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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.


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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (599) - 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.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2015) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10359) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8557) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2012
Clear reddish amber pour. Off white head. Caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon aroma. Flavor is loaded with sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some light bitterness on the finish. Reminds me of the FW anniversary beers a lot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
bottle, poured a thick muddy orange, strong raw syrup,. malty, toffee, some bitterness, good sipper

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - 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.


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