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

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BA SCORE
90
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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 29
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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Photo of BirdFlu
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

BirdFlu, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this guy sittin around for a while, waiting for a good day to crack it. It's probably about a year old. Low and behold, I get home tonight and its snowing, in the middle of October. I guess that makes it a great time to crack a barleywine. Poured this baby into my Allagash tulip like glass.

A: Pours with a big frothy dark, creamy, stout like 1-finger sized head with lots of bigger bubbles in the middle. Color is very dark reddish brown raisin like color, that barely lets any light through. I actually had to look through the very bottom point of the glass to see the color, and there looks to be quite a bit of sediment, but its hard to see with all the darkness. It leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it departs the glass towards my stomach by way of my mouth. A really dark barleywine that is pretty reminiscent of a stout from the looks, can't wait to taste. Oh yeah, gotta nose it first.

N: Whoa nose is pretty good, not what I expected. Huge dark malt kick with lots of dark sweet fruits, molasses, raisins, come crystal malt and chocolate malts. A nice chocolate and roasted malt kick in the center. I also get some of that Belgian like sweet sugar converted to alcohol aroma, which is very pleasant. The nose just beckons to you with a dark, rich, heavy, malty, full aroma that readies you for a huge beer yet to be tasted.

T: And yet to be tasted is about to become has been tasted. Wow, sweetness bombs your mouth, my glands just stung me for a second. I also get a huge roasted malt with coffee and chocolate, wow! Then more dark sweet fruits with alcohol, molasses, and syrup. Raisin and other dark interesting fruits lace it. It reminds me a lot of a cross between a RIS, coffee porter, and barleywine. The sweetness isn't as bad as it seems when it first hits. The roasted malt kick is so audacious that I really think it was meant to be a porter and at the last minute they threw in some raisins and molasses and sweet dark fruits to bring it up to a barleywine. It almost has a yoohoo blended with molasses, raisin, and plum or something.

M: Somewhat velvety, very strong, thick, syrupy, good carbonation, and lots of warming alcohol burn.

F: Still pretty sweet, but not as much as the start. It pretty bitter, with a nice American noble hop bitterness that is not quite what you would expect, but is very pleasant. Long creamy chocolate and coffee malts stretch out to a nice long finish. The alcohol tends to linger a bit and burns as it evaporates, but not too much. It leaves such a sticky presence in my mouth I have to keep smacking it to breathe, and continue to taste it. And I keep burping up chocolate and roasty goodness.

Final thoughts: A really good roasted porter, chocolate RIS, and dark fruit barleywine mixed together. It starts with a nice alcohol kick, but after a few sips it hides the 10% very well. It also starts sweet but dies pretty quickly, and leaves a nice bittering on the finish, with the creamy chocolate roasted goodness. I don't remember how much it costs, but I would be very inclined to get it again! I remember that the brewers came to Julios a while back to sample a bunch of their wares, and this was the one I brought home, and now I remember why. They had quite a few good beers if my fuzzy memory hits me correctly.

jlindros, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle poured into a snifter.

This beer pours a reddish brown with a nice tan head that lingers for the entire glass.

Smell is sweet malt. A touch of caramel. Some noticeable piney hop aromas.

Taste is at first aggressive hops but after warming a nice chocolate malt presence is felt.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Seemed to have a very short finish which was interesting. Very bold flavors up front that leave you taste buds just as quickly as they arrived.

bluegrassbrew, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy some dude on RB. Thanks for opening this beer that <strong>was</strong> on my wants list. Pours deep brown with lasting tan head. The aroma is hoppy and earthy. Underneath that is an upwelling of sweet caramel candy. The taste begins with a pulse of pine, grass and earthy hop bitterness. Behind the hops is a caramel-y sweet river of goodness that is nearly hidden by the hops. Wow, nice thick mouth feel too. Taste similar to a lot of Am. Strong Ales I've had. The ABV is only moderately apparent and not at all distracting.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, medium brown with a marshmallow-like, pale tan head. Great head retention.

Well balanced aroma with resinous, piney American hops coming through. Good citrus as well with the more bitter grapefruit predominant. Deep, burnt caramel combines with a light cocoa as well. Really nice, if only it was a bit punchier.

Deep, toasty caramel sits on the tip of the tongue along with hints of bitter chocolate and a slight roast. Deep raisins and figs bring out a nice dark, sticky fruit character which is tied together by the citric hops to elevate the fruity character of the beer. A strong lingering bitterness starts through the mid-palate and has good hold even a few minutes after finishing the sip. The back palate has a bright sweetness which livens the drink.

