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

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Reviews: 253
Hads: 432
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 03-01-2005

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.
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Photo of brendan13
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the 500ml bottle a dark brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to light. A 3 centimtre light tan coloured head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp leaving a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
S - Big herbal, deep citrus fruit and pine notes up front followed by a strong dark fruit character. Vauge chocolate hints.
T - Citrus and herbal hoppy notes on top of a sweet fruitcake quality with a lot of dark fruit touches, some bready notes and a slighhtly bitter dark chocolate hint.
M - Very smooth Barleywine with a low carbonation and medium body. Chocolate laced fruitcake aftertaste lingers. Smooth, yet strong bitterness.
D - Full of flavour that I love. Will be buying more ASAP.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a 22 oz. sinfter.

A - Very dark chestnut brown with 1.5 fingers of khaki head that have excellent retention due to the ABV. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S - Toffee, cocoa powder, nutty, then as it warms sweet citrus oil, green pine needles. Berry fruit really comes out full force with some perfumy orange blossom. Slabs of caramel mix with alcohol vapors and fill the glass with a robust sweetness.

T - Starts with a mix of semi/sweet chocolate, sweet toffee malt, then an undertow of hops rush in with mint and citrus. The hops almost take over creating an herbal spice that turns resiny and woody while still laced in citrus. Dark berry fruit, leather, and cocoa really comes out and melds with the malt

M - Medium creamy and lush body. Solid carbonation.

Very complex beer with plenty of transforming flavors during a session. The aroma is so good it's hard to explain. The cocoa stays in it's place and adds alot of complexity. Hops shine but don't overtake it. Very interesting and flavorful beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes

Pours a ruby tinged copper with fluffy tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Leafy & herbal hops, plus some lemony hops, fades a bit once warm

T: Herbal hops, biscuitty malt, orange peel & a tinge of booze up front. Leafy hops, apricots, pineapple, doughyness & plums are all there as this warms. Finishes piney with caramel & breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with moderate carbonation & a nice oilyness from the hops

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV, this one really impressed me

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Photo of jwikan
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, awesome fuckn' head, never seen a head like this from a BW, two-finger creamy tannish head, tons of sticky lacing and islands through out the drink. The nose is big on malts, very slight dark fruits, slight toffee, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, fruity/caramel. Medium body. The alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep mahogany. Nice off-white head with great retention and lace.

S - Amazingly savory. Bright turmeric, salt, cumin.

T - More like a savory lamb dinner than a beer. Turmeric and coriander are loaded throughout the profile. Dried garlic. Black pepper. Onion salt. Subtle backdrop of malt. Tastes just like Guyanese pepperpot.

M - Medium light body. Savory / bitter finish.

O - A beer out on a limb, and it manages to pull it off. Well executed and well balanced.

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Photo of mynie
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI. The first line of my notes reads as follows:

"Gas hops grass burn GOOD."

Pours absolutely gorgeous for a barleywine. Very dark brown, so hazy that it was nearly opaque, with a perfect rocky head.

Smells intensely malty with nodes of chocolate, moonshine, pipe tobacco, burnt barley, and green hops. Tastes the same, only all is wonderfully overwritten by a firmly alcoholic burn.

This one was pretty goddamn intense, but in very good way. My traveling companion couldn't swallow a single sip, but I finished it with troubling alacrity, considering its strength.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep garnet color with a small tan head. Wonderful aroma of spicy floral hops, sweet malt, a hint of caramel and dark cherry, and a good whiff of alcohol. Palate is sweet and malty up front, becoming a bit better balanced as the hops emerge before the swallow. A flourish of sweetness occurs on the swallow, followed by a rich, slightly smoky finish that lingers on for quite a while. Notes of dark cherry, caramel, and brown sugar come through at various points.
The body is smooth and a touch creamy, rather round around the edges for a big barleywine. Quite nice. This is a highly drinkable big beer, although there's no mistaking its strength. Good stuff from an excellent emerging brewery.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Poured a dark, opaque caramel/cola with a creamy moderate beige head that left a good lacing.

S: a sweet roasted malt character, fresh pine, and some citrus.

