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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1372   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 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 (12273) - 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 (8006) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours basically black with a long lasting creamy head in a snifter. Smell is almost a subtle smoky malt and very little hops at all. Subtle smelling beer. Taste is nice and crisp hoppiness, with very smooth toasty to roasty dark malt flavor hidden in the back. Quite nice and ver drinkable. Some slight wet cardboardiness in the flavor detracted at the very end for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3313) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a creamy tan head. Sweet aroma of citrus and floral hops, caramel, chocolate, pine, and notes of raisins. Flavor is smooth and creamy with caramel, pine, toasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of brown sugar. A unique and decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 bottle 500ml (batch 326) at OpusK Lohja 15 euro’s sky high price! Color:dark brown, nice light brown head and bit lace Scent: hops Taste:strong hobs, bit sweet,bitterness long aftertaste,taste of alcohol hidden behind hops. 7-3-8-3-13 #446 bottle from Alko 6,79€ dark brown transparent beige head lacing. Tasty strong grapefruity hops on fruity malty body fudge presents too, pleasant bitterness in aftertaste. First time Feb 2008 rookie Ratebeerian was very bad mood ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours very dark with a large tan head. Head settles into a thin and lasting layer. Moderately hoppy nose, and some fruity aromas too. Flavor is big. Sweet, mild chocolate, fruity, good mouth-feel. Gets a bit sticky tho as you empty the glass. This is a barley wine, and a good one. I don’t know why it’s listed as a double IPA. I’d like to try an aged bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11981) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 (rerate) bottle 50cl Strong beer, strong alc. but very soft palate, sort of oily but in a nice way. Taste is a bit too string with too few nuances, fine taste though. Alc. is too dominant but not in a bad way, which might be the case with cheaper beers. As with another of Ø’s beers, it was a lot better after having been in the glass for 10 minutes. a bit too sweet perhaps for my taste, but worth a try. If you like strong & sweet & soft you’ll love it. cloudy dark brown, thick light brown a bit meessy head.(4->3), fantastic aroma somewhere between IPA and barley wine. smooth and hoppy and sweet.(5->7). strong alcoholic aroma, barley wine’ish. well balanced except for alc that is too strong.(8->7)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Deep brown, thick and clingy light tan head. Aromas burst forth with brown sugar and black tea notes riding currents of sharp pine and grapefruit zest. Room temperature brings out soft wafts of dark fruit as well. Moderate earthy pine and citric bitterness balance on touches of chocolate and dark fruit from start to finish. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter warming finish. Call it whatever style you want, it’s choice no matter….

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