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RATINGS: 53   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - 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 (2774) - 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 (7854) - 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 (1020) - 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 (14744) - , 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 (4302) - 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 (8294) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (6714) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle at ChrisO. It pours hazy golden amber/brown, with a bubbly white head. The nose is toasted coconut, cinnamon bun, dark fruit, raisin, leather and booze. The taste is rather sweet, raisin, currant, wood, leather, toffee, alcohol warmth, damp wood and spice (particularly cinnamon), with a warming finish. Medium body, fine-medium carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. A bit thin to match up to the alcohol. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks to PeteinSD for this one. Red-brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is light bourbon, burnt brown sugar, dark fruit, wood. Taste is dark fruit, molasses, bourbon, oak, nice sweetness. Complex flavors that meld together well. Creamy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle donated by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! The beer is copper hued with a thin, light tan head. Upon tilting the snifter, a nice sheet of lacing coats the sides of the glass. The aroma offers oak, vanilla, bourbon. Smells strong and bold. nicely done. A bit sweet, though certainly not lacking in flavor. Loads of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. A bit of heat in the finish. A nice beer to sip and savor. Best in small quantities, or enjoyed over a prolonged period of time. Recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-10-2012

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