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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. Itís loaded with complex layers of toffee, molasses, dried figs, and toasted oak. A pronounced warming bourbon flavor contributes to the beerís 12.2% alcohol contentómaking 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. ďThis beer is only going to get better with age,Ē says Segura. ďAs time passes, the bourbon character will mellow and more of the dried fruit and vanilla flavors will come out.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle at monkey paw thanks to silky. Pours a clear red color. A sweet rich caramel nose. Rich, dry, caramel, dusty, fruit. Big beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2495) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Thanks to StefanSD. Nice old ale featuring pleasing sherry like oxidized malts, vanilla, oaky. Strong and sweet but not cloying with vanilla-caramel flavors and a tingly alcohol finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4078) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bomber. Clear amberish pour, thin off-white head. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. A nice beer with strong barrel character. Pretty boozy and hot though, and the mouthfeel seems to be pretty thin. Worth a try at least.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
22oz bottle, shared at redlight. Very sweet, oak and vanilla. Very smooth, quite nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir- thanks again, Keir! Pours a clear copper color with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of caramel malts, toasted sugar, sticky toffee, tea, and a little bit of oak and bourbon. The flavor was basically the same- sweet caramel, sugars galore, and a little boozy heat. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. My guess is that this needs a little time to sit and maybe some of the complexity will open up.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bomber from BevMo Mira Mesa: Deep red-amber color with a small, fading off-white head. Aroma is dark fruit with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts rich dark fruit followed by honey, maraschino cherry, some alcohol heat and a light bitter-sweet finish. Medium body is smooth and creamy with lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Tap at Toronado. Phone rate. Reddish brown body with a small beige head, down to a thin ring rather quickly. Oxidized sweet bourbon nose with granulated caramel, a bit of honey and bruised apple. Flavor follows suit with added new oak and good amount of spicy alcohol. Some dark fruits, but mainly caramel and some toasted grain dominate. Seems fairly sweet, but the strong alcohol helps the beer to a semi-dry boozy new oak finish, bitterness at a 2-3. Aftertaste of banana strands. Light to moderate prickly carbonation with a full body. Not too bad at all.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richiesd (31) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
On tap @ Karl Strauss Sorrento Valley 2/16 This was quite a surprise! Not overly hot (Iím sure itíll be negligible with some time). Pours a nice light brown with good carbonation. A nice, pleasant sweetness that isnít overpowering. The bourbon character is strong still, which actually adds to the flavor instead of distracting from it. Lots of toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak on the taste, really quite a treat honestly. From a bar that is literally across the street from my work, Iím very disappointed that I didnít find out about this beer 2 weeks ago, but Iíll be sure to get my fill before the kegs finally kick.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Maple syrup color pour with a head you can count down with one hand. Nose is pretty awesome and full of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste sets back a little as the strong nose doesnít quite hold in the taste. Similar notes just not as pronounced on the sweet side. Surprisingly a bit thin as well. All in all an above average BA Old Ale that will not be confused with a BA4D. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RedPoppy (1) - , California, USA - FEB 11, 2012 does not count
hazy darkish amber with a foamy near beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, treacle and maybe bourbon/vanilla. Med body. Flavor is dark fruit, treacledark fruits, toffee and a bit of root-beer. The palate is somewhat uneven starting thin and building to a thick and pasty conclusion. The carbonation is lively and the alcohol is well hidden. Finishes very long and dry with a lingering aftertaste of bourbon and anise. Overall: Crazy good brew, fans of bourbon barrel aged beers will want to try this one.


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