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

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RATINGS: 1223   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Floback (528) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Pours an intriguing black with purple hues underneath a fingernail of purple-ish head. Tight webs of lacing. Nose is dark fruits, i.e. plum and red grape, and resinous hops. Flavors contain more grassy hops, hints of caramel maltiness, and oak wood. Medium carbonation and full body. Hops conceal the alcohol well as the ABV warms the throat. Rounded mouthfeel is comforting and inviting. Aroma and flavor are well-balanced. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle from West Lakeview, Chicago. Opaque black to VERY dark brown with large, long lasting tan head. Aroma is big hop, dark malt, semi-doughy. Nice big pine hop flavor, nice malt backbone, caramel, citrus, grainy, dark fruit, but mostly big hop fruit. Full body and creaminess. I would probably call this a dark barley wine/IIPA. Pretty great for us hop heads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
(bottle) Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Citrusy smell with also some roasted notes in there as well. Taste is chocolate at first with a nice bitter finish of hops. Thick mouthfeel on this one, not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Pours dark ruby brown with a tall tan head and strong lacing. Very roasty for a IIPA/barleywine/whateva. Bitter finish is strong, will hold up well to age.Light hint of cherry, chocolate, and the hops give it more fruitiness in the finish. Kinda reminds me of a more roasty and less citric arrogant bastard. Nice beer that will gain complexity over the next year and turn to more of a barleywine as the hops settle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2007
The beer poured a nearly opaque black with a light colored head. Almost no light passed through in my tulip glass, though the beer did not seem to pour with the viscosity of other that are this dark. The aroma is muddled. While the heat from the alcohol makes it difficult to pick out other individual notes, there is certainly some evidence of sweet toffee malts, chocolate, the pine of Columbus hops, and a perfume-like fruit aroma. The flavors are very unique, as I have found with all Nøgne Ø beers. Again, there is a strong alcohol presence, but the flavors of whole grain bread, caramel, dry vanilla, and a vinuous quality thats hard to describe. Then there are the hops... and lots of em! This beer is quite bitter. The huge, crisp, citrusy, hops come through on the long, long finish and are really only perceptible after the rest of the beer is swallowed. The texture of the beer in the mouth is heavenly. The small carbonation bubbles stay throughout the entire drink (actually over an hour for me!) and provide a soft, silky base for the beer to roll through your mouth. Fantastic!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle from Swedish Systembolaget. Oh yes.. this is serious beer. Not a barley wine, not an American Strong, not really a DIPA. Just down-right amazing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Aroma is hoppy, but seemingly share the stage with a caucaphony of roasted dark malts. There are hints of raisins and dark fruits. Perhaps even a touch of dark cane syrup. Flavor is toasted malty sweet. Some hints of the aromatic dark fruits do come through. the flavor closes with a touch of dark chocolate. If this is an aged version of a DIPA, it has aged ever so gracefully and is working well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
My label says barley wine. You see its called a double IPA here. It reminds me more of a porter with the roasted malt flavors. I just don’t know. I assume I have the right beer. Either way, it tastes good, looks good, and smells good, especially at 10%. Deep dark brown but not quite opaque. Big off white head. Hoppy resiny aroma. Big roasted malt flavors. Smooth, slight coffee aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a light brown head. Piney hoppy aroma with notes of tobacco & leather. Slightly roasted malty flavour with hints of dark chocolate. Also a bit salty taste with a high bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CinnamonGirl (40) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2007
Batch brewed Jan 7 2006. This is just lovely, if in the mood for a bitter beer. Lots of hoppy aroma, and lots of fruity malt that balances the hops nicelly. Heavy stuff. I love it. Enjoyed the day Aalesunds FK for the first time renewed their place in the Norwegian top division. Ha!


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