# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.01/5 rDev -0.5%
500ml bottle poured into tulip 9/4/13
A dark brownish amber with enough clarity to see a 1/3 of the distance to the other side under the foam, looks thick with some bubbles struggling to stream up the side of the glass. Some random chunks floating around and a very long lasting light brown head leaves plenty of random unorganized lace deep down the glass
S piney citrus rind and a heavy blast of caramel, herbal hops and faint coco powder mix with some faint booze and dark bread
T a slight nutty aspect seems out of place but works, more malty sweetness mixing up with some piney rind, old DIPA or a young BW you tell me,some faint milk chocolate s it wrms
M thick and syrupy with low carbonation but enough for it to work, sticky on the lips with a bitter kick, rind, burnt brown sugar and pine resin lingers long on the finish
O some dark malt notes add a strange mix to this brew, to me it seems lost between styles or perhaps I caught it at an awkward age, either way I like it a lot but would rather have it super fresh or in a couple years
pretty solid brew with a well hidden 10% waiting to kick your ass, still pretty hoppy for a BW and the malt has some dark notes that I don't think works against it but leaves something unique in your glass. Not only am I going to grab one for long term aging I'm going to look for a fresh batch out of hopped up curiosity
04-10-2013 07:10:34 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to my brother for bringing this one to me from Louisiana.
The beer pours a murky medium-brown color with a large, cream-colored head. the aroma is licorice with some nutmeg and malt. The flavor is caramel malt along with piney and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
This was an older bottle so the hops probably faded a bit, but it was still enjoyable.
03-23-2010 23:27:32 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -0.7%
# 100 opens to a sweet, spicy, citrusy, complex aroma that instantly speaks to a well-crafted beer. There are lovely light sugars in here, including strawberry, berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters on the light side, and prune, fig, raisin, black cherry, and date on the dark, as well as touches of candi sugar and almost Stevia-like sweetness about the fringes. These are countered by lemon and lemongrass, as well as sweet pink grapefruit and touches of grapefruit rind and pine from the hops, and a nice toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal layer from the grains. The aromas do drift more toward the sweet and effervescent, recalling fruit spritzers, but enough of a cognac touch of vanilla and caramel remains to add a layer of light alcohol vapors. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though somewhat lighter than could be expected from a 10% ABV Barleywine, but does feature an excellent range of fruits and sugars, tempered well by vanilla, citrusy hops, and breads.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a marked sweetness that is almost instantly joined by a strange heavy raisin fruit ester base, almost as if raisin puree had been added pre-fermentation. The raisin overtone does carry touches of date, fig, and prune, but is largely raisin-y, and joined by peppery, spicy edges that make this seem more alcoholic fruitcake than beer. Largely gone here are the light fruit esters from the nose, the orange coming across on the tongue more like blood orange liqueur. Thick swaths of brown bread and toast crust add earthiness, and there’s a good layer of lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, and light pine resin from the hops. But the major flavor here is the raisin/dark fruit layer, which combines with the vanillas, caramels, and alcohol burn to make this seem like raisin liqueur mixed with brandy or cognac. These flavors dominate the aftertaste as well, which lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is one of the stranger Barleywines on the market, and the overabundance of raisin and dark fruit esters is initially shocking, and can be slightly wearing over time, like trying to eat an entire loaf of spiced fruitcake in one sitting. The beer is definitely worth trying for the experience, but be aware that this is very much a sipping beer, and the strong flavors and heavy alcohol burn might prove too much for some.
10-29-2012 17:23:13 | More by jondeelee
4/5 rDev -0.7%
1pt. 9fl oz bottle into bruges tulip glass
A: Pours a lighter head than most barleywines, a bit of a slightly off white head. The body is a deep brown color and has a nice hazy to it.
S: Big up front, sweet fig aroma, woohoo love those figy barleywines.
T/M: A big up front sweet taste, the hops have put a very bitter finish on this brew. The body has a very sweet and malty character. The hop profile in this American Barley is strong, one that notes a heavy hop presences, but shows a little fading.
D: A nice overall barley, one that if I saw in a store I would grab. This one is a high class sipper.
