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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

373 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 373
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared pint bottle thanks to JSquires via Papsoe. Big head with soapy bubbles on brown, lacing. Very bitter, carbonation tingle the tongue. Hop oily, herbal character. Warming alcohol. Did not get the malt and the balance, rather astringent hop leaf.
Second bottle via Boutip, fresher and 8 months later, An imperial pale, quoting Old Faithful. Dark, piney, lacey. Well done and upgraded substantially.
Had it again two years later, appearance of black with lots of lace and big head. Aroma of barley and hops. Just as big and different.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 04:00:08 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 15:05:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a nice medium foamy head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma of bitter and slightly piney hops is mix with some nice caramel malt. Taste is somewhat reminiscent of an hoppy porter (maybe because of the color) with load of roasty/sweet caramel malt and a bitter and slightly piney finish. Body has real creamy texture with medium carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. If I had to rate to style, then I’m not sure this would score very highly since it is quite off for the style. Since I am not rating to style, I thought this was a really good beer that doesn’t really fit into a define style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 19:49:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer enjoyed at Pazzo's. And, got to meet and share a pint with another BA.

The beer begins Barleywine-ey enough with a deep mohogany hue, froathy golden-ish head that rises to about 1/2" and remains. Lots of lacing left behind. Mild haze keeps it from perfection.

Strong hoppy and fruity aromas. The lable boasts the use of a lot of 'C' hops and they aren't kidding. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes rising through the yeasty fruitiness and insane malts. Barley takes the aromas of molassas, caramel, and toffee while adding a toasty note.

Flavor do a leapfrog with the malts leading the way. Strong barley malt flavors of the molassas and toffee give a lot of melanoidin taste and just the right amount of sweetness. Hop flavor is still strong with the more pine than citrus and weaves beautifully in and out of the alcohol taste and bite. English yeast gives a lot of fruit flavors and keeps the beer maybe a bit sweeter than American yeast varieties.

Very bold maltiness holds onto some sweetness and keeps the beer a tad heavy. Hop bitterness again works well with the warming alcohols to disguise any would-be bite or astringency. Very heavy and full to the entire mouth, but the malt attenuation keeps it pleasantly drinkable.

The beer reminds me a lot of Old Guardian, but a bit sweeter, fruitier, and with a bit more residual sweetness on the palate. A very enjoyable session.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 04:03:34 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a huge, foamy beige head. Copious amounts of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a blending of freshly-peeled citrus fruits and burnt chocolate cookies.

Taste: Double Fudge cookies with a reasonable sweetness that blends into an oven-roasted fruitiness and the taste of creosote-soaked citrus hops. A mild smokiness appears midway, as does the taste of hearty nine-grain bread. Finishes dry and bitter with an extra helping of roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting, unique hrbid beer for sure with plenty to offer and begs (if not requires) to be sipped.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 22:34:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have looked forward to getting this beer for sometime and now I know why,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark brown with a tight formed almond colored head that left broken lace as it settled as I worked my way down the glass.Whoo intense aromas big leather and hop resin along with quite an alcohol kick nearly boozy but oh so inviting a prune/raisin element is there as well.Flavors are complex to the hilt as well as being potent,deep molasses and licorice combined with deep hoppy resiny goodness as well as a unrestrained alcohol shot really makes this a monster,the flavors are awesome all that in your face deep malt and intense hop really makes it a sipper.English Barley Wine are you kidding me?This is American style no doubt with the deep intense hop profile makes it American style easily,just a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 22:50:11 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:05:24 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Nogne 0 #100 Barleywine

"Most enjoyable in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire." Well, here I am in a run-of-the mill chair at the kitchen table...gonna have to move to the comfortable chair over in the living room. Near the fireplace, ...now, we're cookin'...it's not roaring, though...but it's good enough...

except that I forgot that it's the cat's chair now...okay, I'm on the couch then...

and pouring into my seldom-used Thomas Hardy's Ale snifter...

dark brown, big carbonation, huge head, filling most of this small snifter, a rich, roasty tan color...beautiful

aroma: cocoa, cola, nuts, and then wine, ripe dark fruits, and it develops and becomes richer and more brandy-like as we continue...a bit woody, as well...the more I drink it in through the nose, the more complex and wonderful it becomes...gorgeous.

Drink it, already!
Solid stuff, here, a mad charge on the palate, a motley mix of flavors at loose in the mouth...the wood, the chocolate malt, some bittersweet notes, (plenty hoppy, this, it turns out, at 80IBU), some dark fruit, ...an intriguing blend. Normally, I don't find so much chocolate in such a hoppy barleywine...plenty of American hops, Centennial, Cascade...no, Chinook, and Columbus...there's three of the C's anyway...
"Brewing in traditional styles, but throughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing, these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course."

