# 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 SShelly
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky brown with low offwhite head that fades fast.

Aroma is heavy on the hops with some spicy sweetness behind.

flavor has some malt and caramel that is mostly covered up by large hop flavors, some hop bitterness clings on the pallet.

this beer is suprisingly thin, the mid palate flavor is a little oily.

A good beer but I was expecting more, could be phenomenal if it had a larger malt backbone to support all of the the hops.

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Photo of duracell
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a snifter. Had it in December 2012.

A - Pours an amber/mahogany color with an small, off-white head with low retention. Leaves a thin topping on the beer.

S - Loads of aromatic hops (floral and herbal). Caramel, toffee, blackberries.

T/M - Aromatic hops dominate up front with a good malt backbone. Caramel, plums, raisins, a hint of diacetyl in the the second third of the palate. Ends with a medium bitterness, some spicy and caramelized notes that linger. Body on the high side. Extremely smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - Amazing beer! Top notch interpretation of the style. Well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Douglas14
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with hints of dark red and amber coming through. It has a huge, nice, fullfy head that leaves awesome lace. The smell is very rich and mainly of roasted malt, but it also has some spice to it...possibly some cinnamon. Also, the aroma has a bit of herbalness to it, which I find somewhat weird. The taste is similar. Big and malty, but still has that strange herbal character. It almost taste like mint leaves, or maybe some juniper. It is a little off putting to me, but I suppose it lightens it up too. Good beer, but far from my favorite Nogne O.

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Photo of berkey
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was really odd and not at all what I was expecting as it is considered a barleywine (an American, at that..). The color is dark brown like a doppelbock or such. Very odd. Aroma is somehwat bitter but mostly is dominated by deep, dark malt (chocolate mostly). This carries Into the flavor - very unbalanced with strong malt presence and some dry bitterness. The chocolate malt doesn't mix well with what other flavors are present. Mouth is standard and probably the best part of the drink - moderate body with a good level of carbonation. All around I just can't get over the flavor. I don't think this bottle is spoiled or such, but it's just way too much malt for a barleywine.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany brown.. turbid. Head dissipates to thin ring of foam.

S: Cherries, licorice, alcohol, sweetness. Nice.

T: Sweet fruit, big malt character and a finishing of balancing hops. Its good!

M: Smooth and full bodied.

O: A dark, fruity, sweet American Barleywine. Its very enjoyable and they have done a good job hiding much of the alcohol.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this sitting my cellar for about six months and the last day of July seemed like a good occasion to open it. This beer had a deep dark brown body with a nice 1" tall light tan head. The smell seemed a little muted, a little chocolate, some alcohol, as it warmed up a little more biscuit smell came out but that was it. The taste started a little sweet and then a nice bitter woody hop bite, the malt was kind of like a rye beer, that may have been from the hops but I was tasting rye. It is a little on the light side for a barleywine, but still nice and thick with a good level of carbonation for a 10% ABV beer. The lightness and good carbonation made it very drinkable.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby red with a thick off white head that hangs around for about a minute. When it finally fades there is little to no lacing around the glass.

Smell is of raisins and cinnamon.

Has a malty sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon are present. Has spicy bitterness with notes of raisins and maybe some plum, orange fruity flavors.

An amazingly delicious beer! Great mouthfeel not oily, a little chewy. Well balanced and everything works together. Alcohol is well hidden and I can easily drink this without being to overwhelmed.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but sits in the glass as a imperal stout. Has thick pancake-like batter qualities. Lacing is thick and phenomonal, as it coats the whole glass and sticks around...exceptional.

Smells are so so complex. ..Another "5"
Up front are Sweet toasty malts, peppery spices, and some hops. Choclolaty as well.
As I swirl the mysterious brew, I get waifs of roses and herbs. A very bready smell and some wood charachterics...oak.
Where is the alcohol 10% abv?

In the taste department, I would compare this brew mostly to Stone Russian Imperial Stout. But not as thick in the mouthfeel as Stone. This tastes incredible.
Has a nice hop profile. Almost ruins the tounge like a IPA. Very very sweet malts that are sooo roasty and toasty. As the hop bitterness are almost borderline OUT TO SPACE, so is the malt sweetness. This beer is HUGE HUGE HUGE. With the sips, alcohol is present like a barlywine. What is this beer? I would label it a Imperial stout. But without the coffie and expresso many have.

The mouthfeel is thick and the sugars coat everything. I am surprised my teeth are not coated black. I wish this was a bit more creamy and smooth. Still is creamy and smooth but could be a little more. I think the Hops take away the mouthfeel and drinkability one half notch.

This is a HUGE beer. Incredible profiles!!! People always talk of Dark Lord and Westies....I think this is up there in that class.
A bit expensive...but we only live once!

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

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

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Photo of IllNate
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this beer on the brewing network! So snagged it when I saw it at Brewery Creek and Vancouver.

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, and a ton of beige head. Great retention.
S - Smells great too, lots of dark roast, chocolate, cofee and charcoal. Also malty and sweet with a citrus hop. Great complex nose, last time I had a nose this good was with the Orval Trappist.
T - Superb for such a strong ale. Malty and sweet caramel. Nutty and biscuit notes, with coffee and chocolate, and citrus hops.
M - Full bodied for sure, but still nice and smooth. Nice balance with the bitterness as well. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the 10% price tag.
O - A fantastic beer.

