Boscos Ninkasi
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RATINGS: 1   MEAN: 2.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   ABV: -
2003 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner. "Our ancient ancestors in the Middle East had their priorities in order.First they discovered how to turn the barley they cultivated into a mildly alcoholic beverage that we now know as beer. Then, obviously appreciative of their newfound skills, they composed a hymn to “Ninkasi”, the Goddess of Beer. This hymn, “written” down on clay tablets, was found 4,000 years later by modern day archeologists. The hymn is actually more of a set of instructions on how to make their favorite beverage. We just had to try it. It is our reproduction of this “beer recipe”. Brewed with malt, bappir (unleavened flat bread), honey and dates. Wonderful balanced flavors of traditional ingredients. Over 200 pounds of bread was baked to brew this beer! One note for those who want to know all the details: The Sumerians didn't use hops in their beer, but we added a small measure of hops to help preserve the product and to make it resemble what most of our customers think of as beer. There are about 4 IBUs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2004
This beer is the most non-beer I've ever had. It was very unique in that it was not very carbonated or hoppy (4 IBUs) or malty. It just...was. Usually a beer, even a horrible one like BMC has the fizzy aspect. Think sweetened, alcoholic, mineral water.

Ninkasi was obviously brewed with care and attention to the 4,000+ old style. It tasted like a beer that had been sitting out for a very very long time, not necessarily in an unappetizing way. Maybe not for millenia, but you get the idea. The aroma was a combination of earthy/dusty/mold/musty and yet vaguely fruity - mostly lemon. The flavors were mostly the same, only with a touch more malt. I enjoyed trying the sample (they say 4 oz but I think it is more like 2.5) and little sips of it are more than enough to get the jist of this beer.

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