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

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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby red with a thick off white head that hangs around for about a minute. When it finally fades there is little to no lacing around the glass.

Smell is of raisins and cinnamon.

Has a malty sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon are present. Has spicy bitterness with notes of raisins and maybe some plum, orange fruity flavors.

An amazingly delicious beer! Great mouthfeel not oily, a little chewy. Well balanced and everything works together. Alcohol is well hidden and I can easily drink this without being to overwhelmed.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Been saving this one for rating #100, how appropriate.

Pours brown with a two finger light tan head that holds together very nicely and leaves lots of lacing.

Big time aroma of resin hops up front, some citrus, but also plenty of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, some brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of chocolate. Quite complex on the nose.

Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, some chocolate, then follows with some bitter resinous hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, medium carbonation.

Is this a DIPA or a barleywine? I think it falls somewhere in between the two. An immensely enjoyable and unique brew.

Photo of Travlr
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really nice dark brown with three fingers of really creamy suds. Lacing galore here on the rim of the Stone Barleywine glass.
Smell is a fruity raisin with clove and butterscotch aromas. Slight yeast burn and an alcohol hint.
Taste is caramel and burnt sugars along with a bitter blackness. The latter is mixed with the leftover sugar from the initial taste. A hint of alcohol in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a sweet concotion. Only gets sticky after the bitterness leaves the mouth.
Drinkability is pretty nice for such a high abv drink. I really admire this barley wine. Top notch!.

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle drank from my duvel tulip. no freshness dating/best by info to be found.

A- a slightly darker than normal copper colored beer pours from this bottle. a large fluffy off white head forms and sticks around for most of the drink leaving behind rings of lacing.

S- the nose starts off with sweet caramel and fruity malts. cherries and plums mostly. a small amount of dark chocolate which seems out of place in here. the end smells strongly of piny and grapefruit hops.

T- is starts off very sweet and fruity. caramel and toffee with lots of cherries, plums, and pear. theres definitely some chocolate in here as well, interesting. moderately detectable alcohol. the finish is very hoppy with lots of grapefruit and resiny pine. this must be a fresh bottle.

M- medium to full bodied. theres a moderate warming from the alcohol in this one, but thats expected for the style. the carbonation comes off as a too high and harsh.

D- an interesting slight twist on the style with the chocolate malt in here. easy enough to finish this bottle. the 10$ price tag makes me uncertain how quickly i would want to drink another.

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours an opaque, dark, brown color. Over two-fingers of creamy, light tan colored foam form the head. Retention is very good and lacing is in thick, sticky, ropes.

There is a good deal of malty sweetness in this glass. You get to it by going passed the nice, big, hoppiness that dominates the nose of this one. It has a nice, big, pine presence. There is also a fair amount of citrus hop presence.

This is actually quite well-balanced. The big hops notes are countered by a big maltiness, which brings a good deal of sweetness to counter all of that bitterness. The hops have a slight dominant edge, but just slight.
Very nice, indeed.

This one is full-bodied with a wonderful, medium level of carbonation. It is smooth and has a medium level of creaminess. Not quite velvet-like, but at least velour quality mouthfeel.

It's indeed a tasty brew. The high abv will keep you out of it though, except in small doses.

Photo of MM3
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Red/brown with a little head.

Smell: The smell is a combination of hop aroma and alcohol sweetness.

Taste: The taste is a bit similar to the taste, but it is a bit sweeter and less hoppy. The aftertaste is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The beer has nice body that produces a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The beer is easy to drink, but could have a bit more taste to my liking.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had an opportunity to have a couple of glasses of this last night at a buddy's. My favorite beer of the night by far. This is a big beer, but the balance was unreal.

Pours a deep dull dark shoe polish brown color with a tan head that rises about a finger and a half. The head has excellent retention and slowly settles back into the beer. Surprised by the amount of lacing.

Aroma was your next hint that this was a BIG beer. Huge Pine, citrus, sweet malts.. Just fantastic.

