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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

390 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 30
Gots: 34 | FT: 3
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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 bort11
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard goblet. Tall tan head. Very tall for a higher ABV. Nice lacing all around. Color is a dark caramel with a dense clarity. There may be a fine sediment suspended.

Smell is a dark bitter chocolate with a hint of honey, raisins, orange zest. Taste starts with a mellow chocolate malt and then quickly switches tart cherries, a little wood resin. Very nice layers.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a crisp carbonation. Nice medium to full body. Great sipper and I am stoked that it is now locally available. I'll have to grab some extras to age.

Blipped "A Little More for Little You" by The Hives

bort11, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of djaeon
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an '07 bottle of this.

Pours dark dark brown. Poured it into a tulip glass and couldn't see through when held up to the light. Filled up about half the glass, and the fluffy head filled up the other half. Moderate retention, with excellent lacing.

Has aromas of citrus and a dark woodiness.

Has a little bit of sharpness and bitterness that you would expect from a barleywine, but they're not as overpowering as some barleywines are.

Feels pretty balanced in the mouth. Has some light carbonation. Not as hot as it could be with the 10% ABV, which is great.

It's a slow sipper. Good for relaxing with after a long day, which is what I'm doing right now.

djaeon, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque pecan shell brown with generous russet accents. The toasted peanut shell crown was massive after a pour that was more vigorous than intended. The creamy foam looks fantastic as it melts and the upper part of the glass is completely blanketed with finely stippled lace. This is a darker than normal barleywine... and a gorgeous one.

The dark color comes from the use of chocolate malt, which isn't really appreciated in the nose. The beer smells dark and rich, it just doesn't smell chocolate or cocoa-like. There's plenty of medium-dark fruit and a wonderful citric hoppiness due to the American hop bill that includes Columbus, Chinook and Centennial.

With a lineup like that (and a brewery like Nogne) #100 was bound to be delicious. With respect to doppelbocks and barleywines, the darker and richer the better, as far as I'm concerned. The chocolate malt in this brew is the key to its complexity. The outstanding choice of hops doesn't hurt. Nor does the fact that a ton of them were used.

This bottle is an estimated one year of age and the lupulins and alpha acids are still kicking like a mule. This may be the 'darkest' barleywine that I've had to date. Flavors include dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, raisins, figs, candied cherries and a whole heaping helping of white grapefruit zest. No more waffling, the taste score is a bona fide 4.5.

Although the mouthfeel is a fraction lighter than I prefer, it's amazingly silky smooth and fills the mouth with each sip. Besides, it becomes increasingly chewy with warming and makes the beer a cinch to drink, either quickly or slowly. I'd recommend the latter.

Nogne is one my favorite European (never mind Scandanavian) breweries. Some of their offerings (Imperial Stout and Porter) are extraordinary. I think we can add #100 Barley Wine-Style Ale to the list. This is an ass-kicking beer, it's as simple as that.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Gump
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head sticks around forever. Cola colored beer, no light passes through. Impressive, unusual carbonation for a barleywine. Heavy body.
Aromas of Raisin, fig, dark chocolate, coffee.
A good malt balance without going over the top, like some American barley wines.
I breathe in the alcohol and dry coca flavors.
The hops come out in the aftertaste with a dry grassy feel at the back on my tongue.

Gump, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Douglas14
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with hints of dark red and amber coming through. It has a huge, nice, fullfy head that leaves awesome lace. The smell is very rich and mainly of roasted malt, but it also has some spice to it...possibly some cinnamon. Also, the aroma has a bit of herbalness to it, which I find somewhat weird. The taste is similar. Big and malty, but still has that strange herbal character. It almost taste like mint leaves, or maybe some juniper. It is a little off putting to me, but I suppose it lightens it up too. Good beer, but far from my favorite Nogne O.

Douglas14, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Astonishing. A deep brown with some ruby hues with a bit of cloudiness. The head is absolutely massive, creamy, light brown with amazing lacing. As good as it gets.

S- Pine, caramel, a little bit of sharp citrus. There is a little alcohol undercurrent, but it is not harsh.

