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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

382 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | 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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ChadQuest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

06-21-2011 07:20:12 | More by ChadQuest
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-02-2014 04:30:48 | More by AlaskanYoung
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

500ml bottle, served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Piney hops in the aroma at first. Malt comes out in the aroma as it warms. Deep malty flavor. Hop bitterness in the finish, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Very balanced, not a hit you over the head beer. Chocolate malt and fruit develops as it warms. Alcohol is not really evident. Long dry hoppy finish.

12-27-2008 22:35:46 | More by homebrewhawk
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

Been hanging on to this one for several months, and decided to break it out tonight to share with my barleywine-loving friend.

Pours a dense dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Tons of head, as much as you want (that's what she said), that's dense, frothy, light tan, and leaves a beautiful lacing as it drops. Amazing retention for the 10%.

Aroma is of sherry, plum, black currant, licorice, sweet cream, caramel and butter rum, sweet black bread, pine-needle hops, flowers (rose, buttercup, honeysuckle). I had this at 4.5, but I really have to give it a 5. Amazing.

Flavor is much like the nose, with many of the same nuances, but much more harsh bitterness towards the finish... comes in and balances the sweetness very nicely, and overrides at the very end to leave a lingering grapefruit peel/black bread bitterness with pine resin galore. Alcohol comes in just slightly at the end, but far less than you'd expect for 10%.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, almost chewy, with medium low carbonation and a warm, bitter-dry finish.

What can I say? I think this is easily the best barleywine I have ever had. Easily. The complexity is unrivaled in the style, and the balance is very well done. Get your hands on this one.

11-04-2008 03:12:17 | More by khiasmus
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-14-2011 23:23:46 | More by Elfastball7
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Pours with a rich lightly tan soap foam head, good finger's worth and fantastic retention; dark ruby brown color; opaque

S - Light soapy hop bitterness; strong malt backing; dark fruits; hint of sweetness

T - Piney, resiny, gin-like hoppiness; minerals; dark fruit; slight touch of warming alcohol

M - Medium to thicker; quite vibrant carbonation for the style, but I don't think it detracts

D - Slow sipper; very warming and relaxing even if it is a bit of a hoppier take on the style; pretty drinkable for the style

Overall, interesting stuff and there are quite a few layers on this one. Really enjoyable, and worth a look.

09-01-2009 00:53:56 | More by Nickls
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

12-06-2010 05:42:56 | More by GDBEERMAN
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-01-2014 14:13:57 | More by superdoopersauce
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-21-2013 03:13:52 | More by IanSpindler
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-17-2013 17:22:52 | More by Yabev15
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ethanmc12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-30-2014 15:53:05 | More by ethanmc12
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-22-2013 13:06:31 | More by YamagamiTravis
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Fruity nose classic IPA (not the barleywine as is sometimes said). Dark bronze color. We can see especially the mango into the nostrils.

At the entrance in the mouth, the taste is special, especially for a beer of this style, it looks a little alcohol fishing just before and before all, grate the mouth. Soon, we find the fruity hops (slightly outdated) and bitterness, in great power, comes tickle the taste buds.

However, for many IBU beer, it's still quite low and almost entirely a commercial low-level process that make reference to sell beer. Aside from that, the drink is good.

11-13-2011 14:08:18 | More by ThaCreep
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

11-07-2010 20:00:42 | More by CanuckRover
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spicelab

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

500mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Rich treacle on the pour, chocolate brown in the glass. Large heaving beige head dies away gradually leaving a strong lace lattice.

Heavily candied tropical and citrus aromas with moderate amounts of sweaty, oniony character. Strong brandy caramel and biscuity malt backbone. Some sharp herbal notes bring much needed relief from the richness. Pretty bracing.

Heavy maple syrup and treacle blending with pineapple, peach and resinous pine. Big, but straightforwardly enjoyable.

Syrupy, viscous and full. Carbonation is noticeable on the front palate but pretty quickly overwhelmed by the body. Bitterness is moderate, but pretty easy to miss against the richness.

Approachable despite the rich dark malt backbone. Feels like it warrants a more interesting and adventurous hop profile though.

12-17-2011 08:46:01 | More by spicelab
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-19-2013 15:14:18 | More by lgmol
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-08-2014 02:50:52 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

A- pours a pretty dark copper brown when held to the light. huge head all around, tannish almost milk chocolate colored. sticky lacing is left all around. very different for such a high abv beer, but im encouraged and it looks great. also looks crystal clear through the light, which confuses me because it said on the bottle that wheath was involved. at first i thought it was wheat, but now it makes me wonder... anyway after all this pondering and reading the head is still a 1/2 cm thick.

S- very roasted porter'ish type scents. smooth very mellow, and rounded light hints of chocolate. so far its striking me as a baltic porter type (minus the sherry flavors from long aging)

T- very smooth wouldnt have guessed it to be 10 % abv. roasted character still tends to be the biggest flavor contributer. still striking me as a baltic porter type flavor wise. there actually is some really solid fruity type sweet flavors right in the middle which is probably a mixture of the strong malts, and the bit of aging before i got around to it. this might have been exactly what i was looking for today. pretty damn delicious very smooth, lingering roasted character with a light bitter finish.

M- smooth, pretty light carbonation after all that head, lingering bitterness and a solid full body.

D- awesome sipper, just like the bottle described. maybe miss filed, but who cares, shouldnt let the definitions dominate your perceptions and how you judge it.

