Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, a bit amber in the light. Minimal bubbly head dissipates in a few seconds.
Smell: Dark, toasty caramel malts. Quite mild overall.
Taste: Toasty malt flavor with sweetness coming and going, but never to strong. A bit of the Oktoberfest spiciness. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and mostly smooth, with quite a bit of carbonation.
Drinkability: Easy to drink, nice flavor.
Nothing too special, but an enjoyable beer. Good flavor, and easy to drink. Has a wintertime feel, but neither too sweet nor too strong.
12-29-2011 03:40:32 | More by mithrascruor
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle purchased earlier in the year in California, brought back to Sydney, and shared with @LaitueGonflable on Christmas Eve.
Pours a lovely clear amber hue, with a fine, if slightly filmy head of pure white. It's a nice Altbier colour. Lightish body, with a touch of the gelatinous thickness to it, but less than I expected from a 7.2% ABV beer. Looks decent enough.
Nose is grainy and malt forward, with the sweetness being very forward. Rather mild all up; I enjoy a bit of sharpness in a good Alt, and while this has a singing slight funk to it, it doesn't quite capture it. Not bad.
Taste is clear and pleasant. A touch of greenness and some metallic resonances. Again, the malt sweetness is tempered and pleasant, but the grains could be upped a little more to give that classic heavy German malt character. The lack of this is disappointing, as it doesn't really have much other interest, or a twist on the style, to compensate. Feel is light, but not bad.
Not bad all up, but a little average. The problem is that it's not that interesting, and it's not even that classically "Altbier". Solid enough on its own terms, but Ninkasi can do better.
12-27-2011 04:46:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
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.
12-25-2011 23:36:22 | More by RJLarse
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
On the brewery's website it mentions this has an IBU of 50. So I was a bit confused because the draft form of this I had was a chocolate malt bomb that had bitter chocolate flavor and no hop bitterness. However it was not a bitterness I would rate at 50. It pours a very dark brown, almost black, as the label indicates. It formed a white head, which indicated that this was not as dense or containing as much roasty tones of a stout but was going to be an interesting experience. When I smelled it, it really did not have much of a scent due to it just being taken out of the fridge. But there was a bit of that dark malt scent. After the first taste, you get that maltiness up front and through the rest of the sip. There are no hops but was a bit disappointed that the chocolatey malts I got on draft was not in the bottle. It was kind of subtle. So this is totally a draft beer for sure. The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was the way you would want it. Overall, I gave this a 4 because its a solid beer but get it on draft. Its a much more pleasant experience.
12-25-2011 03:25:58 | More by Vancoubeer
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
22oz bottle (2011) into a weizen glass. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a rich billowing head that sticks around. Tiny bubbles rise by the millions from the bottom of the glass. Looks like a doppelbock or a dunkeweizen.
Aroma is dark/caramel malt, maybe a hint of banana & clove - that could be my imagination though.
Taste is crisp, biscuity, malty, fruity w/ a nice hoppy finish. Clean, dry, medium body.
I'm not really sure what a dark double alt is, but this is a decent winter warmer.
12-21-2011 05:35:52 | More by draheim
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
12-18-2011 06:15:05 | More by elNopalero
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to flexabull for this one.
A - Deep brown with ruby hues when held to the light. Not much of a head but a few wisps of lace remain.
S - Malty, toasted bread, nutty with some light chocolate and fruit.
T - Very malty and while the hops aren't noticeable they keep it from being too sweet. Rich caramel and toffee, almost a burnt toast flavor, nutty, chocolate with some light fruit.
M - All that malt flavor feels a little heavy at first but it drinks on the light side. Medium carbonation with a slightly chalky finish.
D - Nice alt for how big this beer is. I was afraid it might be a bit sweet but it is nicely balanced.
12-17-2011 01:08:04 | More by brewcrew76
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
12-06-2011 07:41:54 | More by Murrhey
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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