# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours pitch black with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy coffee colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
Very malty aroma with deep roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, chocolate and sweet alcohol notes. There are also some subtle hops but I'm really surprised so far how malt this beer looks and smells. Much more like a stout than barleywine.
The motuhfeel is extremely rich, resinous and chewy and the flavor is again dominated by a strong malt character. Lots of roasted chocolate malt, coffee bean, hazelnut and sweet alcohol. Again, some subtle hops shine through but this beer is extremely malty with plenty of roasted notes. There is a bit of sweet alcohol flavor and warmth but overall the alcohol is excellently masked resulting in an extremely drinkable beer.
To me this beer is much closer to an Imperial Stout than a barleywine in pretty much every aspect.
11-06-2009 21:37:07 | More by corby112
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
On-tap at the Sail & Anchor in Fremantle, WA.
Pours dark. Very dark, in fact. This is certainly one of the darkest barleywines I've ever had. Head is fine and soft, a pale light cream colour. Lace forms in solid sheets down the edge of the glass. Body is heavy. Looks pretty good.
Spicy nose, a little exotic and alluring, with a lemony sweetness like a sherbet lemon candy. Underneath it are some sweet dark tones and a hint of ash. An interesting nose.
Taste is great. Dark but smooth, and with a lively hoppiness. Citric, but sweet, and always caressed by the deep and full body. On the back some dark roasted bitterness comes through which is a lovely complement to the other flavours. Feel is quite light, but undercarbonated, which keeps it smooth.
Lovely drop. It's deep and heavy, but really surprisingly drinkable.
09-27-2011 07:28:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.3/5 rDev -18.1%
Thanks to RobotGod for this one.
Poured a deep brown with large tan head and I mean HUGE. Biggest I have seen foir a bwine, almost so big that I had to let it settle for 5 minutes or so. Nose was nice chocolate malts, English malts and well hopped. Taste was rather light bodied for a bwine. While it was tasty it did lack the malt and hops profiles of the typical American Bwine.The ABV was more than the taste to me. Mouthfeel was good. Some age would do this well.
07-24-2008 04:50:46 | More by barleywinefiend
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta. Certainly not retired, and billed as a barley wine on the bottle. On the other hand, doesn't particularly look like a Barley wine or a dipa. Pours black with a white head that sticks around a bit and leaves some lacing. The smell is roasty, chocolatey, and winey. The taste is bitter with citrus up front, then comes chocolate. A big hit of pine throughout- or maybe that is Juniper? The mouthfeel is big, rich, and creamy. Quite drinkablconsidering the abv, but definitely a sipper.
11-04-2007 19:04:01 | More by Georgiabeer
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
A 500 mL bottle.
A: The barleywine is beautifully dark, midnight black with crimson red highlights. A thick white head is lacing around the sides of my glass.
S: The nose is a caramel, toffee brown ale with a blast of citrus hops. The aroma is overwhelming, grainy to a fault with a big enough hop profile to match it.
T: Nearly as big as the nose, the body is loaded with malts. Darker malts yield a caramel/toffee flavor that manages to outpace the hops. Those hops, while big, aren't as strong as you'd expect. The hops are citrusy, sweet with a grassy undertone. As big as they are, they can't overtake the imperial brown ale.
M: Full but inviting, this is a rarely big American barleywine that shows off more malts than hops. I'm enjoying this one.
D: Too big, this barleywine is too big. One bottle is more than enough for one sitting.
01-01-2009 16:22:05 | More by akorsak
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Pours a five finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and very heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Label lists this as barleywine but its more like an IPA. Flavor is strong hops with caramel, smooth yet bitter almost cough syrup with lingering bitterness. High ABV completely hidden. Good but not what I was expecting. $7.95 for a 500ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.
01-04-2008 23:31:33 | More by jdhilt
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
It's time for round two of the Third Unorganized Invitational, also known as TUI. Nøgne Ø #100 steps up here after a night with Southern Tier's Oat. On to the beer:
Poured into a tulip, the head is hree fingers thick on top. And the body...it's charcoal black...wasn't expecting that. Not even light can penetrate through the body. So far, that head is staying up. On to the aroma I go...there's certainly a dose of hops here. Concentrated hop juice is the first sign. Carmelized sugar and fruit punch sit in the back. The aroma's intenisty really dies off after popping the bottle cap.
The first sip is warming and thick. My soul is heating up already, and I've only taken one sip of my beer. Is this spiced? Spruce and pine notes in the begining make me think so. A squirt of citrus juice liven things up. Very riseny. The alcohol is hidden for the most part, but it really shows itself as it goes down your throat and into your body. Very resiny with wood lingers on in the aftertate.
Hmmm, now I see why Nøgne Ø revived this beer. You'll be sipping this beer, but you'll be coming back for more.
The second round of TUI is coming to a close. I'll have another treat tomorrow night when this resumes.
06-03-2009 05:18:54 | More by DoubleJ
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
13oz's in a tulip glass at Capone's.
