Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our 100th batch, brewed for the enjoyment of the brewers, but popular demand forced us to release it commercially. Most enjoyable in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire.

Recommended serving temperature 16°C/61°F Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, and chocolate malt; Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

23,5°P, 80 IBU, 10% ABV.

Editor’s note: Even though the label says "Barley Wine" in the States, the brewery usually says it’s brewed to be an IIPA. The American label was supposedly a glitch. In Europe it’s sold as an IIPA. But to save the admin crew some time dealing with user feedback, it’s listed as a Barley Wine.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
bottle. pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a huge, lasting tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. smells of burnt caramel and cocoa, as well as some roasted malts, plus a lot of citrusy hops and pearlike fruity esters. the malt tastes turn to bread and toffee, but still maintain a lightly roasted note. citrus and floral and earthy hops come out some in the taste, as does a hint of alcohol, which blends well into the overall effect. smooth, but pretty big, bitter finish that lasts a while, with a delicate light balance. medium body, coating mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. this is good stuff. the complexity of the malts prevents the hops from too important to the character of this beer, which i like a lot. the hops are nevertheless there in abundance, and the whole combination provides for a great drinking experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6215) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a nice sized beige head. Aroma of brown sugar and, wood, pine, and earth hops. I did not get a lot of the sweetness being talked about, as it was mostly pine, earth, and woody bitterness with a slight touch of brown sugar and toffee. Perhaps a touch of chocolate or roast too. Nice long dry finish. Alcohol was hard to find, perhaps slightly warming is all. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Hazy brown body with a small off-white head. The nose is brown sugar, raisins, toffee and figs. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter with toffee, plums, light molasses and pine. Full body is round and smooth with light carbonation and a warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Strong caramel and chocolate aroma. Flavor is caramel, toffee, dark fruit, chocolate. Bitter hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel, slight hint of the ABV. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6488) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Courtesy of artusory

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, muted citrus hops, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a somewhat soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with chocolate and toffee. The toffee really sweetens in the finish and long with some mild citrus hops and moderate alcohol. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1464) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Wow. What an incredibly interesting and unique barleywine. Would possibly enjoy a tad more malty sweetnes ... or not. I often complain about various beers being too sweet. Damn, this has such hop intensity that mixes almost seemlessly with the alcohol burn. A wild ride to say the least. I quiet liked it. Thanks to Erin and Deniz for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle at the Laid Back Brussels Tasting (Feb 9, 2008)
Deep, black body. Creamy, lightly brown head. Aroma of hops, flowers and malts, but not that hoppy for an IIPA. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Nice malts with some hops. Good balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bov (12109) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 24, 2008
courtesy of fiulijn - cloudy dark brown-bordeaux colour, almost no foam; aroma of prune and cream, very hoppy; nits and chocolate maltiness; strong malt body; oily, deeply bitter with a very long malty nutty, chocolaty finish - what a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Aroma: Caramel malt, alcohol, Complex mixture of hops (including ice tea). Murky cloudy brown (mississippi water), light foam. Taste: Sweet caramel malt, burnt malt, hops, a little bitter, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7949) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2008
(Bottle) Dark brown colour with an amber glow, frothy beige head. Fruity, malty nose with dried fruit, wild berries and toasted malt with loads of hops underneath. Malty taste with dried fruit, chocolate, caramel, a hint of smoke, a touch of oak, loads of citrussy, earthy hops in the finish, almost overpowered by the fiery alcohol coming through at the end. Almost full body, balanced sweetness. Bold, powerful and uncompromising effort from one of my favourite brewers. Impressive!

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