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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

393 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $10.

A: Cloudy dark brown, fairly murky, with a huge off white head, about three inches worth, that won't go away. Excellent head retention. Big globs of lacing all the way around. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Really interesting for a barleywine, big thick malt presence and a huge hop profile, but has a tangy weizenbock aspect to it as well, fair amount of booze too. Nice smelling beer, but not quite what I usually smell in a barleywine.

T: Lots going on here, barley malt has a big presence, also some dark chocolate, and a bit of roasted coffee going on here as well. Initially has a wheat taste that follows over from the nose, but gets lost under a fairly big malt bill with a nice hop backbone, citrus rind hops are a good balance with this one. Leans a little more towards DIPA than barleywine, but is still, nice, and quite interesting.

M: A lot thinner than I expected, I like a barleywine to have a little bit of a body to it. Fairly warm alcohol.

D: This is not a summer beer, this would be perfect in January, and now that I know that, I know when bottle 2 will be consumed. I could drink more of this than just the one bottle, because it is tasty, and has just in general a nice flavor to it. Nothing really spectacular, but I'd buy it again, a little pricey, but could be worse.

pokesbeerdude, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared pint bottle thanks to JSquires via Papsoe. Big head with soapy bubbles on brown, lacing. Very bitter, carbonation tingle the tongue. Hop oily, herbal character. Warming alcohol. Did not get the malt and the balance, rather astringent hop leaf.
Second bottle via Boutip, fresher and 8 months later, An imperial pale, quoting Old Faithful. Dark, piney, lacey. Well done and upgraded substantially.
Had it again two years later, appearance of black with lots of lace and big head. Aroma of barley and hops. Just as big and different.

Sammy, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of mtbdonn
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

mtbdonn, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some incredible thick soapy lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big herbal hops, smokiness, old pine, citrus, caramel, wood, dark fruit, chocolate, light coffee, and spiciness. I have a feeling this is an older bottle. Extremely interesting smelling, and not like fresh hops at all. Taste of big caramel, wood, herbal, molasses, chocolate, biscuit, pine, light citrus, and spicy hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of herbal hops, caramel, chocolate, wood, molasses, and pine on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that drinks easily for being 10%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish. Overall this is a very nice enjoyable barleywine. Aromas are a bit odd, but it had nice flavor and balance. I would like to pick up a younger bottle in the future.

superspak, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep brown color with a huge fluffy, cocoa head on top. Somewhat metallic and sharp aroma-vinuous. Deep, malty flavor. Nice blend of a caramel/raisin taste. Strong hop bitterness-they really stand out against the heavy malt. Decent enough mouthfeel-has a dry edge to it in the finish. Good barleywine. Not up to par with their RIS and porter but still a solid brew.

lackenhauser, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of mbrasi
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really a DIPA, it has more bw charecter than a DIPA. I'm reviewing this as a bw. Pours a dark brown with a deep malt presence that is mostly caramel and dark fruits. Flavor brings out the hops, there are some hops in the back that leaves a slight bitterness but definitly not of the american hop bomb caliber. Mouthfeel is thick with minimal carbonation. It's really just a big beer, not quite a bw but not quite a DIPA, but enjoyable.

mbrasi, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: 3/25/09
Nogne O
#100 Barleywine
10% abv.
500ml Bottle into NB snifter

Appearance= Fat 2 finger tan head after vigorous pour. Blackish brown with tan floaties.

Smell= Nothing stands out...Typical B-wine smell

Taste= Good flavor. A little chocolate??.Must be the malts...Not super complex or deep. Just a good straight forward b-wine flavor.

Mouthfeel= Not too thick on the finish, yet on the thicker side of b-wines. Finishes clean.

Drinkability=@ this Abv., size of bottle and mouthfeel = sipper.

Grabbin2nd, May 25, 2009
Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, porter-like appearance with a decent, but not overly aggressive head. Seems a little bit too dark almost.

Slightly vinous, malty nose with raisins, plums and a bit of cherry. Brown sugar, sultana raisins, light brandy and dark chocolate in the flavour. A little more hops than expected, and this tends to lend a bit of a slightly sour, metallic bitterness. This eases a bit as it warm, but it gives way to a mild alcohol warmth.

Smooth mouthfeel, nice low carbonation. Loses drinkability points for ABV and alcohol warmth.

BDTyre, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wickedpete sends another great beer to me via trade, cool runnings!!

Wow, an easy pour of dark oak fires up a massive tan milkshake of head. Malty aroma proceeds a chocolate coffee quaff. Not your typical BW, much different with the malts. A very tasty brew, more of a porter/stout than BW – but I’m the better man for having the chance to partake of this one.

Bottom covered in yeasty slough, the velvety smoothness easily masks the high octane.

