neepsntatties (1206) - 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 (988) - 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 (965) - 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.
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 (877) - 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 (876) - 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.
thetmaxx (745) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap for Sacramento beer week! Aroma is strong, lots of alcohol and malt. Thin head and dark brown. Flavor is of dark dried fruits. Roasted malts. Pretty good barley wine. This was supposed to be the 2010 version.
MikeJslc (741) - 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.
ineedbeer (710) - 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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davey101 (684) - 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...