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

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BA SCORE
90
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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 34 | 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 melagnus
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

melagnus, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of mrandypandy
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle receive as an extra in one of my last trades. Many thanks!

A- Pours a deep ruby/brown with a frothy off-white (beige) head. Lots of sticky lacing on my glass.
S- Caramel malty sweetness, raisins. Not as potent as I was expecting.
T- Big sweet malty backbone with a bit of spicy hop bitterness to balance it out. Some roasted notes as well.
M - Medium to full body. Thick, smooth, sweet.
D- Considering high abv and big nature of this beer, drinkability is surprisingly high. Like any beer of this size, it's slightly more than a sipper, but the complexity of flavors makes it easy to finish for the style. Would get again.

Overall - A well done and very solid barleywine. I'm not sure how much time this has had in the cellar, but it tastes like it's been put down for a bit and mellowed out nicely.

mrandypandy, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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.

spinrsx, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather dark amber in color (close to opaque, unique for a barleywine) and poured into a snifter glass with a creamy white head that's one finger thick.
S: There is an intense, complex aroma with notes of citrusy and piney hops, dark fruits, caramel and chocolate malts, herbs and spices.
T: The overall flavor is very well balanced between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. It's also very complex with notes of notes of caramel, cherries, chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisins and spices.
M: It feels full-bodied and creamy on the palate with lots of carbonation. There is also some alcohol warming.
D: The beer definitely needs to be sipped given the alcohol content. I've never had a barleywine quite as unique as this so I would definitely try it again.

metter98, May 25, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
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.

ToasterChef, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

StJamesGate, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of bobsy
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.

bobsy, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber-brown colour, ring of off white head, some lace. Smell is full of citrus, hoppy with pine and dank notes, malty, caramel and toffee, bit of darker fruit, raisin and sugars. Taste has a big hop presence, dank pine, citrus, caramel malt, a bit of cocoa flavours toward the finish, hoppy aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium-full body. Solid hop forward barley wine, ABV goes undetected, quite easy drinking and worth coming back to.

peensteen, Feb 23, 2013
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of JohnnyP3
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.

JohnnyP3, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Flounder57, Jan 18, 2013
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.

NEhophead, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish, light brown hue. Soft white head that leaves delicate scattered lacing. A nice beer to look at the glass.

Smell is a mixture of dark fruits and bread. There are also some grassy hop notes in there as well.

Taste is a toasty, and slightly chocolatey malt presence up front. Hops are resiny, with pine and grass flavors appearing. The hops flavors are quite mellow. Nice warmth of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel was wonderful. This was smooth and slick at times. Drinkability is good with the alcohol not being a burning sensation but more of a slow warm. Very nice and complex barleywine here.

snpub540, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown and has a garnet undertone. Off white head tops it off somewhat thinly... lacing is there but not too impressive.

S: Maple syrup raisin oatmeal cookie? Lots of complexity here smells good.

D: Wow, great and surprising amount of bitterness here undetected by the palate. Malty sweetness is an afterthought here... I would love to see how this stuff ages. I like a young barley wine but this one will with out a doubt in my mind benefit with some aging.

M: prickly

D: quite high

flannelman808, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark ruby-amber color (almost brown) with a medium off-white head. Scent is pretty unique. I pick up hops with freshly baked goodies. I read some of the previous reviews, and I totally see where someone got oatmeal-raisin cookies from. Sweet malts and a little bit of chocolate as well. Very different smelling BW. Taste is pretty much how I described the scent. First off I get TONS of dark fruits followed by some fresh baked bread flavors with a bit of hops following. Then it finishes with a roasty dark chocolate kinda flavor. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Very tasty. Mouthfeel isn't nearly as chewy as was expected. Surprisingly light mouthfeel (for a BW). The drinkability is fairly high considering the ABV is in the double digits. Got one more of these aging in the "cellar".

DovaliHops, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Piney hops in the aroma at first. Malt comes out in the aroma as it warms. Deep malty flavor. Hop bitterness in the finish, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Very balanced, not a hit you over the head beer. Chocolate malt and fruit develops as it warms. Alcohol is not really evident. Long dry hoppy finish.

homebrewhawk, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO December release. Bottled in July, BB 2016.

Poured into a Belgian ale goblet. Dark nutty Chestnut in colour, good half inch of froth, sturdy retention, icicles of lacing.

Nice combination of smells here that are pleasant, though they are a little tricky to pin down. The sweet malt of a Barleywine, smoke, raisins, resin and citrus hops, bubblegum or a sweet candy of some sort, chocolate malt.

A little boozy, but quite enjoyable. Lots going on here as well. I think this is a brew that is up to personal interpretation, as I see many different notes cropping up in other review , some that I get, some I don't. I definitely get nice resin hops, raisins or grape, sweet malt a bit of caramel, spices (ginger and cinnamon). It's a complex ale and a tasty one at that.

Nice feel to this, good crisp carbonation, warmth from the booze, medium feel, slightly creamy.

Great brew, will get again while it's here.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Very dark, murky amber brown color, which is almost hazy opaque, which may not make sense. Good tan lacing that's pretty dense and is slow to dissipate. A swirl of the glass recharges, if you will, the carbonation quite nicely as the bubbles slide slowly down the glass each time it happens.

