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

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254 Reviews
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Reviews: 254
Hads: 433
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 03-01-2005

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.
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Reviews: 254 | Hads: 433
Photo of SleepyMonk
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 500ml brown glass bottle with plain and decidedly "home brew" looking label thats all business. Other than the brewers logo and brew name the label is comprised of Norwegian text. Google translate gave me some help and a little common sense indicates that this brew is from batch number 365 and best before 28 May 2013. This one was brewed on 28 May 2008 and I am consuming at 8 June 2009.

Pours into a tulip glass with a solid amount of 3 finger head and presents as a deep tan color. As the head drops away slowly we see thick, if not creamy, lacing.

Held in front of the face the body is straight up black. Even held up to the light the black remains, indeed it wasn't until the glass was held next to a halogen bulb that any color emerged. That color was blood red, it was very much accurate to blood.

Aroma is dominated with a saturated hops smell supported by brown sugars and roasted dark fruits. Whilst the head was settling those hops where a little drowned out by a medicinal theme. Interestingly that disappeared as the brew was moved about and warmed up.

I will be honest here and say that my first impression upon tasting this beer was that it had been over hyped. The first sip was so intense in dark flavor and resin mouthfeel that I thought i'd be sick. That was over really quickly as that intensity gave way to some very well crafted tastes.

That dark resin upon initial taste becomes a well driven malt cut with roasted fruits, its almost a christmas fruit cake in a beer!

The mouthfeel is grainy with a herb spice twang. The alcohol is noticeable throughout the entire mouthfeel spectrum but at 10% thats bound to happen.

Quick summary: It looks like blood if you hold it to the light, it smells like a bucket full of hops and cake mix and it tastes like that too except with some damn fine malt thrown in for god measure.

If ever there was a late cold night sipper this was it, warms you up lie a log fire. Very damn nice indeed.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprising look as I poured this one into a snifter. A deep dark brown color, looked thick, add to that a solid creamy head. The smell was not very strong, some chocolate hints. The first sip verified the thickness of this beer, which was in contrast to my previous barley wine experiences. It still has a barely wine taste, just a chocolate/malty strength added to it. I like it, don't get me wrong. The thickness helped balance the strong carbonization, and made it go down easy. An excellent beer to have one evening, by itself.

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Photo of psumjl269
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a 25 oz. bottle.

A- Kind of a muddy, silty color. Nothing spectacular. I tried to pour this correctly, but both pours resulted in a huge amount of head.

S - Smells a bit woody. I'm a scotch guy, so this a good thing for me. Also get yeast.

T - Very mellow and very smooth. Quite good. Second in barleywines I've had only to Dogfish's Olde School.

M - Very drinkable. Hides the 10% ABV very well.

O - This is a very good barley wine. I would drink it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nøgne Ø is in my opinion one of the best breweries in the nordic countries. And this is a really fine brew that is great to share with a friend.

Pours a deep brown colour with a nice beige foam, looks really nice actually. But there's a lot of yeast particles floating around.

The smell is really interesting, lots of citrus fruits and some chocolate. Some wonderful hops in the smell too!

Taste is pretty similar to the smell with a nice bitterness and lots of citrus fruits and notes of chocolate and oats. It's a quite sweet beer actually and the high ABV makes it great to sip on for an hour or two.

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Photo of faernt
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a unique, beguiling flavor. The flavors are so well blended that it's difficult for me to pull them apart. Good head, good color...it meets Barleywine standards. The edge is in the blended flavor. I hope to find more of it here in Chicago.

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Photo of jlandis
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky brown with huge tan head.

I'm not sure of the age on this bottle, but I don't get many hops just a tart green apple and chocolaty malt with a bit of pungent fruit.

Hop bitterness right up front with a huge blast of roasted chocolaty malt. I'm sure this is some age on this one, because the hop flavors are very subtle and earthy. Rich grainy bread flavors with fantastic fruity yeast character.

Solid carbonation and a rich oily mouthfeel.

There is something about the flavor that I just don't like. I'm not sure, but I'm only getting subtle hop flavors and mostly grassy bitterness. There is some malt holding it togther, but I was expecting a bit more.