Vancer, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A reasonably vigorous pour produces a four-finger thick, darkish tinged, tan colored head in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a deeply concentrated, burnt amber color that just shows a deep, clear, concentrated ruby hue if held up to the light. This smells of sticky hop character even as I am pouring this beer. A closer inspection confirms this with notes of candied citrus peel, sweetened berry notes, sweet pine sap, orange blossom honey, a soft herbal reek that can lean towards garlic chive at times as well as a touch of menthol aromatics. As is typical with my experience of the new breed, hoppy northern European beers there is still a substantial malt backbone here that contributes a deep toasty grain character, and nice whole grain bread aromatics.

Hoppy from the first taste, this has a bracing bitterness that becomes more astringent and aggressive through to the lingering, bitingly hoppy finish. Lingering herbal notes, menthol, concentrated pine sap, bright bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangerine, ample lychee form the biggest part of the flavor profile, but supporting hop-derived notes of light cured leather, some tobacco flavors, garlic chives and milkweed are also noticeable at a much more subtle level. The malt contributes lots of chewy, viscous body to this brew as well as some light toasted-almost-roasted touches in the finish, hop supporting caramel character, and some malty crushed cracker flavors in the middle that get drowned out by the caramelized malt sweetness by the finish. As the beer warms up in my glass it smoothes out just a bit with some of the harsher hop notes and the bitterness becoming a bit softer and a touch more integrated.

Definitely on the thick side of a double IPA, indeed more in line on this front with a Barley wine, but it certainly plays the hop card in spades as this is clearly the dominant character, even despite the interesting malt depth. This is one of those beers that really needs to warm up (even though it only started at 50°F / 10°C, it was still a bit too cool) and perhaps even breath a bit in order to lose a bit of the sharp, astringent hop edge. This really is just insanely hopped, though I find it quite enjoyable. I definitely am enjoying the depth the mares otter malt adds and even the slight roasted note from the chocolate malt is a nice addition.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, May 17, 2008
Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst on 30/10/2010.

A: Very dark brown with some tinges of red and a bubbly head.

N: Wow, there's the hop hit. Fresh hops which are very nice but I maybe expected them to be more musty in character than this. Hops very dominant.

T: Yes, the hops are still there. Really quite prominent.

M: Spot on for the style, fairly heavy but not quite as full as an Imperial Stout. Maybe a bit too much carbonation apparent through the mid-palate.

Overall, pretty good, though I admit I wasn't expecting quite the level of hops that appear in nose and taste. I imagine that's what differentiates an American barleywine from an English barleywine.

tobeerornottobe, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Been saving this one for rating #100, how appropriate.

Pours brown with a two finger light tan head that holds together very nicely and leaves lots of lacing.

Big time aroma of resin hops up front, some citrus, but also plenty of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, some brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of chocolate. Quite complex on the nose.

Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, some chocolate, then follows with some bitter resinous hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, medium carbonation.

Is this a DIPA or a barleywine? I think it falls somewhere in between the two. An immensely enjoyable and unique brew.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

warnerry, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitches out of the bottle virtually black, not imperial stout black, but close, as this dark purple-brown liquid lets no light through. The head is a fairly healthy tan rise and sticks in gobs.
It's all pine needle, pine bark, and pine sap on the nose, the woody portion of it mingles with traces of cocoa. Port traits arrive only after it sits awhile. The fact is, the malts only make a cursory appearance in the aroma.
In mouth, malt is a bit more pronounced, though secondary in every way to the hops. It begins with roasted grain, bakers chocolate, figs, and coffee. Maple syrup overrides it all, and carries it into the hop breakers. Here on out, it's all metallic pine tree, full of sap, bark, and dry needles. The hopping is interesting with its equal parts resin and wood and tannins. But they are so loud as to drown almost everything else out. Malt is electrocuted out. Even alcohol hardly finds a place. Had the hops been a tad juicier rather than parching acrid, it could sidle towards the IIPA realm, but they don't so that's out of the question.

So basically, it's just a gob of malt basted in bitter hops.

The body is medium-full, with sparse carbonation. At first, it almost seems too light, then it settles into something beefier. Nevertheless, it seems to belie the richness of the malt.
It's a very drinkable barleywine,in spite of it all, though it burns a little once it hits the esophagus, but never before.
I can't help but shake the impression of a cover band playing "Bigfoot Barleywine", especially with its bitter Columbus focus. It's a respectable interpretation, but when the original costs $10/sixer to the $7/ 500mL bottle here, I'll stick with the classic, as its parts are more integrated, and is simply better and cheaper.

All told, it's a decent hoppy b'wine, but seems more than a bit rote.

cokes, Mar 15, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.