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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 117   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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R&D Series. In the Ninkasi tradition, this barley wine is hopped to high heaven using more than 16 pounds per barrel! Critical Hits rich, malty expression is balanced by 16 varieties of hops that linger on the palate. Its high gravity nature warms the cheeks and soul. Critical Hit does maximum damage, so you might have to roll to save if you take this ale for granted!

Massive citrus, earthy, resinous, and grassy hop flavor is balanced with the melanoidin complexity of port and sherry notes, creating a powerful and warming taste experience. Big citrus, earthy, grassy, and pine hop aroma with port and sherry notes mingle in this beer conditioned for over a year. Aggressive bitterness dominates up front with a large array of hop flavor spanning citrus, earthy, resinous, grassy and dank. Subtle caramel and melanoidin compounds oxidize (in a good way) to create the port and sherry notes that are a trademark to these extremely strong beers called barley wine. The bitterness of the beer helps round out the intensity of alcohol and the malt complexity to make a non-cloying and very, very tasty beer. This may be the one beer that you still need to sip rather than quaff but it is deceptive for the style.

Hops: Columbus, Millenium, Northern Brewer, Simcoe, Falconers Flight, Galena, Peerle, Santiam, Ahtanum, Fuggle, Glacier, Hersbrucker, Liberty, Spalt, Hallertau

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (10070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle #4086 out of 6200, 2011 Vintage, shared at game night with TvM and heavyleavy. I hope this was worth 3 years of cellaring...Pours a deep amber-orange, very hazy, with a soft golden head. Beautiful chewy toffee malts with a marmalade sweetness and a warm, mildly bitter finish. Tawny port traits in here, sticky big body, velvety mouthfeel. Loved it, definitely worth the wait!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (8900) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuchessOfIowa (161) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Draft, Hard Liver, 08 vintage. Dark amber pour with a white head, left sudsy lacing on the glass. Aroma is on the hoppy end of barley wine, with some caramel backing up classic Northwest citrus, grapefruit, and pine notes. This drinks like a big caramelly IIPA, and has a hop profile thats pretty characteristic of Ninkasis beers. Nice lingering pine resin bitterness and loads of citrus and grassy hops. Curious as to how this tastes fresh. Pretty darn tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
22-ounce bottle. Impressive-looking beer: Murky brown with a thick head and lingering, foamy lace. Full bodied with a lively carbonation. Boldly flavored with very rich elements of toffee, toasted bread, chocolate and nuts. Also has nips of burnt bread crust. Hops are just as strong, fortunately, with assertive notes of pine, citrus and grass. Bitterness has grapefruit flavors and flower aromas. Throat-warming alcohol is fitting. Curiously dry finish, probably from the snappy bitterness and the scrubbing carbonation. Some acidity is noticeable here and there. Overall, its a solid barley wine with plenty heft.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14889) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. 2011 bottle # 2211/6200. Pours very deeply ruddy with a slight beige head. Aroma is malty with medium dark fruit. Full bodied. Flavor is heavy malt, fig/raisin/plum with some arguably citrus hop. Theres a hop bite. Know that. Heat is enjoyable. With strength at 18 and charm at 16 how can one not like this character. It finishes malty, plummy and bitter. At least thats my take. Just tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2013
I love that Ninkasi beers taste like Ninkasi beers regardless of the style. This wonderful barley wine hid the super high abv marvelously while delivering the signature Ninkasi hoppy bite.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1655) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (3533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (627) - 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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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