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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 35 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at the LCBO by accident and was quite surprised. Poured a dark and hazy brown was a decent head for 10%. Smell was slightly malty but the hop aroma overwhelmed it. The taste was slight malt on the fore front and then the bitter hop on the end. Was expecting more malt but was still a good brew. I prefer less hoppy beer but can respect a well made and balanced hopped dark ale. Pretty good beer from a brewery that I have yet to be disappointed by!

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

# 100 opens to a sweet, spicy, citrusy, complex aroma that instantly speaks to a well-crafted beer. There are lovely light sugars in here, including strawberry, berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters on the light side, and prune, fig, raisin, black cherry, and date on the dark, as well as touches of candi sugar and almost Stevia-like sweetness about the fringes. These are countered by lemon and lemongrass, as well as sweet pink grapefruit and touches of grapefruit rind and pine from the hops, and a nice toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal layer from the grains. The aromas do drift more toward the sweet and effervescent, recalling fruit spritzers, but enough of a cognac touch of vanilla and caramel remains to add a layer of light alcohol vapors. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though somewhat lighter than could be expected from a 10% ABV Barleywine, but does feature an excellent range of fruits and sugars, tempered well by vanilla, citrusy hops, and breads.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a marked sweetness that is almost instantly joined by a strange heavy raisin fruit ester base, almost as if raisin puree had been added pre-fermentation. The raisin overtone does carry touches of date, fig, and prune, but is largely raisin-y, and joined by peppery, spicy edges that make this seem more alcoholic fruitcake than beer. Largely gone here are the light fruit esters from the nose, the orange coming across on the tongue more like blood orange liqueur. Thick swaths of brown bread and toast crust add earthiness, and there’s a good layer of lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, and light pine resin from the hops. But the major flavor here is the raisin/dark fruit layer, which combines with the vanillas, caramels, and alcohol burn to make this seem like raisin liqueur mixed with brandy or cognac. These flavors dominate the aftertaste as well, which lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is one of the stranger Barleywines on the market, and the overabundance of raisin and dark fruit esters is initially shocking, and can be slightly wearing over time, like trying to eat an entire loaf of spiced fruitcake in one sitting. The beer is definitely worth trying for the experience, but be aware that this is very much a sipping beer, and the strong flavors and heavy alcohol burn might prove too much for some.

Photo of ajs4bd
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of seaoflament
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for bringing this one last night to La Bella. This was a winter 07 vintage.

Pours pretty dark for a barley wine, porter-like color with a good inch of foam. Good retention and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma consisted of dark chocolate, cocoa, and a hoppy Chinook presence. Chocolate covered raisins and some dark fruity esters as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma, dark chocolate upfront with some cocoa, earthy and herbal hop bitterness with some alcohol in the finish. Surprised at how hoppy this beer still is after almost 2 years. Heavily roasted malt flavors, almost burnt, burnt toast and bitter coffee in the finish. Moderate carbonation with a semi-dry and lingering bitter finish. Tastes almost like a really hoppy RIS. The alcohol is very well hidden, I guess it's hiding behind those IBUs.

Photo of brbrocc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of little_star
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is just hitting some stores shelves, so I am wondering about the "retired" listing. Also, the bottle states that it is a Barley Wine, not a DIPA.

Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown. There is about two inches of tan head that fades to a sheet, but leaves good lacing.

The aroma is strong on dark fruits and alcohol. There is a bitter coffee scent in the background, also. At first I thought it smelled like an English Barley Wine, but now it's leaning more towards a hoppy porter or stout. I think it's confused.

The taste of this one only lends to my "identity crisis" theory. Dark fruits,(almost burnt) bakers chocolate, dark roasted bitter coffee, a little pine and citrus hops, and a bunch of alcohol. Burning alcohol.

Solid, creamy mouthfeel. The fact that I am not sure (and neither is the beer) exactly what it is that I am drinking and this burning alcohol both knock the drinkability down. I had hoped for more. I think I might buy another bottle and lay it down for a while to see how it changes, as it is harsh right now.

Photo of alelover
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#100 pours a dark brown w/ a nice one finger chocolate head. This is one dark barleywine... must be the chocolate malt. Slightly above average lacing on my snifter. The nose is really nice. Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops here- and the really the majority of what I get. Ok- there's a hint of the chocolate malt on the taste. Caramel, grapefruit and raisin in there too. Also, a hop bomb just went off in my mouth- but in a good way. Big malt backbone, but the hops have literally destroyed my taste buds within 3 tastes. This is borderline 4.5, but not quite. Feel is medium full, with a hop bitter aftertaste. Dry finish as well. Probably the best aspect of this brew. Overall, this is a nice barleywine- I'd buy it again. Cheers.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Iparedman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

A-2” dense tan head on a pretty much black body.
S- Big citrus and pine hops, light burnt malt in the back, sweet dark fruits and figs, toffee, and one other sweeter thing I just can’t put my finger on.
T- Big roasted malt character. Sweet toffee, pine hops, light citrus hops, dark fruits like plums, hints of nuts, just a touch of spice (maybe from a type of hop), and a little tickle from alcohol on the tongue. In the aftertaste it’s left with sweet caramel malt, some cherries, a pine hop dryness, and a decent size bitterness on the mid tongue.
M- Full chewy body with low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. The first few sips are kind of questionable but after a few it does come around on you. Not really what I was expecting but it is a really good barleywine and might try to get a couple more.

Photo of Farnswurth
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison for $7.99. Shared with the legendary battlekow.

Pour: very dark, even for a barleywine - deep mahogany, opaque under several fingers of sticky, soapy khaki foam.

Nose: dark fruits, roasted chocolate/coffee malts, and a hearty dose of alcohol with a crisp hops bristle.

Taste: brash bittering hops, caramel-coffee malts, vanilla-oak and an alcoholic bite somehow combine for a very clean overall impression on the palate. Bigfoot's mellow Norwegian cousin.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: probably the cleanest, smoothest beer with this level of assertiveness I've experienced. The complexity and brashness of an American barleywine with the restraint and elegance that comes with a long European brewing tradition. A good way to end a long night of good beer.

Photo of valianes
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of NWer
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Snagged a bottle at Belmont Station in Portland Oregon during a recent road trip. Glad I did.
Poured into a snifter. Dark charcoal black with a hint of brown around the side and a nice adequate brown foam head that dissipates quickly. Interesting lace. Not the big layers a splotches but abundantly spotted. Little dots all around the glass.
Rich chocolate and coffee notes throughout. Aroma and taste. Lingering aftertaste leaves a very pleasant mouthfeel to savor.
Will definitely buy this again when I get the chance.

Photo of lgmol
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.