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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 1205   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10201) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle. Oily citric hops and red berries in the aroma. American hops, no doubt about that! Massively hoppy peppery flavor. Oily. Very bitter, citrus. Warming alcohol. Full bodied and malty, with a hint of salt. Extremelty long hopbitter aftertaste. The massive hopgift destroys the balance of this beer, that is brewed well with first class ingredients. Too much of everything, this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle from Barley Wine in Copenhagen, then consumed later in the hotel. Described as Triple IPA by the owner of Barley Wine and the bartender at Lord Nelson, it sure seemed much more like an American Strong Ale to me. Dark brown color (too dark for the style) with a expressive nose and a super bitter hoppy flavor. A good brew, but not great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy brown color with a average fizzy fair lacing off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty and hoppy, caramel, alcohol, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finsh feel is light alcoholic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2007
Bottled. Floral and apricot aroma. Cloudy, brown color, beige head, good lace. Light sweet, fruity, very bitter, floral and herbal. Thick start and harsh dry bitter finish. Alcohol pretty much hidden. Not very complex, mainly hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2007
Aroma of hops, fruitiness and medicin. Hazy, brown coloured with a thin, off-white head. Taste sweet at start, with an evolving, hoppy, harsh bitterness. Some fruit and licorice/medicin in it. Medium bodied. I liked the Raasted IPA, which I had before this one much better. This one is less balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 A Mes rate: 50cl bottle at Bier Circus. Settles after the pour like a Guiness on fast forward. Red-brown colour with good head and very chunky sediment. Oh my god, it’s so dominated by alcohol but for some reason it’s simply glorious. A serious, serious beer. Like a shrine to alcohol. Unreal aroma of tipex thinner. Slight malts in the flavour, huge waves of hops and alcohol that are rather fantastic and straight away grab your attention and make it clear you are about to be inebriated whether you like it or not. I’m not joking, I honestly could get high off the smell, this should almost have narcotic status.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
Robe acajou foncée légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de torréfié, de caramel, de levures et de pain. Saveurs de dattes, de figues, de caramel, de houblon citronné et de vanille.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2007
My rating # 100. Very dark, actually dark red. Very nice flowery/citusy hoppy aroma. After a while it blends with caramel, licorice and some alcohol. The initial flavour is very promising and complex, but then the resinous high-alpha hops take completely over the picture and takes the beer completely out of balance. This is of course a matter of personal preference, but I would definately prefer a cleaner hop for such a high level of bitterness. Afterall, it’s a good beer. It has benefited from the extra time since I tasted it one year ago. Last year I though it was definately an IIPA, but now, with the glowing red color and the licorice (so typical for aged strong ales), it reminds me more of a barley wine.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 Thin soapy head of very fine bubbles. Kind of frothy after it settles. Nice hoppy, sweet and fruity aroma with plenty of hops presence. Little bit of roasted malts also. Hazy dark brown in color. Dry and bitter flavor with a big roasty palate. Noticable alcohol presence. Warms as it goes down. Not balanced very well. Too roasty and not enough hops in the flavor, especially for an IIPA. Dry bitter finish. Little chalky with a bit of lingering harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. Starts good and then disappoints. Thanks to etowneraser for this one.

Second try has much more hops presence in the flavor and is much better balamced. No chalkyness just a smack across the face with a hand ful of hops. Very good. Rating adjusted.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. Head was small, frothy and white. Fair lacing. Color was very dark brown. Aroma was wild flower, grapefruit, pine, dry fruit, liquorish, coffee, caramel. Alcohol could be felt in mouth as a warming feeling. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and a dry texture because of the heavy use of hops. Moderated bitter flavor with a good balanced of sweetness. Slightly dry and light bitter finish. A very different take on the IPA style with the heavy use of malt. I think this experiment succeeded very well.


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