Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottled. My label says "Barley Wine Style Ale" under the "#100." Beer is very dark brown, nearly opaque. Head is large, tan, frothy/creamy. Diminishes steadily but mostly lasts. High bridges of lacing stick on the glass.<P>The aroma’s initial impression is a varied hop bouquet growing in a garden of earthy malts. Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, lighter note of toasted bread crust; Hoppy with moderate-to-heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit oil, moderate dried apricot, herb, light lemony grassy notes; Yeasty with a light-to-moderate note of deep cellar; Light woodsy note of frail raisin, pepper.<P>The flavor is forceful. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter with a long, heavily bitter, lightly-to-moderately acidic, lightly sweet finish. Aftertaste grips lightly and lingers on and on.<P>The body is full, the texture is watery-to-syrupy and the carbonation is average.<P>Very much a IIPA. A nice example, but still doesn’t sway my dislike for a lot of hop in my step.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2008
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a moderately large, long-lasting, dense head that left very nice lacing as it receded. Very pleasant fruity aroma with lots of caramel and some alcohol notes as well. The flavor is caramel up front followed with some fruit and a bit of pepper. Bitter finish with a definite warming from the alcohol also present at the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a beige head. At first I did not get all that much on the nose - but after a while the aromas opened up - dried fruits (raisins), malt, some spices and liquorice. Flavour is quite sweet and complex - dried fruits, peppery alcohol, malt, spices and salt (which made me think of moist snuff). A good amount of bitterness. The finish is quite dry, roasted and salt. Good one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
This dark brown ale poured with a fluffy tan head. The flavor is malt and toffee with a chalky slightly bitter peppery finish. This beer is not sweet enough to be considered a barleywine, as clarified in the Editor’s note. However, it is an excellent double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a black color with off white head. Aroma is rich caramel, alcohol and toffee. Taste is has a spicy hoppiness to it with the usual barleywine suspects, caramel, alcohol and toffee. Slighty fruit and peppery. Finally, something decent from Nogne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a dark black with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is alcohol, toffee, and caramel. Taste is about the same. A well-balanced BW. Nogne finally got something somewhat right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2-22-08 bottle shared with lb4lb and fly
Black pour with a nice creamy white head and super duper lacing. Smell is subtle but has a nice roasted malt aspect to it. Little to no alcohol in the smell and flavor. Flavor has a nice hoppy, malty, barley balance. Overall, another great beer from Nogne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
bottle. pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a huge, lasting tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. smells of burnt caramel and cocoa, as well as some roasted malts, plus a lot of citrusy hops and pearlike fruity esters. the malt tastes turn to bread and toffee, but still maintain a lightly roasted note. citrus and floral and earthy hops come out some in the taste, as does a hint of alcohol, which blends well into the overall effect. smooth, but pretty big, bitter finish that lasts a while, with a delicate light balance. medium body, coating mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. this is good stuff. the complexity of the malts prevents the hops from too important to the character of this beer, which i like a lot. the hops are nevertheless there in abundance, and the whole combination provides for a great drinking experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a nice sized beige head. Aroma of brown sugar and, wood, pine, and earth hops. I did not get a lot of the sweetness being talked about, as it was mostly pine, earth, and woody bitterness with a slight touch of brown sugar and toffee. Perhaps a touch of chocolate or roast too. Nice long dry finish. Alcohol was hard to find, perhaps slightly warming is all. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Hazy brown body with a small off-white head. The nose is brown sugar, raisins, toffee and figs. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter with toffee, plums, light molasses and pine. Full body is round and smooth with light carbonation and a warm finish.

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