# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
A - Pours with two fingers of light brown head on top of a black body with ruby highlights. The rocky head has quite a bit of staying power and when it finally settles, it leaves a small ring of lace and a film of bubbles on the surface of the beer.
S - Classic barleywine aroma of raisiny, caramel malt and spicy hops. Notes of raisins, figs, caramel, vanilla, pepper, and citrus.
T - Luscious, bitter hop flavors out in front, carefully balanced by dark caramel and chocolate malt flavors and dark raisin/ fig character. There is a lot of fruit in the middle, some of it surprisingly bright, caramel apple, banana, and raisin. It fades into a long, bitter, burnt finish. The lingering bitterness is surprisingly split equally between malt and hops and includes some smokey, tobacco like flavors along with a warming alcohol note.
M - Smooth, creamy texture with moderate carbonation and just the right amount of lingering sweetness.
D - I expected a lot from this beer, based on previous efforts from Nogne O, and it really delivered. Quite an interesting example of a barleywine, at times it seems like a classic example, but at other moments it reminds me of an imperial stout or even a quadruple (this is the 3rd Nogne beer I have had, and in my book these guys are good enough to be officially exempt from style guidelines). In any case, this is a complex and superbly balanced beer that is extremely easy to sip.
02-16-2008 07:51:25 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Retired...I'm thinking not. It seems to me this brew #100 is still being produced, seasonally at least.
From the 500ml. brown long-neck, pours a very dark brown ale with a strong two-finger plus head of tan. Good carbonation and head retention keep the looks alive, heavy sticky lace adds a nice touch as well.
Evergreen sweet with a heavy earthy malt nose, upwell with authority. Big fruty bouquet with lots of hops and a ton of malt, are very apparent. Really smells delicious.
Evergreen hops start things off sweet, then back down to let the malts take over. The middle is caramelly and then wham, the hops kick in some serious bitterness that lingers for a while. The alcohol is pushing through all the while, giving this brew a huge flavor burst from start to finish. Although the body is lighter than heavy, the flavors come through very strong and very tasty.
A very big quality ale, that can hold it's own to any barleywine put up against it. I recommend this beauty to any barleywine fiend. Age should further enhance this brew, worth cellaring.
10-30-2008 06:29:11 | More by scottoale
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
got it as a gift - thanks tony!
a - slightly cloudy, dark golden brown color. nice head, not much lacing, but long-lasting pleasant amount of carbonation
s- very appealing, hops, "dark fruit/raisins" whatever that means.
t- smooth barley wine, has very roasty taste and coffee notes. . reminds me of a stout but it is def. still a barley wine. very fun to drink.
m- nice thickness and light frothiness.
d- i could drink this for a while. the alcohol is very well masked, exceptionally well-masked even. this could be a treacherous drink.
the cost is holding me back from stock piling this beer. That's the reason I've never bought it. I would love to have some of these sitting around in my house.
05-03-2010 05:49:11 | More by voteforgoat
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours pitch black with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy coffee colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
Very malty aroma with deep roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, chocolate and sweet alcohol notes. There are also some subtle hops but I'm really surprised so far how malt this beer looks and smells. Much more like a stout than barleywine.
The motuhfeel is extremely rich, resinous and chewy and the flavor is again dominated by a strong malt character. Lots of roasted chocolate malt, coffee bean, hazelnut and sweet alcohol. Again, some subtle hops shine through but this beer is extremely malty with plenty of roasted notes. There is a bit of sweet alcohol flavor and warmth but overall the alcohol is excellently masked resulting in an extremely drinkable beer.
To me this beer is much closer to an Imperial Stout than a barleywine in pretty much every aspect.
11-06-2009 21:37:07 | More by corby112
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Despite what's written on RB (that the brewery claims this is a DIPA) it clearly isn't based on the colour alone. It's got the black-brown of an old ale and when you get to the nose it's even more apparent just how much rich, thick malt is in there.
The pour is fantastic. Truly insane amounts of lacing coming off this thing. Good head too.
The aroma has malt in the form of rye and carob, and some yummy tangerine/orange hops. Like Cointreau with chocolate. Yer, the "Cointreau" part means there's some alcohol too. This is a classy nose. Later on the nose becomes even more inviting, increasing in hop complexity with a sourdough yeast backing.
Similar stuff in the taste with the alcohol unfortunately being slightly more present. I mean it's still easy to deal with, and the kisses of residual sugar help to balance it out. The citrusy hop juice/malt/alcohol/sweetness/bitterness is pretty well balanced here for a 10%er, with a rather receding bitterness. While it's not a DIPA, it is inarguably a hoppy barleywine.
Mouthfeel varies. It can be thin; at its best it's thick and loaded with hop resins- truly amazing.
Overall this beer is excellent. Highly recommended. Pretty classic American-style barleywine.
09-09-2011 11:02:55 | More by danieelol
4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
A pretty dark reddish brown with brown head.
Hoppy smell with intense citrus fruits. But also a decent amount of malt aromas.
Taste has a complex hoppiness to it with pine and grape fruit flavours.
Rough, intense mouthfeel. Brilliant, but perhaps a little weak in the finish.
Very, very drinkable. Easily the best beer I had on new years eve.
01-02-2009 21:34:16 | More by Ch1mpy
4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
First off this is not an American Style Barley Wine...but that doesn't mean it is not great!
A: A bit cloudy and murky...tons of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Dark brown with a nice brown collar that clings to the glass.
S: Roasty malt backbone with up front hop aroma consisting of citrus American hops, cascade, simcoe, etc. Noticed pinabpple, and as it warms grapefruit.
T: Fresh hop burst surrounds a nice roasty malt flavor, chocolate, biscuit, and bread notes dance nicely.
M: Warm, medium body with nice carbonation, I love the bottle condition and it seemed to have traveled well!
D: Overall a wonderful beer to drink! I would think of this as an American black IPA instead of a Barley wine. GET THIS BEER!
02-22-2010 01:14:57 | More by ndolover
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.