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# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

373 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 373
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
23,5° P, 80 IBU.

First brewed to celebrate the 100th batch.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, and chocolate malt; Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

(Beer added by: bark on 03-01-2005)
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Relik

Nova Scotia (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Split a 500 ml bottle Nov.30th

A: looked pretty good Nice Brownish Deep Amber colour, Tan'Offwhite head

S: Subtle, faint notes of caramel and chocolate trying to make their presence known

T: Oxidized full on Cardboard bomb. Lingered over powered even the booze.

M: Slightly thinner than i hoped and the faint carbonation didnt help.

O: Not what i was expecting i checked the bottle best before stamp it had two numbers on it 2 years apart should of been in the clear. might need another look if a new shipment comes in

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 08:49:24 | More by Relik
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jwikan

New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

FYI everyone I am reviewing this from Norway and there has been a mistake on the label. This is actually an imperial IPA. I think it is an excellent beer. I don't really care about how many fingers and color etc...I care about the taste. I must say for an IPA the 2 Captains (also a Nøgne) is closer to the mark for an IPA, however this beer is so awesome I can't help but rate it high. The nose is almost non existent, even in a large wine glass, but the mouth feel is awesome, the bittering and flavoring hops are fantastic! I can't help but wonder what would happen if a huge pile of the right hops where added to this recipe in the last few minutes of the boil. It reminds me of the Dog fish head IPA line, but better. Bravo again. Too bad Nøgne has been sold to a big player. or...maybe not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 02:44:26 | More by jwikan
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown and hazy with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet malts with brown sugar. Flavor is sweet rich malt that's nicely supported by a moderate bitterness. The malts definitely lead but the hops show its American influence. A creamy, silky feel with a nice low carbonation. I'm not a big barleywine fan but I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 07:23:33 | More by GJ40
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - swampy brown colour, half finger of head retained at thin cover, left nice consistent lacing
S - citrus with touches of pine, earth, and nuts
T - starts with a citrus hop bite with a strong molasses malt compliment, undertones of earth and almonds with just hint of alcohol sweetness
M - medium body that is fairly sticky at first, drys out through the finish and warms the innards, very drinkable for a big brew
O - rich in flavours while striking a surprisingly nice balance between hop and malt flavours, and a nicely drinkable 10%, this one is a winner

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 00:53:55 | More by joemcgrath27
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JayQue

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nogne got this one right!!!! An outstanding American Barleywine. Pours a dark mahogany brown with some light getting through on the outside of the glass. Requires a hard pour to get a small to medium size head. Good sticky lacing.

Strong aroma of caramel malts and a little chocolate. Taste is exceptional. A lice smooth caramel malty backbone, with some elements of chocolate. This is balanced but not overwhelmed by a good infusion of C3 hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a good hops and alcohol bite at the finish. The alcohol is more warming than harsh. A very satisfying slow sipper.

This is an outstanding beer. A bit pricy at $8.99 for a 16 ouncer but still a very satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 21:14:45 | More by JayQue
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Having had the #500 not that long ago, it is weird now seeing the #100 following it up. Until I read the helpful label, that is.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orange-tinted dishwater brown (barleywine bulls-eye, that is) colour, with three fingers of puffy, dense, and caked beige head, which leaves a decent horror show of splattered paint lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, a touch of pine resin, a big bready caramel/toffee malt, musty dark fruit, earthy anise, further leafy, weedy hops, and a wee booze astringency. The taste is more hefty biscuity, bready caramel malt, orange cream and grapefruit pith, sassy black fruit - prunes, plums and dried cherries, a soft dank mustiness, a touch of dry chocolate, and a well-tempered spiced rum heat.

The bubbles are quite low-key, and mostly just busy with keeping up their structural responsibilities, the body a decently restrained medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a whiff of syrupy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the subtle caramelized sugar backbone not ceding any turf, as the hops lose a bit of their bite, and the booze keeps a way too even keel.

A rather pleasant barleywine, the fruit, toffee, and old attic mustiness doing more for this than any particular hop schedule - not that the latter's efforts aren't appreciated. I could do with seeing this a tad earlier in the hops' lives, but can hardly see why aging this would be worthwhile - it's so well rounded right now.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:05:24 | More by biboergosum
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 9/4/13

A dark brownish amber with enough clarity to see a 1/3 of the distance to the other side under the foam, looks thick with some bubbles struggling to stream up the side of the glass. Some random chunks floating around and a very long lasting light brown head leaves plenty of random unorganized lace deep down the glass

S piney citrus rind and a heavy blast of caramel, herbal hops and faint coco powder mix with some faint booze and dark bread

