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

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to RobotGod for this one.
Poured a deep brown with large tan head and I mean HUGE. Biggest I have seen foir a bwine, almost so big that I had to let it settle for 5 minutes or so. Nose was nice chocolate malts, English malts and well hopped. Taste was rather light bodied for a bwine. While it was tasty it did lack the malt and hops profiles of the typical American Bwine.The ABV was more than the taste to me. Mouthfeel was good. Some age would do this well.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought recently from Tower in Atlanta.

Pours dark brown, very close to black, with a cream-colored head that dissipates into a ring. Darker than an average barleywine.

Doesn't smell like a normal barleywine, there's a lot more coffee, and you can slightly smell the alcohol.

Following the above trend the taste isn't much like a normal barleywine either. It isn't very sweet, and the coffee notes are more prevalent than anything else. There's also a slight bitterness at the end. Somehow it all works very well together.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick - the carbonation is just enough to release the flavors.

This beer is very good. I'm not sure when it was retired, but it seems as if the hops (if they were there much) have calmed down and the other flavors have stepped up to replace it. Very drinkable, definitely a sipper.

I would recommend this as a good beer, just don't expect a traditional barleywine.

Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Onslow
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Biggest head ever ever in the category for barleywine ... i heard rose neihland had a hand in this ... leaves a nice sticky hoppy sweet-bitter smack ... no abv detected ... a great no holds bar barleywine (american or IIPA?) ... LS ... denmark brews are a special treasure..

Photo of dgallina
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- virtually black, deep mahogany, 2 finger head quickly decipates, good retention some lacing
s- strong hops, caramelly malt, alcohol
t- hoppy after, sweet malty syrup at first, some dark fruit,
m- medium, low carb, oily bitter aftertaste
o- great, smooth, not too much booze for abv, great overall

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A reasonably vigorous pour produces a four-finger thick, darkish tinged, tan colored head in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a deeply concentrated, burnt amber color that just shows a deep, clear, concentrated ruby hue if held up to the light. This smells of sticky hop character even as I am pouring this beer. A closer inspection confirms this with notes of candied citrus peel, sweetened berry notes, sweet pine sap, orange blossom honey, a soft herbal reek that can lean towards garlic chive at times as well as a touch of menthol aromatics. As is typical with my experience of the new breed, hoppy northern European beers there is still a substantial malt backbone here that contributes a deep toasty grain character, and nice whole grain bread aromatics.

Hoppy from the first taste, this has a bracing bitterness that becomes more astringent and aggressive through to the lingering, bitingly hoppy finish. Lingering herbal notes, menthol, concentrated pine sap, bright bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangerine, ample lychee form the biggest part of the flavor profile, but supporting hop-derived notes of light cured leather, some tobacco flavors, garlic chives and milkweed are also noticeable at a much more subtle level. The malt contributes lots of chewy, viscous body to this brew as well as some light toasted-almost-roasted touches in the finish, hop supporting caramel character, and some malty crushed cracker flavors in the middle that get drowned out by the caramelized malt sweetness by the finish. As the beer warms up in my glass it smoothes out just a bit with some of the harsher hop notes and the bitterness becoming a bit softer and a touch more integrated.

Definitely on the thick side of a double IPA, indeed more in line on this front with a Barley wine, but it certainly plays the hop card in spades as this is clearly the dominant character, even despite the interesting malt depth. This is one of those beers that really needs to warm up (even though it only started at 50°F / 10°C, it was still a bit too cool) and perhaps even breath a bit in order to lose a bit of the sharp, astringent hop edge. This really is just insanely hopped, though I find it quite enjoyable. I definitely am enjoying the depth the mares otter malt adds and even the slight roasted note from the chocolate malt is a nice addition.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, awesome fuckn' head, never seen a head like this from a BW, two-finger creamy tannish head, tons of sticky lacing and islands through out the drink. The nose is big on malts, very slight dark fruits, slight toffee, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, fruity/caramel. Medium body. The alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 into Cab glass...

This pours much differently from expected. Very dark - almost like an RIS...or a root beer? Hugh 4-finger head so bready I can see layers. Minimal carbonation in root beer-colored, moderately opaque body. Excellent lacing.

Austere, bitter, piney hop aroma. Sweetness emerges from carbonation. Almost a juniper secnt in there. Slight, soapy hop scent mixed with sweetness - almost sarasparilla, in continuing with root beer theme.

