Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle number 986, 2011 reserve. Dark opaque amber, fairly carbonated. Smells like burnt caramel. Tastes great. Sweet, a little creamy feeling, smooth, more caramel. A spot on barley wine, if you ask me. fiulijn (20493) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - APR 11, 2014
2015-03-31, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 600th Menu Party, 8-4-8-5-15=40
Dark amber color, with creamy beige head. It has a good flavor of dark malts (a good job there), and an impressive hopping, with all in it (bitterness crazy level, resins, some fruits), lightly dusty. Also, light cheese aroma.
Huge, ungraceful, but satisfying.
Reminds me of classic American Barley Wines, like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Great Divide Old Ruffian...
2014-05-02, bottle from Whole Foods Westlake, Seattle; vintage 2012, bottle 03368/12000, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Brown color with dark amber hue, small head. The aroma of dark caramel and components of hop sweat and hop resins immediately brings back to older times (Old Foghorn).
Full bodied but not heavy, with round mouthfeel, and moderate sweetness; the dark caramel flavor dominates the opening, with accents of biscuits and dark bread; then the bitterness appears, with its load of dark hop resins, and reminiscent of Italian digestive liquors (Cynar, Rabarbaro Zucca). The stickiness on the lips, in the end, is also a good sign.
Old (American) school; I will get back to this one again.
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. trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap, pours a dark amber copper color with a thin white head that leaves light lacing. Smells of dark fruit, caramel, oak, dark malt and citrus. Tastes of the same things. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation and a dry finish. Pretty good aged barley wine. I think it’s the best thing I’ve had from Ninkasi. gnashville (4) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014 does not count
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.
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Neiman’s place. Thanks Neiman. Lovely clear reddish amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, piney and resinous hops (slightly stale), caramel and cookies. Flavor has some sweet malt, caramelly and cookie-ish, some fruitiness and quite a bit of bitter piney hops. Medium to full-bodied. Nice. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
22oz bomber share courtesy of dcschiller. It pours with a murky amber body that has some golden hues and supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up big musty malt sticky pine hops, a sliver of grapefruit and then some molasses. The taste has a nice mix of resiny pine hop heavy bitterness and then streams of molasses to midway. Malts bubble forward for a moment before the resiny pine hop bitterness and a sliver of sweetened citrus hops take over and bring this to a rich rewarding finish. Solid bold American style Barleywine. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
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. arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle,slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of nice caramel, toffee, dark sugars into a bit of vanilla, oaky like notes, slight fruit in there, touch of spice, yeasty notes, hints of grass as well from residual hops. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, vanilla, hints of dark fruit, red fruit, slight grass, finishing sweet. Tasty with the age on it for sure. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
22-Jan-14 (22-oz wax-dipped bottle: Purchased 13-Jan-12 for $14.75 at northwestliquidgold.com)
2010 Release, Bottle # 3261 of 5000.
This beer pours a very hazy, amber body that’s translucent at the edges. The light-tan head rises to half an inch before settling to a bubbly ring and thin, unbroken sheet, and it leaves a wide ring of lacing at the top of the glass. The nose is earthy, woodsy, caramely, and fruity, with dried apricot and ripe apples, but also some dried grass from the hops. On the palate, though, the hops come though more. The beer still tastes very malty, earthy, and fruity, but the hops give the beer a grassy, slightly piney flavor. But what’s most noticeable is the aged, malty aspects of the beer such as decayed forest-wood earthiness; sweet, caramely , and slightly chocolatey malt; and dried apricot, orange marmalade, peach, and fleshy, tropical fruits. It’s full bodied and medium-sweet on the palate, but not heavy or cloying because of the balance from mild, hop bitterness and gentle, earthy acidity and dryness. Carbonation is medium-light, and the mouthfeel is soft and easy. Overall, this Barley Wine has aged superbly, and could be at its peak for my tastes. The hops are still present, the aged-related aspects contribute complexity without excessive oxidation, and it’s a great beer to sip for an hour or two. Very, very enjoyable.