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

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 428
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
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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 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 ktrillionaire
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of djaeon
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an '07 bottle of this.

Pours dark dark brown. Poured it into a tulip glass and couldn't see through when held up to the light. Filled up about half the glass, and the fluffy head filled up the other half. Moderate retention, with excellent lacing.

Has aromas of citrus and a dark woodiness.

Has a little bit of sharpness and bitterness that you would expect from a barleywine, but they're not as overpowering as some barleywines are.

Feels pretty balanced in the mouth. Has some light carbonation. Not as hot as it could be with the 10% ABV, which is great.

It's a slow sipper. Good for relaxing with after a long day, which is what I'm doing right now.

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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 JDV
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours basically black with a long lasting creamy head in a snifter. Smell is almost a subtle smoky malt and very little hops at all. Subtle smelling beer. Taste is nice and crisp hoppiness, with very smooth toasty to roasty dark malt flavor hidden in the back. Quite nice and ver drinkable. Some slight wet cardboardiness in the flavor detracted at the very end for me.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: On the very dark side of the Barley Wine spectrum. Appears black but when held up to the light yeilds some brown. A half finger of slightly off white head.

S: A solid if unremarkable nose. Tons of malt with a touch of dark fruit thrown in and a little bit of basement mustiness.

T: Tons of malt right up front. A nice dull sweetness then blam. Chocolate. Really awesome twist. Then comes the hint of dark fruit. Finished a little bitter from what is left of the hops and a little bit of roast.

M: Full bodied. Low carbonation.

D: This is a really nice beer. Nothing like a barley wine with a little time on it. The chocolate really threw me off and impressed me. Really solid beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from Green's, Ponce location. Poured into a crystal goblet which, though not originally intended for beer, certainly served admirably (last time I visit my folks w/out proper glassware though).

Appearance: Pours a thick, deep chestnut brown, nasty liquid with a fuzzy, foamy, bubbly tan-colored head with average retention. Lacing is very attractive, sheet-like, web-like in places, with fine bubbles. Very inviting.

Aroma: Thoroughly hoppy and pleasant while not being too pungent. You get light pine, some citrus notes, and those nice dark malts: coffee, springlike, light; dark fruits, raisins being the dominant note; some lighter roasty notes, toffee for instance. There's a light estery, spicy alcohol note as well, but it doesn't object to taking a backseat to

Taste: Fantastically balanced. It's essentially a dark American barleywine, highly hopped, with plenty of dark malts and fruity overtones. I remember there being a big fuss about how this one was labeled (barleywine or DIPA? Age it or drink it fresh!?) - well, this one's been sitting for a while now, so I don't know how pronounced the hops originally were, but I like where they're at now. There's a nice pronounced bitterness, spicy but mellow, which melds well with the load of piney, leafy Western hop notes, with faint citrus coming in about mid-sip; there's plenty of fruity esters, both light and dark, with raisins, dates, and hints of pear, I think; and though there's a faint estery alcohol in the finish, it only becomes noticeable as things warm, and by that point this beer was near gone - pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: Big and fluffy, and though it starts out smooth, it falls apart a little quickly. Also, seems to go a little downhill as it warms. Body is medium, carbonation is light but present, and it's pretty damn thick through 'til the finish.

Drinkability: Glad I tried this one - there've been bottles on the shelf at Green's for quite some time, though there seems to be only one left at the time of this review. I might pick it up myself, but if someone else gets to it first, I hope they enjoy it: this is a tasty beer, bold, big, well-hopped, well-hopped, and well-respected by yours truly. Recommended if you see it.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has over a year of age on it. Purchased last August and properly cellared since.

Appearance - Pours with an uncanny resemblance to a dark soda such as Pepsi or Coke. About two fingers of bubbly, tan head is achieved that quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing. The bubbles coming up from the bottom add to the "soda" sensation.

Smell - Now, here is where it gets uncanny. It smells like the old gummy coke-a-cola bottle candy you could get in the candy stores growing up. Birch root, root beer, earthiness, pine, and vanilla. A very enticing aroma to say the least.