T- Very smooth, but very big. The caramel and pine are fantastic, and the alcohol is warm, but not harsh. There are some oakey and vanilla flavors in there as well. For a barleywine, this is smooth and tasty.

M- Thick, smooth, and creamy. Not nearly as carbonated as the massive head would lead you to believe.

D- A smooth sipper. What a beautiful take on the style. I would get this again in a second.

david131, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

JohnQVegas, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions about a year ago for nine dollars, consumed on 1/9/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is a dark brown with minimal light going through, 3/4 inch creamy beige head, lasts a long time, good lacing too, aroma is entirely filled with hops, and it seemed like lots of Chinook was in there, other scents included wheat, chocolate, and roasted malts, flavor was rather hoppy, heard this was supposed to be a DIPA when I was Stone a few weeks ago, there was some issues with the labeling before it was imported, reminded me a lot of a dark India pale ale in fact, much more than a barleywine, bitterness overpowered a lot of the other flavors but I was not complaining, tasted more of the malt by the end when it warmed, pine and grapefruit were around in the finish and mixed uniquely with the sweet and roasty accents, mouthfeel is dry, bitter, and slightly roasted, medium bodied, good level of carbonation, taste lingered, could drink a lot of this considering it is ten percent, alcohol is hidden well, dry enough to make the sweet qualities balance out and then some, good drinkability, glad the brewers did not keep this all for themselves and released a good amount of it commercially, wish I had more of this to cellar, a great beer from a great Norway brewery, one of the better beers from overseas that I have had in a while, recommended

Floydster, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/12/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, with a huge foamy creamy tan colored head, extremely lasting, with okay lacing. Has a dark fruity aroma, hoppy, sickly sweet smelling. Some strong raisin nose. Smokey taste. Light body. Dark coffee taste. Tasty.

jujubeast6000, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't say this beer looks bad, but for the style, it's just not right. Looking at this, I would never, ever guess this is a barleywine. Looks just like a stout, it's black with a big tan head with great lacing and retention. Just no evidence of barleywine in the appearance. The smell is really incredible. There's a lot of sweetness underneath, I can imagine there being a lot more hoppiness in the smell when this was fresh, but there is still a clear, crisp hop smell. Kind of floral and spicy with a bit of citrus in the smell. There is still a slight smell of dark malts, which is a bit uncharacteristic, but I can forgive it for the rest of the smell. (I feel a bit self-contradictory now). The taste is great at this age. Very smooth and sweet, almost creamy. There a good deep, dark fruity character to it, with just a tiny bit of caramel, and I even get a good rush of bitterness. The creaminess is really the shining moment, making the mouthfeel perfect. There is almost no alcohol presence or hotness. I found myself constantly reaching to have more of this. And it was gone quickly. I feel bad as I post this for the first score, but I think it's appropriate, considering the style. But barleywine might be the best category, and I wouldn't suggest dialing it down as it might miss out on some of the rest of the high points. If you can get your hands on it, drink this.

taylorhamrick, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head for this style, seems to keep on keepin' on pretty well, with some bigger bubbles nested on top of a grayish brown foam. Very dark for a barleywine, almost black but with a significant amount of bronzed highlighting with any light in the room. Great look.

Tons of dark fruits on the nose here, that's the first thing I notice. Definitely a chocolate edge here and there. Vinous for sure, even a little bit of Coca Cola-caramel sweetness.

Richly sweet and full, with a huge caramel presence along with a solid woodiness, chocolate, and dark fruit. Tons of hops, lending at turns citric and pine to the flavor. Bitter, but plenty sweet.

Finish is amazingly chocolatey, like a full-bodied stout, with a huge hop presence still nestled in. Mouthfeel is right on the mark; not as large as a stout but hinting towards it. A double IPA with two tons of barley: one caramel and one chocolate.

This is incredible, and a great gift. Many thanks.

BretSikkink, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of maximum12
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first venture into this brewery & I'm underwhelmed, even though I am a big fan of barleywines.

