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

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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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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jayhawk73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:20:21 | More by jayhawk73
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:34:15 | More by birderbeerer
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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!:
http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/shows/606

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 02:52:07 | More by IllNate
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NWer

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 22:02:52 | More by NWer
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Sail & Anchor in Fremantle, WA.

Pours dark. Very dark, in fact. This is certainly one of the darkest barleywines I've ever had. Head is fine and soft, a pale light cream colour. Lace forms in solid sheets down the edge of the glass. Body is heavy. Looks pretty good.

Spicy nose, a little exotic and alluring, with a lemony sweetness like a sherbet lemon candy. Underneath it are some sweet dark tones and a hint of ash. An interesting nose.

Taste is great. Dark but smooth, and with a lively hoppiness. Citric, but sweet, and always caressed by the deep and full body. On the back some dark roasted bitterness comes through which is a lovely complement to the other flavours. Feel is quite light, but undercarbonated, which keeps it smooth.

Lovely drop. It's deep and heavy, but really surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 07:28:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

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

A - Extremely dark body. Not black, but a deep, rich mahogany. No light comes through. head is very dense and doesn't seem to want to go anywhere.

S - So much going on in the nose. Sweetness comes through right away, rich decadent aromas of dark fruit and sweet fudge. Hints of lemon zest linger in the background.

T - A lot like the nose. Fudge is what comes to mind right off the bat with rasins and earth tones complementing the subtlety of the resinous hops. Alcohol definitely leaves a warmth on the finish.

M - exquisitely smooth with light carbonation allowing the flavors to access the palate without any obstructions.

O - A great barleywine that I would love savor again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:34:02 | More by ChimRichels
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danieelol

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite what's written on RB (that the brewery claims this is a DIPA) it clearly isn't based on the colour alone. It's got the black-brown of an old ale and when you get to the nose it's even more apparent just how much rich, thick malt is in there.

The pour is fantastic. Truly insane amounts of lacing coming off this thing. Good head too.

The aroma has malt in the form of rye and carob, and some yummy tangerine/orange hops. Like Cointreau with chocolate. Yer, the "Cointreau" part means there's some alcohol too. This is a classy nose. Later on the nose becomes even more inviting, increasing in hop complexity with a sourdough yeast backing.

Similar stuff in the taste with the alcohol unfortunately being slightly more present. I mean it's still easy to deal with, and the kisses of residual sugar help to balance it out. The citrusy hop juice/malt/alcohol/sweetness/bitterness is pretty well balanced here for a 10%er, with a rather receding bitterness. While it's not a DIPA, it is inarguably a hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel varies. It can be thin; at its best it's thick and loaded with hop resins- truly amazing.

Overall this beer is excellent. Highly recommended. Pretty classic American-style barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 11:02:55 | More by danieelol
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psumjl269

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:59:46 | More by psumjl269
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

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

Review from notes - Norway 2011

Three fingers of forthy and thick light tan head fills the top of the glass, sporting a fantastic level of retention for a 10% ABV beer. The body looks big, being an incredibly hazy caramel amber hue. Spongey sheets of lace stick firmly to the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

Heavy on the toasted malts and caramel in the nose. Very bready. The hops come in a sweet and syrupy grapefruit form with spritzy lemon notes behind. A date sweetness makes me think of how viscous the body is. The high ABV is well hidden in this big and syrupy barleywine. There's nothing mindblowing about the nose, but it's still an all around good smelling beer.

Hoppy upfront but not overwhelmingly bitter. The hops come in a more earthy and grassy flavour. The lemony zing is still there and present from start to finish. The malts impart a thick heftiness to the body. I liken their sweetness to caramel drizzled rye bread. The alcohol comes unobtrusively in the finish.

The body is smooth and syrupy with a good level of tingly carbonation. The alcohol is present but its only real indicator is in the heftiness it gives to the body.

A well rounded and tastey American Barleywine. With that being said, nothing stands out to make it outstanding. This is my first Nogne beer and I liked where I started. I'll be taking full advantage of my easy access to their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:07:12 | More by ludachris
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ckollias

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:28:12 | More by ckollias
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:48:39 | More by JohnnyP3
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:20:32 | More by ktrillionaire
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with some orange highlights. The bead was thin but coated the glass pretty well with each sip. The smell of the beer was a little boozy, along with some cocoa and hops. The taste of the beer has a good balance of the things on the nose. The mouthfeel is pretty slick with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty tasty barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:07:42 | More by Knapp85
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ChadQuest

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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

Thick, long-lasting head. The broth is dark brown, but light shines through pretty easily. Nice blanket lace that sticks around throughout the tasting.

