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

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 422
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 33
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 03-01-2005

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.
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Photo of Goliath
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with amber hued edges. A one inch light brown head forms on top and lingers with excellent retention and leaves some lacing behind.

The aroma is quite pleasing. Fruity, raisins and plums with a bit of spice. Some darker malt, giving some caramel tones. Sweet sugar, and a contrasting note of hops. The hops profile seems fairly floral. Really a fairly complex and quite pleasing nose.

The taste is very interesting. Some dark roasty malting for sure giving some caramel, chocolate, and a bit of toasted grain. A bit of fruity, raisin and plum with a slightly bitter finish. Quite interesting for a barleywine. Not quite what I look for in a barleywine, but I love that it's different than most that I've come across.

The mouthfeel is great IMO. Fairly thick and full bodied, slightly creamy. Lightly carbonated and viscious.

Drinkability is moderate to high. It's an intriguing Barleywine which is what I love about it, though the flavor is not the best I've come across. The alcohol is well hidden by my estimation and it is fairly easy to drink. A pleasant experience and a nice twist. Consider me a fan. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Onslow
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.. (274 characters)

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

Pours a deep mahogany. Finger thick creamy head settles to a centimeter or so. Nice thick lacings all the way down.

Interesting aroma. Fruit coated in dark chocolate with a touch of strong caramel tossed in for good measure. American hopping throws up a bit of freshness too.

Bitter roastiness up front. Dark fruit coats the tongue followed immediately by very dark chocolate. Rum throughout. Roasted bitterness gives way to American resinous pine. So much flavour that it leaves the mouth a tad numb afterwards.

Mouthfeel is the only area that I found less than "good". Just a touch too oily.

This 2 year old bottle shows about the perfect age I think. Flavours are nicely developed and integrated, alcohol is warming, but not overbearing. Pick it up. (759 characters)

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

This has over a year of age on it. Purchased last August and properly cellared since.

Appearance - Pours with an uncanny resemblance to a dark soda such as Pepsi or Coke. About two fingers of bubbly, tan head is achieved that quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing. The bubbles coming up from the bottom add to the "soda" sensation.

Smell - Now, here is where it gets uncanny. It smells like the old gummy coke-a-cola bottle candy you could get in the candy stores growing up. Birch root, root beer, earthiness, pine, and vanilla. A very enticing aroma to say the least.

Taste - Slight chocolate mint up front followed by caramel, toffee, and slight roasted malts. The herbs and spices mix in quite nicely. After the initial sip I begin to taste a hint of coke/root beer as I smelled in the nose. The pine and earthiness make itself known at the tail end of each sip, and it finishes a hint bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, in my opinion overly carbonated (each sip becomes like a soda you swish around in your mouth - creating an almost foamy experience). I will continue to stir up the carbonation by swirling the glass in hopes this will die down.

Drinkability - I am hit or miss with barleywines. This one was a hit for me. Unbelievably drinkable (not sure how much of that is due to it being cellared for over a year) but I would be lying if I said I could taste even a hint of alcohol - it is nonexistent. A sipper beer, however, I caught myself quaffing it a couple of times. The more I drink it the slightest hint of warmness creeps up my throat. The flavors meld in an amazing way and (1,595 characters)

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

Smell: sweet malt - caramell, toffee, some chocolate, dried fruits and american hops (citric, grassy, a bit earthy).

Taste: really nice smooth toffee, with some chocolate, caramell and burnt notes, cherry, dried fruits (raisins, plum, figs) and american hops. Its quite bitter, as well, but not in a brutal way.
I was really impressed by this one. Its very balanced, with lots of sweet, dark malt and a solid hoppy bitterness. Heja Norge! (441 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Rastal snifter. Poured a dark brown color with huge thick tan foamy head. Smell was toffee, sweet bread, with slight dark fruit aromas that are followed by a even fainter alcohol present. Taste is roasted malt dry flavor, mixed with bitter citrus rind and slight bitter pine flavor, finished with a raisin spice flavor. The dryness on the finish and the well concealed alcohol make this a very drinkable barleywine. (441 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A large beige head rises to over two finger, and has great retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: A floral, leafy, herbal hop aroma is up front and strong. A light grapefruit bitterness. Lots of other fruity flavors linger as well. A great caramel malt sweetness balances everything out. A really complex nose.
T: Lots of hops, but it is never overly bitter. Floral, grassy, herbal hops again. A light sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. Soapy and oily from the hops. Easy to sip on. I am enjoying this bottle.

This is an excellent American Barleywine. Tons of hops without being overly bitter and some sweetness for balance. Something I highly recommend. (736 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of juju7
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what to expect with this one. Pours a very dark brown/red with just a slight tinge around the edges. The head was tight and it laced like a nitro-can, awesome. The nose is predominantly chocolate malt backed by some bitter coffee notes and a little dark fruitiness. A kiss of piney hp action is also present. On the palate it has very low carbonation leaving the huge alcoholic bitterness to kick you in the mouth. It's pretty smooth once you get used to it. The finish is a little short considering how big the flavour is. This is a fine beer however it is a bit of a struggle to get through one glass let alone the rest of this 500ml bottle. (655 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick, muddy consistency. Some floaties. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, malt, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, caramel, hops, and some yeast. A nicely balanced flavor that gets better as it goes along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very well made barleywine. Drinkable. (458 characters)

Photo of theformula
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes: 2/23/10

A: Deep, murky mahogany. Large pillowy head. Tight bead and clingy lace.

S: Candied fruits and faint, mild hops. Some vanilla.

T: Nice rich malt sweetness. Toasty and biscuit-like. Buttery finish. Kind of reminded me of a mild red wine in some ways. A dose of centennial hops makes an appearance near the finish.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Velvety mouthfeel with the right amount of linger.

