N10 Imperial Blended Ale

Oregon
United States
Ninkasi Beer n10 blended ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
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.

Profile

ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
100
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Touting a “striking hop intensity” and a “rich backbone of caramel and roasted malt”, this rich and complex beer impresses at all levels. Measuring in at 10% abv and 100 IBUs, this beer is a blend of 50% Imperial Stout, 10% Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 12.5% Imperial Total Domination IPA, 12.5% Imperial Maiden of the Shade IPA, and 15% Critical Hit Barleywine. This opaque, black ale starts off with an aroma that is almost all Imperial Stout with aggressive roasted, chocolate, and burnt malt with a background of light bourbon barrel-aging vanilla and a hint of hops. The flavor begins Imperial Stout-like with roasted and chocolate malts yet finishing more caramel and toffee from Barleywine. A moderate-light vanilla and bourbon compliment the roasted and caramel malts while a moderate bitterness contrasts. The enjoyable, complex, layered character evokes interest with each sip as the balance seems to shift back and forth between Imperial Stout and Barleywine. The bourbon barrel character adds complexity despite only weighing in at 10% of the blend. Unfortunately, the hops of the IPAs hardly assert themselves despite being present at 25% of the blend. This is a fantastic, very complex beer that evokes intrigue at each sip. Be sure to buy one to drink now and buy a few more to age; it will be very interesting to see how this beer changes with a little time in the cellar. Don’t miss this one!