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

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BA SCORE
90
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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
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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snpub540

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a cloudy reddish, light brown hue. Soft white head that leaves delicate scattered lacing. A nice beer to look at the glass.

Smell is a mixture of dark fruits and bread. There are also some grassy hop notes in there as well.

Taste is a toasty, and slightly chocolatey malt presence up front. Hops are resiny, with pine and grass flavors appearing. The hops flavors are quite mellow. Nice warmth of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel was wonderful. This was smooth and slick at times. Drinkability is good with the alcohol not being a burning sensation but more of a slow warm. Very nice and complex barleywine here.

03-18-2010 23:50:31 | More by snpub540
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flannelman808

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours dark brown and has a garnet undertone. Off white head tops it off somewhat thinly... lacing is there but not too impressive.

S: Maple syrup raisin oatmeal cookie? Lots of complexity here smells good.

D: Wow, great and surprising amount of bitterness here undetected by the palate. Malty sweetness is an afterthought here... I would love to see how this stuff ages. I like a young barley wine but this one will with out a doubt in my mind benefit with some aging.

M: prickly

D: quite high

09-25-2010 07:22:47 | More by flannelman808
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DovaliHops

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours an extremely dark ruby-amber color (almost brown) with a medium off-white head. Scent is pretty unique. I pick up hops with freshly baked goodies. I read some of the previous reviews, and I totally see where someone got oatmeal-raisin cookies from. Sweet malts and a little bit of chocolate as well. Very different smelling BW. Taste is pretty much how I described the scent. First off I get TONS of dark fruits followed by some fresh baked bread flavors with a bit of hops following. Then it finishes with a roasty dark chocolate kinda flavor. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Very tasty. Mouthfeel isn't nearly as chewy as was expected. Surprisingly light mouthfeel (for a BW). The drinkability is fairly high considering the ABV is in the double digits. Got one more of these aging in the "cellar".

10-05-2010 06:54:33 | More by DovaliHops
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

12-27-2008 22:35:46 | More by homebrewhawk
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

01-18-2013 06:34:28 | More by Flounder57
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

A: The beer is rather dark amber in color (close to opaque, unique for a barleywine) and poured into a snifter glass with a creamy white head that's one finger thick.
S: There is an intense, complex aroma with notes of citrusy and piney hops, dark fruits, caramel and chocolate malts, herbs and spices.
T: The overall flavor is very well balanced between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. It's also very complex with notes of notes of caramel, cherries, chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisins and spices.
M: It feels full-bodied and creamy on the palate with lots of carbonation. There is also some alcohol warming.
D: The beer definitely needs to be sipped given the alcohol content. I've never had a barleywine quite as unique as this so I would definitely try it again.

05-25-2010 01:46:52 | More by metter98
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Reviewed from my notes. 8 ounces served in a small tumbler.

A: Big foamy tan head, dark ruby liquid, decent amoutn of carbonation.
S: Lots of bitter hops. Musty pine, touch of citrus. Some sweetness. It smells very much like a double IPA.
T: Oily bitterness. Some nice & sweet malts. A little toffee.
M: On the thicker side and plenty of hop oils. Medium carbonation. Some sticky coating.
D: Very drinkable for the style. Doesn't feel very alcoholic. Lots of good flavors--nothing overpowering. Worth checking out.

01-27-2011 14:22:00 | More by ToasterChef
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StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a ruby brown-black, almost opaque, with a tan dense head that fades but puckers. Nose is dark grain and orange liqueur, together making strawberry with port notes. Licorice, sultana and pumpernickel malts followed by subtle earthy, orange oil hops. Spicy finish, medium-full body, chewy, no real burn.

Brewed on date 8.May.08, so that explains the muted hops - especially with the big American hops - and cooled down alcohol. Not as big as I expected, but that also means it's that much more drinkable.

Still, it'd be nice to taste it young.

04-03-2010 22:18:49 | More by StJamesGate
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

A rich light oak pour with a billowy tan head that has great retention and laces well. The nose has cocoa powder, dark fruit, brown sugar and wood. Complex and deep, which is what I like in a barleywine. Good bitterness on the palate with lots of grapefruit-esque citrus. Behind that there's a solid choclate malt body, with the wood peeking out. A decent fruitiness too, leading up to a lingering warm finish. Medium body with a slick carbonation.

A well-crafted barleywine from this highly impressive Norwegian brewery.

