# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison for $7.99. Shared with the legendary battlekow.
Pour: very dark, even for a barleywine - deep mahogany, opaque under several fingers of sticky, soapy khaki foam.
Nose: dark fruits, roasted chocolate/coffee malts, and a hearty dose of alcohol with a crisp hops bristle.
Taste: brash bittering hops, caramel-coffee malts, vanilla-oak and an alcoholic bite somehow combine for a very clean overall impression on the palate. Bigfoot's mellow Norwegian cousin.
Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation.
Drinkability/Overall: probably the cleanest, smoothest beer with this level of assertiveness I've experienced. The complexity and brashness of an American barleywine with the restraint and elegance that comes with a long European brewing tradition. A good way to end a long night of good beer.
02-17-2008 08:33:52 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.88/5 rDev +21.1%
Snagged a bottle at Belmont Station in Portland Oregon during a recent road trip. Glad I did.
Poured into a snifter. Dark charcoal black with a hint of brown around the side and a nice adequate brown foam head that dissipates quickly. Interesting lace. Not the big layers a splotches but abundantly spotted. Little dots all around the glass.
Rich chocolate and coffee notes throughout. Aroma and taste. Lingering aftertaste leaves a very pleasant mouthfeel to savor.
Will definitely buy this again when I get the chance.
10-11-2011 22:02:52 | More by NWer
3/5 rDev -25.6%
The color has a deer reddish tinge to the typical brown body a barleywine normally exibits. the head is a tight off white color.
The aroma hides any heat under layers of dark fruits and figs, and heated dark chocolate.
The flavors here are the ones you'd find at a fondue restaurant that only used dry dark chocolate to dip the fruits in, and that had a mediterranean flair to their fruit selection in addition to citrus. Dark fruits are really the center of a melded rich depth of flavors, so if that's your game then come play this one, in some ways i think this is what a really hoppy trappist quad could end up as.
A solid barleywine, average, not amazing or dissapointing.
06-21-2011 07:20:12 | More by ChadQuest
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
500ml bottle, served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Piney hops in the aroma at first. Malt comes out in the aroma as it warms. Deep malty flavor. Hop bitterness in the finish, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Very balanced, not a hit you over the head beer. Chocolate malt and fruit develops as it warms. Alcohol is not really evident. Long dry hoppy finish.
12-27-2008 22:35:46 | More by homebrewhawk
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
Been hanging on to this one for several months, and decided to break it out tonight to share with my barleywine-loving friend.
Pours a dense dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Tons of head, as much as you want (that's what she said), that's dense, frothy, light tan, and leaves a beautiful lacing as it drops. Amazing retention for the 10%.
Aroma is of sherry, plum, black currant, licorice, sweet cream, caramel and butter rum, sweet black bread, pine-needle hops, flowers (rose, buttercup, honeysuckle). I had this at 4.5, but I really have to give it a 5. Amazing.
Flavor is much like the nose, with many of the same nuances, but much more harsh bitterness towards the finish... comes in and balances the sweetness very nicely, and overrides at the very end to leave a lingering grapefruit peel/black bread bitterness with pine resin galore. Alcohol comes in just slightly at the end, but far less than you'd expect for 10%.
Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, almost chewy, with medium low carbonation and a warm, bitter-dry finish.
What can I say? I think this is easily the best barleywine I have ever had. Easily. The complexity is unrivaled in the style, and the balance is very well done. Get your hands on this one.
11-04-2008 03:12:17 | More by khiasmus
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Pours with a rich lightly tan soap foam head, good finger's worth and fantastic retention; dark ruby brown color; opaque
S - Light soapy hop bitterness; strong malt backing; dark fruits; hint of sweetness
T - Piney, resiny, gin-like hoppiness; minerals; dark fruit; slight touch of warming alcohol
M - Medium to thicker; quite vibrant carbonation for the style, but I don't think it detracts
D - Slow sipper; very warming and relaxing even if it is a bit of a hoppier take on the style; pretty drinkable for the style
Overall, interesting stuff and there are quite a few layers on this one. Really enjoyable, and worth a look.
09-01-2009 00:53:56 | More by Nickls
4/5 rDev -0.7%
1pt. 9fl oz bottle into bruges tulip glass
A: Pours a lighter head than most barleywines, a bit of a slightly off white head. The body is a deep brown color and has a nice hazy to it.
S: Big up front, sweet fig aroma, woohoo love those figy barleywines.
