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

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253 Reviews
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Reviews: 253
Hads: 432
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

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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Reviews: 253 | Hads: 432
Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter:

Pours black with a creamy, staying, tan head. Very dark for a BW. Great head retention, especially considering the style and abv. Frothy lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and pine with dark fruits, grain and a hint of chocolate. A bit of booze comes through. Very different, but very nice.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with roasted notes (ala coffee-ish) with plenty of pine and citrus hop bitterness. A touch of warming alcohol and some vinuous notes come through late - not enough to interfere in the flavor, but to give a warmth that is appropriate for the style. English maltiness and yeast work well with the American hops - something that this brewery has done very well, in my experience.

This is pretty smooth. Even at room temperature, it doesn't quite hit as full-bodied as some other examples of the style, but it sure gets close enough.

This is a unique, different, darker Barleywine. It has a nice interaction of malts that show themselves well while allowing hops to be showcased. It's a shame to see this listed as "retired" as it is a nice treat that I certainly wouldn't mind having as an occasional "something different" treat, especially on a cool/cold evening!

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Photo of Stavage
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2011.

A: Dark ruby-red-brown. Damn pretty. Three fingers of head with unbudging retention. Some tiny bubbles.

S: Good. Loads of hops. Sticky fruit and sweet citrus (specifically, orange). Divine, but somehow limited...The slightest touch of skunk?

T/M: Phenomenal! The ultimately balanced beer. Very sweet; astringently bitter. Carbonation is present and successfully prevents any odious heaviness. The hops may have the upper hand, but it's a close call. Some molasses on the aftertaste. Noticeably strong.

O: A superlative barleywine; highly recommended. Still, at $9 it's expensive and not everyday fare. Still, I'd have another one.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out an orange red, but settles to a dark mahogany brown with a huge, small-bubbled and dense light tan head that lasts forever and clings to the glass.

kind of faint aroma, but it is quite unique for the style. lots of herbs and spices and fruits. cinnamon? nutmeg? plums? weird, but nice.

flavor is somewhat herbal and spicy as well with nutmeg and cinnamon. reminds me a bit of a spiced pumpkin ale, but much better. chocolate and a slight roastiness are added to the typical toffee, bread, and caramel malt flavors which are also there, but not dominant. fresh cracked black pepper comes through as you exhale. alcohol adds some harshness, but its not over-the-top. pretty unique, actually, but very tasty and complex.

medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and tons of resin left in the mouth with a spicy, yet sweet and hot aftertaste.

goes down rather well. a bit harsh at times, but not too bad. a great example of brewing as an art, and as my first Nogne O product, I can assure you, I will be back for more.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from Green's, Ponce location. Poured into a crystal goblet which, though not originally intended for beer, certainly served admirably (last time I visit my folks w/out proper glassware though).

Appearance: Pours a thick, deep chestnut brown, nasty liquid with a fuzzy, foamy, bubbly tan-colored head with average retention. Lacing is very attractive, sheet-like, web-like in places, with fine bubbles. Very inviting.

Aroma: Thoroughly hoppy and pleasant while not being too pungent. You get light pine, some citrus notes, and those nice dark malts: coffee, springlike, light; dark fruits, raisins being the dominant note; some lighter roasty notes, toffee for instance. There's a light estery, spicy alcohol note as well, but it doesn't object to taking a backseat to

Taste: Fantastically balanced. It's essentially a dark American barleywine, highly hopped, with plenty of dark malts and fruity overtones. I remember there being a big fuss about how this one was labeled (barleywine or DIPA? Age it or drink it fresh!?) - well, this one's been sitting for a while now, so I don't know how pronounced the hops originally were, but I like where they're at now. There's a nice pronounced bitterness, spicy but mellow, which melds well with the load of piney, leafy Western hop notes, with faint citrus coming in about mid-sip; there's plenty of fruity esters, both light and dark, with raisins, dates, and hints of pear, I think; and though there's a faint estery alcohol in the finish, it only becomes noticeable as things warm, and by that point this beer was near gone - pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: Big and fluffy, and though it starts out smooth, it falls apart a little quickly. Also, seems to go a little downhill as it warms. Body is medium, carbonation is light but present, and it's pretty damn thick through 'til the finish.

