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. GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
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. Gription79 (2890) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Lots of toffee, malts, dark fruits, and roasted malts. A solid beer. hayduke (5203) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
a bomber shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours a very dark red color, almost brown, and raised a big bubbled tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Nose of dark roasted caramel malts, with citrus and floral hops. Full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is dark roasted malt, with some hop bitterness, and some hints of dark ripe fruit. The finish shows hop bitterness and some chocolate. Strykzone (7355) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle from Hayduke. We enjoyed it together via facebook chat. It poured mostly clear dark brown and had a nice beige head. Sticky lacing remained on the glass. The aroma was rich roasted malt and grain and those both translated to the flavor. My first sip brought more bitterness than expected. It seems to be fairly well hopped but the only notes are from bitterness. Late that bitterness seemed to be harsh. I am not sure this is a winter warmer and is certainly not a holiday ale. However, it is tasty, interesting, and enjoyable, even on a hot summer evening.
Sledutah (7526) - Utah, USA - APR 10, 2012
22oz bottle from Bevmo nearbeer (5413) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, nutty and caramel
Taste: Roasty, nutty, caramel and semi-sweet finish
A nice beer for a cold winter night.
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 22 oz. Clear mahogany with a lasting film of crunchy foam. Aromas of caramel banana, ash, and a hint of smoke. Taste is cola and caramel. Long finish has some light char. Light-medium body is sweetish, watery, and has average carbonation. OK american attempt at an alt, and gave some extra points for trying.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Enjoyed this one. Pours deep brown with a small head on it. Drinks really nicely with huge malts. Smooth and warm. Thisis12ptfont (1191) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Dark chocolate and oatmeal malts with slight coffee on the nose. Pours brownish black with a nearly non-existant foam top. Coffee-like malts up front with a warming presence of alcohol on the finish. Pleasant carbonation and a thin, crisp feel on the palate. Overall, a very pleasant, warming winter brew with lots of delicious malt without tasting too syrupy/thick. A rating. chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2012
bottle. dark and smooth. not heavy at all. pretty complex flavors. hints of chocolate roasted malts and a tinge of hop bitterness. one of my favorite winter brews.