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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2168) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Almost completely opaque black with a medium height brown head. Sweet boozy floral aroma with hints of licorice. Taste is roasty and bitter with a resinous woody edge. My bottle, unlike this page indicates that this is a BWA rather than an IIPA, and I have to agree with the label on this issue. Singleminded bitterness clings to the palate long after the finish. $9/500ml

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle: Pours a very deep brown with a burgundy hue in the light. The dark tan head fades a bit, but it’s consistent and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is of rich malt presence, giving it an underlying cocoa and cookie presence. The hops are there, but not that assertive, just giving it a resinous edge. Alcohol is evident as well. Creamy body with dense velvety bubbles. Nice malt character. Bisquity, slightly sticky body. A bit sweet with lots of roasted caramel and mild underlying berry-like fruitiness (elderberry?) There’s lots of apparent alcohol as well. The finish is a mesh of pine bitterness and roasted undertones. Pretty straight forward, lacks depth and balance, but it’s tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3040) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours dark red with a thick off white head. Big hoppy citrus aroma (Cascade hops perhaps?). Nice malty taste with a big hop, grapefruit bitterness. Hints of fig, dark fruit come through later as it warms up. Mouthfeel is bitter, hoppy and finishes with a dry slightly dry grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2007
Heavy hoppy aroma with a touch of locorice. Large frothy light brown head. Excellent lacing. Very beautiful clear amber body. Heavy bitter coffee initial flavor, with a long finish duration. Full creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1412) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2007
I would consider this a barleywine versus an imperial ipa as it is listed. Caramel and vanilla, some piney hops in the background, which seemed more pronounced as the beer warmed. As a barleywine, I like them even hoppier, however, this is a pretty good attempt nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2007
My label also said barleywine,aroma is grainey malt and hops ,you can just smell that this brew will have that wonderful Baltic smoothness,and your not disappointed,taste is velvety caramel malt with a bg hop punch, and an enjoyable bitter finish,if this is a barleywine,its the hoppiest one I’ve ever had. For sure more of an Imperial IPA, again how good must this be fresh from the tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2007
My bottle of batch #100 says "barleywine" so I am not sure if this is the right place for the rating or not. Pours very dark brown w/ big tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, alchohol, resiny hops. Taste is same as aroma, but with some chocolate/caramel in ther as well. Will have to try this again with some age on it. I don’t rate to style, but I am not sure what style this would be even!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bote: Pours a dark cloudy brown with some redhighlights. Thin off white head. Aroma of toasty malts and floral, earthy hop aroma. Flavor is malty and toasty. Cooked caramel and light roasty chocolte and nutty. Moderate hop bitterness with a floral hop finish and moderately dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2007
22oz bottle. Much darker than I expected. Pours a musty, murky brown color with a wisp of head. Pine, oak, and malt in the aroma with hints of citrus or perhaps even fruit. Fairly heavy aroma though not was strong and forceful upon the nose as you would expect. The flavor has big pine and malt along with plenty of alcohol and wood hints. Full body, creamy mouth feel with a dry finish. I enjoyed this but I definitely think I’ll let the other bottle age. Barley wine this is, I don’t know why some people argue that this is a double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4658) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Thanks to doclock for this extra. Pours a surprisingly dark brew, practically black in the glass. The head is one to two fingers, creamy, and light tan. The nose is upfront sweet, resiny hops, citrusy, alcohol, . The flavor is a good hop malt balance, leaning more towards an upfront citrusy waxy hop feel, alcohol is there for sure, some caramel.

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