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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

378 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 378
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 32 | 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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Pencible

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with some light tan head. It smelled like the gummy coke bottle candy (?) with birch root and sassafras and juniper and very earthy barley. It tasted like birch root and juniper, with earthy caramel and some medicinal flavors. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter/sour/dirty aftertaste. Overall this was a very strange beer that's hard to comprehend as a barleywine. It was very earthy and herbal, reminding me most of DFH's Sah'tea, but heavier. It had good body and the alcohol wasn't too noticeable, so it wasn't difficult to drink once I acclimated to the taste. Recommended if only for the novelty and experience (not for the quality or true enjoyment).

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 18:55:39 | More by Pencible
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, cloudy milk chocolate brown color, with a remarkably firm beige head. Lots of lace stick and has that all-around classic barleywine appearance.

The aroma, however, is nothing I'd equate with a barleywine. It's good though, just has an herbal element that reminds more of a hi-test winter warmer; jasmine, rose, spruce and pine needles come to mind (nose) and not a whole lot of malt or vanilla or alcohol as I might normally expect in the style. Still, whatever is going on here is nice.

The malt comes back in on the tongue, although it's got an exotic toffee-like brightness, and none of the heavier, burlier maltiness of many other BWs. Again a pronounced herbal character forms the basis of this beer, including a rather bitter, astringent hop presence. Spruce-like hoppiness features in the finish, with toffee-like malt further back. Chocolate, fig and raisin try and push through, but that evergreen hop character pushes right back. Alcohol is cool and nearly invisible.

The feel is wonderful, rounded and supremely creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation providing tickle.

The pine-needle hoppiness overtakes the malt in #100, reminding me of when barleywines are very young and in need of cellaring. Would like to try this again in a year or so...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 21:48:25 | More by Metalmonk
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a tawny, almost cola brown color with a magnificent head that sits atop the liquid and refuses to budge, just gradually slipping down in size while leaving clumps of foam stickage

Smell: Rich malty aroma, with wafts of caramel, tobacco, mint and citrus pith

Taste: The addition of the chocolate malt creates a chocolate mint character to the caramel and raisin toast malt bill; by mid-palate, the pith and pine adds a nice hoppy dimension; after the swallow, the flavors merge together and provide a nice balance between the big malt bill and the bitter hops

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet but the alcohol is not at all hot

Drinkability: A really nice beer that shows off the chocolate malt in a unique fashion that really works when blended with the English malts, the wheat and the American hops

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 01:52:20 | More by brentk56
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 1 pint 9 ounce bottle with no freshness date. I poured it into a pilner glass, I got about 4 inches of head that stayed for about 5 minutes. Strong scents of dark dried fruits raisins, prunes, some apricots, and green grapes. More prune and malt taste. Some strong grape juice flavor. Really no hop notes. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and booze is very heavy in the flavor. Drinkable nature is low.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 20:23:09 | More by mtnbikerpa
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voteforgoat

California

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

got it as a gift - thanks tony!

a - slightly cloudy, dark golden brown color. nice head, not much lacing, but long-lasting pleasant amount of carbonation

s- very appealing, hops, "dark fruit/raisins" whatever that means.

t- smooth barley wine, has very roasty taste and coffee notes. . reminds me of a stout but it is def. still a barley wine. very fun to drink.

m- nice thickness and light frothiness.

d- i could drink this for a while. the alcohol is very well masked, exceptionally well-masked even. this could be a treacherous drink.

the cost is holding me back from stock piling this beer. That's the reason I've never bought it. I would love to have some of these sitting around in my house.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 05:49:11 | More by voteforgoat
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky brown/red color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and some citrusy hops (grapefruit, apricot). It tastes like toasted/grainy malt, grassy and citrusy hops, and a bit of dark fruit. There's also a long lasting bitter hoppy finish. The hops overpower the malty flavors in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK enough brew, but I don't think it's something I'd buy very often.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 22:27:11 | More by bluejacket74
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John_M

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's the other day.,

The beer pours an amber brown color with good retention and lacing. Alas, this was to be as good as things get. The nose is fairly malty, but a bit light. However, there is some noticeable brown sugar and a hint of citrus, but otherwise I don't get a lot to the aroma profile. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and tastged side by side with Deaue, double crooked tree and blue dot, this is almost a joke. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but there just isn't enough flavor to be very impressive. Also, this beer has some noticeable heat and alcohol, which detracts from the beer's drinkability just a bit.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but can't say it's anything that would make me want to try this beer again either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 00:35:16 | More by John_M
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

13oz's in a tulip glass at Capone's.

A- Dark brownish with some plum red spots, very dark for a DIPA/Barleywine? Alot of activity in the glass made for a pillow of a medium dark tan fluff that had some of that sticky stuff, lines going down the sides.

S- This ale smells like a small barleywine mixed with some Belgian dark. The hops don't come off like a American Barleywine at all, some of the 3-C's but nothing exploding. Citrus and a few malt varieties and some yeast making for a semi fruity nose and a even less hoppy one.

