Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 1195   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Lovely aroma, loads of malts wihtnotes of caramel, some port and then a good kick of hops, mostly citrus and orange dominates. Very murky and very dark brownish with a reddish tint, huge light tan head on top. Very hoppy flavor, but with a very subtle malt flavor, crystal malts, caramel, ends with a very gentle hop bitterness. A very well balanced IIPA, but i would classify it as a barley wine or similar.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2005
(on bottle)OK, some would say; "don´t rate this when you can´t make it out", but hey, it says that it holds another 5 months on the label. BUT this IIPA has totally lost everything after 5 months behind glass. NO hops at all in the aroma, only crystal malt. Like a doppelbock, so I diged it. The flavour was the same, sugarish and sweet,like a real bock, but, even the finish was not even close to be burning. Well, it actually fits my theory about those huge beers having trouble on bottle, so...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2227) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Bottle. Deep brown in colour, lasting tan coloured head. The aroma was of hops (oranges, lemon zest), caramel malts, slightly sweet. The flavour had tons of hops (pine, oranges), sweet caramel malts, earthy. Wonderfully balalnced mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with some spice and a lingering hop bitterness. Very nice.

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I finally got another bottle of this 2 years after first trying this. It’s exactly as remembered. A fantastic IIPA with wonderful balance. Nøgne Ø is an absolute fantastic brewery.

500ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>MPA, thanks Mads.
Opened on October 26, 2007.
Best Before August 7, 2011.
Batch #164.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottle. Tasty stuff. Some nice spicey, almost cakey caramel flavours, mixed with some orangey, and quite floral hops, dark fruit in there aswell, perhaps the balance isn’t quite there, but theres so much good flavour in here, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2005
RBESG05: Dark amber with a tan head. lovely sweet caramel, long dry hoppy finish. Hoppy nose with dark fruits as well. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19237) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Bottled at RBESG. Copper colour. Rich grapefruit aroma. Dry with rounded mouthfeel. Feels strikingly salty. There’s an abundance of hops and also alcohol. Lingering bitter finish. Uncompromising, and not really striving for balance, but more importantly: tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2005
Refreshing, pleasant to my nose aroma. Good malt with nice balancing touch of alcohol. Brown appearance of this ale, creamy head on top. Neat malt job add to this refreshing hop character. Well combined set of flavours. Rare thing now days. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. RBESG -05. Dark brown-ish. Big and complex with notes of toast malt, flowers and licorice. Big big bitterness - wonderfully so. Chewy, lively mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pelourinho (1) - NORWAY - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
complex and fruity. Velvety on the palate. The Lafite Rothschild of a beer. Masterly handicrafted. Lovely jobbely! Norway’s absolutely best beer,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DanielBrown (3748) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Beetroot hued amber. Thick hop aroma, with some tree bark. Slightly burnt roast and clay on the finish, also some smoke. Smooth, fizzy finish. Very tasty. (original score 3.9 on 18/8/05). RE-RATE: Really enjoyable. Big, thick and fizzy. Rooty, hoppy, brooding and intense. Warming and delicious. (New score 4.5, so I’ve bumped the average up to 4.2). Thanks. (1st re-rate was 29th October 2011). RE-RATE again - this should be 4.6 overall. It’s magnificent.

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