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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 106   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
palner (7) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
2011 Reserve bottle 2847/6200. Amber red to caramel in color with nice airy foam. 11.7abv but quite drinkable. Can feel the alcohol after first glas. Taste is sweet but with a bitterness from hops. My first barley wine.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhunter151 (530) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Pours dark amber with a white head. Caramel, fruity hops, toffee, booze. Just an ok beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2013
I love that Ninkasi beers taste like Ninkasi beers regardless of the style. This wonderful barley wine hid the super high abv marvelously while delivering the signature Ninkasi hoppy bite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (3788) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 Draft - Vintage 2010 - Sweet fruit, strawberry and hoppy floral notes. Cloudy orange with a thin head. Sweet pine and some of those sweet fruit. Booze on the finish, but overall pretty drinkable for a barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (4842) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head. Caramel malt nose with some hop. Malty flavor with grassy hops and some caramel before a bitter, earthy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle of the 2011 Reserve (2760/6200) with 11.7% abv. A dark reddish brown color with a foamy tan head. A sweet caramel, raisin and fruity aroma, with a nice rich body. A full and lush barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (695) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
2010 Reserve, Bottle #1062 Aroma is heavily tilted towards malt, but there is still a surprisingly hoppy note. The hops give it a hint of citrus, but also a pine and earthy note. Lots of sweet caramel malt of varying degrees of darkness along with some notes of toffee. Some raisin and fig notes along with burnt sugar. Pours a murky copper to light brown with a hint of ruby. Small, but thick light tab head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges. No lacing with medium sized legs. Flavor starts with darker caramel along with faint roast and chocolate. You then get a sweeter caramel note with some fruit - raisin, fig and plum. Moderate bitterness with only faint pine and citrus notes. Some alcohol spice in the finish with lingering burnt sugar and bitterness. Some balanced malt character in the finish. Bitterness and alcohol are both a bit on the harsh side. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Astringency is medium low with moderate alcohol warmth. Overall this is not a bad beer, but its not amazing either. The bitterness is a touch harsh and lingers unpleasantly which drowns out a lot of the malt character. I wonder if this would get better with even more time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
davey101 (678) - Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2013
2010 Reserve, Bottle #2503/5000, 22 oz bomber into a Bolt Cutter glass. A - Has that perfect barleywine look to it. A nice burnt amber body that is slightly hazy and three fingers of dense, slick light khaki foam with large bubbles that just coats the sides with killer lacing when swirled. S - Very boozy with dark fruits, some faded piney hops, and lasting toffee and caramel. Pretty rich and bold, but not in a great way. Really just too much alcohol presence. T - A muted combination of toffee and faded piney hops. Slick and oily which is great given the style but everything is just so boring here. Finishes with a high level of bitterness and an unpleasant booziness. Mouth feel is nice and creamy though. O - This left a lot to be desired. Not sure if its the age on it, but its just not a very interesting barleywine. A bit too boozy and the hops flavors are mostly faded but the bitterness is still kicking around. Meh...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10902) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. 2011 bottle # 2211/6200. Pours very deeply ruddy with a slight beige head. Aroma is malty with medium dark fruit. Full bodied. Flavor is heavy malt, fig/raisin/plum with some arguably citrus hop. There’s a hop bite. Know that. Heat is enjoyable. With strength at 18 and charm at 16 how can one not like this character. It finishes malty, plummy and bitter. At least that’s my take. Just tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample from 2011 bottle #4547/6000 at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a medium thin and foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly to a film. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of hops, malt and citrus. Full-bodied with flavors of hops, grapefruit and grainy malt. The finish is resiny hops and malt. Couldn’t pass up the impulse buy for the label alone, but it turned out to be pretty good overall.


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