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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our 100th batch, brewed for the enjoyment of the brewers, but popular demand forced us to release it commercially. Most enjoyable in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire.

Recommended serving temperature 16°C/61°F Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, and chocolate malt; Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

23,5°P, 80 IBU, 10% ABV.

Editor’s note: Even though the label says "Barley Wine" in the States, the brewery usually says it’s brewed to be an IIPA. The American label was supposedly a glitch. In Europe it’s sold as an IIPA. But to save the admin crew some time dealing with user feedback, it’s listed as a Barley Wine.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scipio (699) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Pours a deep, dark amber with a thick and frothy beige head. Very appealing and complex aroma, with raisin, licorice, plum, apple, caramel, pine, and some chocolate undertones. The fruity aspects stand out most here. The taste, while really not what I was expecting, is very good as well. It is quite roasted. Big on caramel, coffee, chocolate, and pine. I still get the darker fruits underneath these dominant flavors. Contains an impressive hoppy kick that is very much like an IPA. Aftertaste is caramel, coffee, and lots of pine. More of a medium body here with a texture that is sticky. Alcohol content becomes apparent quickly and settles in very nicely. This beer really is something else. It feels like a blend of different styles that are all made up extremely well. Each sip gives a different impression to me. And the transition from the nose to the taste is wonderful. If you want to impress your friends, make them try this one.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cnesmark (13) - NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
The aroma is intimidating, forewarning a heavy brew. But the taste is not that heavy after all. Rich, but not too much. Sweet, malt, rye (even though there isn’t any), dried fruits, hops.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (1627) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
500ml bottle @ the 8th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, brought by myself, plucked from Clutch’s end-of-tour grot box. Pours dark brown with off-white head. A big bold genre-straddling CDA, blending pine, malts and citrus flavours with a touch of honey sweetness creeping in. An excellent, attention-grabbing beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (35) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2014
Pours ruby with a nice head. Aroma: very hoppy, malty and caramel notes. Taste: pretty sweet and heavy (typically for a barley wine), great hoppy bitterness makes the taste more lively. Palate: warming and hoppy. A great barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3753) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2014
Shared between 4 at the September 2014 Shrewsbury beer exchange, cheers Mat. 500ml bottle; BBD 9 Dec 2018. Ruby hue to the darkish amber body. Dark fruits and semi-sweet malty molasses rule the aroma and taste with mini citrus hop underbelly. Decent, hides the alcohol nicely too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shark_Pants (178) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours dark cola colour with 2 finger fluffy beige head that leaves a nice lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, toffee, biscuit, malts. Smell is in between a barley wine and a dark IPA. Taste is also in between the two styles, grapefruit, treacle, overcooked toast. Sweet at the front end and bitter in the finish, without a huge amount of dryness. Full bodied. Dark IPAs aren’t normally my thing at all but this is great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (188) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at home (0.5L, batch nr 989, 26-06-13). Pours dark brown with a beige head. Sweet aroma of fruity hops, caramel, malts, raisin, dark fruits, alcohol. Some roasted malts, coffee and chocolate as well. Thick, creamy, mouthfeel. Sweet taste, dark chocolate, (roasted) malts, caramel, dark fruits, some yeast, and hops. Bitter hoppy finish with hints of roasted malts. Very nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matis (115) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle. Hazy, dark grey colour with tan head. Sweet hops on nose. Chocolate, raisins, nuts, yeast, salt, earth in aroma also. Liquier texture, oily body, sweet dark malts firstly and extremely hoppy finish. Some gras and citrus notes under the basic level. Wow.. it’s so complex and perfect barley wine, strongly reminding an imperial IPA. Wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rewo (27) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Dark ruby with minimal foam, lots of yeast floating in the bottle. Full sticky body, astonishing mouthfeel. Nose dominated by caramel malts, raisins, plums, roasted toast, exotic fruits hoppiness and some chocolate, similar in the mouth fruity and caramel sweetness followed by heavy yet short bitterness . Great, heavy beer. Either a IIPA with full, stronger than usual, body or heavily hopped barley wine - for me it’s the latter, maybe would have a kind of different opinion had I opened it when it was somewhere around 10 C, not 15+. Would love to drink it 99 times more.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maximet (57) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2014
Opaque dark brown with a big tanned head. Strong caramel aroma, with dark fruit, hint of citrus, resin, bread and dough. Taste is mainly caramel with some roasted pinch. Creamy, rich texture with lively carbonation. Nice bitterness/sweetness forgoing each other.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, dried fruits, pine and some roasted chocolate notes. Taste is sweet with raisins, caramel, ligth bitter roasted finish with a sweet background.


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