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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2009
500mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours very dark and settles in almost black in the glass with a small creamy light tan head that dissipates to a bubbly ring quickly and leaves good lacing. It shows through as a deep cola brown when held up to the light. Aroma takes a while to come out as the beer warms and even when it does it’s very subdued. It’s got a mix of caramel malts, smoke and chocolate that leaves an interesting sweet/smoky aroma in the nose. The rye is evident as it warms and a spiciness makes its way into the mix as well. First taste is of smoked sausage with lots of sweet caramel malts in the background. The finish is also very smoky and lingers on the palate for ages with a spiciness from the rye which is an interesting combination in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and silky smooth, clearly due to the rye presence. The carbonation is moderate but very soft. Having tasted the sahti this week as well, I can confidently say that Nogne puts out some of the most creative and style-bending beers in the market. The smell was underwhelming but the taste is extremely good and a solid mix of different things that comes together very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
(Rating #5100) Bottle... Murky, dark brown brew with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is all dried plum, smoke and caramel with a slight alcohol burn. Ultra full-bodied and chewy with relaxed carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of caramel and prune sweetness and campfire smoke followed by alcohol and hop bitterness. Lengthy, bittersweet, sticky, warming finish. Big time thanks to dmschefke for shipping this beer my way!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Brewed in Norway..... Courtesy of AFI96, thanks Waylo !! Pours amber in color with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts, dark fruit and wood. Taste of alcohol warmth with some dark fruits, malts and spices. Pretty interesting but not what i was expecting from this smoked brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
.5 liter bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a nice woody clear amber and a lasting off beige head. Aroma is juniper, light smoke, meaty, good herbal, tea-berry and mint, wintergreen, good big chewy caramel and toasted malts. Flavor is big malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, mint, smoked birch, cold smoked salmon, bourbon and vanilla, with earth, leather, spice, heather tips and light fruits as it warms. Nice big smoked barleywine- still easy to drink even though it is so crazy. nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2009
i love this beer even more as it warms up!! I wish it wasn’t $9.99 for a half liter! The head on this pour reminds me of a Guinness. Thick tan head, billowing up from the bottom of the glass. Very hazy brown color. Very attractive. The aroma is chocolate, light smoke, caramel. The flavor is wild, lots of chocolate up front, smoke, wood, fruit, caramel, alcohol. Crazy and enjoyable. The finish is mostly the burn from the alcohol. A little spicyness on the finish, I’m not sure why (the rye?!?). Thick, creamy mouthfeel, chewy, like pudding. Beautiful. Very unique and enjoyable beverage from Nogne. (Expensive, too!!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light tan head. Chocolate and light smoke aroma. Chocolate and light smoke flavor with malt and light hops. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and light smoke lingers with malt/caramel. Nice complexity, but fairly mellow and refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6016) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle: The aroma has moderate-heavy smoke with light fruit and a hint of caramel. It pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel. The smoke is much lighter than expected based on the aroma. The finish has notes of raisin, dark fruits, and alcohol. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. It reminds somewhat of a lighter Bell’s Eccentric Ale with some smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Very strange brew. A bit hoppy with some smokeyness. A bit like soda. Not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2009
.5L bottle shared with BeerGestapo and TheCaptain. Dark reddish brown pour with a semi-lasting head. The smell was of toffee, prunes, and a little bit of earth. The taste was similar but also included some plums and just a hint of smoke and the back of the tongue. Sweet and boozy. I think I should have given this one some time in the cellar. As it was it was alright but a year or two and it might be something special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle. Low but lasting creamy light brown head. Very dark red brown body. Roasted barley malt aroma with coffee caramel prunes, a light touch of smoke and a hint of alcohol. Coffee caramel liquorice flavor with a bit of smoke. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste. Alcohol very well hidden.

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