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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pouler (10) - Århus V, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2007
Dark reddish brown. Nice head. The chinook aromas coming clearly through. Delicate and soft mouthfeel. Burnt malts and some sweetness within all the hop bitterness. You can feel the alcohol, but not the full 10%. Very good and as other says; it is a beer to sip slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Dark hazy reddish brown color with big beige head. Sweetish aroma loaded with floral and citrusy hops, lemon, grapefruit, black currant and pine. Bittersweet flavor with strong citrusy and piney hops, sharp alcohol bite and some caramel. Quite heavy sipping beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle 0.5 l. Dark cloudy brown, pretty much opaque. Beige fading fluffy head. Hay, grass, pine, soap, juniper, big outdoorish nose. Flavor is extremely bitter. Pinethorns combined with burning alcohol. This would be difficult with sore throat. No sweetness at all, just bitter. Totally evil beer. I read it might be like this when too young, but I like it already. I’d say the most hopped beer I’ve had so far. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Norrebro North Bridge Extreme come close. I can’t wait to see if this developes some sweet notes after some aging. Big full mouthfeel with smooth carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
The bottle claims to be a Barleywine, and its leans in that direction. Pours murky brown with a thick, light tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, licorice, earth, oranges, alcohol, and piney hops. Syrupy mouthfeel. Butterscotch, scotch, peppery hops with lots of resin, and a heaping of caramel malt in the taste. Some nice hop bitterness, and a long a sweet alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2328) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep, dark red/brown with a big, fluffy light brown head. This is the darkest IIPA I have seen. Beautiful! Sweet, spicy and hoppy aroma. Flavour is sweet and spicy. Lots of fruity notes; plums. Notes of cough medicine (!) and sweet licorice. This feels more like a Belgian Strong than an IIPA, although not completely. Finish is candy-like. Bitter, but as bitter as a lot of other ipa’s and iipa’s. The alcohol is quite visible, but not annoying. Lingering notes of yeast. 26-12-07.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle: Deep brown with reddish highlights topped by a fading head, no lace, oily appearance. The aroma is phenolic and boozy, caramel, chocolate, walnut, plum, fig, bready and hint of clove. The taste has a nice fruity twang and bittersweet character. A tad syrupy and malty in the middle. The finish has light spice and a note of nuts. Sharp and warming mouth feel with a dry mineral finish. A solid brew but I will still re-rate from one of my bottles. (FYI, maybe this was an IIPA when first released but now it more barley wine) THX Ryan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
50 cl bottle, brewed 03/05. Clear but dark burgundy with a coating bone head. Nose is soft and bready caramel with cheese and orange. Hard to believe this is 10%. A bit of carb, body is medium light. Toffee and caramel, green grass bittering with underlying citrus. Not a lot of hops remain but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Strange beer. Pours like a porter, dark and opaque. The aroma is sweet, dark and bitter with a hint of pine. The flavor is almost like a porter mixed with a double IPA. Lots of dark flavors to go with the color. Great amount of effervescence and full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2356) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
500 ml bottle from Holiday. Pours a very dark brown--almost black--color that only shows a few red highlights when held to a light. The head is khaki colored, three fingered and last a while. The aroma is strong with citrus and pine telling you that this is a big bold IPA. Biter hops greet you in the tasting forefront, followed by grapefruit, burnt malts and more piney hops. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. The finish is long and showcases more biter hops with a touch of caramel, but its the palate that really carries the day and makes this a special brew. Overall: This is one beer that malt-heads and hop-heads alike will appreciate. A very original DIPA. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a medium, yet quickly diminishing, foamy light brown head. Smells of mild hops, toasty malts, light caramel, raisins, and molasses. The flavor has more profound hops than the aroma let on. Definitely a distinct hop bitterness attacking the palate throughout. Also mixed in, were some syrupy malts, walnuts, and slight roast that kept the hop bitterness somewhat in control. This is exactly what it seems. A former double IPA, turned barley wine. Still it has transformed fairly nicely, and drinking quite well at the moment.

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