Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a nice crisp herbal, off-brown, cream white head. Interesting balance between malt and hops. It leans towards the sweeter side. This is a very malty, dark, herbed beverage. I feel like I'm drinking an extremely toned down shot of Fernet. The flavors remind me of winter. There's definitely a nice pine malt/hop bitterness to it that seems to be the main theme of this drink. Notes of pine and annis are definitely in your face. I've had a cookie that resembles the flavor of this beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and is easy to drink. The herbal notes are definitely not bad, but I think after one of these bottles, I'm good for a week or two. This is my third bottle in two months. It definitely makes you want drink it again, just not in a hurry. This is definitely one of the more unique holiday beers.
11-28-2010 02:35:07 | More by 100floods
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Ninkasi Sleighr Ale, 2010
Pour a dark dark brown color with a small cream colored head. Smells like nutty chocolate with a hint of mint. The taste is strong on chocolate and hops. It seems more like a porter than an altbier. The nutty smell isn't really there on the tongue as would be expected from an altbier while it also has strong carbonation. The mouthfeel is great. It drinks very clean and crisp. The sweet chocolate lingers on the tongue well.
11-28-2010 01:32:43 | More by DamDweller
4.68/5 rDev +24.5%
If you like Malty winter beers this is for you. It is a wonderful departure from the typical over hopped holiday ales. It's simply not overdone making it a joy to have and have and have. Although I usually say away from cold winter brews, I find this one enjoyable served at a typical fridge temp. Buy as much as you can...
11-21-2010 05:04:46 | More by OregonPaul
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
A fairly light black slightly see through no head
A bit Of roasted malt in the nose some toffee and Carmel but it's hard to pick up
Taste is slight roast malt coffee chocolate but nothing stands out to hard I'm a little disappointed by this usually ninkasi is a brewery that really jumps out and brings it strong but this is sort of weak
Very light mouthfeel despite the abv
A pretty good beer overall but doesn't do a whole lot for me
11-20-2010 01:37:38 | More by Elimination
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
pours a stunningly striking dark caramel brown. Voluminous two-plus finger head has impressive retention and leaves behind some beautiful lacing. wow.
aroma is fair... not as pungent as expected, but bright caramel malt, hints of vanilla, maybe a hint of dark cherry sweetness. Earthy and rustic. Smells pretty Altbier-like. Interesting.
Taste is beautifully balanced. Mellow and smooth yet still powerful, spicy and full flavored. malty yet there's still some substantial hopping. Sweet yet bitter, mellow yet pungent. Really well balanced, as a true Alt should be. just as the label implies, it's a good bit stronger than an average Alt, but the characteristics really shine through.
Mouth is full with some piquant bitterness hitting the tongue up front, then the caramel sweetness caresses the palette. A bit on the carbonated side but it fits the flavors nicely.
All in all, this is a pretty impressive brew. It doesn't really fit the name, nor the label, as it's neither heavy metal nor holiday spiced, but it's one impressively delicious brew that's definitely worth seeking out.
11-16-2010 02:03:43 | More by djeucalyptus
2.53/5 rDev -32.7%
That's an outstanding looking brew - steady head, chunky like snowfall on fence posts from the beginning, but it melts down a bit to only ring the glass. Like deep brown bricks, with hints of orange around the edges - strong looking beer.
The smell is disappointing at best - a puzzling combination of chalk, tube sock, and a hint of toasted malt.
Unique malt foundation - not sweet, just solid, with heavy hops to balance it out. Grassy, with a bit of cinnamon and other spice.
Good carbonation, it's just unfortunate that what's carbonated isn't that good.
Really didn't enjoy this one - just not my kind of beer.
11-13-2010 03:42:33 | More by mdcrouser
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
I love most of Ninkasi brews and this is not exception. I like the light flavor and great mouth fell of this beer. It has a nice brown head with awesome lacing. I am drinking this out of a Chimay Goblet and there is not a large spice presence which I appreciate. It has the carbonation I would expect from an alt beer and with a nice nutty flavor this beer might just become a new favorite winter ale.
All in all this brew is light in flavor and light on the wallet but heavy in ABV.
11-10-2010 05:18:19 | More by Blissfullbrew
3.3/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
11-10-2010 02:23:03 | More by ashleyobrian
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Saw this bottle around last season, but missed out. Then my wife picked me up some this year as a surprise gift.
A- Dark brown, sort of a mahogany color. The head is a tan tightly bubble head.
S- Smells good, kinda malty with a good spice note.
T- This is tasty, winter brew. I like the maltyness and spices that are playing there. There is a hop taste that is a bit bitter but doesn't seem to fit with the other tastes of the beer. I like the hop presence in this beer, but this is a bitterness that shouldn't be there.
M- Good feel, could use a touch more carbination.
D- Very drinkable, and tasty.
11-09-2010 04:22:39 | More by Wetpaperbag
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Pours dark brown with hints of red. Light gets through, but not much. Frothy head with significant lacing.
S - Mmmm... malt and alcohol. Not much hop character detected in the aroma.
