything is balanced, just wished it was brought out more. With a name like Sleigh, this is not a beefed up beer of this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 04:01:39 | More by santomark
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Arbitrator

California

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled '10 bomber into a glass. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City.

Also shared in '09 by ramnuts, but I never got around to reviewing it.

A: Pours a dark, but clear, maroon body capped by a fluffy light beige head. Great retention leaves sticky lace down the sides, with a thick collar and broken film adorning the brew. Some lace during sips. Nice.

S: Nuts, cocoa powder, oranges, green hops, raisins. Not altogether pungent, but it's broad and it's balanced.

T: Nuts, caramel, orange hops, some herbal bitterness. There's a strong baker's chocolate flavor along with lingering, earthy bitterness; they overwhelm the beer. Despite the bitterness, its finish is maltier than I expected; I was hoping for something cleaner. A bad expectation?

M: Almost a gritty, powdery texture that I didn't like, particularly since it made the bitterness stickier. It was unusual, though nothing seemed off when I poured a little into my hand (no floaties or anything). Just strange.

D: I remembered enjoying it last year, but this one is a bit of a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 03:37:53 | More by Arbitrator
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The label features a 19th century Santa with holly and falling blue snowflakes on a dark winter night. This bottle was bought in April at a sale price. A semi-aggressive pour yields a 1/8 inch tan head that sticks around for awhile, coating the glass. The lacing left on the glass resembles Dinwoody rock art....The color is a moderate yellowish-brown with ruby highlights. I smell malt and floral hops, which are well balanced in the taste. I detect a slight bit of sour apple, which lingers in the aftertaste along with a citrusy hop bitterness.

I was drinking some of this around the holidays, and thought it bit hoppy for my taste. Oftentimes, I think many craft beers, particularly those brewed on the west coast, suffer from too much of a good thing (hops). The hops in this beer seem a tad bit toned down after the interim of about 4 months, and I found myself enjoying this a bit more than at Christmastime. Now that it's come down a bit in price, I'm liable to get another bomber or two before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 05:18:47 | More by archyquaffer
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.