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

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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a murky amber-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid. Lots of sweet and spicy, deeper toffees and caramels. Brown sugar, rum, smoke, dark fruits, citrus oranges, wood, peat, and berries. Flavor is similar, but seems to lack the edge that the aroma had. Oranges and toffees mixed together up front with some toasted caramels. Dark fruits, a light chocolate, berries, leather, and a light, peppery wood. The smoke comes out in the finish, but doesn’t blend quite like it did in the aroma. A noticable alcohol warmth as this finishes rich and sweet with a light peaty smoke and very light bitterness. Mostly dry with some residual sweetness leaving a medium length aftertaste. Full, syrupy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool barley wine. I guess this is listed as a smoked, but nonetheless, its a smoked barley wine. I liked the aroma a bit better than the flavor, but the subtle smoke adds a nice complexity. It gets a bit sweet at times, but solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3499) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle at home. Pours a clear brown with a small off-white head. Faint smells of smoked malts. Sweet with moderate aromas of smoked malts. Some residual sugars. Also hints of juniper? and alcohol. Full bodied with a medium carbonation. Dry finish with more aromas of smoked malts and a warming alcohol fealing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9683) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5127) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6050) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7103) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.8
   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.


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