Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale

 
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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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. 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.

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MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
tepid transparent red-amber. nose is stale tea, marshmallow, oxidized hell. Flavor is heavy sugar, caramel stinging the throat, sticky. That’s it.

3.8
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bottle shared by ygtbsm94: Pours a clear deep amber bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a sweet light caramel and bourbon oak flavor with a touch of butterscotch. Starts with good fullness and chewy caramel malty sweetness with a healthy amount of warming vanilla bourbon before a semi-sweet oaky finish. Has good complexity, but could use a year or two of aging.

3.7
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
651mL thanks ygtbsm94. Pours clear tawny amber. Small bubbles. Nose is richer bourbon with rich brown sugar, tawny malt Barleywine, butter. Taste is richer, silky, spicy, rich bourbon heat. Wood and buttery bourbon oak. Much better than expected. Not bad. Richer malty palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Clear amber pourbwith a small sudsy white head. Bready toffee and oxidized malts with vinous dark fruit and dough. Way to oxidized- no fun. Medium body with low carbonation, which didn’t help this beers cause.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - 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.

4.1
LtDan (1806) - 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
cbkschubert (2901) - 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.

4
blutt59 (6565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
bottle, poured a thick muddy orange, strong raw syrup,. malty, toffee, some bitterness, good sipper

3.7
Strykzone (7430) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Almost clear and mid brown. There is a lot going on in the nose. Figs, wood, to name a couple. First sip is hot. Alcohol is tasted. Wood, vanilla, all kinds of fruit. Cinnamon. I just wish this were not so hot. Otherwise it is crazy complex and that makes it so much fun to try.

3.7
cubs (10639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle @ home. Hazy, reddish orange appearance with a small, off white head. Rich vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, a bit dark fruity, oaky aroma. Rich dark fruity, plum rains, leather, caramel, toffee, big vanilla, oaky flavor. A bit strong but nice.


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