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

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BA SCORE
90
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390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 30
Gots: 34 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of berkey
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some evenings only a Barleywine will do the trick. 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, from notes 07/12/10.

A cream colored head crowns an extremely dark brown body. Lacing is wonderful and head retention is among the best I've ever seen in the style.

Because they used English Ale yeast I wondered at first why this wasn't classified as an English Barleywine but now that I pour it the aroma definitely confirms this has much more in common with it's stateside cousins than anything I've tried from the UK. Big pungent American hops are backed some toffee and caramel aromas and a faint flash of alcohol in the background. Really very nice.

Malt sweetness comes through a tad more on the flavor while the hop bitterness is relegated mostly to the aftertaste. I'm getting shades of yellow apples and pears, wasn't expecting that. Straight alcohol heat is much more subdued than many of similar strength.

I'm sure the fact I let this warm for quite a while before drinking it has something to do with it but this is just too drinkable, I'm really getting through this glass quickly.

Overall one of the happiest surprises I've come across lately and one of the better non-aged Barleywines in recent memory. More proof these Scandinavian brewers really know their trade.

berkey, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick, muddy consistency. Some floaties. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, malt, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, caramel, hops, and some yeast. A nicely balanced flavor that gets better as it goes along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very well made barleywine. Drinkable.

avalon07, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of baldmasterflex
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24oz. bottle purchased for $8.99 at total wine in delaware. Caught my eye because I thought it would be interesting to try a scandinavian take on the american style. Love the simple flourescent orange O thingy on the bottle.

This beer pours so dark, an opaque coffee-brown with chocolate accents on the edges. The head is so light, almost off-white, definitly an interesting contrast. Lacing completely coats the walls of my wine glass as it sits between sits.

Smell is well rounded, very mellow, roasty dark malts and very mild citrus hop notes.

The taste is overwhelmingly malty, like a brown ale, but with a finish of tangy hops.

Alcohol is very present in the mouthfeel, which is def affecting drinkability. I could feel my ears turn red after the first few sips.

Not bad. Glad i tried it.

baldmasterflex, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber-brown colour with off-white head. Lots of lacing. Looks quite unique for a barleywine, as I'd expect it to be more a dark orange colour. Sweet butterscotch and citrus hops in the nose. Taste is very complex. I'm getting a ton of caramel sweetness. There are pine and citrus hops. Also, I get a lot of raisin fruitiness too. Very smooth mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper, but it is very delicious and a well done barleywine.

kwjd, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.38/5  rDev +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.

laituegonflable, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather dark amber in color (close to opaque, unique for a barleywine) and poured into a snifter glass with a creamy white head that's one finger thick.
S: There is an intense, complex aroma with notes of citrusy and piney hops, dark fruits, caramel and chocolate malts, herbs and spices.
T: The overall flavor is very well balanced between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. It's also very complex with notes of notes of caramel, cherries, chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisins and spices.
M: It feels full-bodied and creamy on the palate with lots of carbonation. There is also some alcohol warming.
D: The beer definitely needs to be sipped given the alcohol content. I've never had a barleywine quite as unique as this so I would definitely try it again.

metter98, May 25, 2010
Photo of mjgarrett2
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Darkest Barleywine I have ever seen. Coffee brow with no light penetration and a solid creamy beige head of about an inch. Noticeable sediment settling to the bottom, I am guessing the yeast.

S-Like other Barleywines, light but noticeable citrusy hops and the barnyard barley aspect. Smells lighter and crisper then it looks.

T-Sweet and rich malts balancing off the hops up front with the barley and yeast flavor hanging in the background. The malts remain the dominant character non the less.

M-Nearly as heavy as it looks. Not creamy but thick like some porters holding up the richness of the flavor to linger and not give way to the bite of alcohol.

D-Not unpleasant but sweeter then I would like, even more so then many imperial stouts. It is more akin to a strong dark ale or baltic porter in my opinion than a barleywine, and would be well suited for dessert.

mjgarrett2, May 23, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with some light tan head. It smelled like the gummy coke bottle candy (?) with birch root and sassafras and juniper and very earthy barley. It tasted like birch root and juniper, with earthy caramel and some medicinal flavors. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter/sour/dirty aftertaste. Overall this was a very strange beer that's hard to comprehend as a barleywine. It was very earthy and herbal, reminding me most of DFH's Sah'tea, but heavier. It had good body and the alcohol wasn't too noticeable, so it wasn't difficult to drink once I acclimated to the taste. Recommended if only for the novelty and experience (not for the quality or true enjoyment).

Pencible, May 23, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, cloudy milk chocolate brown color, with a remarkably firm beige head. Lots of lace stick and has that all-around classic barleywine appearance.

The aroma, however, is nothing I'd equate with a barleywine. It's good though, just has an herbal element that reminds more of a hi-test winter warmer; jasmine, rose, spruce and pine needles come to mind (nose) and not a whole lot of malt or vanilla or alcohol as I might normally expect in the style. Still, whatever is going on here is nice.

