26th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

BA SCORE
70.6%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 17 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full-bodied ale has dark fruit and caramel flavors, with hints of bourbon and toasted oak. The warm finish makes this beer perfect for celebrating, whether it’s your first anniversary or your 26th.

Added by BucannonXC5 on 02-10-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
17
Liked:
12
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by mactrail:
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Sweet and hot, spicy and lush. Full of high boozy notes with a sweet caramel taste. A pleasant sip. It's more of a Barleywine taste, though the Belgian yeast comes through to dry out the finish.

Lovely aroma of Bourbon and roasted malt. The flatness and flabby mouthfeel does not show this very well. Surprising bitter aftertaste. On tap at 57 Degrees at Washington and Pacific Hwy.

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3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khmel
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bourbony taste, but nice.

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Photo of trippytbta
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. The caramel And toffee notes are amazing. Great barrel chatacter

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Photo of akang
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Snifer
From: Karl Strauss Brewing Company in La Jolla, Calif.
Price: $10.00 w/ a 26th anniversary snifter
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 7, 2015
Misc.: On the release day (I think); Board read 12.5% ABV

Poured a dark, reddish, hazy color with one finger of khaki tan head. Light lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled plum, bourbon, black cherry, raisins and toffee. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted much better than the nose. Got black cherry, light tobacco, plum, raisins, bourbon, sweet toffee and caramel. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was a really good beer. I’d love to have it again. (Overall - 4.00)

3.98 | 89 | B+

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Photo of anon
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

26th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.6% out of 100 with 17 ratings
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