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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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AirborneBeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-24-2013 06:04:32 | More by AirborneBeer
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scubahood

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-04-2012 18:06:54 | More by scubahood
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jdougherty

California

3/5  rDev -26.3%

02-25-2012 06:06:21 | More by jdougherty
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Dlish

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A- Very dark ruby color in the pour, I was surprised how light color this beer was. Final pour you get a glowing brown and red, little head retention.

S- Smell is very nice, get the solid Bourbon barrel smell. Lots of oak, and layers of vanilla in the background. I get some cheery from the bourbon aging. Despite the lighter color, you still get that solid imperial stout/barley-wine smell.

T- Get a lot lots of charred oak up front, some very sweet malt. There is a lot of wisky and scotch, I feel like i'm drinking a rich smoky islay scotch. I also get some caramel and charred brown sugar. A little to sweet for my taste on the malt profile, I wish the bourbon barrel would mellow out some of the sweetness.

M- A little more carbonation then I would want. The mouth feel is velvety. There is defiantly burn down the way on the throat.

T- Overall good anniversary beer, I wish Karl Strauss would do more big beers, to bad they can only do it once a year to get away with it.

03-13-2012 03:27:17 | More by Dlish
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dbone_has_biers

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-05-2013 05:17:33 | More by dbone_has_biers
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stawn

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-20-2012 18:40:24 | More by stawn
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crvcac

California

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
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Kelrel9

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-10-2013 02:09:02 | More by Kelrel9
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boltfan

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-17-2012 04:54:13 | More by boltfan
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BethelLight

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-27-2012 06:20:44 | More by BethelLight
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GhettoFabulous

California

4.93/5  rDev +21.1%

Pours a dark golden brown with some lively froth on top. First whiff of this is vanilla coconut with warm oaky bourbon. Sipping this, the palette is immersed in again, vanilla and coconut, and a surprisingly strong dose of bourbon. Besides the coconut flavor, and some figs and brown sugar, the bourbon really sings here. Not sure what barrels were used, but the bourbon taste is distinct and you can really suss out its flavor, which is very good. Halfway through my glass I am just swooning in vanilla and coconut. This beer so outstanding, you find yourself puzzling over how a brewery of such low regard can produce something so delicious. This is a truly phenomenal beer that would be one of those ridiculously sought after whales if it was produced by goose island or bells or founders, etc. Seek this out, but don't expect any of my help. I went around and gobbled up all the bottles I could after trying this and really, this beer is too damn delicious to trade. If this isn't my favorite beer of 2012 then I can't wait to taste whatever gem supplants it.

03-11-2012 22:50:52 | More by GhettoFabulous
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drewskie1123


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-16-2012 00:43:11 | More by drewskie1123
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23rd Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.