Sweet chocolate-caramel aroma. Light hop in the background. Attractive and inviting.

Not as sweet as most Barley Wines, but it is very rich. There's an excellent hop bite to balance the beer. This has been a superb balance to tangy barbecue ribs. In the aftertaste, the alcohol shows up along with lingering sugars and hop bitterness. If there is such a thing as a balanced Barley Wine, this would be it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:33:00 | More by smcolw
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

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

500mL bottle, no date that I can find.

opaque dark brown with just a touch of garnet when held to the light. 1/4" khaki head.

rich malty aroma. another recent review I read said it perfect - the beer smells "savory", like a hearty roasted hunk of red meat. very bold. taste is toasty and sweet, but balanced with spicy herbal notes.

thick, smooth body, easy to drink. no alcohol presence.

very unique and tasty beer. unless this bottle is older than I think and their were hops that fades, I'd describe this as more on an English style barleywine. But whatever it's considered, definitely a success.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:01:20 | More by jmdrpi
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vfgccp

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep mahogany. Nice off-white head with great retention and lace.

S - Amazingly savory. Bright turmeric, salt, cumin.

T - More like a savory lamb dinner than a beer. Turmeric and coriander are loaded throughout the profile. Dried garlic. Black pepper. Onion salt. Subtle backdrop of malt. Tastes just like Guyanese pepperpot.

M - Medium light body. Savory / bitter finish.

O - A beer out on a limb, and it manages to pull it off. Well executed and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:53:12 | More by vfgccp
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at The Sail and Anchor, fremantle 21st Feb 2011

A - Body is a Mahogany colour with a tanned head stat reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - A little spice and citrus but mainly roasted malts that dominate the aroma.

T - A lot of roasted malt and some hops mix quite nicely together. Has a little caramel present as well.

M - Full bodied and low carbonation that is a smooth brew.

D - An interesting Barley Wine that is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 06:58:31 | More by eric5bellies
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generallee

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 01:58:40 | More by generallee
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:32:31 | More by chickenm
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Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Deep brown in color with a decent tan head that had good retention.

S: Hoppier than I expected. with lots of spicy citrus notes. The malt has a nice slightly burnt smell to it with hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Dark malt flavors with a bitter after bite of the citrusy hops. There is a lot of sweetness in it and it plays well with the strong alcohol.

M: Heavy body, smooth flavor and it leaves a sweet and bitter aftertaste with a good alcoholic punch.

D: Be hard to drink a few of these but one every now and then is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:03:54 | More by Kakaraht
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. 8 ounces served in a small tumbler.

A: Big foamy tan head, dark ruby liquid, decent amoutn of carbonation.
S: Lots of bitter hops. Musty pine, touch of citrus. Some sweetness. It smells very much like a double IPA.
T: Oily bitterness. Some nice & sweet malts. A little toffee.
M: On the thicker side and plenty of hop oils. Medium carbonation. Some sticky coating.
D: Very drinkable for the style. Doesn't feel very alcoholic. Lots of good flavors--nothing overpowering. Worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 14:22:00 | More by ToasterChef
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich light oak pour with a billowy tan head that has great retention and laces well. The nose has cocoa powder, dark fruit, brown sugar and wood. Complex and deep, which is what I like in a barleywine. Good bitterness on the palate with lots of grapefruit-esque citrus. Behind that there's a solid choclate malt body, with the wood peeking out. A decent fruitiness too, leading up to a lingering warm finish. Medium body with a slick carbonation.

A well-crafted barleywine from this highly impressive Norwegian brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:51:46 | More by bobsy
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Gobzilla

California

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

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of caramel come out on the aroma with some good hoppy notes and lots of sweetness from the malts. There was quite a bit of booze as well.

T: the caramel also dominated the palate with a mild hop bite but had sweet malty and boozy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, malty, and sticky finish.

D: I thought it was a soild barleywine and the hops weren't overwhelming this is the way I like'em. It was tasty but was a sipper faux show.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 07:43:13 | More by Gobzilla
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josefnewsong

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - a very deep ruby/brown color with a finger's worth of tannish head that leaves bits of lace
S - molasses, and other fairly standard barleywine smells - but smells nice indeed.
T - molasses, alcohol, brown sugar, different hop flavors. overall fairly well-balanced and definitely enjoyable.
M - probably the most unique part of this beer. Lighter than expected and goes down smooth. better at first when it's a little bit colder, becomes slightly syrupy as it warms
D - definitely drinkable esp for a barleywine. another impressive brew from nogne

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:28:39 | More by josefnewsong
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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