Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
On draught at Henry's, Sleigh'r is mahogany with a fluffy off-white head with long last, leaving heavy sheets of creamy, foamy lace. Very nice.
Smell is very pure malt, not overly sweet, with a bit of toast, like the robust brown ale that it is.
Taste is similar, nice and rich, but balanced maltiness, clean with a pleasant warming sensation the only indication of the ABV.
Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body.
Drinkability is good, this is a nice malty brown, very well made, satisfying but dangerously smooth.
02-26-2010 00:51:40 | More by ccrida
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark brown with red highlights; light head and lacing. Aroma of fruit, bread and malt. Medium body. Malty flavor with a peppery bite in the middle. Roasty and dark malt, light fruit, a bit of nut, some cocoa, mild hops. Dry spicy finish. A nice revisitable seasonal ale. This really grew on me as I finished the glass.
07-12-2012 03:42:53 | More by LiquidAmber
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
11-30-2010 04:31:44 | More by flagmantho
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
A - Poured very dark brown with a small amount of light brown head.
S - Bready malts, brown sugar, and some noticeable alcohol on the nose.
T - Bready malts, brown sugar, warming alcohol and a touch of spice,
M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.
10-03-2012 18:02:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
01-02-2012 05:18:43 | More by laituegonflable
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-09-2010 17:21:40 | More by tpd975
British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
A double dark Alt turns out to be a winter warmer by any other name but this is one for the maltier side. You can taste the hops but the big strong malt comes through in the finish. Quite drinkable and most likely a canidate for one year in the cellar I thought this one the money and tsting close to Full Sail's Wassail.
11-17-2011 19:55:48 | More by canucklehead
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.
A: Little to no off-white head. Clear brown sugar.
S: Fruity-sweet and malty. Raisins. Smells a bit like a BSDA. Flat.
T/M: Eh. Thin, yeasty, and lightly sour fruit. Red candy licorice? I'm generally unimpressed.
O: Not a fan, to be honest. It's an okay beer, and I wouldn't recommmend or have again; but still, I'm not a huge fan of altbier in general.
12-12-2012 05:48:37 | More by AgentMunky
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
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
12-02-2013 02:21:27 | More by cosmicevan
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
4/5 rDev +6.4%
A - Pours a dark red-black with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of dark, lightly roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, with some spices and some lemon and noble hops.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark fruits, dark malts, some molasses, and a touch of spice. Through the middle, some roasted character and chocolate comes through with some noble hop flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted dark malts, dark fruit, chocolate, some spices, and some alt yeast esters.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch syrupy with a sweet and roasty finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Double Altbier. Nice malty backbone with some dark fruit, chocolate, and yeast character to balance.
09-27-2012 04:32:04 | More by ngeunit1
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
Gotta dig the Slayer logo font, a band my youth would have never been the same without. (The old stuff still rules!) And gotta dig msubulldog25, who sent this my way, a guy my beer experience would be lacking without.
This is a beautiful beer, plain and simple. Deep burgundy red shoots through dark brown. Rusty root beer jeweled in crimson. The head is a light tan, super foamy and super creamy.
Great nose, too. Piney hops embedded in a spicy holiday ale melange. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. They could have just as easily sold this as a winter warmer. Aroma-wise, anyway.
Taste-wise, hops are prickly and ever-present, yet never eclipse the spicy, malty character that is the main essence of this beer. Those nice holiday pie-type spices pop through and reign as the features of the flavor. Hints of cola, bitter herbal tea and purple grape.
Thinnish body, but hardly watery, and the ample carbonation keeps it alive and kicking.
I'm not an alt expert, but this one is clearly more northwest winter warmer, or even American red, than an authentic German altbier. Seems to me anyway. And that's just fine, because it's the quality that counts, and this one delivers.
11-20-2011 20:25:46 | More by Metalmonk
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Look: Dark brownish red in color with a 1/2 inch head and very good retention
Smell: Some dark fruit and brown sugar
Taste: Again like most Ninkasi beers this guy is very malty. Notes of caramel toffee and burnt sugar are present
Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated
Overall: This is a good winter beer and I would recommend it and drink it again
01-16-2012 19:00:00 | More by DarthKostrizer
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
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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