On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Sleighr (Dark Double Alt), Ninkasi Brewing, 7.2% ABV
Peter: Dark brown, with reddish hues, and a beige colored head. Aroma is fruity, like plums and dates, with toasty malt aromas. Flavor is slightly fruity (dates), with toasty malt flavors, slight grainy notes, and a noticeable alcohol bite in the finish. Hop bitterness is medium/medium high, carbonation is medium, finish is dry.
Very big malty flavor with a noticeable alcohol character. Fruitier than I would’ve expected from an altbier but still solid.
AL: Pours a dark brown color. Aroma reflects combination of ripe plums and a pleasant toastiness. Taste is of boozy maltiness, ultimately leading to a very pleasant, drinkable beer. A warming beer for sure.
Mrs.B: Off white head, retention was nice and fluffy in beginning of the pour and dissipates at the end. Color is a nice brown. Carbonation is high with dry finish. Smooth, sweet, malty and warming but no hoppy flavor but slight bitterness that shows up at the finish. There is a date fruit flavor also that is in the aroma and flavor.
Altbiers are an underrepresented style in craft beer. They are typically balanced beers with enough hop bitterness to offset their robust malt flavors. Sleighr is a little more malty than the style says, but it’s the holidays! What’s a little more malt flavor and alcohol?