# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours a very dark orangey-amber. Head is beige, nice and dense but a bit thin, sinking slowly. Lace is gorgeous: thick, sticky and smooth. What you'd expect from a good-bodied barleywine. Or like the lace I picture on a good-bodied Cambodian girl. Looks great overall.
Nose is sweet and strong. Large apricot aroma with a large amount of brandy booze strength. Very malty and sweet with some slight dark chocolatey character lingering behind. Tangy, sweet, classic barleywine fragrance.
Taste is strong with a lot of malt throughout. Rich caramel flavour with hints of molasses, and a slight licorice spice that blends well with the alcohol warmth that kicks in quite early and stays for the finale. Gets bitter towards the back with an earthy, gravelly hop character with hints of pine resin and some cumin notes. A slight dark roastiness lingers right at the end. Beautifully balanced drop, has an explosion of flavour but doesn't leave shrapnel, it's smooth and gentle on the palate. Thick, slick, perfectly sticky, great feel. Great palate in general.
This isn't actually mind-blowing stuff but it's got all the right characters and texture to it. Beautifully balanced heavier beer. This is what Nogne O do best, basically "let's do a barleywine" and lo and behold they've nailed it. Again.
06-09-2010 03:30:56 | More by laituegonflable
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Pours a dark, brownish amber with a thin, creamy white mousse.
S: Aromas of pine sap, ripe plums, brown sugar, and toffee are present on the nose. I was expecting something a bit more citrusy and astringent, but instead, this ale smells rich and mellow.
T: A fruity, tart entry leads to notes of raisins, plums, figs, dates, toffee, milk chocolate, heavy cream, brown sugar, mint, and pine. There is a slightly bitter, fruity backtaste as well, though no particularly citrusy flavors stand out. The finish is flavorful and rich with notes of toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and dark fruits.
M: Full bodied, but drier than expected, especially when compared to most American barleywines. Carbonation is expressive, but crisp. Alcohol presence is very subdued.
O: This is an excellent barleywine that capably straddles the fence separating the English and American variants of the style, though it is somewhat closer to the latter than to the former. If you've never had an American-style barleywine, but are familiar with the English style, then I can see this as being a good transition. Complex and very rewarding.
12-11-2011 17:02:59 | More by mrfrancis
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
1pt .9fl oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured the color of cola, perhaps a touch redder, with a creamy, one inch off-white head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with swaths of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is assertively hoppy in the forefront with some sugary malt in the background and a boozy alcohol/medicinal quality at the back.. Front starts off sugary/malty with a mild dark fruit character, gradually giving way to a light bitterness that peaks and lingers at the finish. A caramel character also comes out as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light, subtly carbonated and slightly creamy. Solid example of the style. This one has a couple years on it, so it's evened out a little bit (it must have been quite hoppy in it's prime) - might pick up another bottle to see how it mellows in a couple more years.
02-27-2010 02:02:55 | More by Jwale73
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
Pint sized bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours such a dark brown color, it is almost black with blood red highlights. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Good retention and lace.
(S)- A nice resiny dry leather profile. Bits of spice and a malty backbone of toasted caramel.
(T)- Quite a nice combo of mildly toasty caramel malt, subtle dark fruits, and a leathery resin-like hop character.
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A seamless and well integrated beer that showcases the heavy malt, hop profile, and high ABV without it being overbearing or too rich. In fact, this is quite smooth with only a dry finish to remind you of the 10%ABV.
(D)- Quite the solid barleywine here. Nogne has really been hit or miss with me with what I have tried from them thus far, but this one is a successful one. Great on this bitter/chilly night.
01-29-2012 17:04:39 | More by sweemzander
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
Pitches out of the bottle virtually black, not imperial stout black, but close, as this dark purple-brown liquid lets no light through. The head is a fairly healthy tan rise and sticks in gobs.
It's all pine needle, pine bark, and pine sap on the nose, the woody portion of it mingles with traces of cocoa. Port traits arrive only after it sits awhile. The fact is, the malts only make a cursory appearance in the aroma.
In mouth, malt is a bit more pronounced, though secondary in every way to the hops. It begins with roasted grain, bakers chocolate, figs, and coffee. Maple syrup overrides it all, and carries it into the hop breakers. Here on out, it's all metallic pine tree, full of sap, bark, and dry needles. The hopping is interesting with its equal parts resin and wood and tannins. But they are so loud as to drown almost everything else out. Malt is electrocuted out. Even alcohol hardly finds a place. Had the hops been a tad juicier rather than parching acrid, it could sidle towards the IIPA realm, but they don't so that's out of the question.
