Beer & Spirit Ratings
Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale
92 Points

Aged for 12 months in Bourbon barrels, this is a robust beer that exhibits strength and balance. Fruity notes of dried fig, date and raisin are infused with accents of toffee, molasses and sweet spice. Rich, oak-driven flavors of vanilla, coconut and charred sugar—like coconut crème brûlée—flood the creamy palate, giving way to secondary flavors of caramel-drizzled plum and candied orange peel. Even though the alcohol is high, the beer never comes across as hot, but it closes with a lovely warming sensation.

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  • Alcohol
    12.2%
  • Bottle Size
    22 oz
  • Category
    Old Ale
  • Date Published
    12/31/2012
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
2012
Lauren Buzzeo
Senior Editor and Tasting Director

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director/Senior Editor Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006. Thanks to her father, she developed a strong love for wine at an early age, with an enduring passion and respect for all things vinous. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and reviews wines from Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beer.

Email: lbuzzeo@wineenthusiast.net.
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