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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1203   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a medium, yet quickly diminishing, foamy light brown head. Smells of mild hops, toasty malts, light caramel, raisins, and molasses. The flavor has more profound hops than the aroma let on. Definitely a distinct hop bitterness attacking the palate throughout. Also mixed in, were some syrupy malts, walnuts, and slight roast that kept the hop bitterness somewhat in control. This is exactly what it seems. A former double IPA, turned barley wine. Still it has transformed fairly nicely, and drinking quite well at the moment.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Dark brown; lingering amber head of different size bubbles. Aroma of coffee, molassas, tobacco, carob, earth, rich malts. Rich, warming, full bodied monster with big hops and malts. Rich roasted malts, molassas, bitter chocolate, chocolate syrup, burnt toast, pine resin hops...big bite finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2007
Dark amber color with a small head. Heavy and excellent aroma, citric and and fresh but deep at the same time, some alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is well-balanced bitter and malty. A very distinct Nøgne Ø brew indeed, not too bitter but still enough to give it a nice touch and a maltiness that gives you warmth and deepness. Very warm aftertaste. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4394) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Tan micro head with excellent retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Very nice looking. Pine and resin aromas. Creamy, full and sticky sweet carmelized marshmallow upfront with a lasting grapefruit finish. Sweeter than a prefer, but excellent experience all-around. The burnt upfront sweetness matches the bitter finish perfectly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Mr Goodbar Good Beer Club. Dark black IPA similar to Stone XI. Rare mix of piney hops, chocolate, roastiness, burnt. Enjoyable Full mouthfeel somewhat sticky. very good would like to try a bit more than the small sample I had

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Courtesy of Degarth. He’s a pretty swell fellow. Black pour, looks like Stone XI coming out of the bottle. Light tan, creamy head, 1.5 fingers thick and mostly diminishing. Recedes to a ring of foam that stays around for the duration. Nose of very green hops, pine cones, caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark malts and fruits. Some heat is apparent in the flavor profile, along with more hops, dark fruits and chocolate. It’s not really dominant in one flavor aspect. Very unique beer in the sense that it doesn’t look anything like what is smells or tastes like with regards to how heavily hopped it is. Low astringency, creamy and slightly sticky, but not cloying. Finish is very lengthy, lightly bitter and then fading into sweet fruits to finish everything up. In the end I don’t know if this beer is trying to be a Barley Wine, a IIPA or a Strong Ale, but whatever it is, it’s damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. Aroma is dark malt, roasty, and some resinous citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, roasted malts, and a bitter resinous hops finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle. Aroma gives our a potent yeasty bread. Alswo some chocolate roast. Dark brown body with dark chocolate head, decent lacing. Flavor had an alcohol wollaop and for the most part yeasty wheat grains. Roasted malts are also present but alcohol hits hard. Body warming effect good session beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Brown, with a tan head. Aroma is piney hops, with some roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is piney hops, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Nice creamy body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2007
Dark reddish amber, huge tan head. Stunningly beautiful. Kinda roasty aroma, pine, sweetness, juniper, you name it... Complex. Flavor has a ton of hops with a dark maltyness around there somewhere. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma promises. There’s the pine again. Feels like sucking a branch of a christmas tree. Not that I have tried. Exciting finish leaves you with a dry feel without much of the bitterness one might expect. I gotta give it a re-taste in, say, six months and see how it ages. Very promising so far.


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