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

Huge head sticks around forever. Cola colored beer, no light passes through. Impressive, unusual carbonation for a barleywine. Heavy body.
Aromas of Raisin, fig, dark chocolate, coffee.
A good malt balance without going over the top, like some American barley wines.
I breathe in the alcohol and dry coca flavors.
The hops come out in the aftertaste with a dry grassy feel at the back on my tongue.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: 3/25/09
Nogne O
#100 Barleywine
10% abv.
500ml Bottle into NB snifter

Appearance= Fat 2 finger tan head after vigorous pour. Blackish brown with tan floaties.

Smell= Nothing stands out...Typical B-wine smell

Taste= Good flavor. A little chocolate??.Must be the malts...Not super complex or deep. Just a good straight forward b-wine flavor.

Mouthfeel= Not too thick on the finish, yet on the thicker side of b-wines. Finishes clean.

Drinkability=@ this Abv., size of bottle and mouthfeel = sipper.

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Photo of gnoff
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle at Delirium Cafe in Gothenburg, Sweden.
New at May 13.

Dark brown color, small white head. A bit hazy.
Very hoppy (American) scent mixed with some chocolate. Some acid smell as well.
Acid and dark malt taste, some non-hops bitterness.
Good (hops) bitterness.

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

A: Deep brown in color with a decent tan head that had good retention.

S: Hoppier than I expected. with lots of spicy citrus notes. The malt has a nice slightly burnt smell to it with hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Dark malt flavors with a bitter after bite of the citrusy hops. There is a lot of sweetness in it and it plays well with the strong alcohol.

M: Heavy body, smooth flavor and it leaves a sweet and bitter aftertaste with a good alcoholic punch.

D: Be hard to drink a few of these but one every now and then is good.

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle shared with Bananamaniac @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice head.

Smell is very interesting and good. Very hoppy, with notes of citrus and grapefruit. Nice.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with lots of citrus fruits and stuff like that. Notes of chocolate and malt can also be found. I also think I can note som nuts. Ends bitter, though I think it was more bitter last winter I had it (well... it's some months ago, so...). Balanced.

Mouthfeel is very outstanding. Very filling in the mouth... pretty smooth.

A very nice beer!

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark body. Not black, but a deep, rich mahogany. No light comes through. head is very dense and doesn't seem to want to go anywhere.

S - So much going on in the nose. Sweetness comes through right away, rich decadent aromas of dark fruit and sweet fudge. Hints of lemon zest linger in the background.

T - A lot like the nose. Fudge is what comes to mind right off the bat with rasins and earth tones complementing the subtlety of the resinous hops. Alcohol definitely leaves a warmth on the finish.

M - exquisitely smooth with light carbonation allowing the flavors to access the palate without any obstructions.

O - A great barleywine that I would love savor again.

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Photo of Stavage
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a small but foamy head, which dissipated rather quickly but left a pleasing lacing. Pours a very very dark brown.

Very fruity (raisins, plums) with a lot of other dark malt characteristics. Pretty full on hops notes, I could tell this was going to be bitter before I noticed the IBU rating on the bottle. Very piney.

Bitter bitter bitter sweet. Bitterness hits first and lingers last. Really well balanced against the piney spicy fruitiness and caramel malty sweetness though. Theres not so much a roasty taste as the suggestion of one, probably down to that bitter sweet combination. Not as rich as the Mikkeller Big Worse, the only other barleywine I've tried up to now, but a lot better balanced.

Thick and fullbodied, carbonation is spot on (can't speak for the style, but the carbonation here is low yet noticeable). A little too sticky, I'm thinking this is a characteritic of the style I'm not used to yet.

It's drinkable. It's a sipper. I'm ok with this one.

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Photo of mbrasi
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really a DIPA, it has more bw charecter than a DIPA. I'm reviewing this as a bw. Pours a dark brown with a deep malt presence that is mostly caramel and dark fruits. Flavor brings out the hops, there are some hops in the back that leaves a slight bitterness but definitly not of the american hop bomb caliber. Mouthfeel is thick with minimal carbonation. It's really just a big beer, not quite a bw but not quite a DIPA, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark reddish brown with brown head.

Hoppy smell with intense citrus fruits. But also a decent amount of malt aromas.

