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

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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1551) - Oslo, - NOV 11, 2012
Ta-daaa! Rating number 500, finally I’m a beer demigod! This one pours a dark copper body with a very small, light-brown head that pretty soon reduces to a thin film with some additional build-up at the walls of my snifter. Some lacing are left on the glass, but not much. The aroma is strong and is dominated by wood smoke and peat, but there are also some smoked meat and sausages. More importantly there are also definite hoppy notes in the back, making the aroma more refreshing than pure smoke and liquid meat. A hint of the high ABV can also be detected. The taste is heavy to moderate sweet and is elegantly backed up by a moderate plus bitterness. Initially the sugary flavour profile is govern by strong notes of smoke and peat with a solid hoppy resinous background. There are also vague elements of overripe fruits that magically transforms into sweet dark dried fruits as the beer warms up. I also get chocolate as the beer reaches a more fitting temperature. The mouthfeel is close to perfect, it’s lovely vinous with a full body, an oily texture and soft carbonation. The alcohol is masterly integrated. A very nice barley wine and by far the best smoked beer I’ve ever had! So, 500 ratings, how many more do I need before I stop feeling like a complete beer novice?
[50 cl bottle, batch 749B, enjoyed 10 months after bottling/9 years 2 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (639) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle from Erzbierschof Zurich. So this is a smoked barley wine? Interesting, it would also qualify as an imperial stout. There are some smoked notes, but mostly its sweet and thick and heavy and dark. Can’t find the barley wine in there, except maybe for the foam.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (260) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2016
Pours black with ruby reflexes. Very nice head staying for long, which is a big plus for a 11%ABV brew. Aroma: smoke, plum, dried fruit. Taste: smoke, plum, toast, dark malt, great hoppy finish. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1265) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2016
From a 500ml bottle on 10/1/2016 (shared by Butz with thanks). Pours an opaque extremely dark amber with a medium white head. The nose features light smoke, dark fruit and some caramel. Bursts with flavour with lots of peat, smoke, bacon, caramel, maple syrup, dates, spice and rye. Quite hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Syrupy with lovely mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Streets ahead of the bourbon barrel version I tried some time ago. Really nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AnG_BrgNor (135) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Aroma of malt, smoked and bacon.Taste is smoked, with tar, malt and some caramell. Full bodies and some bitterness. Alcohol is not present. A quality beer. Well worth a try.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scirtes (284) - POLAND - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle, bb 21.12.17 (bottled 21.12.12). Pours very dark amber, coppery, with beige head and nice lacing. Aromas of peat smoked malts, lots of sweetness, dried fruits. Very sweet, with light bitterness. Average carbonation, oily and smooth texture, with pleasant alcohol. Very good, complex and intriguing beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1590) - Garching, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
Dark brown-amber color with amber highlight, tan head. Aroma is slight smoke, plums, very pleasant. Taste is very malty, plums, with a very pleasant light smoke. Slightly sweet, bitter finish, quite some hops in there. Lively carbonation. The alcohol is not sharp. A very nice brew!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kosmokrator (757) - ITALY - NOV 27, 2015
Ale particolarissima e complessa che avvolge il naso con sentori di frutta, mou, cereali e note fumose. Al palato è vinosa e setosa, le note affumicate inizialmente colpiscono duro ma sorso dopo sorso diventano più melliflue fondendosi con i malti, il miele amaro e il caramello. Una birra sontuosa, da centellinare!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ston3s42 (135) - - OCT 31, 2015
Quite black with no head. Complex tastes of smoke, spices and Christmas. Full body, medium carbonation, and a seasony aftertaste. A bit too much Christmas

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DroolYeast (647) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Tap @ basement beer bar. Aroma of smoke, vanilla, caramel alcohol. Dark red brown with off-white head, tiny lasting. Taste of smoke, fruit, alcohol. Full body, oily texture, light carbonation, smoky fruity finish.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Fiston (8) - Cressier, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2015 does not count
Really strange beer. Important detergent aroma and taste. Appearance is ok. But really disappointing.


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