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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

386 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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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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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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...

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

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a rich looking chestnut color with ruby and plum highlights. Small khaki head caps the top of this and leaves some stubbornly sticky lace on the glass.

S: Initially, a big rush of hops that's followed closely by a big whiff of sweet caramel malt. Also noticed were raisin bread, alcohol, and bitter dark chocolate.

T: See above with flashes of cherry, cocoa, caramel, and a nice and dirty strain of yeast. Incredible!

M: Very bitter and ragged that gets tempered nicely by the caramel sweetness.

S: For the style, most excellent!

11-30-2007 01:14:39 | More by GbVDave
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Props to peensteen for the hook-up on this treat.

A - Pours a murky brown colour, ruby red hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by citrus hop notes, earthy cedar notes, caramel, burnt toast and a hint of oak.

T - The citrus flavours dominate, earthy cedar notes continue to come through alongside a heavy rye bready malt flavour, citrus bitterness lingers alongside a hint of ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of heat on the finish.

O - A tasty brew and one of my favourites from this brewery. Super glad to have had an opportunity to try it. Incredibly drinkable whose ABV goes almost unnoticed.

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

California

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

500 ml bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions about a year ago for nine dollars, consumed on 1/9/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is a dark brown with minimal light going through, 3/4 inch creamy beige head, lasts a long time, good lacing too, aroma is entirely filled with hops, and it seemed like lots of Chinook was in there, other scents included wheat, chocolate, and roasted malts, flavor was rather hoppy, heard this was supposed to be a DIPA when I was Stone a few weeks ago, there was some issues with the labeling before it was imported, reminded me a lot of a dark India pale ale in fact, much more than a barleywine, bitterness overpowered a lot of the other flavors but I was not complaining, tasted more of the malt by the end when it warmed, pine and grapefruit were around in the finish and mixed uniquely with the sweet and roasty accents, mouthfeel is dry, bitter, and slightly roasted, medium bodied, good level of carbonation, taste lingered, could drink a lot of this considering it is ten percent, alcohol is hidden well, dry enough to make the sweet qualities balance out and then some, good drinkability, glad the brewers did not keep this all for themselves and released a good amount of it commercially, wish I had more of this to cellar, a great beer from a great Norway brewery, one of the better beers from overseas that I have had in a while, recommended

02-14-2009 04:05:24 | More by Floydster
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-07-2012 13:46:27 | More by DrinkSlurm
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

500ml bottle.

pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a small very dense light brown head. the head drops fairly quick but leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. caramel. light alcohol. grapefruit and pine. lots of c-hops - centennial, cascade, chinook. bread and biscuit malt. bit of orange.

taste is great. medium bitterness level. nice caramel character. bit of roast. biscuit. bit of grapefruit and orange. touch of toffee.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced, with a just a slight lean towards alcohol. very nice though and a solid barelywine. i've been pretty impressed by just about everything i've had from nogne. good brewery.

11-12-2007 20:51:07 | More by grub
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-18-2012 09:04:22 | More by aztraz
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rarbring

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

A clouded, brownish brew, little lacing - some curtains.

The smell is grassy hops, fresh green apples.

Upfront a butter scotch sweetness, biscuits and bread, but the dominant part is a good bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, fresh and a good dry finish.

Very well balanced and hop dominated. Not very like a barley wine though ... tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

09-04-2010 18:11:37 | More by rarbring
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-10-2012 15:19:51 | More by JohnK17
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Crosling

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

Bottle from Barley Wine in Copenhagen, then consumed later in the hotel. Described as Triple IPA by the owner of Barley Wine and the bartender at Lord Nelson, it sure seemed much more like an American Strong Ale to me. Dark brown color (too dark for the style) with a expressive nose and a super bitter hoppy flavor. A good brew, but not great.

04-13-2007 00:47:22 | More by Crosling
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-26-2013 23:22:42 | More by Molson2000
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

a: This was a clear, coppery amber color, on the dark side for a barleywine. It pours with a towering, craggy looking, super sticky off-white head.

s: Kind of a different take on my favorite style, and it smells wonderful. Deep, rich maltiness that doesn't have the typical caramel or toffee elements. It does have dark fruit and a bit of potpourri like spice. There is also a strong citric hop aroma, a nice surprise from Scandanavia. These all work extremely well together.

t: This is the best new to me American barleywine I've had in quite some time. Its big and full-flavored, yet very well balanced at the same time. The malts up front are rich and vaguely chocolate-y. The finish adds some vanilla sweetness and a healthy dose of citric bitterness. There is a lingering dry spice note as well. The 10% abv is nowhere to be found.

m: Medium bodied and possibly a bit over carbonated. I enjoyed the last quarter of a glass more as things quieted down.

d: This was a world-class treat and a real pleasure to drink. Good-bye Moby.