T- Citrus up front with grapefruit and other minor tropic fruits. In the middle the hops fade off making way for a semi spicy middle with a touch of fresh wheat mixed in for a yeasty finish. There is a taste of alcohol in this 9-10%er. Does not taste like a DIPA, more like a very old (aged) American Barleywine.

M,D- More malty than hoppy, there is not enough bitterness to classify this as American B-Wine territory. Just a mention of bitterness on the tounge while the wheat and malts work the mouth. The body is above medium with a smooth mellow carbonation that is not all that crisp. I had 13oz of this and while I liked it, I was over this before those 13oz were finished. I guess this is really a mix of a DIPA/B-Wine, an odd mix, that get's the job done I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 16:25:32 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at capones

A- dark brown with red orange highlights. Nice finger thick cap of rather dense tan head.

S- sweet and roasty malts with lots of bold hops. Grapefruit and oranges.

T- lots of the grapefruit again with the orange playing a smaller role. Chocolate malts giving a more complex flavor profile then the average abw. Hints of candied fruit with warming and a bit of spice.

M- medium to full body with ample carb to carry the viscosity.

D- big stuff with a lot going on enjoyed my 13 oz but that was enough. Good stuff but not the best of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 23:13:48 | More by oglmcdgl
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dirtylou

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V scandanavian tasting

appearance: served in belgian chalice - cloudy amber body, light beige ring

smell: subtle - malty, lightly spicy alcohol, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar

taste: lacks the punch i would expect from an american barleywine - nice hop bitterness, malty caramel core, moderate alcohol presence, bready, brown sugar

mouthfeel: less bitter and less syrupy then many american contemporaries

drinkability: fine

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 02:56:45 | More by dirtylou
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StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 22:18:49 | More by StJamesGate
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to my brother for bringing this one to me from Louisiana.

The beer pours a murky medium-brown color with a large, cream-colored head. the aroma is licorice with some nutmeg and malt. The flavor is caramel malt along with piney and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This was an older bottle so the hops probably faded a bit, but it was still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 23:27:32 | More by Mora2000
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snpub540

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes: 2/23/10

A: Deep, murky mahogany. Large pillowy head. Tight bead and clingy lace.

S: Candied fruits and faint, mild hops. Some vanilla.

T: Nice rich malt sweetness. Toasty and biscuit-like. Buttery finish. Kind of reminded me of a mild red wine in some ways. A dose of centennial hops makes an appearance near the finish.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Velvety mouthfeel with the right amount of linger.

D: Does not drink @ 10%abv. Warmth not present in the smell or on the palate.

Became better and better as it warmed. I've read that this was intended to be an American DIPA by the brewer, and that the U.S. version of this bottle was labeled incorrectly as a Barleywine. I have no idea if that is even remotely valid, but it was in my head as I drank this one. I would have pegged this as a Strong Dark Ale. The 1st thing that comes to mind is Trois Pistoles. Whatever it is or isn't, I like it a lot. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 22:52:10 | More by AdamGarcia
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

1pt .9fl oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured the color of cola, perhaps a touch redder, with a creamy, one inch off-white head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with swaths of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is assertively hoppy in the forefront with some sugary malt in the background and a boozy alcohol/medicinal quality at the back.. Front starts off sugary/malty with a mild dark fruit character, gradually giving way to a light bitterness that peaks and lingers at the finish. A caramel character also comes out as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light, subtly carbonated and slightly creamy. Solid example of the style. This one has a couple years on it, so it's evened out a little bit (it must have been quite hoppy in it's prime) - might pick up another bottle to see how it mellows in a couple more years.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 02:02:55 | More by Jwale73
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ndolover

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off this is not an American Style Barley Wine...but that doesn't mean it is not great!

A: A bit cloudy and murky...tons of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Dark brown with a nice brown collar that clings to the glass.

S: Roasty malt backbone with up front hop aroma consisting of citrus American hops, cascade, simcoe, etc. Noticed pinabpple, and as it warms grapefruit.

T: Fresh hop burst surrounds a nice roasty malt flavor, chocolate, biscuit, and bread notes dance nicely.

M: Warm, medium body with nice carbonation, I love the bottle condition and it seemed to have traveled well!

D: Overall a wonderful beer to drink! I would think of this as an American black IPA instead of a Barley wine. GET THIS BEER!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:14:57 | More by ndolover
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asabreed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:38:37 | More by asabreed
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champ103

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've reviewed this in the bottle before, but I just had it on tap and there were some differences. I'll copy and paste from my other review and CAPS the differences:

the appearance of this beer is just okay. more like a quad than a barleywine: a dark, murky brown with light brown tints when illuminated, and pillowy tan two finger head. the smell is of pine nuts, figs, LOTS OF SWEET CHERRIES, and a sweet, burnt malt.

the flavor is big time alcoholic, WITH SOME, BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF HOPS, MAKING IT MUCH LESS BITTER THAN IN THE BOTTLE. burnt after-taste, THOUGH NOT AS MUCH ON TAP. in that capacity it reminds me of Full Sail's Old Boardhead Barleywine, though much smoother all-around. Sweet fruit up front (figs, mango, caramelized apple, HUGE AMOUNTS OF CHERRIES) accompanied by a brown sugar sweetness, all of which is forgotten in the burnt grapefruit-hoppy middle, finish and aftertaste. a very good beer that is pleasant to drink, but perhaps a little less complex than i like the style to be (HERE THE SWEETNESS, AS OPPOSED TO THE BITTERNESS IS OVERBEARING).