A thick body here helps to deliver the flavours of the outstanding beer with the slightly below average carbonation just helping to give this vibrancy without dominating the beer.

The flavours here are so good and the alcohol is well hidden making for a very drinkable beer that any brewer should be proud to produce. My first Nogne O beer and I am very impressed.

dgilks, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/17/09- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle (I think), poured into a Duvel tulip. Freshness not noted.

Appearance- Very deep chestnut brown. Not real far from a stout color. Full 3/4 inch staying head with some lace caking around the glass when finished.

Smell- Fresh hoppy aromas, a nice chocolate malted base followed by a nice gently roasted caramel nose.

Taste- Flavor is spot on the nose. Hops are equal to the malt, which are both pretty heavy, but combine oh so nicely. Hops are fairly bitter and lightly harsh at times, but the smoothness of the caramel-chocolate malt calms that area down.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium to lower carbonation level. Active bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Nice mix between and English and American Barleywine. Thumbs up all the way.

GClarkage, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Stavage
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a small but foamy head, which dissipated rather quickly but left a pleasing lacing. Pours a very very dark brown.

Very fruity (raisins, plums) with a lot of other dark malt characteristics. Pretty full on hops notes, I could tell this was going to be bitter before I noticed the IBU rating on the bottle. Very piney.

Bitter bitter bitter sweet. Bitterness hits first and lingers last. Really well balanced against the piney spicy fruitiness and caramel malty sweetness though. Theres not so much a roasty taste as the suggestion of one, probably down to that bitter sweet combination. Not as rich as the Mikkeller Big Worse, the only other barleywine I've tried up to now, but a lot better balanced.

Thick and fullbodied, carbonation is spot on (can't speak for the style, but the carbonation here is low yet noticeable). A little too sticky, I'm thinking this is a characteritic of the style I'm not used to yet.

It's drinkable. It's a sipper. I'm ok with this one.

Stavage, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Nickls, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

My first reaction was that I got a bad or turned bottle. As it warmed a bit I got lots of flavors and character and I just decided that it's not to my particular liking.

Pours a deep brown with a thick pillowy and firm head; lovely to look at.

Nose is a light fruity-coffee character. Light hint of carmel-not real barley wine like. Mouthfeel is creamy and bold.

Flavors, also, are not real barley wine like. They are bold and assertive-they just don't "go together." Flavors start with a hint of sweet coffee and fudgy chocolate and then goes to citrus quickly and then hits you with an unpleasant very bitter pine resin. Sort of tastes like a limed coffee with a resin finish.

I have a feeling some may call this beer complex. I believe that it has a few flavor profiles that just don't marry well.

There is also an overwhelming cinnamon flavor and character. So, not really liking cinnamon I suspect that, too, may influence me. Interesting to try; not to drink.

GRG1313, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, much darker than most barleywines I've come across. A rather small tanned head settles into small lacings after a while.

S: Quite an impressive smell. Lots of chocolaty malts mixed with fading yet prominent hop notes of grapefruit and pine-needles. Big notes of caramel as well, and hints of dark fruits (cherries), dust and fudge. Although the hops makes for a quite lively smell, it's still on the heavy and dense side.

T: Well, what do you know, this is actually really good. Sweet malty caramel flavors quickly leave room for citric hop notes with a grapefruit character. Hints of floral hops as well. A pleasant chocolate character coats the other aromas from start to finish. Nøgne Ø's distinct house character is noticeable. The finish is very bitter with lots of hop aromas, minerals and a hint of wood. The bottle I sampled is over a year old, so the hops have probably faded considerably, but here is still lot of hop excitement going on and the beer as aged well.

M: Rather full-bodied with a very smooth texture.

D: A very tasty beer with an interesting combination of sweet malty flavors of an English barleywine and generous amounts of American hops. Also, the prominent chocolate flavors add a little extra to the brew.

ricke, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of RockerD
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this monster into a snifter. It has a beautiful dark ruby brown color with a beautiful light brown head that has settled but is still very thick around the areas of the glass that it is touching.

Floral, lemon grass, dirt, cherries, chocolate and old (which really isn't a smell but I would like a pardon from the jury) comes to the nose. Lots of alcohol lacing here. Yum.

a;lskdjfa;sdlfajk adsf - - Pardon me this thing just exploded in my mouth. WOW! Huge huge alcohol burn on the tongue. Lots of caramel and chocolate lead the way on this bruiser. A ton of hop bite in the form of currants and walnuts in the after taste. It's quite delicious.