The most impressive piece of this was the massive foaming even with a gentle pour, but I can't drink with my eyes. Smell is much less subtle than most barleywines; some other style that I just can't place.

Taste is acceptable. Again, not the smoothness nor the silky sweetness I like in a bareleywine, still untamed, boozy, with a taste & smell like raw roughage. Not bad, but not good, either.

Pretty average; maybe the roughness is in the youth of the beer, perhaps it'll smooth out & improve with age. More than likely I'll never find out.

maximum12, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Ch1mpy
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark reddish brown with brown head.

Hoppy smell with intense citrus fruits. But also a decent amount of malt aromas.

Taste has a complex hoppiness to it with pine and grape fruit flavours.

Rough, intense mouthfeel. Brilliant, but perhaps a little weak in the finish.

Very, very drinkable. Easily the best beer I had on new years eve.

Ch1mpy, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500 mL bottle.

A: The barleywine is beautifully dark, midnight black with crimson red highlights. A thick white head is lacing around the sides of my glass.

S: The nose is a caramel, toffee brown ale with a blast of citrus hops. The aroma is overwhelming, grainy to a fault with a big enough hop profile to match it.

T: Nearly as big as the nose, the body is loaded with malts. Darker malts yield a caramel/toffee flavor that manages to outpace the hops. Those hops, while big, aren't as strong as you'd expect. The hops are citrusy, sweet with a grassy undertone. As big as they are, they can't overtake the imperial brown ale.

M: Full but inviting, this is a rarely big American barleywine that shows off more malts than hops. I'm enjoying this one.

D: Too big, this barleywine is too big. One bottle is more than enough for one sitting.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of faernt
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a unique, beguiling flavor. The flavors are so well blended that it's difficult for me to pull them apart. Good head, good color...it meets Barleywine standards. The edge is in the blended flavor. I hope to find more of it here in Chicago.

faernt, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/9/08. Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of slight hops and lots of caramel malt and apple skins with a slight roastiness. Flavor of light roasted malt, light bitter chocolate, with a hoppy finish. Very ASA like or even stout/porter like with the roasted malt presence. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer!
8/4/8/5/15 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Piney hops in the aroma at first. Malt comes out in the aroma as it warms. Deep malty flavor. Hop bitterness in the finish, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Very balanced, not a hit you over the head beer. Chocolate malt and fruit develops as it warms. Alcohol is not really evident. Long dry hoppy finish.

homebrewhawk, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9oz. brown bottle, purchased at Sam's in Chicago the day after DLD08, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown with some ruby tinting on the edges when backlit. 3 fingers of light mocha head forms from a semi rough pour into the somewhat small snifter. Very good retention and good lacing.

S: Very nice malty aroma. Toffee and light dark fruits. There's a soft hop presence, a good bit of citrus and juicy fruits along with some floral, spring aromas. A bit of deeper malt character... maybe chocolate but doesn't have a sweet character to this part of the malts. Alcohol seems to have mellowed with age and adds a pleasant depth.

T/M: A good balance between potent hops and potent malts. Good bitterness level, especially with the age. Some more of the lightly citrusy hops but more of the Euro style floral, grassy, and earthy hops. More of the toffee and light dark fruits. The savory 'chocolate' character is much more pronounced, almost reminding me of the dark bready character of a good doppelbock. Alcohol again lends that gently touch of depth and even a bit of warmth in the swallow. Body is medium full with a great smoothly carbonation. Perfect feel.

D: The 10% is nicely mellowed and the feel makes this drink way too easy. Great depth of flavors makes you slow down, contemplate, and savor the entire brew. Very good.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a creamy, soft, tan, one finger head. It left sticky, intricate patches of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt, caramel, candy sugar and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt with a subtle bitter hop bite. Sugary sweet with a smooth grassy kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat dry. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good barleywine. Too bad it is retired.

zeff80, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle shared with Bananamaniac @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice head.

Smell is very interesting and good. Very hoppy, with notes of citrus and grapefruit. Nice.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with lots of citrus fruits and stuff like that. Notes of chocolate and malt can also be found. I also think I can note som nuts. Ends bitter, though I think it was more bitter last winter I had it (well... it's some months ago, so...). Balanced.

