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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Brewed and dedicated to the believers of Ninkasi. Rich dark malt complexity is balanced by a plentiful hop presence bringing together perfection in every sip. Who knew believing had so many rewards.

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3.9
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2009
22oz bottle via hagen. Pours a dark copper with a chunky beige head. Nose is toasted malts and citrus hops. Taste starts bittersweet and ends bittersweet, in between there are a LOT of flavors. Caramel, molasses, buttered biscuits, orange, grapefruit and even some pine that carries into the aftertaste. This is quite hoppy for a red ale and almost has some rye-like qualities, has a good strong malt backbone. Almost reminds me of a good black IPA. This is unique and very well thought out recipe, executed perfectly!

2.9
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(draft). Clear amber color. Medium off white head. Light pine aroma. Light malt and pine flavors. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.

4.6
dwyerpg (6078) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2009
This smells absolutely incredible. Sweet molasses with fruit, similar to a barleywine. Dark red-brown color. Flavor starts out malty, a little sweet, but with a hop that continuously grows to the finish.

2.6
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Brewed and dedicated to the believers of Ninkasi. Rich dark malt complexity is balanced by a plentiful hop presence bringing together perfection in every sip. Who knew believing had so many rewards.

3.4
MattAddis (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009 does not count
Dark brown golden color on the pour. Slight sweet aroma compliments the hops. Flavorful sip full of hops and bitter finish.

3.1
DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown/orange pour with very little carbonation. Aroma was sweet caramelly malts and some nice hops. Flavor was tin/copper and burnt sugar while finishing with a little hop bite. Ok beer, but was really hoping for something more out of this one.

3.6
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Pours a deep red with a frothy off white head, Big hops on the nose, a bit of caramel, and possibly black berries? Lots of flavor of roasted malts and a slight bitterness. Tasty.

3.5
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle, with many thanks once again to bitbucket. Pours a very very dark red, medium-depth but persistent beige head, nice, sticky lacing. Nose is hops, fruit, caramel grains and mat. Hops and big toffeeish malt are immediately present on the palate, big, heavy, moderately sweet, and a bit boozy throughout. Basically an APA or Bitter on steroids. An interesting effort, worth tasting, if it wasn’t 800 miles away, worth trying again.

3.8
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottled, pours deep amber/ruby with tan head, huge hop aroma with fruity alcohol notes, nice alcohol spice with roasted hints and hop bitters on palate, very nice

3.5
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a very slight red hue. Big foamy head with a ton of lacing. Aroma of subtle maltiness. Flavor is mainly sweet malt, with some roastiness, and some hop bitterness in the background. Not much of a finish, some bitterness that disappears quickly. Very rich. Not as complex and full bodied as I would expect for a strong ale. Regardless, still a decent beer.


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