T: warm and biscuity, with some dried citrus and soft roasted malt notes. There were some light whiskey cask notes sneaking through in the background as well as some dark chocolate, pine, and light sweet molasses. Some dry pine, dark roasted malt provide a nice closing before fading quickly and clean. The flavor is extraoridinary smooth, earthy and well balanced from start to finish.

M: silky and smooth with a soft palate and some dry bittering Columbus hops coming through similar to an Anderson valleys hop ottin but more tame.

D: The flavor was very refined, and soft making for an incredible drinkability factor. Quite possibly the smoothest and most refined barleywine style ive ever had. An incredible recommend.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark orangey-amber. Head is beige, nice and dense but a bit thin, sinking slowly. Lace is gorgeous: thick, sticky and smooth. What you'd expect from a good-bodied barleywine. Or like the lace I picture on a good-bodied Cambodian girl. Looks great overall.

Nose is sweet and strong. Large apricot aroma with a large amount of brandy booze strength. Very malty and sweet with some slight dark chocolatey character lingering behind. Tangy, sweet, classic barleywine fragrance.

Taste is strong with a lot of malt throughout. Rich caramel flavour with hints of molasses, and a slight licorice spice that blends well with the alcohol warmth that kicks in quite early and stays for the finale. Gets bitter towards the back with an earthy, gravelly hop character with hints of pine resin and some cumin notes. A slight dark roastiness lingers right at the end. Beautifully balanced drop, has an explosion of flavour but doesn't leave shrapnel, it's smooth and gentle on the palate. Thick, slick, perfectly sticky, great feel. Great palate in general.

This isn't actually mind-blowing stuff but it's got all the right characters and texture to it. Beautifully balanced heavier beer. This is what Nogne O do best, basically "let's do a barleywine" and lo and behold they've nailed it. Again.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head for this style, seems to keep on keepin' on pretty well, with some bigger bubbles nested on top of a grayish brown foam. Very dark for a barleywine, almost black but with a significant amount of bronzed highlighting with any light in the room. Great look.

Tons of dark fruits on the nose here, that's the first thing I notice. Definitely a chocolate edge here and there. Vinous for sure, even a little bit of Coca Cola-caramel sweetness.

Richly sweet and full, with a huge caramel presence along with a solid woodiness, chocolate, and dark fruit. Tons of hops, lending at turns citric and pine to the flavor. Bitter, but plenty sweet.

Finish is amazingly chocolatey, like a full-bodied stout, with a huge hop presence still nestled in. Mouthfeel is right on the mark; not as large as a stout but hinting towards it. A double IPA with two tons of barley: one caramel and one chocolate.

This is incredible, and a great gift. Many thanks.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy some dude on RB. Thanks for opening this beer that <strong>was</strong> on my wants list. Pours deep brown with lasting tan head. The aroma is hoppy and earthy. Underneath that is an upwelling of sweet caramel candy. The taste begins with a pulse of pine, grass and earthy hop bitterness. Behind the hops is a caramel-y sweet river of goodness that is nearly hidden by the hops. Wow, nice thick mouth feel too. Taste similar to a lot of Am. Strong Ales I've had. The ABV is only moderately apparent and not at all distracting.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought recently from Tower in Atlanta.

Pours dark brown, very close to black, with a cream-colored head that dissipates into a ring. Darker than an average barleywine.

Doesn't smell like a normal barleywine, there's a lot more coffee, and you can slightly smell the alcohol.

Following the above trend the taste isn't much like a normal barleywine either. It isn't very sweet, and the coffee notes are more prevalent than anything else. There's also a slight bitterness at the end. Somehow it all works very well together.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick - the carbonation is just enough to release the flavors.

This beer is very good. I'm not sure when it was retired, but it seems as if the hops (if they were there much) have calmed down and the other flavors have stepped up to replace it. Very drinkable, definitely a sipper.

I would recommend this as a good beer, just don't expect a traditional barleywine.

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Photo of pwoods
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9oz. brown bottle, purchased at Sam's in Chicago the day after DLD08, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown with some ruby tinting on the edges when backlit. 3 fingers of light mocha head forms from a semi rough pour into the somewhat small snifter. Very good retention and good lacing.

