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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 1166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown with large tan head. Hoppy grapfruit aroma, notes of green grapes, flowers and light chocolate. hopbitter flavour of grapefruit, lemon-peels and oranges with touches of nuts and toasted malts. Long bitter finish of grapefruit, cedar-wood, alcohol, pepper and toasted malts. Very good!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
One of the best beers in sweeden. Hoppy citrus balanced sweetness. Taste is so good similarly easy to drink dangerous outstanding amazingness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 (Bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen) Pours hazy brown with floaters. Medium sand coloured head. Aroma of chocolate and violets.Grassy/flowery hops. Notes of fudge. A tiny warm smell of clorine/alcohol. The flavour is chocolate, alcohol and some swedish julmust. Bitter hop ending. Medium body. Some liquorice. Second try: Pours dark red to drown. Flowery, piny aroma with violet and chocolate. Big malty backdrop. Undertones of grapefruit, lime, orange and some caramel. Pretty smooth moutfeel. Bitter flavour with orange chocolate, flowers, pine and grapefruit. Pretty unique (I)IPA because of the well notable chocolate tones. Marsiblursi likes!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2414) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 [Bottle] Dark reddish brown with a large and thick head. Aroma is sweet with notes of malt, hops and liquorice. Rich and slightly oily mouth-feel. Flavour is sweet and loaded with hops and malt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (9929) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Flavour is rosted coffee and hop and malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
Very dark reddish-brown. Aroma is chocolatey and rich with crystal malts and a woody, slightly fruity hop character. The flavour has an intense hop bitterness, lots of sticky dark crystal and also some chocolate malts. Chewy, bittersweet finish is dried out slightly by alcohol. Except for the strong chocolate character, this is pretty standard stuff for the style, and could do with some more dry-hopping.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (12770) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle 50cl. Shared with Mette. But not the first i drink - and not the last. Almost black, but clear - white head. Aroma: nice hoppy. Taste: A very bitter beer, sharp taste, some bitter licorice, malty, roasted, chokolade. Very bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle. It pours as a brown ale with white foam. Looks very good! Very good aroma but it is hard to describe. Maybe like a crossing between an india pale ale and a barley wine? Slightly dry roasted taste. A bit sweet. Sorry but I am too much of a beginner to descibe this beer! Very complex. One of the best beers I had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
A dark brown color, this beer has a nice citrusy hop nose. The flavor is very malty with a nice touch of chocolate. Good kick of bitterness at the end. A very tasty and well made beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7466) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 First rating
Bottle at Delirium Cafe in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dark brown color, small white head.
Very hoppy scent mixed with some chocolate. Some acid smell as well.
Acid and dark malt taste. Good bitterness.
8/3/6/4/14=3.5

Rerate on November 12, 2008 at Cafe 3 Små Rum, Göteborg - on 50 cl bottle BB 071112 (last bottle in store at this place, for now).
No notes for this one, since it’s "only" a rerate, new numbers though: 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

Rerate
50 cl bottle from about 2007, gift from a friend
A lot of the hops character is gone, but now it even more feels like a Barley Wine, it has held up very nicely. Sweet and smooth, very enjoyable, and highly drinkable. Storing this a while seems to have been a very good idea.
8/4/8/4/16=4.0

Rerate
Bottle sampled on February 26, 2011
Hazy dark red color, yellow head. Sweet scent. Salty, malty, bitter taste. Alcohol aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
7/4/7/4/15=3.7


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