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

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RATINGS: 657   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5502) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle from Whole Foods (Bowery/Houston). Nice dark brown body with minimal head. Malty and vanilla nose. Taste of molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Warming towards the finish, with the 11% abv in full evidence. Nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2009
Clear, very dark amber with a small, tanned head. Aroma of sweetish malt, smoke and tar, grilled sausages, and salt. Flavor is smoky and salty with sweet-caramely malt, and a touch of alcohol. Quite full-bodied with slightly foamy carbonation and some alcohol burn. Interesting, enjoyable, different.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle.
Pours a thin, average mahogany with dark highlights (make sense?) and a nose of smoked malt, smoked wood, and a touch of dark fruit. Flavor is a chalky, smoky malt with a quick flourish of alcohol-soaked dark fruit (raisin and plumb) and a faint smoked red wine finish. Average mouthfeel. Borders on being a great beer, but can’t quite jump that hurdle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1536) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pour is dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is malty, only lightly smoky and a touch of juniper and cinnamon. The flavor is mostly rich toffee malt, light peat, and faint clove. The smoke is present too, but not as much as I would have expected. It was a nice beer and I did enjoy it with some smoked meats which made it much nicer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
500mL bottle from Colorado Springs. Brown color. Low carbonation. Sweet and malty. Slightly oxidized hops. You would think with 30% smoked malt it would be smokey, but the smoke is light. Has age dulled the smokiness? Fairly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, and yet it is somewhat difficult to drink, kind of medicinal, and yet I drank it anyway.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6395) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2009
(Bottle at Pikkulintu) Poured dark brown and hazy with small white head. Aroma contained malts and tar. Palate was full bodied and bit stingy with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, smoke, tar, sweetness, bitterness and lightly chocolate. Aftertaste was smoky and malty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16116) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2009
Bottled (Pikkulintu, batch #400, brewed 211208)
Dark ruby color, small vanishing brown head. Sweetish caramelly nose with some vanilla, peat and smoke. Liquerish palate. Intensive mix of smoke, wood, alcohol, some caramel (adding some context, beer itself is not sweet). Long smokey and alcoholic aftertaste. Full body. Well-brewed smoke barley wine.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
500ml Bottle from Wlv... Pours a semi-dark caramel brown with off-white head... Peaty and smokiness make up the aroma with cocoa and caramel malt... Smoke upfront with a sweetness through the middle. Finishes somewhat abrasiveness and astringent. That’s enough

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
500ml bottle, pours dark reddish brown very small white head. Nose of smoked rye, peat, and caramel. Flavors are peaty, smoke, dried dar fruit, caramel. Thin body. This just didn’t come together well, too sweet and odd for the peat and mild smoke thing going on.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2009
bottle. dense and viscous pour develops a small and slow tan ring of carbonation. opaque and murky, the rich caramel malt nose lacks the expected smoke but thankfully doesn’t present any unwelcome aromatic hops. caramel, maple syrup and overripe plum develop as the beer opens up, still without any true smoke presence. perhaps a little bit of charred wood, some sort of scorched barrel character, something like that, but that 30% smoked malt is either drowned out by the sugar or it’s faded so quickly that it’s nearly unnoticeable. and rye? i guess i can see that but i succumb easy to suggestion. speaking of sugar, that’s what this one delivers - obvious from the viscous and thick pour, the caramel and pipe tobacco sweetness is high but not overdone - it works as a slow sipper much like sweet brandy or port. dense, chewy and viscous on the palate, the finish tends not to stray from the caramel, maple, molasses and light char that exists in the nose and up front on the approach. no real complaints, other than expecting something a little different. it’s certainly something that performs best when matched with proper set and setting.


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