Smell: Candied grapefruit and brighter fruit and berries esters are initially the biggest thing here, along with fresh leafy tobacco, mocha and mild black coffee, some funk and sweat sock, caramel and maple syrup, red fruits like berries along with hints of cherry and strawberry. All seems to be buried under huge spiciness and citrus from the meld of all the hop varieties.

Taste: Big spiciness off the bat, combined with a good sense of citrus bitterness and sweetness. There's some mild coffee, tobacco, a lot of earthiness and grain, some underlying buttery caramel and cream. Also the notes of bright strawberry is here more in the taste, and it finishes long with a good amalgam of bitter and sweeter earthy citrus from the hops, with lingering strawberry fighting its way through.

Mouthfeel: A big beer that's also ultra-creamy and dense, with near-perfect carbonation from the first sip to the last. Nogne Ø seems to always be pretty awesome in this area, for at least the few that I've had thus far.

Drinkability: I understand why these brews are so much, but I'm always a bit hesitant to pay the around $10 price for one bottle. That said, I sipped this for over three hours, and I enjoyed everything about it. I'm just not sure it's all I expected and more, which was what I was hoping for. I wonder how great this would be in bourbon barrels, even though many breweries seem to be doing that these days. This is such a solid beer overall, and everything they do is quality, that it's hard to find something to pick on at all. And though I'm not, I just wonder if for the price, you couldn't get a few domestics just as good, since more and more domestic craft and microbreweries seem to be stepping it up with the style.

asabreed, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber, almost black with a light tan head. In the aroma, hoppy and somewhat plummish. In the taste, plum, caramel and just a nice hop presence backing it up. A smooth, malty mouthfeel and a dry small hop and small plum in the aftertaste. Somewhere between an IPA and a barleywine. Color threw me off, but otherwise really great.

OWSLEY069, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint sized bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours such a dark brown color, it is almost black with blood red highlights. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A nice resiny dry leather profile. Bits of spice and a malty backbone of toasted caramel.

(T)- Quite a nice combo of mildly toasty caramel malt, subtle dark fruits, and a leathery resin-like hop character.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A seamless and well integrated beer that showcases the heavy malt, hop profile, and high ABV without it being overbearing or too rich. In fact, this is quite smooth with only a dry finish to remind you of the 10%ABV.

(D)- Quite the solid barleywine here. Nogne has really been hit or miss with me with what I have tried from them thus far, but this one is a successful one. Great on this bitter/chilly night.

sweemzander, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SleepyMonk
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jayhawk73
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.

jayhawk73, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of BlindPig
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-2” dense tan head on a pretty much black body.
S- Big citrus and pine hops, light burnt malt in the back, sweet dark fruits and figs, toffee, and one other sweeter thing I just can’t put my finger on.
T- Big roasted malt character. Sweet toffee, pine hops, light citrus hops, dark fruits like plums, hints of nuts, just a touch of spice (maybe from a type of hop), and a little tickle from alcohol on the tongue. In the aftertaste it’s left with sweet caramel malt, some cherries, a pine hop dryness, and a decent size bitterness on the mid tongue.
M- Full chewy body with low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. The first few sips are kind of questionable but after a few it does come around on you. Not really what I was expecting but it is a really good barleywine and might try to get a couple more.

BlindPig, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This deep pecan-coloured brew doesn't afford much glitz or glamour but does reveal perfect clarity when held into the light. It also offers an impressive amount of head for a beer that's alcohol content hits double-digits. That off-white lather refuses to diminish even as the liquid beneath it does; much of it finds its way to the sides of the glass.

Its hops are almost villain-like they make so bitter the otherwise sweet, butter/raisin/pecan tart-like bouquet. Earthy, herbal resins seethe from the aroma like sap from a tree (an appropriate simile considering the scent of pine needles and spruce bark). A great, billowing note of purple plum conjures a thought of summer ripeness in an aroma that largely smells of fall-time decay.

The flavour is laced with sweet notes of fig, date, dark honey and molasses and is accented by a leafy peppermint and ginger spice. Lesser notes of grapefruit rind and caramel are noted too. It offers a great tension between the dark, sticky-sweet flavours and brighter, more citrusy ones. That said, the beer leans heavily on the leafy, resiny (i.e., pine, grass, peppermint) qualities. Good composure.

Reportedly, this beer's creators had conceived this recipe for a DIPA, but it was accidentally labeled a barleywine. Whatever. Barleywine. Double IPA. Tomato. Tomatoe. Let's not call the whole thing off. This disappears far too quick for a beer of its strength, a testimony to the fact that it's irresistibly quaffable. Despite some apparent strength, the beer is chewy enough to be a cookie. This is not by necessity a slow drinker.

Criminal law penalizes conspiracy as a separate crime because it acknowledges that the whole can be bigger than the sum of its parts; multiple actors achieve greater results working in concert than when they each act alone. Indeed, that is the case with Nogne #100, where sugary, nectar-sweet malts collude with herbal, piny hops to scheme a beer as satiating as it is quenching. Teamwork at its finest.

biegaman, Dec 02, 2012
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.