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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 602   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3162) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2012
500 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but should be at least a year old. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown with a thin light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin film that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, pine, citrus rind, raisin, smoke, wood, spicy rye, bread, earth, tobacco, herbal spiciness, and light alcohol esters. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of molasses, caramel, fig, toast, pine, citrus rind, floral, biscuit, raisin, prune, smoke, spicy rye, earth, tobacco, wood, and herbal spiciness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, tobacco, toast, earth, spicy rye, light smoke, wood, light pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. The minimal carbonation definitely works well here. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked rye barleywine. Great flavor complexity, depth, and balance; very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dominik92 (47) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 6, 2015
Tap. Aroma: pedro ximenez cherry, dried fruits as plums, raisins and apricot, woody, vanilla, smoke, clove, alcohol, black color with frothy Brown head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long sweet finish with smoked raisins and plums notes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisSc (377) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2015
50cl bottle int tulip. Minneapolis. Bottle aged 2 years. Pours rootbeer brown. Opaque. Some floating matter. Off white head. Aroma is heavy peat smoke like scotch, leather, tobacco. Taste is sweet, especially upfront. Finishes with mild bitterness. Body is medium. Soft carbonation. Medium length finish. A really interesting bottle to try. The combination of smoke and sweetness is different.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2416) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2015
Draught pint@Nøgne Ø Tap Takeover, Red Hot, München 03/2015. Not medicinal Laphroig or Lagavulin, but gentle Scottish torf and peat on well-rounded deep dark malts set the stage for a confident, machoish composition of worn-in shoe leather, earthy musk, well-cured beef, beef jerky, tobacco leaf versus submerged Sachertorte. Despite all that: very smooooooth stuff. Få le fære!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
belgis (247) - LATVIA - MAR 9, 2015
Fireplace in your nose. Smells like boat in the summer. Very very dense. Speechless . taste so deep. One sip last soon long. Can’t feel alcohol! Soo good!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (10180) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 26, 2015
from la Mise en Bière - pours a very dark brown beer with a little beige foam left; fairly smokey aroma, malty and with notes of leather, cloves and tobacco; full-bodied and with a solid sweetness overwhelmed by a strong bitterness, fairly umami; quite dry and long smokey finish with more notes of tobacco and unfortunately also eugenol (dentists cabinet flavors) - hard to know what to make of this one

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5643) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is smoky, caramel, fruity, taste is similar, dry.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Florya (630) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
How: Bottle. Appearance: Deep brown color, tan head Aroma: malt, smoke, meat. . Palate: medium to full body, long finish

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1518) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Color dark brown with small white head. Aroma leather. roasted, malt, spiced. Taste bitter, roasted, roasted, smoked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (324) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 28, 2014
Beer smoky. Creosote and coal burnt aroma, smoky flavor. This porter brewed over a campfire. Specifically, but liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (371) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2014
Pours a dark, murky mahogany color, with a small, soon fading head. Smells of smoked, slightly salted toffeeish malts, among bakers chocolate, molasses, honey and a hint of floral hops. Starts earthy, almost dusty, then turns sweeter, due to the toffeeish, slightly toasted malts which embrace a cane sugary smokiness. The smoke is unexpected sweet and finds its balance in a salty whiff, as well as heavy, wooden notes. The predominant sweetness gets countered by an earthy, slick bitterness, which finishes with smoky ham, and warm, slightly spiced old wood.


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