What an incredibly interesting barleywine, like nothing I've ever tasted! Like a stout, then an IPA, but strong enough to be an Imperial Stout. Rich malt, then bright, bold hops, along comes chocolate, followed by fruit. Long finish, but not obtrusive, nice and sold, laying in for the long haul.

This is exactly like they describe it, a brew for relaxing after a long evening, taking your time, and taking comfort from the rigors of the day and the demands that winter takes on us all.

Great stuff. Once again, the Norwegian's are showing they can do it as well as anyone! Go, Grimstad!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 22:04:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some fruit, a good amount of hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of chocolate and fruit. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid barleywine worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 03:15:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes

Pours a ruby tinged copper with fluffy tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Leafy & herbal hops, plus some lemony hops, fades a bit once warm

T: Herbal hops, biscuitty malt, orange peel & a tinge of booze up front. Leafy hops, apricots, pineapple, doughyness & plums are all there as this warms. Finishes piney with caramel & breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with moderate carbonation & a nice oilyness from the hops

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV, this one really impressed me

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 04:00:21 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! Wow, what a great hop nose. It has a tremendous citrus character that's complimented with a light caramel malt aroma. The taste is great as well! The aroma really translated to the taste. It's a hop bomb for sure with mostly pale malts and a hint of caramel/chocolate for complexity. There is a bit of yeast fruitiness that mixes well with the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific barleywine. It's highly drinkable and has a lovely hop character. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 00:47:18 | More by WesWes
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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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zeff80

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 03:57:15 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this guy sittin around for a while, waiting for a good day to crack it. It's probably about a year old. Low and behold, I get home tonight and its snowing, in the middle of October. I guess that makes it a great time to crack a barleywine. Poured this baby into my Allagash tulip like glass.

A: Pours with a big frothy dark, creamy, stout like 1-finger sized head with lots of bigger bubbles in the middle. Color is very dark reddish brown raisin like color, that barely lets any light through. I actually had to look through the very bottom point of the glass to see the color, and there looks to be quite a bit of sediment, but its hard to see with all the darkness. It leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it departs the glass towards my stomach by way of my mouth. A really dark barleywine that is pretty reminiscent of a stout from the looks, can't wait to taste. Oh yeah, gotta nose it first.

N: Whoa nose is pretty good, not what I expected. Huge dark malt kick with lots of dark sweet fruits, molasses, raisins, come crystal malt and chocolate malts. A nice chocolate and roasted malt kick in the center. I also get some of that Belgian like sweet sugar converted to alcohol aroma, which is very pleasant. The nose just beckons to you with a dark, rich, heavy, malty, full aroma that readies you for a huge beer yet to be tasted.

T: And yet to be tasted is about to become has been tasted. Wow, sweetness bombs your mouth, my glands just stung me for a second. I also get a huge roasted malt with coffee and chocolate, wow! Then more dark sweet fruits with alcohol, molasses, and syrup. Raisin and other dark interesting fruits lace it. It reminds me a lot of a cross between a RIS, coffee porter, and barleywine. The sweetness isn't as bad as it seems when it first hits. The roasted malt kick is so audacious that I really think it was meant to be a porter and at the last minute they threw in some raisins and molasses and sweet dark fruits to bring it up to a barleywine. It almost has a yoohoo blended with molasses, raisin, and plum or something.

M: Somewhat velvety, very strong, thick, syrupy, good carbonation, and lots of warming alcohol burn.

F: Still pretty sweet, but not as much as the start. It pretty bitter, with a nice American noble hop bitterness that is not quite what you would expect, but is very pleasant. Long creamy chocolate and coffee malts stretch out to a nice long finish. The alcohol tends to linger a bit and burns as it evaporates, but not too much. It leaves such a sticky presence in my mouth I have to keep smacking it to breathe, and continue to taste it. And I keep burping up chocolate and roasty goodness.

Final thoughts: A really good roasted porter, chocolate RIS, and dark fruit barleywine mixed together. It starts with a nice alcohol kick, but after a few sips it hides the 10% very well. It also starts sweet but dies pretty quickly, and leaves a nice bittering on the finish, with the creamy chocolate roasted goodness. I don't remember how much it costs, but I would be very inclined to get it again! I remember that the brewers came to Julios a while back to sample a bunch of their wares, and this was the one I brought home, and now I remember why. They had quite a few good beers if my fuzzy memory hits me correctly.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:33:12 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A reasonably vigorous pour produces a four-finger thick, darkish tinged, tan colored head in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a deeply concentrated, burnt amber color that just shows a deep, clear, concentrated ruby hue if held up to the light. This smells of sticky hop character even as I am pouring this beer. A closer inspection confirms this with notes of candied citrus peel, sweetened berry notes, sweet pine sap, orange blossom honey, a soft herbal reek that can lean towards garlic chive at times as well as a touch of menthol aromatics. As is typical with my experience of the new breed, hoppy northern European beers there is still a substantial malt backbone here that contributes a deep toasty grain character, and nice whole grain bread aromatics.

