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


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RATINGS: 1260   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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle from Mads and Jeppe in my first overseas trade. pours darker than any other IIPA or IPA I have ever seen.Looks more like a Belgian Strong Ale. Nose is a superb blend of floral hops,sweet syrupy malts and a combo of exotic dark fruits including but not limited to: Dates,Figs and bananas. Nice but weird for the style. Tastes a little old as the hops are all I can get and I am reaching for those.Tastes like maybe this has become a bit acrid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle. Brown color with a off-white head. The taste a sweet roasted body. Very balanced with pleasant hoppy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6574) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not as oxidized as the one I had in Montreal a couple years ago (which I gave a 3.1). Hoppier nose too, which crushes any subtleties. A very American-style barleywine. If only the malt would shine a bit more in the nose, I could get more excited about it. As it is, it’s too hoppy in the style I dislike (piney, grapefruity). Good for what it is, but not enticing for my nostrils. Great appearance and mouthfeel help the score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Happy birthday to me. Clear mahoganey body. Creamy, soapy, thick, and lasting light brown head. Strong centenniel hop character, rye, roasted grass, sweet rose perfume. Flavor caught me off guard. Dry roasted rye malt and sweet malty tannins. Centenniel piney hops and sweet oak. A lot of sweet oak, actually. Like a watery, raw, stout malt with lots of hops. This is a very interesting beer, with the roasted rye character (at least, that’s what I get out of it). I’ve now started eating some cave-aged emmenthaler, and it seems perfectly matched... they’re fighting my tastebuds as we speak. Time to go fight in bed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6033) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2005
Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Red chestnut colour, creamy brown head. Aroma has big piney hops, cocoa and coffee. Milk chocolate in the flavor, slightly sugary, plentyfull piney and citric hops. Good body. Milk chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (22073) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Bottled. Brown hazy opaque colour, big brown creamy/bubbly head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, cookies, some coffee and yeast. Alcohol, hops, some plum and fruits in flavour. Also old black coffeeish notes and roast can be found. Aftertaste is sweet caramel and alcohol along with hops. Smooth palate. Also some burnt notes in finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Bottled (bryygt 03.06.05, batch #150)
Very dark hazy and ruby color, big creamy tanned head. Intensive yeasty and hoppy nose, woody-leafy aroma. Full-bodied. Licorice, hops and alcohol dominate. Very strong hoppy aftertaste, warming. Interesting complex and full beer, just a bit too yeasty (especiall the nose). (7/5/8/4/16 4.0)
Re-rated, bottled (brewed 07.11.07, batch #326
Dark brown with nice creamy expresso head. Yeasty, hoppy fruity nose. Very soft velvety palate with flavors of licorice and fruits. Then good bitter bite from hops. Perfect combination. I don’t believe that ageing improves this. (7/5/9/4/17 4.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14863) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Bottled. (#150) What better name of a beer to rate as beer no 100 than this? Dark copper with dense, beige/light tan head. It’s hazy, but that’s not easy to see because of the rather dark color. Nice carbonation too, and the head stays quite nice. Aroma is mostly fruity bitterness with pine. Flavor is hops, fruity, alcohol and malt. Caramel-sweet, malty beginning that quickly turns into bitterness and warming alcohol, and more bitterness towards the finish. Had this some times earlier at Uptown pub in Kristiansand, but they serve it directly from the fridge. It needs 12-15º C to show all of itselves. Rating: 8-5-8-4-17-4.1. (051011)

Bottle, #335. It pours a brown, reddish hued body, topped by a dense, lasting fingerthick beige head. Pretty lacings. It’s quite easy to smell it’s caramel maltyness and beef-stock, but the hops are doing it’s best to hide it. Even though this has had a year in my cellar, the hops feel as fresh as I remember them, yielding resin and green pine cones in generous amounts. Peaches, grapefruit and some pineapple hints as well. Dried fruits and alcohol too. It’s creamy, full-bodied, warming, smooth and almost sticky on the palate. Wonderful flavor of hops blend nicely with malty sugars, caramel, raisins and some fresh fruits. A tiny touch of roasted malts too, almost chocolatey, but well hidden behind the hops. Resin and green pinecones, peach notes and grapefruit, and an intense bitterness. It finishes with a lasting citrusy and resiny flavor and lots of bitterness. It’s a very sweet beer, but paired with the silly amounts of hops, it doesn’t get sticky or unpleasant, and the alcohol also helps rinse the mouth. It would be wrong to say this has become my everyday beer, but I tend to down a few every week. It really does it for me when I crave for hops. (090301)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
Dark brown-orange. Hoppy aroma with notes of chocolate and alcohol. Hoppy and fruity flavor with notes of alcohol. Tough monster bitterness but in a good way. Dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Bottle from BierKonig. Medium opaque and mahogany in color, the red hue only is apparent when lit with a strong light. Dense tan head forms and fades slowly to a ring and layer over the liquid and leaves great lacing behind. Aroma is malty with sweet carmel and a piney hop aroma to balance the nose nicely. Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation level. Flavor is initially sweet and then slowly balanced out with a citric/piney hop presence. Bordering on Barleywine, but that is semantics. A damn nice beer overall. Thanks Jeppe for the chance to try this beer!!

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