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


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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1751) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2415) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
On tap the Kaapse Borefts After Festival 2016. 2012 vintage. Dark brown with a small pale head. Aroma is mild funk, light smoke, fig, prune, honey. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, smoky on the palate with a dry finish. Taste is smoke, leather, barnyard, dark fruits, wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1288) - BELARUS - SEP 28, 2016
Muddy brown, good beige head. Nectar, honey, melon, smoke on nose. Full sticky palate. The flavour combines qualities of barley wine with a notable but not extreme amount of smoke. Very nice.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2729) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2016
Sampled from tap at Kaapse BAF 2016. Cloudy dark brown with minimal light tan head. Big sweet roasted and smoked malts, caramel, honey, resin, toffee. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation. Syruppy feel. Maple and cola nut bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1799) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2016
On tap at Kaapse Brouwers, (Borefts After Festival 2016), Rotterdam. Nose is herbs, liquor. Body is opalescent brown, head is very small, beige, creamy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, dried fruits, honey, truffle. Medium sweet, medium bitter, hint of fruity sour. Finish is long lasting chocolate roasty medium bittersweet. Full body, slick texture, nearly flat carbonation. Quite easy dessert beer, interesting, tasty, nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
creppyiceman (458) - POLAND - AUG 22, 2016
(on tap) Aroma:intensive smokedy(ham-like) aroma,some caramel and toffee. Appearance:dark brownish color,small beige head. Taste:sweet,flavour of caramel,fudge,smoked ham, dried dark fruits(mainly figs),malty fin ish,long malty smokey aftertaste. Palate:full body,ultra thick texture,medium carbonation. Overall:Lovely thick barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (2106) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 13, 2016
25cl bottle. Hazy brown with medium head that lasts a good while. Aroma of the beer is nail polish, dark, ripe fruits, peat, canned pears, some chocolate, Overall sweet and complex aroma. Mouth feel is thick and oily. Very little carbonation. Flavor is sweet with notes of ripe fruits and vanilla ice-cream with some cookies. But also there is distinctive sourness also with fruity notes. Strange that I don’t see it in other RB commentaries. Maybe the new batch went a bit sour ? Anyway the peat comes out in the finish with a clove like dryness and delicate bitterness with notes reminding me seeds from fruits. The beer is nice but won’t be looking for it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heman (637) - Tychy, POLAND - AUG 6, 2016
(batch 987: 20.06.2013) Barwa ciemno-brunatna, piana intensywna, ładnie zdobi szkło. Aromat to zrównoważony miks torfowej wędzonki, suszonych wiśni i czerwonych owoców, melasa. W smaku bardzo pełne, słodkie i bardzo gładkie, oleiste. Torfowa wędzonka, owoce kandyzowane, figi, daktyle, melasa, przypalony karmel i nuty miodowe. Goryczka średnia, ziołowa, alkohol ułożony, szlachetny rozgrzewający przełyk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2733) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 26, 2016
50cl bottle. Dark red copper brown color. Thin brown head. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium thick body. Aroma is smoke, spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, roasted. Lovely balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is smoke, peat, earth and whisky. Flavor is sugar, smoke, peat, salt, meat. Finish is loads of sugar, oldish. Lingering sugar and smoke. Medium to full body, weak to average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1497) - CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
Appearance: clear amber-brown with a short creamy light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, dark dried fruit, toffee, light peat. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off dry slightly astringent smoky and warming finish. (4/5) Interesting depth and complexity to this one, with restrained smokiness on top of a sweet fruity barleywine base, with a light rye tartness coming out in late in the finish. The ABV is almost non-existent in the flavours, but manifests as a definite warming relative early in the glass. Not subtle, as such, but definitely restrained and polite. A lingering sipper for sure. (16/20)

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