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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1377   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3332) - 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 (11984) - 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….

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Huh, IIPA? This isn’t a standard barleywine, but it seems even further from IIPA... I say American strong ale, but eh! Dark brown with a big tan head. Kind of looks like Angel’s Share. Sweet dark malt. Fruity prunes. A bit of astringency? Slightly vegetal. A thicker viscous or creamy body. Sweet astringency to a stronger dark malt character. Some alcohol. Amarillo? Darkfruit. Some might do this beer some good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle from tytoanderso - thanks, Tyler! Wow, this is a really impressive beer. A surprising dark brown pour (having read that it was a hoppy BW I’d expected something amber-ish, whereas this looks like a grand cru) with a substantial head, this one has some sweet malts in the nose that just barely hold off the hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, and quite nice. And while the beer’s still a bit hot - like a Stone XI with a bit of habanero kick - it’s really very satisfying. I need some more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KateO (6) - Holiday, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008 does not count
Tasted with BigMilly : Thick cream colored head with lacing. Dark brown, almost black in color. Smells of hops and nail polish, with a little bit of chocolate. Tastes of Hersheys and alcohol, with a medium body. It tastes the best when its really cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
From bottle : Pours very dark, i cant seem to find any light from the other side of the glass. A nice half finger of dirty white head forms, and sticks there for awhile. Nose is a mix of the barley wine style that it says it is on the bottle, and a ipa, that the site says it is, Hops and a bit alcohol presents in the smell. Ok, this is truly a odd beer. The taste is much the same way. Im getting hops up front, then lots of warming alcohol like a BW towards the end. The aftertaste is somewhat alcohol, but with a hoppness hanging around. Medium body with a light feel in the mouth, goes down pretty smooth. A good and very different beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1475) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2008
Thanks for bringing this over, Tim... I found it had less aggression and better balance than the American takes we tried. Enjoyed it more as a result. Pours dark brown with amber highlights, off-gray head. Malty, hoppy nose is sweet and chocolatey... caramel-roasty. Light sweetness in flavor, reasonable bitterness, some porter-like roasted traits. Wet, soft carbonation. Mostly it just flat-out tastes good.

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