As mentioned above. The balance here is quite amazing. Brown sugar, pine resin, molasses, dark caramel. Excellent hop bitterness in the finish. I thought the ABV was well hidden.

Thick, robust body and huge presence in your mouth.

Just a great American Barleywine (from Norway!)

I will definitely grab another bottle or two of this gem.

Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy coffee colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Very malty aroma with deep roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, chocolate and sweet alcohol notes. There are also some subtle hops but I'm really surprised so far how malt this beer looks and smells. Much more like a stout than barleywine.

The motuhfeel is extremely rich, resinous and chewy and the flavor is again dominated by a strong malt character. Lots of roasted chocolate malt, coffee bean, hazelnut and sweet alcohol. Again, some subtle hops shine through but this beer is extremely malty with plenty of roasted notes. There is a bit of sweet alcohol flavor and warmth but overall the alcohol is excellently masked resulting in an extremely drinkable beer.

To me this beer is much closer to an Imperial Stout than a barleywine in pretty much every aspect.

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

A - Pours cola brown... good head retention. Lacing up the wazoo.

S - Big ass bag o malt.

T - Gigantic malt presence followed by perfectly lined up hops. A nice mix.

M - Thick, really thick. Lots of thick malt followed by heavy bitter hops. It evens out well.

D - If I had a 6 pack, I would drink it.

Photo of juju7
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what to expect with this one. Pours a very dark brown/red with just a slight tinge around the edges. The head was tight and it laced like a nitro-can, awesome. The nose is predominantly chocolate malt backed by some bitter coffee notes and a little dark fruitiness. A kiss of piney hp action is also present. On the palate it has very low carbonation leaving the huge alcoholic bitterness to kick you in the mouth. It's pretty smooth once you get used to it. The finish is a little short considering how big the flavour is. This is a fine beer however it is a bit of a struggle to get through one glass let alone the rest of this 500ml bottle.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was really odd and not at all what I was expecting as it is considered a barleywine (an American, at that..). The color is dark brown like a doppelbock or such. Very odd. Aroma is somehwat bitter but mostly is dominated by deep, dark malt (chocolate mostly). This carries Into the flavor - very unbalanced with strong malt presence and some dry bitterness. The chocolate malt doesn't mix well with what other flavors are present. Mouth is standard and probably the best part of the drink - moderate body with a good level of carbonation. All around I just can't get over the flavor. I don't think this bottle is spoiled or such, but it's just way too much malt for a barleywine.

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

I've had this guy sittin around for a while, waiting for a good day to crack it. It's probably about a year old. Low and behold, I get home tonight and its snowing, in the middle of October. I guess that makes it a great time to crack a barleywine. Poured this baby into my Allagash tulip like glass.

A: Pours with a big frothy dark, creamy, stout like 1-finger sized head with lots of bigger bubbles in the middle. Color is very dark reddish brown raisin like color, that barely lets any light through. I actually had to look through the very bottom point of the glass to see the color, and there looks to be quite a bit of sediment, but its hard to see with all the darkness. It leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it departs the glass towards my stomach by way of my mouth. A really dark barleywine that is pretty reminiscent of a stout from the looks, can't wait to taste. Oh yeah, gotta nose it first.

N: Whoa nose is pretty good, not what I expected. Huge dark malt kick with lots of dark sweet fruits, molasses, raisins, come crystal malt and chocolate malts. A nice chocolate and roasted malt kick in the center. I also get some of that Belgian like sweet sugar converted to alcohol aroma, which is very pleasant. The nose just beckons to you with a dark, rich, heavy, malty, full aroma that readies you for a huge beer yet to be tasted.

T: And yet to be tasted is about to become has been tasted. Wow, sweetness bombs your mouth, my glands just stung me for a second. I also get a huge roasted malt with coffee and chocolate, wow! Then more dark sweet fruits with alcohol, molasses, and syrup. Raisin and other dark interesting fruits lace it. It reminds me a lot of a cross between a RIS, coffee porter, and barleywine. The sweetness isn't as bad as it seems when it first hits. The roasted malt kick is so audacious that I really think it was meant to be a porter and at the last minute they threw in some raisins and molasses and sweet dark fruits to bring it up to a barleywine. It almost has a yoohoo blended with molasses, raisin, and plum or something.

