Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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

Seize the season with Sleigh'r. Layers of deeply toasted malt are balanced by just enough hop bitterness to make it deceivingly drinkable. Paired with a dry finish, Sleigh’r is anything but your typical winter brew.

An Alt ferments with Ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives Alts a more refined, crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The Alt has been “Ninkasified” raising the ABV and IBUs. Sleigh'r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and balanced.

50 IBU

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-08-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
583
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
34
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Photo of Bluecrow
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-clear dark brown bottle pour, little discernible foam atop, but plenty of fizz within. Aroma includes allspice and toasted malt. This is a richly flavored brew. It has a deep malt base, but bright, sweet notes too, a touch of coffee and hop bitterness. I have enjoyed and shared this during the past two winters. I hope to find it again next season.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with an auburn hair when held to the light. Very clear and has a nice sticky off white head. Smells of caramel and Munich malt, with a touch of dark, toasted bread and spicy herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a nice roasty bite, and a hint of winter spices finish the painting. Feel is a tad bitter, but welcomed to cut the sweetness down just enough. Surprisingly smooth, medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is much better than I remember, and a great winter warmer. Liked the old term "Dark Double Alt Ale", but "Winter Ale" seems a bit more appropriate. Cheers!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like the seasonal beers and holiday beers that dont necessarily pertain to the holidays in terms of flavor, or at least arent restricted by them. this is a great example of that, a big malty red ale that certainly works in a winter setting, but is quite a bit more versatile than something called a christmas beer, or even a winter warmer. lots of sturdy body to this, good carbonation and a hearty feel to it, creamy with the head, but pretty clean and drinkable for being such a malt forward brew. you dont see many of these stronger alt types, so its a nice change of pace too. its fairly sweet in the middle, with notes of brown bread, bran muffin or something, brown sugar, red apple, and raisin. by the end though its on the drier side, aided there by a little hop bitterness and some old world yeast strain that cleans it right up. almost refreshing in the right context for being a little bigger. this is one of the better seasonal releases for ninkasi i think, and a neat winter beer that has life before and well beyond christmas. somewhat of an oddball style, but they have brewed it well.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing 'Sleigh'r Winter Ale' @ 7.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.80
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to glass with a small beige head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-toasted malt
T-crisp & clean tasting dark alt beer with a slight hop bite
MF-ok carbonation , full bodied
Ov-ok/decent winter beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of CojakSilverBack
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was the 2016 brew of this beer, listed as a winter ale. Was great smell of Christmas if there is such a thing. Rich malty body but with a bit of a light mouth feel. Finish was simple and a little dry but not overly so. Would gladly drink again

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle -- Poured into a stange glass -

Interestingly, this year's version (2016) does not say "alt" on the label. Instead, it says "winter ale". But, in my opinion, it fits broadly into the altbier category (maybe a tad roastier/drier (more hoppy) in the finish.

Pours medium chestnut brown. A creamy lasting tan head leaves lacing.

The smell is malty - nutty/toffee (hint of roasted caramel) with roasted dried booze-soaked dark fruit.

The taste is malt-forward - sweet with a roasty touch. A subtle touch of hops give the finish an herbal/leafy dryness to balance the sweetness and the mild roast. Minty booze makes the abv seem a bit higher than it is. An odd aftertaste comes in late (almost medicinal in a minty way).

It is creamy and on the full side of medium-bodied (It straddles between medium and full bodied but leans slightly towards the former.)

An interesting malt-forward (but moderately balanced) winter brew. Sweet and slightly roasty with some dryness in the finish. As stated above, alcohol stands out.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice Altbier and winter warmer. Don't have too much experience with the Altbier style to gauge this off, but has a good ABV for the style. It almost has a Black and Tan feel with that lager and dark ale mix. Get a lot of toasted maltiness, good balance of hops, a little chocolate. This is an absolute must if you ever see on nitro tap. Had at The Tanker in Portland years ago and it was outstanding. I always look forward to seeing this appear in the beer aisle. Ninkasi has some great offerings and their metal tributes on their beer labels is killer - AC/DC, Iron Maiden and of course SLAYER!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hearty brown and deep red, even though we're dealing with darker colors, this one wasn't thick and cloudy, it was still showing some clarity. Aroma had a lot of winter spice rack, toffee, nuts, caramel, tobacco.

Taste was a malt driven experience, only a residual amount of sweetness. Smooth throughout. An alt, but it kind of drinks like a winter warmer meets cream ale meets alt.

