Andhrímnir Barley Wine - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gford217 on 11-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a reddish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, lightly roasted malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is alcohol, dark fruit, hop bitterness, yeast and some pine and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a large-bubbled, off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large amounts of orange peel with leafy hops and tea leaves. Backing it all up are mild amounts of caramel malt aromas and light amounts of cinnamon and white pepper.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of citrus flavors - orange and lemon peel. Midway through the sip the flavors turn bitter with good amounts of herbal and leafy hops and lighter amounts of pepper-like spices and cinnamon. The hops carry through to a mildly bitter finish leaving hints of caramel malts lingering on the palate.

Moutuhfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was very interesting, especially when compared with a #100 I had a few days earlier. Definitely on the experimental side with loads of citrus peel and tea-like spices. Worth a shot.

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

Alright! I must say the idea of trying a Scandinavian homebrew is intriguing. Apparently, that's what I'm doing.

Andhrímnir pours a really attractive copper/bronze color. It has really nice scarlet highlights with a little light behind it. The head is off-white and stands about a finger tall. Retention was pretty good. It leaves a trail of sticky lace in its wake as it descends.

The nose strikes me as a little weak initially. EDIT: Warming helps a little. It kicks off with a very strong, sweet caramel malt scent. No question about the base. There's a little dark fruit slicing through. Raisin and fig seem to be the primaries there. It has a nice earthy/herbal vibe to it. There are hints of leather and tobacco at the secondary level. Hops seem to be mostly floral, and are buried beneath the avalanche of malt. American Barleywine? Eh. I don't know about that. Alcohol is blended well. No way it's 10%.

The flavor is quite good. It is very malty and sweet up front. Caramel malts provide a really nice base. It's definitely herbal and earthy. Very sweet and sugary. I am getting some leather and tobacco flavors in there. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and fig are secondary, but complement the other flavors nicely. It does have a rather deep flavor profile. Hops are noted, but aren't competing for the spotlight. They're background noise at best. They have a floral, grassy-like flavor. I'm still not buying the American Barleywine classification. English Barleywine seems more fitting. Alcohol is masked extremely well. It finishes sweet and a little herbal.

Andhrímnir has a full body that's very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is light and restrained. Smooth and easy drinking. Drinkability is very impressive. This is a seductive, deceptive Barleywine (of some nature). It doesn't feel or taste quite 10% big. Yeah, I'm sipping it, but it's damn enjoyable.

I have to admit, I like this Andhrímnir release quite a bit. It's apparently the winner of some Scandinavian homebrewing competition. I like the idea, but I like the beer more. This is good stuff. It's not one of the best Barleywines I've had, but it's certainly good and worthy of the release. In order to really warrant the American Barleywine label, it needs more hops. Plain and simple. Damn good stuff as it is though. Whatever it may be. Grab a bottle if you see it.

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a BBD of 06/18/2014, I'm not waiting...

Pours a somewhat murky chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, figs, cherries, brown bread

T: Follows the nose, woody hops, some jsmmyness up front, along with a kiss of booze & orange marmalaide. Boozey raisins & figs mix with woody & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes dry, woody & fruitty

MF: Chewy, warming, soft carbonation

Not very hop forward, a Barleywine that skews more English than American. Not bad, but hardly worth the price

Edit: I see this is already 3 years old, in which case I say it's hepld up fairly well, but probably a shadow of its young self...

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #435. Brygget: 180609. Best fore: 180614. Consumed 101110.

A: Cola orange on the pour appears dark plum in the glass with tiny effervesce bubbles rising slowly and steady along the glass edges. The head was beach sand in color, spongey and slight in statue while leaving no lacing adhering to the glass walls.

S: Alcohol driven on the nose with scotch notes with dark fruit of prunes. Warm soy sauce and breadiness combine with dark vinous grapes to round things out.

T: Boozy and sweet, think caramel grains soaked in alcohol and maple syrup. Since I've consumed this warm >50F, a lot of the boozy warm and sweet nature was allowed to be experienced, with warm sugary tart plums being the most noted. The flavor was smooth, very smooth, and continued to get even smoother with each and every sip leading you to a greater appreciation of its refinement. Big breadiness, sweet rum raisin and vinous dark grapes notes become evident near the finishing take.

