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


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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
500 ml picked up in Detroit in the winter. Smoked malts, dry and middling mouthfeel. Really nice after fish, surprisingly not that great with meat. Dark brown colour, moderate amount of off-white head. Good smoke aromas. Drinkable, but not that complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5098) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2010
From bottle at The Bishops Arms, Vasagatan. Completely black with a tan head. Vinous aroma, like a port, but add to it some roasted malts. Espresso, salty meat, warming alcohol, plums. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a swampy "turtle taint" brown (thanks Alex) a wispy beige head and some spotty lacing. Tons of toffee, smoked and roasted malts with some caramel and faint booze. Quite sweet on the palate with an interesting smokey spice. A nice interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2010
Pours a murky brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, light smoke, and dark fruit. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, roasty notes, some smoke, a little chocolate, and some hot alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer. The beer pours a murky dark brown color with a white head. Not real attractive. The aroma is rye, smoke and caramel. The flavor is rye, meaty BBQ smoke and caramel sweetness. Low carbonation and a very thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2010
500 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma has caramel and roasted malts, herbal notes,and only a light dose of smoke. The flavor is only lightly smoked, but in other ways a fairly solid barleywine. Caramel and roasted malts, herbal, earthy, with some mild fruitiness with warming. The alcohol is warming, but doesn’t really play out in the flavor. I was hoping for a bit more smoked character, however this is a decent beer regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Poured a hazy brown color with a beige head. Roasty malt aroma with a light smokiness. Some hops and you can smell a little alcohol. Smoky flavor dominates the roasty malt. Medium bodied and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2010
Bottled. Pours out in a almost opaque dark brown color with a small disappearing bubbly tan-colored head. Rich and rather vinous aroma of smoke, toasted malts, caramel, neutral yeast and dark chocolate with hint’s of currant-leaves and cookies. Full-bodied with rich notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, smoke caramelized sugar, iodine, salt and cookies. Creamy and dense mouthfeel. Long rich and dense aftertaste of toasted malts, cocoa, burnt sugar, smoke and dark bread. Well-hidden alcohol. Dangerous and quite interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2010
500 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Medium white head. Sweet juniper aromas, tar and smoke. Licorice. Sweet rich malts. Roasted dark malts. Clean, but sharp hop bitterness. A little rough, but very complex. Pepper and tobacco. A very tasty beer. Perhaps a little low carbonation level.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2010
50 cl bottle. Pours a clear dark amber to brown body with a small light beige head that faded fairly quickly to a very thin ring. The nose is a mix of campfire smoke and tropical fruits, making for a very delicious conglomerate even if it’s extremely weird and unusual. There’s some candy like caramel and toffee but also that unmistakeable earthiness that only comes from rye. Very little noticable alcohol for the ABV. This smells so appetizing to me that it’s crazy. The flavor is really unique as well. The smoke and rye together really meld well. The underlying caramel and toffee Barley Wine notes express themselves a little heavier on the finish along with a slight band aide like phenol note. The finish really reminds me of a heavily smoky single malt scotch like Lagavulin 16. The mouthfeel is full and sturdy with soft light fizzy carbonation. Not clingy or sticky at all, with minimal to no alcohol heat on the finish. This was really frickin tasty. I’d drink this really often if this were a little more economical to do so here in the US. Awesome.

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