T a slight nutty aspect seems out of place but works, more malty sweetness mixing up with some piney rind, old DIPA or a young BW you tell me,some faint milk chocolate s it wrms

M thick and syrupy with low carbonation but enough for it to work, sticky on the lips with a bitter kick, rind, burnt brown sugar and pine resin lingers long on the finish

O some dark malt notes add a strange mix to this brew, to me it seems lost between styles or perhaps I caught it at an awkward age, either way I like it a lot but would rather have it super fresh or in a couple years

pretty solid brew with a well hidden 10% waiting to kick your ass, still pretty hoppy for a BW and the malt has some dark notes that I don't think works against it but leaves something unique in your glass. Not only am I going to grab one for long term aging I'm going to look for a fresh batch out of hopped up curiosity

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 07:10:34 | More by wordemupg
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a snifter. Had it in December 2012.

A - Pours an amber/mahogany color with an small, off-white head with low retention. Leaves a thin topping on the beer.

S - Loads of aromatic hops (floral and herbal). Caramel, toffee, blackberries.

T/M - Aromatic hops dominate up front with a good malt backbone. Caramel, plums, raisins, a hint of diacetyl in the the second third of the palate. Ends with a medium bitterness, some spicy and caramelized notes that linger. Body on the high side. Extremely smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - Amazing beer! Top notch interpretation of the style. Well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 16:32:18 | More by duracell
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany brown.. turbid. Head dissipates to thin ring of foam.

S: Cherries, licorice, alcohol, sweetness. Nice.

T: Sweet fruit, big malt character and a finishing of balancing hops. Its good!

M: Smooth and full bodied.

O: A dark, fruity, sweet American Barleywine. Its very enjoyable and they have done a good job hiding much of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 22:57:05 | More by Ralphus
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber-brown colour, ring of off white head, some lace. Smell is full of citrus, hoppy with pine and dank notes, malty, caramel and toffee, bit of darker fruit, raisin and sugars. Taste has a big hop presence, dank pine, citrus, caramel malt, a bit of cocoa flavours toward the finish, hoppy aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium-full body. Solid hop forward barley wine, ABV goes undetected, quite easy drinking and worth coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 12:53:28 | More by peensteen
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first glass poured a dark chestnut brown, while the second glass was just as dark, but hazier as well. Tastes of dark fruits, with breaded malt and a slight roasted chocolate to go with the hops in the finish. For being a big beer at 10%, it does drink pretty good as there is no alcohol burn. But your body definately feels it! A good barleywine overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:59:51 | More by WeedKing4
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to peensteen for the hook-up on this treat.

A - Pours a murky brown colour, ruby red hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by citrus hop notes, earthy cedar notes, caramel, burnt toast and a hint of oak.

T - The citrus flavours dominate, earthy cedar notes continue to come through alongside a heavy rye bready malt flavour, citrus bitterness lingers alongside a hint of ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of heat on the finish.

O - A tasty brew and one of my favourites from this brewery. Super glad to have had an opportunity to try it. Incredibly drinkable whose ABV goes almost unnoticed.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:58:59 | More by andrenaline
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany color with orange edges. The frothy espresso colored head lasts a short while, mustering up plenty of lace trails and patches on the glass. The aroma is equal parts roasty, chocolaty malts and citric, pithy hops. Eucalyptus, pine and lemon hop notes hit first in the taste. A wall of malts mixed with a warming, spicy alcohol kick show shortly after. Rum cake, cherries, vanilla and cocoa all show. There's a whiff of soy sauce as well. The finish is moderately bitter and boozy. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lots of dextrins. Carbonation is creamy in texture.

This is a good, hop forward Barleywine. Lots of complexity and a unique hop profile. The only drawback is the immodest alcohol taste - understandable for the ABV, but many others have done much better. Still though, this is a great winter sipper. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 04:54:33 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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mtbdonn

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Beers of Europe in Kingland, England
A-Poured a thick murky bownish, light carbonation and head, with a bit of floating sediment, light lacing
S-Sweet, hints of caramel, some light hints of pine and citrus, hops
T-Heavy, a little oily, again with the light citrus and hops, pine and like the smell pleasantly sweet and hoppy combination
M-Thick and chewy with creamy carbonation.
O-Interesting version of a Barley wine I'm not accustomed to, appears dark but tastes light and at 10% the ABV is well hidden in the taste, though I can feel the effects. I do like this brew, but it is an expensive one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 12:49:14 | More by mtbdonn
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.75$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some notes of chocolate and dark fruits. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste with a hop bitterness and some heat from the booze.

