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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Seasonal Release Series. Dark Double Alt - A delicious Northwest seasonal brewed with Winter in mind. A dark double alt, malty, nourishing and delicious, it’s sure to keep the cold weather at bay. Let Sleigh’r rock your winter!

An alt ferments with ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives alts a more refined and crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The doüble alt means that it has been “Ninkasified." Regular alts are 5 to 5.5 percent ABV and 40 IBU’s. Sleigh’r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and has 7.2 percent ABV and 50 IBU’s keeping it in a perfect alt balance!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Hazy copper with off white head. Bready aroma. Chewy malts leads to a bitter finish. Dry. Thinnish mouthfeel turns full and flavor remains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark brown, some slight tan head. Aroma is malt and bread. Flavor is malt with strong alcohol tones. Palate is surprisingly slight. I expected it to be quite a bit thicker. Overall a great altbier!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1008) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 5, 2011
pours hazy brown like really dark iced tea, off-white head, thin and translucent. Smells like a bunch of lager yeast !? with light subdued caramel (needs to warm a bit). Flavor is the same with some slight bitter/herbal hops. Boring, lagerish, not what I’m looking for in a holiday ale. Now that it’s warming I’m getting Christmas tree, cinnamon, nutmeg. Still, it’s really not my thing, and not very ale-like, even for an alt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
11chitlover (1) - - NOV 4, 2011 does not count
Best ninkasi yet it has a nice flavor and smell and it is made in Oregon that is a big plus

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Pours dark with a thick, durable head that clings to the glass. Fairly low aroma, taste is lightly malty, subtle hops, with a mild lingering bitter finish. Nice for an alt, but not very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle from BevMo: Poured a burnt amber hue with a patchy topping of foam head. Aroma has a moderate addition of hops while the caramel malts come through as well as a scent of alcohol. The flavor is well balanced between some oily and tangy hops and caramel malts that juices this alt up some. Easy drinking beer that hides the 7% alcohol content.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bomber. Appearance is a dark brown and crimson color with a creamy layer of tan head. The aroma is mostly dark malts, caramel, cake and raisins. The taste has more of a roasted, bready malt character to it with some molasses, prunes, brown sugar and cocoa. Also some citrus and hops bitterness rounding it out at the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with full carbonation and finishes slightly burnt and bitter. The overall flavor is kind of like a Winter Warmer with a citrus hops bite to it. Decent but not nearly as dark and heavy as a beer made to honor Slayer should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle. Colour... dark brown with a thick off white head. Nose... quite roasty with malt at the forefront and caramelized sugar. Palate... moderately frothy with a sweet but bitter tinge followed by roasted malt, whole wheat dough, cereal grain, alcohol and a lingering bitter-roast finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Ninkasi’s dark Winter Seasonal is actually much tamer than I expected. Fairly smooth, easy to swallow. I would say, in the end I am pleasantly satisfied with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5677) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Deep hazy dark brown body with a thick, dense rich light brown head - very nice looking for sure. Aroma of roasted malt, spruce, caramel, cherries, a touch of nuts and a little peat - nice and complex. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasty malt flavours showing at first with some good sweetness, a little earthiness, a touch of caramel and a good rich malt and spice kick. Aftertaste shows a decent amount of alcohol, some pungent spices, a lot of peat and earth and the by far the strongest - the roasted malt. Overall, a nice beer, showing a good amount of complexity for the style and a nice alt for the season! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 26-June-2010 sampled two days before leaving for Alaska again, at home in Washington on 16-June-2011.

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