M: Somewhat velvety, very strong, thick, syrupy, good carbonation, and lots of warming alcohol burn.

F: Still pretty sweet, but not as much as the start. It pretty bitter, with a nice American noble hop bitterness that is not quite what you would expect, but is very pleasant. Long creamy chocolate and coffee malts stretch out to a nice long finish. The alcohol tends to linger a bit and burns as it evaporates, but not too much. It leaves such a sticky presence in my mouth I have to keep smacking it to breathe, and continue to taste it. And I keep burping up chocolate and roasty goodness.

Final thoughts: A really good roasted porter, chocolate RIS, and dark fruit barleywine mixed together. It starts with a nice alcohol kick, but after a few sips it hides the 10% very well. It also starts sweet but dies pretty quickly, and leaves a nice bittering on the finish, with the creamy chocolate roasted goodness. I don't remember how much it costs, but I would be very inclined to get it again! I remember that the brewers came to Julios a while back to sample a bunch of their wares, and this was the one I brought home, and now I remember why. They had quite a few good beers if my fuzzy memory hits me correctly.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle poured into a snifter.

This beer pours a reddish brown with a nice tan head that lingers for the entire glass.

Smell is sweet malt. A touch of caramel. Some noticeable piney hop aromas.

Taste is at first aggressive hops but after warming a nice chocolate malt presence is felt.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Seemed to have a very short finish which was interesting. Very bold flavors up front that leave you taste buds just as quickly as they arrived.

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

Courtesy some dude on RB. Thanks for opening this beer that <strong>was</strong> on my wants list. Pours deep brown with lasting tan head. The aroma is hoppy and earthy. Underneath that is an upwelling of sweet caramel candy. The taste begins with a pulse of pine, grass and earthy hop bitterness. Behind the hops is a caramel-y sweet river of goodness that is nearly hidden by the hops. Wow, nice thick mouth feel too. Taste similar to a lot of Am. Strong Ales I've had. The ABV is only moderately apparent and not at all distracting.

Photo of dgilks
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, medium brown with a marshmallow-like, pale tan head. Great head retention.

Well balanced aroma with resinous, piney American hops coming through. Good citrus as well with the more bitter grapefruit predominant. Deep, burnt caramel combines with a light cocoa as well. Really nice, if only it was a bit punchier.

Deep, toasty caramel sits on the tip of the tongue along with hints of bitter chocolate and a slight roast. Deep raisins and figs bring out a nice dark, sticky fruit character which is tied together by the citric hops to elevate the fruity character of the beer. A strong lingering bitterness starts through the mid-palate and has good hold even a few minutes after finishing the sip. The back palate has a bright sweetness which livens the drink.

A thick body here helps to deliver the flavours of the outstanding beer with the slightly below average carbonation just helping to give this vibrancy without dominating the beer.

The flavours here are so good and the alcohol is well hidden making for a very drinkable beer that any brewer should be proud to produce. My first Nogne O beer and I am very impressed.

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

09/17/09- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle (I think), poured into a Duvel tulip. Freshness not noted.

Appearance- Very deep chestnut brown. Not real far from a stout color. Full 3/4 inch staying head with some lace caking around the glass when finished.

Smell- Fresh hoppy aromas, a nice chocolate malted base followed by a nice gently roasted caramel nose.

Taste- Flavor is spot on the nose. Hops are equal to the malt, which are both pretty heavy, but combine oh so nicely. Hops are fairly bitter and lightly harsh at times, but the smoothness of the caramel-chocolate malt calms that area down.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium to lower carbonation level. Active bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Nice mix between and English and American Barleywine. Thumbs up all the way.