S: Very nice malty aroma. Toffee and light dark fruits. There's a soft hop presence, a good bit of citrus and juicy fruits along with some floral, spring aromas. A bit of deeper malt character... maybe chocolate but doesn't have a sweet character to this part of the malts. Alcohol seems to have mellowed with age and adds a pleasant depth.

T/M: A good balance between potent hops and potent malts. Good bitterness level, especially with the age. Some more of the lightly citrusy hops but more of the Euro style floral, grassy, and earthy hops. More of the toffee and light dark fruits. The savory 'chocolate' character is much more pronounced, almost reminding me of the dark bready character of a good doppelbock. Alcohol again lends that gently touch of depth and even a bit of warmth in the swallow. Body is medium full with a great smoothly carbonation. Perfect feel.

D: The 10% is nicely mellowed and the feel makes this drink way too easy. Great depth of flavors makes you slow down, contemplate, and savor the entire brew. Very good.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from larger bottle Deep brown color with surprisingly light colored cream head. medium density, sticks around for a bit. Initial smell is of caramel choco malt- smells stick and sweet. Taste is very mild for a BW, almost creamy on the palate. Malt sweet moves to bitter chocolate to a dry coffee finish. Alcohol is well hidden when it is colder. Awesome barleywine, and my first from this brewry- I'll have to check out their other styles.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany beer with high head and average lacing.

Big malty sweet smell. Rich with caramel and toffee. Grapes? Some kind of more bitter dark fruit.

Taste is nicely complex. Huge malt sweetness like I expected then all these other nice flavors. Raisins/currants, some coffee, and some strong English tea. Hints of stout come and go but don't last long. The sweetness dominates and the rest is just a series of interesting accents.

Absolutely great.

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Photo of 100floods
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got two of these puppies the second City Beer put out a scandinavian section. I opened one up not know what to expect, and i was please. The second one I ages for probably 6-7 months (it doesn't need intense aging). Norwegians, despite the fact that their still trying to find their place, know how to make a good brew. The same characteristics from the fresher version hold true to the aged version. Chocolate aroma, light sugary taste, mellow hop flavor. This beer is a good 'chillum' barley wine. It's got all the characteristics of a west coast BW, but it's not a punch in the face (like big foot). This beer wants you to relax, but enjoy the flavor full on. I hope this beer shows up more often. It's a keeper.

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Photo of generallee
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was served on tap at the Blue Monk in Buffalo NY and presented in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body is dark brown, near black and came with a small light tan head. The head settles to a small ring of foam in no time. This ring makes for some nice lacing at the top of the glass. As I drink it becomes slick and slides right down the glass.

Smell: I get some nice deep spicy citrus and mild pine hop notes over what seems like a pumped up Brown Ale or Porter like bass. This malt is roasty with notes of caramel and coffee.

Taste/Palate: Big roasted malt character and solid hop bitterness blend well together on the palate. It's full and smooth with a very mellow touch of alcohol. This is well hidden for a big 10% beer. Toasty and mildly sweet malty caramel notes slowly gives way to deep spicy/citrusy hop flavor and bitterness with a touch of leafy herb and pine as well. Hop bitterness slowly fades of the tongue deep into the finish.

Notes: This is a very tasty beer that seems to have aspects of an Imperial Porter, Brown Ale and Double IPA all rolled up into an English Barleywine. It all works well and makes a very enjoyable American Barleywine.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- virtually black, deep mahogany, 2 finger head quickly decipates, good retention some lacing
s- strong hops, caramelly malt, alcohol
t- hoppy after, sweet malty syrup at first, some dark fruit,
m- medium, low carb, oily bitter aftertaste
o- great, smooth, not too much booze for abv, great overall

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Photo of charlzm
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 09/01/08.

Pours a syrupy dark brown with a two finger tan head.

Aroma is sweet caramel molasses roasty malty explosion of thick barleywine goodness.