I have a super old bottle of this just hanging out in the cellar. Should be interesting.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a very dark brown with tinges of amber and a light tan head.

S: Rich, malty and nutty with toasted caramel, bread crusts, pine and dark fruits.

T: Malty, nutty and toasty with a good deal of grassy hop bitterness. Roasty and toffee-like, with a long toasty and bitter finish. The grassy, medicinal quality of the hops and the bitter roastiness comes across as a bit harsh.

F: A tad over medium-bodied, silky oily mouthfeel, understated carbonation, mild warmth.

Overall: Interesting aroma, but the bitterness really throws off the balance. This probably would have been a great and certainly more drinkable beer if the bitterness had been dialed back a bit to let the malty brown ale quality take over.

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Photo of MAB
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep color, with a thick creamy head.
Definitely on the sweeter side of things, with some spices comming through as they should.
Ninkasi continues to impress. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BigRick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Dark ruby-amber color, small creamy head
Smell - Mild bourbon - Rye? Fresh pine
Taste - Semi-sweet caramel and mild spice - rye, pepper ? Fresh pine and coffee layer in
Feel - full bodied and creamy cuts to a piney, light roasted coffee
Overall - Well balanced malt and hop character. This is a nice winter beer

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Photo of justintcoons
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Chestnut brown with ruby highlights. 1+ finger of creamy tan head with good retention. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Biscuit, brown sugar, caramel, and banana.

Taste
Toasted biscuit with additions of roasted barley and charcoal. Caramel with hints of brown sugar and banana.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, silky, crisp, dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
This has a bitter charcoal flavor that throws me off. Other than that, it's a tasty brew.

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Photo of CCStix
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Think Arrogant Bastard but less hoppy, slightly more sweet and a tad more viscous. Not quite the same level of complexity as Arrogant Bastard. However this is a very good beer and I plan to enjoy this again. Nice job Ninkasi!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap in a pint glass
pours amber to brown with a thick tan head that lasted
smells boozy fruity and nutty reminded me of sam smiths winter welcome
taste nutty chocolate fruity and boozy
feel warming somewhat viscous
overall very enjoyable

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Photo of pianoguy
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle No bottling info

Pours a brown body that turns reddish and becomes a little clearer when held up to the light. Off white head has good lacing, fair retention.

Smell is malt forward with chocolate and a nutmeg type of spice.

Taste is a nice mellow malt.It doesn't go crazy. it's just there. A little chocolate that leads to an aftertaste that has a marzen-like crispness to it. I can't taste the 7.20 alcohol...

Nice full feel

This beer fits like a glove. Malt forward without being a malt bomb... Followed by a wonderful Marzen like crispness...Bravo !

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/12/15

A dark brown with a maroon glow when held to the light, a dump down the middle puts out a finger of foam that sits around for just a few sips but somehow manages to leave lots of random lace

S nutty dark chocolate, hard toffee, raisins, dark bread, some hard to place spice, a malt bomb for sure

T just a hint of cold coffee on top of what I smell, all malt but I suppose that's the goal, intense flavor, simple, strong, and solid

M medium weight, soft carbonation, fine grit, dry finish with nutty chocolate

O didn't really know what to expect but I rather enjoyed this one, a nice break from all the hop bombs I've been putting in my face lately

I bought this one for the label but its working well with this chilly afternoon, well worth a try if your ion a malty mood

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ninkasi Brewing Co. "SLEIGH'R Dark Doüble Alt)
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

You've got to hand it to Ninkasi, they've done a great job with the name and label on this beer. I just couldn't pass it up.

Now, it doesn't hurt that I'm a fan of Altbier, either, and that I've traveled to German, so I can honestly say that in my opinion they've nailed the style.

But what style? Well of course this is a "DOÜBLE" alt ale (I think we can forgive them for the false umlaut because "Sleigh'r" obviously references heavy metal, and they're just joking with it), and the obvious connections would be Zum Uerige's Sticke Alt and Doppelsticke, or even Schumacher's Latzenbier (although not nearly as strong), but what I'm getting at is that the malt and yeast character are correct. You could go back and forth all day doing comparisons and trying to place it, but why bother? It's an alt, and a strong one at that.

