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


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RATINGS: 1253   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2986) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2015
It poured a very dark brown color with a white head. The aroma was of wine, grapes and some barley. The taste was of roasted malts, some dates and figs. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (956) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours Brown withcoarse, quickly settling off-white head. Aroma is caramelized sugar, toffee, lightly nutty, plum and raisin, moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Stale hop background, mildly resinous. Flavor caramel, toffee, lightly nutty, toasted, fading to a lightly bitter, piney, resinous finish and a big caramel, toasty, moderately bitter aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium to full body, and smooth texture. Would have tried this earlier had I realized it was intended as a IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (599) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - FEB 10, 2015
500 ml bottle from Birra+ (Bottled on 19-03-2014). Wonderful dark copper/chestnut brown, pretty clear, with a nice, fluffy and persistent light beige head. Quite complex nose, notes of burnt caramel, dark fruits, toffee/mou candies, sour black cherries, a hint of cinnamon, wood, earthy and spicy hops, light alchool. Definitely on the sweet side, chunky and sirupy coating the lips with every sip. Raisins under spirit, brown sugar, and candied citrus peel in the taste. Slightly boozy finish, but it feels overall harmonious and balanced. Very soft carbonation, almost full body, oily texture. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (1543) - ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2015
Orange beer, beige head. Nose is some minerals, malt, caramel, lots of hoppy tones, citrus, chocolate notes, roast. Flavor is lots of caramel and roast with dried fruit. Lots of hops in the finish along with hints of aniseed. Dry finish. Pretty powerful stuff. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (1263) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2015
0,5L bottle (from Koht, Tallinn). Pours copper-brown with light brown head. Aroma is intense fruits, citrus, caramel. Flavor is sweet and bitter, caramel, citrus, pine, some alcohol. Finish is grapefruit-pine bitter. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Tasted on 1/25/12 from a capped 500mL bottle purchased at Armanetti’s. Pours an opaque, dark molasses brown with very thick tan head that slowly recedes to spotty lace, leaving a thick blanket of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is very toasted, burnt brown sugar and caramel with toasted cocoa nibs, just a hint of creamy vanilla, and nice bitterness. The flavor is darkly toasted burnt brown sugar and caramel, and quite bitter, with notes of chicory and coffee. The creamy vanilla peaks through, and there is much more of a wet earth/forest floor yeast note to this than I would have expected based on the nose. The body is full with lighter than average, but still stinging, carbonation, and a very long bitter burnt brown sugar and somewhat earthy finish. 8/4/8/3/16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4081) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has some caramel in there, but a lot of stale hops that seem to have gone bad. Taste is a bit bitter, and bready, and seems a bit heavy. Not a huge fan of this, actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (1683) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
Aroma of malt, caramel, sweet fruits, some resinous notes, syrup, big hops. Flavour is medium sweet with a medium bitter finish. Not quite Barleywine, more like a sweet and sticky IIPA, the slow sipping kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle from Steins. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head that leaves sticky lackng. The aroma is caramel, dark fruits, and citrus. Medium mouth with strong caramel malt, dark fruit, and boozy finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alteregoo (192) - POLAND - JAN 18, 2015
Piwo jest niepasteryzowane i niefiltrowane, barwy brązowej, nieprzezroczystej, mętnej, piana sycząca, szybko znikająca do minimalnego krążka. W aromacie suszone owoce, figi, daktyle, lekkie cytrusy, likier karmelowy. Jest też delikatny DMS w postaci gotowanej kukurydzy. W smaku najpierw słodko, kandyzowane owoce, likier z suszonych gruszek. Bardzo szybko jest to jednak kontrowane sporą goryczką, o ziołowo-pestkowo-popiołowym profilu. Na końcu pojawia się alkoholowy posmak wina głogowego, prawdopodobnie piwo mogłoby troszke poleżakować, żeby to się ułożyło. Nagazowanie średnie do niskiego, treściwość średnia w stronę wysokiej, słodycz fajnie zbalansowana goryczką, słabo ułożony alkohol i lekki DMS - tak by można w skrócie napisać o tym piwie. Oczywiście profil deserowy. Według mnie chyba jednak bardziej jest to american barley wine aniżeli Imperial IPA (jak podaje browar)...

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