pictoman (1184) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2017 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.
Poured from the tap. Amber brown with beige head. Toffee and caramel malt, fig and raisin, mild alcohol. Good flavours, decent cohesion. KansaiBeerLvrs (5302) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 30, 2017
Tap at Imazato. A purplish accented mahogany brown with a hoppy sweet but piney malt aroma. Many were saying Triple IPA. Pretty good but didn’t stand out to me after Pohjala OO Cassis and Eclipse Buffalo Trace. bytemesis (8970) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 14, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2014. Pours clear amber, medium beige head, dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing. Aroma is pine, caramel, oranges. Flavor is fully sweet, hugely punishingly bitter, Eww. Medium body. Ouch. This one hurts rosskyle (755) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Big bottle. Dark amber color with an off white head. Sweet alcohol with a lot of hops aroma. Sweet plum malt up front with a hops finish that lingers. Heavy body. Nice balance of malt hops that disguise the alcohol content. Not a traditional barley wine but is very good.
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Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is earthy, vegetal hops. Taste is medicinal / herbal. Lots of earthy hops with a malt backbone. Not my favorite Barley Wine.
bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
Rating #2437 - 2016.04.11 - Draught @alibiroom - Copper&Theory TT. Golden pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention. Aroma is soft fruits, vanilla,cracked wheat, vanilla, powdered sugar, wildflower honey. Low-medium carbonation, explosive alcohol warmth and depth. Palate is a whirlwind of malty sweet, and alcoholic, earthy dry tones. A phenomenal beer. kathouse (1930) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Deep amber with red highlights. Burnt toffee aroma. Dark caramel and alcohol heat. Finish is dry and vegetal from dry hopping. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2016
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 (6341) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2016
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 (1098) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2016
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