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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

383 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | 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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tykechandler

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-27-2014 01:42:49 | More by tykechandler
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-19-2013 06:11:45 | More by schnarr84
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%

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

04-10-2013 07:10:34 | More by wordemupg
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Gump

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-15-2009 20:34:07 | More by Gump
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev 0%

This beer poured a dark black (barley wine?) that looked a little smoky through the dimple in the bottom of my tulip with no real color other than the hazy smoke. This was a bit odd for me considering the style. The head was a nice dirt white film.

Smelled of acidic pine and lemon with a distant cocoa and caramel. There was also a distinct leathery smell along with some strawberries.

Tastes dry and hoppy with a tingly bite that picked up some sweet candy corn and a light coffee. This was followed by an astringent dry grain matched up with a similar hop dryness. The artful blend hid a lot well.

Feels heavy, frothy and foamy, but tasty. Seems to work well with the flavors.

Nice, but oddly dark. I enjoyed the use of hops in this one.

11-30-2007 16:56:24 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%

Review from notes - Norway 2011

Three fingers of forthy and thick light tan head fills the top of the glass, sporting a fantastic level of retention for a 10% ABV beer. The body looks big, being an incredibly hazy caramel amber hue. Spongey sheets of lace stick firmly to the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

Heavy on the toasted malts and caramel in the nose. Very bready. The hops come in a sweet and syrupy grapefruit form with spritzy lemon notes behind. A date sweetness makes me think of how viscous the body is. The high ABV is well hidden in this big and syrupy barleywine. There's nothing mindblowing about the nose, but it's still an all around good smelling beer.

Hoppy upfront but not overwhelmingly bitter. The hops come in a more earthy and grassy flavour. The lemony zing is still there and present from start to finish. The malts impart a thick heftiness to the body. I liken their sweetness to caramel drizzled rye bread. The alcohol comes unobtrusively in the finish.

The body is smooth and syrupy with a good level of tingly carbonation. The alcohol is present but its only real indicator is in the heftiness it gives to the body.

A well rounded and tastey American Barleywine. With that being said, nothing stands out to make it outstanding. This is my first Nogne beer and I liked where I started. I'll be taking full advantage of my easy access to their other offerings.

07-17-2011 18:07:12 | More by ludachris
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev 0%

Thick, long-lasting head. The broth is dark brown, but light shines through pretty easily. Nice blanket lace that sticks around throughout the tasting.

Sweet chocolate-caramel aroma. Light hop in the background. Attractive and inviting.

Not as sweet as most Barley Wines, but it is very rich. There's an excellent hop bite to balance the beer. This has been a superb balance to tangy barbecue ribs. In the aftertaste, the alcohol shows up along with lingering sugars and hop bitterness. If there is such a thing as a balanced Barley Wine, this would be it.

05-08-2011 19:33:00 | More by smcolw
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srandycarter

California

4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-02-2009 04:43:37 | More by srandycarter
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Duff27

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev 0%

A- Big two-fingered off-white head on a dark brown body. Awesome head retention and lacing.

S- Big whiff of earthy hops

T- Lower hop profile than the nose would indicate, still there though.

M- Medium to medium thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D/O- Solid interpretation from Nøgne Ø. Glad they brought it back and at a nice price point ($9) to boot. Would buy again, recommend for barleywine lovers.

12-23-2011 02:38:11 | More by Duff27
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-18-2013 01:59:51 | More by WeedKing4
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%

Brown and hazy with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet malts with brown sugar. Flavor is sweet rich malt that's nicely supported by a moderate bitterness. The malts definitely lead but the hops show its American influence. A creamy, silky feel with a nice low carbonation. I'm not a big barleywine fan but I enjoyed this one.

