Ninkasi: Sleigh’r

Ninkasi: Sleigh’r

Happy Holidays PNWers! This time around, we are going to dissect a true winter ale, Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Sleigh’r: Dark Doüble Alt. First, a little background on what an ‘alt’ is. Like the last beer I reviewed, this beer also is a contradiction. The alt refers to a beer that uses ale yeast to ferment. Ale yeast typically ferments at the top of beer in a warm temperature; however, Ninkasi states that an ‘alt’ is fermented at a colder temperature. It is still considered an ale, but it has some characteristics of the lager; most notably a more crisp taste, than the more typically smooth ale. (http://www.ninkasibrewing.com/beers/sleighr)
Now that the academia of the beer is done, on to the Sleigh’r itself! The pour of the beer creates a light head, more white than tan, like most dark beers. The bouquet that Sleigh’r gives off reminds me of a tobacco I just bought for my pipe, which leads me to describe the aroma as “smoky and sweet”! The initial sip literally caused me to say, “Holy Crap!” The crispness comes across very sharply, but mellowed out as I continued to drink. The malty, nutty, and sweet flavors of this beer indicates the use of many types of malts. As a matter of fact, 6 different kinds of malts are used and only 1 kind of hops. This allows the beer take on a sweeter and less bitter nature.
A perfect pairing for this beer, like all dark beers, would be a nice steak! In addition, lamb, a strong sharp cheese or chocolate dessert would also go great! I did a cheese with it, the Dubliner to be precise! The sharpness of the cheese contrasted with the sweetness of beer. I would strongly recommend getting a sharp cheese to sample this beer with to enhance the flavor of the beer. In addition to this, the stemmed stout glass seen in the picture above is recommended to help enhance the bouquet and flavor of the beer, as well as, allow for the consumer to hold the stem and not cause undue temperature change due to the hands touching a part of the glass that the beer is in.
Over All-Rating: 8
Approachability (for new comers): 5
Flavor: 9
Pour/head: 7.5
Bouquet: 10

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