Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
This one pours a beer bottle brown with a medium size tan head. Retention and lacing are good; the big bubbles and patches of foam take a while to scarper off.
The nose is all malt; yet slight wood tones and ripe fruit seep their way in. Roasted chocolate tones and spice do a decent job of keeping things interesting.
50 IBU's seems high for the amount of bitterness I get, yet the finish is quite resinous and dry when I think about it. The alcohol announces itself much more in the taste, and accents the malt-heavy profile quite well. Ripe cherries and chalky yeast flavors do a good job of adding some spunk.
The medium body has a nice chewy quality. That, mixed with the dry chalky finish, makes for a good mouthfeel; perhaps the highlight of the beer for me.
If your looking for a malt-centric beer to cuddle up to while waiting for Santa, this may be a good stocking stuffer.
02-16-2012 05:21:58 | More by climax
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
02-01-2012 05:40:10 | More by augustgarage
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
blind beer #3 from flexabull
A:3.5 pours a very dark brown, almost black color. off white head that wasn't very big and didn't last too long. left a decent amount of lacing as it was consumed.
S:3.5 roasted, caramel malts. some spices in there. nothing too exciting or overpowering
T:3.5 very similar in taste as smell. caramel malts, roastiness, bread, biscuit, brown sugar. still getting some spice as well. also some dark fruit nestled in there.
M:3.5 decent. slightly thin at first. good carbonation.
D:3.5 so so. not too complex.
01-30-2012 00:56:20 | More by Hophead101
1.58/5 rDev -58%
it has a sweet smell almost flowery and has no head at all very weak no foam at the top. smalls like nail polish very alcholic heavy mouth feel but can seem moderate aond some what watery has a very sour taste with a bitter finish it lingers little but not to much when you swollow i didnt like it myself but it i liked beer i might
01-29-2012 03:30:50 | More by SaintMarysGirl
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
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
01-19-2012 16:42:14 | More by djbreezy
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
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
01-16-2012 19:00:00 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a copper colour, quite clear with tan head, minimal but a decent fizz to it. Lace is nice and sticky. Looks rich, but maybe a bit thin.
Smells rich and Christmassy, with lots of dried fruit - raisins and sultanas with some dried apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of ginger. Treacle and molasses as well make it a bit too sweet, but it's a yummy Christmas beer.
Taste is far more sour, with the fruit esters dominating for the most part. Pear and fig with sultanas, raisins and a slight banana phenol joining in on the mid-palate. Spice comes in on the back with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove and an underlying boozey heat. Could actually use a bit more of that sweetness that put me off a bit on the nose, it feels a bit detached and needs more of a backbone on which to float that complex spice.
A bit drying and spicey at the edges, yet the body is decent.
A good Christmas beer, but some more sweetness on the palate would go a long way to balance it out.
01-02-2012 05:18:43 | More by laituegonflable
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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