Taste - Slight chocolate mint up front followed by caramel, toffee, and slight roasted malts. The herbs and spices mix in quite nicely. After the initial sip I begin to taste a hint of coke/root beer as I smelled in the nose. The pine and earthiness make itself known at the tail end of each sip, and it finishes a hint bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, in my opinion overly carbonated (each sip becomes like a soda you swish around in your mouth - creating an almost foamy experience). I will continue to stir up the carbonation by swirling the glass in hopes this will die down.

Drinkability - I am hit or miss with barleywines. This one was a hit for me. Unbelievably drinkable (not sure how much of that is due to it being cellared for over a year) but I would be lying if I said I could taste even a hint of alcohol - it is nonexistent. A sipper beer, however, I caught myself quaffing it a couple of times. The more I drink it the slightest hint of warmness creeps up my throat. The flavors meld in an amazing way and

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Photo of BeerSox
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter.

Deep red hues that are opaque enough to look black. A thick tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap with a thick rim. Solid lacing along the glass.

Somewhat light malts hide behind a sharp citrusy hop aroma, which seems to be of the American type. Estery fruit aromas float around in the glass with a good swirl.

Once again the malts don't show up that much, but the estery fruits and bitter hops. There isn't as much bitterness as one would expect. A bit of creaminess works itself into the middle. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

Not a bad Barleywine. It's not as extreme as most of the other American versions, but still hoppy enough for anyone who likes that. It has a decent amount of complexity. I don't know how well this one would perform after aged for a year or so. I think this one is best enjoyed fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown and hazy with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet malts with brown sugar. Flavor is sweet rich malt that's nicely supported by a moderate bitterness. The malts definitely lead but the hops show its American influence. A creamy, silky feel with a nice low carbonation. I'm not a big barleywine fan but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of chickenm
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tulip.

Pours a dirty, semi-opaque chocolatey brown beneath a fixed, dense coffee-colored head that sits an inch-high with tremendous retention. Walls of condensed and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Bright, vinous fruit with hints of tartness. A smooth richness and milk chocolate, toffee, and coffee beans. Citrus hops with ripe resin and a slightly solvent alcohol aroma.

Creamy toffee and milk chocolate initially that give way to a thin citrus tartness. Lemon solvency, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Alcohol-soaked fruity esters with notes of semi-sweet honey and vanilla. Tastes young and could use some time to ripen, but flavorful and unique compared to most American Barleywines.

Full in body; smooth with a light creaminess and subtle bite. A very welcoming, unencumbered mouthfeel for the assertive flavors.

Quite impressive for an inmport of an American Barleywine. Not intense, but could still benefit from a bit of aging. Worth picking up a few bottles.

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Photo of bump8628
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great barleywine - more in line with the English style than American. Big malt, of course, loads of caramelized sugar, dried fruits, and shortbread. Bitterness stands its ground against the malt blitz. Hops are earthy, spicy, and freshly bitter. A hint of fruit from the yeast softens the thick flavors. Nice dryness keeps it super-drinkable. Yeah, this would do the trick in a cold Scandinavian winter, but it's equally good at standing up to a thick ribeye steak.

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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 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 draheim
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL into a tulip. Pours a clear reddish mahogany w/ a thin khaki head, minimal lace, just a thin film and collar.

Aroma is floral and herbal over a sweet malt background. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, hops.

Taste is likewise a balance of copious sweet malts and lots of floral and bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is chewy, coating, but not syrupy. High gravity evident, but finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Overall a solid example of an American barleywine.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

BB 2016

Pours a massive coarse swirling two-three finger head cream head, over a deep rich dark brown body. Lovely.

Deep dark aormas. Christmas cake, figs, rasins. Oh, and an earthy hop brooding presence.

Taste is an alcolholic assault, big beer, big earthy hops. Not quite enough malt backbone to carry. Dry overall. As it warms, more raisin/sherry flavours come out.

