My true love gave to me…Santa and his Sleighr! Finally! Yes folks, I have been WAITING to taste this beer since the moment I heard tale of its existence. And yes, I love Slayer, although many find that hard to believe. If you read my blog, you know this already.
Onto the beer!
Ninkasi Sleighr Dark Double Alt, 7.2% ABV: This beer might be one of my new favorite Christmas ales. Why? Because it has exactly the types of aromas and flavors I want during the holidays and on cold winter nights.
Lovely, frothy, cappuccino-colored head. Aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate-covered cherry, dried date and raisin, with hints of smoke and charred wood.
Whoa! That smokiness comes billowing out in the palate, along with a defined and complex roasty toastiness. The finish provides a pleasant bitterness, something akin to biting down on a pecan pith. Well done Ninkasi. WELL DONE.
Folks, get your hands on this beer ASAP. It doesn’t last for long, and trust me, you are going to want to be drinking this beer throughout the holidays and winter months. And put on some Slayer while you’re at it.