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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1932) - Portland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle at a ChrisO tasting, London. Pours clear ruby with a small, white cream head. Boozy malts in the nose, with some caramel and toasty bread. Big sweet flavor with lots of caramel, golden raisins, nice toffee. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Big sugary finish with lots more caramel character, mild warmth, almost no bitterness. Quite sweet but very characterful. A good sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Bev4less: Appeared as a dense mahogany/ burnt orange hue that was topped with a thin foam head. Aromas is mild with a thick malty backbone while a dominate nose of bourbon and wood barreling comes off strong. The drink is intensely sweet that has a sugary taste of syrup and caramel malts, but is masked behind a boozy punch of bourbon whiskey. Really hits me hard with alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3094) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Trade with JHogan4. The aroma is bourbon, toffee, fruit. The appearance is reddish brown, white head, big-time carbonation bubbles. The flavor is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, fruit. The finish is bourbon warming, sweet. Medium in body, a little thinner than expected. really good, but it should probably be laid down, to mellow out the bourbon flavors a bit. Thanks, Jeremy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a retentive off-white head. Aromas show big maple like, candied, burnt caramel, chewy sweet malt character. Wood, brown sugar, low dark fruits, wool. Flavors are of brown sugar, nutmeg, melanoidins, spicy oak, caramel. Already some oxidative notes. Woody. Boozy and a bit thin with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle, 10/31/2012. Pours clear dark ruby amber, thin light tan head. Aroma thick with smooth bourbon notes, vanilla and wood, plenty of dark toffee fruitiness. Flavor follows suit, though without as much depth-whiskey, light vanilla, dark bread, subtle roast, dry caramel and oak, booze. Medium palate, yet still a bit thin for the ABV. Pretty nice all the same, definitely enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22060) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
25th September 2012
The ChrisO small midweek tasting. Hazy amber beer, good off white head. Light semi dry palate. Nice sweet woody bourbon - smooth with vanilla and little toasted coconut. Mild fruits underneath. Semi dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6323) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2012
This poured a murky darker red color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of oak and vanilla, booze, and some caramle and toffee too. Flavor was very sweet and oaky, a bit underattenuated, not much of the underlying beer comes through past the bourbon/oak unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle at Chriso - 25/09/12. Slightly hazed amber with a thin off white head. Nose comprises toffee, nuts, sweet caramelised sugars, dark fruits and a little booze. Taste follows nose and I also detected almond tones. Medium to full body with a dry astringent finish. Decent enough but no world beater.

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