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

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BA SCORE
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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%


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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Premier in Buffalo.

Pours an opaque dark brown/almost black, thick tan head, tons of lacing, settles to a thick layer, looks nice. Smell is sweet, caramel, chocolate, citrus/floral, big hops and big malt, light roast, pine, bread, super balance. Taste is similar, toffee, citrus and floral, sugary, pine, molasses, chocolate, solid bitterness, but nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, warming. I really liked this one, almost like Bigfoot.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 22:09:07 | More by Viggo
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison for $7.99. Shared with the legendary battlekow.

Pour: very dark, even for a barleywine - deep mahogany, opaque under several fingers of sticky, soapy khaki foam.

Nose: dark fruits, roasted chocolate/coffee malts, and a hearty dose of alcohol with a crisp hops bristle.

Taste: brash bittering hops, caramel-coffee malts, vanilla-oak and an alcoholic bite somehow combine for a very clean overall impression on the palate. Bigfoot's mellow Norwegian cousin.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: probably the cleanest, smoothest beer with this level of assertiveness I've experienced. The complexity and brashness of an American barleywine with the restraint and elegance that comes with a long European brewing tradition. A good way to end a long night of good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 08:33:52 | More by Golden2wenty1
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very, very dark, nigh stout-ish. Quite attractive. Hydrocephalic. Smell is kinda faint, but there's (excuse me, "I detect") Fig Newtons and booze. Travis says it's got a very clean flavor, and he's right. It's a pretty dry barleywine flavor, sweet for a second, but with a very bitter lingering hop finish that I found unpleasant. The finish detracts from the drinkability for me, but I might just be worn out from the Mikkeller Jackie Brown I had earlier tonight; my tongue may be crying out for mercy. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 07:38:35 | More by battlekow
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nickfl

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of light brown head on top of a black body with ruby highlights. The rocky head has quite a bit of staying power and when it finally settles, it leaves a small ring of lace and a film of bubbles on the surface of the beer.

S - Classic barleywine aroma of raisiny, caramel malt and spicy hops. Notes of raisins, figs, caramel, vanilla, pepper, and citrus.

T - Luscious, bitter hop flavors out in front, carefully balanced by dark caramel and chocolate malt flavors and dark raisin/ fig character. There is a lot of fruit in the middle, some of it surprisingly bright, caramel apple, banana, and raisin. It fades into a long, bitter, burnt finish. The lingering bitterness is surprisingly split equally between malt and hops and includes some smokey, tobacco like flavors along with a warming alcohol note.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with moderate carbonation and just the right amount of lingering sweetness.

D - I expected a lot from this beer, based on previous efforts from Nogne O, and it really delivered. Quite an interesting example of a barleywine, at times it seems like a classic example, but at other moments it reminds me of an imperial stout or even a quadruple (this is the 3rd Nogne beer I have had, and in my book these guys are good enough to be officially exempt from style guidelines). In any case, this is a complex and superbly balanced beer that is extremely easy to sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 07:51:25 | More by nickfl
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes graduallly, with sporadic but ample lacing. Aroma is dark grains, fresh green hops, and alcohol. Taste starts with a glimpse of maltiness, which becomes all about the hops from then on, with some alcohol presence noted at the close and beyond. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly due to the hops abundance, with not quite enough sweetness to smooth it out, and drinkability shares the same issue.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 02:01:45 | More by ppoitras
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter.

Deep red hues that are opaque enough to look black. A thick tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap with a thick rim. Solid lacing along the glass.

Somewhat light malts hide behind a sharp citrusy hop aroma, which seems to be of the American type. Estery fruit aromas float around in the glass with a good swirl.

