# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
500ml bottle from the LCBO December release. Bottled in July, BB 2016.
Poured into a Belgian ale goblet. Dark nutty Chestnut in colour, good half inch of froth, sturdy retention, icicles of lacing.
Nice combination of smells here that are pleasant, though they are a little tricky to pin down. The sweet malt of a Barleywine, smoke, raisins, resin and citrus hops, bubblegum or a sweet candy of some sort, chocolate malt.
A little boozy, but quite enjoyable. Lots going on here as well. I think this is a brew that is up to personal interpretation, as I see many different notes cropping up in other review , some that I get, some I don't. I definitely get nice resin hops, raisins or grape, sweet malt a bit of caramel, spices (ginger and cinnamon). It's a complex ale and a tasty one at that.
Nice feel to this, good crisp carbonation, warmth from the booze, medium feel, slightly creamy.
Great brew, will get again while it's here.
12-11-2012 03:13:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
4/5 rDev -0.7%
My first Nogne brew, and highly anticipated. Very deep brown, bordering on black in color. A flurry of carbonation results in a bubbly, medium-sized tan head that has great retention. When it finally fades, a constellation of little dots surround the middle of the snifter, and a few clumps of bubbles are left on top of the brew. Smells pleasant with deep chocolates and ripe red cherries easing into some piny hops. Subtle sweet malts and dark dried fruits flow across the palate and are followed by a big hit of more piney hops, distant dark chocolates and fairly sharp and lingering alcohol heat. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and it initially goes down smooth and creamy, but a certain crispness forms around the edges after a few drinks, making things interesting. I can see where aging one of these would make a big difference in rounding off some of the sharp edges, but it's still good to go as is, and very satisfying.
06-19-2009 18:46:06 | More by stephens101
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
16.9oz. brown bottle, purchased at Sam's in Chicago the day after DLD08, poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a very deep brown with some ruby tinting on the edges when backlit. 3 fingers of light mocha head forms from a semi rough pour into the somewhat small snifter. Very good retention and good lacing.
S: Very nice malty aroma. Toffee and light dark fruits. There's a soft hop presence, a good bit of citrus and juicy fruits along with some floral, spring aromas. A bit of deeper malt character... maybe chocolate but doesn't have a sweet character to this part of the malts. Alcohol seems to have mellowed with age and adds a pleasant depth.
T/M: A good balance between potent hops and potent malts. Good bitterness level, especially with the age. Some more of the lightly citrusy hops but more of the Euro style floral, grassy, and earthy hops. More of the toffee and light dark fruits. The savory 'chocolate' character is much more pronounced, almost reminding me of the dark bready character of a good doppelbock. Alcohol again lends that gently touch of depth and even a bit of warmth in the swallow. Body is medium full with a great smoothly carbonation. Perfect feel.
D: The 10% is nicely mellowed and the feel makes this drink way too easy. Great depth of flavors makes you slow down, contemplate, and savor the entire brew. Very good.
11-21-2008 03:36:04 | More by pwoods
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
Drank on tap at The Sail and Anchor, fremantle 21st Feb 2011
A - Body is a Mahogany colour with a tanned head stat reduces to a film and laces the glass.
S - A little spice and citrus but mainly roasted malts that dominate the aroma.
T - A lot of roasted malt and some hops mix quite nicely together. Has a little caramel present as well.
M - Full bodied and low carbonation that is a smooth brew.
D - An interesting Barley Wine that is well worth a try.
02-23-2011 06:58:31 | More by eric5bellies
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
16.9oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $10.
A: Cloudy dark brown, fairly murky, with a huge off white head, about three inches worth, that won't go away. Excellent head retention. Big globs of lacing all the way around. Really a nice looking beer.
S: Really interesting for a barleywine, big thick malt presence and a huge hop profile, but has a tangy weizenbock aspect to it as well, fair amount of booze too. Nice smelling beer, but not quite what I usually smell in a barleywine.
T: Lots going on here, barley malt has a big presence, also some dark chocolate, and a bit of roasted coffee going on here as well. Initially has a wheat taste that follows over from the nose, but gets lost under a fairly big malt bill with a nice hop backbone, citrus rind hops are a good balance with this one. Leans a little more towards DIPA than barleywine, but is still, nice, and quite interesting.
M: A lot thinner than I expected, I like a barleywine to have a little bit of a body to it. Fairly warm alcohol.
D: This is not a summer beer, this would be perfect in January, and now that I know that, I know when bottle 2 will be consumed. I could drink more of this than just the one bottle, because it is tasty, and has just in general a nice flavor to it. Nothing really spectacular, but I'd buy it again, a little pricey, but could be worse.
