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


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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle. Well executed, vanilla, warming alcohol, round maltiness. Pleasantly smoky and sweet. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
500ml bottle. Hazy, dark brown color with a thin tan head. Slightly sweet, some caramel. Slight bitterness up front, more sweetness and a light smokiness, very easy to drink for 11%, it did have an alcohol burn in the finish, but it was very mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle from la bodega. Dark brown with no head. Sweet chocolate and caramel aroma. Molasses caramel vanilla and chocolate taste. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4615) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2009
500 ml bottle. Dark brown body with a thin, beige head. Pleasant aroma of light roasted malt, caramel, medium roasted coffee and hint of spices. Flavor is mild roasted malt, smooth caramel, a hint of coffee, dry fruit and a very balanced bitterness. Full-bodied with a bit sweet finish, still very pleasant and balanced. Surprisingly easy to drink and the high alcohol is completely hidden, only present as a mild, warming feeling. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Date: June 05, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy dark malt aroma, dark caramel sweetness, light chocolate and roasted, nice spicyness with a peppery edge
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich sweet spicy malt flavor, chocolate sweetened by dark caramel, balancing complex spicyness, touch of fruity esters, warming, light bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
A Brew shared from AFI96-thanks Waylo. Poured an amber brown with small tan head. Warmth and light smoke, dark brewed fruits and woody undertones give this that winter warmer barley wine character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours dark brown with 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is sprucey piney, dark malty, with hops, nutmeg, smoke. Tastes incredibly piney, dark malty, with spruce, brown sugar, rauchy, figgy, and peaty notes, and a late heat that serves to make this one more spirity. A truly unique and enjoyable style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark orange brown with a few bubbles. Smells like smoke and sweetness. Near full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor is smoke with some brown sugar. There is fruit and hop and maybe other stuff. But the primary thing is the smoke. It is really good, and the fruit and smoke seem to take turns in the mouth. I’d enjoy having more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Okay...SudsMcDuff... you’ve encouraged me to open my bottle tonight. Pours a dark dull unclear dark brown with slight red hue and a lovely medium creamy frothy tan head that fades into a dense fine froth. Typical Nogne plasticy aroma, yea honey-ham is pretty accurate, sweeter than most rauchbiers, some varnish, flowers, not terribly smoky but more like salted meat, also more complex than most rauchbiers but not nearly as strong. First taste is mouth coatingly creamy, smooth with sparse soft spread out pops of carbonation, thick medium/full bodied. Flavor is plasticy, very meaty at first, finishing super hot with lots of hops. Quite good but just a tad dull, uneventful and sweet. Almost like trying to drink melted smoked caramel. (More flavorful as its warmed to room temperature (was 60F before), picks up some pineapple and hoppy citrus as well as a solvent like quality, tangy)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (5935) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Put the kettle on, i have stories,...Pours a dark brown black, with a fantastic cream head, pretty good foam for such a high gravity brew.. . lacing is quite the looker too .. . Smell of 2 day old honey ham, molasses, needle with blood, and light lifetime outdoor bbq/smoke .. . what are you people stupid? ah ha, you like a little abuse.. . . woah! woah! wow, love it!!! smoke and american hops dominate the flavour, woo wee!! fantastic complexities to this! a twisted super smooth rauchbier on super smokey steroids!! ...I really don’t think i need to say more, this is pure enjoyment in a glass, Nøgne has not just hit a homerun, not even a grand slam.. they won the world series, sold all the players for cash, closed down the league, and started a completely new sport called the SDL (Sunturnbrew Drinker League).. This was one of my most wanted after beers ever, and did it ever deliver!!!!!!!& of the nicest beers in the entire universe, yaaaa!!

smoke and wine, gods gift!

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