08-13-2013 07:23:33 | More by GJ40
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beergoot

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev 0%

Deep chestnut red body smother with a very thick, very chunky off-white, sticky head. Dates and prunes along with molasses, almost smokey grains, caramel and toffee in the aroma. Surprisingly mild taste overall (perhaps due to the relative age of this bottle); soft depths of sweetness bolstered with a nicely balanced bitterness and alcohol warmth. Heavy mouthfeel, vinous, smooth.

A big beer with a deceivingly mild character. I was expecting to be hammered with malt sweetness and a strong, boozy taste, but this one came across quite easy drinking compared to many other offerings from the northern Europe regions. Perhaps this all came from letting the bottle sit for most of the year in a relatively temperate environment, but no matter what, this is one fine and approachable big beer.

12-10-2012 00:45:03 | More by beergoot
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

02-10-2013 04:58:59 | More by andrenaline
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ricke

Sweden

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

08-22-2009 21:38:47 | More by ricke
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

500ml bottle from the LCBO December release. Bottled in July, BB 2016.

Poured into a Belgian ale goblet. Dark nutty Chestnut in colour, good half inch of froth, sturdy retention, icicles of lacing.

Nice combination of smells here that are pleasant, though they are a little tricky to pin down. The sweet malt of a Barleywine, smoke, raisins, resin and citrus hops, bubblegum or a sweet candy of some sort, chocolate malt.

A little boozy, but quite enjoyable. Lots going on here as well. I think this is a brew that is up to personal interpretation, as I see many different notes cropping up in other review , some that I get, some I don't. I definitely get nice resin hops, raisins or grape, sweet malt a bit of caramel, spices (ginger and cinnamon). It's a complex ale and a tasty one at that.

Nice feel to this, good crisp carbonation, warmth from the booze, medium feel, slightly creamy.

Great brew, will get again while it's here.

12-11-2012 03:13:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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asabreed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

16.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Very dark, murky amber brown color, which is almost hazy opaque, which may not make sense. Good tan lacing that's pretty dense and is slow to dissipate. A swirl of the glass recharges, if you will, the carbonation quite nicely as the bubbles slide slowly down the glass each time it happens.

Smell: Candied grapefruit and brighter fruit and berries esters are initially the biggest thing here, along with fresh leafy tobacco, mocha and mild black coffee, some funk and sweat sock, caramel and maple syrup, red fruits like berries along with hints of cherry and strawberry. All seems to be buried under huge spiciness and citrus from the meld of all the hop varieties.

Taste: Big spiciness off the bat, combined with a good sense of citrus bitterness and sweetness. There's some mild coffee, tobacco, a lot of earthiness and grain, some underlying buttery caramel and cream. Also the notes of bright strawberry is here more in the taste, and it finishes long with a good amalgam of bitter and sweeter earthy citrus from the hops, with lingering strawberry fighting its way through.

Mouthfeel: A big beer that's also ultra-creamy and dense, with near-perfect carbonation from the first sip to the last. Nogne Ø seems to always be pretty awesome in this area, for at least the few that I've had thus far.

Drinkability: I understand why these brews are so much, but I'm always a bit hesitant to pay the around $10 price for one bottle. That said, I sipped this for over three hours, and I enjoyed everything about it. I'm just not sure it's all I expected and more, which was what I was hoping for. I wonder how great this would be in bourbon barrels, even though many breweries seem to be doing that these days. This is such a solid beer overall, and everything they do is quality, that it's hard to find something to pick on at all. And though I'm not, I just wonder if for the price, you couldn't get a few domestics just as good, since more and more domestic craft and microbreweries seem to be stepping it up with the style.

02-21-2010 21:38:37 | More by asabreed
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Pint sized bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours such a dark brown color, it is almost black with blood red highlights. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A nice resiny dry leather profile. Bits of spice and a malty backbone of toasted caramel.

(T)- Quite a nice combo of mildly toasty caramel malt, subtle dark fruits, and a leathery resin-like hop character.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A seamless and well integrated beer that showcases the heavy malt, hop profile, and high ABV without it being overbearing or too rich. In fact, this is quite smooth with only a dry finish to remind you of the 10%ABV.