08-27-2010 11:29:46 | More by DIM
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-11-2012 02:44:50 | More by st9647v3
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a very dark amber-brown colour with off-white head. Lots of lacing. Looks quite unique for a barleywine, as I'd expect it to be more a dark orange colour. Sweet butterscotch and citrus hops in the nose. Taste is very complex. I'm getting a ton of caramel sweetness. There are pine and citrus hops. Also, I get a lot of raisin fruitiness too. Very smooth mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper, but it is very delicious and a well done barleywine.

06-20-2010 17:08:37 | More by kwjd
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-26-2013 03:43:19 | More by schopenhauerale
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottle dated July 12, 2012.

Beer is dark brown with some reddish hints. Moderately-sized beige head. OK retention, decent lace.

Smell is a real mixture of sweet malt and bitter, citrusy hops. Burnt caramel, brown sugar, a bit of wood, orange, a bit of apple.

Nice flavour. Similar to the nose, a real mix of malt and hops. Caramel, brown sugar, a bit bready, a touch of dark fruit. As for hops, orange sticks out. I don't pick out a lot more citrus fruit, but there is a notable bitterness from the hops, particularly at the finish. Really a good balance between the two sides. Good.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Fairly heavy, bready with a bit of a sticky syrupy flavour.

Overall, a good barleywine. Very enjoyable.

12-09-2012 20:36:53 | More by jrenihan
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Deep, deep brown color with a huge fluffy, cocoa head on top. Somewhat metallic and sharp aroma-vinuous. Deep, malty flavor. Nice blend of a caramel/raisin taste. Strong hop bitterness-they really stand out against the heavy malt. Decent enough mouthfeel-has a dry edge to it in the finish. Good barleywine. Not up to par with their RIS and porter but still a solid brew.

12-22-2007 02:01:16 | More by lackenhauser
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Big head for this style, seems to keep on keepin' on pretty well, with some bigger bubbles nested on top of a grayish brown foam. Very dark for a barleywine, almost black but with a significant amount of bronzed highlighting with any light in the room. Great look.

Tons of dark fruits on the nose here, that's the first thing I notice. Definitely a chocolate edge here and there. Vinous for sure, even a little bit of Coca Cola-caramel sweetness.

Richly sweet and full, with a huge caramel presence along with a solid woodiness, chocolate, and dark fruit. Tons of hops, lending at turns citric and pine to the flavor. Bitter, but plenty sweet.

Finish is amazingly chocolatey, like a full-bodied stout, with a huge hop presence still nestled in. Mouthfeel is right on the mark; not as large as a stout but hinting towards it. A double IPA with two tons of barley: one caramel and one chocolate.

This is incredible, and a great gift. Many thanks.

01-18-2009 03:10:10 | More by BretSikkink
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

A - Pours nearly black, though upon further examination it is actually translucent brown. The tan head lasts a bit before receding to an encircling wisp, leaving lace rings upon the glass.

S - The nose has sweet malty naked grain notes tempered by lime citrus aromas, but overall it is generally hop forward.

T - English malt, US hops? That sounds about right... It could really use a healthy dose of caramel and/or toffee, as the hop-forward doesn't work as well on the palate without a sturdy malt base.

M - The feel is just a bit bigger than medium, and has a rather lively feel for a Barleywine

D - Easy drinking, but nothing spectacular.

06-29-2011 23:20:32 | More by ktrillionaire
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -36.7%

500 ml bottle. Pours a brown cola color with a creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel malts and dark fruits with some spicy (slightly piney) hops and alcohol in the background.

The flavor is sweet and watery cola and some fruitiness with a harsh salty and tar-like bitterness at the finish. The alcohol is pretty harsh. The mouthfeel is medium to full and kind of watery.

Overall, too much harsh alcohol and bitterness for me. I don't get any grapefruit or pine from the hops which is disappointing. It reminds me some of Flying Dog's barley wine which I really didn't care for either.

10-09-2007 06:09:28 | More by Beaver13
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JayQue

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +4%

Nogne got this one right!!!! An outstanding American Barleywine. Pours a dark mahogany brown with some light getting through on the outside of the glass. Requires a hard pour to get a small to medium size head. Good sticky lacing.

Strong aroma of caramel malts and a little chocolate. Taste is exceptional. A lice smooth caramel malty backbone, with some elements of chocolate. This is balanced but not overwhelmed by a good infusion of C3 hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a good hops and alcohol bite at the finish. The alcohol is more warming than harsh. A very satisfying slow sipper.

This is an outstanding beer. A bit pricy at $8.99 for a 16 ouncer but still a very satisfying beer.

05-05-2013 21:14:45 | More by JayQue
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-08-2011 22:32:27 | More by JohneHoodlum
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.