T/M: A big up front sweet taste, the hops have put a very bitter finish on this brew. The body has a very sweet and malty character. The hop profile in this American Barley is strong, one that notes a heavy hop presences, but shows a little fading.
D: A nice overall barley, one that if I saw in a store I would grab. This one is a high class sipper.
12-06-2010 05:42:56 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
Fruity nose classic IPA (not the barleywine as is sometimes said). Dark bronze color. We can see especially the mango into the nostrils.
At the entrance in the mouth, the taste is special, especially for a beer of this style, it looks a little alcohol fishing just before and before all, grate the mouth. Soon, we find the fruity hops (slightly outdated) and bitterness, in great power, comes tickle the taste buds.
However, for many IBU beer, it's still quite low and almost entirely a commercial low-level process that make reference to sell beer. Aside from that, the drink is good.
11-13-2011 14:08:18 | More by ThaCreep
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a deep mahogany. Finger thick creamy head settles to a centimeter or so. Nice thick lacings all the way down.
Interesting aroma. Fruit coated in dark chocolate with a touch of strong caramel tossed in for good measure. American hopping throws up a bit of freshness too.
Bitter roastiness up front. Dark fruit coats the tongue followed immediately by very dark chocolate. Rum throughout. Roasted bitterness gives way to American resinous pine. So much flavour that it leaves the mouth a tad numb afterwards.
Mouthfeel is the only area that I found less than "good". Just a touch too oily.
This 2 year old bottle shows about the perfect age I think. Flavours are nicely developed and integrated, alcohol is warming, but not overbearing. Pick it up.
11-07-2010 20:00:42 | More by CanuckRover
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
500mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.
Rich treacle on the pour, chocolate brown in the glass. Large heaving beige head dies away gradually leaving a strong lace lattice.
Heavily candied tropical and citrus aromas with moderate amounts of sweaty, oniony character. Strong brandy caramel and biscuity malt backbone. Some sharp herbal notes bring much needed relief from the richness. Pretty bracing.
Heavy maple syrup and treacle blending with pineapple, peach and resinous pine. Big, but straightforwardly enjoyable.
Syrupy, viscous and full. Carbonation is noticeable on the front palate but pretty quickly overwhelmed by the body. Bitterness is moderate, but pretty easy to miss against the richness.
Approachable despite the rich dark malt backbone. Feels like it warrants a more interesting and adventurous hop profile though.
12-17-2011 08:46:01 | More by spicelab
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
A- pours a pretty dark copper brown when held to the light. huge head all around, tannish almost milk chocolate colored. sticky lacing is left all around. very different for such a high abv beer, but im encouraged and it looks great. also looks crystal clear through the light, which confuses me because it said on the bottle that wheath was involved. at first i thought it was wheat, but now it makes me wonder... anyway after all this pondering and reading the head is still a 1/2 cm thick.
S- very roasted porter'ish type scents. smooth very mellow, and rounded light hints of chocolate. so far its striking me as a baltic porter type (minus the sherry flavors from long aging)
T- very smooth wouldnt have guessed it to be 10 % abv. roasted character still tends to be the biggest flavor contributer. still striking me as a baltic porter type flavor wise. there actually is some really solid fruity type sweet flavors right in the middle which is probably a mixture of the strong malts, and the bit of aging before i got around to it. this might have been exactly what i was looking for today. pretty damn delicious very smooth, lingering roasted character with a light bitter finish.
M- smooth, pretty light carbonation after all that head, lingering bitterness and a solid full body.
D- awesome sipper, just like the bottle described. maybe miss filed, but who cares, shouldnt let the definitions dominate your perceptions and how you judge it.
07-20-2008 21:54:13 | More by Atron67
4.65/5 rDev +15.4%
Perfect pour here, the beer is a very dark rust red with a creamy slightly off-white head that doesn't really go down, it never seems to move, very cool. Aroma is incredible, big waft of citrusy hops followed by a huge malt flavor, raisins and plums; sweetness like brown sugar and cinnamon. Very thick smell, like a super Bigfoot (another top brew). Taste is sharp and powerful, like a barley wine should; very meaty. It's sort of boozy, lots of raisins and assorted dark fruit, but it all blends so well together. Big citrusy kick from the hops at the end make this an exceptional brew.
Who knew the best American-style barley wine was made in Norway. Top notch brew.
04-15-2009 06:56:25 | More by saintwarrick
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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