M: Medium-full, extremely silky with a vinous nature and feel. Carbonation is very limited adding to its smoothness in texture which complimented its smooth by nature flavor. Dark vinous grapes leave a parting of ways on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: The more I drank this, the higher I wanted to rate it, it continued to get smoother and more refined with each and every sip and made you forget you were even drinking a barley wine of 10.0% abv. Very worthy by purchase and style.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy brown color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, with a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is malty and sweet, it smells like caramel malt, oranges, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like brown sugar, caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, and a bit of grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick, syrupy and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, I liked it. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buckeyeboy brought this to last Saturday's tasting.... Very cool Jeremy... Glad I got a chance to try this one.

Pours an orange caramel with a yellowish tan head that sticks around for a bit.... nice lacing.

Nose is vanilla caramels and golden raisins... a bit toasty ... a light discernible hoppiness is there but playing way in the back.

Descent hoppy bitterness out front moves into a toasty malt mid palate with some caramel... not as sweet as the nose ... more grainy than malty... hints of dark fruits, maybe plum and again some golden raisin...

Body is a good solid medium for the style... carbonation seems a tad light... I personally would have preferred a bit more American hop presence in the aroma and taste... but I like it quite a bit.

Thanks again Jeremy... This was definitely not on my radar.


Photo of weeare138
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to warrioursoul...
Appears a hazy dark chestnut with a red hue and a small white head that quickly fades into a small collar. Spotty bits of lacing.
Smell is of brown sugar, burnt, cooked fruit, ripened bananas, toasted barley, and sugar cookies.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with cherries, brown sugar, and ripe fruit. Perhaps a touch of molasses.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, chewy, and hot.
Wow...this would be great given the proper aging.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely dark chestnut color; has a creamy, light khaki head with some lacing as well.

Aroma is pretty complex; some dark fruit and alcohol can be detected with some caramels, roasted malts and a pleasant nuttiness.

The tastes are very similar to the smells; as above with more caramel and nuttiness. I also noticed some raisins, dates, and just a tiny hint of citrus. No hop character to mention.

Mouthfeel is oddly thicker than it tastes if that makes sense. The beer is sweet yet dry and malty yet you can still get some booziness as well. Pretty complex stuff.
Overall I enjoyed this beer. I had higher expectations but I was not totally disappointed with it. It was quite enjoyable. The alcohol presence is definitely there, but not in your face or annoying. I hope to try more English barleywines in the near future to compare.

Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch nr: 435
Brygget: 180609
Best fore: 180614

A: Pours a lovely chestnut/mahogany color with a bunch of swirling yeast tendrils spotted inside. A creamy, light khaki, one finger layer of foam stuck around for just a short time and left no lace in the glass.

S: Aromas are of slightly tart fruit/alcohol, caramel, toasted malt, pan roasted nuts, and a hint of tobacco.

T: Same as above with more caramel and alcohol flavor. Also noticed were raisins, plums, dates, and just a tiny hint of fresh red apple. Ashy.

M: At the same time sweet, juicy, dry, sticky, astringent, raw, and smooth. Pretty complex stuff.

D: Very enjoyable. The alcohol presence is very there, but not in your face or annoying. Interesting story on the label. Essentially an award winning Norwegian homebrew that the folks at Nogne O felt should be available commercially so they turned their brewery over to the award winner and let him do his thing. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Photo of colforbin73
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is an excellent sumptuous barley wine. it offers a nice balance of sweet and bitter with a strong malty backbone.

pours a rich dark amber, virtually impenetrable to light. it foams up a tiny bit but it is appropriately medium in carbonation -- has a nice fizz on the tongue, not too much. the taste is deep and dominated by malt complexity with little hop aroma, but the bitterness level is present and right on. the rich taste is mouth coating and goes down with a smooth warm alcohol swirl.

i am not a barley wine connoisseur, but i would definitely pick this one up again. Cheers to the Nogne-O brewery!

