humpah (131) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch #1475 (17.07.15) 0,5l bottle at home bought from Firmabier. Pours dark brown colour with moderate light grey head, let the yeast in the glass. Aroma has caramel, toffee, bread, maltiness, complex fruitiness in it. Rich, quite bitter taste, some alcohol, oily mouthfeel. One of my favourites.
ogniskowicz (697) - POLAND - MAY 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromat karmelu, toffi, kukułki, ale też jest mocny akcent ciemnych owoców i żywicy. W smaku jeszcze lepiej. Potężne, oblepiające body jest idealne skontrowane mocną, żywiczną goryczką. Czuć porządne grzanie przełyku, ale całość jest szlachetna i wybitnie degustacyjna (co nie oznacza że nie pijalna). Świetne Barley Wine, nasi kontraktowcy mogli by się uczyć jak uwarzyć ABW które nie jest po prostu IIPA z dodatkiem cukru ;)
lello4ever (675) - ITALY - MAY 9, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tonaca di frate, bel cappello di schiuma beige compatto e di buona persistenza. Aroma di caramello, dolce, dark fruits, frutta. Grande birra alla bevuta, rotonda ma allo stesso tempo piuttosto beverina, alcol che accompagna ottimamente. Dolce, malto, frutta. Leggermente viscosa. Grande barley wine.
karpik (664) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, bread, some dark fruits in aroma. Pours dark brown with beige head, Taste is medium sweet with caramel and melanoidin notes followed by fruity flavors. Finish is medium bitter, grapefruit-like. Alcohol well hidden, full body. Overall good Barley Wine, nothing spectacular though.
gr_pa (384) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAY 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper, small head. Aroma: caramel, grapefruit, malt, fruits. Medium body, quite dry. Flavour is fruity both from malts and hops, some toasty notes and caramel. Alcohol very subtle. Earthy notes on finish (roasted malt?)
Nonshaugen (433) - Fetsund, NORWAY - APR 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl, bottle fermented, batch #1604. Very dark beer in the glass, in front of a lightbulb it appears reddish copper mahogany. Stunning colour, thin tan head. Dark fruity aroma, dates, figs, slight alcohol notes in the end. Thick, oily mouthfeel, semi-bitter, low carbonation. Taste is, again, filled with all kind of dark fruits and alcohol, along with a bit heavy roasted, almost burnt, malts. May benefit from a year or two of storage/aging.
msbernac (1908) - Krakow, POLAND - APR 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma-fruits, caramel, grapes, alcohol
Appearance-brown, clear, tan foam,
Taste--medium bitterness, lightly sour, light sweetness,
Palate-full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Alengrin (4519) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nogne O’s 100th batch, commercialized on a larger scale since it was first brewed. This rating concerns batch # 1311, brewed one and a half year ago. Moussy, medium thick, pale greyish beige, densely structured head with decent retention, residing over an initially clear, deep mahogany-hued copper coloured beer, turning misty and a tad more brownish with the yeast deposit added. Seductive and strong bouquet reaches my nostrils from a foot away and makes my mouth water: candied fig, pink grapefruit, roasted walnuts, sweeter chestnut, triple sec, toffee, dried mango, treacle or even faint soy sauce somewhere, pink pepper, rose water, armagnac, some green bitter dandelion, hints of wet pine wood, leather, moist hemp, dried tree leaves and even some vague dried mushroom, earthy beetroot, bitter honey, persimmon, cloves, soap (likely just the wheat), ginger. Lively but still clean fruitiness in the onset, malt fruitiness mixed with some restrained pear-, fig- and apricot-like esters, soft sourish undertone, light umami accents (hint of dried mushroom) in a softly but effectively carbonated environment with some mineral ’touches’ here and there; mouthfeel is unexpectedly oily, slick and resinous. Clean, subdued but full malt sweet body, very nutty from the start with a notable toasted bitterness towards the end as well as a lightly soapy wheat edge, while the initial ’clean’ and restrained fruitiness continues, all leading up to a dry, bitter, long finish of bittering, very spicy, leafy hops providing a truckload of beautiful retronasal aromas (pine, grapefruit, pepper) combined with the toasted malt bittersweetness, but also a fair amount of booze, not hidden all to well actually and provoking a somewhat wry, aquavit- or wodka-like alcohol burn on the root of the tongue, further enhancing the bitterness but distracting too much from the hops and toasted malts. The alcohol is big here and tires me a bit after a while; if this component had been more ’tucked away’, I would have rated this beer much more highly. Apart from that, though, this is still a wonderful, intense brew, clearly made to be sipped slowly and carefully, and worthy of this brewery’s quality standard, though to my taste not their most impressive creation. Maybe the alcohol will mellow a bit more with (long) ageing, but then the hops, which still provide a lovely but well-dosed ’New World’ fragrance and bitterness even in this older bottle, will have lost a lot of their effect as well so I guess it is up to the consumer to judge which aspect he wants to prevail. As for style: I cannot find any reference to double IPA anywhere but apparently it was originally intended as such, yet I could not agree more with the style designation of ’barley wine’ here, because that is clearly what it is: an American style barley wine, malty and hefty, but with a strong dosis of American hop bitterness (80 IBU in this case, not even that exceptional for a barley wine the American way). Note that in former versions (also on other Nogne O bottles) the brewery declared itself to be the only one in Norway to practice bottle fermentation, but since Haandbryggeriet came along, this was (justly) downtuned to the simple mention that "Nogne O ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized"...
Maarten1993 (972) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank with Rik while watching Castle 13/4/2016. Fine beer. Nice thick body. Complex taste. Malty. Good.
R1kk (3) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2016 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Barley wine, mooie donkere kleur, in het begin een rustige, zoete smaak met op het einde een smaakexplosie van hop die je kan verassen.