Once again the malts don't show up that much, but the estery fruits and bitter hops. There isn't as much bitterness as one would expect. A bit of creaminess works itself into the middle. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

Not a bad Barleywine. It's not as extreme as most of the other American versions, but still hoppy enough for anyone who likes that. It has a decent amount of complexity. I don't know how well this one would perform after aged for a year or so. I think this one is best enjoyed fresh. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 02:43:02 | More by BeerSox
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charlesw

New York

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa. That's a dark/opaque barleywine! Big dark head of tiny bubbles that really lasts a long time. Smells thick and rich and sweet... OK, well, that and grassy/bitter hops. But the taste... That was unexpected! Like... Like it's some kind of cross between an RIS and an I2PA, I guess. It's weird. Hopped like a 'merican b'wine - or an I2PA. On the bitter side, then. Only less body than you would expect and a definite chocolate twinge to the flavor. I must admit that I've never had that in a b'wine before! And the more I drink of it, the more I get the chocolate flavor - like I really am drinking the cross I mentioned earlier. Interesting in its own right, but not as a barleywine!

Eidt: taken down several notches, in review. For one... I tried some warm. Wow, was that ever nasty! For another... I had another beer then came back to this one. It's so not a barleywine that I'm pissed at the brewer for calling it one. Dang it! We want malts and hops! But those malts... We're not looking for chocolate, darn it all! If we wanted chocolate or a beer this dark we'd drink an RIS!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 21:54:59 | More by charlesw
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 13:15:15 | More by NEhophead
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Vancer

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wickedpete sends another great beer to me via trade, cool runnings!!

Wow, an easy pour of dark oak fires up a massive tan milkshake of head. Malty aroma proceeds a chocolate coffee quaff. Not your typical BW, much different with the malts. A very tasty brew, more of a porter/stout than BW – but I’m the better man for having the chance to partake of this one.

Bottom covered in yeasty slough, the velvety smoothness easily masks the high octane.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 20:26:08 | More by Vancer
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep garnet color with a small tan head. Wonderful aroma of spicy floral hops, sweet malt, a hint of caramel and dark cherry, and a good whiff of alcohol. Palate is sweet and malty up front, becoming a bit better balanced as the hops emerge before the swallow. A flourish of sweetness occurs on the swallow, followed by a rich, slightly smoky finish that lingers on for quite a while. Notes of dark cherry, caramel, and brown sugar come through at various points.
The body is smooth and a touch creamy, rather round around the edges for a big barleywine. Quite nice. This is a highly drinkable big beer, although there's no mistaking its strength. Good stuff from an excellent emerging brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 06:49:53 | More by ElGordo
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like a dark porter or stout - almost opaque black with tan/brown head. Head lasts longer than many other barleywines I've sampled lately.

Nose has dark chocolate, raisin, dark fruit, Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix. Some citrus is there too, but nicely with the "sweeter" aromas described above... maybe a citrus icing?

On the palate a big malt, roasted malt, and chocolatey sweet punch is there, but the hops rush in to give it balance. Also reminds me of Meyer's Dark Rum, molasses of course, and some wood. What is absent is any sort of alcohol presence that would suggest the 10% abv. This beer is stealthy when it comes to drinkability, so beware.

Finish is long with a pleasant caramel taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 03:26:57 | More by yemenmocha
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and very heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Label lists this as barleywine but its more like an IPA. Flavor is strong hops with caramel, smooth yet bitter almost cough syrup with lingering bitterness. High ABV completely hidden. Good but not what I was expecting. $7.95 for a 500ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 23:31:33 | More by jdhilt
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: mahogany brown, hazy, tan fine-beaded foam, OK head retention

Aroma: luscious caramelly malt, brown sugar, woodsy hops, rum, hint of grapefruit, sour undertone, cooked meat, acetone

Flavor: huge wallop of caramel maltiness with hints of prunes, molasses, and leather; then a strong enteric bitterness sweeps in to crush the sweetness, leaving a citrus rind aftertaste in the dryish finish

Mouthfeel: FULL body, a bit syrupy actually, astringent, warming

Other comments: Definitely a winter beer. Reminds me a bit of a barleywine I brewed about four years ago, a bit too full bodied. The sediment is really loose, though. Pour carefully.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 18:07:18 | More by GreenCard
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sfoley333