Drinkability: Glad I tried this one - there've been bottles on the shelf at Green's for quite some time, though there seems to be only one left at the time of this review. I might pick it up myself, but if someone else gets to it first, I hope they enjoy it: this is a tasty beer, bold, big, well-hopped, well-hopped, and well-respected by yours truly. Recommended if you see it.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - a very deep ruby/brown color with a finger's worth of tannish head that leaves bits of lace
S - molasses, and other fairly standard barleywine smells - but smells nice indeed.
T - molasses, alcohol, brown sugar, different hop flavors. overall fairly well-balanced and definitely enjoyable.
M - probably the most unique part of this beer. Lighter than expected and goes down smooth. better at first when it's a little bit colder, becomes slightly syrupy as it warms
D - definitely drinkable esp for a barleywine. another impressive brew from nogne

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Having had the #500 not that long ago, it is weird now seeing the #100 following it up. Until I read the helpful label, that is.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orange-tinted dishwater brown (barleywine bulls-eye, that is) colour, with three fingers of puffy, dense, and caked beige head, which leaves a decent horror show of splattered paint lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, a touch of pine resin, a big bready caramel/toffee malt, musty dark fruit, earthy anise, further leafy, weedy hops, and a wee booze astringency. The taste is more hefty biscuity, bready caramel malt, orange cream and grapefruit pith, sassy black fruit - prunes, plums and dried cherries, a soft dank mustiness, a touch of dry chocolate, and a well-tempered spiced rum heat.

The bubbles are quite low-key, and mostly just busy with keeping up their structural responsibilities, the body a decently restrained medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a whiff of syrupy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the subtle caramelized sugar backbone not ceding any turf, as the hops lose a bit of their bite, and the booze keeps a way too even keel.

A rather pleasant barleywine, the fruit, toffee, and old attic mustiness doing more for this than any particular hop schedule - not that the latter's efforts aren't appreciated. I could do with seeing this a tad earlier in the hops' lives, but can hardly see why aging this would be worthwhile - it's so well rounded right now.

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

Picked this up while on vacation in Oslo. Murky brown pour with hints of mahogany when held to the light. Nice creamy one finger head with super retention and crazy lacing. Huge complex nose that starts off all hops, but opens up with tons of sweet malts and citrus. The taste really stands out in the Barleywine category. I'm not typically a big fan, but this one has awesome balance. Very complex with hints of rye, tangerines, caramel, hop resin, pine, brown sugar, and dark fruit. It's big and bold, but not overdone like most Barleywines. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but creamy at the same time. This is probably the best Barleywine I've ever had. Going to continue to check out this great brewery!

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a rich looking chestnut color with ruby and plum highlights. Small khaki head caps the top of this and leaves some stubbornly sticky lace on the glass.

S: Initially, a big rush of hops that's followed closely by a big whiff of sweet caramel malt. Also noticed were raisin bread, alcohol, and bitter dark chocolate.

T: See above with flashes of cherry, cocoa, caramel, and a nice and dirty strain of yeast. Incredible!

M: Very bitter and ragged that gets tempered nicely by the caramel sweetness.

S: For the style, most excellent!

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

A: Light maroon color with a tiny bubble head that setles quickly to rim bubbles, great lacing.
S: Aroma of scotch and spice, possibly cinnamon.
T: MALT!! One of the other tasters said "this one is hi octane." Decently complex, warmly sweet and satisfying.
M: Nice body.
D: should be consumed with caution, but o/w a very nice one.

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

On-tap at the Sail & Anchor in Fremantle, WA.

Pours dark. Very dark, in fact. This is certainly one of the darkest barleywines I've ever had. Head is fine and soft, a pale light cream colour. Lace forms in solid sheets down the edge of the glass. Body is heavy. Looks pretty good.

Spicy nose, a little exotic and alluring, with a lemony sweetness like a sherbet lemon candy. Underneath it are some sweet dark tones and a hint of ash. An interesting nose.

Taste is great. Dark but smooth, and with a lively hoppiness. Citric, but sweet, and always caressed by the deep and full body. On the back some dark roasted bitterness comes through which is a lovely complement to the other flavours. Feel is quite light, but undercarbonated, which keeps it smooth.

Lovely drop. It's deep and heavy, but really surprisingly drinkable.