(D)- Quite the solid barleywine here. Nogne has really been hit or miss with me with what I have tried from them thus far, but this one is a successful one. Great on this bitter/chilly night.

01-29-2012 17:04:39 | More by sweemzander
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SleepyMonk

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Chilled 500ml brown glass bottle with plain and decidedly "home brew" looking label thats all business. Other than the brewers logo and brew name the label is comprised of Norwegian text. Google translate gave me some help and a little common sense indicates that this brew is from batch number 365 and best before 28 May 2013. This one was brewed on 28 May 2008 and I am consuming at 8 June 2009.

Pours into a tulip glass with a solid amount of 3 finger head and presents as a deep tan color. As the head drops away slowly we see thick, if not creamy, lacing.

Held in front of the face the body is straight up black. Even held up to the light the black remains, indeed it wasn't until the glass was held next to a halogen bulb that any color emerged. That color was blood red, it was very much accurate to blood.

Aroma is dominated with a saturated hops smell supported by brown sugars and roasted dark fruits. Whilst the head was settling those hops where a little drowned out by a medicinal theme. Interestingly that disappeared as the brew was moved about and warmed up.

I will be honest here and say that my first impression upon tasting this beer was that it had been over hyped. The first sip was so intense in dark flavor and resin mouthfeel that I thought i'd be sick. That was over really quickly as that intensity gave way to some very well crafted tastes.

That dark resin upon initial taste becomes a well driven malt cut with roasted fruits, its almost a christmas fruit cake in a beer!

The mouthfeel is grainy with a herb spice twang. The alcohol is noticeable throughout the entire mouthfeel spectrum but at 10% thats bound to happen.

Quick summary: It looks like blood if you hold it to the light, it smells like a bucket full of hops and cake mix and it tastes like that too except with some damn fine malt thrown in for god measure.

If ever there was a late cold night sipper this was it, warms you up lie a log fire. Very damn nice indeed.

06-08-2009 13:28:17 | More by SleepyMonk
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

#100 pours a dark brown w/ a nice one finger chocolate head. This is one dark barleywine... must be the chocolate malt. Slightly above average lacing on my snifter. The nose is really nice. Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops here- and the really the majority of what I get. Ok- there's a hint of the chocolate malt on the taste. Caramel, grapefruit and raisin in there too. Also, a hop bomb just went off in my mouth- but in a good way. Big malt backbone, but the hops have literally destroyed my taste buds within 3 tastes. This is borderline 4.5, but not quite. Feel is medium full, with a hop bitter aftertaste. Dry finish as well. Probably the best aspect of this brew. Overall, this is a nice barleywine- I'd buy it again. Cheers.

11-13-2011 01:20:21 | More by jayhawk73
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

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
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yngvar

Norway

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottled. (#150) What better name of a beer to rate as beer no 100 than this? Dark copper with dense, beige/light tan head. It’s hazy, but that’s not easy to see because of the rather dark color. Nice carbonation too, and the head stays quite nice. Aroma is mostly fruity bitterness with pine. Flavor is hops, fruity, alcohol and malt. Caramel-sweet, malty beginning that quickly turns into bitterness and warming alcohol, and more bitterness towards the finish. Had this some times earlier at Uptown pub in Kristiansand, but they serve it directly from the fridge. It needs 12-15º C to show all of itselves. (051011)

09-13-2007 09:45:57 | More by yngvar
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SShelly

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

pours a murky brown with low offwhite head that fades fast.

Aroma is heavy on the hops with some spicy sweetness behind.

flavor has some malt and caramel that is mostly covered up by large hop flavors, some hop bitterness clings on the pallet.

this beer is suprisingly thin, the mid palate flavor is a little oily.

A good beer but I was expecting more, could be phenomenal if it had a larger malt backbone to support all of the the hops.

01-17-2010 03:27:18 | More by SShelly
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.