N10 Anniversary Imperial Blended Ale | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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N10 Anniversary Imperial Blended AleN10 Anniversary Imperial Blended Ale
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N10 Anniversary Imperial Blended AleN10 Anniversary Imperial Blended Ale

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
N10 commemorates ten wild and wondrous years of independent brewing in Eugene, Oregon. Crafted with Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, two Imperial IPAs and Barleywine, these five heavy-hitting beers collide to celebrate one unforgettable decade. Big and flavorful, our N10 blend offers a striking hop intensity followed by a rich backbone of caramel and roasted malt. Enjoy now or save for later, this beer is crafted to change over time in the most delicious way.

Imperial Stout, 50% of final blend
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 10% of final blend
Inspired by our past and celebrating our future, these Imperial Stouts feature a rich complexity paired with a sizeable hop profile, giving the final blend deep, roasted notes that better with age.

Imperial Total Domination IPA, 12.5% of final blend
Imperial Maiden the Shade IPA, 12.5% of final blend
Our history of crafting highly-hopped beers began on day one. N10 incorporates two Imperial versions of our cornerstone IPAs, Total Domination and Maiden the Shade, offering a big, citrus and floral hop hit.

Critical Hit Barleywine, 15% of final blend
A nod to our nerdier side, Critical Hit Barleywine possesses an impressive level of port-like characteristics. As it ages, the caramel flavors and bitterness intensify to create a complex finish.

Added by jaydoc on 03-29-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kinmundy77
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 8444dodgers01
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cherry aroma. Oakey aroma. Appearance is a dark brown with tan head that receeds into a thin bubbley collar. Nutty aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste like bourbon without the bite. Finishes with a sweetness. Does have the hoppiness in the beginning. The maltyness is more prominent though. Good beer but for a anniversary beer I expect the best. If this is there best I can live with it.

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Photo of brenn79
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber, thanks Bill- Pours dark brown with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma is oak, oats, chocolate, raisins, cherries, caramel, sweet and dessert like. The flavor is strong in oak, again dark fruits, the hops really present themselves with astringent bitterness. Very much like a barleywine mixed with a black IPA, not bad.

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Photo of wmartin
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Despite the claimed blend percentages, this drinks very much like a barley wine. Actually, right out of the fridge it tastes like 75% IPA / 25% BW. Warmed from 40F to 60F, it tastes more like 75% BW and 25% IPA. Finish and memory is very much BW. Not getting a lot of complexity, though. It is possible that as this was acquired from a bottle shop after a year or so sitting on the shelf, that some of the subtlety has been lost.

It is very bitter, as befits a BW. This may account for the somewhat low ratings for this anniversary beer. If you are expecting something sweet like an imperial stout or something rich and barrel-aged, you will be disappointed. If the label stated "danger, bitter beer ahead!", people might be better prepared for it and appreciate it more. I enjoyed it, but then I like barley wines.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, mahogany brown body sporting a thick, creamy, light tan head. Subtle chocolate and cocoa nib aroma infused with a dry, musty, wooden quality. Boozy, dark malt flavors; hints of cocoa; notes leather and tobacco. Heavy yet smooth and creamy mouthfeel; light, sugary sweetness; a tad hot with the alcohol.

Well, blow me down! Not a bad little beer, for a blend. I can't say it all knits together seamlessly, but there is plenty of distinctive character and depth to this offering to make it worth a try.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Viscous chocolate-brown with speckles. 4
Rum raisin cake with some barrel. 4
Glace cherry, ginger cake, rough orange rind, a bourbon hit, and some roast. 3.75
Medium, hot, salty. 4

Hoppy bitterness is tearing strips out of the brandy notes in the stout. Boozy, too. Never quite gels. Firestone Walker XX, this is not. 3.75

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Photo of BethanyB
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to have found this recently retired beer at Milk & Hops in Manhattan.
Look: The nearly pitch black body bears a slim tan head which leaves behind teensy pinpoints of lace.
Smell: Incredibly fragrant and complex. Chocolate, vanilla, and malted milk combine to form the aroma of Whoppers candy. A hefty serving of roasted malt does well in taming the additional sweetness that comes in the form of dates and in-season strawberries.
Taste: Rich, burnt mocha with a prickly herbal and earthy hop finish. Oaky strawberry and vanilla bean. Happily similar to the laudable smell.
Mouthfeel: Impressive in that mucho carbonation doesn't stampede the silky creaminess of this medium-bodied mouthfeel.
Overall: Refined, yet conspicuous hop flavor gives this big beer some extra points of interest without throwing things out of whack. A fine gem, and while it didn't exactly knock me out of the park, it was still everything I expected.