07-20-2008 21:54:13 | More by Atron67
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%

Perfect pour here, the beer is a very dark rust red with a creamy slightly off-white head that doesn't really go down, it never seems to move, very cool. Aroma is incredible, big waft of citrusy hops followed by a huge malt flavor, raisins and plums; sweetness like brown sugar and cinnamon. Very thick smell, like a super Bigfoot (another top brew). Taste is sharp and powerful, like a barley wine should; very meaty. It's sort of boozy, lots of raisins and assorted dark fruit, but it all blends so well together. Big citrusy kick from the hops at the end make this an exceptional brew.

Who knew the best American-style barley wine was made in Norway. Top notch brew.

04-15-2009 06:56:25 | More by saintwarrick
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RandyKemka

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-11-2012 01:10:12 | More by RandyKemka
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dgallina

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without dating. Probably not a concern considering this was a limited edition of high-strength.

Pours very dark for a barley wine. Opaque dark brown with a sheen of creamy froth and excellent lace retention. The aroma suggests a stylistic hybrid. Chocolate malts are dominant, with suggestions of vinous dark fruits and American pine-hops at the edges. The flavors are something else again. Beer is nearly flavorless at first. A woody alcohol sting develop in the center, layered over very dry powdered cocoa and spiced cookie dough. Finishes with a dry pine-bark bite and leaves warming alcohol behind. The body is rich and creamy, with lots of carbonation for the strength.

The beer seems half-baked at this age. The alcohol is too strong (solvent-like really) and the other flavors aren't fully developed. Might mellow with age.

06-11-2008 01:51:24 | More by dgallina
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

P: This decadently dark amber beast glistens with ruby highlights and exhibits a healthy creamy rootbeer head. Retention is outstanding and leaves behind a thick frothy wall of lacing.

S: The nose brings roasted sweet malts, cherries, figs, pecan pound cake, and burnt caramel. Along for the parade is woody hops, leather oils and a bountiful alcohol aroma.

T/M: Full steam ahead with robust malts both roasted and sweet caramel malts. Alcohol is hidden well and not as commanding as the nose. Timid woody hops are playing co captain of this vessel. Figs are also present with a lingering licorice ambience in the back of the throat. This thick oily bodied brew brings heed to a semi dry finish with bitter sweet dark chocolate and green apples.

O: Rough and not entirely well balanced but a great tasting beer all the same. For and American barley wine I find it lacking in the hops department and would have perfected more hop bang. Although the malts overpowered the hops I enjoyed this one and would definitely drink again. Warming and great for sipping.

04-08-2012 04:08:42 | More by Hopswagger
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Much thanks to Phyl21ca, a great trader for this rare brew.

A huge 4 finger light tan coloured head formed on the pour of this beast. Quite clear, yet dark for the style, almost a deep mahogany with blood red hues. Very mildly carbonated, yet quite decent retention considering the absence of carbonation to support its head. Gradually settles to leave a decent collar and somewhat fine yet full, almost clingy, clumps of lacings.

Caramel, hints of a red wine like vinous character, toffee and cocoa make for a complex malt bill, especially for an IPA. Perhaps some oxidation has taken place? Yet the hops are certainly not skunked, with a pronounced floral and citrus (mostly orange) character.

Wow, more like a hoppy barleywine, and a fine one at that, than an IPA with its deep, tasty and complex malt backbone. Reminiscent of Old Crustacean in this respect. Rich toffee, some caramel, rich vinous notes, leather, and powdery cocoa round out the solid malt backbone. The hops are there, but this is no hop bomb with its 80 IBUs balanced against such rich malts. Some grapefruit and pine notes that almost but not quite reach a stripping, resinous level, as well as a pronounced floral, earthy quality, with hints of oak and vanilla. Time to stop rating this as an american DIPA and go with its own strong merits. A woody hop bitterness and notes of a rich, dry red wine or even port carry on long into the aftertaste.

A very richly malted brew, with just the right amount of oxidation of the wort to produce a rich vinous character that adds to the overall presence of this ale. Rich, full bodied, smooth and creamy in feel, nicely contrasted by a sparkly low level of fine carbonation. Nicely hopped, but the 80 IBUs are barely noticeable against the rich and complex malt backbone. The hop bite, characteristic of both american and english hops gives way to the vinous qualities that linger long after the swallow.

Very drinkable for such a big, rich, bold brew. Certainly not very approachable or sessionable, but is a deep and complex sipper, that just may appeal to afficionados of red wines and port. Im glad i got to try this incredibly rich and complex brew. Way too much going on maltwise to be an american DIPA, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Ill be dishing out the bucks for more brews from Nogne, if i can still find their offerings at a store I've visited previously.

07-12-2007 00:32:13 | More by demcorhip
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

500ml bottle shared with mrmanning at Chancey Smith's. Pours a deep mahogany brown with one finger of beige head and stringy lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are floral and earthy hops, a hint of spruce, light yeastiness, prunes, toast, ripe pit fruit, taffy sweetness, roasted barley, dark plums, chocolate, caramel, a touch of boozy heat in the back of the throat, and an excellent citric hop bitterness to end. Definitely a hop-forward barley wine in the American mold, but there's enough malt flavour and complexity to balance things out. Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, sticky sweet, gooey syrup-like middle with a dryly bitter and round hop finish that coats the mouth. Some warmth kicks in after a few sips. Overall, a great interpretation of the style. I would happily drink this kick ass strong ale any day of the week. Thanks to R&R for importing!

10-27-2010 18:06:24 | More by cratez
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little_star

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-01-2014 02:45:48 | More by little_star
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.