01-16-2011 21:51:46 | More by bobsy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

02-23-2013 12:53:28 | More by peensteen
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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)

12-28-2008 15:41:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

.5L bottle. Batch 446. Brewed 19.08.09. Best before 19.08.14. Found this one at the Vinmonopolet at the Kvadrat in Sandnes. Poured into a wine goblet. Pours a ruby/chocolate brown with a slightly off-white head of a couple fingers. Head has good retention and sticks well to the sides of the glass. Lacing is quite substantial.

Smell is of sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, and birch syrup. I'm also getting some booze aromas emanating from the glass. Slight hint of caramel on the nose as well.

Wow, the alcohol strength of this one just clocked me out of the gate. This one lets you know it registers at 10%! Aside from that, I'm getting a good amount of sweetness--molasses, brown sugar and syrup. Definitely has a syrup-sweetness quality to it. Sweetness really lingers at the end. I'm also tasting some chocolate or caramel at the finish, mixed in with a little nuttiness--walnuts or roasted chestnuts perhaps.

Mouthfeel is slick and sweet (syrupy). Overall good carbonation for the style. This barleywine is a great sipper. Rich and sweet with some roasted chestnut flavors, this would make a great complement to many types of after-dinner treats.

07-04-2011 19:48:39 | More by JohnnyP3
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2%

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.

01-22-2013 01:44:55 | More by spinrsx
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simonjohansson

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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!

10-12-2008 23:19:08 | More by simonjohansson
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Sigmund

Norway

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

(Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Courtesy of Erik Dahl, Venner av Nøgne Ø.) I received this remarkable beer with awe, mixed with great anticipation. Very few litres of #100 have been for sale to the public. Would I like it, or would the massive hops (80 IBU!) be too much for me? The cost of brewing it (= the massive amount of malts and hops required for a batch) made the brewers certain that it would be unprofitable as a permanent brew, particularly with Norwegian alcohol taxes. This impenetrable cloudy dark brown beer pours with a large to moderate tan head. Aroma is simply wonderful - Colombus hops galore, dark chocolate, leather, cigars, pipe tobacco, tar. The complexity remains in the flavour - extremely malty, very sweet, but also extremely bitter. The bitterness (which becomes medicinal and wormwood-like in the aftertaste) prevents me from giving this beer a full score. On a regular basis, I’d prefer Nøgne ؒs God Jul (which is world class this year, IMHO) and also their Porter. But what a great experiment #100 is!

06-17-2007 20:34:55 | More by Sigmund
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Extremely dark body. Not black, but a deep, rich mahogany. No light comes through. head is very dense and doesn't seem to want to go anywhere.

S - So much going on in the nose. Sweetness comes through right away, rich decadent aromas of dark fruit and sweet fudge. Hints of lemon zest linger in the background.

T - A lot like the nose. Fudge is what comes to mind right off the bat with rasins and earth tones complementing the subtlety of the resinous hops. Alcohol definitely leaves a warmth on the finish.

M - exquisitely smooth with light carbonation allowing the flavors to access the palate without any obstructions.

O - A great barleywine that I would love savor again.

09-17-2011 03:34:02 | More by ChimRichels
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champ103

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A large beige head rises to over two finger, and has great retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: A floral, leafy, herbal hop aroma is up front and strong. A light grapefruit bitterness. Lots of other fruity flavors linger as well. A great caramel malt sweetness balances everything out. A really complex nose.
T: Lots of hops, but it is never overly bitter. Floral, grassy, herbal hops again. A light sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. Soapy and oily from the hops. Easy to sip on. I am enjoying this bottle.

This is an excellent American Barleywine. Tons of hops without being overly bitter and some sweetness for balance. Something I highly recommend.

02-20-2010 02:56:49 | More by champ103
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick, muddy consistency. Some floaties. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, malt, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, caramel, hops, and some yeast. A nicely balanced flavor that gets better as it goes along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very well made barleywine. Drinkable.

06-30-2010 13:29:11 | More by avalon07
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

500mL bottle, no date that I can find.

opaque dark brown with just a touch of garnet when held to the light. 1/4" khaki head.

rich malty aroma. another recent review I read said it perfect - the beer smells "savory", like a hearty roasted hunk of red meat. very bold. taste is toasty and sweet, but balanced with spicy herbal notes.

thick, smooth body, easy to drink. no alcohol presence.

very unique and tasty beer. unless this bottle is older than I think and their were hops that fades, I'd describe this as more on an English style barleywine. But whatever it's considered, definitely a success.