Overall – Lots of different flavours going on and I can feel the booze almost instantly. This is a really good barley wine that I hope gets even better with age. I tucked a few bottles away to see how it develops.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 01:44:55 | More by spinrsx
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy off white head that reduced to a thin layer and left some crazy lacing on the glass. It is a dark brown/pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through or on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mmmmm, malty goodness. Caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, and dark fruits. Some boozy alcohol in the end too.

Taste: The taste follows along the same line as the aromas. You do get a little smoke, tobacco, and leather qualities too. There is some boozy alcohol at the end too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, a little bitterness, and quite enjoyable too.

Overall: Pretty solid barleywine here folks. The smokey, tobacco, and leather characteristics give this beer a twist on what I am normally used to from the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 06:34:28 | More by Flounder57
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at the LCBO by accident and was quite surprised. Poured a dark and hazy brown was a decent head for 10%. Smell was slightly malty but the hop aroma overwhelmed it. The taste was slight malt on the fore front and then the bitter hop on the end. Was expecting more malt but was still a good brew. I prefer less hoppy beer but can respect a well made and balanced hopped dark ale. Pretty good beer from a brewery that I have yet to be disappointed by!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:09:40 | More by ThinkAgain
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber bottle for Christmas.

A = A lovely brown color that shows a fair bit of light through when held up to a source. Light tan head.

S = Nice aroma filled with malt, chocolate, some warm spice, bread and some earthy hops. A good blend.

T = More of a spiced, earthy barley wine. Malt is there, but is not strongly sweet or caramel flavored. Hop flavor is pretty pronounced. Citrus rind, clove, dark bread.

M = Good carbonation, which keeps it from being too thick or syrupy. Nice balance.

O = Overall, a good barley wine with a different flavor profile than my usual American west coast style. Smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 00:50:07 | More by AaronHomoya
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Attractive Coke-like appearance with a bit of light coming through the bottom. Milky foam head that transforms promptly to a ring. Nice lacing down the glass.

(3.5) S: Root beer aromatic qualities including darker candied fruits, earthy and root-like spices, and some caramel backbone. Fairly hoppy aromas with a welcoming herbal focus.

(4.5) T: A fair bit of tart citrus and herbal hop-like taste coming through at first. Some roasted malt flavour in the form of chocolate along with a more pronounced dark fruit taste that includes cherries and plums. Very nice mix between hop and malt character. Alcohol presence is not overdone. Solidly and pleasingly bitter and dry throughout.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Silky smooth and velvety texture. I still can’t believe how creamy this is. This is a very good mouthfeel.

(4.0) D: With the added hop emphasis to lighten up the beer a bit, and with less of the standard boozy taste, this is something I could have on a regular basis. Everything is well orchestrated and the end product is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:29:53 | More by Digimaika2
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO December release. Bottled in July, BB 2016.

Poured into a Belgian ale goblet. Dark nutty Chestnut in colour, good half inch of froth, sturdy retention, icicles of lacing.

Nice combination of smells here that are pleasant, though they are a little tricky to pin down. The sweet malt of a Barleywine, smoke, raisins, resin and citrus hops, bubblegum or a sweet candy of some sort, chocolate malt.

A little boozy, but quite enjoyable. Lots going on here as well. I think this is a brew that is up to personal interpretation, as I see many different notes cropping up in other review , some that I get, some I don't. I definitely get nice resin hops, raisins or grape, sweet malt a bit of caramel, spices (ginger and cinnamon). It's a complex ale and a tasty one at that.

Nice feel to this, good crisp carbonation, warmth from the booze, medium feel, slightly creamy.

Great brew, will get again while it's here.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:13:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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beergoot

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut red body smother with a very thick, very chunky off-white, sticky head. Dates and prunes along with molasses, almost smokey grains, caramel and toffee in the aroma. Surprisingly mild taste overall (perhaps due to the relative age of this bottle); soft depths of sweetness bolstered with a nicely balanced bitterness and alcohol warmth. Heavy mouthfeel, vinous, smooth.

A big beer with a deceivingly mild character. I was expecting to be hammered with malt sweetness and a strong, boozy taste, but this one came across quite easy drinking compared to many other offerings from the northern Europe regions. Perhaps this all came from letting the bottle sit for most of the year in a relatively temperate environment, but no matter what, this is one fine and approachable big beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:45:03 | More by beergoot
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated July 12, 2012.

Beer is dark brown with some reddish hints. Moderately-sized beige head. OK retention, decent lace.

Smell is a real mixture of sweet malt and bitter, citrusy hops. Burnt caramel, brown sugar, a bit of wood, orange, a bit of apple.

