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


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RATINGS: 1204   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 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 (2925) - 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 (10184) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29283) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
A hazy very dark red beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is quite hoppy - subtle, but still with a sharpness from the hop acids. The flavor is lovely quite malty sweet, with some notes of caramel to start off - I just got the thought - is this an IIPA? But soon after strong notes of hops hit me - at first just subtle aroma hops, but then the bitterness strikes - and it strikes quite hard with lots of alfa acid. The bitterness totally dries out the mouth - while the alcohol warms the throat. To me this is a little too malty and not quite hoppy enough to be an Imperial IPA - so I’ll go with ChristianSA with the style description as Imperial Brown Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
50 cl bottle from Ølbutikken served in Ølfabrikken tulip. Pours like thick brown gravy into the glass leaving a tight beige head on top dragging Belgian laze. Some yeast lumps in the glass underscores that this beer is done the right way - i.e. bottle conditioned. The aroma is surprisingly discrete with some hops coming through, but not much else. On the palate this beer unfolds itself with remarkable character. Spicy hops, sweet malt and lots of chocolate dominates and ends with a long bitter finish. By far one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever had. However, I feel, that It should be categorized as an ’imperial brown ale’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
Deep brown colored with a red gleam and a foamy tan head. Roasted aroma with plenty of hops. Not too bitter, more dark fruity hoppy with some spicy and grassy notes. Good balance. Flavor is dominated by sweet caramel notes and a good hoppy bitterness. Candied and spicy with a long bitter finish. Extremely well balanced, the hops is there, but they are not overwhelming. Yummi!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
50 cl bottle. Served in Nørrebro Bryghus IPA glass. Opaque dark brown w/ red nuances. Moderate, tan head w/ good lastability. The aroma is dominated by dark, lightly roasted malt w/ delicious sweetness, and solid, assertive citrusy hop presence. The flavor is staggeringly complex: dark, lightly roasted, sweetish malt, a bit of coffee, cardamom, and a big, "darkly" citrusy hop bite. Dry, bitter finish. The alcohol is superbly hidden. Wonderfully balanced. Full mouthfeel. Exceptional drinkability - especially considering the whopping 10% abv. A very different double IPA, and one of the most unique, fascinating beers I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy brown coloured with a creamy and lasting beige head. Sweet perfumed aroma of malts and hops with notes of alcohol. Sweet flavour with lots of maltsand dried fruits and notes of cardemomme. The flavour ends up with a long and dry hoppy finish.

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