A- Dark brownish with some plum red spots, very dark for a DIPA/Barleywine? Alot of activity in the glass made for a pillow of a medium dark tan fluff that had some of that sticky stuff, lines going down the sides.
S- This ale smells like a small barleywine mixed with some Belgian dark. The hops don't come off like a American Barleywine at all, some of the 3-C's but nothing exploding. Citrus and a few malt varieties and some yeast making for a semi fruity nose and a even less hoppy one.
T- Citrus up front with grapefruit and other minor tropic fruits. In the middle the hops fade off making way for a semi spicy middle with a touch of fresh wheat mixed in for a yeasty finish. There is a taste of alcohol in this 9-10%er. Does not taste like a DIPA, more like a very old (aged) American Barleywine.
M,D- More malty than hoppy, there is not enough bitterness to classify this as American B-Wine territory. Just a mention of bitterness on the tounge while the wheat and malts work the mouth. The body is above medium with a smooth mellow carbonation that is not all that crisp. I had 13oz of this and while I liked it, I was over this before those 13oz were finished. I guess this is really a mix of a DIPA/B-Wine, an odd mix, that get's the job done I guess.
04-13-2010 16:25:32 | More by BARFLYB
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, awesome fuckn' head, never seen a head like this from a BW, two-finger creamy tannish head, tons of sticky lacing and islands through out the drink. The nose is big on malts, very slight dark fruits, slight toffee, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, fruity/caramel. Medium body. The alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, highly recommended.
05-01-2008 23:51:58 | More by Wasatch
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some incredible thick soapy lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big herbal hops, smokiness, old pine, citrus, caramel, wood, dark fruit, chocolate, light coffee, and spiciness. I have a feeling this is an older bottle. Extremely interesting smelling, and not like fresh hops at all. Taste of big caramel, wood, herbal, molasses, chocolate, biscuit, pine, light citrus, and spicy hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of herbal hops, caramel, chocolate, wood, molasses, and pine on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that drinks easily for being 10%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish. Overall this is a very nice enjoyable barleywine. Aromas are a bit odd, but it had nice flavor and balance. I would like to pick up a younger bottle in the future.
01-05-2012 04:19:05 | More by superspak
3.73/5 rDev -7.4%
16.9oz bottle purchased from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.
Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes graduallly, with sporadic but ample lacing. Aroma is dark grains, fresh green hops, and alcohol. Taste starts with a glimpse of maltiness, which becomes all about the hops from then on, with some alcohol presence noted at the close and beyond. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly due to the hops abundance, with not quite enough sweetness to smooth it out, and drinkability shares the same issue.
02-14-2008 02:01:45 | More by ppoitras
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
This deep pecan-coloured brew doesn't afford much glitz or glamour but does reveal perfect clarity when held into the light. It also offers an impressive amount of head for a beer that's alcohol content hits double-digits. That off-white lather refuses to diminish even as the liquid beneath it does; much of it finds its way to the sides of the glass.
Its hops are almost villain-like they make so bitter the otherwise sweet, butter/raisin/pecan tart-like bouquet. Earthy, herbal resins seethe from the aroma like sap from a tree (an appropriate simile considering the scent of pine needles and spruce bark). A great, billowing note of purple plum conjures a thought of summer ripeness in an aroma that largely smells of fall-time decay.
The flavour is laced with sweet notes of fig, date, dark honey and molasses and is accented by a leafy peppermint and ginger spice. Lesser notes of grapefruit rind and caramel are noted too. It offers a great tension between the dark, sticky-sweet flavours and brighter, more citrusy ones. That said, the beer leans heavily on the leafy, resiny (i.e., pine, grass, peppermint) qualities. Good composure.
Reportedly, this beer's creators had conceived this recipe for a DIPA, but it was accidentally labeled a barleywine. Whatever. Barleywine. Double IPA. Tomato. Tomatoe. Let's not call the whole thing off. This disappears far too quick for a beer of its strength, a testimony to the fact that it's irresistibly quaffable. Despite some apparent strength, the beer is chewy enough to be a cookie. This is not by necessity a slow drinker.
Criminal law penalizes conspiracy as a separate crime because it acknowledges that the whole can be bigger than the sum of its parts; multiple actors achieve greater results working in concert than when they each act alone. Indeed, that is the case with Nogne #100, where sugary, nectar-sweet malts collude with herbal, piny hops to scheme a beer as satiating as it is quenching. Teamwork at its finest.
12-02-2012 07:42:54 | More by biegaman
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
On tap at Capone's the other day.,
The beer pours an amber brown color with good retention and lacing. Alas, this was to be as good as things get. The nose is fairly malty, but a bit light. However, there is some noticeable brown sugar and a hint of citrus, but otherwise I don't get a lot to the aroma profile. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and tastged side by side with Deaue, double crooked tree and blue dot, this is almost a joke. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but there just isn't enough flavor to be very impressive. Also, this beer has some noticeable heat and alcohol, which detracts from the beer's drinkability just a bit.
Nothing wrong with this beer, but can't say it's anything that would make me want to try this beer again either.
04-21-2010 00:35:16 | More by John_M
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
A: Poured a dark, opaque caramel/cola with a creamy moderate beige head that left a good lacing.
