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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fb (51) - NORWAY - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle, batch 282, bought in Ebeltoft. I tasted this for the first time in Arendal 3 years ago, and have tried it again at several occations. It remains to be one of my favourites

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 This beer has a lot going on, frustrating to go through my notes since they seem like the scriblings of a madman. If aged for a suitable amount of time this gets sweeter but if you drink it straight away the bitterness is overwhelming. I like the alcohol warmth in this, worked especially well in the winter. God bless for extreme brews sold locally, the alcohol monopoly system can at least do something right here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle from SL. Pour was ruby-orangey-brown in color, decent initial head that sustained itself as a thin covering, mainly a ring after a few minutes. The aroma was caramel malts with citrus-piney hops detectable. The flavor followed suit, a full bodied barleywine, big malty brew with a good hop balance, yet nothing like an imperial ipa, although my bottle is probably aged a year (or more?). Good carbonated balance to the mouthfeel, nicely done, good drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle, I had never had a "Barley Wine", but as turns out this isn’t, so I guess I can’t cross that one off yet, haha. Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Odor is hoppy and malty and rich. This beer is a meal, chocolaty caramel hints, but a nice smooth bitterness that compliments. Whatever classification this beer fits in, it’s a tasty one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Enjoyed with Steve, The CelticBrew-meister and the magical DrBayern. This stuff is BLACK! Chocolate tinged head over a black body. You can taste the chocolate malts. The hopping was very nice. I want another!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Dark red/brown with a small beige head. Nose of strong grapefruit hop, chocolate, minor roast, and something odd, almost rotting. Flavor is strongly sweet and of more citrus, caramel, chocolate, and moderate alcohol warming. Salty and full bodied, #100’s chocolate is a nice touch to the overwhelming size of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Shared with the boys at Steves. Poured from bomber a dark ruby forming a decent foamy head. Aroma of hops, smokey fruits, perhaps some spice or herbs. Flavour was of a porter style beer, extremely smooth, yet somewhat bitter. As I was expecting an IIPA style beer, I was pleasantly surprised by my own interpretation. Overall good beer from our friends in Norway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 c.6 months aged bottle. Very dark ruby, fluffy beige head. Very piney nose, intense sweet, dark maltiness. Strong resiny, liquorice spicy and ashy flavor, herbal hoppy, extremely bitter finish. A bit syrupy, medium to full bodied, slick mouthfeel. Enjoyable, but a bit tangy DIPA, definitely on the darker side. Turns into a berry wine mess with age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 Bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Gothenburg. Brown color with a nice beige head. Aroma and taste of american hops, grapefruit, toasted sweet malt, nuts, chocolate, alcohol, wood and caramel. Both very sweet and very bitter. Full bodied. Half a bottle was almost too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2008
It’s labeled as a barleywine, but it’s more reminiscent of a lighter baltic porter in my opinion. Pours a dark chocoalte colour, nice huge nutty head. aroma is soft of roasted malts and dark chocolate- however the mouthfeel is very full, lots of breadiness, dry and alcohol flavor. My first norwegian brew i believe- very impressive.

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