Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +8%
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.
01-06-2014 03:44:44 | More by RickS95
3.36/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
12-31-2013 16:12:02 | More by Goosehunter75
3.41/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
12-31-2013 04:01:39 | More by santomark
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.