# 100 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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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
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-02-2008 18:17:46 | More by scruffwhor
2.05/5 rDev -49.1%
500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter, which I thought would surely contain it. It didn't.
Appearance - Overflows instantly as I pour it. Huge khaki head that screams some sort of problem. Murky body with excellent lacing, I suppose.
Smell - Sour apples and hops. Nothing very barleywine-ish. It does take a couple of sniffs to confirm that it's infected. Hefty hop notes, even over the apples.
Taste - Tangy at first, then hoppy and even a touch of caramel. I must say it doesn't taste awful, but it isn't worth the liver damage.
Mouthfeel - Still pretty thick and mouth-coating. The bitterness is out of balance because of a lack of sugar and an unpleasant twang in the flavor, but it still isn't undrinkable.
Overall - A bad bottle, I'm sure, but it's the only one of these I've ever had, so this is how I'll review it. A drainpour, but it isn't the worst infected bottle I've sipped.
02-25-2012 01:51:36 | More by Alieniloquium
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
06-30-2010 13:29:11 | More by avalon07
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
04-30-2010 22:27:11 | More by bluejacket74
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours deep amber, almost black with a light tan head. In the aroma, hoppy and somewhat plummish. In the taste, plum, caramel and just a nice hop presence backing it up. A smooth, malty mouthfeel and a dry small hop and small plum in the aftertaste. Somewhere between an IPA and a barleywine. Color threw me off, but otherwise really great.
12-28-2007 20:36:24 | More by OWSLEY069
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
Deep, dark, thick brown pour with lots of activity carrying up the tan top to a tall inch of puffy fresh foam that fades at a fairly faster then expected pace. But thats OK as it leaves large stretchy patches of lace and a big skim of tan residue always present. The color sits a nearly coffee black and deceptively opaque. A great looking barleywine, albiet not the typical tawny brown color one would normally associate a BW, but this is Nogne and they seem to have a tendency to push it a bit and create the effect of a stout instead.
Aroma is fairly roasty with that certain malty roundedness in some toffee, caramel, and a bit of raisin. Hops are deeply noted on larger wiffs with a dark piney influence mixed with a newly charred hop field of burnt hop cone edges. Good amount of alcoholic breath seeps its way thru as its cinders in the glass.
Flavors are all twisted up in a fine amount of hoppy pineyness and dark orange pith, tang, and peel. Malts balance it out with some nice roastyness, chocolate hints, toffee, caramel, snappy fresh barley grain with a toasted quickness that never retreats from the palate as the hops take the tongue and scrap across any open areas left with pine and orange biten bitterness. Semi brittle dry finish with a nice hop load balancing off with a bit of residual warmth. Notes of raisin skins and vanilla flow in and out in the middle. Ends nice and hoppy with a dryness reminiscent of toasted orange peels...as if there were such a thing.
Feel is smooth and big with a nicely handled approach to the hops as its bitterness is suited just right with enough zip and lasting impression as the malt keep it all together maintaining one fine tuned addition of toasted roast and caramel goodness.
Nearly gone in no time flat. Way too drinkable for 10%. Much like other great Barleywines, this stuff hits ya late and the next thing you know you can't remember where you put your glass as you try to find your slippers so you can go to bed. Nogne has another yummy winner with this one!
12-28-2007 03:56:24 | More by tavernjef
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
03-27-2011 20:53:12 | More by vfgccp
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
07-27-2010 19:37:52 | More by claspada
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
10-07-2009 10:27:01 | More by dgilks
4.11/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-22-2013 01:44:55 | More by spinrsx
4.03/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-23-2011 02:38:11 | More by Duff27
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A large beige head rises to over two finger, and has great retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: A floral, leafy, herbal hop aroma is up front and strong. A light grapefruit bitterness. Lots of other fruity flavors linger as well. A great caramel malt sweetness balances everything out. A really complex nose.
T: Lots of hops, but it is never overly bitter. Floral, grassy, herbal hops again. A light sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. Soapy and oily from the hops. Easy to sip on. I am enjoying this bottle.
This is an excellent American Barleywine. Tons of hops without being overly bitter and some sweetness for balance. Something I highly recommend.
02-20-2010 02:56:49 | More by champ103
4/5 rDev -0.7%
A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: lots of caramel come out on the aroma with some good hoppy notes and lots of sweetness from the malts. There was quite a bit of booze as well.
T: the caramel also dominated the palate with a mild hop bite but had sweet malty and boozy accents.
M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, malty, and sticky finish.
D: I thought it was a soild barleywine and the hops weren't overwhelming this is the way I like'em. It was tasty but was a sipper faux show.
01-08-2011 07:43:13 | More by Gobzilla
# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.