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

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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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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 danieelol
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

danieelol, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of psumjl269
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 ludachris
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes - Norway 2011

Three fingers of forthy and thick light tan head fills the top of the glass, sporting a fantastic level of retention for a 10% ABV beer. The body looks big, being an incredibly hazy caramel amber hue. Spongey sheets of lace stick firmly to the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

Heavy on the toasted malts and caramel in the nose. Very bready. The hops come in a sweet and syrupy grapefruit form with spritzy lemon notes behind. A date sweetness makes me think of how viscous the body is. The high ABV is well hidden in this big and syrupy barleywine. There's nothing mindblowing about the nose, but it's still an all around good smelling beer.

Hoppy upfront but not overwhelmingly bitter. The hops come in a more earthy and grassy flavour. The lemony zing is still there and present from start to finish. The malts impart a thick heftiness to the body. I liken their sweetness to caramel drizzled rye bread. The alcohol comes unobtrusively in the finish.

The body is smooth and syrupy with a good level of tingly carbonation. The alcohol is present but its only real indicator is in the heftiness it gives to the body.

A well rounded and tastey American Barleywine. With that being said, nothing stands out to make it outstanding. This is my first Nogne beer and I liked where I started. I'll be taking full advantage of my easy access to their other offerings.

ludachris, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: Mahogany colored ale with amber highlights with a thin one-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a thin wispy lace.

S: Burnt caramel and malt aromas fill the nose. You can smell the alcohol in this one.

T: General sweetness and caramel barleywine flavors. Very smooth and alcoholic

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and carbonation

O: Decent barleywine and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

ckollias, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle. Batch 446. Brewed 19.08.09. Best before 19.08.14. Found this one at the Vinmonopolet at the Kvadrat in Sandnes. Poured into a wine goblet. Pours a ruby/chocolate brown with a slightly off-white head of a couple fingers. Head has good retention and sticks well to the sides of the glass. Lacing is quite substantial.

Smell is of sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, and birch syrup. I'm also getting some booze aromas emanating from the glass. Slight hint of caramel on the nose as well.

Wow, the alcohol strength of this one just clocked me out of the gate. This one lets you know it registers at 10%! Aside from that, I'm getting a good amount of sweetness--molasses, brown sugar and syrup. Definitely has a syrup-sweetness quality to it. Sweetness really lingers at the end. I'm also tasting some chocolate or caramel at the finish, mixed in with a little nuttiness--walnuts or roasted chestnuts perhaps.

Mouthfeel is slick and sweet (syrupy). Overall good carbonation for the style. This barleywine is a great sipper. Rich and sweet with some roasted chestnut flavors, this would make a great complement to many types of after-dinner treats.

JohnnyP3, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours nearly black, though upon further examination it is actually translucent brown. The tan head lasts a bit before receding to an encircling wisp, leaving lace rings upon the glass.

S - The nose has sweet malty naked grain notes tempered by lime citrus aromas, but overall it is generally hop forward.

T - English malt, US hops? That sounds about right... It could really use a healthy dose of caramel and/or toffee, as the hop-forward doesn't work as well on the palate without a sturdy malt base.

M - The feel is just a bit bigger than medium, and has a rather lively feel for a Barleywine

D - Easy drinking, but nothing spectacular.

ktrillionaire, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with some orange highlights. The bead was thin but coated the glass pretty well with each sip. The smell of the beer was a little boozy, along with some cocoa and hops. The taste of the beer has a good balance of the things on the nose. The mouthfeel is pretty slick with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty tasty barley wine.

Knapp85, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color has a deer reddish tinge to the typical brown body a barleywine normally exibits. the head is a tight off white color.
The aroma hides any heat under layers of dark fruits and figs, and heated dark chocolate.
The flavors here are the ones you'd find at a fondue restaurant that only used dry dark chocolate to dip the fruits in, and that had a mediterranean flair to their fruit selection in addition to citrus. Dark fruits are really the center of a melded rich depth of flavors, so if that's your game then come play this one, in some ways i think this is what a really hoppy trappist quad could end up as.

A solid barleywine, average, not amazing or dissapointing.

ChadQuest, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, long-lasting head. The broth is dark brown, but light shines through pretty easily. Nice blanket lace that sticks around throughout the tasting.

Sweet chocolate-caramel aroma. Light hop in the background. Attractive and inviting.

Not as sweet as most Barley Wines, but it is very rich. There's an excellent hop bite to balance the beer. This has been a superb balance to tangy barbecue ribs. In the aftertaste, the alcohol shows up along with lingering sugars and hop bitterness. If there is such a thing as a balanced Barley Wine, this would be it.

smcolw, May 08, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, no date that I can find.

opaque dark brown with just a touch of garnet when held to the light. 1/4" khaki head.

rich malty aroma. another recent review I read said it perfect - the beer smells "savory", like a hearty roasted hunk of red meat. very bold. taste is toasty and sweet, but balanced with spicy herbal notes.

thick, smooth body, easy to drink. no alcohol presence.

very unique and tasty beer. unless this bottle is older than I think and their were hops that fades, I'd describe this as more on an English style barleywine. But whatever it's considered, definitely a success.

jmdrpi, May 05, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

vfgccp, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at The Sail and Anchor, fremantle 21st Feb 2011

A - Body is a Mahogany colour with a tanned head stat reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - A little spice and citrus but mainly roasted malts that dominate the aroma.

T - A lot of roasted malt and some hops mix quite nicely together. Has a little caramel present as well.

M - Full bodied and low carbonation that is a smooth brew.

