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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 1209   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NMC01 (69) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 Bottle (50 cl). Somehow this brewery understands the meaning of delivering the goods to the gourmets. This is a double IPA with a twist and it is very complex and uniquely hopped ale with wonderful odour. Great in any aspect: TASTEFUL and to be further more discovered at every sip (Large+ palate). The beer was quite expensive - but it is all worth it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 (Bottled, brewed 190407, re-sample 141007) Extremely deep burgundy color with a large, creamy and lacy, lasting head. Very strongly aromatic-hoppy, very toffee-caramely, roasted-malty aroma with hints of alcohol. Intensively aromatic, fruity-pine-hoppy flavor with a long, roasty and sweetish-caramely-malty finish. Alcohol is completely hidden under the strong, roasty-hoppy sweetness, but still warms you up nicely. Pretty full-bodied, sweetish palate with smooth carbonation. A very enjoyable dessert drink with the good parts from both scotch ales and double IPAs. Also reminds me a bit of Black Sheep Riggwelter - only squared multiple times. Excellent stuff from one of my favorite breweries! And if it’s excellent when 4 months old, what will it be in 5 years from now...? 2 months was a bit too young and harsh, though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a huge mostly lasting off white head. Powerful aroma and taste of malts with heavy fruity notes. Rich hoppy finish. Very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
Bottel.50cl. A very dark Ipa, with a fine and deep aroma, of malts very dark one´s. The taste is very american micro. I notis some sulphur, from low yeast pitch rate or gypsum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Bottle from trade with Boutip. Thanks Phil! Pours a reddish brown color with a small off white head. Aroma of hops, caramel and roasted malt. Taste is slightly sweet and malty . Has a slight citrus flavor as you dig deeper with a nice hop bite in the finish. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
50 cL bottle (batch 278, also had the original batch 100 back in 2005). Pours dark brown with an off-white lacing head. Sweet malty, slight fruity aroma. Thick chocolate and hoppy fruity flavoured. Nice dark malty and bitter finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (1780) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 Bottle. Hazy brown colour with large creamy off-white mostly diminishing head. Hoppy aroma with caramel. Sweet bitter flavor with a lot of caramel. Lots of alcohol. Very bitter finish. oily palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13662) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 28 July 2007. Bottle, 10.0%. The aroma has a nice and refreshing tea-like character with a little brown sugar to it. Very dark and beautiful chestnut colour. Small light brown head. The flavour is dominated by the same hoppiness as the aroma, but a bit more rough in combination with the alcohol. The aftertaste has some liquorice and of course alcohol, semi-warming. Does not seem too bitter in combination with the maltiness, but after a while the late bitterness gets rather rough and a little yeastiness kicks in. 8 4 7 3 16

2 November 2009. Rerate after a bit over two years, bottle from the same batch. The flavour is much more rounded. Still very powerful hoppiness and alcohol flavour, but the bitterness has mellowed out quite a bit. A lot more harmonious than the younger beer. 8 4 8 3 17

4 January 2012. Rerate after four and a half years. Still same batch. The aroma is sweet and malty with some raisin or prune. The flavour is also sweet and malty, some brown sugar, but balanced by the alcohol. There is not much aroma hop note left, but the bitterness is still high. 7 3 7 3 18

16 June 2013. 2005 bottle, 10.0%. 5 years past BB date. Batch 159 - not the same as my other ratings. Good caramelly hoppiness, a little earth, faint vinous note. Very dark brown colour, seems clear. Small stable tan head. The flavour is quite caramelly and little sweet. Good subtle piney hop flavour and a good clean bitterness. A little hop bite in the finish combined with a good, warming alcohol. Slightly vinous from the aging, but most people would enjoy that. I think it is past its prime, though, but still excellent. 8 4 8 3 16

Bottle, 10.0%. From 2007, batch 282. Definitely peaked, but still good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
This beer is about as close as a IIPA gets to an imperial brown ale. Or is the other way around...? Anyway, this is a fabolous beer: Rich and intense floral aroma with nice notes of caramel and chocolate. It’s a bit murky and quite dark but the head is thick and sticks to the beard. The flavour is hoppy and solid. Chocolate and vague coffee-notes make their apperance and the whole thing finishes bitter and medium dry. Very nice. The best thing about it might be, that it’s on the shelve in my local supermarket!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2618) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2007
Flaske. En virkelig lækker IPA, med en god balance imellem humlen og malten. Mørk farve og en diskret duft af citrus. Meget positivt overrasket.


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