Mouthfeel is very outstanding. Very filling in the mouth... pretty smooth.

A very nice beer!

Ljunkan, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hanging on to this one for several months, and decided to break it out tonight to share with my barleywine-loving friend.

Pours a dense dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Tons of head, as much as you want (that's what she said), that's dense, frothy, light tan, and leaves a beautiful lacing as it drops. Amazing retention for the 10%.

Aroma is of sherry, plum, black currant, licorice, sweet cream, caramel and butter rum, sweet black bread, pine-needle hops, flowers (rose, buttercup, honeysuckle). I had this at 4.5, but I really have to give it a 5. Amazing.

Flavor is much like the nose, with many of the same nuances, but much more harsh bitterness towards the finish... comes in and balances the sweetness very nicely, and overrides at the very end to leave a lingering grapefruit peel/black bread bitterness with pine resin galore. Alcohol comes in just slightly at the end, but far less than you'd expect for 10%.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, almost chewy, with medium low carbonation and a warm, bitter-dry finish.

What can I say? I think this is easily the best barleywine I have ever had. Easily. The complexity is unrivaled in the style, and the balance is very well done. Get your hands on this one.

khiasmus, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired...I'm thinking not. It seems to me this brew #100 is still being produced, seasonally at least.

From the 500ml. brown long-neck, pours a very dark brown ale with a strong two-finger plus head of tan. Good carbonation and head retention keep the looks alive, heavy sticky lace adds a nice touch as well.

Evergreen sweet with a heavy earthy malt nose, upwell with authority. Big fruty bouquet with lots of hops and a ton of malt, are very apparent. Really smells delicious.

Evergreen hops start things off sweet, then back down to let the malts take over. The middle is caramelly and then wham, the hops kick in some serious bitterness that lingers for a while. The alcohol is pushing through all the while, giving this brew a huge flavor burst from start to finish. Although the body is lighter than heavy, the flavors come through very strong and very tasty.

A very big quality ale, that can hold it's own to any barleywine put up against it. I recommend this beauty to any barleywine fiend. Age should further enhance this brew, worth cellaring.

scottoale, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired.

A: Poured a dark, opaque caramel/cola with a creamy moderate beige head that left a good lacing.

S: a sweet roasted malt character, fresh pine, and some citrus.

T: warm and biscuity, with some dried citrus and soft roasted malt notes. There were some light whiskey cask notes sneaking through in the background as well as some dark chocolate, pine, and light sweet molasses. Some dry pine, dark roasted malt provide a nice closing before fading quickly and clean. The flavor is extraoridinary smooth, earthy and well balanced from start to finish.

M: silky and smooth with a soft palate and some dry bittering Columbus hops coming through similar to an Anderson valleys hop ottin but more tame.

D: The flavor was very refined, and soft making for an incredible drinkability factor. Quite possibly the smoothest and most refined barleywine style ive ever had. An incredible recommend.

beerthulhu, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nøgne Ø is in my opinion one of the best breweries in the nordic countries. And this is a really fine brew that is great to share with a friend.

Pours a deep brown colour with a nice beige foam, looks really nice actually. But there's a lot of yeast particles floating around.

The smell is really interesting, lots of citrus fruits and some chocolate. Some wonderful hops in the smell too!

Taste is pretty similar to the smell with a nice bitterness and lots of citrus fruits and notes of chocolate and oats. It's a quite sweet beer actually and the high ABV makes it great to sip on for an hour or two.

Bananaman, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: sweet malt - caramell, toffee, some chocolate, dried fruits and american hops (citric, grassy, a bit earthy).

Taste: really nice smooth toffee, with some chocolate, caramell and burnt notes, cherry, dried fruits (raisins, plum, figs) and american hops. Its quite bitter, as well, but not in a brutal way.
I was really impressed by this one. Its very balanced, with lots of sweet, dark malt and a solid hoppy bitterness. Heja Norge!

simonjohansson, Oct 12, 2008
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.