ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish amber, huge tan head. Stunningly beautiful. Kinda roasty aroma, pine, sweetness, juniper, you name it... Complex. Flavor has a ton of hops with a dark maltyness around there somewhere. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma promises. There’s the pine again. Feels like sucking a branch of a christmas tree. Not that I have tried. Exciting finish leaves you with a dry feel without much of the bitterness one might expect. I gotta give it a re-taste in, say, six months and see how it ages. Very promising so far.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Deep black-amber color with a thick then thin foamy whitish head. Notes of grassy cookies. Great hardy mouth feel and smooth complex finish.
coldbrewky (1492) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via Maria in trade. Pours a seep sienna /umber with minimal head. Nose is malty sweet. Some sediment at bottom ob bottle Full body is accompanied by a flat dryness of hops that is melded well with the undulating malts from just after first mouthfeel to finish. Nuttiness of acorns mixed with earth as sublte points in body. Aftertaste is light tangy hops that last and tingle the gums.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chestnut. Thick cakey off-tan head clings nicely and displays excellent retention. Nice medley of spruce tips, grapefruit, apricot, pinesap, airy phenols and cocoa-tinged malt. Gluey yeast and hints of aspirin somewhat tarnish the brightness. Butter toffee is muted. Expressive carbonation. Body is full and well rounded. Gooey sappiness immediately blankets the palate, but is gorgeously pierced by a lush and powerful surge of chocolate fudge and velvety cocoa. Lustrous dab of anise quells the sweet resins and heavy residuals with a dry and spicy earthiness. The fiercely oily center is partially lifted by a poignant pine-laced spiciness from the hops. High concentration of resins never overtire the palate thanks, in large part, to the clean attenuation. Nuanced spicy-hop layers also help allay the relentless resinous assault. Grapefruit imparts some flabbiness, however, despite the crisp maltiness and poignantly-spicy hop derivatives. Yeastiness slightly weighs down the palate, as well, but doesn’t obscure a whole lot of the brightness. Finespun phenols compensate nicely. Finishes intensely spicy with a clean afterglow of minty alcohol which echoes the conifer-hop-laden crescendo. Dark malt remains delightfully snappy beneath the omnipresent sappiness, as vibrant notes of fudge, bitter cocoa, and milk chocolate linger, though the hops unfortunately eventually topple the lingering malt. This is a bit kitchen sinkish in some ways, but, unlike so many American(ized) heavyweights, some finesse is what sets this apart. Gotta love the spectacular head retention, soft and tight carbonation, as well as the unfiltered state which imparts ample fullness. That said, even as a hophead, the hops happen to overwhelm the malt subtleties, which is too bad considering these are some of the cleanest-extracted malts I’ve experienced in a long time. Very good beer, but a few minor adjustments would catapult this into world-class status.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle (tasting hosted by after4ever) - pours dark brown with cream colored head and nice lacing; loud aroma mix of hops, sugars, alcohol and spices; drinks a little bitter at first, but the hops settle nicely with the sweetness; the great argument beer of the night over the classification; regardless, a very tasty beer and one to enjoy many times over
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The bottle says Barley Wine and RB says DIPA. Whatever it is, it’s got a warm spot in my heart. 100 pours dark brown with a huge, everlasting head that just won’t quit. It’s sticky and stubborn leaving a fluffy island and snail tracks along the walls of my goblet. Aromas of leathered malts. Full nectar with ample residual effers that are soft to the touch. My first impression is of surpirse at the dark, almost black color and very interested. This beer is very generous. It has a mild roast, a moderate hop component, and a moderate sweetness factor. All this is balanced with a plethora of flavanoids. Bitter cocoa, roasted espresso, leather, molasses, vanilla cream. The finish is long like a Saturn winter with the warmth of the Sun. A nice citrus rind bittering component helps as the curtain closes. Overall: I was completely surprised by this brew. It says Barley Wine on the bottle and I wasn’t really in the mood so I kept saving it. I finally gave in and to my amazement I have discovered a new classic gem. 100 drinks well cold, mid warmth, and room temp. There is no reason why this brew isn’t scoring 100. This brew is underrated. I highly recommend 100 with flying colors.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Dark as night pour with a medium sized, tan head. Heavy lacing throughout. Earthy notes in the nose, some pine. There is a bit of sweetness as well, maybe molasses. Mouthfeel is sticky, with big hoppy notes. Citrus hops balance well with the sweetness. Long bitter finish. Another hit from Nøgne.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. dark pour with large foamy head. citrus hops, malty, mild spice aroma. light body for style but not lacking flavor. up front bitterness. very hoppy. peppery. mild choco and coffee bean as it warms. mild but steady richness. the color is suprising.
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The craftsmen at Nøgne Ø have had me captivated with their unique blend of European style and American boldness. I was definitely not going to let # 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale pass me by. Slender 500 ml. bottle, with a starkly attractive label style. The pour looked quite dark for a barleywine, while the head was three fingers tall and foamy. The smell was quite sweet and had me recall raisins, toffee, and cocoa, The taste was not typical of the style, as the malts felt very roasty and astringent. The bitterness was quite brazing as a result of the bone dry nature of the beer. The chocolate, roasted nuts, and smoke in the taste screamed Imperial Porter to me. A big blast of oak notes in the finish had me wondering whether this was barrel aged before bottling. Quite thin and fleeting in the mouth, this unusual Ale was well crafted, and sneaky in the alcohol presentation, but I would be hard pressed to call this a barleywine.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 Pours a very dark, opaque brown with garnet highlights; head is light tan, full, creamy, and fluffy with excellent lasting ability and nice lace. Nose is certainly unique with pine resins, grapefruit zest, dark chocolate, plum, and light hints at burnt wood, roasted malts, and molasses. Flavor is much of the same as the nose with every sip finding something new. Pine resins are dominant bringing a moderately high bitterness with undertones of plum, roasted notes, grapefruit peel, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, and light spicy notes. Palate is medium to full, lively, lightly sticky, and velvety. Finishes completely balanced and long with a bit of dryness, a good bitterness, lightly sweet and fruit notes, with a light warmth; notes of plum, resins, and roasted chocolate. IIPA doesn’t begin to describe this one, it’s more like a super-hopped barley wine with some darker notes and more fruit. Great balance, perfect alcohol presence, complex, unique, and wonderfully put together. My favorite BW by far and unmatched by any other in the style. Still one of my favorite beers.