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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

426 Ratings
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | 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 RickS95
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown in color with plenty of clarity. Fits the style. The head is what's gorgeous and really makes the score here. It's a creamy foam up top. Different sized bubbles, but cream is the word of the day. Decent retention from the finger and a half thick head, the color is a light tan. Full lace.

All malt. Smells like dessert. Caramel, milk chocolate, expresso scents come wafting up. No sign of hops, it really does smell like a yummy dessert.

The scents in the nose becomes flavors on the tongue with the caramel, chocolate, and coffee being accounted for. However, the chocolate is more bittersweet and the coffee is no longer sweet. Hop presence is clearly noted/Noble.

An initial burst of sweetness from all the malt is quickly offset by plenty of bittering agents. It's got some balance, though the overall score favors bitterness over sweetness. For a while, it smooth and creamy, but that gives way to a strong, lingering bitterness. All the while you can feel the sweetness trying to make a comeback, but the bitter is just a little stronger.

Overall, it's a really good beer and shouldn't necessarily be a winter beer as this would be good year round with that dry bitter finish. Really happy a friend from just north of the Washington-Oregon state line sent me this.

RickS95, Jan 06, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

terence, Jan 01, 2014
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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.

Goosehunter75, Dec 31, 2013
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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.

santomark, Dec 31, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BastardKing24, Dec 19, 2013
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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.