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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 106   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Dark amber with a two finger white head. The nose shows some caramel and orange zest. Full bodied with caramel and black tea and loads of bitter hops. A touch medicinal on the finish. Soft with medium carbonation. Good, but drinking it makes me wonder why Iím not having a Bigfoot or Old Guardian.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5038) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. At 4 Hands. Orange brown with a big bubbled head. A nicely hopped nose. Big biting hops are tasted but it is also smooth. Huge malt profile. Fruit is big but cannot quite compete with the hops. Very good but just a bit over done.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2012
Great aroma--powderd sugar, alcohol, dried apricots, orange peel, resin. flavor has a metallic, grapefruit rind. bitterness with a little peachy honey sneaking around the edges. modest white head w/ good lacing on clear blush orange. thin and numbing in the mouth. the least tasty and most expensive brew Iíve had from Ninkasi. Great label art.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
Lightly hazed orange, beige head. Aroma of citrus and malt, some dark fruit. Taste is mostly sweet, some vegetal hops. Okay beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours cloudy amber with a very light white ring for a head. Aroma is caramel malts, light booze and very light hops. Flavor is very bitter. Not sure how I feel about this one. Light carbonation and light bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6684) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
On tap at Toronado SF. Pours reddish copper with a peretty beige head nad a fruity aroma. There is a tangy caramel malt and chocolate flavor with a bitter finish. Well-aged.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Pours orange-tan color. Pretty murky. Smell is a bit mild, somewhat malty. Taste was bitter, a bit boozy, but good balance between malt and hops. Fruity and spicy, and a good bitter kick. Very drinkable considering abv. Decent, but nothing over the top.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michaelinwa (611) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Typical run-of-the-mill barley wine. Over the top on everything, but without anything really interesting happening. Tastes somewhat like an imperial IPA. Uninspiring. One time is more than enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
22-ounce bottle. Impressive-looking beer: Murky brown with a thick head and lingering, foamy lace. Full bodied with a lively carbonation. Boldly flavored with very rich elements of toffee, toasted bread, chocolate and nuts. Also has nips of burnt bread crust. Hops are just as strong, fortunately, with assertive notes of pine, citrus and grass. Bitterness has grapefruit flavors and flower aromas. Throat-warming alcohol is fitting. Curiously dry finish, probably from the snappy bitterness and the scrubbing carbonation. Some acidity is noticeable here and there. Overall, itís a solid barley wine with plenty heft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6231) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2012
22, capped and waxed. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that falls quickly away to a loose rim, leaving dense sheets of sticky lace coming down the sides of the glass. Big sharp grapefruit nose, very pithy, almost to a shampoo level. Sticky thick body; not the stickiest but definitely qualifies. Caramel and grapefruit mid palate, at least while still cool. Seems to be picking up some nuts and a bit of toffee as it warms. Bracingly bitter grapefruit finish that gets firmly into shampoo territory.


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