So basically, it's just a gob of malt basted in bitter hops.
The body is medium-full, with sparse carbonation. At first, it almost seems too light, then it settles into something beefier. Nevertheless, it seems to belie the richness of the malt.
It's a very drinkable barleywine,in spite of it all, though it burns a little once it hits the esophagus, but never before.
I can't help but shake the impression of a cover band playing "Bigfoot Barleywine", especially with its bitter Columbus focus. It's a respectable interpretation, but when the original costs $10/sixer to the $7/ 500mL bottle here, I'll stick with the classic, as its parts are more integrated, and is simply better and cheaper.
All told, it's a decent hoppy b'wine, but seems more than a bit rote.
03-15-2008 10:03:35 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a brownish body with quick dying head and minor lace patches. Aroma is malt strong as I pick up yeast/bread, light chocolate, caramel, touch of roasted malts and a medicinal hoppy aroma. Light to medium-bodied, smooth, the matls are prevelant as there is a dry, yeasty, almost woody edge with chocolate malt sweetness. All balanced with crisp, citric hops that pucker the tongue and give off a dry finish (that is also complemented by a cameo from the alochol to warm you up). Easy to drink, relaxing, and a well-balanced brew that is one of the best I've had in a while.
01-24-2012 22:05:49 | More by clayrock81
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights, minimal ring of off white head, decent lacing. Scent is of aggressive carmel, slight hints of smoke and earthy, citrus and piney hops. Taste is quite smooth for the style, solid carmel and roasted background with a good "american" hop presence. Not as sweet as i expected. Medium bodied, only slightly chewy. Good beer, more akin to a Strong Ale or "Imperial" Amber in my eyes.
08-23-2010 14:50:48 | More by rfgetz
2.93/5 rDev -27.3%
My first venture into this brewery & I'm underwhelmed, even though I am a big fan of barleywines.
The most impressive piece of this was the massive foaming even with a gentle pour, but I can't drink with my eyes. Smell is much less subtle than most barleywines; some other style that I just can't place.
Taste is acceptable. Again, not the smoothness nor the silky sweetness I like in a bareleywine, still untamed, boozy, with a taste & smell like raw roughage. Not bad, but not good, either.
Pretty average; maybe the roughness is in the youth of the beer, perhaps it'll smooth out & improve with age. More than likely I'll never find out.
01-09-2009 23:30:34 | More by maximum12
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
On tap at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI. The first line of my notes reads as follows:
"Gas hops grass burn GOOD."
Pours absolutely gorgeous for a barleywine. Very dark brown, so hazy that it was nearly opaque, with a perfect rocky head.
Smells intensely malty with nodes of chocolate, moonshine, pipe tobacco, burnt barley, and green hops. Tastes the same, only all is wonderfully overwritten by a firmly alcoholic burn.
This one was pretty goddamn intense, but in very good way. My traveling companion couldn't swallow a single sip, but I finished it with troubling alacrity, considering its strength.
06-11-2012 14:20:59 | More by mynie
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
Thanks to my RB buddy fishingnet for this gem.
A: Nice chestnut brown hue with a solid half finger head. The retention is nice and the lace is spotty but thick.
S: This one has a bit of age, but the aromas are still wonderful. Nice biscuity malt married to tons of fresh citrus, pine, and floral hops.
T: Dark malts are used and the roast really comes thru in the taste. Tons of citrus and piney hops yield to malty goodness. The malts are roasty and sweet. Hints of brown sugar and molasses can be noted. Really well crafted brew.
M: Full bodied and thick. Ample carbonation and well hidden ABV.
D: Nice drinking beer. Wish I had a bomber of my own. Fishing net brews, and stated he would attempt a clone of this one. I can't wait.
Overall: Wonderful drinking beer that is a tad bit lighter than your average barleywine. It's a tasty brew that is rather drinkable.
05-23-2008 20:50:39 | More by tpd975
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Reviewed on 10/9/08. Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of slight hops and lots of caramel malt and apple skins with a slight roastiness. Flavor of light roasted malt, light bitter chocolate, with a hoppy finish. Very ASA like or even stout/porter like with the roasted malt presence. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer!
