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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt AleSleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale

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very good

152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 504
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 22.02%
Wants: 30
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-08-2009

Called 'Dark Double Alt' on the label.

Ninkasi website:
"7.2% alc./vol. 50 ibus."
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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 504
Photo of froghop
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark copper with a red tint, a small thick tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, nuts, spice, and some caramel.

taste is of sour malt, spice, caramel, and pepper, ends tart, and a little thick.

overall a pretty good altbier. yum.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a clear body and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. A good looking beer.

Smell: bready, biscuity malt aroma. While these aren't really my favorite malt characteristics, I admit they are relatively well done here.

Taste: the aroma comes through directly in the flavor here. Bready, biscuity malt and actually quite dry. Earthy hops are mild but provide a nice contrast and balance to the malt. Really, this tastes more like a nut brown ale to me, but it's not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. There's a nice creaminess here that I wasn't expecting, and which I really rather like.

Drinkability: this beer has a good feel to it, but I just can't get behind the dry, biscuity malt flavors -- they just don't turn my key. Still, a decently crafted brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown with one inch of off white head and light lacing. Medium carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet malts, dark fruit, bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, dark fruit, and roasted malts. Little bit of a bitterness to it as well.

m - Medium mody and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

d - I thought this was a decent beer. Some nice roasted and sweet malts but nothing really jumpoed out about it to me. Would give another shot.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with respectible off white head.

Nice roasted malt/coffee smell. Taste is a little dry. You get a lot of the roast flavors, but not much else. Not a sweet beer, not a bitter beer, definitely a roasty beer.

Beer is medium Bodied, which leads to it being fairly drinkable. Roast flavor though asks for a little of your time between sips.

I'm not sure how to feel about this beer. Initially, this is my first experience with an alt (which I bravely will be brewing in the next few weeks). With a beer this dark I usually expect it to deliver a little more sweetness. It smells delightful, to be sure, but taste is simply roasty. If that is your bag then this beer will be awesome. I think it would be much improved if it had a bit more sweetness to it. Then again that may well just be the style.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium Dark brown when poured, with very little foam, but, a fair amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts, caramel, fruit and spices was sort of weak, but after a few more sniff's, you could pick it up. The taste was of roasted malts, bitter/sweet dark caramel and a hint of dark bitter chocolate. On the palate, the 7.2% alcohol wasn't that much a factor. The bitter flavorless taste linger just to much. Overall, it could have been a touch softer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with an unexpected smoky scent. Slightly medicinal smelling and spicy without any particular spice being identifiable.

Starts out sweet with a stout bitterness right at the start. Wood and tea from the hops this is a bit astringent. Patent malt gives this the smokiness that isn't nearly as noticeable in the taste as it is in the smell. Still not sure boosting the hops here was the best choice, it covers up the fruitiness you normally get in an Alt.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer. The extra hops was a mistake though, it covers up flavors and gives this an astringent edge.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours reddish brown with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with brown sugar. The flavor is caramel malt, toffee, dark fruits and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A little disappointing overall, but a beer worth trying.

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Photo of brewmanchu
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying that I started this review with a cold bomber (about 45 degrees) and poured half in my glass and drank that, then let the other half warm up during the first glass to review a warmer beer since it is a double dark alt. The first set of comments in each character of the beer is cold, second set is upon second pour.

appearance: pours dark with an amber hue, giving an off brown/amber color. settles with about a half inch of head with light lacing. carbonation is minimal. Poured into a pint glass.

poured a little more aggressively to see what happened, came up with about an inch of head and some moderate lacing.

smell: i dont get a lot on the nose. some malty sweetness and a little alcohol.maybe a hint of chocolate.

second pour brought about more on the nose. malt, chocolate and espresso are more prominent, almost like warm mocha.

taste: some dark chocolate and espresso notes come through. a bit of alcohol is apparent but it mingles nicely with the malt, with a touch of bitterness paving way to a hint of sweetness on the finish.

as expected and foreshadowed by the nose, all of the darker and richer flavors come through in more abundance. the bitterness rounds out but is still there.

mouthfeel:the carbonation is there but mild. has a rich but thin aspect to it.

to me it became a little more deep and rich and the carbonation is more subtle and smooth. the finish is longer with the warmer aspect, letting all the flavors get to know each other.

overall: This is a pretty decent winter beer. I see myself having them from time to time during the season and possibly aging one.

I definitely prefer this beer on the warmer side, although it is still good cold/chilled.

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Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had ontap at The Beer Mongers... hadn't tried it yet, so I made the trip..

- Nice dark Alt with a fuzzy light colored head... down to a nice haze..

- Certainly a nice solid malt profile with a fantastic hop bitterness to it without being overly fruity or zesty... quite balanced and traditional.

- Solid strong Alt... well balanced, and a nice bittering hop note. Many alts carry the malt too far... but this one is nicely balanced.

- Little dry, but overall light and smooth.

- This is a great Alt, but I am not overly impressed... it doesn't really stand out, nor does it have anything unique to offer... spices etc...

