rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in a bottle. Pours deep orange amber with a thin light head on it. Big time malty brew, very well flavored.
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 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 (1369) - 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.
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, 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.
oRos (1348) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle listed at 2013 reserve. Pours light amber with khaki head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is Carmel malt with a sweet finish. Nice hop burn as well
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - 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.
Salmoniform (1227) - 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.