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

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RATINGS: 592   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.


Christopsy's rating

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christopsy (113) - - JUN 25, 2013
Pours dark brown with a lovely mocha head. Dark copper hue when held to light. Sweet, smokey, thick, and creamy. I’ve had barley wines before, but this sets a new standard. This is a most supreme tipple.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Franckg (70) - - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sdg (64) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3119) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antonstoop (190) - - 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

1.9
   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

3.2
   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.

4.5
   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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2391) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2294) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
bottle A Party Town / Florence KY --- Cloudy dark brown, beige rim head, streaks of lace. Aroma of smoky malt. Taste is malt that has a burst of sweet early on, but reveals smoke on the swallow. The sweet malt returns for a curtain call in the finish. Solid brew, solid smoke (but never overpowering). Recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pkomar (153) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Drank it a couple of times, review combined (current+from notes). Aroma of pumpernickel bread, smoked ham, dried fruits with a note of honey. A bit of regional polish smoked cheese - oscypek in the background as well. Very strong and complex. Taste is definitely sweet, but it has a bit of bitterness as a counter. Maybe a tad too sweet, but the complexity of this beer is very good. Low carbonation, alcohol hidden perfectly - hard to believe it has 11%. Overall it’s a great beer, but it could use a year or 2 of refermentation to convert this sweetness.


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