Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Save for Astoria Brewing’s Bitter Bitch Triple IPA, Ninkasi Critical Hit, from what we gathered, was one of the hoppiest brews at the Lucky Lab Barleywine and Big Beer Fest, and likely the hoppiest barleywine. Lots of toffee and piny tropical fruit notes came from this deep tawny beer. This beer could have almost passed for an triple IPA, but there was some noticeable caramel maltiness present. Very bitter on the tongue, but overall, this is the kind of barleywine many Pacific Northwestern beer lovers like, and Ninkasi ain’t no dummy.
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber with red highlights. Burnt toffee aroma. Dark caramel and alcohol heat. Finish is dry and vegetal from dry hopping.
Blairgus (4123) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
31 July 2016, tap. Pink/brown. Nose is booze, nail polish, dried grass hops. Med body and moderately fizzy. Bitter grass hops, some booze, bitter throughout, mildly sweet. Good.
reebtogi (5684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bomber pours amber in color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus and caramel with some earthy and grainy notes. Taste is a citrus and earthy hop bitterness with a fruit and caramel malty sweetness with a light alcohol burn in the finish. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation for the style. Overall, a very nicely done barley wine that is hoppier than most beers of this style, but still balanced and not too over the top. Highly recommended.
stantheman (900) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver. A very dark copper color beer with minimal beige head and tart vinous nose. A big load of bitter hops nicely balanced with sweet malts. Well done! 4
beerplace (779) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Alibi Room. Vintage 2014. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet, with caramel and dried fruits notes. Taste is complex with tropical fruits and piney bitterness, caramel, roasted malt. Hoppy bitterness aftertaste. Very good!
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown amber, thin head. Lots of bitterness, hop earthy foresty notes. Sweeter caramelly malts. Has light fruits. Decent bw
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Derek. Pours a cloudy brown with medium white head that lasts. The aroma is earthy malt and citrus. Medium mouth, roast, earth, dark fruit, bitter finish, ok.
slowrunner77 (10131) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Still don’t know quite what to think of this one, but bottom line was, I didn’t finish it.
The nose is fantastic, classic malty barleywine with some age on it, leather, berries, bread. Hops as it opens. Flavor starts nice, then BAM - my tongue tries to recede into the roof of my mouth as the ridiculous amount of puckering bitterness hits me in the finish. As much as I tried to get past that, I could not. Such a shame, as after the first whiff, I was ready for a classic. But...too abrasive for it’s own good.
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma doesn’t have that delicious molasses, but other than that, this was stellar. A great Barley wine molasses flavor that isn’t too sweet or heavy. Went down quick.
Gerbeer (3134) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with moderate head. Aromas of brown sugar toffee and fruity/rubbery hops. Flavors of same with additional elements of grass, copper, and bitter citrus peels. Really nice and should cellar well.