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 itís miscategorized.
carruthm (1401) - 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 brouwerís for hard liver 2010. highly bitter, surprising for the style, but not for ninkasi.
Smurf2055 (1400) - 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 (1238) - 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.
Zymurgeist2 (1103) - 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.
cstuartj (1002) - Washington, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours a ruby red with a massive cream colored head, lots of lacing. Nose is classic barely wine, sweet, heady, alcohol. Nice mellow attack, not overly sweet, alcohol and malt. yumm.
Salmoniform (983) - 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.
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.
Sarlacc83 (938) - Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, this has been sitting in my cellar awhile. 2010 vintage. 0087/5000
A: Brown color that looks red when held to the light. Foamy off-white head. Legs.
N: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, biscuit, toffee, earth, leaves, and bread. Black licorice and peppercorn.
T: Very, very bitter. Moderate sweetness. I either havenít had this fresh or donít remember it then, but Iíve heard it was pretty brutal, so it seems at least somewhat tamed.
M: Sticky medium-heavy body; foaming carbonation, alcohol burns pretty good.
O: They call this critical hit - I assume that means they threw a dice and whatever number they landed on, thatís how many pounds per barrels of hops they threw in. Must have been a 15+, and they decided to throw them in earlier rather than later. Itís fine, I suppose. Not very complex, but not horrifying; if still too bitter to enjoy.
raphael (912) - 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.