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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 117   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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R&D Series. In the Ninkasi tradition, this barley wine is hopped to high heaven –using more than 16 pounds per barrel! Critical Hit’s rich, malty expression is balanced by 16 varieties of hops that linger on the palate. Its high gravity nature warms the cheeks and soul. Critical Hit does maximum damage, so you might have to roll to save if you take this ale for granted!

Massive citrus, earthy, resinous, and grassy hop flavor is balanced with the melanoidin complexity of port and sherry notes, creating a powerful and warming taste experience. Big citrus, earthy, grassy, and pine hop aroma with port and sherry notes mingle in this beer conditioned for over a year. Aggressive bitterness dominates up front with a large array of hop flavor spanning citrus, earthy, resinous, grassy and dank. Subtle caramel and melanoidin compounds oxidize (in a good way) to create the port and sherry notes that are a trademark to these extremely strong beers called barley wine. The bitterness of the beer helps round out the intensity of alcohol and the malt complexity to make a non-cloying and very, very tasty beer. This may be the one beer that you still need to sip rather than quaff but it is deceptive for the style.

Hops: Columbus, Millenium, Northern Brewer, Simcoe, Falconers Flight, Galena, Peerle, Santiam, Ahtanum, Fuggle, Glacier, Hersbrucker, Liberty, Spalt, Hallertau


1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
furthur (879) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 23, 2016
GABBF draft. Dark amber, cream skiff of foam. Aroma malt, dark fruit. Taste malt, spruce, rubber, not good. Palate ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass red brown with a beige form cap. Nose of fruit, and some citrus. Goodness knows what else but there are other aromas. there. Very full body. Flavor is malts, raisins maybe, and citrus for sure. Finish is fruity and somewhat bitter. Almost overwhelming in the complexity of flavors but there is almost too much going on. A bit rough overall, but still OK.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
monk191 (1736) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Not a great barleywine, more California IPA then anything else. Pours a beautiful bright red with a thick tan head. Smells of berries and hops. Taste is hoppy, and not much else. A bit of berries to start off, then quickly overwhelmed by hoppy bitterness, with a hint of citrus. Had in the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3854) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle from Brewers Haven, 2013 vintage. Big malt bomb. Hazy dark copper body with small creamy, soapy head. Aroma : malt; taste : malt. Big hop finish coupled with slow building warmth. Medium weight, silky feel, bitterness lingers, coupled with pleasing simmering heat. Nice warmer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12697) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2015
(22oz bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of leather, toffee, caramel, bread, raisins, and dates. Flavor of caramel, plum, brown sugar, toffee, raisins, fruit cake, and figs with a dry, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1589) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2015
decent off white head... nice lacing and cap atop a clear light copper brew. Nose is very hoppy... a nice balance of toasty maltiness... Pretty good PNW nose... Much better integrated than my last review. Flavor is very well meshed between the toasty/light caramel malts and the hoppy bitterness and hoppy flavors... Hops show as more pithy citrus notes but a subtle piney hoppiness also raises its head. Body is a solid medium with a light/medium carbonation... mouthfeel is definitely PNW with a residual hoppy oiliness..

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Rose gold hue with a small wisp and a ring. Nose is a bit off with loads of alcohol, dark fruit, and some pine. Flavor has a decent amount of berry, caramel, and coffee. This one was a critical miss.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1689) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Pours a light burnt amber color with a white head. Caramel, toffee, resinous hop, toast, alcohol, wood and vanilla aroma. Caramel, toffee, resinous hop, toast, vanilla, oak, pine and alcohol flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Caramel, resin, hop and alcohol finish. Very hoppy for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (1030) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bomber sized bottle purchased in Portland and brought back to Mpls for consumption. 2013 Reserve. Belgian snifter glass. Aroma has a bit of soapy action with plenty of hops and alcohol. Probably more of a hop factor than other barleywines. Light cherry wood in color. Head is nothing significant but a crisp white color. Taste is definitely complex. It seems to hit all the senses of the tongue leading with some bitterness, giving way to sweet sugary notes, strong alcohol burn, and ending with a hoppy bitterness. Caramel and malt are factors too. Definitely feels boozy. A cloying tendency present. It delivers a definite hit of the critical variety to the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (1026) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bomber from Portland with commonmac on his bday kinda. Light amber mahogany with small white head. Very strong alcohol nose you can smell from feet away. Smell a bit soapy. Some candy sweetness. Sweet and approachably complex. Solid alcohol and tartness burn. Drying at the finish with long lasting taste. Smooth but This beer packs a punch . Finish him!


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