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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%


Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Called 'Dark Double Alt' on the label.

Ninkasi website:
"7.2% alc./vol. 50 ibus."

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-08-2009)
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MadTown1000

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a big 22oz brown bottle into a glass. A dark chocolate brown, appears caramel colored and more transparent around the edges. Almost no foam in the pour, but it appears a few seconds later, maybe a third of an inch of brown stout foam.

Smell is not overpowering, but I can smell it from a foot away. Sweet like malted milk. Shortly after the pour, the smell fades away.

Very, very complex flavor. Starts a little bit sweet, quickly overwhelmed by an alcohol sting, which then transitions to increasingly more pronounced and more floral hops, leaving a hops-and-alcohol aftertaste. Some over-roasted barley underlies the whole thing. A+ for craftsmanship and complexity, but the flavors that end up dominating are not pleasant IMHO.

This beer demands to be sipped slowly - between the 7.2% ABV and the sharp hoppiness, you would not be well advised to consume in quantity. Mouthfeel is interesting between the alternating flavors, but so many sharp flavors predominate that this doesn't weigh in its favor in my rating.

This would be a fantastic beer for someone (for example, the one raving about it sitting next to me.) Just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:35:52 | More by MadTown1000
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:32:21 | More by Bookseeb
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Ghenna

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:29:31 | More by Ghenna
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felipe2toes

California

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thick off-white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

I'm not really picking much up on the nose. Roasted malt.

Taste is definitely more pronounced than the smell. Very bready and malty, there's some nuttiness as well. Nice bitter hop finish that matches the malt well.

Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and dry finish. Good drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 05:04:13 | More by felipe2toes
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ebrauser

Utah

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 to a pint glass

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thick, slightly tan head that bounces a little with a touch. The beer itself is crystal clear and leaves a slight lacing

Aroma: Spicy and woody, full but not particularly rich.

Flavor: Spicy with lots of dark fruits abounding within the malt. A little syrupy sweet with brown sugar, though hops break through to wrap up the taste with bitterness then spice.

Mouthfeel: About a 3/5 thickness but not coating. Feels a lot like a root beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 05:23:12 | More by ebrauser
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pnwclimber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Mid to dark brown. Pebbly head doesn't stick around too long.

S: A bit of a alcohol smell, but not much else.

T: Nice taste. Biscut flavor and a little fruity. Mild hops.

M: Mid range body but clean.

D: Very drinkable.

I really like this brew. I would buy it again ... and again ....

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 06:38:07 | More by pnwclimber
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rayre

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 05:18:48 | More by rayre
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flagmantho

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:31:44 | More by flagmantho
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100floods

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SLAAAYYER!!! kinda.

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:35:07 | More by 100floods
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DamDweller

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 01:32:43 | More by DamDweller
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OregonPaul

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:04:46 | More by OregonPaul
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Elimination

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:37:38 | More by Elimination
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:03:43 | More by djeucalyptus
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mdcrouser

Missouri

2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:42:33 | More by mdcrouser
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Blissfullbrew

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 05:18:19 | More by Blissfullbrew
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ashleyobrian

California

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:23:03 | More by ashleyobrian
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:22:39 | More by Wetpaperbag
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dvb

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 21:35:41 | More by dvb
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:34:33 | More by SolomonGrundy
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:15:19 | More by PDXHops
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flexabull

California

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:13:50 | More by flexabull
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philbertk

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 19:29:37 | More by philbertk
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MagyarPuska

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:02:49 | More by MagyarPuska
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Bfarr

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:57:21 | More by Bfarr
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Arbitrator

California

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 03:37:53 | More by Arbitrator
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.