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


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RATINGS: 620   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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Bottle via the generosity of BOLTZ7555 – you kick much ass J! Pours deep dark murky brown with a nice 3 finger tan head that leaves delicate lacing. The nose is smoke, charred malt and sweet fruit. The taste is chocolate covered raisins, brown sugar, burnt malt and ashy cocoa in the finish. Full creamy mouthfeel. Really hides the high abv nicely. I enjoyed this one a lot. Thanks again J!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (627) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Pours viscous, dark brown, completely opaque, with just a little light making it through the bottom of the glass, small tan head with a small quantity of fine lacing. Smokey aroma of grass, plum, sourdough bread, toffee, with some woody notes. Full, robust body, low carbonation, smooth, somewhat creamy texture, and lightly dry. Sweet up-front, with deep toasted malt flavors, biscuit, caramel and some dark fruit, with an undertone of hay and a hot and medium-bitter finish. Well balanced across the whole palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2009
pours dark brown, beige head. Aroma, some light hints of smoke, roasted malts and caramel. Flavor, light hints of berries, some bitter hops and definitely some smoke malts. Boozy with warming and thick rye mouthfeel cioupled with light bitter finish. Overall smoke profile was very subdued and remains a very nice smoked beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Deep cloudy brown pour with barely any head. Smokey, hoppy, caramelly malt. Fruit, hops and sweet malt in the flavor. I get a bit of smoke and rye, wish it were more. More like a hoppy barely wine than a smoked barley wine. A bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours a roasted coffee shade with a creamy tan head. Smells of leathery hops and caramel. Tastes of each with added notes of black tea, rye, and plenty of raisins. Smoke plays as much of a role in this beer as a bench player getting substituted during the final minute of a 30 point blow-out. Tasty, but seems to be classified incorrectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
JW77 strikes again. Hmmm I didn’t really like this too much. Light smoke, caramel, hops, and some spicy notes. Flavor just didn’t hit the spot with me. Its just not a good mix of ingredients. They do not meld well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Dark rusty penny pour with a small but creamy eggshell head. Aroma isn’t in-your-face like most in the style...subtle...with caramel, raisin, and honey. Flavor is incredibly smooth for a beer coming in @ 11%. The alcohol is invisible. Mild rauchbier qualities accompany toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel that isn’t thick and cloying like most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g (1548) - 上海 / Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Subtle smoked meat aroma with underlying dark fruits, caramel, wood, spice and pepper. The flavour is smoked meat, caramel, oak and spice. A warming presence from the alcohol but despite the high ABV is smooth and very easy to drink. Perhaps some more bitterness would bump this up a notch and balance out the sweet caramel malt. Warm finish. An interesting smoked ale. Cheers to Stew & Chris for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1202) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Pours a very dark and murky brown color with a nice, foamy tan colored head that settles slowly. Nice sheets of lace are left behind. The aroma is very complex showing notes of chocolate, clean rye malt, figs, raisins, and cinnamon spices. There is hint of bacon in there also to go with smokey characters as well. Dark fruits, chocolate, figs, and raisins all come together nicely with the smoke and the earthy hops on the backend. The is present throughtout, but not overly so, and the rye malt really sets this one off. Full bodied and very smooth with a bitter and smokey finish. Really nice smoked barleywine.

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