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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3.7
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle. Hazy dark copper pour with a red hue and a light tan head. Bourbon, light vanilla, and dense, sweet malt. Taste is clean bourbon up front with nice vanilla and even some minor coconut before giving way to alcohol spice and a heavy, sweet malt backbone. There’s not much really going on with the malt profile but the bourbon character is nice and compliments the heavy malt with some trailing alcohol heat. Coating mouthfeel. Straightforward and enjoyable.

3.7
Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
6 dec 2013, bottle. Pink/orange, clear, no bubbles. Nose is honey, sweet malt. Med body and moderately fizzy. Sugary, golden syrup, mild alcohol, cherries. Nice!

3.7
wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2014
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle. Pours clear orange/amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is malty caramel with tons of vanilla and maple oak. The flavor is even maltier, huge, with the same vanilla and maple from the nose. The body is syrup full with medium minus carbonation and a long malty and bourbon finish.

3.7
Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle from FBW 2014. Shared at BA tasting. Pours a clear copper brown color. No real head. Aromas of vanilla and dark fruits. Batrel isn’t overpowering. Taste is sweet with a hint of booze heat.

3.6
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
22oz bottle, shared at redlight. Very sweet, oak and vanilla. Very smooth, quite nice

3.6
joeneugs (6372) - 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 it’s surprisingly not as hot as the aroma. Wood, vanilla, caramel and a little cherry rounds out the flavor profile. It’s a bit thin and simple for such a big beer, but it’s definitely quaffable. Nice.

3.6
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, 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
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2012
This poured a murky darker red color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of oak and vanilla, booze, and some caramle and toffee too. Flavor was very sweet and oaky, a bit underattenuated, not much of the underlying beer comes through past the bourbon/oak unfortunately.

3.6
crossovert (13833) - Chicago, 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
papajohn (1340) - 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.


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