Roasted chocolatey malt does not show at all on the nose but it's prevalent in taste. Mild sarasparilla notes - slight hop bitterness flows from grassiness to floral/soapy over time. Slight, nice citrus tang. Well-balanced. Doesn't exactly drink like a barley wine, but very mellow and enjoyable. There's even some apple cider in there for traditional barley wine crowd. Strangely complex and off the reservation; that's a good thing in this case.

There's a puckereing hop feel from start to finish, backed by deep, mellow malt. Alcohol is there but comforting. The balanced caramel syrup consistency works well.

This is very enjoyable stuff - its weight makes it more of a sipper.

Photo of JDV
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours basically black with a long lasting creamy head in a snifter. Smell is almost a subtle smoky malt and very little hops at all. Subtle smelling beer. Taste is nice and crisp hoppiness, with very smooth toasty to roasty dark malt flavor hidden in the back. Quite nice and ver drinkable. Some slight wet cardboardiness in the flavor detracted at the very end for me.

Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of theformula
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #39 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/8.
Again, GeorgiaBeer is to thank for this opportunity.

A: A nearly opaque mahogany body pours in a snifter. A forceful pour reveals a huge tan head w/ lasting retention, this one's gonna have hops. Sticky lacing....good looker.

S: Very nice. Nearly an IIPA @ first sniff, this really does compare to Bigfoot. Hops are assertive w/ citrusy, piney & resinous notes. A solid malt backbone of toffee, dark fruits and a punch of spicy, peppery alcohol joins the mix. It's not hugely rich in the malt dep't., but still nice overall.

M: Med.-full body. Super smooth, silky body, just a bit viscous.

T: Blessed hops! The initial flavor is easily hop-heavy w/ a sticky bitterness and some wood overtones. Then comes toffee, prunes, vanilla and finally a jolt of spicy alcohol, which is by no means shy. Malts are sugary-sweet and barely stand up to the hops in this one. A little chocolate in the finish.

D: A very good American-style B.W., this is a sipper and is very warming, it could be toned down a little. A hophead's barley wine for sure, but this needs some age to bring it down to earth. Recommended.

Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Premier in Buffalo.

Pours an opaque dark brown/almost black, thick tan head, tons of lacing, settles to a thick layer, looks nice. Smell is sweet, caramel, chocolate, citrus/floral, big hops and big malt, light roast, pine, bread, super balance. Taste is similar, toffee, citrus and floral, sugary, pine, molasses, chocolate, solid bitterness, but nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, warming. I really liked this one, almost like Bigfoot.

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 battlekow
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very, very dark, nigh stout-ish. Quite attractive. Hydrocephalic. Smell is kinda faint, but there's (excuse me, "I detect") Fig Newtons and booze. Travis says it's got a very clean flavor, and he's right. It's a pretty dry barleywine flavor, sweet for a second, but with a very bitter lingering hop finish that I found unpleasant. The finish detracts from the drinkability for me, but I might just be worn out from the Mikkeller Jackie Brown I had earlier tonight; my tongue may be crying out for mercy. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Photo of nickfl
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of light brown head on top of a black body with ruby highlights. The rocky head has quite a bit of staying power and when it finally settles, it leaves a small ring of lace and a film of bubbles on the surface of the beer.

S - Classic barleywine aroma of raisiny, caramel malt and spicy hops. Notes of raisins, figs, caramel, vanilla, pepper, and citrus.

T - Luscious, bitter hop flavors out in front, carefully balanced by dark caramel and chocolate malt flavors and dark raisin/ fig character. There is a lot of fruit in the middle, some of it surprisingly bright, caramel apple, banana, and raisin. It fades into a long, bitter, burnt finish. The lingering bitterness is surprisingly split equally between malt and hops and includes some smokey, tobacco like flavors along with a warming alcohol note.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with moderate carbonation and just the right amount of lingering sweetness.

D - I expected a lot from this beer, based on previous efforts from Nogne O, and it really delivered. Quite an interesting example of a barleywine, at times it seems like a classic example, but at other moments it reminds me of an imperial stout or even a quadruple (this is the 3rd Nogne beer I have had, and in my book these guys are good enough to be officially exempt from style guidelines). In any case, this is a complex and superbly balanced beer that is extremely easy to sip.