Mouthfeel OK, moderate carbonation, heavyweight body.

Overall, a bit too dry, takes away drinakbility. One of the slowest drinks I have had in a long time... says a lot!!!

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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 BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle drank from my duvel tulip. no freshness dating/best by info to be found.

A- a slightly darker than normal copper colored beer pours from this bottle. a large fluffy off white head forms and sticks around for most of the drink leaving behind rings of lacing.

S- the nose starts off with sweet caramel and fruity malts. cherries and plums mostly. a small amount of dark chocolate which seems out of place in here. the end smells strongly of piny and grapefruit hops.

T- is starts off very sweet and fruity. caramel and toffee with lots of cherries, plums, and pear. theres definitely some chocolate in here as well, interesting. moderately detectable alcohol. the finish is very hoppy with lots of grapefruit and resiny pine. this must be a fresh bottle.

M- medium to full bodied. theres a moderate warming from the alcohol in this one, but thats expected for the style. the carbonation comes off as a too high and harsh.

D- an interesting slight twist on the style with the chocolate malt in here. easy enough to finish this bottle. the 10$ price tag makes me uncertain how quickly i would want to drink another.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany color with orange edges. The frothy espresso colored head lasts a short while, mustering up plenty of lace trails and patches on the glass. The aroma is equal parts roasty, chocolaty malts and citric, pithy hops. Eucalyptus, pine and lemon hop notes hit first in the taste. A wall of malts mixed with a warming, spicy alcohol kick show shortly after. Rum cake, cherries, vanilla and cocoa all show. There's a whiff of soy sauce as well. The finish is moderately bitter and boozy. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lots of dextrins. Carbonation is creamy in texture.

This is a good, hop forward Barleywine. Lots of complexity and a unique hop profile. The only drawback is the immodest alcohol taste - understandable for the ABV, but many others have done much better. Still though, this is a great winter sipper. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The craftsmen at Nøgne Ø have had me captivated with their unique blend of European style and American boldness. I was definitely not going to let # 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale pass me by. Slender 500 ml. bottle, with a starkly attractive label style. The pour looked quite dark for a barleywine, while the head was three fingers tall and foamy. The smell was quite sweet and had me recall raisins, toffee, and cocoa, The taste was not typical of the style, as the malts felt very roasty and astringent. The bitterness was quite brazing as a result of the bone dry nature of the beer. The chocolate, roasted nuts, and smoke in the taste screamed Imperial Porter to me. A big blast of oak notes in the finish had me wondering whether this was barrel aged before bottling. Quite thin and fleeting in the mouth, this unusual Ale was well crafted, and sneaky in the alcohol presentation, but I would be hard pressed to call this a barleywine.

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Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really nice dark brown with three fingers of really creamy suds. Lacing galore here on the rim of the Stone Barleywine glass.
Smell is a fruity raisin with clove and butterscotch aromas. Slight yeast burn and an alcohol hint.
Taste is caramel and burnt sugars along with a bitter blackness. The latter is mixed with the leftover sugar from the initial taste. A hint of alcohol in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a sweet concotion. Only gets sticky after the bitterness leaves the mouth.
Drinkability is pretty nice for such a high abv drink. I really admire this barley wine. Top notch!.

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Nogne brew, and highly anticipated. Very deep brown, bordering on black in color. A flurry of carbonation results in a bubbly, medium-sized tan head that has great retention. When it finally fades, a constellation of little dots surround the middle of the snifter, and a few clumps of bubbles are left on top of the brew. Smells pleasant with deep chocolates and ripe red cherries easing into some piny hops. Subtle sweet malts and dark dried fruits flow across the palate and are followed by a big hit of more piney hops, distant dark chocolates and fairly sharp and lingering alcohol heat. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and it initially goes down smooth and creamy, but a certain crispness forms around the edges after a few drinks, making things interesting. I can see where aging one of these would make a big difference in rounding off some of the sharp edges, but it's still good to go as is, and very satisfying.

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# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.