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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Seize the season with Sleigh'r. Layers of deeply toasted malt are balanced by just enough hop bitterness to make it deceivingly drinkable. Paired with a dry finish, Sleigh’r is anything but your typical winter brew.

Tasting Notes
An Alt ferments with Ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives Alts a more refined, crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The Alt has been “Ninkasified” raising the ABV and IBUs. Sleigh'r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and balanced.

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3.7
User134089 (1644) - - DEC 1, 2012
22-oz.bomber into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 1, 2012 (purchased the variety 4-pack for $15.99 at BevMo (with card) in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) on Nov. 27, 2012). Black, but not pitch black, with some brown in it with two fingers of dark tan head that lasted for quite some time. Pretty good retention all-around - wet and foamy on the sides, light lacing on the top. Smelled black cherry, dark fruits, chocolate, plum, toffee and caramel. Tasted those same dark fruits - black cherry, plum and regular cherries. Also chocolate, toffee, caramel and even a bit of brown sugar. Pretty bitter. Full body. Surprisingly thin texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Normal finish. This was a pretty good beer, although I think it could have been better. I’m a sucker to chocolate and cherry in the beer and it worked here, but not as much as I would have liked.

3.4
blushing_crow (15) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2012
A medium strength aroma of malt and hops. Very dark clear red brown in color. Very malty in taste and hoppy taste later.

2.6
Syzzer (736) - Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
This is a nice dark winter beer. I think the "alt" label is a stretch- nothing especially unique. A mild stout with mild body, low carbonation

3.6
Ratman197 (15624) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, earthiness and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of toffee, dark fruit and earthiness with a crisp lingering toffee finish.

3.4
Mr_TBone (188) - Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Hint of prunes, soft earthy hops, a touch of oxidation and hint of cocoa on te nose. Taste is slightly astringent with big dark fruits, plum and has a nice clean finish. Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/13/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a medium light beige head and spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of toasted malt, caramel and some mildly spiced hops. The finish is roasty with a malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.8
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Out of the bottle from Fred Meyer. Pours a dark, slightly opaque color with a frothy tan head. Smell is slightly roasted as is the taste. The taste is balanced with a slight roasted flavor as well as some small sweetness. This is my favorite winter seasonal since Snow Plow was discontinued...

3.8
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2012
A - Pours a dark red-black with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace. S - Aroma is a mix of dark, lightly roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, with some spices and some lemon and noble hops. T - Starts off with a mix of dark fruits, dark malts, some molasses, and a touch of spice. Through the middle, some roasted character and chocolate comes through with some noble hop flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted dark malts, dark fruit, chocolate, some spices, and some alt yeast esters. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch syrupy with a sweet and roasty finish. D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Double Altbier. Nice malty backbone with some dark fruit, chocolate, and yeast character to balance.

3.2
GarrettB (1693) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2017 January 4th, 2015 - I missed the holiday boat on this one by a few days, but the Sleighr is still a dark beer for a cold Colorado night. The aroma begins with a sweet tinge, like a peanut butter stout, combining some malts mimicking milk chocolate and almonds, which creates a sensation like Twix, one of my favorite candy bars. A heavy, busy carbonation punches up the palate, delivering a roiling, running taste of rue bread and biscuits, with some hazelnut, too. 12/17/2009 - Not every beer at Christmas time can be an elegant Belgian concoction. The American brewers are hard at work too, and frankly, they probably know more about what you want than some faraway Europeans. Maybe. Santa’s European after all. If we don’t quibble about nationalities though, it’s easy to find some merit in the American Christmas staples. Every season brewers release a slew of dark winter warmers. The variance between beers slims down considerably so that each glass is more like the last, but it’s a consistently good flavor, like that family recipe that gets reused every year. It’s with this attitude of comfort (and complacency) that I begin to conquer a bottle of Ninkasi’s Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt beer. It’s a dark beer, but colored more like a porter, with a cola looking brightness, and little to no head. The aromatic profile has a light smoke, a sprinkling of sweet, baked raisins, some dry but flavorful jerky, and a cool creaminess familiar to different kinds of savory dishes - mole, for example. The flavor is sweet at first, but the sugars quickly retreat. A blend of bitter hops and malts fill the void, bringing with them dark chocolates and unground coffee beans, followed by a sort of rasping, almost choking aftertaste that is generically bitter, and denuded of all the interesting flavors from earlier in the taste. For that reason I see pairing well with some other kinds of seasonal treats - brownies or nougat or something else that comes out of an oven with a 5 figure calorie count. 7/4/6/2/13

3.6
Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Lots of toffee, malts, dark fruits, and roasted malts. A solid beer.


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