Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale

 
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RATINGS: 57   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. 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.

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3.5
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.

4.3
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.

3.9
48FanInCali (851) - 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 doesnít 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

4.7
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.

4.2
bhensonb (15083) - 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.

4.4
hamilton23 (619) - 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.

4.2
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, 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.


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