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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3494) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle donated by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! The beer is copper hued with a thin, light tan head. Upon tilting the snifter, a nice sheet of lacing coats the sides of the glass. The aroma offers oak, vanilla, bourbon. Smells strong and bold. nicely done. A bit sweet, though certainly not lacking in flavor. Loads of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. A bit of heat in the finish. A nice beer to sip and savor. Best in small quantities, or enjoyed over a prolonged period of time. Recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-10-2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (848) - 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 doesn’t 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11791) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks to PeteinSD for this one. Red-brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is light bourbon, burnt brown sugar, dark fruit, wood. Taste is dark fruit, molasses, bourbon, oak, nice sweetness. Complex flavors that meld together well. Creamy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy amber-orange with soapy white bubbles. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, rich, graham cracker, light alcohol, toasty caramel, coconut. Taste of caramel, vanilla, toasty marshmallow, light alcohol and bourbon. Great vanilla/marshmallow linger, medium carbonation and body, excellent linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2013
22 oz bottle from Shane. Thanks! A: Caramel coloration with a creme head that’s content to rest around the edges. Surprisingly light on its legs. N: Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and malts. Honey at the edges, and plenty of deep oak. T: Tasty bourbon mixed with ample vanilla and honey. Caramel and toffee make for a sugary treat. Still balanced, I get some bitterness of hops and a hint of dried pineapple. M: Rather light for an Old Ale. It doesn’t ruin the beer, but it could use some further heft and stickiness. However, it does drink far too easily for a 12.2% beer since the alcohol is shockingly absent. O: A well-rounded beer. Balanced and enjoyable; Drink it soon, I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bomber purchased at Bine & Vine fifteen months ago ($10.99). Pours a very hazy brown-amber hue with a half finger of beige foam that quickly recedes to nothing. AROMA of rich toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, maraschino cherry, and some spice. FLAVOR of dark caramel, vanilla, pipe tobacco, mild chocolate, molasses, and a bit of woody bourbon. Finishes with a moderated sweetness. The quite high ABV is really well concealed here. Another quality anniversary brew from Karl. (50, 801)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8412) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle… Clear crimson ale with almost no head. The bouquet is a smooth ribbon of caramel, raw white oak and bourbon. Full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor presents loads of malty toffee and caramel. It shows bourbon and heat, but doesn’t burn. Finishes malty, rich and very warming.

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