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Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 1249   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours a very dark brown that only shows light when it is the thinnest part of a glass. Big light tan head. Nose is slight hops with a big hit of alcohol. Flavor is strong. Seems fairly dominated by alcohol. There is a definite hop presence there, but I feel like it would help this beer a lot to just lay down for a few years and mature. Feel is well bodied on the liquid and the carbonation is good as well. Overall this is a nice brew. But like I said, it could probably use several more years on it’s side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
Black with medium beige head. Hoppy aroma along with roasted malt. Flavor is sweet with roasted malt and a distinct hop bite. Alcohol warms you up nice in in the end just as the bitterness kicks in!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Deep dark basically black mahogany hue to it and a medium beige head that stays. Aroma is rich and fruity, sugary, caramel, a bit of smoke, dark fruits. Flavor is smokey, dark fruits, a touch of caramel, lots of resin, chocolate. The hops come out as well straight grapefruit rind and citrus. The charred flavor sticks with roastiness up front and then the bitter hop finish mixed with chocolate, really is a complex brew and almost like a brutal HOTD Adam. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The hops may be there but this is not an IPA, it’s a barleywine with too much bitterness and that’s what kills it. Had this served at exactly 61º.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle says it’s a barley wine, but the hop presence and beautiful color of deep, ruddy brown, and a very persistent head, tell me that it is definitely more a IIPA than BW. Nose is rich and complex with dried fruit, brown sugar, and a touch of smoke. The flavor is also rich and complex, with a bit more smokiness, but also caramel and fig flavor coming through. Incredibly smooth and no carbonation. Earthy, dry finsh. Exceptional.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, hops and and toffee. Taste light hops and malt. Nice balanced brew. More like a barleywine, similar to Bigfoot or Old Crusty, but not as hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4731) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours a dark orangish brown with amber colored head. Citrus, grapefruit, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of orange. Nice beer with balanced malts with hops, but the hops seemed a bit too harsh and metallic. I think this beer is closer to a barleywine then a IIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2008
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, carmel, orange, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate, pine, tangerine and grapefruit rind with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
Very tasty brew, but definitely not a DIPA closer to a Barleywine or American Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very deep ruby-brown, almost looks black, with a large lasting foamy tan head -- looks like a Porter! Aroma’s milder then I expected but nice: A variety of hops, some chocolate, alcohol, light toastiness and yeast. Flavour of lightly roasted malt, tons of hops, a touch of chocolate, some alcohol and a long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, thick chewy mouthfeel. At first I wasn’t sure what you’d call this, it didn’t seem to be a DIPA nor a Barley Wine but halfway through the bottle it did resemble a Barley Wine. Very good stuff!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Dark brown color, lots of tan foam. Great nose on this one. Sweet and complex, chocolate and dark fruits. Slick and boozy. Kind of thin on the body, the alcohol really dominates the flavor very hoppy and the alcohol and the hops add a somewhat astringent charachter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Lavender-like perfumey chocolate shoots are accompanied by a bark-like exterior and a bitter finish which sinks itself into the malty mist. I can see how this is a "barley-wine style" with the chocolate malt presence and the slight alcoholic kick. But it seems like a barley wine/DIPA hybrid with the various complexities. Whichever style one wants to label it, it makes for an enjoyable beer if one can tolerate excess. The palate could be a bit more refined at the beginning instead of just the end.


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