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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: American Strong Ale
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We brewed this ale with the famous sake yeast No 7 from Masumi Sake in Nagano, Japan. On advise from Masumi’s master brewers, we fermented this ale very slowly at low temperatures to bring out No 7’s fabulously fruity character. This product is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Please enjoy chilled! Special thanks to Masumi!


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2622) - Mosterøy, - JAN 28, 2013
Clear copper with a bubbly white qfilm. Pickled vanilla candy notes. Sweet, salty and balanced bitter. Fruity well into the finish. Full body. Liqueur texture.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle, served in a snifter. 13.5% Batch 741 Brewed 12/20/2011 Best Before 12/20/2016 made with a sake yeast from Nagano. Not the best looking beer, it is a drab muddy brown but in the right light looks a bit better, no head just a few isolated bubbles during the pour. Big aroma, plum, candied fruit, caramel, gingerbread, a bit woodsy, maybe some light tobacco leaf , a brandied toffee? Very complex, reminiscent of a barrel-aged barley wine. Wow, again while you have some booze in the nose and a touch of heat going down your throat it is quite subdued. This has a great flavor: sugary caramel, sweet caramel,nutty, light plums but much more of a tobacco leaf vibe than the 3rd Edition I think... more fresh tobacco leaves than dried. As it warms up that tobacco smokes start to show up - this just keeps getting more and more complex. Less fruitiness, more sugar and malts. Great chewy bready body. This is like a warm friendly hug of a beer, I wish I was having it snug by a fire rather than on a swelteringly hot summer day in Kyoto but damn this shit is good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (2656) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle 0.25l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Batch nr: 741. Brewed 12/20/2011. Best before: 12/20/2016. Colour is brown with very small bubbly white head. Aromas and flavors: Yeast, dark fruits, raisins, nice balance of sweetness and dryness, hints of alcohol and malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6554) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Small bottle, flashy packaging. Muddy red brown, no head. This edition is not much different from the 3rd edition, to my recollection. Vinous character, slightly sour, is married to heavy chewy malts. Again, I don’t know sakè enough to comment on its influence here, but this is a unique beer. I’m not digging it as much as the 3rd edition (especially for the price), but I’m not sure if it is because this is inferior or because the style doesn’t lend itself to repeated indulgences. Or maybe it’s just my mood.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinoise2go (604) - NORWAY - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle (25cl) from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. Shortlived cm-thick off-white head, leaves a stable ring, no lacing. Murky rust brown colour. Boozy aroma, barrel-aged character, with oxidized caramel, concentrated fruit (fig, apple, banana), semi-sweet sherry, spices, almonds. Full, viscous body, flat carbonation. Sweet taste, mild bitterness, mild grapefruity acidity, short alcohol burn. Finish is drier, spicy and slightly papery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3003) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at the mondiale 2014. Dark murky brown pour, with a light brown head. Aroma of booze, its the first thing that hit me. Lots more going on though, thick chewy malts, charred caramel malts, brown sugar, hard liquor aromas like sherry, and rhum. Lots of fruity esters, some stone fruits and the faintest of citrus aromas. The mouth feel is very thick and viscous, and the carb is super soft. The finish is super sweet, boozy and it manages to get even sweeter. This is the definition of extreme beer. This is over the top, and frankly too much and not worth the price. Interesting, but nothing more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4159) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours unclear dark golden with a very small off-white cap, no retention or lacing. booze and fruity doughy caramel, spicy butterscotch, cloying sugars - demerara, raisiny, grass, coffee grinds, also a touch of roasted acidity (!). low carbonation - micro-bubbles , full body - oily, syrupy and sticky, boozy and spicy slightly harsh finish. swilly.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lesifflebiere (1212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Liquide épais, rouge-brun, pratiquement sans effervescence, au nez en fruits rouge, prunes, et peut-être un début de madérisation. En bouche, c’est du porto qui vient en tête, avec un peu de boisé et d’alcool réchauffant. Houblons en finale. Une boisson intéressante, mais qui semble avoir un peu mal vieilli. Correct, quand dégusté tranquillement.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SuperTiti33 (472) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Rousse voilé. Peu de collet. Caramel. Agrume. Très sucré. Marmelade d'orange. Belle amertume. Biscuit. Gingembre. Noix. Tabac. Très complexe. Finale amère et sucré. Sublime.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arsol (523) - NORWAY - JUN 14, 2014
Uklar brunorange farge med så og si ikke skum. Lukter alkohol, syrlig frukter. Fyldig og kjenner godt at den er på 13,5 prosent. Ganske søt som man kjenner enda bedre i ettersmaken.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Alcohol heat, residual sugars and spiciness delve into hop bitterness in this simple very strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the deep amber.
-Mouthfeel is rich and warming, unsurprisingly.
-While I can’t fault the craftsmanship, I see no point in drinking something this strong which offers so little flavor or complexity-wise.

Bottle.


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