S: a sweet roasted malt character, fresh pine, and some citrus.
T: warm and biscuity, with some dried citrus and soft roasted malt notes. There were some light whiskey cask notes sneaking through in the background as well as some dark chocolate, pine, and light sweet molasses. Some dry pine, dark roasted malt provide a nice closing before fading quickly and clean. The flavor is extraoridinary smooth, earthy and well balanced from start to finish.
M: silky and smooth with a soft palate and some dry bittering Columbus hops coming through similar to an Anderson valleys hop ottin but more tame.
D: The flavor was very refined, and soft making for an incredible drinkability factor. Quite possibly the smoothest and most refined barleywine style ive ever had. An incredible recommend.
10-21-2008 22:21:15 | More by beerthulhu
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottle picked up at Premier in Buffalo.
Pours an opaque dark brown/almost black, thick tan head, tons of lacing, settles to a thick layer, looks nice. Smell is sweet, caramel, chocolate, citrus/floral, big hops and big malt, light roast, pine, bread, super balance. Taste is similar, toffee, citrus and floral, sugary, pine, molasses, chocolate, solid bitterness, but nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, warming. I really liked this one, almost like Bigfoot.
02-19-2008 22:09:07 | More by Viggo
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Inflatablechair brought over this gem tonight... funny, I took this off my trading wants in the last couple weeks because I just never got any bites for it and it was not really high on my list of priorities... but tonight, Sammy decides to pull it from his cellar... karmic, prophetic and wonderful. Thanks buddy..
Into my Old Guardian goblet... 1/2" lite tan head.. okay retention atop a deep walnut brew that is pretty clear.
Nose shows big caramel with a surprising amount of citrus hops for a brew that is at least a year old... nice dark fruit presence makes me think figs and dark raisins.
Flavor is a rich mash-up of dark fruits, toffee, and hints of roasted malts... a little cocoa comes in with some brown sugar sweetness.. again some pronounced CCC hoppiness lets you know that the Norwegians were swimming for American shores... with warmth a little dark cherry essence mixes with the figs and other fruits.. but the hops are actually the big finisher.
Great body is a bigger medium... carbonation is nice but a tad big bubbled... honestly a bit too rich for more than a nice glass... glad I had a good friend to share this one with.
I really liked this one... it immediately reminds me of the older vintages of Old Boardhead...
Very cool Sam.. I truly appreciate this one.
11-19-2010 08:39:31 | More by JohnGalt1
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Bought recently from Tower in Atlanta.
Pours dark brown, very close to black, with a cream-colored head that dissipates into a ring. Darker than an average barleywine.
Doesn't smell like a normal barleywine, there's a lot more coffee, and you can slightly smell the alcohol.
Following the above trend the taste isn't much like a normal barleywine either. It isn't very sweet, and the coffee notes are more prevalent than anything else. There's also a slight bitterness at the end. Somehow it all works very well together.
The mouthfeel is pretty thick - the carbonation is just enough to release the flavors.
This beer is very good. I'm not sure when it was retired, but it seems as if the hops (if they were there much) have calmed down and the other flavors have stepped up to replace it. Very drinkable, definitely a sipper.
I would recommend this as a good beer, just don't expect a traditional barleywine.
07-23-2008 01:51:51 | More by glid02
3.73/5 rDev -7.4%
on-tap, brasserie V scandanavian tasting
appearance: served in belgian chalice - cloudy amber body, light beige ring
smell: subtle - malty, lightly spicy alcohol, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar
taste: lacks the punch i would expect from an american barleywine - nice hop bitterness, malty caramel core, moderate alcohol presence, bready, brown sugar
mouthfeel: less bitter and less syrupy then many american contemporaries
04-08-2010 02:56:45 | More by dirtylou
4.01/5 rDev -0.5%
500ml bottle poured into tulip 9/4/13
A dark brownish amber with enough clarity to see a 1/3 of the distance to the other side under the foam, looks thick with some bubbles struggling to stream up the side of the glass. Some random chunks floating around and a very long lasting light brown head leaves plenty of random unorganized lace deep down the glass
S piney citrus rind and a heavy blast of caramel, herbal hops and faint coco powder mix with some faint booze and dark bread
T a slight nutty aspect seems out of place but works, more malty sweetness mixing up with some piney rind, old DIPA or a young BW you tell me,some faint milk chocolate s it wrms
M thick and syrupy with low carbonation but enough for it to work, sticky on the lips with a bitter kick, rind, burnt brown sugar and pine resin lingers long on the finish
O some dark malt notes add a strange mix to this brew, to me it seems lost between styles or perhaps I caught it at an awkward age, either way I like it a lot but would rather have it super fresh or in a couple years
pretty solid brew with a well hidden 10% waiting to kick your ass, still pretty hoppy for a BW and the malt has some dark notes that I don't think works against it but leaves something unique in your glass. Not only am I going to grab one for long term aging I'm going to look for a fresh batch out of hopped up curiosity
04-10-2013 07:10:34 | More by wordemupg
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.