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23rd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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23rd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale23rd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  12.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-03-2012)
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Photo of drewskie1123
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

drewskie1123, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of claaark13
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks Kevin. Poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip. I really need to start using one of my other glasses for tasting. Nah.

A - Comes out as a dark orange with a touch of brown/red. Bubbly white head turns into lacing. Looks a little light for the style, but otherwise nice.

S - Lighter malts, candied fruit, oak presence.

T - Caramel and barrel take over almost immediately. Some candied fruits, malts, and some woodiness. Finishes a tad dry with noticeable heat, but nothing unpleasant. I'm not sure about the base on this one, but the barrel really takes hold of the beer. Favorable barrel notes are present from start to finish. Remarkable that it isn't hotter. There is almost a creaminess to it.

M - Medium body with some prickly carbonation.

O - Really a good beer. Not sure if aging will improve this beyond toning the heat down a bit and possibly merging the barrel more with the malts.

claaark13, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.7%

nmann08, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14%

ygtbsm94, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a modest head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: A boozy blend of caramel, oak, Bourbon and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Caramel, up front, with the oaky Bourbon elements developing by mid-palate; the boozy Bourbon flavors dominate the finish, with the vanilla lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Though it lacks some of the complexity I would expect in an Old Ale, this is still a fine beer and very tasty

brentk56, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

huge thanks to egrace84 from bring this beer to a tasting! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 5/23/12.

Appearance: brilliant and clear copper orange bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that drops to a ring.

Smell: Big caramel and toffee notes with a splash of bourbon mixed into the beer.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer is slick and sticky. Its a warming and spicy booze thats fairely mellow.

Overall: This beer is what Founders Better Half should have been! A really nice BA Old Ale that also has some overlap in the BA English Barleywine style. I really enjoyed this beer alot!

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 28, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

CelticAleMan, May 27, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Exiled, May 24, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a thin head that dies quickly. Collar left. Translucent caramel brown/orange color.

Very sweet smelling beneath the barrel notes.

A mix of sweet caramel and bourbon. Noticeable alcohol burn. Toffee! Would put this right at states ABV.

Average to above average carbonation which adds bite.

High abv but very smooth and drinkable.

First of all let me say, great price point. Nicely integrated old ale with the barrel aging. Thanks egrace84.

Duff27, May 24, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

At the time of this review, this is #12 on the "Top Beers - Old Ale" list served in a snifter. Beer is dark yellow / light amber with a mild haze, a little white head, decent retention, no lacing, low to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is strong, boozy, a little overwhelming.

Beer is medium in body, thin on the front with the booze and alcohol, sweet, lacking that classic old ale character of depth. This is a good beer, a little hot, pretty strong but not overwhelmingly good. I don't think I'd have it again.

drabmuh, May 23, 2012
Photo of beenitty
3/5  rDev -26.3%

beenitty, May 17, 2012
Photo of furthurgone
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

furthurgone, May 16, 2012
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -26.3%

drewone, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

scubahood, May 04, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 02, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

The 23rd Anniversary Old Ale was aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and is the first Karl Strauss barrel-aged beer to be offered unblended. The company only bottled 413 cases of this beer, encouraging fans to enjoy one now and lay another down several years. Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours burnt amber along with a thin off-white head. The aroma of this beer is an epitome of an old ale – oak, toffee, and dried figs. Taste of light bourbon, oak, and molasses. Thin mouthfeel. I am only sorry that I did not lay this down for another year or two to see if the beer improves.

CuriousMonk, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ADTaber, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Yabev15, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

SalukiAlum, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

funkel81, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BethelLight, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of stawn
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

stawn, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Thanks, Shane.

Pours a dark brownish-amber capped by a finger of head that settles to a collar pretty quickly. Nose is fairly good, fruity, grainy and sweet with a good amount of barrel coming through that lends a bit of heat and nicer notes of caramel and vanilla. Palate is also solid if unremarkable. Big caramel and dark fruit flavors, some boozy astringency, a touch of vanilla. Body is medium, perhaps a bit thin for the style and ABV. Solid stuff overall, a fine offering for a good price.

largadeer, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

boltfan, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

2dogbrew, Apr 04, 2012
23rd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.