T - On the sweet side, which is not a bad thing. And at 50 IBU, it's just bitter enough. Pleasant alcohol level. Seems right on target for a 1.068 OG brew. Nice. Sort of like a Belgian double mixed with a British brown ale or darker bock.
M - Not too heavy, not too thin. A little stickiness on the lips. Slightly warming, but not overly so.
D - I just killed a bomber inside of an hour and could easily get started on another one... if I had one.
11-07-2010 21:35:41 | More by dvb
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
OK, ya know I'm a gonna have to do it...
Pours a dark rust colored amber as though the "Angel of Death" were "Raining Blood" into the glass...Two fingers of creamy smooth head dwindles "piece by piece" into a short crown, as though it were "necrophobic" and didn't wish to die....Medium carbonation promises some great drinking to come. Weird to say this, but it's a s though a Guinness Stout were laid upon the "altar of sacrifice" and all the aromas were captured and "reborn" into this ale. It's a near perfect copy, aroma-wise, of the World's best selling stout. Maybe, perhaps, "Jesus Saves" this from patent infringement through a couple of slight nuances, like a hint of allspice way in the back. You'd have to be "Criminally Insane" to think this didn't smell a lot like the aforementioned iconic ale of the Emerald Isle, though...maybe minus the super-heavy metallic notes of Guinness, though...The flavor is like a malt "epidemic" - very malt forward all through the drink, but particularly right upfront. There's a certain tang to it that, again, hearkens back to Guinness. I'm starting to get the feeling this isn't an accident...too much is similar. The malt tang gives way to a long, malty middle and then the hops kicks in, "postmortem" from the malt and leaves you with a nice, bitter wash. Not super cheap, not super expensive. Good beer, but unless you really like Guinness Stout, you'll think you spent too much money on the bottle.
What I like most: The Label artwork and beautiful appearance.
What I like least: the curious similarities to Guinness Stout.
Verdict: You can find this beer cheaper under a different name, but all old school Heshers have to drink it out of deference...
11-05-2010 23:34:33 | More by SolomonGrundy
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
11-05-2010 00:15:19 | More by PDXHops
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Pours a clear and dark amber color with a nice white head, decent lacing as well.
Aromas are of baked apples, roasted malts, caramel, and earthy hops.
Taste is very malty, some cocoa, caramel, toasty dark breads, and baked apples. Finish is crisp, warming, with earthy hop flavors. This beer seems very fitting for cold weather.
Mouthfeel is good, full, smooth, and with snappy carbonation.
Drinkability is quite high. This is another solid beer, from a very nice lineup from Ninkasi. As mentioned before, this beer is a nice example of the "winter warmer" style.
10-31-2010 20:13:50 | More by flexabull
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Ninkasi Brewing Company--SLEIGH'R Dark Double Alt Ale--Special Release! First Year in Bottles!--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--50 IBU's. (4.15 / 5.0) Alt--Imperial--Starts clear bright dark ruby bronze red color with thin lace off white head. Sediment. Roasted floral hop front. Crisp zesty crusty mild sweet roasted malty spicy toasty dry thin toffee coffee nut hint body. Mild bitter hop clean rich end. Mild fruit hints. Complex. Sampled 1/9/2010. $5.75 Each.
Ninkasi Brewing Company--SLEIGH'R Dark Double Alt Ale--Seasonal Release!--2010. 7.20% ABV. 50 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Alt--Imperial? Lacy lasting big dense tight tan head. Deep dark ruby brown color. No sediment. Light roasted cocoa hint pine hop front. Creamy mild sweet smooth toasty roasty rich mild chocolate spicy big brown ale mildly resinous & chalky body. Mild satisfying smooth end. Sampled 22 oz. bottle purchased for $4.00 10/12/2010 @ Seattle, Fremont PCC on 10/29/2010
10-30-2010 19:29:37 | More by philbertk
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
2010 Batch. Chilled Bomber bought from University Market in Corvallis, OR. No date on the bottle.
A: Dark maroon/red pour from a bomber into a pint glass. White/Cream colored head that lasted a while, but nothing compared to a nitro. Lacing wasn't overly fine, leaving a ring towards the top of the glass and that's all.
S: Roasts, mild nuts and malts. Like with many winter beers I noticed a bit of spices. Not much hops to the nose, is there alcohol in this?
T: Slightly sweet roasted nuts, aftertaste is caramel and delicious. Spices that were noticed in the aroma aren't all the evident when drinking the beer, odd. Maybe time to recalibrate the old taster?
M: It's odd how every other sip yields a nip of alcohol, then it's gone in a flash. Quite a few bubbles can be felt on the tongue as well.
D: In the end this beer comes across as a sweeter one to me. I would only have one with a nicer dinner, but overall it wasn't heavy or overly alcoholic so it goes down really easily.
Overall Impression: Good beer, but nothing that will knock your socks off. Better seasonals out there, but enjoyable nonetheless.
10-29-2010 02:02:49 | More by MagyarPuska
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
10-28-2010 23:57:21 | More by Bfarr
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
10-27-2010 03:37:53 | More by Arbitrator
4.25/5 rDev +13%
22oz. bottle into pint glass.