05-05-2011 02:01:20 | More by jmdrpi
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

01-23-2009 02:42:10 | More by taylorhamrick
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melagnus

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Moderate pour into snifter produces finger-thick light tan head that produces medium head-retention and slowly fizzles out to thin film. Swirling beer in glass rouses head, alcohol sticks slightly to side of glass, though lacing is not too prevalent. Density of head is quite thick and when poured into a tulip glass, head retention is incredible and produces more lacing than in a snifter! Chill haze provides slightly opaque appearance. Amber-Brown to Brown in appearance (SRM 19) with possibly a slight Ruby hue to it.

S - Intense floral bouquet of hops & malts mix together beautifully! Biscuity note by way of the Maris-Otter Pale Malt mixes with syrupy sweet caramel. Chocolate malts come through with a slightly roasted note, though mild at best. Alcohol fusel tops out the mixture. Slight orange aspect mixes with the chocolate, which makes me think of chocolate orange ice cream that I had once in Paris! No pine resin is noticeable, though with having used Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops, there's no doubt that this beer should be yielding this under different circumstances. Clearly, this beer is malt-forward, which is to style!

F/M - Hops & malts constantly are vieing for position! Chocolate malt and hops leave a bitter kiss on the palate that lingers for some time. Alcohol warms the throat and mouth and a syrupy sweet taste of caramel and raisins helps to balance out the hops. Finish is wet, though does dry out with time, which shows that this beer was aged fairly extensively. A very slight tinge of roasty character does come through, which although isn't to style is welcomed. A piney note comes through when swirling the beer around on the palate, which is interesting, for I wasn't able to pick this up in the aroma. The orange that I noticed in the aroma comes through slightly, though despite the 80 IBUs, this beer maintains impressive notes of malt. With this said, hop-forward it is and the palate is quite taxed after several quaffs! As the beer dries out, lemon drops come to mind and the tongue feels like a tired marathon runner that's looking for more liquid to quench his/her thirst :) Carbonation is medium and provides a bit of tingling feeling and warmth from alcohol is moderate. Wheat malt provides for a bit of grit and chewyness

D/C - This beer at 10% ABV definitely packs a punch! Of all the Barleywines I've had though, this definitely ranks up there as one of the finer! A truly incredible interpretation of New World meets Old World and is something that I would continue to rely on at the ski lodge in Scandinavia.

02-03-2010 01:09:18 | More by melagnus
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

16.9oz bottle receive as an extra in one of my last trades. Many thanks!

A- Pours a deep ruby/brown with a frothy off-white (beige) head. Lots of sticky lacing on my glass.
S- Caramel malty sweetness, raisins. Not as potent as I was expecting.
T- Big sweet malty backbone with a bit of spicy hop bitterness to balance it out. Some roasted notes as well.
M - Medium to full body. Thick, smooth, sweet.
D- Considering high abv and big nature of this beer, drinkability is surprisingly high. Like any beer of this size, it's slightly more than a sipper, but the complexity of flavors makes it easy to finish for the style. Would get again.

Overall - A well done and very solid barleywine. I'm not sure how much time this has had in the cellar, but it tastes like it's been put down for a bit and mellowed out nicely.

10-06-2010 00:36:10 | More by mrandypandy
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3%

500mL bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Somewhat fruity aroma with molasses and sweet malt. The flavor is roasty with dark fruits, vanilla, and subdued hops. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. The 10% alcohol is not noticable at all. Really good stuff.

01-31-2011 01:32:31 | More by chickenm
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3%

Poured from 500 into Cab glass...

This pours much differently from expected. Very dark - almost like an RIS...or a root beer? Hugh 4-finger head so bready I can see layers. Minimal carbonation in root beer-colored, moderately opaque body. Excellent lacing.

Austere, bitter, piney hop aroma. Sweetness emerges from carbonation. Almost a juniper secnt in there. Slight, soapy hop scent mixed with sweetness - almost sarasparilla, in continuing with root beer theme.

Roasted chocolatey malt does not show at all on the nose but it's prevalent in taste. Mild sarasparilla notes - slight hop bitterness flows from grassiness to floral/soapy over time. Slight, nice citrus tang. Well-balanced. Doesn't exactly drink like a barley wine, but very mellow and enjoyable. There's even some apple cider in there for traditional barley wine crowd. Strangely complex and off the reservation; that's a good thing in this case.

There's a puckereing hop feel from start to finish, backed by deep, mellow malt. Alcohol is there but comforting. The balanced caramel syrup consistency works well.

This is very enjoyable stuff - its weight makes it more of a sipper.

04-11-2008 09:19:46 | More by IBUnit63
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

10-14-2009 04:02:18 | More by bluegrassbrew
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.