Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 1167   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Bottle... RBSG2005... This beer rocks!... Clear, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, pine, dark fruits and milk chocolate. Flavor starts malty and rich with caramel, chocolate and toffee, but is balanced out by bitter grapefruit peel and earthiness. Full-bodied and very creamy with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, chocolaty, then bitter finish. One of a couple second favorite beers from this past weekend in Montreal. Probably mis-classified regardless of what the brewer claims. New style? IBA? I think Dogfish Head would nod it’s approval.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Beetroot hued amber. Thick hop aroma, with some tree bark. Slightly burnt roast and clay on the finish, also some smoke. Smooth, fizzy finish. Very tasty. (original score 3.9 on 18/8/05). RE-RATE: Really enjoyable. Big, thick and fizzy. Rooty, hoppy, brooding and intense. Warming and delicious. (New score 4.5, so I’ve bumped the average up to 4.2). Thanks. (1st re-rate was 29th October 2011). RE-RATE again - this should be 4.6 overall. It’s magnificent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle. It pours as a brown ale with white foam. Looks very good! Very good aroma but it is hard to describe. Maybe like a crossing between an india pale ale and a barley wine? Slightly dry roasted taste. A bit sweet. Sorry but I am too much of a beginner to descibe this beer! Very complex. One of the best beers I had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2414) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 [Bottle] Dark reddish brown with a large and thick head. Aroma is sweet with notes of malt, hops and liquorice. Rich and slightly oily mouth-feel. Flavour is sweet and loaded with hops and malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle What a hoppybomb. Great soft carbonation, but also refreshing. For a 10 % beer, it goes well fast down

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 Bottle. Dark brown color with small, creamy beige head. Lots of hoppy bitterness, sweet,bitter, sweet, bittersweet - just lovely. This one is not for the pilsener generation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Tasted 2007-08-21. 5 months old bottle, 50cl. This is one massive Norwegian. Pours dark brown with beige head. Lots of yeast, if one’s not careful. Either way a beautiful beer. I have days, where I would most like a Belgian quadruppel. And I have days, where what I need is an American style barley wine. This particular beer feels like a mix of the two, and it works for me all days! I have diffculties dissecting the different flavours of this one - but one thing is for sure: Hops are present! But as I said: Imagine a mix between a quadruppel and an ASBW, then you have it! Try it - you’ll love it! Side note: I wouldn’t call this a DIPA. Don’t know what it is, but it’s not a DIPA. Maybe we have a new style: Barley quadruppel - BQ. I see a bar named Bar BQ serving this style. :-)

Re-rate: I’ve had a few of these recently that hasn’t been quite as good as before. From different batches I’ve had it tasting more harsh and unpleasant and not as nuanced. So I’ve downgraded the overall score from 20 to 18.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 Pours a very dark, opaque brown with garnet highlights; head is light tan, full, creamy, and fluffy with excellent lasting ability and nice lace. Nose is certainly unique with pine resins, grapefruit zest, dark chocolate, plum, and light hints at burnt wood, roasted malts, and molasses. Flavor is much of the same as the nose with every sip finding something new. Pine resins are dominant bringing a moderately high bitterness with undertones of plum, roasted notes, grapefruit peel, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, and light spicy notes. Palate is medium to full, lively, lightly sticky, and velvety. Finishes completely balanced and long with a bit of dryness, a good bitterness, lightly sweet and fruit notes, with a light warmth; notes of plum, resins, and roasted chocolate. IIPA doesn’t begin to describe this one, it’s more like a super-hopped barley wine with some darker notes and more fruit. Great balance, perfect alcohol presence, complex, unique, and wonderfully put together. My favorite BW by far and unmatched by any other in the style. Still one of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 11, 2008
an IPA? Somce confusion abounds here, as the bottle says barleywine. Smells like raisins and alcohol. A tasty beer, with many characters, including a good dose fo caramel. Sweet and strong and excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
Color is a solid amber with very good carbonation and a thick, super tight off white head. Aroma is amazing, its rich and sweet with the scent of dried fruit, caramel and a hint of hops. Taste is complex, rich and hoppy. Starting with a full body it goes down creamy with a rich feel. Finish jumps out sweet with dried fruit taste, then some malt and a sweet floral hop flavor that is followed by a bold bitterness. In the after taste the bitterness builds a touch then some caramel taste that fades to a faint alcohol feel. This is just a flat-out excellent Imperial IPA with big bold rich flavors. I can see how someone could make the mistake of labeling it as a Barley Wine.

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