RateBeer
overall
95
82
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 106   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Critical Hit does maximum damage


gnashville's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnashville (4) - Victoria, British Columbia, - MAR 23, 2014
2012 reserve, bottled late 2013 The hops in this are practically jumping out of the glass, and are very much the focal piece. Quite resinous, with a touch of oakiness as well. On the darker side of barley wine, but the body is only middling, which I find to be an asset with this much hop going on. One of the few barley wines I’ve had that I think might suffer somewhat from aging; the alcohol is already quite in check, and losing those hop notes would turn this into a fairly muddy beer. Overall, an excellent take on the style.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuchessOfIowa (12) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle 2013 reserve. Dark amber and slight haze with nice white/ vanilla colored head. Caramel sweetness and rich. Pine and fruity notes. Aggressive alcohol flash on the back and dryness to contrast sweet malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1899) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Clear Amber with white head. Taste and aroma are American barley wine, with high bitterness, and sprucey /piney notes. High residual sweetness ending with lots of over extracted tea. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (5312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2015
On nitro, which was a pleasant surprise. Deep dark amber/copper, foamy tight off white head. Lovely nose of candy sugar and earthy Belgian fruitiness. Perhaps a little bourbony booze on the nose as well. Big full flavor with some bourbon notes of oak and booze esters, some earthy caramalt and cherry and other stone fruits, and a bit of earthy booze and bourbon oak to finish. Brash but tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koskela (388) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
I get very malty aroma with a fruity undernote in this thick not very carbonated cloudy brown brew. Sweet full bodied up front with a molasses and earthy mid taste finishing with a nice bitter and earthy aftertaste and a hint of warning from the 10.4%

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PartyFowle (592) - - APR 14, 2015
Draft. 2009 vintage. Burgundy hue, very hazy. Deep color. The head appears almost nitrogenated -- very thick and dense and tan. Gorgeous. Caramelized sugar leads and rules the nose, followed by toffee, a touch of toasted bread, some sticky alcohol and mild, minty hops. A smooth blend of aromas. More toasty malt appears in the flavor, caramel on toasted bread. Lots of toffee, mostly sweet, plus an earthy hop flavor. Saccharine complexity. Creamy medium body wtih mild, tingly carbonation. No noticeable alcohol save some heat in the nose and tongue numbness. Outrageous.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bomber on game night, oh ya! (From Wilbur’s). Appearance: half finger white head, dark amber color, clear, light oily lacing. Aroma: caramel, resin, light prune, earthy, faint hints of alcohol, exhale is full of pine and resin with alcohol. Palate: medium body, softer carbonation, thin texture with alcohol thinness and warming finish, bitter finish. Taste: sweet caramel with very light fruit notes before alcohol and resinous hops take over and destroy your palate! Pretty interesting, but balance is definitely skewed and off. I enjoy it, but it is not a well balanced beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1342) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (503) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2015
2012 vintage. On tap at Bier Stein, Oregon. Pours slightly red amber color with small white head. Aroma is malty caramel, fig, toffee, bit of burnt sugar. Little hop character in the background. Flavor is sweet caramel, malt, toffee, sugar sweetness, and a notable hop finish. For a 2012 vintage the hops are really pronounced. Awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
seehaferb23 (81) - - MAR 4, 2015
This fit the true category of a barley wine. It helped that this beer was aged.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (841) - - JAN 25, 2015
Bomber, brought back from Oregon, 2012 reserve #4545/12000. Pine resinous hop aroma with subtle notes of caramel and dark fruit. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin off white head and not much lacing to speak of. Starts pretty well with light caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Finishes, not as well to my liking, dry with pine resin hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. Good to start, but the finish was a bit bitter for my palate.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50