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Photo of Justriv
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of TheHopsman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another cool beer in a box from ninkasi, this one a neat blend of some different barrel aged beers they do, but it comes across like an overly barrel heavy slightly darker barleywine, i think they could have ramped up the stout threads a little bit, but thats maybe just me. it looks nice at first, a little murky but heady and deep caramel color, short of mahogany but with red hues, really deep. toward the bottom of the bottle there is an insane amount of sediment though, way too much. barrel char bits? wouldnt be yeast in a beer like this would it? anyway, the bottom quarter or so of the bottle is a little ugly. aroma and taste are both sweet, super malty, english for a second, toasted bready, toffee, honey, and of course a whole heap of bourbon. i really like the dark grain elements from the stout, and where they pop in, i appreciate the coffee notes, the balancing bitter, and the depth they provide, but i would like more of them to mellow this out just a bit. dried fruit like raisin and even apple flash in as well. lots and lots of wet wood, slight oak tannins, heaps of bourbon whiskey with sweet vanilla and fusel alcohol shining through. not quite as complex and mature tasting as i thought it would from the description on the box, this seems a bit kitchen sinky to me, less refined and dialed in than it could be, but its nice beer that drinks smoothly and was enjoyable to share with friends over a fine grilled chicken supper. its odd that its kind of hoppy in the end, it doesnt really fit with the whiskey, but its a neat idea and definitely a learning experience for me, being an uncommon blend of beers. worth trying if you like the barrel aged strong ales, but i have not seen this around much...

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Photo of BWood
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of this one. It's not terrible, but I don't think it's something to be proud of as a anniversary beer. The ipa clashes with the stout. I had this fresh and it was not very good. Drinking it tonight with about 6 months on it and it's a little better. Still not something I would seek out.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A lot better then I thought, nice color and drank pretty smooth. Haven't been impressed by their beers of late but might grab another bottle of this stuff. Cheers

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Photo of IpeeA
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ilikepaleale
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 32 oz growler after tasting it at a local Oregon liquor store ($15 for a 32 oz fill marked down from $19....ha ha). I'm always up for something a little different...and considering it's 32 degrees outside was looking for a nice warmer anyway. Not a big fan of barleywines but this is a blend with only around 15% barleywine. I like it a lot. Looks like a stout, and drinks like a stout with a little Arrogant Bastard ale swagger to it. Dark, nutty, hoppy, chocolatey, toffee-ish with a very slight wine aftertaste. Nice head and 10% ABV. Polished this off in an hour and a half and am good for the night.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DrBier
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccrida
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wanted to have this one on the fresh side to enjoy the hops from the IPA in the blend, but that was a mistake. The hops are there in resin and bitterness, heavily so. But they clash with the malt, which is chocolate and caramel. Smell is more caramel then anything. Appearance is pretty flat. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, less a blend and more a mis-mash.

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Photo of spoony
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bomber to a snifter.

A-The beer is dark brown and nearly opaque. A short tan head fades quickly to a film on top and a collar around the glass. The beer is still. Not terribly attractive, but pretty much what you might expect from a blend like this.

S-The aroma is a bit jumbled, but the first thing that jumps out is a resinous hop note. Not really pine-like, but more sappy and sweet with some notes of overripe fruit, rye bread, and cocoa powder. I don't pick up much barrel but the alcohol is definitely there warming up my nostrils.

T-The taste is a bit like the smell, i.e., something of jumble without anything resembling a unifying flavor. It is less resinous and more bitter than the smell, especially on the finish, which is leafy and medicinal. Still no real barrel presence, but there is some subdued cocoa, caramel, and rye bread notes. Pretty boozy on the finish.

M-I like the feel of the beer. It is medium to heavy in weight with a soft, almost-creamy carbonation. It sips well.

O-I have liked most of the other Ninkasi beers I have tried, but this was a letdown. It is just too all over the place in terms of flavors. Oh well...happy birthday, Ninkasi!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, in a sexy silver-tinted boxed package. Pretty much a melange of all their high-test brews from over their first 10 years of being a going brewing concern. And Christ Almighty, I hate it when there are more relevant reviews on Ratebeer, then there are on here, just sayin'.

This beer pours a generally clear, very dark cola tinted brown colour, with two flabby fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky light brown head, which leaves some weird dissolving cheese form lace around the glass as it eventually recedes.

It smells of acrid, way-too phenolic nose-twitching Kentucky-sourced alcohol, bready and roasted caramel malt, some earthy nuttiness, cocoa-tinted coffee notes, a touch of woody licorice, some barleywine-adjacent mustiness, and a very minor leafy, weedy, and grassy green hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, further saucy tropical fruit esters, kind of stale dime store chocolate, cafe-au-lait, acrid tanned leather, resinous tree effluent, some generic Bourbon barrel boozy woodiness, and more weird under the basement stairs musty esters.

The carbonation is fairly benign in its barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as I eventually get around to noticing the changing temperature around here. It finishes fairly sweet, the various big-boy beers continuing to provide their various inputs to this gang-bang of a brew.

Yeah, from first go, there was something fishy about this offering - the booze just seemed too handsy, in the manner of an uncertain presidential candidate at the current moment, yeah? Other than that pithy observation, there is certainly a helluva lot going on in this brew, but I'm already too fucking tired, and this brew is tiring me, so, ipso facto, make your own assertions, those of you who are capable of doing so.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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N10 Anniversary Imperial Blended Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 45 ratings