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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1386   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Dark garnet (almost black) body, big, dense light tan head. Sweet caramel nose with dark fruits and English yeast. Sweet body with lemony hops character and moderate finishing bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3367) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
From a trade with Maria. I think the style of this needs changed to barley wine. No way is this an IIPA, Aroma of dark fruit and caramel malt with a bit of roastiness to it. Pour was a deep, murky unmoving brown with no head. Taste was very chewy and malty with notes of cough syrup and dark fruit in the front. As it warms caramel and brown sugar become more noticeable. A decent hop bite in the end but this was too cough syrupy/Vicks-y for me. Little to no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Black in color, large pillowy beige head, sticky lacing.   Certainly very dark for a Barley Wine or an IIPA.   Big piney nose but without the sharpness, sorta weird.   Hop stickiness, some malt, but mainly this weird strong pine that doesn’t burn.   A bit more hop presense on the tongue, certainly malty, perhaps more roasty than your average Barley Wine or Double IPA.   Certainly big, and wears the 10% ABV well as I cannot tell its that big.   Not as malty as one might expect for a Barley Wine, which might explain why this one is listed as a Double IPA.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Backside is a little sharp, a bit more alcohol emerges here.   Funny, this to me is about as much of an IIPA as it is a Barley Wine, meaning it almost doesn’t fit either category all that well.   Bitter, certainly malty, with an odd piney bitterness.   Not really heavy on either of those fronts.   Decent, finishes clean, perhaps a little bit of lingering pine like bitterness, but not what I was expecting at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3194) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle shared by artusory. Deep red-brown body with translucent edges, medium tan head. Clean, toasty aroma, leafy and bready with hints of chocolate. Piney hops body with light citrus, giving way to toast and brown sugar. The balance is still in favor of dry and bitter, but there is also a leafy, tannic quality. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pouler (10) - Århus V, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2007
Dark reddish brown. Nice head. The chinook aromas coming clearly through. Delicate and soft mouthfeel. Burnt malts and some sweetness within all the hop bitterness. You can feel the alcohol, but not the full 10%. Very good and as other says; it is a beer to sip slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Dark hazy reddish brown color with big beige head. Sweetish aroma loaded with floral and citrusy hops, lemon, grapefruit, black currant and pine. Bittersweet flavor with strong citrusy and piney hops, sharp alcohol bite and some caramel. Quite heavy sipping beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle 0.5 l. Dark cloudy brown, pretty much opaque. Beige fading fluffy head. Hay, grass, pine, soap, juniper, big outdoorish nose. Flavor is extremely bitter. Pinethorns combined with burning alcohol. This would be difficult with sore throat. No sweetness at all, just bitter. Totally evil beer. I read it might be like this when too young, but I like it already. I’d say the most hopped beer I’ve had so far. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Norrebro North Bridge Extreme come close. I can’t wait to see if this developes some sweet notes after some aging. Big full mouthfeel with smooth carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
The bottle claims to be a Barleywine, and its leans in that direction. Pours murky brown with a thick, light tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, licorice, earth, oranges, alcohol, and piney hops. Syrupy mouthfeel. Butterscotch, scotch, peppery hops with lots of resin, and a heaping of caramel malt in the taste. Some nice hop bitterness, and a long a sweet alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2443) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep, dark red/brown with a big, fluffy light brown head. This is the darkest IIPA I have seen. Beautiful! Sweet, spicy and hoppy aroma. Flavour is sweet and spicy. Lots of fruity notes; plums. Notes of cough medicine (!) and sweet licorice. This feels more like a Belgian Strong than an IIPA, although not completely. Finish is candy-like. Bitter, but as bitter as a lot of other ipa’s and iipa’s. The alcohol is quite visible, but not annoying. Lingering notes of yeast. 26-12-07.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle: Deep brown with reddish highlights topped by a fading head, no lace, oily appearance. The aroma is phenolic and boozy, caramel, chocolate, walnut, plum, fig, bready and hint of clove. The taste has a nice fruity twang and bittersweet character. A tad syrupy and malty in the middle. The finish has light spice and a note of nuts. Sharp and warming mouth feel with a dry mineral finish. A solid brew but I will still re-rate from one of my bottles. (FYI, maybe this was an IIPA when first released but now it more barley wine) THX Ryan

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