12-28-2008 15:41:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.6/5 rDev -10.7%
This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with some light tan head. It smelled like the gummy coke bottle candy (?) with birch root and sassafras and juniper and very earthy barley. It tasted like birch root and juniper, with earthy caramel and some medicinal flavors. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter/sour/dirty aftertaste. Overall this was a very strange beer that's hard to comprehend as a barleywine. It was very earthy and herbal, reminding me most of DFH's Sah'tea, but heavier. It had good body and the alcohol wasn't too noticeable, so it wasn't difficult to drink once I acclimated to the taste. Recommended if only for the novelty and experience (not for the quality or true enjoyment).
05-23-2010 18:55:39 | More by Pencible
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
Had an opportunity to have a couple of glasses of this last night at a buddy's. My favorite beer of the night by far. This is a big beer, but the balance was unreal.
Pours a deep dull dark shoe polish brown color with a tan head that rises about a finger and a half. The head has excellent retention and slowly settles back into the beer. Surprised by the amount of lacing.
Aroma was your next hint that this was a BIG beer. Huge Pine, citrus, sweet malts.. Just fantastic.
As mentioned above. The balance here is quite amazing. Brown sugar, pine resin, molasses, dark caramel. Excellent hop bitterness in the finish. I thought the ABV was well hidden.
Thick, robust body and huge presence in your mouth.
Just a great American Barleywine (from Norway!)
I will definitely grab another bottle or two of this gem.
11-08-2009 14:42:03 | More by Reagan1984
3.83/5 rDev -5%
Wickedpete sends another great beer to me via trade, cool runnings!!
Wow, an easy pour of dark oak fires up a massive tan milkshake of head. Malty aroma proceeds a chocolate coffee quaff. Not your typical BW, much different with the malts. A very tasty brew, more of a porter/stout than BW but Im the better man for having the chance to partake of this one.
Bottom covered in yeasty slough, the velvety smoothness easily masks the high octane.
01-13-2008 20:26:08 | More by Vancer
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2011.
A: Dark ruby-red-brown. Damn pretty. Three fingers of head with unbudging retention. Some tiny bubbles.
S: Good. Loads of hops. Sticky fruit and sweet citrus (specifically, orange). Divine, but somehow limited...The slightest touch of skunk?
T/M: Phenomenal! The ultimately balanced beer. Very sweet; astringently bitter. Carbonation is present and successfully prevents any odious heaviness. The hops may have the upper hand, but it's a close call. Some molasses on the aftertaste. Noticeably strong.
O: A superlative barleywine; highly recommended. Still, at $9 it's expensive and not everyday fare. Still, I'd have another one.
11-28-2011 00:33:10 | More by AgentMunky
3.3/5 rDev -18.1%
Big fluffy head in the pour, hazy almost black brown body with maple brown hues. Some decent lacing.
Rich toffee nose with dates, dusty cocoa, and dark fruits, not unlike a quad. Grassy/earthy hops are there. And, so is the booze.
Roasted grain, burnt sugars, light roast coffee, citric hop, musty qualities, and a slight tinny tang. Semi-sweet with some caramel apple.
Mouthfeel is weak and watery. So thin for the style. The carbonation is also somewhat disappointing, although it looked great in the glass.
I can say that it's not terrible, but the hops don't really stand out. Terrible mouthfeel makes it suffer. I could pass this one up.
02-07-2012 23:33:11 | More by thecheapies
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a ruby brown-black, almost opaque, with a tan dense head that fades but puckers. Nose is dark grain and orange liqueur, together making strawberry with port notes. Licorice, sultana and pumpernickel malts followed by subtle earthy, orange oil hops. Spicy finish, medium-full body, chewy, no real burn.
Brewed on date 8.May.08, so that explains the muted hops - especially with the big American hops - and cooled down alcohol. Not as big as I expected, but that also means it's that much more drinkable.
Still, it'd be nice to taste it young.
04-03-2010 22:18:49 | More by StJamesGate
4.03/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours cola brown... good head retention. Lacing up the wazoo.
S - Big ass bag o malt.
T - Gigantic malt presence followed by perfectly lined up hops. A nice mix.
M - Thick, really thick. Lots of thick malt followed by heavy bitter hops. It evens out well.
D - If I had a 6 pack, I would drink it.
11-02-2009 04:43:37 | More by srandycarter
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