Nøgne Ø Andhrímnir Barley Wine

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Barley Wine
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Andhrimnir is the chef of the Æsir and einherjat in Norse Mythology. Every day in Valhalla, he slaughters the beast Sæhrímnir and cooks it in Eldhrimnir, his cauldron. It is also the winner of Norwegian national championship for homebrewers. We at Nøgne Ø want to make this great barley wine available commercially, so beer drinkers will have an opportunity to experience the best Norwegian homebrew. Though made in Nøgne Ø brewery, this beer was brewed by its creator, Gahr Smith-Gahrsen. Ingredients: Grimstad water, malted barley, hops, yeast. 65 IBU.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (3325) - Røros, - NOV 10, 2012
Amber with off white head - aroma of malts and some dark fruits - tastes of sweet malts, some dark fruits - the sweety malt continues into a lingering finfish - this was very nice

thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2017
Bottle from spacecoyote, who’s one extremely generous man. 2010 bottling, so 7 years old at this point, but the group I drank it with liked the age on it. It’s mellowed out a lot, leaving a dominant flavor of raisins / molasses / bread, with a little hint of oxidization that works for the style. There’s still a bit of booze, but this is one delicious barleywine.

ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
Very dark amber to reddish brown in color with little to no head on this beer, a typical barley-wine looking beer. The aroma is loaded with sweet malt extracts, caramel and toffee, a sweet barley-wine that is quite fruity with no alcohol in the aroma which is good. Very heavy and thick flavors to this beer ranging from malt, dark fruits, sugar and some alcohol. The finish was long and enjoyable, dark fruits and raisins with a light bitterness in the finish.

Grima (2511) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle from a trade with Cunningham. Thanx a lot for this one!!
Bottled 18.06.09 So it is aged for 5 years! Pours murky brown with a very small head. Smell has toffee, chocolate, caramel, raisin and dark fruits. Starts with a strong malt base and massive aromas of dried fruits, toffee and caramel. Middle part has some spicy notes as well as sweet fruits and toffee. Finish is alcoholic warming, including aromas of dried fruits, biscuit, caramel and fruity hop notes. Truly an excellent barley wine!!!

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Toasted and caramelized malts are balanced out by bitter hop resins in this classic English-style Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the murky brownish dark red.
-This is still quite bitter after all these years. It must have been intensely bitter early on...
-Oxidation is present but works nicely with the specialty malts and their residual sugars.
-Mild strawberry fruitiness is found underneath (usually a combination of hop geraniol and caramelized sugars).

5-year-old bottle.

hotstuff (5278) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
Rated on 6-25-2011 (Bottle) This beer forms a small tan head that mostly diminishes, hazy orange body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, lots of floaties, and no lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, citrus hops, fruity, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, caramel malt, fruity, citrus hops, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has a very dry finish and is a sipping beer. It is worth trying.

ddemmingjr (890) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle aged over 4 years. Pours clear brown with off white head that recedes quickly. Nose of caramel malts, brown sugar, raisins, molasses and a bit of mustiness. Biscuit and caramel malts smoothness and sweetness along with raisin, brown sugar and some mild abv heat on the finish. Great depth and aged superbly

ReverendMoon (158) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
I wouldn’t say I don’t like it, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out again. It’s good, but tastes a little too much like cough syrup for me.

phaleslu (10889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2013
500 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Bottled 18.06.09. Pours a hazed chestnut brown with a finger of beige head that goes thin and lasts. Some yeast floaters. Aroma of brown sugar, dried leaves, toffee, sweet boozy bread, mild spice, and toasted nuts. Flavor of earth, sweet boozy bread, pecans, brown sugar, raisins, dates, and dry leaves. Medium-bodied, with a malty, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Good 4-year-old barley wine.

ration (2281) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 4.3.2011

Dorwart (2613) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Thin head which dissipates quickly. Powerful and scrumptious aroma with lots of sweet malts, toffee, raisins, butterscotch and some wood overtones. Cloudy dark mahagony brown. Sweet and delicious flavor with lots of caramel, toffee, oak and a bit of resinous hops. Full flavored, complex and silky smooth in the mouth. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Finishes sweet and malty with a nice alcohol tang. A brew that I have really enjoyed drinking! Need to find me some more of these.

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