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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.


3.6
   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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3250) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle. It pours reddish amber with a shrinking orange/khaki head. The aroma is a bit hot and solventy, but has nice bourbon notes and some hints of raisins and plums. The bourbon and alcohol is a bit overpowering. The flavor is also sweet with lots of bourbon, although itís surprisingly not as hot as the aroma. Wood, vanilla, caramel and a little cherry rounds out the flavor profile. Itís a bit thin and simple for such a big beer, but itís definitely quaffable. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7403) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2013
640 ML bomber Light brown sugar color, persistent white head that settles to a collar through drinking. Sticky ABV legs. Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, burnt brown sugar, dark fruits and figs. Nice array for the nose. A little more towards the brown sugar, and toffee but quite nice. Taste is in line with the nose but add in some coconut and pretty much dialled in. A little thin in the taste and quite barrel forward. Sweet and sticky feel. More brown sugar, toffee and coconut in the feel. Quite slick. Medium bodied and well hidden ABV. Nice beer that will continue to develop more

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4361) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderate brown color with a short head. The nose carries a good dose of bourbon along with some oak, vanilla, and a big of fruit. Flavor hits toffee and caramel notes alongside bourbon and an underlying oaky vanilla character. Moderate sweetness and fruit character. Medium body without the amount of booze that the ABV would indicate. Worth a try.


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