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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (669) - 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.

3.6
   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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2928) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4611) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Black color with a thin head. Aroma of pine, resin and a little oak. Very strong roasted malt taste. A little burnt malt. Kind of reminds me of a bonfire, though that faded through the pint. I have no clue what in the world this would be as far as a style, but it just didn’t come together for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
500. Thanks, after4ever! I’m torn on how to rate this one. It’s a really good beer that’s not a very good example of the IIPA style. Pours a murky, opaque dark brown with a lacy off-white head. Dry aroma of caramel and pine. Sweet full body, and a taste of raisins and pine. Maybe a touch of smoke? Dry resinous finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2007
American strong ale for sure but does it qualify if its not made in America? I would say so- especially since one of the best Baltic Porters was brewed in New Jersey. The style is just that- style, not geography. Onyx colored with a creamy head that laces thickly on the side of the glass. My first thought is arrogant bastard- dark and sweet malt with chocolate and tobacco tones followed by a wallop of needly, citrus hops. Missing the transcendence of a Stone creation but well made.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pour is dark brown with off-white head. Nose is hoppy with some roasted aromas. Flavor is hoppy with plenty of citrus. Some caramel as well. Finish is bitter. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, somewhat sticky, and smooth. Good IIPA or BW - which ever this is.


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