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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1319   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, garnet tinged cedar bark brown color with a thick layer of well sustaining, fine bubbled, light mocha head. Bold citrusy hop aromas. Beneath the hop shroud, some cocoa and biscuity malts slowly emerge. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and sticky grain sugar complexities try to come out, but are overwhelmed by the hops. Moderate alcohol presence in the nose. Medium full bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel with a moderately sticky texture. Moderately sweet caramel, cocoa, and light raisin bread malt flavors up front, but these are overwhelmed by a heavy, pithy, grapefruit rind hop bitterness. The beer has definitely improved a bit with age; fresh, the hops were so overwhelming the malt was barely noticeable. Now, the hop flavors have retreated, allowing an apparently rich malt body to come through, but the perceived bitterness is still too pithy and strong to make this feature stand out, and has also started to develop a bit of a scratchy flavor. Molasses glazed pumpernickel bread, but then, more hops get in the way. I desperately want to try this beer with a different hop schedule and see what it tastes like because it indicates near amazing. Skillwise, the carbonation, texture, color, and mouthfeel are perfect, a testament to some truly talented brewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, and sour citrus fruit. Good texture. Taste is malty and hoppy with some alcohol on the finish. The flavor of this one just didnt do it for me. First Nogne I’ve been disappointed by.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a tall and extremely creamy tan head. Aroma is a mix between malty sweetness and overpowering hops, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, and wheat. Wheat gives it an unbelievably creamy texture. Taste represents a strong beer. The caramel malts and chocolate flavor overwhelm the hop finish which really just ends up being a slightly dry and earthy alcohol taste which heats up as it lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Tasted at the April Northern California Beer Tasting. This Imperial IPA pours a deep amber brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and malt, with a fairly pronounced citrusy hop finish. A medium bodied 2xIPA. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Hey, it’s a west coast IPA… what do you mean its from Norway? Well, it’s not quite that hoppy, but you get the idea. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
From Superbrugsen, Aarhus, DK. Bottled. Very bitter hopped with grape fruit flavor. Alcohol is balanced to sweetness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1088) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2008
A unique & well-made beer. Aroma of bitter hops, bubble gum & chocolate. Darkest brown with perfect dark tan head that last a good while. clean & aromatic in the mouth. flavors of sour cherry, caramel, a bass bitterness bridging the citrus & reiny, strong alochol flavor, a little sourness. very bitter finish with a little sticky lips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours brown with amber edges and a large tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, black malt, and piney hops. The flavor is sweet upfront, caramel, fruit, and a piney bitter finish. Good body, exceptional brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3651) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington. Pour is murky brown with some ruby highlights. The head is tan and quite big and fluffy (3 inches). Nice settling. Some very nice lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma of sweet ripe fruit malt and pine hoppiness. There is also a dusty earthiness present. Taste is nice, the sweetness is more rounded and the pine hoppiness is quite bright with a nice resin freshness to it. The resin turns to a bit of burnt wood in the finish as it warms. The heat is fairly well masked. This reminds me a lot of a fresh "West Coast" Barley Wine or even Stone’s 11th Anniversary. I realize Nøgne made a Double IPA here, but the taste reminds me of that. Nice medium full body. Overall, a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Poured from the bottle and in the glass a dark brown shade with a thick tan head. Aromas of bitter hops and some smokiness. Very smooth and silken on your palate for sure. Good solid hops and dark maltiness. Long lasting flavors and hoppiness.Very cool lacing in the glass to boot. Another good brew from the boys in Norway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
Pours to a dark black cola colored body with a foamy tan head. The aroma is super hoppy with lots of grapefruit and some herbal things going on. Some sugar. The flavor is bitter, grassy, grapefruit, and herbal hops. Chocolate malt on the finish. Some heavy sweet caramel malt up front. Resiny bitterness and moderately sweet mouthfeel.

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