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


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RATINGS: 594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 (1208) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (51) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 28, 2014
Beer smoky. Creosote and coal burnt aroma, smoky flavor. This porter brewed over a campfire. Specifically, but liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (290) - North Rhine-Westphalia, 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Franckg (73) - - DEC 25, 2014
Les arômes sont concentrés sur le sucre, le fumé et un quelque chose qui fait ressortir des souvenirs d’une visite chez le dentiste ou le médecin. En bouche, tout commence bien. Un bon goût de barleywine bien sucré envahit le palais. Une touche subtil de fumé arrive par par la suite et donne un côté interessant à la bière. Par la suite, le cauchemar. Les arômes de pharmacie revienne et font alors penser à un diachylon de tissu beige. Ca ne goûte alors que la stérilisation et l’envie de vomir s’en suit. La dégustation prend fin lors du versement du restant de la bière dans le drain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sdg (66) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Dark brown color, hazy; lasting tan head - aroma: very malty, notes of honey and chocolate, very strong aroma of smoked bacon or cheese, bread - taste is medium sweet at first, then medium bitter - full body, thick and oily texture, soft to average carbonation - long bitter finish with notes of smoked cheese and wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3121) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle - 500ml. Black body with an average, lasting, beige creamy head. Rich, complex, strong malty/hoppy aroma with smokey, bacon, and chocolate hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its robust taste carries yeasty, smokey, and woody notes. Ends with a long, warming, woody finish. Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antonstoop (192) - - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoked bacon, fruit, roasted malt, raisons, Taste is pretty smoky too, with tar, ashes, licorice, raisin, herbs, quite massive and complex. It is bit on the sweet side, which is a shame, it does'nt need it. Aftertaste is a bit dry, smokey and a strong malty backbone. A nice smoked beer, but too sweet for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
"This delicate little beer is delightfully well named. Imagine a word in which the sun has turn to blackness, joy has turned to despair, and all that was good and pure in this world has turned to ash. That is what this beer tastes like. This beer is an ode to odorousness, a sonnet to the subpar, and a ballad to a billion bastard babies braying, bleating and bawling. If you were to set fire to a tire, and then throw it’s smouldering remains into a porta-john, and distill the fetid, smoking ruin into bottles, you would still have a better drinking experience. If there is one redeeming quality to drinking this beer, it is that it can turn a murder/suicide into a one man show" - JVR

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (587) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
500ml bottle, in the cellar for a year. First, I don’t like Islay style scotches. I don’t mind a little smoke and peat, but to me, there is very much such a thing as TOO MUCH of a thing, and that’s what Islay’s represent. This beer is conflicting. Is it well made? Yes. Are there parts of it I like? Yes. And that, is the preface to my review. I bought this blinded by brewery fandom, because I’ve enjoyed everything I have tried from them. And so, intrigue won out over common sense. Pours a dark, dark red with a small amount of sediment floaters with a tan head that looks a little like pancake batter. On the nose, Lagavulin like smoke notes, with some very faint dark fruit, and vanilla below. Full bodied, and sweet brown sugar notes, some boozy burn, and prominent Islay scotch notes up front followed by some dried dark fruits, and then well, more smokey peat notes that lead to the finish. I’ve yet to try a smoked beer I enjoy, and this is no different. It’s not you, it’s me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eluosiren (100) - Moscow, RUSSIA - NOV 26, 2014
I do love smoked beers! This one looks like oil, pure oil, smells like bacon and tastes perfectly!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2392) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
650ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Mahogany, thin tan head, light lace. Aroma of alcohol, sweet, caramel, malty.
Flavour is quite sweet, malty, caramel, some smoke, alcohol. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes quite warm, long, malty.
 A little unbalanced, quite hot. Good but not great.

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