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

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90
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393 Ratings
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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 demcorhip
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Phyl21ca, a great trader for this rare brew.

A huge 4 finger light tan coloured head formed on the pour of this beast. Quite clear, yet dark for the style, almost a deep mahogany with blood red hues. Very mildly carbonated, yet quite decent retention considering the absence of carbonation to support its head. Gradually settles to leave a decent collar and somewhat fine yet full, almost clingy, clumps of lacings.

Caramel, hints of a red wine like vinous character, toffee and cocoa make for a complex malt bill, especially for an IPA. Perhaps some oxidation has taken place? Yet the hops are certainly not skunked, with a pronounced floral and citrus (mostly orange) character.

Wow, more like a hoppy barleywine, and a fine one at that, than an IPA with its deep, tasty and complex malt backbone. Reminiscent of Old Crustacean in this respect. Rich toffee, some caramel, rich vinous notes, leather, and powdery cocoa round out the solid malt backbone. The hops are there, but this is no hop bomb with its 80 IBUs balanced against such rich malts. Some grapefruit and pine notes that almost but not quite reach a stripping, resinous level, as well as a pronounced floral, earthy quality, with hints of oak and vanilla. Time to stop rating this as an american DIPA and go with its own strong merits. A woody hop bitterness and notes of a rich, dry red wine or even port carry on long into the aftertaste.

A very richly malted brew, with just the right amount of oxidation of the wort to produce a rich vinous character that adds to the overall presence of this ale. Rich, full bodied, smooth and creamy in feel, nicely contrasted by a sparkly low level of fine carbonation. Nicely hopped, but the 80 IBUs are barely noticeable against the rich and complex malt backbone. The hop bite, characteristic of both american and english hops gives way to the vinous qualities that linger long after the swallow.

Very drinkable for such a big, rich, bold brew. Certainly not very approachable or sessionable, but is a deep and complex sipper, that just may appeal to afficionados of red wines and port. Im glad i got to try this incredibly rich and complex brew. Way too much going on maltwise to be an american DIPA, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Ill be dishing out the bucks for more brews from Nogne, if i can still find their offerings at a store I've visited previously.

demcorhip, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a creamy, soft, tan, one finger head. It left sticky, intricate patches of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt, caramel, candy sugar and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt with a subtle bitter hop bite. Sugary sweet with a smooth grassy kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat dry. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good barleywine. Too bad it is retired.

zeff80, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice fruity aroma. Lots of fermentation esters like really ripe dark pit fruits. Good malt aromas too of dark caramel and some chocolate.

Deep brown almost black but with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Pours with a 1/2 inch thick and solid dark tan head. The head fades to a nice persistent layer that just covers the surface and leaves good lacing.

Very estery and fruity fermentation flavors right off. Good hop bitterness level that cuts through most of the strong base malt sweetness. There's quite a lot of roast malt flavor too. There's more roast here than I'm expecting in a barleywine but way less than a big stout so it seems to fall somewhere in between. There's a lingering light citrus hop flavor in the aftertaste. But the flavor that keeps coming back as it warms and I get more through a glass is the fruity ale esters.

Big bodied with a nice creamy carbonation. There's a little alcohol warmth too.

Nice big ale but it feels to to owe more lineage with Baltic porters than American Barleywine. Get some!

czechsaaz, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta. Certainly not retired, and billed as a barley wine on the bottle. On the other hand, doesn't particularly look like a Barley wine or a dipa. Pours black with a white head that sticks around a bit and leaves some lacing. The smell is roasty, chocolatey, and winey. The taste is bitter with citrus up front, then comes chocolate. A big hit of pine throughout- or maybe that is Juniper? The mouthfeel is big, rich, and creamy. Quite drinkablconsidering the abv, but definitely a sipper.

Georgiabeer, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle shared with mrmanning at Chancey Smith's. Pours a deep mahogany brown with one finger of beige head and stringy lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are floral and earthy hops, a hint of spruce, light yeastiness, prunes, toast, ripe pit fruit, taffy sweetness, roasted barley, dark plums, chocolate, caramel, a touch of boozy heat in the back of the throat, and an excellent citric hop bitterness to end. Definitely a hop-forward barley wine in the American mold, but there's enough malt flavour and complexity to balance things out. Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, sticky sweet, gooey syrup-like middle with a dryly bitter and round hop finish that coats the mouth. Some warmth kicks in after a few sips. Overall, a great interpretation of the style. I would happily drink this kick ass strong ale any day of the week. Thanks to R&R for importing!

cratez, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +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.

oberon, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of bhalter8
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprising look as I poured this one into a snifter. A deep dark brown color, looked thick, add to that a solid creamy head. The smell was not very strong, some chocolate hints. The first sip verified the thickness of this beer, which was in contrast to my previous barley wine experiences. It still has a barely wine taste, just a chocolate/malty strength added to it. I like it, don't get me wrong. The thickness helped balance the strong carbonization, and made it go down easy. An excellent beer to have one evening, by itself.

bhalter8, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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

Floydster, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of psumjl269
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a 25 oz. bottle.

A- Kind of a muddy, silty color. Nothing spectacular. I tried to pour this correctly, but both pours resulted in a huge amount of head.

S - Smells a bit woody. I'm a scotch guy, so this a good thing for me. Also get yeast.

T - Very mellow and very smooth. Quite good. Second in barleywines I've had only to Dogfish's Olde School.

M - Very drinkable. Hides the 10% ABV very well.

O - This is a very good barley wine. I would drink it again in a heartbeat.

psumjl269, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of soulgrowl
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

soulgrowl, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

generallee, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Bananaman
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nøgne Ø is in my opinion one of the best breweries in the nordic countries. And this is a really fine brew that is great to share with a friend.

Pours a deep brown colour with a nice beige foam, looks really nice actually. But there's a lot of yeast particles floating around.

The smell is really interesting, lots of citrus fruits and some chocolate. Some wonderful hops in the smell too!

Taste is pretty similar to the smell with a nice bitterness and lots of citrus fruits and notes of chocolate and oats. It's a quite sweet beer actually and the high ABV makes it great to sip on for an hour or two.

Bananaman, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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

bunnyhustle, May 22, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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?

charlzm, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

david131, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Viggo, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a pretty dark copper brown when held to the light. huge head all around, tannish almost milk chocolate colored. sticky lacing is left all around. very different for such a high abv beer, but im encouraged and it looks great. also looks crystal clear through the light, which confuses me because it said on the bottle that wheath was involved. at first i thought it was wheat, but now it makes me wonder... anyway after all this pondering and reading the head is still a 1/2 cm thick.

S- very roasted porter'ish type scents. smooth very mellow, and rounded light hints of chocolate. so far its striking me as a baltic porter type (minus the sherry flavors from long aging)

T- very smooth wouldnt have guessed it to be 10 % abv. roasted character still tends to be the biggest flavor contributer. still striking me as a baltic porter type flavor wise. there actually is some really solid fruity type sweet flavors right in the middle which is probably a mixture of the strong malts, and the bit of aging before i got around to it. this might have been exactly what i was looking for today. pretty damn delicious very smooth, lingering roasted character with a light bitter finish.

M- smooth, pretty light carbonation after all that head, lingering bitterness and a solid full body.

D- awesome sipper, just like the bottle described. maybe miss filed, but who cares, shouldnt let the definitions dominate your perceptions and how you judge it.

Atron67, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of StaveHooks
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

StaveHooks, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

glid02, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Ghenna
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Ghenna, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

BretSikkink, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of birderbeerer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

birderbeerer, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
4.38/5  rDev +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.

ElGordo, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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

russpowell, May 02, 2009
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.