08-05-2009 03:14:57 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
Appearance: mahogany brown, hazy, tan fine-beaded foam, OK head retention
Aroma: luscious caramelly malt, brown sugar, woodsy hops, rum, hint of grapefruit, sour undertone, cooked meat, acetone
Flavor: huge wallop of caramel maltiness with hints of prunes, molasses, and leather; then a strong enteric bitterness sweeps in to crush the sweetness, leaving a citrus rind aftertaste in the dryish finish
Mouthfeel: FULL body, a bit syrupy actually, astringent, warming
Other comments: Definitely a winter beer. Reminds me a bit of a barleywine I brewed about four years ago, a bit too full bodied. The sediment is really loose, though. Pour carefully.
01-04-2008 18:07:18 | More by GreenCard
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
pours out an orange red, but settles to a dark mahogany brown with a huge, small-bubbled and dense light tan head that lasts forever and clings to the glass.
kind of faint aroma, but it is quite unique for the style. lots of herbs and spices and fruits. cinnamon? nutmeg? plums? weird, but nice.
flavor is somewhat herbal and spicy as well with nutmeg and cinnamon. reminds me a bit of a spiced pumpkin ale, but much better. chocolate and a slight roastiness are added to the typical toffee, bread, and caramel malt flavors which are also there, but not dominant. fresh cracked black pepper comes through as you exhale. alcohol adds some harshness, but its not over-the-top. pretty unique, actually, but very tasty and complex.
medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and tons of resin left in the mouth with a spicy, yet sweet and hot aftertaste.
goes down rather well. a bit harsh at times, but not too bad. a great example of brewing as an art, and as my first Nogne O product, I can assure you, I will be back for more.
09-01-2010 04:04:59 | More by silentjay
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
22 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard goblet. Tall tan head. Very tall for a higher ABV. Nice lacing all around. Color is a dark caramel with a dense clarity. There may be a fine sediment suspended.
Smell is a dark bitter chocolate with a hint of honey, raisins, orange zest. Taste starts with a mellow chocolate malt and then quickly switches tart cherries, a little wood resin. Very nice layers.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a crisp carbonation. Nice medium to full body. Great sipper and I am stoked that it is now locally available. I'll have to grab some extras to age.
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04-11-2009 03:34:58 | More by bort11
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
listed as a barleywine, I've seen it searched for a couple of times in the forums. Noticed this while wandering through Julios's in MA and thought why not I'll try it.
A - dark brown, borderline black. deep ruby glints when held up to the light. Dark creamy tan head that lasts through the entire glass.
S - dark fruits, citric hops, espresso and a good whiff of alcohol.
T - kind of a cross between an american barelywine and a robust porter. dark and malty, quite hoppy bitter and roasty.
M - full bodied, creamily carbonated, warming with a bitter lingering note.
D - an intriguing and unusual brew. One for an evening was plenty.
final notes - not quite one style or another with elements that are nice but not quite melding nicely in the playground. May round out with more age but for this review it's as experienced.
11-19-2007 16:05:59 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
01-11-2010 05:22:59 | More by elgiacomo
4.15/5 rDev +3%
Poured from 500 into Cab glass...
This pours much differently from expected. Very dark - almost like an RIS...or a root beer? Hugh 4-finger head so bready I can see layers. Minimal carbonation in root beer-colored, moderately opaque body. Excellent lacing.
Austere, bitter, piney hop aroma. Sweetness emerges from carbonation. Almost a juniper secnt in there. Slight, soapy hop scent mixed with sweetness - almost sarasparilla, in continuing with root beer theme.
Roasted chocolatey malt does not show at all on the nose but it's prevalent in taste. Mild sarasparilla notes - slight hop bitterness flows from grassiness to floral/soapy over time. Slight, nice citrus tang. Well-balanced. Doesn't exactly drink like a barley wine, but very mellow and enjoyable. There's even some apple cider in there for traditional barley wine crowd. Strangely complex and off the reservation; that's a good thing in this case.
There's a puckereing hop feel from start to finish, backed by deep, mellow malt. Alcohol is there but comforting. The balanced caramel syrup consistency works well.
This is very enjoyable stuff - its weight makes it more of a sipper.
