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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22544) - , 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18745) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17261) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Amber in color with a thin khaki colored head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, wood, and dark fruits. Plenty of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar to go along with it. Perhaps a hint of molasses along with some light oxidation. The beer tastes great. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bourbon are the primary flavors with vanilla, oak, and dark fruits such as plums and raisins playing a role as well. The only knock I have on this beer is the body, which is quite thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred’s 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 it’s reasonably complex and everything works well together. Didn’t notice the heat until it hit my lower throat - very warming down there. It’s fruity bourbon in the finish - not too strong - just about right. This is really well done.

   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12765) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a small cream head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, molasses, toffee, and what smells like sake yeast. Flavor of caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, raisins, chocolate, and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12721) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11961) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bomber shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks! Pours a clear amber color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, honey and spice. The taste is toffee, brown sugar and a bitter citrus hop finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Very nice beer, understand there is some variation but it is intensely sweet and caramally, slight fruit, slight earthy hop.

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