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


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RATINGS: 1252   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 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 This was a very good beer, share with Schroppfy and Sydney at Thirsty Dog. By American standards for a DIPA, this was a bit light, but a fantastic DIPA none the less. Columbus hops made seem like more of a douple British IPA, which made it interesting. Sweet and tart, a very good combination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2005
I love this beer - it is flat-out bitter, mostly pine but with some vegetal aromas filtering through. Very little over-the-top malt sweetness to counteract the robust bitterness. Instead the malt here is a bit biscuity, or sourdough...Thanks to JCWfor sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5884) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy brown with a bubbly beige head. Chocolate and citrus in the aroma. Full-flavored with great maltiness. Fine bitterness with notes of chocolate. Nice alco-feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5025) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2005
A rich, creamy tan head that leaves laces tops this dark reddish-brown beer. Powerful grapefruit hop aroma. Oily full body. Despite the smoothing presence of caramel, the flavour emphasis is definitely on(slightly harsh) hop bitterness. A memorable anniversary brew from the excellent Den Nøgne Ø brewery, though not as perfectly balanced as their IPA (that may never have been their intention, anyway).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Beautiful, dark reddish chestnut colour with a small off-white head that collapses rather fast. Almost fatty hop aroma. Loads of caramel in here and roasted malts. A sugary sweetness underlies the very marked bitterness. Very warming alcohol. Rather classical American Imperial IPA. 160905

   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 (2460) - 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.

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