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

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RATINGS: 654   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2010
500 ml bottle. From Sweden. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark brown colour with small light tan head. Smoke, malt and smoked ham in aroma. Malt, caramel, smoke and some hops in flavour. Quite smokey but also balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with edgy bubbles. Nose is caramel and boozy raisin; digging deeper light smoke. Medium body with soft flabby carb. Taste is stale caramel, grass, plum brandy and apple wood smoke. Not so smoky finishing bitter and a touch ashy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2010
Tap at the Mikkeller bar. Deep ruby color with a tiny, beige, lacing, almost no head whatsoever. Fruity aroma with cherry, strawberry, red grapes. Somewhat roasty hints, with hops, slightly burnt notes. Medium body and carbonation. Bitter, long lasting aftertaste. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirLimpsalot (3568) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2010
Vätskan är mycket mörk och en god skumtopp får jag. Doften är inte så stark och rökigheten inte allt för påträngande. Smaken: Härlig komplex smak – en blandning av mörka bär och kola. Ganska oljig känsla. En mycket vinös öl med en perfekt balanserad rökighet. Eftersmaken är riktig, riktig bra och sitter i lagom länge. Kjetil hos NØ tycker själv att de har fått fram någon helt unikt – och jag kan bara instämma. Jag skulle kunde ge Sunturn full score, men av en eller annan anledning känner jag att det var något med den som hindrar mig från att göra det. Men ett starkt betyg är den så absolut värd. NØ har gjort det igen!!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
light red brown, thin cream head. Creamy, doughy smoke nose, sweet. Flavor is creamy, some milk chocolate with light malt, sticky finish, a bit bitter and ashy and with not enough smoke.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a really dark cloudy amber color with a very small tan head. Aroma is mostly of bonfire smoke along with some sweet malt, slight dark fruit, burnt wood and caramel. Flavor starts out very malty and sweet with a very sugary sentation along with lots of dark fruit like raisns and figs. The finish then turns into this smokey bonfire type taste, with notes of burnt wood. I get no alcohol taste at all even though it is on 11%, i think it is the smoke that helps mask it. The body is full and creamy with a sticky sentation in your mouth. Overall a very good and interesting beer (Smoked Barley Wine).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 28, 2010
Draught at Mikkeller, Coppenhagen.
Rubyred beer, near black with a small tan head. Sweet raisins and plum, molasses in the aroma with a light roasted character. Oily, thick body with molasses and caramel, deep roasted grains. Vinous bit of wood, tart peat, toffee and dark chocolate. Is this beer a smoked one? But good;-)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
500ml bottle -

What a great idea and excellent execution this was. Nøgne Ø never seems to stop making good beer and this was great. The aroma is just incredible. Massive amount of smoke, sweet like a beer beef-jerky marinade, caramel, alcohol, port....phenom. The flavor was equally as intense. It was like eating beer beef-jerky, dipped in espresso/port/chocolate with a rum-raisin sauce. THis might just be my favorite from Nøgne Ø, but then again...I feel like I’ve already typed this on a different review with them.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4139) - 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 (14617) - , 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.


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