Brazil

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 08:41:57 | More by sfoley333
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that only shows light when it is the thinnest part of a glass. Big light tan head. Nose is slight hops with a big hit of alcohol. Flavor is strong. Seems fairly dominated by alcohol. There is a definite hop presence there, but I feel like it would help this beer a lot to just lay down for a few years and mature. Feel is well bodied on the liquid and the carbonation is good as well. Overall this is a nice brew. But like I said, it could probably use several more years on it's side.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:42:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 20:36:24 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, thick brown pour with lots of activity carrying up the tan top to a tall inch of puffy fresh foam that fades at a fairly faster then expected pace. But thats OK as it leaves large stretchy patches of lace and a big skim of tan residue always present. The color sits a nearly coffee black and deceptively opaque. A great looking barleywine, albiet not the typical tawny brown color one would normally associate a BW, but this is Nogne and they seem to have a tendency to push it a bit and create the effect of a stout instead.

Aroma is fairly roasty with that certain malty roundedness in some toffee, caramel, and a bit of raisin. Hops are deeply noted on larger wiffs with a dark piney influence mixed with a newly charred hop field of burnt hop cone edges. Good amount of alcoholic breath seeps its way thru as its cinders in the glass.

Flavors are all twisted up in a fine amount of hoppy pineyness and dark orange pith, tang, and peel. Malts balance it out with some nice roastyness, chocolate hints, toffee, caramel, snappy fresh barley grain with a toasted quickness that never retreats from the palate as the hops take the tongue and scrap across any open areas left with pine and orange biten bitterness. Semi brittle dry finish with a nice hop load balancing off with a bit of residual warmth. Notes of raisin skins and vanilla flow in and out in the middle. Ends nice and hoppy with a dryness reminiscent of toasted orange peels...as if there were such a thing.

Feel is smooth and big with a nicely handled approach to the hops as its bitterness is suited just right with enough zip and lasting impression as the malt keep it all together maintaining one fine tuned addition of toasted roast and caramel goodness.

Nearly gone in no time flat. Way too drinkable for 10%. Much like other great Barleywines, this stuff hits ya late and the next thing you know you can't remember where you put your glass as you try to find your slippers so you can go to bed. Nogne has another yummy winner with this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 03:56:24 | More by tavernjef
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep brown color with a huge fluffy, cocoa head on top. Somewhat metallic and sharp aroma-vinuous. Deep, malty flavor. Nice blend of a caramel/raisin taste. Strong hop bitterness-they really stand out against the heavy malt. Decent enough mouthfeel-has a dry edge to it in the finish. Good barleywine. Not up to par with their RIS and porter but still a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 02:01:16 | More by lackenhauser
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but sits in the glass as a imperal stout. Has thick pancake-like batter qualities. Lacing is thick and phenomonal, as it coats the whole glass and sticks around...exceptional.

Smells are so so complex. ..Another "5"
Up front are Sweet toasty malts, peppery spices, and some hops. Choclolaty as well.
As I swirl the mysterious brew, I get waifs of roses and herbs. A very bready smell and some wood charachterics...oak.
Where is the alcohol 10% abv?

In the taste department, I would compare this brew mostly to Stone Russian Imperial Stout. But not as thick in the mouthfeel as Stone. This tastes incredible.
Has a nice hop profile. Almost ruins the tounge like a IPA. Very very sweet malts that are sooo roasty and toasty. As the hop bitterness are almost borderline OUT TO SPACE, so is the malt sweetness. This beer is HUGE HUGE HUGE. With the sips, alcohol is present like a barlywine. What is this beer? I would label it a Imperial stout. But without the coffie and expresso many have.

The mouthfeel is thick and the sugars coat everything. I am surprised my teeth are not coated black. I wish this was a bit more creamy and smooth. Still is creamy and smooth but could be a little more. I think the Hops take away the mouthfeel and drinkability one half notch.

