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

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RATINGS: 1220   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2011 2011-01-14, draught at Ørsted, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Very dark brown color, with red shades; small head. The aroma is mild, fruity, with a light cheesy (ammonia) touch. Good body strength, with moderate sweetness; powerful chocolate flavor, caramel, with dusty notes; in this case, the solid brew is improved by a light cheesy, yeasty touch, and also the light alcohol note contributes; some roasted malts increase the bitterness, and hide partially the hop resins, but still the palate is very good, lightly fruity too. Dynamic experience, powerful yet balanced, excellent.

2010-02-16, batch 164, brewed 2005-07-08, bb 2011, 4½ years old, 8-4-7-4-15=38
Dark brown color; the head is not persistent. The aroma is well entangled, with caramel, vanilla, raisins, hop, alcohol. Good caramel flavor, with some residual sweetness; the hop is reduced compared to what it was, and lets some place to the liquorice; it also has a medium oxidisation, particularly evident in the end. Still good, but not for long.

2007-10-25, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Dark brown color; thin head, something has changed… There is still some (non surprising) sweet liquorice touch, but in all the rest it’s an excellent and extremely hopped IIPA, with an excellent malty body; the hops are well aromatic, quite fruity and resiny. Altogether the flavors are well blended. I’m happy to see that the quality level is maintained.

2006-04-16, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Dark brown color; creamy head, persistent. A very solid brew, thick body (not oily like the American ones), very strong hopping (partially aromatic and fruity), a lot of caramel and a clear liquorice touch. Between an I2PA and an Imperial Stout, it’s quite unique and very well brewed. Thanks Jørgen!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle. Dark murky brown orange with a small light brown head. Rich malty aroma with muted pine hop accents. Oxidized, nutty malt flavors, some caramelized sugar. Finish has deep slightly astringent pine hop flavors, with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, fiarly chewy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2006
Very dark pour...medium sized whitish head. This is a strange one. I didn’t look up the style before trying it, plus I couldn’t make it out on the bottle. Very surprising to find its a IIPA. Wouldn’t have guessed it. Some malt-hop mixture in the aroma, but can’t say which is more dominant. Definite bitter edge to the flavor, some hoppiness squeezing its way in. I agree with the "old ale" description I read in a previous rating. Still pretty tasty!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a thick off-white head. Flowery hoppy aroma. Malty hoppy flavor with hints of pine needles. Long bitter hoppy aftertaste with hints of pine needles.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 8, 2006
Bottle. Off-white lasting head. Unclear dark red body. Powerful aroma of blackberries and hops. Flavor well hops all over.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Bierkönig - Thanks a lot Jeppe! First of all, this wasn truly something else I was expecting. Yes, there are some hops in the aroma but more than that I would describe this as an aroma of an fruity barley wineish old ale with an extra alcohol (sherry)-kick. Sweet, syrupy maltiness with those dark fruits push the hops to the background - thing that doesn’t make me happy. Flavor is complex and warming but still a little odd considering the style. After a long week at work this was a nice night-cap but otherwise I wasn’t too impressed. And to be honest, I wouldn’t have labeled this under DIPA-category at all.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle @ Medelhavspärlan, Stockholm
Aroma fills your head completely with flowery hops. Wonderful. Starts off a bit sweet and full of tropical fruits. Evolves into more complex notes of malts, hops and toasted bread. Finish is a long lingering sweet hoppiness with toffee and caramel. I could not have guessed this is a 10 percenter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle 0,5l. Batch 150. Dark brown with a lasting off-white soapy head. A hoppy smell. Extremely complex taste: Caramel, toffee, apricot.. Slides into a roasted bitterness that goes on and on. It’s strength comes through and warms your cheek. A very good way to celebrate may rating #100.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2006
Aged for one year, bottle at Bar & Cigar, Oslo. Lots of complex flavours, reminds me of an English Old Ale with dried fruits and a sherry-like aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, (BabbleBelt meet-up) August 2005. Dark brown, slightly muddy looking in appearance (I may have got the end of the bottle).80 IBU? IIPA? Must admit I wouldn’t have picked that at all. Perhaps the massive treacle toffee, deep malt and dark chocolate presence counterbalances the hoppiness exactly. In which case, this has to go down as perfectly balanced. There’s a tarry, slightly medicinal, bitterness coming through late although the overall impression remains relatively mellow and smooth. Perhaps, as a beer that is big in every other way, it could do with just a bit more power in the mouthfeel. Otherwise, top notch.


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