Fairly sweet beer and more roasted, almost smoked flavor than what I have experienced in barleywines before. Almost a stout character with a touch of chocolate. Also, some spices I can't place, similar to cinnamon or nutmeg but more subtle and balanced than spiced beers I have had. Must be massively hopped, as a slightly citrusy and bitter hop character appears through the malts on the finish. If I had a wish list, the only thing I would put on it would be "a touch more carbonation".

This is a real eye opener and worth tracking down if you can find a bottle. I wonder how it will age?

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Premier in Buffalo.

Pours an opaque dark brown/almost black, thick tan head, tons of lacing, settles to a thick layer, looks nice. Smell is sweet, caramel, chocolate, citrus/floral, big hops and big malt, light roast, pine, bread, super balance. Taste is similar, toffee, citrus and floral, sugary, pine, molasses, chocolate, solid bitterness, but nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, warming. I really liked this one, almost like Bigfoot.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Chocolatey brown, much like black coffee with a soft, fine, tan-tinged light beige head. Fair retention.

Smell: Red wine and hops come immediately to the fore, with berries, fermented grapes, ethanol, and a hop profile reminiscent of juniper and roses. Overall the beer leaves a woody, slightly roasty impression, very robust in all departments except the alcohol - which is extraordinarily well-hidden for 10%ABV.

Taste: Balanced as hell and very robust, but also very subdued and subtle for a 10% barleywine - clearly, this one is English. Hops are potent and spicy, especially in the finish, but the malts shine as well - very vinous, but also very beery - Merlot combined with a lovely amber ale. Tangy, bitter, sweet; mocha, nuts, pine, and brandy.

Mouthfeel: Tacky and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Very nice indeed; not too big, nut also not too bland. Paired well with Thanksgiving dinner, all the way through from hors d'oeuvres to dessert.

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Photo of david131
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Astonishing. A deep brown with some ruby hues with a bit of cloudiness. The head is absolutely massive, creamy, light brown with amazing lacing. As good as it gets.

S- Pine, caramel, a little bit of sharp citrus. There is a little alcohol undercurrent, but it is not harsh.

T- Very smooth, but very big. The caramel and pine are fantastic, and the alcohol is warm, but not harsh. There are some oakey and vanilla flavors in there as well. For a barleywine, this is smooth and tasty.

M- Thick, smooth, and creamy. Not nearly as carbonated as the massive head would lead you to believe.

D- A smooth sipper. What a beautiful take on the style. I would get this again in a second.

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Photo of Floydster
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions about a year ago for nine dollars, consumed on 1/9/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is a dark brown with minimal light going through, 3/4 inch creamy beige head, lasts a long time, good lacing too, aroma is entirely filled with hops, and it seemed like lots of Chinook was in there, other scents included wheat, chocolate, and roasted malts, flavor was rather hoppy, heard this was supposed to be a DIPA when I was Stone a few weeks ago, there was some issues with the labeling before it was imported, reminded me a lot of a dark India pale ale in fact, much more than a barleywine, bitterness overpowered a lot of the other flavors but I was not complaining, tasted more of the malt by the end when it warmed, pine and grapefruit were around in the finish and mixed uniquely with the sweet and roasty accents, mouthfeel is dry, bitter, and slightly roasted, medium bodied, good level of carbonation, taste lingered, could drink a lot of this considering it is ten percent, alcohol is hidden well, dry enough to make the sweet qualities balance out and then some, good drinkability, glad the brewers did not keep this all for themselves and released a good amount of it commercially, wish I had more of this to cellar, a great beer from a great Norway brewery, one of the better beers from overseas that I have had in a while, recommended

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have looked forward to getting this beer for sometime and now I know why,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark brown with a tight formed almond colored head that left broken lace as it settled as I worked my way down the glass.Whoo intense aromas big leather and hop resin along with quite an alcohol kick nearly boozy but oh so inviting a prune/raisin element is there as well.Flavors are complex to the hilt as well as being potent,deep molasses and licorice combined with deep hoppy resiny goodness as well as a unrestrained alcohol shot really makes this a monster,the flavors are awesome all that in your face deep malt and intense hop really makes it a sipper.English Barley Wine are you kidding me?This is American style no doubt with the deep intense hop profile makes it American style easily,just a great brew.

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# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.