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

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253 Reviews
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Reviews: 253
Hads: 432
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big two-fingered off-white head on a dark brown body. Awesome head retention and lacing.

S- Big whiff of earthy hops

T- Lower hop profile than the nose would indicate, still there though.

M- Medium to medium thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D/O- Solid interpretation from Nøgne Ø. Glad they brought it back and at a nice price point ($9) to boot. Would buy again, recommend for barleywine lovers.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep mahogany. Nice off-white head with great retention and lace.

S - Amazingly savory. Bright turmeric, salt, cumin.

T - More like a savory lamb dinner than a beer. Turmeric and coriander are loaded throughout the profile. Dried garlic. Black pepper. Onion salt. Subtle backdrop of malt. Tastes just like Guyanese pepperpot.

M - Medium light body. Savory / bitter finish.

O - A beer out on a limb, and it manages to pull it off. Well executed and well balanced.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with beige head. Aroma is really hoppy and also has some dried fruits. Taste starts also hoppy with some sweet, toasted malts in the background. Really balanced between the sweet malts and bitter hops. Body is medium and has a good amount of carbonation. Really nice one overall, double IPA meets barleywine.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark chestnut with a 2” tan fluffy foam collar that grips the side of the glass, producing heavy lace.
S: Rich malt, fruit, dark dried fruit.
T: Big malt flavors light caramel sweetness leads to an alcohol aftertaste balancing between the big malt, big hops and alcohol. The malt suggests a malt shiskey character. Traces of chocolate and citrus. Light drying on the finish and a slight astringency from the hops.
F: Very full bodied yet creamy texture with slightly below average carbonation.
O: The big alcohol, malt and hops combine to give this beer a delightful mixed drink quality.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.75$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some notes of chocolate and dark fruits. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste with a hop bitterness and some heat from the booze.

Overall – Lots of different flavours going on and I can feel the booze almost instantly. This is a really good barley wine that I hope gets even better with age. I tucked a few bottles away to see how it develops.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky brown/red color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and some citrusy hops (grapefruit, apricot). It tastes like toasted/grainy malt, grassy and citrusy hops, and a bit of dark fruit. There's also a long lasting bitter hoppy finish. The hops overpower the malty flavors in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK enough brew, but I don't think it's something I'd buy very often.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coca-cola-lish brown with some dark garnet highlights. Pretty light beige head that slowly recedes with each sip. The aroma is very complex, lots of dark malty nuts with some soft plum juice, and maybe some caramel. The taste is very heavy on the dark fruis. Roasted prnes, baked cherries. A splash of roasted malts gives a grainy bread taste and texture. Very warm nd fruity palat, and actuly becomes a little winey as it warms. Great sipping beer and a great dark barely wine form the Norse.

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Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, medium brown with a marshmallow-like, pale tan head. Great head retention.

Well balanced aroma with resinous, piney American hops coming through. Good citrus as well with the more bitter grapefruit predominant. Deep, burnt caramel combines with a light cocoa as well. Really nice, if only it was a bit punchier.

Deep, toasty caramel sits on the tip of the tongue along with hints of bitter chocolate and a slight roast. Deep raisins and figs bring out a nice dark, sticky fruit character which is tied together by the citric hops to elevate the fruity character of the beer. A strong lingering bitterness starts through the mid-palate and has good hold even a few minutes after finishing the sip. The back palate has a bright sweetness which livens the drink.

A thick body here helps to deliver the flavours of the outstanding beer with the slightly below average carbonation just helping to give this vibrancy without dominating the beer.

The flavours here are so good and the alcohol is well hidden making for a very drinkable beer that any brewer should be proud to produce. My first Nogne O beer and I am very impressed.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint sized bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours such a dark brown color, it is almost black with blood red highlights. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A nice resiny dry leather profile. Bits of spice and a malty backbone of toasted caramel.

(T)- Quite a nice combo of mildly toasty caramel malt, subtle dark fruits, and a leathery resin-like hop character.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A seamless and well integrated beer that showcases the heavy malt, hop profile, and high ABV without it being overbearing or too rich. In fact, this is quite smooth with only a dry finish to remind you of the 10%ABV.

(D)- Quite the solid barleywine here. Nogne has really been hit or miss with me with what I have tried from them thus far, but this one is a successful one. Great on this bitter/chilly night.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a two finger light tan head that holds together very nicely and leaves lots of lacing. Can already tell this is going to be fun.
Big time aroma of hops up front, some citrus, some earthy but also plenty of sweet malts, caramel, some brown sugar and a few fruity notes. Quite complex on the nose.
Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, hints of vanilla, some chocolate, then follows with some bitter resinous hops on the finish. Perfect in balance however. Not too much of either.
Mouthfeel is very full and smooth, above average carbonation for the style, but not too much by any means.
Perfect style English Barleywine although I dont think it quite fits the style. Its really just a good strong ale. Hopping is great, maltiness is great, just a great balanced strong ale. Nogne has some hit or miss, and you dont want to miss for the price tags, but this is a winner; an immensely enjoyable and unique brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish body with quick dying head and minor lace patches. Aroma is malt strong as I pick up yeast/bread, light chocolate, caramel, touch of roasted malts and a medicinal hoppy aroma. Light to medium-bodied, smooth, the matls are prevelant as there is a dry, yeasty, almost woody edge with chocolate malt sweetness. All balanced with crisp, citric hops that pucker the tongue and give off a dry finish (that is also complemented by a cameo from the alochol to warm you up). Easy to drink, relaxing, and a well-balanced brew that is one of the best I've had in a while.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick, muddy consistency. Some floaties. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, malt, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, caramel, hops, and some yeast. A nicely balanced flavor that gets better as it goes along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very well made barleywine. Drinkable.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

drinkability: fine

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt .9fl oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured the color of cola, perhaps a touch redder, with a creamy, one inch off-white head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with swaths of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is assertively hoppy in the forefront with some sugary malt in the background and a boozy alcohol/medicinal quality at the back.. Front starts off sugary/malty with a mild dark fruit character, gradually giving way to a light bitterness that peaks and lingers at the finish. A caramel character also comes out as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light, subtly carbonated and slightly creamy. Solid example of the style. This one has a couple years on it, so it's evened out a little bit (it must have been quite hoppy in it's prime) - might pick up another bottle to see how it mellows in a couple more years.

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# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.