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice shade of brown with a cream colored head. Very light lace is noted.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, nutty toffee, and light spice.

T: Sweet malty start with hints of nuts, dark fruit, with a dash of herbal hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth,

D: Okay, not a favorite of mine, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to flexabull for this cool seasonal. enjoyed from a PFriem snifter.

a - brew poured a dark almost black with a finger of off grey bubbly head. lace coated the glass as the head dissolved.

s - nose is purple grape with nuts. some soggy malt as well.

t - purple grape. toasted malt. some slight roast. crispness. charcoal. spicy finish. biscuits. crystalized malt.

m - crisp. char.

o - overall nice winter beer. hits the vibe of the season just right. enjoyable brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am liking the smell over the taste.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. ,

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Photo of Braheem
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle as part of a Ninkasi brewers box. Sleighr is dark amber, almost black in the glass. An enthusiastic pour produces a rather disappointing thin head that dissipates quickly. This disappointment didn't last long because this brew tasted great. It does taste malty, but certainly not overly so. The smell and taste are somewhat akin to fermented blackberry. A mild Christmas beer with a well camouflaged ABV at 7.2 it taste more like a 5.5.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Glad Ninkasi is holding it down for us folks here in Oregon.

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Photo of draheim
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - more Christmas goodies to get through, before that swath of Beer Advent Calendars does me in, come December. Oh, I do loves me some thoroughly unnecessary umlauts!

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with two Santa's belt-worthy fingers of densely foamy, puffy, and rocky ecru head, which leaves some decent bands of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, biscuity toffee, dry cocoa powder, edgy black domestic and Middle Eastern fruit (sounds better than plum and fig, eh?), wet ash, thin red wine must, brown sugar extract, and weirdly prominent leafy, earthy, and weedy hops. The taste is much more sharply hop-oriented - the metallic leafy, underripe melon and citrus, and wet pine needle sort - before that heady grainy, bready, and biscuity caramel malt pops its head up, alongside a reduced dark fruitiness, needling spiciness, a touch of benign yeast, hints of cold coffee grounds, and a sidling booze warming.

The carbonation is fairly understated, with a bare, unassuming frothiness for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight, and a bit too cutting on the high and side palates to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes less sweet than I was expecting - the alcohol, dry maltiness, and strangely subsumed spices ruling the day.

A strange, and very American re-telling of an old European story - y'know, boozing and hopping up an Altbier, not to mention trying to pass it off as a holiday seasonal. Well, they seem to have succeeded on all fronts, as despite this one's weird astringency, it still goes down well in the face of snowfalls and stupidly overcrowded shopping expeditions alike. Oh, and I suppose I can let some "Bloodline" roll, in honour of punny names everywhere.

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with two fingers of light tan long lasting head. Good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is a faint whiff of malt. No bad aromas just not much going on.
Taste is sweet caramel chocolate a touch of coffee and a dark hop bitterness. Might find some molasses as well.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. Carbonation is medium. Finish is slightly dry and bitter. Leaves you wanting another sip.
Overall an easy drinking beer and quite similar to many "winter warmers." Alcohol level is on the high side but is mostly hidden by all the rich flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Half finger of tan head on a reddish-brown body.
A nice barnyard and grain smell.
Taste is a rich sweetness... hardy. Some caramel. Finish has a strong bitterness, mostly grapefruit.
Thicker body but just short of syrup. Low carbonation.
Delicious and a great take on combining a holiday ale and alt styles.

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Photo of Elimination
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of rayre
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Dark brown with a fairly decent cream colored head, that eventually gives way to some nice lacing.

Smell: Not overwhelming, predominantly roasted malts, but nothing distinctive.

Taste: Almost like a nut brown. Roasted malts... picking up on a touch of apple. Hoppy without it being overwhelming or the main focus of the beer. Hints of chocolate as it reaches the back of the tongue. Not as complex as I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and light. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and light for a winter ale.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby red color, nearing on looking light brown, with a huge and creamy tan colored head that has an amazing level of retention. The head very slowly fades over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is super heavy of a spent grainy smell mixed with some fruity aromas of a more dark stone fruit nature containing smells of cherry, plum, and fig. Along with these aromas come some notes of a roasted malt as well as a bit of molasses.

Taste – The taste begins drier then would have been expected from the nose, but just as grainy and malty as I would have expected. It begins with a slightly roasted and very grainy malt taste mixed with some light molasses sweetness. The graininess gets even more intense with a bit more roast and some hay coming to the tongue toward the end. Along with these flavors so too comes a bit of a warming alcohol taste as well as a loss of most of the molasses. In the end, with the transitions that occur, one is left with a very grainy and malty spent grain flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for an altbier of 7.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the style a little bit of a thicker body may have been more traditional, but in light of the rather massive spent grain flavor, the lighter body was actually quite nice.

Overall – Very malty and grainy with a lower level of sweetness. Not a bad altbier, but not the easiest drinking either. A nice one to try and good if you are not feeling anything sweet.

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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.