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Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale



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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fredís the man. Pours hazy darkish amber with a foamy near beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, treacle and maybe bourbon/vanilla. Med body. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle, chocolate, bourbon/vanilla and some astringent oak. Nothing overpowering here, but itís reasonably complex and everything works well together. Didnít notice the heat until it hit my lower throat - very warming down there. Itís fruity bourbon in the finish - not too strong - just about right. This is really well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
On tap at KnB. Pours a nice copper color with a bit of off-white head. Aroma is tons of bourbon, caramel, some dried fruits and vanilla. Taste follows the nose. Slightly sweet, with a nice amount of caramel and dried fruits. An incredibly well balanced beer. The high ABV is very well hidden. Nice job. I cannot wait for these bottles to be released.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon fizzes down to a fine film and ring. The nose is dominated by bourbon whiskey with vanilla, sherry and something sassafras-like. The taste is rich and complex with bourbon flavors and oak. Besides whiskey, the taste also features, vanilla, sherry, dark 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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