Taste has a complex hoppiness to it with pine and grape fruit flavours.

Rough, intense mouthfeel. Brilliant, but perhaps a little weak in the finish.

Very, very drinkable. Easily the best beer I had on new years eve.

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Photo of simonjohansson
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: sweet malt - caramell, toffee, some chocolate, dried fruits and american hops (citric, grassy, a bit earthy).

Taste: really nice smooth toffee, with some chocolate, caramell and burnt notes, cherry, dried fruits (raisins, plum, figs) and american hops. Its quite bitter, as well, but not in a brutal way.
I was really impressed by this one. Its very balanced, with lots of sweet, dark malt and a solid hoppy bitterness. Heja Norge!

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Photo of melagnus
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Moderate pour into snifter produces finger-thick light tan head that produces medium head-retention and slowly fizzles out to thin film. Swirling beer in glass rouses head, alcohol sticks slightly to side of glass, though lacing is not too prevalent. Density of head is quite thick and when poured into a tulip glass, head retention is incredible and produces more lacing than in a snifter! Chill haze provides slightly opaque appearance. Amber-Brown to Brown in appearance (SRM 19) with possibly a slight Ruby hue to it.

S - Intense floral bouquet of hops & malts mix together beautifully! Biscuity note by way of the Maris-Otter Pale Malt mixes with syrupy sweet caramel. Chocolate malts come through with a slightly roasted note, though mild at best. Alcohol fusel tops out the mixture. Slight orange aspect mixes with the chocolate, which makes me think of chocolate orange ice cream that I had once in Paris! No pine resin is noticeable, though with having used Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops, there's no doubt that this beer should be yielding this under different circumstances. Clearly, this beer is malt-forward, which is to style!

F/M - Hops & malts constantly are vieing for position! Chocolate malt and hops leave a bitter kiss on the palate that lingers for some time. Alcohol warms the throat and mouth and a syrupy sweet taste of caramel and raisins helps to balance out the hops. Finish is wet, though does dry out with time, which shows that this beer was aged fairly extensively. A very slight tinge of roasty character does come through, which although isn't to style is welcomed. A piney note comes through when swirling the beer around on the palate, which is interesting, for I wasn't able to pick this up in the aroma. The orange that I noticed in the aroma comes through slightly, though despite the 80 IBUs, this beer maintains impressive notes of malt. With this said, hop-forward it is and the palate is quite taxed after several quaffs! As the beer dries out, lemon drops come to mind and the tongue feels like a tired marathon runner that's looking for more liquid to quench his/her thirst :) Carbonation is medium and provides a bit of tingling feeling and warmth from alcohol is moderate. Wheat malt provides for a bit of grit and chewyness

D/C - This beer at 10% ABV definitely packs a punch! Of all the Barleywines I've had though, this definitely ranks up there as one of the finer! A truly incredible interpretation of New World meets Old World and is something that I would continue to rely on at the ski lodge in Scandinavia.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got it as a gift - thanks tony!

a - slightly cloudy, dark golden brown color. nice head, not much lacing, but long-lasting pleasant amount of carbonation

s- very appealing, hops, "dark fruit/raisins" whatever that means.

t- smooth barley wine, has very roasty taste and coffee notes. . reminds me of a stout but it is def. still a barley wine. very fun to drink.

m- nice thickness and light frothiness.

d- i could drink this for a while. the alcohol is very well masked, exceptionally well-masked even. this could be a treacherous drink.

the cost is holding me back from stock piling this beer. That's the reason I've never bought it. I would love to have some of these sitting around in my house.

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Photo of jikvig
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A dark brown colour, with a nice and foamy head!

Very nice malt aromas, almost a "raw" feeling on that aroma.
I can also pick up alittle chocolate, a green hop feeling. It do smell like a BW!

I must admit I´m not a huge BW-fan myself, but this is a textbook BW; Alot of hops that really sits in the back of the mouth, a sweet alcohol flavour that makes a good balance with the bitternes. Smooth and easy, and I really builds up to something awsome!

Like I said, I´m not a huge BW fan. But this is a really good beer, non the less!
Wellbalanced and a long lasting taste that´s not overwhelming! Like indeed!

