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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Smoked
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2009
Clear dark amber body with a beige creamy head; Very sweet malt syrup nose, backed by a light fruity touch; Very sweet body, actually quite spicy, biting carbonation; Long sweet finish, spicy but I am not sure where it comes from, very lightly smoked aroma. This beer could be way way better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4394) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Dark, murky brown color with no head. Strong aroma of smoke, rye and perhaps prunes. Wow... lots of smoke flavor. It’s similar to beechwood, but not quite. It might be juniper smoked malt. The rye stands out and is certainly similar to black peppercorns. Some more dark fruits, though subdued: prune, plum, fig. Quite malty. A litle wheat peaking out. Not nearly as boozy as I expected. Really, really nice. This needed a bonfire for a companion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (1681) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 24, 2009
600 ml bottle in Duvel glass. Dark brown/black with lasting ring and lace. Smoky maple syrup earthy aroma. Smoky brown sugar and maple syrup and molasses with subdued dark fruit and bitter somewhat burnt lingering finish. Full body and nicely carbonated in the body. Definitely an extreme beer. Very interesting and enticing and assertive. A unique beer, if there is one. I love smoked beers but the smoke in this comes out burnt in the finish, perhaps as it intermingles with the rye. Anyhow, an awesome beer that I wish I liked even more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2009
500ml from State Line. Dusky dark brown pour, with a minimal carbonation which is okay for the style. Softer and less complex nose than I’d anticipated, a sweet and woody smell detectable beneath the relatively subtle smoke. Body’s slightly on the thin side, but pleasantly smooth. Flavor has pleasing depth, a nice base barleywine indeed, and I especially like the way the sharpness of the rye malt complements the big flavor. Smoke is bacon and campfire, a very nice addition to a savory beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4362) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Head quickly dissipates to gently hug rim. Smoke and dark caramel aromas. Slick and smoky with upfront dark caramel and a lasting boozy hop finish. My first smoked barleywine...I like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2009
60th rating of this smoked barelywine. Shared with Kyrsten, Mal, Cyn, and Naomi. Pours orangey brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet, and smokey. Taste is smokey sweet, rich, touch of malt and a nice ruddiness, pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2009
500mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours very dark and settles in almost black in the glass with a small creamy light tan head that dissipates to a bubbly ring quickly and leaves good lacing. It shows through as a deep cola brown when held up to the light. Aroma takes a while to come out as the beer warms and even when it does it’s very subdued. It’s got a mix of caramel malts, smoke and chocolate that leaves an interesting sweet/smoky aroma in the nose. The rye is evident as it warms and a spiciness makes its way into the mix as well. First taste is of smoked sausage with lots of sweet caramel malts in the background. The finish is also very smoky and lingers on the palate for ages with a spiciness from the rye which is an interesting combination in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and silky smooth, clearly due to the rye presence. The carbonation is moderate but very soft. Having tasted the sahti this week as well, I can confidently say that Nogne puts out some of the most creative and style-bending beers in the market. The smell was underwhelming but the taste is extremely good and a solid mix of different things that comes together very well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
(Rating #5100) Bottle... Murky, dark brown brew with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is all dried plum, smoke and caramel with a slight alcohol burn. Ultra full-bodied and chewy with relaxed carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of caramel and prune sweetness and campfire smoke followed by alcohol and hop bitterness. Lengthy, bittersweet, sticky, warming finish. Big time thanks to dmschefke for shipping this beer my way!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Brewed in Norway..... Courtesy of AFI96, thanks Waylo !! Pours amber in color with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts, dark fruit and wood. Taste of alcohol warmth with some dark fruits, malts and spices. Pretty interesting but not what i was expecting from this smoked brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
.5 liter bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a nice woody clear amber and a lasting off beige head. Aroma is juniper, light smoke, meaty, good herbal, tea-berry and mint, wintergreen, good big chewy caramel and toasted malts. Flavor is big malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, mint, smoked birch, cold smoked salmon, bourbon and vanilla, with earth, leather, spice, heather tips and light fruits as it warms. Nice big smoked barleywine- still easy to drink even though it is so crazy. nice!


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