Editor’s note: This is the twelfth in the Beer Advent Calendar 2015 series. Likewise, I’m going to be posting a beer review each day. Some will be Christmas or Winter ales and other selections will be beers I’ve been wanting to review for some time.
An alt ale, Sleigh’r ferments will ale yeast at colder, lagering temperatures, meaning this beer is more crisp and lager-like flavor. Coming in at 50 IBUs and 7.2% ABV, Sleigh’r is a strong beer that demands to be sipped on a cold winter day.
How does it taste?
When you pour Sleigh’r, you see its dark complexion that can’t been seen through. It has a deep, dark red tint and gives a little bit of lacing from a light 1″ head left on the top of the glass.
At first sip, you pick up on what can be described as dark chocolate, dark brown bread and a slight nutty foretaste. You then pick up on the hoppy sweetness (remember, this beer is 50 IBUs) and the caramel malts. The hops you sense are a little grassy and herbal and are formulated to complement the nutty malt taste from before.
This beer is so well balanced and is pulled together perfectly.
Should I buy it?
Absolutely. Sleigh’r is worth the price of admission and should be shared with friends and family this holiday season!