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


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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (1916) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 Bottle. Hazy brown colour with large creamy off-white mostly diminishing head. Hoppy aroma with caramel. Sweet bitter flavor with a lot of caramel. Lots of alcohol. Very bitter finish. oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 28 July 2007. Bottle, 10.0%. The aroma has a nice and refreshing tea-like character with a little brown sugar to it. Very dark and beautiful chestnut colour. Small light brown head. The flavour is dominated by the same hoppiness as the aroma, but a bit more rough in combination with the alcohol. The aftertaste has some liquorice and of course alcohol, semi-warming. Does not seem too bitter in combination with the maltiness, but after a while the late bitterness gets rather rough and a little yeastiness kicks in. 8 4 7 3 16

2 November 2009. Rerate after a bit over two years, bottle from the same batch. The flavour is much more rounded. Still very powerful hoppiness and alcohol flavour, but the bitterness has mellowed out quite a bit. A lot more harmonious than the younger beer. 8 4 8 3 17

4 January 2012. Rerate after four and a half years. Still same batch. The aroma is sweet and malty with some raisin or prune. The flavour is also sweet and malty, some brown sugar, but balanced by the alcohol. There is not much aroma hop note left, but the bitterness is still high. 7 3 7 3 18

16 June 2013. 2005 bottle, 10.0%. 5 years past BB date. Batch 159 - not the same as my other ratings. Good caramelly hoppiness, a little earth, faint vinous note. Very dark brown colour, seems clear. Small stable tan head. The flavour is quite caramelly and little sweet. Good subtle piney hop flavour and a good clean bitterness. A little hop bite in the finish combined with a good, warming alcohol. Slightly vinous from the aging, but most people would enjoy that. I think it is past its prime, though, but still excellent. 8 4 8 3 16

Bottle, 10.0%. From 2007, batch 282. Definitely peaked, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
This beer is about as close as a IIPA gets to an imperial brown ale. Or is the other way around...? Anyway, this is a fabolous beer: Rich and intense floral aroma with nice notes of caramel and chocolate. It’s a bit murky and quite dark but the head is thick and sticks to the beard. The flavour is hoppy and solid. Chocolate and vague coffee-notes make their apperance and the whole thing finishes bitter and medium dry. Very nice. The best thing about it might be, that it’s on the shelve in my local supermarket!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2866) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2007
Flaske. En virkelig lækker IPA, med en god balance imellem humlen og malten. Mørk farve og en diskret duft af citrus. Meget positivt overrasket.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11644) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle, bought at Vinens Verden Slotsgade. Batch 189. The liquid in my tulip glass looks ruby-like dark mahogany. Almost black when viewed against any background, but dark red against the light. A firm, off white creamy head rests nicely on the top with a good degree of lacing in the glass. Aroma has loads of hops, but there is a dose of burnt caramel as well as a feeling of wet rye bread behind it. Low carbonation, and a very oily feel - the beer expands nicely in my mouth and lingers on most tastebuds. Dark roasted malts begin the experience, then a good dose of flowers and hops. The initial roastedness is not excactly sweet, but there are some sweetness hidden behind the hops. Finish is warming, vinious and very bitter. This is no american impy IPA with 80 % aroma and 20 % flavour - this is the other way around. A mixture of impy stout and impy IPA, there are flavours to last a day. Very bitter and dry in the far finish with a long aftertaste. But after warming up a little, it ends up a touch more ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3432) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle: pours hazy and red-brown with a medium sized beige head. Nose of malt and heavy hops. Sweet/bitter flavour with roasted malt and caramel. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2007
Brown colour, little head; grapefruit, caramel and roast aromas; sweet/very bitter taste with grapefruit, roast, and plum aromas; bitter finish with grapefruit, roast and espresso. A car crash of a beer. I’ve no idea what it’s supposed to be, but it doesn’t work. Flavours that clash rather than complement clammer for attention. It’s like being locked in a cupboard with a dozen hyperactive toddlers. A shame, because I really like most of their beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
charlotte (4947) - rødovre, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2007
Dark browncolour with big beige head.Heavy malty taste and bitter taste.Full warm body with strong nice flavor.Its really a Super beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2007
Deep brown colour, has a beige, lasting head. Flavor and aroma is dark too, laqurice, very bitter start and finish. Heavy yeasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Pours a curious, foreboding, opaque chestnut brown. Aroma is lively. Mandarin orange, peach grove, wheat grass. Vague sweetness. Taste is almost overpowering at first but settles into a sophisticated balance eventually. Mild vegetal tones, serious grapefruit bitterness, nectarine, caramel and black licorice. Finishes with a soft, mineral-tinted lavender flourish. Very thick, but smooth to swallow. No aggression, just strength. Classy. Thanks Phil!

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