04-11-2008 09:19:46 | More by IBUnit63
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
(Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Courtesy of Erik Dahl, Venner av Nøgne Ø.) I received this remarkable beer with awe, mixed with great anticipation. Very few litres of #100 have been for sale to the public. Would I like it, or would the massive hops (80 IBU!) be too much for me? The cost of brewing it (= the massive amount of malts and hops required for a batch) made the brewers certain that it would be unprofitable as a permanent brew, particularly with Norwegian alcohol taxes. This impenetrable cloudy dark brown beer pours with a large to moderate tan head. Aroma is simply wonderful - Colombus hops galore, dark chocolate, leather, cigars, pipe tobacco, tar. The complexity remains in the flavour - extremely malty, very sweet, but also extremely bitter. The bitterness (which becomes medicinal and wormwood-like in the aftertaste) prevents me from giving this beer a full score. On a regular basis, Id prefer Nøgne Øs God Jul (which is world class this year, IMHO) and also their Porter. But what a great experiment #100 is!
06-17-2007 20:34:55 | More by Sigmund
United Kingdom (England)
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance: Chocolatey brown, much like black coffee with a soft, fine, tan-tinged light beige head. Fair retention.
Smell: Red wine and hops come immediately to the fore, with berries, fermented grapes, ethanol, and a hop profile reminiscent of juniper and roses. Overall the beer leaves a woody, slightly roasty impression, very robust in all departments except the alcohol - which is extraordinarily well-hidden for 10%ABV.
Taste: Balanced as hell and very robust, but also very subdued and subtle for a 10% barleywine - clearly, this one is English. Hops are potent and spicy, especially in the finish, but the malts shine as well - very vinous, but also very beery - Merlot combined with a lovely amber ale. Tangy, bitter, sweet; mocha, nuts, pine, and brandy.
Mouthfeel: Tacky and medium-bodied.
Drinkability: Very nice indeed; not too big, nut also not too bland. Paired well with Thanksgiving dinner, all the way through from hors d'oeuvres to dessert.
12-01-2007 09:10:36 | More by soulgrowl
4.15/5 rDev +3%
Pours dark brown, with amber hued edges. A one inch light brown head forms on top and lingers with excellent retention and leaves some lacing behind.
The aroma is quite pleasing. Fruity, raisins and plums with a bit of spice. Some darker malt, giving some caramel tones. Sweet sugar, and a contrasting note of hops. The hops profile seems fairly floral. Really a fairly complex and quite pleasing nose.
The taste is very interesting. Some dark roasty malting for sure giving some caramel, chocolate, and a bit of toasted grain. A bit of fruity, raisin and plum with a slightly bitter finish. Quite interesting for a barleywine. Not quite what I look for in a barleywine, but I love that it's different than most that I've come across.
The mouthfeel is great IMO. Fairly thick and full bodied, slightly creamy. Lightly carbonated and viscious.
Drinkability is moderate to high. It's an intriguing Barleywine which is what I love about it, though the flavor is not the best I've come across. The alcohol is well hidden by my estimation and it is fairly easy to drink. A pleasant experience and a nice twist. Consider me a fan.
10-12-2008 19:53:13 | More by Goliath
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
Purchased from Beers of Europe in Kingland, England
A-Poured a thick murky bownish, light carbonation and head, with a bit of floating sediment, light lacing
S-Sweet, hints of caramel, some light hints of pine and citrus, hops
T-Heavy, a little oily, again with the light citrus and hops, pine and like the smell pleasantly sweet and hoppy combination
M-Thick and chewy with creamy carbonation.
O-Interesting version of a Barley wine I'm not accustomed to, appears dark but tastes light and at 10% the ABV is well hidden in the taste, though I can feel the effects. I do like this brew, but it is an expensive one.
01-31-2013 12:49:14 | More by mtbdonn
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Presentation: Poured from 1 pt 9 fl oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Normally these go into my Duvel chalice, but it is dirty tonight. Label is simple Nøgne Ø style with a description on the back of both the beer and the brewery. 22.5 degrees P, 80 IBU, 10% ABV.
Appearance: pours with 1 1/2 finger of tan head. This settles slowly, dropping to a thin yet complete coating of foam and leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is a reddish muddy brown and has substantial sedimentation and particulate suspension.
Smell: Caramel malt with orange citrus hop notes. Hints of tart cherries.
Taste: Sharp and biting carbonation upfront, followed by a slightly sweet cherry caramel flavor. Hop bitterness throughout, though nicely counterbalanced by a solid malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: As previously mentioned, hella carbonation. Body is good.
Drinkability: All in all, a nice barleywine with sufficient kick from both hops and alcohol. Not a favorite however, and not one I will be tracking down again.
11-21-2009 04:38:20 | More by beveritt
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.