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, and WELL CARBONATED, THOUGH NOT AS MUCH SO AS IN THE BOTTLE. it foams thickly on the palate (a characteristic ive never experienced to this extreme before) instead of "popping" all over. the drinkability is pretty good, though it is very full-bodied and filling when it hits the stomach.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 06:12:38 | More by jdklks
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Patrick999

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

It's been a little while since I reviewed a beer. #100 for my 450th review.

I chose the big balloon snifter for this one. Wow, does this look appetizing. First of all, this is a really dark barleywine; it has a dark cherry wood color. Awesome foam with great retention and swirl-ability. Outstanding.

Some light smokiness in the aroma along with raisin and bright hops.

Hmmm. After a promising start, I just cannot say that I am crazy about the flavor here. Where to begin....it seems very lacking up front, without much malty sweetness, just a little straight-up bitter chocolate, quickly transitioning into what I can only describe as a dull bitter hop character. Very bitter, and not in a very interesting way, I'm afraid. It's hoppy as hell, sure. Yet while b-wines like Bigfoot, Old Guardian, Old Ruffian and the like are all hoppy as hell, they back it up with something, imbue it with some nice malt character to play off the hops. This doesn't have that. I have no doubt that there's plenty of malt in here...but it's just not working for me, it's not creating any meaningful balance. Sorry. I really didn't expect to rate this so poorly.

Feel is fine. Hell, feel is excellent. Good creaminess, very good soft carbonation. I only wish I was enjoying the taste more.

For me, this beer pretty much excels in all areas except actual taste. Damn. I was expecting an easy overall score of 4.0+. I have no reason at all to believe this is a bad bottle, either. It just comes off to me as bitter hop for the sake of bitter hop....I can find more interesting hop/malt interplay in west coast DIPAs, even. It doesn't seem well thought-out, which I find surprising given that I've absolutely loved every Nogne O beer I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 23:03:58 | More by Patrick999
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becktone

Ohio

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

From notes 1-4-10

Eye: Brown in color and clear looking, though you can't tell because the color is so dark, with garnet highlights. Head is creamy and thick looking, tan in color with about 3/4 finger head retention and good lacing. They don't get better than this.

Nose: Aroma fills the room once this brew is poured. Alcohol is strong. Huge malt sweetness. The aroma is so strong I can taste it on the back of my tongue, all the sweet malted barley notes. Upon further inspection, with my nose to the glass I get a bunch of dark fruits and sweet candied aromas, though its definitely not like to that of any belgian, not nearly as fruity. This aroma is very familiar, just hard to put a finger on....

edit: dark fruit character akin to prunes, weak aroma of a mash being done whilst brewing, but not nearly as heavenly or strong....more hop than anything, green a bit floral and definitely resinious...kinda smells like fresh hops....this was definitely dry hopped...resiny and leafy green and sticky like whole hops just before being added to kettle.

Tongue: Alcohol is evident and definitely does alot to balance out the sweetness. Bitterness from hops along with some grassy notes sit on the back of the tongue. Toasty notes in the finish lingering on in the aftertaste. Notes of grain bitterness, though not as in a stout...they're here but are again balanced and subdued by alchol and malt flavor. I'm finding it hard to describe this beer, its good but I'm not sure how to describe it. Bitterness is high and gives some seriously needed balance to the brew. If bitterness weren't where it is this beer wouldn't work. All in all pretty good, I think I'd still go for Old Guardian over this though.

Feel and Drinkability: Finish is clean and dry, leaves you wanting more, very dry almost to the point of parching the palate, making the tongue feel swollen. Carbonation is low as it should be and for a 10% beer and a barley wine its not nearly as warming as I thought it'd be. For a barley wine this is an easy drinker, though I'm not sure that is what I really want when it comes to the style, I want something that demands sipping. I mean this doesn't demand sipping, it doesn't encourage quaffing either, but I think it goes down "too easily" for a barleywine. Body is slick and full and leaves some alcohol on the palate after being swallowed. Good beer, but not great. Give it a shot, but I'm still a much bigger fan of Old Guardian. Very good, but should not be almost ten dollars for a single, then again its an import so I'll deal...I love everything else I've had from Nogne-O and I like this one too. Sweet and sticky on the lips....

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:57:21 | More by becktone
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SShelly

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:27:18 | More by SShelly
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 20:27:43 | More by weissbierdrinker
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elgiacomo

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 05:22:59 | More by elgiacomo
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.