23rd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours a slightly hazy copper brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Random thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, toffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and alcohol that sort of muddles all the smells. Taste is of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, and big bourbon flavors. There is a definite alcohol kick and warming in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat thick and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged beer that is an absolute steal at $6.49 a bottle.
02-22-2012 04:38:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
On tap at Toronados
A: Dark brown in color with a light tan cap.
S: Lots of caramel, booze, bourbon and coconut. Pretty nice aroma overall.
T: I have to say, I've never been a big fan of Karl Strauss beers. Their 22nd Anniversary was one of the worst beers I've ever had and their year round lineup is nothing I'd go for unless the pickings were epically slim. That said, this is a great beer. The old ale didn't really shine through, but the flavors of this beer were pretty solid. Big notes of coconut and caramel with some vanilla and huge bourbon notes without being overpowering. I'd definitely get this again.
02-20-2012 05:16:35 | More by notchucknorris
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
Consumed February 10, 2012 at Karl Strauss, Universal City.
Beer is a murky caramel brown with no head at all (the waitress filled my 12 ounce snifter to the very brim).
Aroma is sweet with caramel, vanilla and bourbon notes.
Flavor follows nose, with the addition of modest alcohol heat and a white-cake pastry sort of component. Maybe some fleeting toffee and maple, but maybe not. Not terribly complex, but delicious.
Thicker than water? Enough to notice, but not much more. Beer has almost zero carbonation, but it is a little dry on the finish and that goes a long way towards cutting that sweetness at the end of each sip.
Overall, not the best old ale I have ever had, but deadly drinkable and unexpectedly good for a Karl Strauss brew.
02-11-2012 21:48:12 | More by charlzm
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Gigantic and boozy beer with a vast vanilla and woody flavor. Thoroughly fragrant with that vanilla up front. Hops are just moderately bitter. This is not so sweet after the first sip. It tastes more like Scotch liqueur than beer, but it thats not a bad thing. Fairly dry as you sip for a while but full of malt flavors. Seriously powerful and more complex and austere than most barley wines. I don't get the old ale taste so much, but it's quite a mouthful.
On tap at La Jolla location. Definitely will pick up a few of these for savoring in the year to come. So hot with alcohol it should last nicely, and not much residual sugar for the bacteria to nibble.
02-11-2012 02:25:46 | More by mactrail
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Had the opportunity to try this on tap at their Changing of the Barrels event last week.
Appearance: Amber brown with faint ruby hues
Smell: Huge dose of warming bourbon in the nose. Generous amounts of toffee, molasses and hints of toasted oak
Taste: Follows suit; prominent but appropriate bourbon character upfront followed by a generous dose of toffee, sweet molasses and toasted oak. quite complex
Mouthfeel: this beer is a hugeee 12.3%. Pleasantly smooth for a brew of this octane.
Overall: An amazingly complex beer. Unabashedly strong and bourbon-forward, yet smooth and well balanced given it's strength and intensity. Snatch one up, this is well worth the quaff my friends.
02-06-2012 19:09:35 | More by crvcac
4.48/5 rDev +10.1%
On tap at Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa in front of the majestic coy pond. Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels for 12 months with no backblending, so 100% barrel aged. Served in a snifter.
A: Dark reddish brown with a slight orange tinge. The head is an inch of white foam.
S: Robust brown sugar, bourbon, and maple notes. To the aforementioned aromatics add a fantastic toffee note and a touch of butterscotch. Fig blends with date and prune. Citrus is faint and redolent of oranges, adding a pleasant twist to the darker fruit. Vanilla meets oak and molasses.
T: Very sweet, with pronounced maple and brown sugar notes. Bourbon presence is strong throughout, accompanied by vanilla, oak, and a firm booze profile which is not harsh or out of place for 12.3%. There's a lot of toffee, and molasses is notable. Fruity esters remind me of prune and dried fig. There's a light sherry-like oxidation accompanied by earth and an upper low to lower medium level of bitterness. The finish is bourbon toffee.
M: Upper medium body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, silky, and somewhat viscous. Alcohol warming is pronounced.
Overall: It's big, sweet, and English, with a bold and unapologetic bourbon profile. A stellar Old Ale with excellent barrel characteristics. This is the most complex thing I've had from Karl Strauss. Definitely try this.
02-03-2012 22:54:02 | More by HopHead84
23rd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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