The malt comes back in on the tongue, although it's got an exotic toffee-like brightness, and none of the heavier, burlier maltiness of many other BWs. Again a pronounced herbal character forms the basis of this beer, including a rather bitter, astringent hop presence. Spruce-like hoppiness features in the finish, with toffee-like malt further back. Chocolate, fig and raisin try and push through, but that evergreen hop character pushes right back. Alcohol is cool and nearly invisible.

The feel is wonderful, rounded and supremely creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation providing tickle.

The pine-needle hoppiness overtakes the malt in #100, reminding me of when barleywines are very young and in need of cellaring. Would like to try this again in a year or so...

Metalmonk, May 14, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a tawny, almost cola brown color with a magnificent head that sits atop the liquid and refuses to budge, just gradually slipping down in size while leaving clumps of foam stickage

Smell: Rich malty aroma, with wafts of caramel, tobacco, mint and citrus pith

Taste: The addition of the chocolate malt creates a chocolate mint character to the caramel and raisin toast malt bill; by mid-palate, the pith and pine adds a nice hoppy dimension; after the swallow, the flavors merge together and provide a nice balance between the big malt bill and the bitter hops

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet but the alcohol is not at all hot

Drinkability: A really nice beer that shows off the chocolate malt in a unique fashion that really works when blended with the English malts, the wheat and the American hops

brentk56, May 14, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9 ounce bottle with no freshness date. I poured it into a pilner glass, I got about 4 inches of head that stayed for about 5 minutes. Strong scents of dark dried fruits raisins, prunes, some apricots, and green grapes. More prune and malt taste. Some strong grape juice flavor. Really no hop notes. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and booze is very heavy in the flavor. Drinkable nature is low.

mtnbikerpa, May 09, 2010
Photo of voteforgoat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

voteforgoat, May 03, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky brown/red color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and some citrusy hops (grapefruit, apricot). It tastes like toasted/grainy malt, grassy and citrusy hops, and a bit of dark fruit. There's also a long lasting bitter hoppy finish. The hops overpower the malty flavors in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK enough brew, but I don't think it's something I'd buy very often.

bluejacket74, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's the other day.,

The beer pours an amber brown color with good retention and lacing. Alas, this was to be as good as things get. The nose is fairly malty, but a bit light. However, there is some noticeable brown sugar and a hint of citrus, but otherwise I don't get a lot to the aroma profile. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and tastged side by side with Deaue, double crooked tree and blue dot, this is almost a joke. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but there just isn't enough flavor to be very impressive. Also, this beer has some noticeable heat and alcohol, which detracts from the beer's drinkability just a bit.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but can't say it's anything that would make me want to try this beer again either.

John_M, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13oz's in a tulip glass at Capone's.

A- Dark brownish with some plum red spots, very dark for a DIPA/Barleywine? Alot of activity in the glass made for a pillow of a medium dark tan fluff that had some of that sticky stuff, lines going down the sides.

S- This ale smells like a small barleywine mixed with some Belgian dark. The hops don't come off like a American Barleywine at all, some of the 3-C's but nothing exploding. Citrus and a few malt varieties and some yeast making for a semi fruity nose and a even less hoppy one.

T- Citrus up front with grapefruit and other minor tropic fruits. In the middle the hops fade off making way for a semi spicy middle with a touch of fresh wheat mixed in for a yeasty finish. There is a taste of alcohol in this 9-10%er. Does not taste like a DIPA, more like a very old (aged) American Barleywine.

M,D- More malty than hoppy, there is not enough bitterness to classify this as American B-Wine territory. Just a mention of bitterness on the tounge while the wheat and malts work the mouth. The body is above medium with a smooth mellow carbonation that is not all that crisp. I had 13oz of this and while I liked it, I was over this before those 13oz were finished. I guess this is really a mix of a DIPA/B-Wine, an odd mix, that get's the job done I guess.

BARFLYB, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at capones

A- dark brown with red orange highlights. Nice finger thick cap of rather dense tan head.

S- sweet and roasty malts with lots of bold hops. Grapefruit and oranges.

T- lots of the grapefruit again with the orange playing a smaller role. Chocolate malts giving a more complex flavor profile then the average abw. Hints of candied fruit with warming and a bit of spice.

M- medium to full body with ample carb to carry the viscosity.

D- big stuff with a lot going on enjoyed my 13 oz but that was enough. Good stuff but not the best of the style.

oglmcdgl, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V scandanavian tasting

appearance: served in belgian chalice - cloudy amber body, light beige ring

smell: subtle - malty, lightly spicy alcohol, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar

taste: lacks the punch i would expect from an american barleywine - nice hop bitterness, malty caramel core, moderate alcohol presence, bready, brown sugar

mouthfeel: less bitter and less syrupy then many american contemporaries

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown-black, almost opaque, with a tan dense head that fades but puckers. Nose is dark grain and orange liqueur, together making strawberry with port notes. Licorice, sultana and pumpernickel malts followed by subtle earthy, orange oil hops. Spicy finish, medium-full body, chewy, no real burn.