Hoppy from the first taste, this has a bracing bitterness that becomes more astringent and aggressive through to the lingering, bitingly hoppy finish. Lingering herbal notes, menthol, concentrated pine sap, bright bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangerine, ample lychee form the biggest part of the flavor profile, but supporting hop-derived notes of light cured leather, some tobacco flavors, garlic chives and milkweed are also noticeable at a much more subtle level. The malt contributes lots of chewy, viscous body to this brew as well as some light toasted-almost-roasted touches in the finish, hop supporting caramel character, and some malty crushed cracker flavors in the middle that get drowned out by the caramelized malt sweetness by the finish. As the beer warms up in my glass it smoothes out just a bit with some of the harsher hop notes and the bitterness becoming a bit softer and a touch more integrated.

Definitely on the thick side of a double IPA, indeed more in line on this front with a Barley wine, but it certainly plays the hop card in spades as this is clearly the dominant character, even despite the interesting malt depth. This is one of those beers that really needs to warm up (even though it only started at 50°F / 10°C, it was still a bit too cool) and perhaps even breath a bit in order to lose a bit of the sharp, astringent hop edge. This really is just insanely hopped, though I find it quite enjoyable. I definitely am enjoying the depth the mares otter malt adds and even the slight roasted note from the chocolate malt is a nice addition.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 05:26:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with some orange highlights. The bead was thin but coated the glass pretty well with each sip. The smell of the beer was a little boozy, along with some cocoa and hops. The taste of the beer has a good balance of the things on the nose. The mouthfeel is pretty slick with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty tasty barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:07:42 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter:

Pours black with a creamy, staying, tan head. Very dark for a BW. Great head retention, especially considering the style and abv. Frothy lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and pine with dark fruits, grain and a hint of chocolate. A bit of booze comes through. Very different, but very nice.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with roasted notes (ala coffee-ish) with plenty of pine and citrus hop bitterness. A touch of warming alcohol and some vinuous notes come through late - not enough to interfere in the flavor, but to give a warmth that is appropriate for the style. English maltiness and yeast work well with the American hops - something that this brewery has done very well, in my experience.

This is pretty smooth. Even at room temperature, it doesn't quite hit as full-bodied as some other examples of the style, but it sure gets close enough.

This is a unique, different, darker Barleywine. It has a nice interaction of malts that show themselves well while allowing hops to be showcased. It's a shame to see this listed as "retired" as it is a nice treat that I certainly wouldn't mind having as an occasional "something different" treat, especially on a cool/cold evening!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 02:01:18 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a very dark brown that only shows light when it is the thinnest part of a glass. Big light tan head. Nose is slight hops with a big hit of alcohol. Flavor is strong. Seems fairly dominated by alcohol. There is a definite hop presence there, but I feel like it would help this beer a lot to just lay down for a few years and mature. Feel is well bodied on the liquid and the carbonation is good as well. Overall this is a nice brew. But like I said, it could probably use several more years on it's side.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:42:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: black in color with a 1" dark tan colored head that lasts quite a while for a barleywine.

Smell: big roasted malt tones, with some softer chocolate and alcohol tones.

Taste: roasted malts, licorice, milder bitter chocolate, caramel, plums, and a soft earthy tone rounds it out. Alcohol is noticeable and the hop bitterness balances ou tthe malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: crisp and warming throughout. Heavy in body. Long aftertaste as the flavors seem to stick to the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable barleywine as this bottle went down fairly quickly. Try this one, but it is expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 13:05:55 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

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

a good barleywine, but hardly worth the hype i dont think. its nothing special. pours a redish whiskey color, with a moderate but quicly fleeting off white head. the nose is alcohol, old wood, dried red fruit, and caramel malts in excess. flavor is mostly similar to the nose. lots of sweetness up front, but it doesnt last, thankfully. that molasses spice stays around, but the sugar goes to alcohol before too long. also a surprising level of hops in the finish of this, which makes it more american to me than anything. average mouthfeel, light carbonation, lesser body than most, long finish, boozed up. i like it, but it doesnt stand out as wonderful or unique to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:39:06 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to RobotGod for this one.
Poured a deep brown with large tan head and I mean HUGE. Biggest I have seen foir a bwine, almost so big that I had to let it settle for 5 minutes or so. Nose was nice chocolate malts, English malts and well hopped. Taste was rather light bodied for a bwine. While it was tasty it did lack the malt and hops profiles of the typical American Bwine.The ABV was more than the taste to me. Mouthfeel was good. Some age would do this well.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 04:50:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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