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Ninkasi Ancient Ale-ians
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Honoring of the end of the Mayan calendar and celebrating the last beer festival of modern civilization, this beer is deep mahogany hued and has a clean, toasted malt profile that finishes with a bright citrus and floral hop presence. The addition of chocolate nibs from Theo Chocolates in Seattle and Guatemalan coffee from Water Avenue Coffee in Portland imparts a rich flavor with perceived bitterness from the hops, chocolate and coffee.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Taster at Holiday Ale Festival. Deep coffee flavor with a hint of hop presence. Light palate for such a dark beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Tap. Pours clear deep amber-chestnut with a large tan creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel and pine dominated. Flavor is the same with some toffee, coffee and pine. Light sweetness and medium bitterness - did not get any real chocolate. Medium body. Nothing exciting here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Draft. Bronze beer with a dark cream head. Light grain and light hoppy aroma. Spice and grain flavor with light hops and light cooca. Medium bodied. Cocoa and peppery spice lingers with malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Draft at the pine box. Pours black with a dense and creamy light tan head. Mild coffee nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Coffee grounds kick off the flavor, followed by a roasty porter, then some sweetish cocoa. Gets a little sweaty and nitrogenous near the end, or it would score a lot higher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draught @ Brouwers Caf: Copper in color, moderate frothy off-white head, little lacing. Roasty nose, not only in malt but also in a coffee sense. Combination watery coffee and roasted malt flavor on the tongue. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Interesing finish, a bit of dark chocolate, bitter cold coffee, and roasted malts. Not enough sweetness to keep it interesting. Odd concoction if you ask me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (4719) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Draft in Seattle. Deep amber body, souring amber malts, roast. Body is oddly sour, pickles and dry alt. Hops play a minor role. Strange beer, another off one for me from Ninkasi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
On tap at the ninkasi tasting room.Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head that leaves ok lacing. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate tastes of all the same things with a good hop presence. Mouthfeel is thin and creamy with light carbonation. This is one if the best beers ninkasi has put out that Ive tried. Too bad its a limited beer. The Guatemalan coffee and Theo chocolates from Seattle are a great combo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Holiday Ale Festival 2012 - Dark in color, clear with a thin head. Nice strong American ale. Big chocolate light citrus flavors and nice finish. Very tasty big strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest 2012... Poured dark brown with an off-white head. Nose had a lot of coffee with malt also. Tasted a bit bitter. Noticeable tobacco with coffee and mesh of hop bitterness. Borderline astringent but the malt sweetness did its thing to retain a balance.

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