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Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale



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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bottle shared by ygtbsm94: Pours a clear deep amber bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a sweet light caramel and bourbon oak flavor with a touch of butterscotch. Starts with good fullness and chewy caramel malty sweetness with a healthy amount of warming vanilla bourbon before a semi-sweet oaky finish. Has good complexity, but could use a year or two of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
651mL thanks ygtbsm94. Pours clear tawny amber. Small bubbles. Nose is richer bourbon with rich brown sugar, tawny malt Barleywine, butter. Taste is richer, silky, spicy, rich bourbon heat. Wood and buttery bourbon oak. Much better than expected. Not bad. Richer malty palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Clear amber pourbwith a small sudsy white head. Bready toffee and oxidized malts with vinous dark fruit and dough. Way to oxidized- no fun. Medium body with low carbonation, which didn’t help this beers cause.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Minimal off-white head that wholly dissipates, atop crystal clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee, light Bourbon. Taste is sweet, toffee, some caramel, light berry/cherry. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark red with no head.

Aroma: Faint maple syrup and brandy. Fruit like pear and apple.

Taste: Brown sugar with a dusting of Euro hops, chocolate, whiskey, wood, maple syrup.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky.

Overall: A beautiful sipper that will probably age really well. I am happy with the results of letting this years anniversary beer age for an entire year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Sea Trader Liquor & Deli - Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is oak/bourbon, toasted malt, esters, and vanilla. Very nice. Flavor is much of the same. Finish is soft and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
bottle, poured a thick muddy orange, strong raw syrup,. malty, toffee, some bitterness, good sipper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6764) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Almost clear and mid brown. There is a lot going on in the nose. Figs, wood, to name a couple. First sip is hot. Alcohol is tasted. Wood, vanilla, all kinds of fruit. Cinnamon. I just wish this were not so hot. Otherwise it is crazy complex and that makes it so much fun to try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle @ home. Hazy, reddish orange appearance with a small, off white head. Rich vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, a bit dark fruity, oaky aroma. Rich dark fruity, plum rains, leather, caramel, toffee, big vanilla, oaky flavor. A bit strong but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Aaron for the pour! Dark brownish red with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, bourbon, toffee, hints of biscuit, touch of vanilla and rich burnt notes in there. Taste is a nice mix of sweet vanilla, bourbon, hints of caramel and dark fruit, touch of biscuit, toffee, hints of spicy dark fruits, finishing fairly sweet, but very tasty. Like this for sure!

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