Photo of bheilman
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color in the shade of leather with a sort of amber hue. The smell is nice with thick malt scent. Not much of a hops presence here. The taste is mostly rich, again missing that hops balance. The hops is a bit present in the aftertaste, but still fairly subtle. The mouthfeel is decent and continues the flavor with nothing of a bad aftertaste. The beer is fairly drinkable, but a bit strong. You can taste some alcohol in the flavor, but with the overwhelming intensity of all the other flavors, it is hidden well. It's good, but not as good as some of the American Crafts, like Behemoth and the Green Flash Barleywine. I think I enjoy a bit stronger bite of hops.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep brown color with red highlights and a hazy translucent look, 1 finger of cream colored head that recedes to about 1cm and retains itself leaving behind good amounts of lace
S - has an old ale smell to it. whiskey barrel smells, caramel, and a definite vinous note
T - taste is exactly as it smells. a vinous quality, a bit of whiskey, tastes very much like an old ale, closer to what i've come to expect from english barleywines not american. Not much hop presence to speak of. A great brew that I will be throwing down into the cellar soon. 10% is very well disguised.
M - medium bodied, sticky, very smooth, just touches of carbonation
D - the sweetness, stickiness, and alcohol presence only hinder the drinkability ever so slightly. I'm very impressed with this beer, definitely my favorite of the nogne o barleywines and up there with my favorite barleywines period

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Central New England BA Meetup#2.

A: Light head, dark hazy reddish brown color.

N: Lots of malt at first, sweet but not too sweet, lots of fruit as well. Even a little chocolate on the nose, a little spicy musty hop presence, and has that overall aged aroma.

T: Again, the aged flavor comes through with some subtle sweetness and malts, delicate and balanced. Semi sweet with some fruit. A nice oak flavor and touch of vanilla, with more chewy malts. A slight alcohol bite but not much, and pretty smooth overall. A slight smokey flavor comes late with a touch more bittering spicy hops.

M: Smooth but a little thin, chewy as well, and lower but not too bad carbonation.

F: Lingering sweetness, a little bit. Some smoke also comes out on the finish as the malts and sweetness diappear. Some maple and brown sugar come out as well with a little bitterness.

Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a deep orange brown color. Decent but very short lived carbonation and minimal off white head. Never got more than a 1/4 of an inch and quickly faded to spotty film. On swirling got the same results. Quick build up and quick fade.

S-- Lots of stewed plumbs and cherries, thick and sweet smell, burnt carmel tones as well with this. More like a Dark Belgian Ale but much sweeter and touches of hazelnut.

T-- Thick stewed plumbs and cherries again. Very syrupy front .

M-- Very little carbonation with this. Very syrupy feel as well. More like a Belgian Dark Ale but more syrupy and less carbonated.
Touches of booze in the mouth and does thin out in the end. Not by much though. Kind of a medicinal syrupy finish. Like cherry cough medicine.

D-- Not a bad home brew at all. Not perfect but better than what I have ever done . A little too syrupy for me but the ABV is well hidden and pretty tasty.

Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep reddish mahogany color. Produced a nice cap of tan to orange colored foam. Some lacing here and there.

(S)- A nice combination of rich sweet aromas: caramel, toffee, fig, honey, raisin, and a mellow dry wood aspect.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. An array of sweet and rich flavors: caramel, toffee, fig, honey, and an almost apricot-like fruitiness and a light wood-like spice.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A really nice balance too of flavors; nothing out of balance or disjointed. A mellow finish despite the 10% ABV.

(D)- This is a great barleywine! Not super boozy or some crazy barrel aged beat, but a smooth yet rich & malty profile. Great stuff!

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark copper color with a short off-white colored head.

Smell: malt sweetness is all you can detect by the nose.

Taste: malt, brown sugar, molasses, prunes, soft alcohol tones, and a nice bitterness creates a well balanced barleywine.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Very long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: one bottle was enough over a long session based on the style. Slow sipping but throughouly enjoyable.

Photo of Czez
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

batch:435 50ml bottle

A. hazy mohagony, opaque and almost oily looking, with a fine head that left quickly

S. prunes, hazelnuts, persimmon

T. tart cherries with a deep, woody back

M. medium smooth. carbonation was delicate

D. drink it slowly, and share. sits nicely and improves

Can't wait to try more from this guy.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nogne Andhrimnir out of a half-liter bottle and into the same Sierra Nevada snifter I had my other Nogne brew (Sunturnbrew).

Appearance: Deep mahogany, good fluffy head that disappears quickly. Almost no lacing, just a vapor, a reflection of the brew gone.

