2013 Reserve R&D Series Critical Hit by Ninkasi Brewing

10465535_10102499761420040_5671206349719221169_oRating: 5.25/5

2013 Reserve R&D Series Critical Hit by Ninkasi Brewing is a 10.4% American Barleywine.

Bottle Number: 06967/10000
In the Ninkasi tradition, this Barley Wine is hopped to high heaven. Critical Hit has a rich malty expression but the 11 varieties of hops linger on the palate. Two-hundred and twenty pounds of hops were used to make only 17 barrels of beer! Its high gravity nature warms the cheeks and soul. Pull out your 20-sided die — Critical Hit does double damage so you might have to roll versus save if you take this ale for granted!


I obtained this one at qualityliquorstore.com along with some other awesome beers. Ninkasi makes some pretty awesome beers. So to see that they made a barley wine and in the theme of Dungeons & Dragons and many of the Rolling dice games, I was really intrigued as my other geek side arose. A D&D beer essentially here to meet the dual geek side. Awesome stuff I think. Cheers!

Rye bread, Floral, herbal, grassy, piney and herbal hops, toffee, butterscotch, stone fruits like peach and apricot, vanilla, flan hints, caramel, pineaple, dragon fruit, honey, gummy bears, orange marmalade, dark fruit raisins, cherries, brown sugar and maple syrup.

Rye bread, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, grassy, piney, herbal, grapefruit, floral, and citrus hops, maple syrup, toffee, biscuit bread, gummy bears, passion fruit, dragon fruit, pineapple, crème brulee, flan notes, sweetened condensed milk hints, dark fruit raisins, cherries, honey, mango, orange marmalade, stone fruit peaches, apricots, tangerines and brown sugar.

Rich hoppy bitterness lingers in the palate along with some hints of caramel, vanilla, toffee, maple and earthy hop notes. No alcohol in the taste even for close to a 11% ABV. Clear crimson red body, silky and syrupy mouth feel and sipping drinkability.

A perfect example of the super hoppy American Barleywines but excels a bit in the sense that it is well balanced giving rich way to its super malty sweetness but also a super hoppy punch of doom. Rolling the die isn’t going to make you enjoy this one, it is already at the 20 for you as shown in the label. I would recommend this one if hoppy Barleywines are your thing for sure as it is a great example of the style.

Anime Corner:
This original character was used in pairing to pair with the colors but also the representative of chance. As you can see in the picture, she throws not only dice but other items that are used in games of chance such as gambling. The beer is a representative of taking a chance at something awesome but also the wizard as it strike with magic and a critical hit. This is seen through what she is wearing.


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