# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-02-2012 07:42:54 | More by biegaman
3.73/5 rDev -7.4%
a good barleywine, but hardly worth the hype i dont think. its nothing special. pours a redish whiskey color, with a moderate but quicly fleeting off white head. the nose is alcohol, old wood, dried red fruit, and caramel malts in excess. flavor is mostly similar to the nose. lots of sweetness up front, but it doesnt last, thankfully. that molasses spice stays around, but the sugar goes to alcohol before too long. also a surprising level of hops in the finish of this, which makes it more american to me than anything. average mouthfeel, light carbonation, lesser body than most, long finish, boozed up. i like it, but it doesnt stand out as wonderful or unique to me.
11-06-2012 02:39:06 | More by StonedTrippin
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
3.95/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some fruit, a good amount of hops and some alcohol.
T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of chocolate and fruit. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid barleywine worth drinking for a while.
08-16-2012 03:15:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.35/5 rDev -16.9%
Pours a massive coarse swirling two-three finger head cream head, over a deep rich dark brown body. Lovely.
Deep dark aormas. Christmas cake, figs, rasins. Oh, and an earthy hop brooding presence.
Taste is an alcolholic assault, big beer, big earthy hops. Not quite enough malt backbone to carry. Dry overall. As it warms, more raisin/sherry flavours come out.
Mouthfeel OK, moderate carbonation, heavyweight body.
Overall, a bit too dry, takes away drinakbility. One of the slowest drinks I have had in a long time... says a lot!!!
06-16-2012 11:20:08 | More by heygeebee
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
On tap at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI. The first line of my notes reads as follows:
"Gas hops grass burn GOOD."
Pours absolutely gorgeous for a barleywine. Very dark brown, so hazy that it was nearly opaque, with a perfect rocky head.
Smells intensely malty with nodes of chocolate, moonshine, pipe tobacco, burnt barley, and green hops. Tastes the same, only all is wonderfully overwritten by a firmly alcoholic burn.
This one was pretty goddamn intense, but in very good way. My traveling companion couldn't swallow a single sip, but I finished it with troubling alacrity, considering its strength.
06-11-2012 14:20:59 | More by mynie
4.6/5 rDev +14.1%
A great barleywine - more in line with the English style than American. Big malt, of course, loads of caramelized sugar, dried fruits, and shortbread. Bitterness stands its ground against the malt blitz. Hops are earthy, spicy, and freshly bitter. A hint of fruit from the yeast softens the thick flavors. Nice dryness keeps it super-drinkable. Yeah, this would do the trick in a cold Scandinavian winter, but it's equally good at standing up to a thick ribeye steak.
06-05-2012 22:09:59 | More by bump8628
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.