Smell: Very subdued. Some booze and yeast. Dark fruits, lightly pureed and spread on buttered toast.

Taste: Sweetness and booze. A great pairing for the cinnamon toast with truffle-balsamic syrup I munched on while drinking this brew! A little thin, however, like the other Nogne I tried. It is very smooth, almost too much, and it gets better (acquiring body and flavor) as it warms up. Definitely sweet, it would pair beautifully with a rich chocolate or carrot cake.

Mouthfeel: As with the other Nogne beer I just tried, the carbonation and body are low and medium respectively. A lil' disappointing, quite thin, but better and better as it warms up. More complexity would have been appreciated.

Drinkability: Limited. Big beer, medium taste, small glass. Alcohol is well played, but when it warms up and you've had two, then it hits you.

Good but not great.

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color with ruby tints. Slightly cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy/fizzy head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of caramel, hops, malt, and dark fruit.

T: Had a nice hoppy bitterness, along with caramel, raisins, malt, and possibly some plums. A well-rounded flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied. Not as thick and chewy as some barleywines.

D: A very good, drinkable beer.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, best by date of "180614" which I interpret as "June 18, 2014". But not sure when bottled.

appears a muddy brown color, opaque. a tiny bit of head fades fast. strong sweet flavors in the smell - caramel, whiskey, and raisins. similar flavors in the taste. all malt complexity, no hops detected. medium body, very little carbonation. just enough so its not flat.

overall - nice flavors, but needs a bit more body and/or carbonation. a little dissapointing for the high price.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/18/2009. Pours extremely cloudy reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, toffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, cocoa, earth, herbal, pine, molasses, and honey. Very nice and well balanced malty aromas with good complexity. Taste of caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, pear, apple, herbal, floral, earth, toffee, chocolate, toast, biscuit, pine, honey, and light spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, apple, toast, biscuit, chocolate, honey, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good complexity, and no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent barleywine. Great flavor balance and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on as well. Highly enjoyable stuff.

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, tan, long-lasting head. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet bready malts with floral notes.

T - It was malty and sweet - caramel, toffee and sweet breads. It had a nice bitter hop bite, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a strong barleywine that somehow it got better as I drank it.

Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 fl oz brown bottle, served in a snifter.

Batch #435, Brewed on 06.18.2009, Best before 06.18.2014.

Random review note: this is my 1,000th beer review.

Hazy, substantive oak with a faint mahogany hue. Very creamy, off-white head that sits about an inch high; really stable retention. A few flashes of spotted lacing.

Rich, toffee and brown sugar aromas filled with a sharp, warming sherry-sweet alcohol presence. Sharp notes of tart, citrus: green apple, orange peel, red raspberry.

Sweet caramel and toffee; moderately rich flavors that are heightened a bit by some dry nutmeg and brown sugar. Dried fruit: fig, raisin; none of the tartness hinted at in the aroma is present in the flavor. The alcohol presence is raw, one-dimensional which doesn't mesh with the dry, rich flavors; tastes a bit like tequila.

Full in body; predominantly dry on the palate with flashes of slickness on account of the alcohol presence.

The flavors are just too young for this one to shine. If this can truly be enjoyed until 2014, the alcohol will probably mellow and meld with the rich flavor profile.

Photo of Gushue3
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Hill Farmstead bulb glass.

A A smaller head forms and doesn't sick around for too long that leaves some white bubbles around the edge of the glass. The body is murky and hazy that looks to be a brown/dark amber color. Looks like something a viking would drink.

S Sweeter malts and a light alcohol kick are the first thing that come to me. Some sweet prunes or fig come through as well.

T lighter malts upfront with some faded hops toward the middle. Flavor is pretty subdued in the front but opens up. Candied sugars and sweeter dark fruits like fig come out

As the beer warms sweetness mellows out and caramel comes out with a light bitterness.

M Smaller carbonation feel and lighter heavy feel makes this a sipper. My mouth is left feeling thick and sticky upon each taste.

O The taste was just a little to laid back for me, I had to really look for the flavors opposed to tasting everything. Smelled and felt pretty good but the flavor was lacking in comparison. Bottle art is awesome.

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Andhrímnir Barley Wine from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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