D: Does not drink @ 10%abv. Warmth not present in the smell or on the palate.

Became better and better as it warmed. I've read that this was intended to be an American DIPA by the brewer, and that the U.S. version of this bottle was labeled incorrectly as a Barleywine. I have no idea if that is even remotely valid, but it was in my head as I drank this one. I would have pegged this as a Strong Dark Ale. The 1st thing that comes to mind is Trois Pistoles. Whatever it is or isn't, I like it a lot. Great beer. (938 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Attractive Coke-like appearance with a bit of light coming through the bottom. Milky foam head that transforms promptly to a ring. Nice lacing down the glass.

(3.5) S: Root beer aromatic qualities including darker candied fruits, earthy and root-like spices, and some caramel backbone. Fairly hoppy aromas with a welcoming herbal focus.

(4.5) T: A fair bit of tart citrus and herbal hop-like taste coming through at first. Some roasted malt flavour in the form of chocolate along with a more pronounced dark fruit taste that includes cherries and plums. Very nice mix between hop and malt character. Alcohol presence is not overdone. Solidly and pleasingly bitter and dry throughout.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Silky smooth and velvety texture. I still can’t believe how creamy this is. This is a very good mouthfeel.

(4.0) D: With the added hop emphasis to lighten up the beer a bit, and with less of the standard boozy taste, this is something I could have on a regular basis. Everything is well orchestrated and the end product is delicious. (1,087 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (549 characters)

Photo of melagnus
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Moderate pour into snifter produces finger-thick light tan head that produces medium head-retention and slowly fizzles out to thin film. Swirling beer in glass rouses head, alcohol sticks slightly to side of glass, though lacing is not too prevalent. Density of head is quite thick and when poured into a tulip glass, head retention is incredible and produces more lacing than in a snifter! Chill haze provides slightly opaque appearance. Amber-Brown to Brown in appearance (SRM 19) with possibly a slight Ruby hue to it.

S - Intense floral bouquet of hops & malts mix together beautifully! Biscuity note by way of the Maris-Otter Pale Malt mixes with syrupy sweet caramel. Chocolate malts come through with a slightly roasted note, though mild at best. Alcohol fusel tops out the mixture. Slight orange aspect mixes with the chocolate, which makes me think of chocolate orange ice cream that I had once in Paris! No pine resin is noticeable, though with having used Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops, there's no doubt that this beer should be yielding this under different circumstances. Clearly, this beer is malt-forward, which is to style!

F/M - Hops & malts constantly are vieing for position! Chocolate malt and hops leave a bitter kiss on the palate that lingers for some time. Alcohol warms the throat and mouth and a syrupy sweet taste of caramel and raisins helps to balance out the hops. Finish is wet, though does dry out with time, which shows that this beer was aged fairly extensively. A very slight tinge of roasty character does come through, which although isn't to style is welcomed. A piney note comes through when swirling the beer around on the palate, which is interesting, for I wasn't able to pick this up in the aroma. The orange that I noticed in the aroma comes through slightly, though despite the 80 IBUs, this beer maintains impressive notes of malt. With this said, hop-forward it is and the palate is quite taxed after several quaffs! As the beer dries out, lemon drops come to mind and the tongue feels like a tired marathon runner that's looking for more liquid to quench his/her thirst :) Carbonation is medium and provides a bit of tingling feeling and warmth from alcohol is moderate. Wheat malt provides for a bit of grit and chewyness

D/C - This beer at 10% ABV definitely packs a punch! Of all the Barleywines I've had though, this definitely ranks up there as one of the finer! A truly incredible interpretation of New World meets Old World and is something that I would continue to rely on at the ski lodge in Scandinavia. (2,579 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't say this beer looks bad, but for the style, it's just not right. Looking at this, I would never, ever guess this is a barleywine. Looks just like a stout, it's black with a big tan head with great lacing and retention. Just no evidence of barleywine in the appearance. The smell is really incredible. There's a lot of sweetness underneath, I can imagine there being a lot more hoppiness in the smell when this was fresh, but there is still a clear, crisp hop smell. Kind of floral and spicy with a bit of citrus in the smell. There is still a slight smell of dark malts, which is a bit uncharacteristic, but I can forgive it for the rest of the smell. (I feel a bit self-contradictory now). The taste is great at this age. Very smooth and sweet, almost creamy. There a good deep, dark fruity character to it, with just a tiny bit of caramel, and I even get a good rush of bitterness. The creaminess is really the shining moment, making the mouthfeel perfect. There is almost no alcohol presence or hotness. I found myself constantly reaching to have more of this. And it was gone quickly. I feel bad as I post this for the first score, but I think it's appropriate, considering the style. But barleywine might be the best category, and I wouldn't suggest dialing it down as it might miss out on some of the rest of the high points. If you can get your hands on it, drink this. (1,387 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.75$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some notes of chocolate and dark fruits. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste with a hop bitterness and some heat from the booze.

Overall – Lots of different flavours going on and I can feel the booze almost instantly. This is a really good barley wine that I hope gets even better with age. I tucked a few bottles away to see how it develops. (758 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy off white head that reduced to a thin layer and left some crazy lacing on the glass. It is a dark brown/pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through or on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mmmmm, malty goodness. Caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, and dark fruits. Some boozy alcohol in the end too.

Taste: The taste follows along the same line as the aromas. You do get a little smoke, tobacco, and leather qualities too. There is some boozy alcohol at the end too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, a little bitterness, and quite enjoyable too.

Overall: Pretty solid barleywine here folks. The smokey, tobacco, and leather characteristics give this beer a twist on what I am normally used to from the style. (860 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!
8/4/8/5/15 (4.0/5) (361 characters)

# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.