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Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Smoked
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Norwegian: En kompleks barley wine med moderat røkprofil. Brygget på årets mørkeste dag.

English: This smoked Barley Wine is brewed with 30% smoked malt and 20% rye.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2010
2009 US release; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a clear, rich red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells malty up front, but quickly picks up a soft smokiness that still manages to be the dominant characteristic of the nose. Somehow this makes me think of smoked dates or perhaps smoked raisins as there is a fruitiness to the nose at the beginning. At times this seems like it has some woody pepper like notes to it and there is also a rich, caramelized, brown sugar like note and toasted grain character up front.

My first sip is sweet, viscous, rich and palate coating up front. Wow, this is one chewy beer, very much a sipping brew as small bits are best at a time. There is a lot of spicy grain character to this; likely the rye contributes this as well as quite a bit of the slick texture. The beer finishes with a mix of phenolic smokiness as well as a touch of bitter roast grain character. Sweet caramelized, brown sugar like notes are tempered by the savory smokiness that dominates the finish. There is a lot of umami flavors going on here, which makes this thick brew that much more a chewy experience; I almost feel like I should be able to stick a spoon in this and see it stand up on its own. The spiciness, when coupled with the sweetness almost reminds me of cinnamon, though not necessarily in an overly distinctive way.

Quite nice, I am really enjoying the intermingling of rich malt, funky / spicy rye, fruitiness and smoke character. This is the consummate cold weather, sitting by the fire, tucked into a blanket and armchair with a good book, sipping brew. I could easily spend a couple hours happily consuming my 500ml bottle and wish I had more of this as this beer is going to age wonderfully.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (13270) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours maroon with tan head. Dark and murky. Nose of plum, barley, raisin and rye. Taste is strong raisin, plum, rye and cane sugar. Alcohol is noticeable in finish as it warms. I didn’t really notice the smoke at first. Maybe, a little on the nose. The smoke became more pronounced as I drank more of it. Pleasant surprise.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1555) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
Appearance: cloudy ruby/copper body, no head. Aroma: Smoked meat, burnt wood, malts, alcohol, hops and yeast. Flavour: Smoked meat! sticky malts, alcohol, big bite, acidity. Mouthfeel: rich, thick and sugary. Total: This is very exciting and interesting, but I wonder if it would have been better without the smoke.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2010
Very dark brown more mahogany pour mild carbonation weak biege head aroma very smokey chocolate bourbon vanilla rye not strong due to the smokey malt coffee dark fruit liccorice mild sweetness not much sweet alcohol if any Flavour excellent bitter smooth good grade ibu sweet malt liccorice caramel chocolate bourbon rye smoothness dark fruit forget the alcohol it has been obliterated by some great flavours finish clasy ale malt is brillianty smokey rye a real plus bitter sweet tastes giving a superb aftertaste top stuff

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2010
(bottle). Pours dark brown with off white-head. Hazy with lots of sediment. Aroma is smoky like beef jerky Taste is sweet and smoky. Medium bodied with thin/creamy texture. Excellent beer. If a smoked beer could be subtle, then this is it. Would definitely get again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3271) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
500 ml. bottle. Pours a thin short lived head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 38) body....nose is molasses, soy, Boveril, beef, light smoke...taste is sweet to start, then dried fruits including cherry, raisin, finishing yeasty, beefy, and slightly bitter....mouth feel is thick and chewy, alcohol remarkably well hidden, carbonation makes a creamy sensation. This is very thick, very heavy, very complex, lightly smoked, and in spite of the initial sweetness, remarkably well balanced. Smoked Barley Wines are not yet a category. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7238) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle.Pours cloudy dark brown with an almost beige head.Aroma is dark chocolate ,sweet and smoked malt and dark berries with hint of burnt bread crust.Flavor is sweet malt ,warming alcohol ,caramel and smoke.Full body,average carbonation, long sweet finish.A really nice and heavy beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
Bottled. Deep dark amber colourned. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Aroma of light smoke, spice, light roast, light fruits. Flavour of ripe fruits, brown sugar, vague smoke, vanilla, alcohol. Medium bodied. Fruity and smoky end. Warming on lips and palate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigaleale (20) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2010
Redish brown under the light. Smoky hop with fruity aroma. The smoked flavour reminds me bonito flakes. Quite syruppy, mellow on the toungue. maple syrup & low key bitter finish leaving slight spiciness on the toungue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2010
Pours deep brown, thin tan head. Low carbonation, so only a little head.
The aroma shows off a lot of rich malts, but the smoked malt cuts through adding a layer of marmitey complexity.
The smoked flavour comes through much more in the flavour, playing off the rich malt body with twang of orangey hop.
I didn’t know what I was getting into when I cracked this - the label doesn’t reveal much about the style, but that made the experience all the more invigorating.


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