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


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RATINGS: 648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9015) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
It’s hazy brown-black with a red hue and a small, creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, raisin, light smoke, alcohol and berries. The flavor is sweet with notes of raisin, alcohol, roasted malt, caramel, citrus, licorice, very light smoke and berries. It’s a well made beer, but IMO the alcohol notes are a bit too strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle shared with thelizard @ the Beer Engine. Poured into tulip black with small tan head. Dark fruits and vanilla on the nose and flavor. I’m wondering if the guy on the front is Simo Hayha which would be sweet even though he’s Finnish and not Norwegian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Courtesy of Blazer06. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. The aroma has sweet malts, caramel chewiness, a bit of cherry and then moving toward smoke and a bit of band-aid. The taste begins with chewy thick sweet malts, smokiness and peat all coming together with semi smooth harmony. By midway the mild smokiness backs off to little more than a memory leaving tasty thick maltiness and a hint of dark fruit. Very cool interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (7594) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2009
Pours black with a 2 inch off-white creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt some weak licorice, taste is initially sweet red ripe fruits, midway it turns darker, more bitter chocolate,espresso before it ends in a lingering bitter licorice taste, lovely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12924) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2009
50cl bottle. Minimal off-white head atop clear red-dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some smoked malt, chocolate, raisin. Taste is sweet, plum/raisin, molasses, caramel, some alcohol, light chocolate, faint smoke. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
POurs dark brown. Nose is cocoa, molasses, roasted malt. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, spices, fig, raisin. Not much smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of blazer06. Pours a dark cola brown with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and smoky with notes of caramel, honey, malt, chocolate, light spice and toffee notes. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of honey, caramel, brown sugar, smoke, candy sugar, light spice and toffee notes. Medium body with a pleasing malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11829) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an average, frothy off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, nutty), light hop (herbs), average yeast (leather, broth) with notes of plum, prune, date, port, charcoal, and licorice. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3512) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle. Interesting concept. Poured a dark reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of smoke malt, caramel, cocoa, fruit, roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor was solid and surprisingly mellow, in spite of the abv and style. Quite easy to drink. A slight sweetness at the front gives way to roasted malt, rye and smoky malt. Some fruitiness towards the end with some earthy hops in the finish. Overall it was a quality beer.

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