It's a little dead in the carbonation department and yet I don't have a problem with that. Sometimes too many bubbles mess with the subtleties of complex beers. This beer doesn't blow me away in the mouthfeel department but it feels good. In the same way you wouldn't turn down sex.

I'm going to drink through this whole 16.9 oz bottle and I'm going to love every moment of it. For me it's quality drinkability.

Thank you Norway for this treat!

RockerD, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $10.

A: Cloudy dark brown, fairly murky, with a huge off white head, about three inches worth, that won't go away. Excellent head retention. Big globs of lacing all the way around. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Really interesting for a barleywine, big thick malt presence and a huge hop profile, but has a tangy weizenbock aspect to it as well, fair amount of booze too. Nice smelling beer, but not quite what I usually smell in a barleywine.

T: Lots going on here, barley malt has a big presence, also some dark chocolate, and a bit of roasted coffee going on here as well. Initially has a wheat taste that follows over from the nose, but gets lost under a fairly big malt bill with a nice hop backbone, citrus rind hops are a good balance with this one. Leans a little more towards DIPA than barleywine, but is still, nice, and quite interesting.

M: A lot thinner than I expected, I like a barleywine to have a little bit of a body to it. Fairly warm alcohol.

D: This is not a summer beer, this would be perfect in January, and now that I know that, I know when bottle 2 will be consumed. I could drink more of this than just the one bottle, because it is tasty, and has just in general a nice flavor to it. Nothing really spectacular, but I'd buy it again, a little pricey, but could be worse.

pokesbeerdude, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mbrasi
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really a DIPA, it has more bw charecter than a DIPA. I'm reviewing this as a bw. Pours a dark brown with a deep malt presence that is mostly caramel and dark fruits. Flavor brings out the hops, there are some hops in the back that leaves a slight bitterness but definitly not of the american hop bomb caliber. Mouthfeel is thick with minimal carbonation. It's really just a big beer, not quite a bw but not quite a DIPA, but enjoyable.

mbrasi, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, really wow. This was a surprise, this was a special occasion beer. I might actually try and get another bottle, or few bottles of this because this was amazing, absolutely amazing.

The appearance is a dark amber rust color. Has a great alcoholic body, and there is very little light coming through this. Poured with a great three finger head and a medium to heavy sticky lacing all around the glass. Really outstanding appearance.

The smell is of caramel, molasses, brown sugar.

The taste is so interesting. It has a great warm alcohol feeling, also carries a very sweet molasses flavor. A dark fruit bitterness as in a plumb or apricot is present. It finishes with a caramel flavor as well. Just a perfect blend of ingredients and if this is not at its peak right now, I really need to try it when it is. Just amazing.

The mouthfeel effected every part of the tongue, and in a deep massaging way. The whole brew is so malty and smooth with dark fruit flavor that it just astonishes my how this has not gotten more hype. It is incredibly drinkable because it effects the mouth in a perfect way while also delivering amazing subtle flavors. Has just outstanding flavors that linger in your mouth. Smooth, refreshing, outstanding.

I would highly highly recommend this to anyone that loves the barleywine style. A highlight of my week so far.

J

Jmoore50, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

seaoflament, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Nogne brew, and highly anticipated. Very deep brown, bordering on black in color. A flurry of carbonation results in a bubbly, medium-sized tan head that has great retention. When it finally fades, a constellation of little dots surround the middle of the snifter, and a few clumps of bubbles are left on top of the brew. Smells pleasant with deep chocolates and ripe red cherries easing into some piny hops. Subtle sweet malts and dark dried fruits flow across the palate and are followed by a big hit of more piney hops, distant dark chocolates and fairly sharp and lingering alcohol heat. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and it initially goes down smooth and creamy, but a certain crispness forms around the edges after a few drinks, making things interesting. I can see where aging one of these would make a big difference in rounding off some of the sharp edges, but it's still good to go as is, and very satisfying.

stephens101, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

SleepyMonk, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's time for round two of the Third Unorganized Invitational, also known as TUI. Nøgne Ø #100 steps up here after a night with Southern Tier's Oat. On to the beer:

Poured into a tulip, the head is hree fingers thick on top. And the body...it's charcoal black...wasn't expecting that. Not even light can penetrate through the body. So far, that head is staying up. On to the aroma I go...there's certainly a dose of hops here. Concentrated hop juice is the first sign. Carmelized sugar and fruit punch sit in the back. The aroma's intenisty really dies off after popping the bottle cap.

