Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Nothing is like celebrating your own milestones. This is a celebration of our 500th batch of ale. It was brewed with joy and splendor; the brewer wore a suit, and a TV station filmed the event. As a base for this ale, we have elected to play with numbers: 5 hops, 100 IBUs, 10% alcohol by volume. Indeed it is an Imperial India Pale Ale. Big and bold. Great for a celebration!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1048) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2012
From a 500ml bottle on 19/3/2012 (batch number 682, brewed on 22/8/2011, bb 22/8/2014). Pours a very cloudy deep orange with a very small head. Has a strong aroma of stewed fruit, resiny hops, and some spices. The flavour is big, sweet and fruity, with orange, peach, apricot, and marmalade, along with lots of caramel malt, brown sugar and a little honey. Has a big, spicy, lingering hop finish, though its bitterness is certainly less grapefruity than yank brews in this style. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2148) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, deep amber/tawny colour, with a beige head. Intensely hoppy aroma, loads and loads of spruce and pine resin, apricots, grapefruit peel, mangoes, almost smokey in its hoppiness. Semi sweet, almost thick, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Ridiculously hoppy taste, very herbal and spicy, spruce, pine resin, malt, caramel, grapefruit, dried fruits, mango, smoke, eucalyptus. A powerful sipper, yet balanced. (2012-03-09)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1037) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 12, 2012
27/03/2011 Brasserie 4.20 (tap). Ambrata limpida, con buona schiuma biancastra abbastanza persistente. L’aroma è molto elegante, malto, caramello e luppolo si sposano alla perfezione, rendendola assolutamente invitante. In bocca l’attacco è dolce, caramellato, quasi mieloso, quindi si fa largo l’amaro del luppolo, che risulta comunque garbato e mai troppo invadente, seppure importante. Nonostante l’elevata gradazione alcolica, il gusto e la beverinità non ne risentono troppo. Forse la miglior IIPA non americana.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle. Did I get an old or bad batch?. Little hop character. Strange dark fruit aroma and flavors of malt, dark dried fruit and caramel. Barely a touch of hops. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Big_Dunc (35) - Glasgow, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
A very drinkable beer. Tried on tap at brewdog Glasgow. Far too easy to drink at 10% --- a mobile beer rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2012
500ml bottle. Poured a dark orange color with a long-lasting white foamy head that left very good lacing. A strong aroma of hops, pine, and mild caramel, like a fresh hop field. Taste is a solid mix between some caramelized malt with notes of earthy hops with a medium bitter finish. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. A medium bodied well carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5267) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Deep amber pour with creamy off white head and lace. Aroma is citrusy hops, dark fruit, and abv. Large dried fruit and resiny bitter and nice warmth. This beer is much more like a barley wine to me. Nice but mis-labeled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Imperial IPA? Very malty dates and caramel. Not sure of the age of this but the hops were lacking. Overall a pretty good english strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1191) - FINLAND - FEB 29, 2012
Pours deep brown, with hint of cherrytree. Small white head. Aroma is hops and fruits. Hint of soy. Taste tropical fruits, caramel flavours, malts, hops and therefore a bit bitter palate. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1227) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2012
As my rating #300 I choose Nøgne Ø’s #500, I’ve never been that good with numbers. It pours a very opaque, cloudy, medium amber body, with a very light brown head that’s both long-lived and leaves a good deal of lacing on the glass. The aroma is moderate malty with sweet caramel notes, but the hoppy notes are of course dominating. I get mainly slightly overripe sweet fruits: peach, mango and melon. Strangely enough the usual grapefruit is not that present. In addition there are some faint resinous hints. It’s an inviting aroma, but I prefer my fruits a bit less overripe. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter initial taste, with a heavy bitter finish. The flavours are a bit less intense and less complex than expected. It doesn’t feel as amazingly super fruity as e.g. Dobbel Dose from Haandbryggeriet or as complex as the #100 from Nøgne Ø. But oh my, it’s still a lovely taste/flavour combo, this is serious good stuff! Sweet and bitter ripe peach and grapefruit, resin and some sweet flavours that I’m not able to pin point. Close to perfect mouthfeel: medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. After the beer is swallowed and the lovely, lingering bitterness finally has faded away, there is still a massive sweet fruitiness that fills the palate. The relatively high ABV is masterly hidden. Another fabulous beer from Nøgne Ø!
[50 cl bottle, batch #682, enjoyed 6 month after bottling/2.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]

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