This is a HUGE beer. Incredible profiles!!! People always talk of Dark Lord and Westies....I think this is up there in that class.
A bit expensive...but we only live once!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 01:21:16 | More by Trueant1
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice fruity aroma. Lots of fermentation esters like really ripe dark pit fruits. Good malt aromas too of dark caramel and some chocolate.

Deep brown almost black but with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Pours with a 1/2 inch thick and solid dark tan head. The head fades to a nice persistent layer that just covers the surface and leaves good lacing.

Very estery and fruity fermentation flavors right off. Good hop bitterness level that cuts through most of the strong base malt sweetness. There's quite a lot of roast malt flavor too. There's more roast here than I'm expecting in a barleywine but way less than a big stout so it seems to fall somewhere in between. There's a lingering light citrus hop flavor in the aftertaste. But the flavor that keeps coming back as it warms and I get more through a glass is the fruity ale esters.

Big bodied with a nice creamy carbonation. There's a little alcohol warmth too.

Nice big ale but it feels to to owe more lineage with Baltic porters than American Barleywine. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 00:36:25 | More by czechsaaz
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 06:18:14 | More by BlindPig
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a 1" dark tan colored head that lasts quite a while for a barleywine.

Smell: big roasted malt tones, with some softer chocolate and alcohol tones.

Taste: roasted malts, licorice, milder bitter chocolate, caramel, plums, and a soft earthy tone rounds it out. Alcohol is noticeable and the hop bitterness balances ou tthe malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: crisp and warming throughout. Heavy in body. Long aftertaste as the flavors seem to stick to the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable barleywine as this bottle went down fairly quickly. Try this one, but it is expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 13:05:55 | More by Gavage
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Jmamay22

New York

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nøgne is a Scandinavian brewery I've recently grown a taste for despite their higher prices. I scooped up a bottle of this as soon as I saw it. Very fitting beer for a cold snowy day as was the case today. Not sure why this comes up as retired as my regular liquor store just received these recently and the bottle looks new, but lacks any dating. Either way this beer should hold up to aging so I'm not concerned.

I poured this into an over-sized wine glass, which reveals a nearly opaque dark brown with a tan head. The head eventually settles into a three hundred and sixty degree collar. No lacing, but expected given the style and alcohol content.

Smells of subtle citrus hops that fades into a caramel sweet malt bouquet. It's not in your face, but a pleasant mix and match of hops, malts, with a kick of alcohol that comes off as pleasant.

First sip is much more in your face and unpleasant in my opinion. The gentle qualities are lost in an astringent harsh use of hops. The caramel and soft sweetness is gone. Comes off as an unpleasant bitter alcohol taste. As I make my way through the glass I find I either become accustomed to the the taste or the beast has changed. Hops have become more subdued, but still seem astringent and harsh. Now I'm picking up on a hint of cocoa and a small resurgence in the sweetness that was so pleasant in the nose. Finishes dry and hot with a warming alcohol effect.

Mouthfeel is difficult to handle at first and seemed harshly carbonated, but as I make my way through the glass and eventually the 500mL. bottle I find it to be creamy and on par. Drinkability is low even given the style due to the harsh present of alcohol and astringent hop taste. This came off as surprising given what I thought was well developed in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 02:37:08 | More by Jmamay22
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have looked forward to getting this beer for sometime and now I know why,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark brown with a tight formed almond colored head that left broken lace as it settled as I worked my way down the glass.Whoo intense aromas big leather and hop resin along with quite an alcohol kick nearly boozy but oh so inviting a prune/raisin element is there as well.Flavors are complex to the hilt as well as being potent,deep molasses and licorice combined with deep hoppy resiny goodness as well as a unrestrained alcohol shot really makes this a monster,the flavors are awesome all that in your face deep malt and intense hop really makes it a sipper.English Barley Wine are you kidding me?This is American style no doubt with the deep intense hop profile makes it American style easily,just a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 22:50:11 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 22:04:48 | More by feloniousmonk
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.