Pours a clear, medium brown color with some faint amber hues. There is rising carbonation and a slightly off white head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.
The aroma is of robust, lightly roasted, nutty and lightly sweet malts with a very faint hop profile.
The hops come forward quite a bit more in the flavor with herbal and pine notes, though the roasted nutty, caramel malts are still very present. The hop and malt notes blend really nicely.
The mouthfeel is fairly average, medium body with fairly strong carbonation.
I usually find beers similar to this style usually are a bit tougher for me to drink through, though I found this beer extremely easily drinkable and pleasant. A very nice winter seasonal and one I will look forward to enjoying again.
10-19-2010 02:42:07 | More by vkv822
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Finally getting around to trying this one!
A - Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black), with a two-finger off-white head. Head retention and lacing is on the creamy/thick side.
S - Alot going on here! Caramel, molasses, cocoa, nuttiness, a hint of fruits (orange, cherry), and subtle hops.
T - Superbly balanced. Taste is of roasted, cocoa/coffee like malts with some nutty and smoked/peat like tones (like a scotch ale), and finishes with a bouquet of subtle, floral hops. Right around the middle ground between malty and hoppy.
M - Medium bodied and light carbonation, with a semi-bready texture to it.
D - Pretty drinkable for 7.2%, but I still wouldn't session it.
Overall - A nice little gem in the winter ale/altbier categories, and with a rad name to boot! If you're looking for a solid, balanced beer that's on the darker side without being quite as bitter/roasted tasting as a porter or stout, you'll enjoy this one.
10-18-2010 08:25:48 | More by Flightoficarus
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
22 oz from Fred Meyer. S.Salem. Attractive brown with red accents. Nice looking bubbly tan head Nice malty aromas..caramel,coffee and some nuttiness. Deep malt driven flavours, coffee, dark chocolate WalnutsTouch of spicy hop at the end. LIked the palate on this one..its complex yet highly drinkable. Overall a nice malty beer for the winter. ,
10-16-2010 17:41:25 | More by Reidrover
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
appearance - nice dark red color with a moderate head
smell - somewhat subdued compared to other Ninkasi offerings, primarily because of a minor amount of hop influence.
taste - a very smooth nicely balance malty flavor with some sweetness, clipped off just right by a background hop note.
mouthfeel - silky smooth
drinkability - excellent....perfect for a 7.2 abv brew - just up to the point of being boozy, without being so.
This is a delightful fall/winter beer, and my favorite Ninkasi brew to date. Reasonably good buy at $3.59 per bomber (still that's eqivalant to $11.75 per six-pack....which seems real high when I can pick up Jubelale for a $7 per six-pack all winter long).
10-15-2010 01:51:41 | More by ricke49
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
On tap at Claudia's the other day.
Sleigher pours a darkish rootbeer color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty pungent and spice filled, showing pepper, light sweet malt, clove, and crushed holly leaves. On the palate, the clove and holly just seems a bit much for me, espeically with the considerable hoppy bitterness. I think a bit more sweetness would help make this beer more enjoyable, as it otherwise comes across as dry, lean and spice filled. The combination of spices gives this beer something of a licorise flavor, which at least for me, was not all that pleasing in this flavor profile. The alcohol is (thankfully) not very noticeable in this beer, which is something I appreciate, but I just felt the excessive spice and hoppy bitterness did not play very well together.
Not a bad beer, but just not really my cup of tea.
10-11-2010 16:44:37 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours dark with a thick and creamy hazel-colored foam. Coffee, roasted marshmallows, caramel and a whiff of fresh hops escape the rim and hit my nose. Well balanced and fresh smelling which is nice and surprising.
The smooth nose continues on the palate where each component of roasted malts, hops and alcohol blend harmoniously, creating a very enjoyable beer; especially if you happen to sit in front of a fireplace during a cold winter night. It is delicate, yet robust in its composition, successfully creating an alt beer which has gone to the Dark Side.
10-10-2010 04:46:41 | More by mj001jk
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating evident. Purchased for $3.79 at local regional grocer.
A-Pours a dark amber hue with a one and a half finger, light tan head. Modest retention with good lacing.
S-Caramel malt aroma with dark fruits, and some piney and citric hops. Pleasant.
T-Toasted caramel and chocolate malts with fruitcake type fruit and spice flavors.
M-Very smooth and balanced.
D-This is a very drinkable winter seasonal since it has a lot of flavor but is not filling. 7.2% ABV is masked very well. Competitively priced bomber at $3.79 to $3.99 but would be better if available in sixers of 12 oz. bottles.
10-08-2010 01:55:39 | More by velosuds
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: dark brown/gold, good clarity, thick layer of dense tan foam with great retention, lace
Aroma: biscuity malt, grain dust, cinnamon
Flavor: medium malt sweetness with hints of Mexican chocolate and a piney hop flavor; also roasted hazelnuts; finishes semisweet with a mellow, herbal hop bitterness in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth texture, gentle carbonation
Other comments: The ABV is well hidden because the alcohol warmth is pretty understated, hitting you really late and kind of deep in the chest. A nice winter seasonal.
10-07-2010 02:37:28 | More by GreenCard
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.