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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 11-27-2009)
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Reviews by bheilman:
Photo of bheilman
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

bheilman, Oct 19, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

glid02, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +25%

seanthornton152, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

prototypic, May 15, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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...

russpowell, Aug 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

GRG1313, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 16, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

bluejacket74, May 01, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

4/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, May 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev 0%

tln13, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

kevgod, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

weeare138, Apr 09, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

JohneHoodlum, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

claspada, Sep 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev 0%

calcnerd, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

GbVDave, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of colforbin73
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

colforbin73, Mar 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

csustar001, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +17%
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

josefnewsong, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

jlindros, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

mulder1010, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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!

sweemzander, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Czez
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

Czez, Mar 13, 2011
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Andhrímnir Barley Wine from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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