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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
500mL bottle, courtesy of shp555 at the pre-BA Alesmith Release Wait and Taste. Thanks, Steven! Pours a hazy, dark brown color; light tan head with good retention and lacing. Piney and citrus hop aroma; biscuit, wet malt notes. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: earthy, resiny hop character with an excellent biscuity maltiness; this should be even better with a bit of age; medium candy sugar and earthy hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3831) - - SEP 30, 2007
this is different. pours thick and black like a stout with a huge creamy brown head. nice fine bubbled lacing. aroma is heavily hopped like a 2ipa. i don’t even noticed roasted ingredients in aroma. the flavor is really hoppy with tons of caramel and some chocolate in the aftertaste. what an odd beer. really rich and creamy. great head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Steve (shp555) originally brought this to trade, but then generously offered it to us to taste in line for the 07 Alesmith BA release. Thanks Steve! Dark amber color. Fine bubble head. Sweet (I like sweet). A tiny bit of hotness, possibly from a higher temp fermentation. Still pretty good. Medium to heavy body. 3.9-4.0.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
(sampled in line @ ba alesmith release)someone told me this was a barley-wine when they handed me the sample.and i think they were right.super malty with loads of alcohol in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (922) - Viby J, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
50 cl. bottle. Surprisingly good, dark brown beer with minimal white head and some sediment i the bottle. You don’t taste the 10 % alcohol, which is good. Well composed and a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 labeled as barleywine, sipped end of the bottle from Odeed @ Alesmtih BA release. pretty damn tasty can’t say it seems at all like a double IPA, but then again I had a nip. Had a better taste @ Glouglouburp’s place at a tasting. Sweet hoppy nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 500ml bottle, labeled as a Barleywine. pours dark with a hint of red in it. pours creamy frothy tan head. nose just doesn’t seem that fresh, must have taken too long to get to chicago, well it’s not that hoppy at this point, some alcohol coming through, very nutty, caramelly, plums, charred wood, and some roast. there still some piney and citrus hop notes but really faded. i’m really not into the nose of this thing. flavor is nicely spiced, pleasantly bitter, with big caramel malt back bone, along with hints of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and PNW hops. this actually reminds me a lot of decadence 06, however not quite as good. body is rich and creamy, and alcohol is noticed a bit too much in the taste and finish. nogne does carbonation really well. it’s too bad the hops are past their prime but I think this would age really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TorbenH (891) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle. Average creamy light brown head, mostly diminishing. Red/brown body. Medium to full body. Heavy bitter flavor. Cirtus aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle. Nice tan head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are hops, roast malt, coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Dark brown pour with a huge khaki head, although the head size may have been artificially inflated due to apparent unintentional bottle agitation. At any rate, this one looks great. Also, I am done with stylistic arguments, but this one is a lot more like a hoppy porter than a barleywine. It is actually a bit Alpha Klausy, with a heavy hop bill, a rich, complex palate, and flavor notes of roasty dark malt, big hops, chocoff, molasses, and some dark fruit. The fruit takes a back seat to the malt and hops, both in aroma and flavor. This one is yet another winner from Nogne, one of my current favorite brewers.

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