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


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RATINGS: 1209   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pour is caramel brown with a thin tan head, lots of yeasties...smell was hoppy, with some chocolate and dark fruits...sweet taste with chocolate and some dark fruits with a nice caramel thing going on too...finish is sweet and it has a great mouthfeel...this was totally delicious...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Rerate, First batch imported into the US sampled on 11/26/07: Pours a barely-transparent dark mahogany with a frothy, nicely-lacing dark tan head. Aroma has a lot of fresh piny grapefruity hops and sweet dark caramely malt. Starts full-bodied, rich and sweet with nice flavor and bittering hop balance toward a bittersweet finsh that hides the alcohol quite well.

Sampled at the RBSG ‘05 bottle tasting courtesy of Ungstrup: Transparent mahogany pour with a nice, frothy, well-lacing light tan head. Has a dry, lightly toasted aroma with some mild caramel and chocolate and a touch of hops. Body starts with a full, sticky caramel sweetness and nice, crisp, fresh European hoppiness. Well-balanced and enjoyable, I just wished the hops jumped out a little more in the aroma, like most double IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
(5000ml Bottle, RBSG05) Cloudy, dark brown body topped by beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel. Very malty for a beer that considers itself an I2PA. Medium-full, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 12, 2005
RBSG 2005-thanks Jens: Poured brown with a medium tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a nice balanced amount of hops. Mild chocolate, milky. Very sweet with caramel. Light earthy finish. Warming alcohol. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4548) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
(660ml bottle) Sampled at the RBSG 2005 in Montreal. Very cascade - piney and malty. Well balanced. Very deep colour. Oily and roasty of caramel. I am greatly impressed by this IIPA! No confusion over who brought this - thanks Jens!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Pours an opaque dark brown color with yeast in suspension and a medium beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, spicy, earthy hops with a sweetness that reminds me of burnt caramel or molasses, no alcohol was detected. Excellent flavor of slightly roasted malt, earthy and spicy hops, molasses, mild alcohol and a bitter finish. The body is light to medium witha liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Very potent and complex, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2932) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
Aroma:chocolate,toffee,hazelnut.... Appearance:re brown,good brown head... Flavor:Sugar,hazelnut,alcohol,good hops flavor...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Very dark amber colour, frothy tan coloured head. Toffee, piny, fruity, pithy, and caramel aroma. Toffee, light chocolate malts, with a grapefruit, dark fruit, and citrusy bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth but a bit syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a big baige head. Light sweet roasted, very hoppy aroma and a light sweet fruity very hoppy light alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a dry bitter finish. Great!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2005
Bottled: Dark reddish brown colour. Unclear. Dense light brown small head. Herbs, sweetness and berries in the aroma. Light notes of honey. Liqourice, spices, herbs in the flavour. A smooth initial hoppyness explodes into a hoppy chocolate flavour. Quite sensational. Ends on very bitter note, that last pretty long. Not as hoppy as other IIPA’s I’ve tried, but very balanced. Yet another very good beer, from one of my favourite brewers.

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