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

Pours a very dark amber-brown colour with off-white head. Lots of lacing. Looks quite unique for a barleywine, as I'd expect it to be more a dark orange colour. Sweet butterscotch and citrus hops in the nose. Taste is very complex. I'm getting a ton of caramel sweetness. There are pine and citrus hops. Also, I get a lot of raisin fruitiness too. Very smooth mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper, but it is very delicious and a well done barleywine.

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

A: Pours a dark, brownish amber with a thin, creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of pine sap, ripe plums, brown sugar, and toffee are present on the nose. I was expecting something a bit more citrusy and astringent, but instead, this ale smells rich and mellow.

T: A fruity, tart entry leads to notes of raisins, plums, figs, dates, toffee, milk chocolate, heavy cream, brown sugar, mint, and pine. There is a slightly bitter, fruity backtaste as well, though no particularly citrusy flavors stand out. The finish is flavorful and rich with notes of toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and dark fruits.

M: Full bodied, but drier than expected, especially when compared to most American barleywines. Carbonation is expressive, but crisp. Alcohol presence is very subdued.

O: This is an excellent barleywine that capably straddles the fence separating the English and American variants of the style, though it is somewhat closer to the latter than to the former. If you've never had an American-style barleywine, but are familiar with the English style, then I can see this as being a good transition. Complex and very rewarding.

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

Pours cloudy brown with a huge, fluffy khaki head.

Nose is loaded with citrus and pine, with a noticeable solvent-like alcohol note that is not unpleasant.

Taste is sweet up front but a bit dry, caramel and a richer, lightly toasted presence dominate with alcohol and spicy hops peeking in. Citrus comes out in a big way with a burst of sweetness moving toward a long, dry, lingering heavy bitterness, wrapping itself around notes of resiny pine.

Light carbonation, a bit soft, and a full body that leans just a smidge towards syrupy. All in all an impressive beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - swampy brown colour, half finger of head retained at thin cover, left nice consistent lacing
S - citrus with touches of pine, earth, and nuts
T - starts with a citrus hop bite with a strong molasses malt compliment, undertones of earth and almonds with just hint of alcohol sweetness
M - medium body that is fairly sticky at first, drys out through the finish and warms the innards, very drinkable for a big brew
O - rich in flavours while striking a surprisingly nice balance between hop and malt flavours, and a nicely drinkable 10%, this one is a winner

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this fine barleywine from a growler in a Delirium snifter, my favorite glass. Pours a hazy brownish red with a solid tan head of 1/2 in foam that dissipates to a thin pool and great lacing. Nose of brown sugars, dates, herbal hops, and sweet malts. Flavors are most excellent and improve with warmth. Sweet brown sugar up front and to the sides with a moderate herbal and bittering hops bite to the rear that dances with date and fig like flavors. A light dark cherry presence is detectable making this a most excellent barleywine to savor, sip, and lay down for a number of years. A smooth mouth feel, like silk, with a lightly but not unpleasant bittering hop coming through on the finish. Excellent.


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Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at The Sail and Anchor, fremantle 21st Feb 2011

A - Body is a Mahogany colour with a tanned head stat reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - A little spice and citrus but mainly roasted malts that dominate the aroma.

T - A lot of roasted malt and some hops mix quite nicely together. Has a little caramel present as well.

M - Full bodied and low carbonation that is a smooth brew.

D - An interesting Barley Wine that is well worth a try.

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Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nogne got this one right!!!! An outstanding American Barleywine. Pours a dark mahogany brown with some light getting through on the outside of the glass. Requires a hard pour to get a small to medium size head. Good sticky lacing.

Strong aroma of caramel malts and a little chocolate. Taste is exceptional. A lice smooth caramel malty backbone, with some elements of chocolate. This is balanced but not overwhelmed by a good infusion of C3 hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a good hops and alcohol bite at the finish. The alcohol is more warming than harsh. A very satisfying slow sipper.

This is an outstanding beer. A bit pricy at $8.99 for a 16 ouncer but still a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: This decadently dark amber beast glistens with ruby highlights and exhibits a healthy creamy rootbeer head. Retention is outstanding and leaves behind a thick frothy wall of lacing.

S: The nose brings roasted sweet malts, cherries, figs, pecan pound cake, and burnt caramel. Along for the parade is woody hops, leather oils and a bountiful alcohol aroma.

