Critical Hit - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bomber of the 2010 vintage. According to the label, this was bottle # 647 out of a total of 5,000. I have no idea where I purchased this, but there’s a price sticker indicating it was for $13.99. If I had to guess I suppose I bought it at either Enoteca or Huckleberry’s.
Poured a dark amber color that took on a more orangey color when held up to light. Big, creamy beige head that hung around for quite a while and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.
Surprisingly “hot” aroma from this – I had assumed it would be mellower after 4 years. Piney and citrusy hops were the primary aroma – the hops did not seem to have “faded” to any great degree. When this was fresh, it must have been an absolute hop bomb. Biscuity malt aromas rose to be detected once the beer had warmed up a bit.
Surprisingly bitter hop blast up front, and more herbal than the nose indicated. Quite boozy as well – yes, there’s still quite a lot of “heat” to this one.
Full bodied, with a prickly, coating mouthfeel.
Bigger and brasher (is that a word) than I expected for something that’s been laid down for several years. I can only imagine how big this was when it was fresh. Unless I were to somehow discover that this bottle was an aberration, I would sit on a similarly aged bottle for a while longer before I tried it.
06-02-2014 03:22:20 | More by woemad
4.36/5 rDev +19.5%
22oz bomber share courtesy of RateBeer's one and only dcschiller, thanks again Dave. 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. Wow!
05-23-2014 04:07:26 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle.
Appearance - Deep orange. Small white head. Retains well.
Smell - Citrus hop. Grapefruit. Slight oxidation. Sweet caramel malt. Smells like a standard barleywine.
Taste - More of a balance to the hops and malt. Grapefruit. Sweet caramel. Oxidation. Bitter.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Tastes like it's getting old.
Overall - Generic, but it's tasty.
10-04-2013 23:50:31 | More by Alieniloquium
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Part of a four way blind barleywine taste test.
Pours orange-tan color. Pretty murky.
Smell is a bit mild, somewhat malty.
Taste was bitter, a bit boozy, but good balance between malt and hops. Fruity and spicy, and a good bitter kick.
Very drinkable considering abv.
Decent, but nothing over the top. Probably not worth the money though. Better than Dick's, but not as good as Green Flash or Full Sail.
07-15-2013 04:21:05 | More by Smurf2055
4.24/5 rDev +16.2%
The 2009 version, on tap at Bier Stein the other day.
The beer pours a somewhat darker, copper amber color with good head retetention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this one, as I get considerable malt, dry citrus, vanilla and brown sugar. This beer smells like a big old, hoppy barleywine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and put me in mind of an aged version of Bigfoot. There beer has some nice, slightly oxidized, aged ale flavor components that is pretty nice, which blends well with the brown sugar, sweet malt and considerable hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly full in this moderately sweet beer, and the finish is long and fairly dry, due to the considerable boost of hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable, but this beer is not at all hot or tiring on the palate.
A fine beer, but I was happy with the small taster I got of it at BS. That's really all I needed.
05-13-2013 22:26:35 | More by John_M
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
2010 Reserve, Bottle #2503/5000, 22 oz bomber into a Bolt Cutter glass.
A - Has that perfect barleywine look to it. A nice burnt amber body that is slightly hazy and three fingers of dense light khaki foam with large bubbles that just coats the sides with killer lacing when swirled.
S - Very boozy with dark fruits, some faded piney hops, and lasting toffee and caramel. Pretty rich and bold, but really just too much of an alcohol presence.
T - A muted combination of toffee and faded piney hops. Slick and oily which is great given the style but everything is just so boring here. Finishes with a high level of bitterness and an unpleasant booziness. Mouth feel is nice and creamy though.
O - This left a lot to be desired. Not sure if its the age on it, but its just not a very interesting barleywine. A bit too boozy and the hops flavors are mostly faded but the bitterness is still kicking around. Meh...
04-20-2013 03:32:07 | More by davey101
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
2011 Vintage. 22 oz served in a snifter.
a: deep garnet with a tinge of brown. Head off white that dissipates quickly leaving tight lacing and sticky bubbles on the edge of the glass. Lacing lingers all the way through
s: aroma starts with burnt sugar, almond toffee, toasted grain, dried black mission figs, and a spicy, earthy, and herb note from the hops. Is that a mushroom note in there? Undertone of alcohol and a whiskey like pineapple note.
t: flavor starts with a bright citrus with notes of toffee, caramelized sugar, dates, figs, earthy and spicy hops, bitterness is clean, strong but soft and lingers on. Alcohol noticeable.
m: medium full body with very low carbonation (acceptable to me in this style). Lingering bitterness that shows its age and a fairly dry finish.
o: good barleywine but not as profound as I had expected. Nice and rich full flavor with a great nose.
03-21-2013 00:32:13 | More by Kerfluffel
2.5/5 rDev -31.5%
2010 vintage #2279/5000
A: Poured a sherry-orangish color with good carbonation and a dirty white head. Quite a bit of lacing on this one
S: Faded pine, some citrus and cardboard with some bread
T: initial taste of citrus followed by a dash of heat and then some dish soap, cardboard oxidation, faded hops and a long bittering presence on the end. Really hard to get pass the dish soap and cardboard.
M: Mouthfeel is bitter, well carbonated, medium-big to big body with pine, a tad bit hot.
O: It was not that great fresh and now its just plain harsh. Not a candidate for aging.
03-14-2013 11:46:02 | More by barleywinefiend
Critical Hit from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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