The first sip is warming and thick. My soul is heating up already, and I've only taken one sip of my beer. Is this spiced? Spruce and pine notes in the begining make me think so. A squirt of citrus juice liven things up. Very riseny. The alcohol is hidden for the most part, but it really shows itself as it goes down your throat and into your body. Very resiny with wood lingers on in the aftertate.

Hmmm, now I see why Nøgne Ø revived this beer. You'll be sipping this beer, but you'll be coming back for more.

The second round of TUI is coming to a close. I'll have another treat tomorrow night when this resumes.

DoubleJ, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! Wow, what a great hop nose. It has a tremendous citrus character that's complimented with a light caramel malt aroma. The taste is great as well! The aroma really translated to the taste. It's a hop bomb for sure with mostly pale malts and a hint of caramel/chocolate for complexity. There is a bit of yeast fruitiness that mixes well with the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific barleywine. It's highly drinkable and has a lovely hop character. Recommended.

WesWes, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: On the very dark side of the Barley Wine spectrum. Appears black but when held up to the light yeilds some brown. A half finger of slightly off white head.

S: A solid if unremarkable nose. Tons of malt with a touch of dark fruit thrown in and a little bit of basement mustiness.

T: Tons of malt right up front. A nice dull sweetness then blam. Chocolate. Really awesome twist. Then comes the hint of dark fruit. Finished a little bitter from what is left of the hops and a little bit of roast.

M: Full bodied. Low carbonation.

D: This is a really nice beer. Nothing like a barley wine with a little time on it. The chocolate really threw me off and impressed me. Really solid beer.

aerozeppl, May 29, 2009
Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: 3/25/09
Nogne O
#100 Barleywine
10% abv.
500ml Bottle into NB snifter

Appearance= Fat 2 finger tan head after vigorous pour. Blackish brown with tan floaties.

Smell= Nothing stands out...Typical B-wine smell

Taste= Good flavor. A little chocolate??.Must be the malts...Not super complex or deep. Just a good straight forward b-wine flavor.

Mouthfeel= Not too thick on the finish, yet on the thicker side of b-wines. Finishes clean.

Drinkability=@ this Abv., size of bottle and mouthfeel = sipper.

Grabbin2nd, May 25, 2009
Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the 500ml bottle a dark brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to light. A 3 centimtre light tan coloured head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp leaving a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
S - Big herbal, deep citrus fruit and pine notes up front followed by a strong dark fruit character. Vauge chocolate hints.
T - Citrus and herbal hoppy notes on top of a sweet fruitcake quality with a lot of dark fruit touches, some bready notes and a slighhtly bitter dark chocolate hint.
M - Very smooth Barleywine with a low carbonation and medium body. Chocolate laced fruitcake aftertaste lingers. Smooth, yet strong bitterness.
D - Full of flavour that I love. Will be buying more ASAP.

brendan13, May 17, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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).

Parrotshake, May 05, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes

Pours a ruby tinged copper with fluffy tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Leafy & herbal hops, plus some lemony hops, fades a bit once warm

T: Herbal hops, biscuitty malt, orange peel & a tinge of booze up front. Leafy hops, apricots, pineapple, doughyness & plums are all there as this warms. Finishes piney with caramel & breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with moderate carbonation & a nice oilyness from the hops

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV, this one really impressed me

russpowell, May 02, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer enjoyed at Pazzo's. And, got to meet and share a pint with another BA.

The beer begins Barleywine-ey enough with a deep mohogany hue, froathy golden-ish head that rises to about 1/2" and remains. Lots of lacing left behind. Mild haze keeps it from perfection.

Strong hoppy and fruity aromas. The lable boasts the use of a lot of 'C' hops and they aren't kidding. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes rising through the yeasty fruitiness and insane malts. Barley takes the aromas of molassas, caramel, and toffee while adding a toasty note.

Flavor do a leapfrog with the malts leading the way. Strong barley malt flavors of the molassas and toffee give a lot of melanoidin taste and just the right amount of sweetness. Hop flavor is still strong with the more pine than citrus and weaves beautifully in and out of the alcohol taste and bite. English yeast gives a lot of fruit flavors and keeps the beer maybe a bit sweeter than American yeast varieties.

Very bold maltiness holds onto some sweetness and keeps the beer a tad heavy. Hop bitterness again works well with the warming alcohols to disguise any would-be bite or astringency. Very heavy and full to the entire mouth, but the malt attenuation keeps it pleasantly drinkable.

The beer reminds me a lot of Old Guardian, but a bit sweeter, fruitier, and with a bit more residual sweetness on the palate. A very enjoyable session.

BEERchitect, May 01, 2009
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.