D - An interesting Barley Wine that is well worth a try.

eric5bellies, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 chickenm
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Somewhat fruity aroma with molasses and sweet malt. The flavor is roasty with dark fruits, vanilla, and subdued hops. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. The 10% alcohol is not noticable at all. Really good stuff.

chickenm, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Kakaraht
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown in color with a decent tan head that had good retention.

S: Hoppier than I expected. with lots of spicy citrus notes. The malt has a nice slightly burnt smell to it with hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Dark malt flavors with a bitter after bite of the citrusy hops. There is a lot of sweetness in it and it plays well with the strong alcohol.

M: Heavy body, smooth flavor and it leaves a sweet and bitter aftertaste with a good alcoholic punch.

D: Be hard to drink a few of these but one every now and then is good.

Kakaraht, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. 8 ounces served in a small tumbler.

A: Big foamy tan head, dark ruby liquid, decent amoutn of carbonation.
S: Lots of bitter hops. Musty pine, touch of citrus. Some sweetness. It smells very much like a double IPA.
T: Oily bitterness. Some nice & sweet malts. A little toffee.
M: On the thicker side and plenty of hop oils. Medium carbonation. Some sticky coating.
D: Very drinkable for the style. Doesn't feel very alcoholic. Lots of good flavors--nothing overpowering. Worth checking out.

ToasterChef, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich light oak pour with a billowy tan head that has great retention and laces well. The nose has cocoa powder, dark fruit, brown sugar and wood. Complex and deep, which is what I like in a barleywine. Good bitterness on the palate with lots of grapefruit-esque citrus. Behind that there's a solid choclate malt body, with the wood peeking out. A decent fruitiness too, leading up to a lingering warm finish. Medium body with a slick carbonation.

A well-crafted barleywine from this highly impressive Norwegian brewery.

bobsy, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of caramel come out on the aroma with some good hoppy notes and lots of sweetness from the malts. There was quite a bit of booze as well.

T: the caramel also dominated the palate with a mild hop bite but had sweet malty and boozy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, malty, and sticky finish.

D: I thought it was a soild barleywine and the hops weren't overwhelming this is the way I like'em. It was tasty but was a sipper faux show.

Gobzilla, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - a very deep ruby/brown color with a finger's worth of tannish head that leaves bits of lace
S - molasses, and other fairly standard barleywine smells - but smells nice indeed.
T - molasses, alcohol, brown sugar, different hop flavors. overall fairly well-balanced and definitely enjoyable.
M - probably the most unique part of this beer. Lighter than expected and goes down smooth. better at first when it's a little bit colder, becomes slightly syrupy as it warms
D - definitely drinkable esp for a barleywine. another impressive brew from nogne

josefnewsong, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl oz bottle into bruges tulip glass
A: Pours a lighter head than most barleywines, a bit of a slightly off white head. The body is a deep brown color and has a nice hazy to it.
S: Big up front, sweet fig aroma, woohoo love those figy barleywines.
T/M: A big up front sweet taste, the hops have put a very bitter finish on this brew. The body has a very sweet and malty character. The hop profile in this American Barley is strong, one that notes a heavy hop presences, but shows a little fading.
D: A nice overall barley, one that if I saw in a store I would grab. This one is a high class sipper.

GDBEERMAN, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 jlandis
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky brown with huge tan head.

I'm not sure of the age on this bottle, but I don't get many hops just a tart green apple and chocolaty malt with a bit of pungent fruit.

Hop bitterness right up front with a huge blast of roasted chocolaty malt. I'm sure this is some age on this one, because the hop flavors are very subtle and earthy. Rich grainy bread flavors with fantastic fruity yeast character.

Solid carbonation and a rich oily mouthfeel.

There is something about the flavor that I just don't like. I'm not sure, but I'm only getting subtle hop flavors and mostly grassy bitterness. There is some malt holding it togther, but I was expecting a bit more.

jlandis, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought over this gem tonight... funny, I took this off my trading wants in the last couple weeks because I just never got any bites for it and it was not really high on my list of priorities... but tonight, Sammy decides to pull it from his cellar... karmic, prophetic and wonderful. Thanks buddy..

Into my Old Guardian goblet... 1/2" lite tan head.. okay retention atop a deep walnut brew that is pretty clear.

Nose shows big caramel with a surprising amount of citrus hops for a brew that is at least a year old... nice dark fruit presence makes me think figs and dark raisins.

Flavor is a rich mash-up of dark fruits, toffee, and hints of roasted malts... a little cocoa comes in with some brown sugar sweetness.. again some pronounced CCC hoppiness lets you know that the Norwegians were swimming for American shores... with warmth a little dark cherry essence mixes with the figs and other fruits.. but the hops are actually the big finisher.

Great body is a bigger medium... carbonation is nice but a tad big bubbled... honestly a bit too rich for more than a nice glass... glad I had a good friend to share this one with.

I really liked this one... it immediately reminds me of the older vintages of Old Boardhead...

Very cool Sam.. I truly appreciate this one.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany. Finger thick creamy head settles to a centimeter or so. Nice thick lacings all the way down.

Interesting aroma. Fruit coated in dark chocolate with a touch of strong caramel tossed in for good measure. American hopping throws up a bit of freshness too.

Bitter roastiness up front. Dark fruit coats the tongue followed immediately by very dark chocolate. Rum throughout. Roasted bitterness gives way to American resinous pine. So much flavour that it leaves the mouth a tad numb afterwards.

Mouthfeel is the only area that I found less than "good". Just a touch too oily.

This 2 year old bottle shows about the perfect age I think. Flavours are nicely developed and integrated, alcohol is warming, but not overbearing. Pick it up.

CanuckRover, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.