rajendra82 (1048) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The craftsmen at Nøgne Ø have had me captivated with their unique blend of European style and American boldness. I was definitely not going to let # 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale pass me by. Slender 500 ml. bottle, with a starkly attractive label style. The pour looked quite dark for a barleywine, while the head was three fingers tall and foamy. The smell was quite sweet and had me recall raisins, toffee, and cocoa, The taste was not typical of the style, as the malts felt very roasty and astringent. The bitterness was quite brazing as a result of the bone dry nature of the beer. The chocolate, roasted nuts, and smoke in the taste screamed Imperial Porter to me. A big blast of oak notes in the finish had me wondering whether this was barrel aged before bottling. Quite thin and fleeting in the mouth, this unusual Ale was well crafted, and sneaky in the alcohol presentation, but I would be hard pressed to call this a barleywine.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 Pours a very dark, opaque brown with garnet highlights; head is light tan, full, creamy, and fluffy with excellent lasting ability and nice lace. Nose is certainly unique with pine resins, grapefruit zest, dark chocolate, plum, and light hints at burnt wood, roasted malts, and molasses. Flavor is much of the same as the nose with every sip finding something new. Pine resins are dominant bringing a moderately high bitterness with undertones of plum, roasted notes, grapefruit peel, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, and light spicy notes. Palate is medium to full, lively, lightly sticky, and velvety. Finishes completely balanced and long with a bit of dryness, a good bitterness, lightly sweet and fruit notes, with a light warmth; notes of plum, resins, and roasted chocolate. IIPA doesn’t begin to describe this one, it’s more like a super-hopped barley wine with some darker notes and more fruit. Great balance, perfect alcohol presence, complex, unique, and wonderfully put together. My favorite BW by far and unmatched by any other in the style. Still one of my favorite beers.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle, Batch 278, with thanks to sunevdj! Pours dark brown with ruby and burgundy highlights, and a frothy tan head; good lacing. Aroma is somewhat subdued, with some hoppy pine and citrus, dark fresh fruits, and caramel. Flavor has a slight hop bite that lingers, with the fresh dark fruits and some gentle sweet caramel malts there as well, some warming, but otherwise the alcohol is undetectable. Since its been reclassified and debated, I guess I’ll weight in and say I think it straddles the line very well between an IIPA and a barleywine. Very unique and enjoyable!
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque dark brown with a big creamy brown head that last quite a while. Nice lacing in my tulip glass. Raisin and plum aroma with a some alcohol. Bitter to Sweet with some roasted malts. Medium to full bodied. Not a run of the mill Barley Wine. A very nice beer.
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
740 ml bottle. The label is subtitled Barley Wine-Style Ale. Deep aromas of citrus and pine backed by strongly roasted caramel. Near opaque brown color with a powerful beige head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. The flavor is almost medicinally toasted malt with lots of citrus and resin hop. Sort of a baking chocolate character lurking within. This is so sweet and so bitter. The finish is reasonably dry as the sugars go away, and it’s really decently bitter, cause the hops stick. A tasty sipper.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark orange/brown color. Smell of cotton candy, hops, pine, citrus, malt, caramel, spice, alcohol, minor dark fruit and coco. Taste of hops. pine, citrus zest, caramel, chocolate, toasted malt, brown sugar, cotton candy and alcohol.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: October 27, 2007
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: solid dark brown, frothy beige head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: rich dark caramel and chocolate aroma with lots of citrus and earthy hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness from a dark caramel character enrichens the chocolate, lots of earthy and citrus hops balances the sweetness, long lasting bitterness
Overall: the rich chocolate and citrus make an unusualy but very tasty combination
Date: March 18, 2010
Appearance: close your eyes and the pine and citrus make for a big IPA, open them to reveal an opaque dark brown ale
Aroma: big pine and citrus aroma, touch of chocolate
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor with lots of citrus and a touch of peppery alcohol
Overall: still a unique take at a black IIPA
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 A double IPA with a dark brown look, nice with something different! The dark brown look is caused by some amount of roasted malts challengin the usual strong hobby notes of grape and pine, by giving the nose a sleightly toasted/burned touch, kinda like a schwarzbeer. At first the roastyness isnt felt at all in the flavor, just a powerfull overwhelming bitterness backed up by some honney like sweetness. Just as it should be! The roasted malts are tasted in the finish, and definetly makes this beer one of the most interesting double IPA’s i’ve had. Good one.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 bottle.....pours darkey than your average barleywine or DIIPA or whatever this may be. also a very thick fluffy light brown head.....nose of light pine and floral hops accented by some malt.....flavors of caramel which then evolve to some chewy pine hops that add a bit of bitterness to the mix.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pt .9oz bottle. Poured a dark and muddy amberish / brownish color with a huge, huge sized tan head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, pine, earthy, tobacco, and toffee. Tastes of caramel, some dark fruits, nutty, citrus, and tobacco. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.