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

Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst on 30/10/2010.

A: Very dark brown with some tinges of red and a bubbly head.

N: Wow, there's the hop hit. Fresh hops which are very nice but I maybe expected them to be more musty in character than this. Hops very dominant.

T: Yes, the hops are still there. Really quite prominent.

M: Spot on for the style, fairly heavy but not quite as full as an Imperial Stout. Maybe a bit too much carbonation apparent through the mid-palate.

Overall, pretty good, though I admit I wasn't expecting quite the level of hops that appear in nose and taste. I imagine that's what differentiates an American barleywine from an English barleywine.

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Photo of mjgarrett2
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Darkest Barleywine I have ever seen. Coffee brow with no light penetration and a solid creamy beige head of about an inch. Noticeable sediment settling to the bottom, I am guessing the yeast.

S-Like other Barleywines, light but noticeable citrusy hops and the barnyard barley aspect. Smells lighter and crisper then it looks.

T-Sweet and rich malts balancing off the hops up front with the barley and yeast flavor hanging in the background. The malts remain the dominant character non the less.

M-Nearly as heavy as it looks. Not creamy but thick like some porters holding up the richness of the flavor to linger and not give way to the bite of alcohol.

D-Not unpleasant but sweeter then I would like, even more so then many imperial stouts. It is more akin to a strong dark ale or baltic porter in my opinion than a barleywine, and would be well suited for dessert.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24oz. bottle purchased for $8.99 at total wine in delaware. Caught my eye because I thought it would be interesting to try a scandinavian take on the american style. Love the simple flourescent orange O thingy on the bottle.

This beer pours so dark, an opaque coffee-brown with chocolate accents on the edges. The head is so light, almost off-white, definitly an interesting contrast. Lacing completely coats the walls of my wine glass as it sits between sits.

Smell is well rounded, very mellow, roasty dark malts and very mild citrus hop notes.

The taste is overwhelmingly malty, like a brown ale, but with a finish of tangy hops.

Alcohol is very present in the mouthfeel, which is def affecting drinkability. I could feel my ears turn red after the first few sips.

Not bad. Glad i tried it.

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Photo of RockerD
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this monster into a snifter. It has a beautiful dark ruby brown color with a beautiful light brown head that has settled but is still very thick around the areas of the glass that it is touching.

Floral, lemon grass, dirt, cherries, chocolate and old (which really isn't a smell but I would like a pardon from the jury) comes to the nose. Lots of alcohol lacing here. Yum.

a;lskdjfa;sdlfajk adsf - - Pardon me this thing just exploded in my mouth. WOW! Huge huge alcohol burn on the tongue. Lots of caramel and chocolate lead the way on this bruiser. A ton of hop bite in the form of currants and walnuts in the after taste. It's quite delicious.

It's a little dead in the carbonation department and yet I don't have a problem with that. Sometimes too many bubbles mess with the subtleties of complex beers. This beer doesn't blow me away in the mouthfeel department but it feels good. In the same way you wouldn't turn down sex.

I'm going to drink through this whole 16.9 oz bottle and I'm going to love every moment of it. For me it's quality drinkability.

Thank you Norway for this treat!

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Photo of ndolover
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off this is not an American Style Barley Wine...but that doesn't mean it is not great!

A: A bit cloudy and murky...tons of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Dark brown with a nice brown collar that clings to the glass.

S: Roasty malt backbone with up front hop aroma consisting of citrus American hops, cascade, simcoe, etc. Noticed pinabpple, and as it warms grapefruit.

T: Fresh hop burst surrounds a nice roasty malt flavor, chocolate, biscuit, and bread notes dance nicely.

M: Warm, medium body with nice carbonation, I love the bottle condition and it seemed to have traveled well!

D: Overall a wonderful beer to drink! I would think of this as an American black IPA instead of a Barley wine. GET THIS BEER!

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Photo of MM3
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Red/brown with a little head.

Smell: The smell is a combination of hop aroma and alcohol sweetness.

Taste: The taste is a bit similar to the taste, but it is a bit sweeter and less hoppy. The aftertaste is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The beer has nice body that produces a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The beer is easy to drink, but could have a bit more taste to my liking.

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# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.