It's a very dark mahogany in color, mainly clear, and it displays a short head of tan. The aroma offers notes of plum and other not-so-drescript dark fruits over an almost-burnt sugar-like maltiness (German examples tend to display more noble hops). It's medium bodied and smooth with a fine-bubbled, slightly restrained carbonation (German examples seem to be fuller and a bit more carbonated, even "vom fass"). It's fairly well-hopped at 50 IBUs, with a surprising balance between bitterness and nutty, toasty, and darkly caramelish malts, and notes of roasted, but not acrid, malt also help to balance it. What hops are present in the flavor appear grassy and herbal, and perhaps even spicy (although that might be the 7.2% ABV talking!).

It's really nicely pulled together. Balancing an alt this perfectly can be a challenge, but they've done it, and kept it remarkably drinkable even at 7.2%. Worth trying!

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Photo of gandres
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From Bottle 12 Oz, poured on a wine glass with diner
Appearance: Color: dark amber clear, minimal head
Taste: Minimal follow through
Smell: Aroma: malty smell with slight wood aroma
Overall:

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep amber to light brown color. wonderful garnet hues. a finger or so of an off white head forms. good strong retention and leaves behind a frothy lacing. strong brightness and clarity when held up to the light. a really nice looking beer.

Smell: strong malts, with notes of nuts, caramel, chocolate, and a hint or roastiness. some fruitiness comes through, possibly from yeast or malts, not quite sure.

Taste: opens up with some fruity esters, notes of apples to pear, possibly some dark fruits. malts take over with big notes of chocolate, toasted grains, some nuttiness, and a hint of roastiness. light alcohol presence. hops may play a minor role in some flavors but never apparent enough to pick out individually.

Mouthfeel: nice full malty body. medium to full feel. some chewiness to it. exceptionally smooth and clean. hop bitterness is moderate. slightly warming feel.

Overall: certainly a style that is almost missing from the American craft beer scene, if not my area at the least. This beer does a great job of pushing the boundaries of the style while still keeping close to the things that matter most about it. In my opinion this is what the Sticke is all about. Overall this beer is a great addition to the area and something that will certainly be picked up again.

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Photo of teromous
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown body that appears black except when held to the light. Good clarity. The head is a short off-white bit of foam that leaves very good lacing.

Aroma: There's a bit of a burnt wood aroma and at times a touch of alcohol comes through.

Taste: There is a sweet toffee flavor that is immediately overpowered by a strong charcoal flavor and a bit of pine sap. There is a bit of the sweet toffee flavor at the end. It has a very harsh edge.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied and bitter.

Overall: The charcoal flavor and bitterness of this beer overpower everything which hampers the flavor and drinkability. If you like big bold roasted beers then this one is for you, but it lacks a lot of complexity and sweetness. I doubt I will buy it again. It's the classic case of a beer that is not particularly bad but is not that enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark maple brown, with a light tan head that retreats almost immediately but leaves a glorious work of lacing. Aroma is fruit and carmel, sort of feint, but rather pleasant. Taste is sweet, the essence of bananas and malt, slightly cinnamon spiced. Mouth feel is nice, lighter than I expected and exceptionally smooth.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown color with off-white head. Caramel malt, roast, nuts, and a slight dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with roast and caramel notes.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep mahogany, fairly rich in appearance with a moderate tan head that fades to leave some lacing.
Smells pretty nice actually, with fruity notes largely of sweet pear, banana, and there's also a hint of some spice, light cinnamon/ nutmeg.
Taste is toasty malts, a good balance of hops, underlying dark fruit, and some peppery banana. The pepper note lingers through the finish, leaving a mildly numbing bitterness. What a great balance of sweet and bitter throughout it all. There's a surprising complexity for me here.
Well-carbonated and medium-chewy feel.
This is a terrific departure from the usual over-abundance of certain other styles. A holiday winner.

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 oz bottle: deep mahogany color, clear, dense head of foam. Not much on the nose. Malt forward but there is some hops. Nutty. The heat of alcohol for sure. This is a fun winter beer; unique in that there are not many alt biers on the shelf in most places.

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Photo of tzieser
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear, dark brown in color with a thick lightly tanned head. A nice looking beer

S: sweet, lightly toasted malt aroma, reminiscent of baked bread with a bit of herbal hops in the background.

T: light malt sweetness with bold roasted malt flavor. Notes of toasted bread and tobacco with a bit of pine bitterness near the end. ABV is well hidden.

M: Excellent mouthfeel with a pleasantly dry finish.

O: a balanced altbier especially when you consider the higher ABV. A good ale well worth a try.

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