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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 106   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Critical Hit does maximum damage


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle #2883/5000 with Carla. Pours a hazy grapefruit red/brown with bleach white foam. Smells quintessentially like a barley wine with lots of sweetness, hints of bitterness mingling with a touch of alcohol. Tastes of caramel, grapefruit, pine and ends with a bit of tart pineapple.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafť:   Reddish side of amber, moderate finely bubbled head, nice lacing.   Malty nose, a little caramel and citrusy hops.   A little caustic up front, raw and green.   Seems to have a lot of citric rind bitterness and a bit of astringency.   Its not too strong, but this one says young.   Could stand to be a bit heavier on the tongue.   Wished that it was a bit sweeter too.   Lots of raw rind bitterness on the exit.   This one needs to be a bit maltier to age.   Tiz okay, but itís a bit brash.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benjaminbier (45) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Tap at Sasquatch brew fest. Bright and clear, caramel amber color with no foam at all, difficult to smell the aromas in here, malt and hop very well balanced. going to have to try more of this tomorrow.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sheldonious (1) - - MAY 7, 2011 does not count
A surprisingly drinkable Barley Wine. No bitter after taste. Very smooth and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Tap at Lucky Lab Fest. Medium brown pour, mild tan head with sticky lacing. Big aroma of citrus and pine hops, toffee, caramel, light earthen hops. Taste was also very hop forward with mostly the pine and earthen flavors taking top billing along with a lot of caramel which I guess qualifies it as a barleywine instead of an IIPA. Pretty solid brew, though I feel itís miscategorized.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6885) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwerís Cafť for Hard Liver, pours murky dark orange. Aroma of toffee, toasted malt, nuts and dark dried fruits. Flavour of caramel malts, balanced sort of with hops but with a cloying sweetness. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4162) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Tap @ Barleywine & Big Beer Fest... [2009 vintage] Poured dark amber with an pff-white head. Still fairly hoppy with two years on it. But the hops played off like they were stale -- old hop flavor. Toasted almonds, little bit of buttery lettuce and cabbage. Mild carbonation and a little boozy. Some yeast notes towards the end. It was alright, but I donít think this is true to Barleywine style. Perhaps American Strong.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
on tap at brouwerís for hard liver 2010. highly bitter, surprising for the style, but not for ninkasi.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Draft, Hard Liver, í08 vintage. Dark amber pour with a white head, left sudsy lacing on the glass. Aroma is on the hoppy end of barley wine, with some caramel backing up classic Northwest citrus, grapefruit, and pine notes. This drinks like a big caramelly IIPA, and has a hop profile thatís pretty characteristic of Ninkasiís beers. Nice lingering pine resin bitterness and loads of citrus and grassy hops. Curious as to how this tastes fresh. Pretty darn tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Save for Astoria Brewingís Bitter Bitch Triple IPA, Ninkasi Critical Hit, from what we gathered, was one of the hoppiest brews at the Lucky Lab Barleywine and Big Beer Fest, and likely the hoppiest barleywine. Lots of toffee and piny tropical fruit notes came from this deep tawny beer. This beer could have almost passed for an triple IPA, but there was some noticeable caramel maltiness present. Very bitter on the tongue, but overall, this is the kind of barleywine many Pacific Northwestern beer lovers like, and Ninkasi ainít no dummy.


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