12-06-2010 05:42:56 | More by GDBEERMAN
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Presentation: Poured from 1 pt 9 fl oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Normally these go into my Duvel chalice, but it is dirty tonight. Label is simple Nøgne Ø style with a description on the back of both the beer and the brewery. 22.5 degrees P, 80 IBU, 10% ABV.
Appearance: pours with 1 1/2 finger of tan head. This settles slowly, dropping to a thin yet complete coating of foam and leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is a reddish muddy brown and has substantial sedimentation and particulate suspension.
Smell: Caramel malt with orange citrus hop notes. Hints of tart cherries.
Taste: Sharp and biting carbonation upfront, followed by a slightly sweet cherry caramel flavor. Hop bitterness throughout, though nicely counterbalanced by a solid malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: As previously mentioned, hella carbonation. Body is good.
Drinkability: All in all, a nice barleywine with sufficient kick from both hops and alcohol. Not a favorite however, and not one I will be tracking down again.
11-21-2009 04:38:20 | More by beveritt
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a nice medium foamy head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma of bitter and slightly piney hops is mix with some nice caramel malt. Taste is somewhat reminiscent of an hoppy porter (maybe because of the color) with load of roasty/sweet caramel malt and a bitter and slightly piney finish. Body has real creamy texture with medium carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. If I had to rate to style, then Im not sure this would score very highly since it is quite off for the style. Since I am not rating to style, I thought this was a really good beer that doesnt really fit into a define style.
04-03-2007 19:49:31 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Deep copper, nicely displayed beige head. Big earthy nose, highly hoppy. Toffeeish choco and caramel malt. Gentle toastiness pleases the nose with makes you think of a good breakfast as soon as you grasp those maple notes. greeny hops remain moderate at this point, but in mouth, it feels far more floral, barky and sweaty. A mild alcohol aftertaste surprises the drinker as this seemed so drinkable. Big brown ale base, woody and smoky flavors, rooty. Creamy medium malty palate. Very good indeed.
09-13-2005 15:15:59 | More by Rastacouere
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours light brown with a two finger light tan head that holds together very nicely and leaves lots of lacing. Can already tell this is going to be fun.
Big time aroma of hops up front, some citrus, some earthy but also plenty of sweet malts, caramel, some brown sugar and a few fruity notes. Quite complex on the nose.
Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, hints of vanilla, some chocolate, then follows with some bitter resinous hops on the finish. Perfect in balance however. Not too much of either.
Mouthfeel is very full and smooth, above average carbonation for the style, but not too much by any means.
Perfect style English Barleywine although I dont think it quite fits the style. Its really just a good strong ale. Hopping is great, maltiness is great, just a great balanced strong ale. Nogne has some hit or miss, and you dont want to miss for the price tags, but this is a winner; an immensely enjoyable and unique brew.
07-27-2010 19:37:52 | More by claspada
4/5 rDev -0.7%
I've reviewed this in the bottle before, but I just had it on tap and there were some differences. I'll copy and paste from my other review and CAPS the differences:
the appearance of this beer is just okay. more like a quad than a barleywine: a dark, murky brown with light brown tints when illuminated, and pillowy tan two finger head. the smell is of pine nuts, figs, LOTS OF SWEET CHERRIES, and a sweet, burnt malt.
the flavor is big time alcoholic, WITH SOME, BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF HOPS, MAKING IT MUCH LESS BITTER THAN IN THE BOTTLE. burnt after-taste, THOUGH NOT AS MUCH ON TAP. in that capacity it reminds me of Full Sail's Old Boardhead Barleywine, though much smoother all-around. Sweet fruit up front (figs, mango, caramelized apple, HUGE AMOUNTS OF CHERRIES) accompanied by a brown sugar sweetness, all of which is forgotten in the burnt grapefruit-hoppy middle, finish and aftertaste. a very good beer that is pleasant to drink, but perhaps a little less complex than i like the style to be (HERE THE SWEETNESS, AS OPPOSED TO THE BITTERNESS IS OVERBEARING).
Mouthfeel is nice and thick, and WELL CARBONATED, THOUGH NOT AS MUCH SO AS IN THE BOTTLE. it foams thickly on the palate (a characteristic ive never experienced to this extreme before) instead of "popping" all over. the drinkability is pretty good, though it is very full-bodied and filling when it hits the stomach.
02-02-2010 06:12:38 | More by jdklks
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.