Brewed on date 8.May.08, so that explains the muted hops - especially with the big American hops - and cooled down alcohol. Not as big as I expected, but that also means it's that much more drinkable.

Still, it'd be nice to taste it young.

StJamesGate, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for bringing this one to me from Louisiana.

The beer pours a murky medium-brown color with a large, cream-colored head. the aroma is licorice with some nutmeg and malt. The flavor is caramel malt along with piney and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This was an older bottle so the hops probably faded a bit, but it was still enjoyable.

Mora2000, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish, light brown hue. Soft white head that leaves delicate scattered lacing. A nice beer to look at the glass.

Smell is a mixture of dark fruits and bread. There are also some grassy hop notes in there as well.

Taste is a toasty, and slightly chocolatey malt presence up front. Hops are resiny, with pine and grass flavors appearing. The hops flavors are quite mellow. Nice warmth of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel was wonderful. This was smooth and slick at times. Drinkability is good with the alcohol not being a burning sensation but more of a slow warm. Very nice and complex barleywine here.

snpub540, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes: 2/23/10

A: Deep, murky mahogany. Large pillowy head. Tight bead and clingy lace.

S: Candied fruits and faint, mild hops. Some vanilla.

T: Nice rich malt sweetness. Toasty and biscuit-like. Buttery finish. Kind of reminded me of a mild red wine in some ways. A dose of centennial hops makes an appearance near the finish.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Velvety mouthfeel with the right amount of linger.

D: Does not drink @ 10%abv. Warmth not present in the smell or on the palate.

Became better and better as it warmed. I've read that this was intended to be an American DIPA by the brewer, and that the U.S. version of this bottle was labeled incorrectly as a Barleywine. I have no idea if that is even remotely valid, but it was in my head as I drank this one. I would have pegged this as a Strong Dark Ale. The 1st thing that comes to mind is Trois Pistoles. Whatever it is or isn't, I like it a lot. Great beer.

AdamGarcia, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt .9fl oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured the color of cola, perhaps a touch redder, with a creamy, one inch off-white head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with swaths of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is assertively hoppy in the forefront with some sugary malt in the background and a boozy alcohol/medicinal quality at the back.. Front starts off sugary/malty with a mild dark fruit character, gradually giving way to a light bitterness that peaks and lingers at the finish. A caramel character also comes out as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light, subtly carbonated and slightly creamy. Solid example of the style. This one has a couple years on it, so it's evened out a little bit (it must have been quite hoppy in it's prime) - might pick up another bottle to see how it mellows in a couple more years.

Jwale73, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of ndolover
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

ndolover, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Very dark, murky amber brown color, which is almost hazy opaque, which may not make sense. Good tan lacing that's pretty dense and is slow to dissipate. A swirl of the glass recharges, if you will, the carbonation quite nicely as the bubbles slide slowly down the glass each time it happens.

Smell: Candied grapefruit and brighter fruit and berries esters are initially the biggest thing here, along with fresh leafy tobacco, mocha and mild black coffee, some funk and sweat sock, caramel and maple syrup, red fruits like berries along with hints of cherry and strawberry. All seems to be buried under huge spiciness and citrus from the meld of all the hop varieties.

Taste: Big spiciness off the bat, combined with a good sense of citrus bitterness and sweetness. There's some mild coffee, tobacco, a lot of earthiness and grain, some underlying buttery caramel and cream. Also the notes of bright strawberry is here more in the taste, and it finishes long with a good amalgam of bitter and sweeter earthy citrus from the hops, with lingering strawberry fighting its way through.

Mouthfeel: A big beer that's also ultra-creamy and dense, with near-perfect carbonation from the first sip to the last. Nogne Ø seems to always be pretty awesome in this area, for at least the few that I've had thus far.

Drinkability: I understand why these brews are so much, but I'm always a bit hesitant to pay the around $10 price for one bottle. That said, I sipped this for over three hours, and I enjoyed everything about it. I'm just not sure it's all I expected and more, which was what I was hoping for. I wonder how great this would be in bourbon barrels, even though many breweries seem to be doing that these days. This is such a solid beer overall, and everything they do is quality, that it's hard to find something to pick on at all. And though I'm not, I just wonder if for the price, you couldn't get a few domestics just as good, since more and more domestic craft and microbreweries seem to be stepping it up with the style.

asabreed, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A large beige head rises to over two finger, and has great retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: A floral, leafy, herbal hop aroma is up front and strong. A light grapefruit bitterness. Lots of other fruity flavors linger as well. A great caramel malt sweetness balances everything out. A really complex nose.
T: Lots of hops, but it is never overly bitter. Floral, grassy, herbal hops again. A light sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. Soapy and oily from the hops. Easy to sip on. I am enjoying this bottle.

This is an excellent American Barleywine. Tons of hops without being overly bitter and some sweetness for balance. Something I highly recommend.

champ103, Feb 20, 2010
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.