Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
Deep dark brown with reddish hues. Substantial off white head that slowly recedes to a fluffy cloud like lacing. Aromas of fruity malt, dough and alcohol. Mild sweetness up front with a bittersweet finish. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Alcohol flavor definately comes through as well. Slight roasted chocolate and cola notes. Nice smooth and creamy body with medium carbonation. It has a good feel and is drinkable but there are some strange flavor notes here that I'm not that crazy about. I'd have again but probably wouldn't seek it out.
12-30-2012 15:20:46 | More by Braz
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
3.3/5 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
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours a cherry brown with creamy white head and lacing down the glass.
Doesnt smell like much.
Tastes a bit nutty, a bit hoppy, some warming chocolate and toasty maltyness going on in the back.
Not a bad beer, enjoyable, some alcohol present. Have a had few from this brewery, ill reserve judgement till I have a few more. What i've so far i've liked ok.
12-25-2010 05:46:53 | More by Murchmac
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
3.34/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours black color with brown showing at the edges where the light hits it, with a 2 finger frothy beige head that faded slowly and left good lacing as it went down, leaving a layer on top.
Smells of malt, grains, yeast, cardboard, light caramel, burnt wood and chocolate; pretty basic nose and a lot tamer than I expected.
Tastes like it smells, with malt, toasted grains, yeast, cardboard, light caramel, coffee grinds, burnt wood, lemon zest and bitterness, herbs, metal like a penny and chocolate. It’s got limited fruit with strong malty notes, and I’m not sure the bitterness added any balance. Roasted grains and malts negated any sweetness and this was pretty one dimensional tasting.
Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with light watery carbonation, a medium body and slightly bitter finish that’s full of roasted malt. It got a little better and more flavorful as it warmed up, but not to the point that got me excited to drink it.
I bought it because I love the Slayer homage on the label, but thought it was average at best.
01-11-2013 03:51:31 | More by CHickman
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
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
On tap poured into a tulip.
Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a one finger light brown head with some light delicate lacing.
Taste is quite malty as to be expected with the style, there's a nice earthy and slightly sharp flavor that rounds it is out well, it doesn't seem syrupy or overly sweet but it's making my lips sticky...
10-13-2011 02:31:40 | More by kingcrowing
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
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
Appearance pours a dark ruby brown with a thick off white head having good lace. Smell has a light roasted malt aroma. Taste of lightly roasted malts having a good balance with the hops ending in a light piney note. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium with good carbonation. Not a big or complex as expected, but still a simple easy drinking Alt ale.
12-22-2010 01:32:21 | More by Bookseeb
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
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
3.44/5 rDev -8.5%
Served from a 22 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The label features a 19th century Santa with holly and falling blue snowflakes on a dark winter night. This bottle was bought in April at a sale price. A semi-aggressive pour yields a 1/8 inch tan head that sticks around for awhile, coating the glass. The lacing left on the glass resembles Dinwoody rock art....The color is a moderate yellowish-brown with ruby highlights. I smell malt and floral hops, which are well balanced in the taste. I detect a slight bit of sour apple, which lingers in the aftertaste along with a citrusy hop bitterness.
I was drinking some of this around the holidays, and thought it bit hoppy for my taste. Oftentimes, I think many craft beers, particularly those brewed on the west coast, suffer from too much of a good thing (hops). The hops in this beer seem a tad bit toned down after the interim of about 4 months, and I found myself enjoying this a bit more than at Christmastime. Now that it's come down a bit in price, I'm liable to get another bomber or two before it's gone.
04-21-2013 05:18:47 | More by archyquaffer
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
I spent this evening at my best friend Ryan's house recording vocals for a new rock & rock record we've been working on together. It just so happens that both Ryan & his wife are Armenians. It also just so happens that tonight is Armenian Christmas Eve and I happen to be in an Armenian Christmas mood. What better way to celebrate their holiday AND work on a rock record than with a bottle of what I can only imagine is a seasonal liquid tribute to the mighty rock group, Slayer.
It pours a heavy brown with deep shades of red
A warming aroma & thickish white head
And tastes like fresh fruitcake with cranberry and nuts
Leave Santa the cookies
'cause this ones for us.
01-06-2011 06:29:31 | More by burnheartsMKE
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info. This bottle has been in my fridge for a month or so and I am just now getting to it. Pours a lovely light brown color with an inch of lumpy foam. Good lacing. Sweet malt on the nose with slight roasted notes and an herbal bitter quality. Hints of dark chocolate. Fairly full bodied with a nice, round mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Good drinkability for 7.2abv. The nutty taste of the roasted malt prevails all the way through to the finish. The bitterness that comes from the hops doesn't really complement the rest of the flavor profile. I don't think the style needs this much hop bitterness. They stayed true to the style but I feel like they upped the hops along with the alcohol and the result is too bitter. Not bad though. Something different but nothing great.
12-23-2010 05:57:18 | More by hoppyhampy
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
On tap in a pint glass at Big Mario's in Seattle on 11/9/11
Dulled brown, like slightly watered down cola. 1/4th inch head. Smooth, thin layer of retention. Impressive lace - thick rings bleed together.
Dark fruit, spice and sugar aromas. Raisin, apple butter, lots of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a hint of molasses. Toasted bread. Maybe ginger? The taste shifts toward toasted flavors - partially burnt toast with cinnamon. Toasted sugars aren't too sweet. Earthy hops with a pine kick and bitterness. Dark fruit offers a tangy notion that plumps around the middle. Medium-full body. Ample carbonation propels spices. Finishes spicy and dry.
Pretty good all around; not to sweet or spicy. The abv seems reasonable, too. I'm not sure about the style, but whatever.
11-13-2011 16:29:17 | More by Ryan011235
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Appearance- a nice easy pour yields a finger of velvet, light cream colored head that maintains the whole way down. A beautiful burnt orange-brown hue.
Smell- a bit of flavorful toffee sweetness, little hop character.
Taste- Not an attacking flavor, its mild malty character hits mid mouth and has some hop bitterness on the back end with some warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel- medium bodied, yet a bit thinner than expected.
Overall- A decent session beer. It's 10 below right now but I still can't quite call this something for winter with such a mild taste.
01-15-2013 04:46:49 | More by Sark
British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
I tried Sleigh'r for the first time last night; I really didn't know what to expect, honestly. I ended up really enjoying it though - it was dark and smoothe, but not so smoothe that I couldn't down it all at once. It's a good beer to have during the holidays over a longer stretch of time.
Again, I've yet to have anything negative to say about anything from Ninkasi Brewing! Check this one out, or anything else they offer. Great stuff!
11-27-2011 19:36:08 | More by timtwoface
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.