Nice flavour. Similar to the nose, a real mix of malt and hops. Caramel, brown sugar, a bit bready, a touch of dark fruit. As for hops, orange sticks out. I don't pick out a lot more citrus fruit, but there is a notable bitterness from the hops, particularly at the finish. Really a good balance between the two sides. Good.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Fairly heavy, bready with a bit of a sticky syrupy flavour.

Overall, a good barleywine. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:36:53 | More by jrenihan
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This deep pecan-coloured brew doesn't afford much glitz or glamour but does reveal perfect clarity when held into the light. It also offers an impressive amount of head for a beer that's alcohol content hits double-digits. That off-white lather refuses to diminish even as the liquid beneath it does; much of it finds its way to the sides of the glass.

Its hops are almost villain-like they make so bitter the otherwise sweet, butter/raisin/pecan tart-like bouquet. Earthy, herbal resins seethe from the aroma like sap from a tree (an appropriate simile considering the scent of pine needles and spruce bark). A great, billowing note of purple plum conjures a thought of summer ripeness in an aroma that largely smells of fall-time decay.

The flavour is laced with sweet notes of fig, date, dark honey and molasses and is accented by a leafy peppermint and ginger spice. Lesser notes of grapefruit rind and caramel are noted too. It offers a great tension between the dark, sticky-sweet flavours and brighter, more citrusy ones. That said, the beer leans heavily on the leafy, resiny (i.e., pine, grass, peppermint) qualities. Good composure.

Reportedly, this beer's creators had conceived this recipe for a DIPA, but it was accidentally labeled a barleywine. Whatever. Barleywine. Double IPA. Tomato. Tomatoe. Let's not call the whole thing off. This disappears far too quick for a beer of its strength, a testimony to the fact that it's irresistibly quaffable. Despite some apparent strength, the beer is chewy enough to be a cookie. This is not by necessity a slow drinker.

Criminal law penalizes conspiracy as a separate crime because it acknowledges that the whole can be bigger than the sum of its parts; multiple actors achieve greater results working in concert than when they each act alone. Indeed, that is the case with Nogne #100, where sugary, nectar-sweet malts collude with herbal, piny hops to scheme a beer as satiating as it is quenching. Teamwork at its finest.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 07:42:54 | More by biegaman
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good barleywine, but hardly worth the hype i dont think. its nothing special. pours a redish whiskey color, with a moderate but quicly fleeting off white head. the nose is alcohol, old wood, dried red fruit, and caramel malts in excess. flavor is mostly similar to the nose. lots of sweetness up front, but it doesnt last, thankfully. that molasses spice stays around, but the sugar goes to alcohol before too long. also a surprising level of hops in the finish of this, which makes it more american to me than anything. average mouthfeel, light carbonation, lesser body than most, long finish, boozed up. i like it, but it doesnt stand out as wonderful or unique to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:39:06 | More by StonedTrippin
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

# 100 opens to a sweet, spicy, citrusy, complex aroma that instantly speaks to a well-crafted beer. There are lovely light sugars in here, including strawberry, berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters on the light side, and prune, fig, raisin, black cherry, and date on the dark, as well as touches of candi sugar and almost Stevia-like sweetness about the fringes. These are countered by lemon and lemongrass, as well as sweet pink grapefruit and touches of grapefruit rind and pine from the hops, and a nice toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal layer from the grains. The aromas do drift more toward the sweet and effervescent, recalling fruit spritzers, but enough of a cognac touch of vanilla and caramel remains to add a layer of light alcohol vapors. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though somewhat lighter than could be expected from a 10% ABV Barleywine, but does feature an excellent range of fruits and sugars, tempered well by vanilla, citrusy hops, and breads.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a marked sweetness that is almost instantly joined by a strange heavy raisin fruit ester base, almost as if raisin puree had been added pre-fermentation. The raisin overtone does carry touches of date, fig, and prune, but is largely raisin-y, and joined by peppery, spicy edges that make this seem more alcoholic fruitcake than beer. Largely gone here are the light fruit esters from the nose, the orange coming across on the tongue more like blood orange liqueur. Thick swaths of brown bread and toast crust add earthiness, and there’s a good layer of lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, and light pine resin from the hops. But the major flavor here is the raisin/dark fruit layer, which combines with the vanillas, caramels, and alcohol burn to make this seem like raisin liqueur mixed with brandy or cognac. These flavors dominate the aftertaste as well, which lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is one of the stranger Barleywines on the market, and the overabundance of raisin and dark fruit esters is initially shocking, and can be slightly wearing over time, like trying to eat an entire loaf of spiced fruitcake in one sitting. The beer is definitely worth trying for the experience, but be aware that this is very much a sipping beer, and the strong flavors and heavy alcohol burn might prove too much for some.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 17:23:13 | More by jondeelee
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# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.