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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jordantb313, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 9/4/13

A dark brownish amber with enough clarity to see a 1/3 of the distance to the other side under the foam, looks thick with some bubbles struggling to stream up the side of the glass. Some random chunks floating around and a very long lasting light brown head leaves plenty of random unorganized lace deep down the glass

S piney citrus rind and a heavy blast of caramel, herbal hops and faint coco powder mix with some faint booze and dark bread

T a slight nutty aspect seems out of place but works, more malty sweetness mixing up with some piney rind, old DIPA or a young BW you tell me,some faint milk chocolate s it wrms

M thick and syrupy with low carbonation but enough for it to work, sticky on the lips with a bitter kick, rind, burnt brown sugar and pine resin lingers long on the finish

O some dark malt notes add a strange mix to this brew, to me it seems lost between styles or perhaps I caught it at an awkward age, either way I like it a lot but would rather have it super fresh or in a couple years

pretty solid brew with a well hidden 10% waiting to kick your ass, still pretty hoppy for a BW and the malt has some dark notes that I don't think works against it but leaves something unique in your glass. Not only am I going to grab one for long term aging I'm going to look for a fresh batch out of hopped up curiosity

wordemupg, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of duracell
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a snifter. Had it in December 2012.

A - Pours an amber/mahogany color with an small, off-white head with low retention. Leaves a thin topping on the beer.

S - Loads of aromatic hops (floral and herbal). Caramel, toffee, blackberries.

T/M - Aromatic hops dominate up front with a good malt backbone. Caramel, plums, raisins, a hint of diacetyl in the the second third of the palate. Ends with a medium bitterness, some spicy and caramelized notes that linger. Body on the high side. Extremely smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - Amazing beer! Top notch interpretation of the style. Well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

duracell, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Giggy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Giggy, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev -0.7%

kaneel, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of timeo
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

timeo, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of valianes
3/5  rDev -25.6%

valianes, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

warnerry, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Ralphus
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany brown.. turbid. Head dissipates to thin ring of foam.

S: Cherries, licorice, alcohol, sweetness. Nice.

T: Sweet fruit, big malt character and a finishing of balancing hops. Its good!

M: Smooth and full bodied.

O: A dark, fruity, sweet American Barleywine. Its very enjoyable and they have done a good job hiding much of the alcohol.

Ralphus, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of alelover
4/5  rDev -0.7%

alelover, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Matagal
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Matagal, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Eucrid
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Eucrid, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of CharlatanSin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

CharlatanSin, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber-brown colour, ring of off white head, some lace. Smell is full of citrus, hoppy with pine and dank notes, malty, caramel and toffee, bit of darker fruit, raisin and sugars. Taste has a big hop presence, dank pine, citrus, caramel malt, a bit of cocoa flavours toward the finish, hoppy aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium-full body. Solid hop forward barley wine, ABV goes undetected, quite easy drinking and worth coming back to.

peensteen, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

YamagamiTravis, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first glass poured a dark chestnut brown, while the second glass was just as dark, but hazier as well. Tastes of dark fruits, with breaded malt and a slight roasted chocolate to go with the hops in the finish. For being a big beer at 10%, it does drink pretty good as there is no alcohol burn. But your body definately feels it! A good barleywine overall.

WeedKing4, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to peensteen for the hook-up on this treat.

A - Pours a murky brown colour, ruby red hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by citrus hop notes, earthy cedar notes, caramel, burnt toast and a hint of oak.

T - The citrus flavours dominate, earthy cedar notes continue to come through alongside a heavy rye bready malt flavour, citrus bitterness lingers alongside a hint of ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of heat on the finish.

O - A tasty brew and one of my favourites from this brewery. Super glad to have had an opportunity to try it. Incredibly drinkable whose ABV goes almost unnoticed.

andrenaline, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Zachtheporter, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany color with orange edges. The frothy espresso colored head lasts a short while, mustering up plenty of lace trails and patches on the glass. The aroma is equal parts roasty, chocolaty malts and citric, pithy hops. Eucalyptus, pine and lemon hop notes hit first in the taste. A wall of malts mixed with a warming, spicy alcohol kick show shortly after. Rum cake, cherries, vanilla and cocoa all show. There's a whiff of soy sauce as well. The finish is moderately bitter and boozy. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lots of dextrins. Carbonation is creamy in texture.

This is a good, hop forward Barleywine. Lots of complexity and a unique hop profile. The only drawback is the immodest alcohol taste - understandable for the ABV, but many others have done much better. Still though, this is a great winter sipper. Worth a try for sure.

CAMRAhardliner, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of mtbdonn
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Beers of Europe in Kingland, England
A-Poured a thick murky bownish, light carbonation and head, with a bit of floating sediment, light lacing
S-Sweet, hints of caramel, some light hints of pine and citrus, hops
T-Heavy, a little oily, again with the light citrus and hops, pine and like the smell pleasantly sweet and hoppy combination
M-Thick and chewy with creamy carbonation.
O-Interesting version of a Barley wine I'm not accustomed to, appears dark but tastes light and at 10% the ABV is well hidden in the taste, though I can feel the effects. I do like this brew, but it is an expensive one.

mtbdonn, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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, Jan 29, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.75$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some notes of chocolate and dark fruits. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste with a hop bitterness and some heat from the booze.

Overall – Lots of different flavours going on and I can feel the booze almost instantly. This is a really good barley wine that I hope gets even better with age. I tucked a few bottles away to see how it develops.

spinrsx, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy off white head that reduced to a thin layer and left some crazy lacing on the glass. It is a dark brown/pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through or on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mmmmm, malty goodness. Caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, and dark fruits. Some boozy alcohol in the end too.

Taste: The taste follows along the same line as the aromas. You do get a little smoke, tobacco, and leather qualities too. There is some boozy alcohol at the end too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, a little bitterness, and quite enjoyable too.

Overall: Pretty solid barleywine here folks. The smokey, tobacco, and leather characteristics give this beer a twist on what I am normally used to from the style.

Flounder57, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Yabev15, Jan 17, 2013
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.