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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 1165   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy brown color with a average fizzy fair lacing off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty and hoppy, caramel, alcohol, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finsh feel is light alcoholic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
50 cL bottle (batch 278, also had the original batch 100 back in 2005). Pours dark brown with an off-white lacing head. Sweet malty, slight fruity aroma. Thick chocolate and hoppy fruity flavoured. Nice dark malty and bitter finish. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
A hazy very dark red beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is quite hoppy - subtle, but still with a sharpness from the hop acids. The flavor is lovely quite malty sweet, with some notes of caramel to start off - I just got the thought - is this an IIPA? But soon after strong notes of hops hit me - at first just subtle aroma hops, but then the bitterness strikes - and it strikes quite hard with lots of alfa acid. The bitterness totally dries out the mouth - while the alcohol warms the throat. To me this is a little too malty and not quite hoppy enough to be an Imperial IPA - so I’ll go with ChristianSA with the style description as Imperial Brown Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Beautiful, dark reddish chestnut colour with a small off-white head that collapses rather fast. Almost fatty hop aroma. Loads of caramel in here and roasted malts. A sugary sweetness underlies the very marked bitterness. Very warming alcohol. Rather classical American Imperial IPA. 160905

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Bottled. Brown hazy opaque colour, big brown creamy/bubbly head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, cookies, some coffee and yeast. Alcohol, hops, some plum and fruits in flavour. Also old black coffeeish notes and roast can be found. Aftertaste is sweet caramel and alcohol along with hops. Smooth palate. Also some burnt notes in finish and aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (19647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy brown coloured with a creamy and lasting beige head. Sweet perfumed aroma of malts and hops with notes of alcohol. Sweet flavour with lots of maltsand dried fruits and notes of cardemomme. The flavour ends up with a long and dry hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18954) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Bottled at RBESG. Copper colour. Rich grapefruit aroma. Dry with rounded mouthfeel. Feels strikingly salty. There’s an abundance of hops and also alcohol. Lingering bitter finish. Uncompromising, and not really striving for balance, but more importantly: tasty!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (15535) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a thick off-white head. Flowery hoppy aroma. Malty hoppy flavor with hints of pine needles. Long bitter hoppy aftertaste with hints of pine needles.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2011 2011-01-14, draught at Ørsted, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Very dark brown color, with red shades; small head. The aroma is mild, fruity, with a light cheesy (ammonia) touch. Good body strength, with moderate sweetness; powerful chocolate flavor, caramel, with dusty notes; in this case, the solid brew is improved by a light cheesy, yeasty touch, and also the light alcohol note contributes; some roasted malts increase the bitterness, and hide partially the hop resins, but still the palate is very good, lightly fruity too. Dynamic experience, powerful yet balanced, excellent.

2010-02-16, batch 164, brewed 2005-07-08, bb 2011, 4½ years old, 8-4-7-4-15=38
Dark brown color; the head is not persistent. The aroma is well entangled, with caramel, vanilla, raisins, hop, alcohol. Good caramel flavor, with some residual sweetness; the hop is reduced compared to what it was, and lets some place to the liquorice; it also has a medium oxidisation, particularly evident in the end. Still good, but not for long.

2007-10-25, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Dark brown color; thin head, something has changed… There is still some (non surprising) sweet liquorice touch, but in all the rest it’s an excellent and extremely hopped IIPA, with an excellent malty body; the hops are well aromatic, quite fruity and resiny. Altogether the flavors are well blended. I’m happy to see that the quality level is maintained.

2006-04-16, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Dark brown color; creamy head, persistent. A very solid brew, thick body (not oily like the American ones), very strong hopping (partially aromatic and fruity), a lot of caramel and a clear liquorice touch. Between an I2PA and an Imperial Stout, it’s quite unique and very well brewed. Thanks Jørgen!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle. Nice tan head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are hops, roast malt, coffee and chocolate.


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