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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pour was dark with full tan head. Aroma was full of roasted malt. Real full body with flavors of more roasted malt, caramel, and some hops. Very smooth brew. Worth the buy. Would purchase again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7716) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge fluffy beige head. A beauty. Dark fruits, caramel, coffee and off course american hops in the nose but also a metallic thing Im not so fund of. NOTE: At the rerate the metallic thing is gone. Might be the batch but could be that it dissapeared after 15 months in the bottle that really made this a gem. Lovely taste of cocoa beans, coffee, spices, raisins and citric fruits like grapefruit. First rate: 7/5/8/3/15

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (4723) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 0.5 L. Two-finger head that lasts atop this nearly opaque, nearly chocolate brew. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, earthy orange. Flavor is the same plus lots more: resin, coffee, toasted oak, char, peppery green herb, slight peaty smoke. Heavy body is smooth, dryish and tingly. Tastes similar to Bigfoot. BW, or DIPA? Who cares? This is damn good! Update: have bought several of these half liters. Expensive, but better and better; one of my all time favorites!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Glass: tulip Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike) Price: $7.59 Size: 16.9 fl oz ABV: 10% IBU: 80 Estimated Calories:270 C RateBeer Rating: 98 Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet. Aroma 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: sweet and sharp Impression: nice Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel Hops Flavor: pine earth floral herbal resin citrus Other: pine, grapefruit, wheat Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing. Appearance 5 out of 5 Color: brown Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque. Head Retention: persistent Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head. Flavor 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: sweet and quite bitter Impression: amazing Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast Hops Flavor: earth herbal resin citrus Other: pine, grapefruit, Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing. Palate 5 out of 5 Mouthfeel Sensation: creamy drying warming Body: full Carbonation: medium Finish Length: long Intensity: strong Balance: bitter Notes: whole mouth is affected - sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami. General Impression: 20 out of 20 Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent Freshness: stale ↔ fresh Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company. It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain. Address : <http://beercritic.wordpress.com/>

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chindong (10) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2008
This has become one of my favorite BW/IIPAs. I love the darkness of it and the great bitterness at the finish. Toffee and strong malts also come through.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours a viscous opaque dark brown with a fantastic creamy beige froth on top that craters out. Sweet molasses, vinous, malty aroma with some definite alcohol and funk. Thats an interesting taste. So dark and bitter. A little bit plasticy like Davinci points out. Toffee and chocolate, slightly nutty/vinous. The molasses flavor does make it taste very much like an imperial brown. The hops play a similar role like that in a barley wine. Mine has definitely sat for a while and mellowed quite a bit, well balanced. Very dry finish, chocolate. Fantastic mouthful, medium/full with fine subtle carbonation and very fluffy. Very unique.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
valpoaj (713) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours medium reddish brown with a robust, thick head that takes a long time to settle...heavy lacing as well. Aroma is very complex...citrus hops (orange), roasted/chocolate malt, some yeast, and a heavy dose of spice. Flavor is heavy malt up front with some dark fruit flavors, then turns very bitter and heavy on the hops. I can see why this could be classified as a barleywine and an IIPA...I really thought this to be a hybrid of the two...hoppy characteristics in the finish, but the body and complexity often found within a barleywine. Palate is confusing...part of this wants to be a slow drinker as it is pretty heavy, but the bitterness adds an odd component to things. I’ll be honest, this really didn’t do it for me...albeit unique, the mixture of styles just took me for a loop and made this a difficult drink. Very complex beer, but complexity does not always equal a good beer in my book

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2008
Really not my favorite among DIPAs. Too malty and biscuity. It’s more like a BW, if you ask me! But by no means a bad brew..

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bermod (119) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 [Bottle, 1 year old] Strong, malty aroma is a bit toffeish, earthy, citrus and pine. Strong flavor of malts, toffee, fruits, citrus, earth, grass and pine. Dry, bitter finish. Palate is very thick, very smooth and bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Pours with a large, light brown, really thick and creamy head covering a pitch black body. Great retention and really perfect lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops, cinnamon, tangy and toasted toffee elements, and a richness or spiceyness that I can not place. Taste is sweet and very nicely balanced. Strong malty IIPA-Barely Wine hybrid, this beer is in a class of its own. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with light bubbles and a slight warming. On a side note, 61* seems a bit too warm for this beer, maybe 56-58 would be a bit more to my tastes. Great all arounder. It is maltier, sweeter, and spicier than most IIPA’s I am use to; I can’t wait to try more Nogne products.


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