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes graduallly, with sporadic but ample lacing. Aroma is dark grains, fresh green hops, and alcohol. Taste starts with a glimpse of maltiness, which becomes all about the hops from then on, with some alcohol presence noted at the close and beyond. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly due to the hops abundance, with not quite enough sweetness to smooth it out, and drinkability shares the same issue.

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

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter.

Deep red hues that are opaque enough to look black. A thick tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap with a thick rim. Solid lacing along the glass.

Somewhat light malts hide behind a sharp citrusy hop aroma, which seems to be of the American type. Estery fruit aromas float around in the glass with a good swirl.

Once again the malts don't show up that much, but the estery fruits and bitter hops. There isn't as much bitterness as one would expect. A bit of creaminess works itself into the middle. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

Not a bad Barleywine. It's not as extreme as most of the other American versions, but still hoppy enough for anyone who likes that. It has a decent amount of complexity. I don't know how well this one would perform after aged for a year or so. I think this one is best enjoyed fresh. Recommended.

Photo of charlesw
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa. That's a dark/opaque barleywine! Big dark head of tiny bubbles that really lasts a long time. Smells thick and rich and sweet... OK, well, that and grassy/bitter hops. But the taste... That was unexpected! Like... Like it's some kind of cross between an RIS and an I2PA, I guess. It's weird. Hopped like a 'merican b'wine - or an I2PA. On the bitter side, then. Only less body than you would expect and a definite chocolate twinge to the flavor. I must admit that I've never had that in a b'wine before! And the more I drink of it, the more I get the chocolate flavor - like I really am drinking the cross I mentioned earlier. Interesting in its own right, but not as a barleywine!

Eidt: taken down several notches, in review. For one... I tried some warm. Wow, was that ever nasty! For another... I had another beer then came back to this one. It's so not a barleywine that I'm pissed at the brewer for calling it one. Dang it! We want malts and hops! But those malts... We're not looking for chocolate, darn it all! If we wanted chocolate or a beer this dark we'd drink an RIS!

Photo of NEhophead
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tulip.

Pours a dirty, semi-opaque chocolatey brown beneath a fixed, dense coffee-colored head that sits an inch-high with tremendous retention. Walls of condensed and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Bright, vinous fruit with hints of tartness. A smooth richness and milk chocolate, toffee, and coffee beans. Citrus hops with ripe resin and a slightly solvent alcohol aroma.

Creamy toffee and milk chocolate initially that give way to a thin citrus tartness. Lemon solvency, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Alcohol-soaked fruity esters with notes of semi-sweet honey and vanilla. Tastes young and could use some time to ripen, but flavorful and unique compared to most American Barleywines.

Full in body; smooth with a light creaminess and subtle bite. A very welcoming, unencumbered mouthfeel for the assertive flavors.

Quite impressive for an inmport of an American Barleywine. Not intense, but could still benefit from a bit of aging. Worth picking up a few bottles.

Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 I’m 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.

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

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep garnet color with a small tan head. Wonderful aroma of spicy floral hops, sweet malt, a hint of caramel and dark cherry, and a good whiff of alcohol. Palate is sweet and malty up front, becoming a bit better balanced as the hops emerge before the swallow. A flourish of sweetness occurs on the swallow, followed by a rich, slightly smoky finish that lingers on for quite a while. Notes of dark cherry, caramel, and brown sugar come through at various points.
The body is smooth and a touch creamy, rather round around the edges for a big barleywine. Quite nice. This is a highly drinkable big beer, although there's no mistaking its strength. Good stuff from an excellent emerging brewery.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like a dark porter or stout - almost opaque black with tan/brown head. Head lasts longer than many other barleywines I've sampled lately.

Nose has dark chocolate, raisin, dark fruit, Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix. Some citrus is there too, but nicely with the "sweeter" aromas described above... maybe a citrus icing?

On the palate a big malt, roasted malt, and chocolatey sweet punch is there, but the hops rush in to give it balance. Also reminds me of Meyer's Dark Rum, molasses of course, and some wood. What is absent is any sort of alcohol presence that would suggest the 10% abv. This beer is stealthy when it comes to drinkability, so beware.

Finish is long with a pleasant caramel taste.

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

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and very heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Label lists this as barleywine but its more like an IPA. Flavor is strong hops with caramel, smooth yet bitter almost cough syrup with lingering bitterness. High ABV completely hidden. Good but not what I was expecting. $7.95 for a 500ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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