Photo of Stavage
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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

A - Pours with a rich lightly tan soap foam head, good finger's worth and fantastic retention; dark ruby brown color; opaque

S - Light soapy hop bitterness; strong malt backing; dark fruits; hint of sweetness

T - Piney, resiny, gin-like hoppiness; minerals; dark fruit; slight touch of warming alcohol

M - Medium to thicker; quite vibrant carbonation for the style, but I don't think it detracts

D - Slow sipper; very warming and relaxing even if it is a bit of a hoppier take on the style; pretty drinkable for the style

Overall, interesting stuff and there are quite a few layers on this one. Really enjoyable, and worth a look.

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

My first reaction was that I got a bad or turned bottle. As it warmed a bit I got lots of flavors and character and I just decided that it's not to my particular liking.

Pours a deep brown with a thick pillowy and firm head; lovely to look at.

Nose is a light fruity-coffee character. Light hint of carmel-not real barley wine like. Mouthfeel is creamy and bold.

Flavors, also, are not real barley wine like. They are bold and assertive-they just don't "go together." Flavors start with a hint of sweet coffee and fudgy chocolate and then goes to citrus quickly and then hits you with an unpleasant very bitter pine resin. Sort of tastes like a limed coffee with a resin finish.

I have a feeling some may call this beer complex. I believe that it has a few flavor profiles that just don't marry well.

There is also an overwhelming cinnamon flavor and character. So, not really liking cinnamon I suspect that, too, may influence me. Interesting to try; not to drink.

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.

Photo of RockerD
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this monster into a snifter. It has a beautiful dark ruby brown color with a beautiful light brown head that has settled but is still very thick around the areas of the glass that it is touching.

Floral, lemon grass, dirt, cherries, chocolate and old (which really isn't a smell but I would like a pardon from the jury) comes to the nose. Lots of alcohol lacing here. Yum.

a;lskdjfa;sdlfajk adsf - - Pardon me this thing just exploded in my mouth. WOW! Huge huge alcohol burn on the tongue. Lots of caramel and chocolate lead the way on this bruiser. A ton of hop bite in the form of currants and walnuts in the after taste. It's quite delicious.

It's a little dead in the carbonation department and yet I don't have a problem with that. Sometimes too many bubbles mess with the subtleties of complex beers. This beer doesn't blow me away in the mouthfeel department but it feels good. In the same way you wouldn't turn down sex.

I'm going to drink through this whole 16.9 oz bottle and I'm going to love every moment of it. For me it's quality drinkability.

Thank you Norway for this treat!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $10.

A: Cloudy dark brown, fairly murky, with a huge off white head, about three inches worth, that won't go away. Excellent head retention. Big globs of lacing all the way around. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Really interesting for a barleywine, big thick malt presence and a huge hop profile, but has a tangy weizenbock aspect to it as well, fair amount of booze too. Nice smelling beer, but not quite what I usually smell in a barleywine.

T: Lots going on here, barley malt has a big presence, also some dark chocolate, and a bit of roasted coffee going on here as well. Initially has a wheat taste that follows over from the nose, but gets lost under a fairly big malt bill with a nice hop backbone, citrus rind hops are a good balance with this one. Leans a little more towards DIPA than barleywine, but is still, nice, and quite interesting.

M: A lot thinner than I expected, I like a barleywine to have a little bit of a body to it. Fairly warm alcohol.

D: This is not a summer beer, this would be perfect in January, and now that I know that, I know when bottle 2 will be consumed. I could drink more of this than just the one bottle, because it is tasty, and has just in general a nice flavor to it. Nothing really spectacular, but I'd buy it again, a little pricey, but could be worse.

Photo of mbrasi
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really a DIPA, it has more bw charecter than a DIPA. I'm reviewing this as a bw. Pours a dark brown with a deep malt presence that is mostly caramel and dark fruits. Flavor brings out the hops, there are some hops in the back that leaves a slight bitterness but definitly not of the american hop bomb caliber. Mouthfeel is thick with minimal carbonation. It's really just a big beer, not quite a bw but not quite a DIPA, but enjoyable.

# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.