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


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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2009
500 ml bottle; dark brown with tan head; aromas of peated malt, brown sugar, rye, plumes and dank fruit; quite yummy with mild peatyness, faint touch of meaty roast; rich, malty with a nice, dry finish; a tasty smoke-infused barleywine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3048) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Not getting much smokiness from this but maybe I’m crazy. Pour is a pretty viscous plum color sort of look. No head and little to no carbonation. Faint aroma with some prune and a little touch of grassy hoppiness. This one is pretty sweet and fruity but goes down really easily. There is a distinct roasted maltiness and slight coffee like bitterness. A little more licorice and dark fruit flavors as this warms up a bit. And yeah, there is a little touch of smoke in there just not a ton. Very interesting and very dynamic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours a dark, but mostly clear, deep mahogany color with a small, pillowy, light beige head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. Nose is interesting with smoke being dominant but not overpowering, lightly roasty, some scorched wood, black currant, some burnt caramel, and a bit of brown sugar. Flavor is flavor is nearly cloyingly sweet but bitterness from the smoke and warmth from the alcohol keep it from being so; it starts with sweet notes of burnt sugars and caramels, candied currants, toffee, and some baking spices but soon the smoke enters, almost like a hickory-type smoke, some light roast and faint earthy hops. Palate is nice with a nearly full body, a silky and round mouthfeel, a light warmth, and a soft to lively carbonation. Finishes with similar hickory smoke note, more roast and hop presence, and some sweet notes of burnt sugars and toffee lingering. From the start, I did not have a good first impression with the smoked meat-type smoke but the malt complexity was great, the warmth was nice, and there were just enough other notes to make it interesting. I do not usually like smoked beers and especially the smoked meat-types but there were enough other things going on that made for a nice offering from Nogne. This brewery never seems to disappoint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 9, 2009
bottle: brown black cola colored body with a film of greyish head. meaty smoke nose with some light fruit scents to it. very nice smoke flavor that melds into the rest of what is here. no over the top sucking on a piece of burnt wodd flavor. just a nice layer of smoke, not pork, just smoke, not brisket, just smoke. like sweet wheat bread with sweet butter and smoked salmon. tastes like lunch. lingerinfg sweet that goes well with the sweetness. biting alcohol comes out strong on varying sips. but when it stays whewre it belongs this is a joy. a strong caramelized chocolate flavor is under all this with a bit of spice. like a well heated hot cocoa with a bit too much cayenne. i’m thinking a few more of these would be a good purchase to see how they cange over the coming months. 3 6 7 3 16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle. Smokey and earthy dirt aroma. Dark body with disappaing alcohol content tan head. Has a bready barley wine flavor along with some uncooked smoked meats. Meat flavor more like the aroma found in butcher shop back in Wis for me kind of odd, Also the dry rye in the flavor with a somewhat coco aftertaste on palae. Brew has alot in the mix here. One of those intriging brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2009, Valby. Pours a clear brown beer without a head. The aroma is a little sour. The flavor is sweetness. The palate is sweet. Overall a good and balanced beer, but a little sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Poured dark brown, creamy, light coffee, leather, smooth tobacco, vanilla, little dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Thanks to Fidel for sharing this one. Pours deep brown wit ha tin tan head. Nose is coffee, tobacco and a smooth smokey influence. Flavor is the same with a very creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Pours dark with a modest, short lived head. Aromas of sweet bread and crushed nut bags. Medium full nectar with soft effers. Malty sweet biscuits, and bit of spice, and a defined hop profile bring this one out of the darkness. It’s rich, mildly smoky, and well balanced. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2009
Pours hazy brown with a surprisingly nice fluffy cream colored head. Nose has quite a bit of early detectable sweetness, also dark fruits spicy hops and a hint of smoked malt. Palate tells a similar story, pretty sweet with big malt presence. Finishes with prickly carbonation and lingering sweetness. ABV really well hidden, a bit more hop bitterness and this would’ve been spot on. Nice little experiment, and overall a really good result. Perhaps i’m being a bit harsh because i know how good this beer could be going on past nogne o experiences. If a local brewery pulled out something like this i’d be pretty chuffed!

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