T/M: Full steam ahead with robust malts both roasted and sweet caramel malts. Alcohol is hidden well and not as commanding as the nose. Timid woody hops are playing co captain of this vessel. Figs are also present with a lingering licorice ambience in the back of the throat. This thick oily bodied brew brings heed to a semi dry finish with bitter sweet dark chocolate and green apples.

O: Rough and not entirely well balanced but a great tasting beer all the same. For and American barley wine I find it lacking in the hops department and would have perfected more hop bang. Although the malts overpowered the hops I enjoyed this one and would definitely drink again. Warming and great for sipping.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coca-cola-lish brown with some dark garnet highlights. Pretty light beige head that slowly recedes with each sip. The aroma is very complex, lots of dark malty nuts with some soft plum juice, and maybe some caramel. The taste is very heavy on the dark fruis. Roasted prnes, baked cherries. A splash of roasted malts gives a grainy bread taste and texture. Very warm nd fruity palat, and actuly becomes a little winey as it warms. Great sipping beer and a great dark barely wine form the Norse.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nogne 0 #100 Barleywine

"Most enjoyable in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire." Well, here I am in a run-of-the mill chair at the kitchen table...gonna have to move to the comfortable chair over in the living room. Near the fireplace, ...now, we're cookin'...it's not roaring, though...but it's good enough...

except that I forgot that it's the cat's chair now...okay, I'm on the couch then...

and pouring into my seldom-used Thomas Hardy's Ale snifter...

dark brown, big carbonation, huge head, filling most of this small snifter, a rich, roasty tan color...beautiful

aroma: cocoa, cola, nuts, and then wine, ripe dark fruits, and it develops and becomes richer and more brandy-like as we continue...a bit woody, as well...the more I drink it in through the nose, the more complex and wonderful it becomes...gorgeous.

Drink it, already!
Solid stuff, here, a mad charge on the palate, a motley mix of flavors at loose in the mouth...the wood, the chocolate malt, some bittersweet notes, (plenty hoppy, this, it turns out, at 80IBU), some dark fruit, ...an intriguing blend. Normally, I don't find so much chocolate in such a hoppy barleywine...plenty of American hops, Centennial, Cascade...no, Chinook, and Columbus...there's three of the C's anyway...
"Brewing in traditional styles, but throughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing, these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course."

What an incredibly interesting barleywine, like nothing I've ever tasted! Like a stout, then an IPA, but strong enough to be an Imperial Stout. Rich malt, then bright, bold hops, along comes chocolate, followed by fruit. Long finish, but not obtrusive, nice and sold, laying in for the long haul.

This is exactly like they describe it, a brew for relaxing after a long evening, taking your time, and taking comfort from the rigors of the day and the demands that winter takes on us all.

Great stuff. Once again, the Norwegian's are showing they can do it as well as anyone! Go, Grimstad!

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

500mL bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Somewhat fruity aroma with molasses and sweet malt. The flavor is roasty with dark fruits, vanilla, and subdued hops. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. The 10% alcohol is not noticable at all. Really good stuff.

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

(Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Courtesy of Erik Dahl, Venner av Nøgne Ø.) I received this remarkable beer with awe, mixed with great anticipation. Very few litres of #100 have been for sale to the public. Would I like it, or would the massive hops (80 IBU!) be too much for me? The cost of brewing it (= the massive amount of malts and hops required for a batch) made the brewers certain that it would be unprofitable as a permanent brew, particularly with Norwegian alcohol taxes. This impenetrable cloudy dark brown beer pours with a large to moderate tan head. Aroma is simply wonderful - Colombus hops galore, dark chocolate, leather, cigars, pipe tobacco, tar. The complexity remains in the flavour - extremely malty, very sweet, but also extremely bitter. The bitterness (which becomes medicinal and wormwood-like in the aftertaste) prevents me from giving this beer a full score. On a regular basis, I’d prefer Nøgne ؒs God Jul (which is world class this year, IMHO) and also their Porter. But what a great experiment #100 is!

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

A clouded, brownish brew, little lacing - some curtains.

The smell is grassy hops, fresh green apples.

Upfront a butter scotch sweetness, biscuits and bread, but the dominant part is a good bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, fresh and a good dry finish.

Very well balanced and hop dominated. Not very like a barley wine though ... tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.