ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar, grapefruit and pine hops, and some booze.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, and some grapefruit and citrus hops and bitterness. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more resiny bitterness with some more caramelized malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, caramelized sugars, grapefruit and pine hops, some bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big bold barleywine with a surprisingly high level of smoothness and drinkability.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 it’s miscategorized.
baraciisch (1489) - USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish with reddish tint... Sticky caramel aroma... Flavor is caramel, toffee, hints of hops, alcohol burn... Nice
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carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at brouwer’s for hard liver 2010. highly bitter, surprising for the style, but not for ninkasi.
Smurf2055 (1245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
neepsntatties (1092) - 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, ’08 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 that’s pretty characteristic of Ninkasi’s beers. Nice lingering pine resin bitterness and loads of citrus and grassy hops. Curious as to how this tastes fresh. Pretty darn tasty.
Nikiel (862) - 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.
ansalon (838) - 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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raphael (830) - 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 I’ve had from Ninkasi. Great label art.