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


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RATINGS: 1253   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Bottle. I would sware the label said this was a barley wine. Nonetheless, big, flavorful, chocolatey sweetness dominates. Not a huge hop presence. Was my bottle mislabeled. Not true to the style, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aru (105) - Smørum, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
A very dark and powerful mouthful. Maybe a bit too sweet, but in general a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Brewfiend did an international trade to get this so I can at least thank him for it. Muddy brown appearance like river water. I have no idea I am about to drink an IPA from the looks of this. Alcohol and citrus hop aroma. Flavor is packed with bitter hops, and not quite balanced by good, lightly sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2007
[Bottle, thanks a lot Brewfiend!] Pours a very cloudy dark brown with a light cream head. Aroma actually isn’t too hoppy--mostly malt and caramel. Taste is citrusy, with some roasted malt. Very low bitterness for an IIPA. Quite thick. Very unique beer where the aroma didn’t match up with the taste much, and the beer didn’t match my expectations for what it would be like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Special thanks to brewfiend for sharing this brew. From a 12-oz bottle pours a hazy dark brown brew with a fast dissolving tan head that leaves behind a swirly film and some lacing. Aroma of sweet citrus zest, burnt brown sugar, some toffee and plenty of alcohol. Taste is medium to full bodied, some carbonation with a smoky dark malt and sugary citrus flavor. Finish is quite metalic and semi-sweet with plenty of alcohol to keep the body quite warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Thanks to yesper for this trade. Murky brown body with faint head. Citrus hops, toffee, burnt malt and alcohol on the nose. Lots of citrusy flavor with more toffee and definite burnt malt flavor. Alcohol does a nice warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Thanks to Brewfiend for sharing. Pours a dark, smokey, burnt brown, with a nice white head. Super citrus on the nose with a light dose of toffee-like sweet malt. Not too terribly hoppy on the front, with the candi sugar and toffee dominating, but the hops do come out in the finish to make for a killer finish. Very nice balanced IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 You can feel the alcohol in the aroma and the toaste malt, but also some fruit and hops. The flavor is very sweet of malt, fruit but there is also a burned aftertaste. Besides that the alcohol is warming your tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2007
Near black colored, red hints. Medium sized beige head. Not very IPAish outlook. But aroma is: flowers, hops, yeast, caramel, some spices even, licorice, and this is still cold, this excellent aroma may even be richer when getting warmer. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is even more intense: licorice is stronger with of course obvious caramelly sweetness, hoppy-flowers also there. Aftertaste turns to dry with yeast and licorice, mild alcohol gives warming mouthfeel. Roastiness comes only in aftertaste. Still more sweet than dry brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle from a trade with Boutip. Thanks a lot, Phil! Lost my notes on this one, so this rating will be short and sweet: I really liked this beer. Very heavy, thick, velvety mouthfeel--almost like an imperial stout at times. Hops are present but mainly in the background and finish. Lots of caramel malts, brown sugar, some oak. I agree with some of the other raters, this beer feels like more of a hybrid of a double ipa and either a bw, imperial stout, scotch ale, or just its own new thing. Definitely doesn’t have the balance you would expect in a double ipa, but that said, it’s still great. My favorite Nogne product to date.

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