dmac (5908) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok first off screw Nogne O, pretend those little slashes are going through the Os, for not properly labeling the bottle. If I knew this was an IIPA I a. would have drank this many many months ago b. drank it in a different glass and c. stored it in the fridge. Either way this beer turned out very enjoyable but by no means is this a barley wine. Pours a super dark brown, especially for an IIPA, with a large foamy/creamy beige head that leaves lace on top of lace and has the lasting power of a pron star shot in the money maker with a combination of viagra and noivcanne. The aroma on this one is very weak but upon lots of warming some pineapple citrus hops come out along with a bit of caramel. Palate on this one is absolute prefection, super creamy full bodied with only the lightest touches of carbonation dancing on the back of my throat, no not like that you sick bastards, no trace of the 10% ABV that this monster hides and a strong bitter finish from the hops. The flavor is much like the aroma and rather weak. The flavor that does show up for the party is slight caramel malts and pineapple citrus hops. I would have drank this beer so long ago if I knew it was an IIPA but I really just blown away by the fantastic creamy head and palate. Anyone who thought the 10% ABV was obvious or to strong must have been high.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An american bottle says Barleywine as noted in the description. I have to say though that this did come across as more of a barleywine to me. Perhaps it had a little age on it, but their was not a particularly strong hop presence. Poured dark brown with big creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet roasted malts with some notes of spicy floral hops. Flavor is potent, very sweet dry roast bite in the finish. Hops are somewhat evident in the finish leaving biting lingering bitterness but with a general aftertaste indicative of the brews overall malty character.
espenra (1006) - Kurland, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 My 100th rating on RateBeer, and what could possibly be better than a bottle of #100 from Nøgne Ø? 50cl bottle from Barley Wine. Batch 326. It poured a dark brown colour with a big beige foamy head that settles down slowly in the glass. It has a spicy aroma that mells of citrus, cinnamon, and pine trees. The flavour is complex and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, alcohol and spices. It has a long aftertaste.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a luxurious amber from the bottle with a malty off-white head of foam. Caramal and cream dominate both the nose and flavor, but neither manage to masque the alcohol in this one. Notes of red grape and cinnamon. Highly drinkable.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. bottle. Poured very dark, with a little brown showing through on the edges. Nice tan head. Dark fruity aroma, lots of malts. Very rich, slightly sweet with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. A very smooth beer, quite excellent.
Parasympatikus (25) - , FINLAND - AUG 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity fresh and hoppy aroma temptates to taste this dark and a little reddish beer. Flavor is heavenly complicated and still perfectly balanced. Warming alcohol doesn’t disturb the flavor. Aftertaste lasts long
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Even though the barleywine label is just for the US, this has all the stlye characteristics of a barleywine. I have no idea how long this bottle had been sitting on the shelf, but this has very little carbonation left in it. An extremely well layered nose, sticky and viscous this just coats the glass, leaving a dark brown tannic coating over the edges. Thick on the palate, with lots of maltiness, liquid vitamin yeastiness, layers and layers of dark fruits, brown sugar and cinnamon, with that finish of dusty graham crackers. Different, and not a double IPA IMO.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date: 08/02/08, 50 cl bottle courtesy of CelticBrew, and shared with him,Doboy, and Steve E.
Aroma - Roasted grain, molasses, , dark fruits, burnt sugar, pine
Appearance - Opaque brown/black with mahogany highlights, but almost no head or lace.
Flavor - Lots of malt flavors ranging from dark fruit sweetness to caramel type flavors, and balance coming from an increasing piney and citrusy hop bitterness.
Palate - Full body, light carbonation, mildly astringnet, dry
Overall - Well balanced, many layers of aroam and flavor. It seem that Nogne O almost never fails to please.
fb (51) - NORWAY - AUG 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, batch 282, bought in Ebeltoft. I tasted this for the first time in Arendal 3 years ago, and have tried it again at several occations. It remains to be one of my favourites
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 This beer has a lot going on, frustrating to go through my notes since they seem like the scriblings of a madman. If aged for a suitable amount of time this gets sweeter but if you drink it straight away the bitterness is overwhelming. I like the alcohol warmth in this, worked especially well in the winter. God bless for extreme brews sold locally, the alcohol monopoly system can at least do something right here.