neepsntatties (1020) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Fest in Anchorage (Jan. 2010). Colour... cloudy-amber with a thick head. Nose... hoppy with some malt character. Palate... very hoppy and piney with a sugared grapefruit wedge flavour, bitter edging, and a lengthy, resinous, bitter finish.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Nikiel (829) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
raphael (806) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Zymurgeist2 (738) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado for Barley Wine Fest. Pours and orange-amber of slight haze with off-white head. Aroma of hops and sweet grain. Lots of hops and bitterness on the palate leading to a fresh clean beer at this alcohol level.
MikeJslc (629) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper, clear, off-white head. Aroma of toffee, burnt sugar, raisins, resiny hops, some leather. Flavor: more toffee, bready malt, raisins, dark fruit, some piney hops, a little grainy astringency in the finish, light oxidative notes.
ansalon (617) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite the understated Barley Wine that is not the extreme sweetness found in most American Barley Wines. Roasted almonds, dark sugars, figs, caramel. Very good!
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Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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...
michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.