Check this out for an interview with the brewer and a recipe!:

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

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

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Photo of theformula
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #39 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/8.
Again, GeorgiaBeer is to thank for this opportunity.

A: A nearly opaque mahogany body pours in a snifter. A forceful pour reveals a huge tan head w/ lasting retention, this one's gonna have hops. Sticky lacing....good looker.

S: Very nice. Nearly an IIPA @ first sniff, this really does compare to Bigfoot. Hops are assertive w/ citrusy, piney & resinous notes. A solid malt backbone of toffee, dark fruits and a punch of spicy, peppery alcohol joins the mix. It's not hugely rich in the malt dep't., but still nice overall.

M: Med.-full body. Super smooth, silky body, just a bit viscous.

T: Blessed hops! The initial flavor is easily hop-heavy w/ a sticky bitterness and some wood overtones. Then comes toffee, prunes, vanilla and finally a jolt of spicy alcohol, which is by no means shy. Malts are sugary-sweet and barely stand up to the hops in this one. A little chocolate in the finish.

D: A very good American-style B.W., this is a sipper and is very warming, it could be toned down a little. A hophead's barley wine for sure, but this needs some age to bring it down to earth. Recommended.

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

Deep mahogany beer with high head and average lacing.

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

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

Absolutely great.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Rastal snifter. Poured a dark brown color with huge thick tan foamy head. Smell was toffee, sweet bread, with slight dark fruit aromas that are followed by a even fainter alcohol present. Taste is roasted malt dry flavor, mixed with bitter citrus rind and slight bitter pine flavor, finished with a raisin spice flavor. The dryness on the finish and the well concealed alcohol make this a very drinkable barleywine.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darker than expected. This pretty much looks like a porter - certainly darker than any barleywine I've ever seen. Wispy head that gathers around the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smells a bit hot and boozy (sort of a botanical, gin-like smell) and has that same citric hop character I've noticed in a few of these guys' beers. It's not a bad thing as such, but with Nogne Ø beers having only recently shown up in Australia, I've had quite a few of them in a short time and that particular characteristic is prevalent in most of them - burnt orange kind of thing. Not much else to talk about, smell-wise.

Same deal in the mouth. Sweetness, bready malt, alcohol burn, those same herbal, burnt-orange hops. Other fruits floating around in there too; date (without the sweetness), overripe pineapple. Dry leaves and alcohol in the finish. I had to sit there and sip it over and over to get all the flavours, because it's overwhelmingly alcohol, citric and herbal, in that order. Bitterness feels as if it comes equally from the alcohol as it does from the hops.

Medium mouthfeel with a rough grainy texture that the carbonation smooths over nicely. Despite how boozy it tastes, no overt burn from the alcohol at all, which would make it pretty drinkable, but... I just don't dig the flavours that much. I'm wondering if a bit of age would do it some good - I suspect so, and I have some more so I guess I'll find out. At this point though, not a patch on the likes of Mikkeller Big Worse (a little underrated on this site, IMO).

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Photo of SleepyMonk
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 500ml brown glass bottle with plain and decidedly "home brew" looking label thats all business. Other than the brewers logo and brew name the label is comprised of Norwegian text. Google translate gave me some help and a little common sense indicates that this brew is from batch number 365 and best before 28 May 2013. This one was brewed on 28 May 2008 and I am consuming at 8 June 2009.

Pours into a tulip glass with a solid amount of 3 finger head and presents as a deep tan color. As the head drops away slowly we see thick, if not creamy, lacing.

Held in front of the face the body is straight up black. Even held up to the light the black remains, indeed it wasn't until the glass was held next to a halogen bulb that any color emerged. That color was blood red, it was very much accurate to blood.

Aroma is dominated with a saturated hops smell supported by brown sugars and roasted dark fruits. Whilst the head was settling those hops where a little drowned out by a medicinal theme. Interestingly that disappeared as the brew was moved about and warmed up.

I will be honest here and say that my first impression upon tasting this beer was that it had been over hyped. The first sip was so intense in dark flavor and resin mouthfeel that I thought i'd be sick. That was over really quickly as that intensity gave way to some very well crafted tastes.

That dark resin upon initial taste becomes a well driven malt cut with roasted fruits, its almost a christmas fruit cake in a beer!

The mouthfeel is grainy with a herb spice twang. The alcohol is noticeable throughout the entire mouthfeel spectrum but at 10% thats bound to happen.

Quick summary: It looks like blood if you hold it to the light, it smells like a bucket full of hops and cake mix and it tastes like that too except with some damn fine malt thrown in for god measure.

If ever there was a late cold night sipper this was it, warms you up lie a log fire. Very damn nice indeed.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of psumjl269
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of faernt
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a unique, beguiling flavor. The flavors are so well blended that it's difficult for me to pull them apart. Good head, good color...it meets Barleywine standards. The edge is in the blended flavor. I hope to find more of it here in Chicago.

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Photo of jlandis
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of Gump
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head sticks around forever. Cola colored beer, no light passes through. Impressive, unusual carbonation for a barleywine. Heavy body.
Aromas of Raisin, fig, dark chocolate, coffee.
A good malt balance without going over the top, like some American barley wines.
I breathe in the alcohol and dry coca flavors.
The hops come out in the aftertaste with a dry grassy feel at the back on my tongue.

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