# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-12-2006 04:00:08 | More by Sammy
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
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-23-2009 15:05:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
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
05-14-2010 01:52:20 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-01-2009 04:03:34 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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 Im 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 doesnt really fit into a define style.
04-03-2007 19:49:31 | More by Phyl21ca
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
11-18-2007 22:34:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.5/5 rDev -38%
My first reaction was that I got a bad or turned bottle. As it warmed a bit I got lots of flavors and character and I just decided that it's not to my particular liking.
Pours a deep brown with a thick pillowy and firm head; lovely to look at.
Nose is a light fruity-coffee character. Light hint of carmel-not real barley wine like. Mouthfeel is creamy and bold.
Flavors, also, are not real barley wine like. They are bold and assertive-they just don't "go together." Flavors start with a hint of sweet coffee and fudgy chocolate and then goes to citrus quickly and then hits you with an unpleasant very bitter pine resin. Sort of tastes like a limed coffee with a resin finish.
I have a feeling some may call this beer complex. I believe that it has a few flavor profiles that just don't marry well.
There is also an overwhelming cinnamon flavor and character. So, not really liking cinnamon I suspect that, too, may influence me. Interesting to try; not to drink.
08-28-2009 05:38:33 | More by GRG1313
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-23-2011 04:07:42 | More by Knapp85
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
12-01-2007 22:50:11 | More by oberon
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-09-2008 03:57:15 | More by zeff80
4.21/5 rDev +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.
04-13-2013 02:05:24 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-01-2008 06:42:21 | More by RblWthACoz
3.95/5 rDev -2%
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.
08-16-2012 03:15:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
A - Pours with two fingers of light brown head on top of a black body with ruby highlights. The rocky head has quite a bit of staying power and when it finally settles, it leaves a small ring of lace and a film of bubbles on the surface of the beer.
S - Classic barleywine aroma of raisiny, caramel malt and spicy hops. Notes of raisins, figs, caramel, vanilla, pepper, and citrus.
T - Luscious, bitter hop flavors out in front, carefully balanced by dark caramel and chocolate malt flavors and dark raisin/ fig character. There is a lot of fruit in the middle, some of it surprisingly bright, caramel apple, banana, and raisin. It fades into a long, bitter, burnt finish. The lingering bitterness is surprisingly split equally between malt and hops and includes some smokey, tobacco like flavors along with a warming alcohol note.
M - Smooth, creamy texture with moderate carbonation and just the right amount of lingering sweetness.
D - I expected a lot from this beer, based on previous efforts from Nogne O, and it really delivered. Quite an interesting example of a barleywine, at times it seems like a classic example, but at other moments it reminds me of an imperial stout or even a quadruple (this is the 3rd Nogne beer I have had, and in my book these guys are good enough to be officially exempt from style guidelines). In any case, this is a complex and superbly balanced beer that is extremely easy to sip.
02-16-2008 07:51:25 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
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
05-02-2009 04:00:21 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
12-01-2007 22:04:48 | More by feloniousmonk
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.