ineedbeer (433) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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dhunter151 (402) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with a white head. Caramel, fruity hops, toffee, booze. Just an ok beer.
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jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Salmoniform (83) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A big bomb of a beer from Ninkasi in every sense! Huge malt aroma comprised of caramel and fruits, followed by an in-your-face dose of hops. Nice mouthfeel from this with a bitter finish from the roasted malts and the hops. It will be interesting to see how this ages out with time, seeing as it is a pretty hop-forward barleywine. Drink one now and perhaps save one for later.
benjaminbier (45) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
corpsuckle (38) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
palner (4) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sheldonious (1) - - MAY 7, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A surprisingly drinkable Barley Wine. No bitter after taste. Very smooth and enjoyable.