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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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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. It’s loaded with complex layers of toffee, molasses, dried figs, and toasted oak. A pronounced warming bourbon flavor contributes to the beer’s 12.2% alcohol content—making this strong ale an ideal after dinner sipper or accompaniment to desserts like bread pudding. The company only bottled 413 cases of this beer, encouraging fans to enjoy one now and lay another down several years. “This beer is only going to get better with age,” says Segura. “As time passes, the bourbon character will mellow and more of the dried fruit and vanilla flavors will come out.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2014
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle. Pours clear orange/amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is malty caramel with tons of vanilla and maple oak. The flavor is even maltier, huge, with the same vanilla and maple from the nose. The body is syrup full with medium minus carbonation and a long malty and bourbon finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2729) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
6 dec 2013, bottle. Pink/orange, clear, no bubbles. Nose is honey, sweet malt. Med body and moderately fizzy. Sugary, golden syrup, mild alcohol, cherries. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1136) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2013
640 ML bomber Light brown sugar color, persistent white head that settles to a collar through drinking. Sticky ABV legs. Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, burnt brown sugar, dark fruits and figs. Nice array for the nose. A little more towards the brown sugar, and toffee but quite nice. Taste is in line with the nose but add in some coconut and pretty much dialled in. A little thin in the taste and quite barrel forward. Sweet and sticky feel. More brown sugar, toffee and coconut in the feel. Quite slick. Medium bodied and well hidden ABV. Nice beer that will continue to develop more

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1406) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle. Hazy dark copper pour with a red hue and a light tan head. Bourbon, light vanilla, and dense, sweet malt. Taste is clean bourbon up front with nice vanilla and even some minor coconut before giving way to alcohol spice and a heavy, sweet malt backbone. There’s not much really going on with the malt profile but the bourbon character is nice and compliments the heavy malt with some trailing alcohol heat. Coating mouthfeel. Straightforward and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (933) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bomber purchased at Bine & Vine fifteen months ago ($10.99). Pours a very hazy brown-amber hue with a half finger of beige foam that quickly recedes to nothing. AROMA of rich toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, maraschino cherry, and some spice. FLAVOR of dark caramel, vanilla, pipe tobacco, mild chocolate, molasses, and a bit of woody bourbon. Finishes with a moderated sweetness. The quite high ABV is really well concealed here. Another quality anniversary brew from Karl. (50, 801)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Thanks, Miller! Another pretty impressive Anny ale from these folks, this one a fine and dangerously drinkable old ale. Deep brown pour with orange tints, silky and cloudy body with a nice firm head. Some dark notes mixed with grand marnier qualities in the nose, finished off by strong wood and rich fruits. Body is quite lively, even though it maintains sipper characteristics. Ultimately comes across like a slightly bolder Curmudgeon. Good one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Orange with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of oak character, as well as some vanilla and bourbon. There is also some sticky molasses character and some toffee. The flavor is very similar. I get some bourbon, as well as the associated oak, vanilla and maple. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Very nice beer, understand there is some variation but it is intensely sweet and caramally, slight fruit, slight earthy hop.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (949) - Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2013
22 oz bottle from Shane. Thanks! A: Caramel coloration with a creme head that’s content to rest around the edges. Surprisingly light on its legs. N: Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and malts. Honey at the edges, and plenty of deep oak. T: Tasty bourbon mixed with ample vanilla and honey. Caramel and toffee make for a sugary treat. Still balanced, I get some bitterness of hops and a hint of dried pineapple. M: Rather light for an Old Ale. It doesn’t ruin the beer, but it could use some further heft and stickiness. However, it does drink far too easily for a 12.2% beer since the alcohol is shockingly absent. O: A well-rounded beer. Balanced and enjoyable; Drink it soon, I think.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy amber-orange with soapy white bubbles. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, rich, graham cracker, light alcohol, toasty caramel, coconut. Taste of caramel, vanilla, toasty marshmallow, light alcohol and bourbon. Great vanilla/marshmallow linger, medium carbonation and body, excellent linger.


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