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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bark on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
461
Reviews:
260
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
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36
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL into a tulip. Pours a clear reddish mahogany w/ a thin khaki head, minimal lace, just a thin film and collar.

Aroma is floral and herbal over a sweet malt background. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, hops.

Taste is likewise a balance of copious sweet malts and lots of floral and bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is chewy, coating, but not syrupy. High gravity evident, but finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Overall a solid example of an American barleywine.

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Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rajendra82
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The craftsmen at Nøgne Ø have had me captivated with their unique blend of European style and American boldness. I was definitely not going to let # 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale pass me by. Slender 500 ml. bottle, with a starkly attractive label style. The pour looked quite dark for a barleywine, while the head was three fingers tall and foamy. The smell was quite sweet and had me recall raisins, toffee, and cocoa, The taste was not typical of the style, as the malts felt very roasty and astringent. The bitterness was quite brazing as a result of the bone dry nature of the beer. The chocolate, roasted nuts, and smoke in the taste screamed Imperial Porter to me. A big blast of oak notes in the finish had me wondering whether this was barrel aged before bottling. Quite thin and fleeting in the mouth, this unusual Ale was well crafted, and sneaky in the alcohol presentation, but I would be hard pressed to call this a barleywine.

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Photo of CPAles
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a 22 oz. sinfter.

A - Very dark chestnut brown with 1.5 fingers of khaki head that have excellent retention due to the ABV. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S - Toffee, cocoa powder, nutty, then as it warms sweet citrus oil, green pine needles. Berry fruit really comes out full force with some perfumy orange blossom. Slabs of caramel mix with alcohol vapors and fill the glass with a robust sweetness.

T - Starts with a mix of semi/sweet chocolate, sweet toffee malt, then an undertow of hops rush in with mint and citrus. The hops almost take over creating an herbal spice that turns resiny and woody while still laced in citrus. Dark berry fruit, leather, and cocoa really comes out and melds with the malt

M - Medium creamy and lush body. Solid carbonation.

Very complex beer with plenty of transforming flavors during a session. The aroma is so good it's hard to explain. The cocoa stays in it's place and adds alot of complexity. Hops shine but don't overtake it. Very interesting and flavorful beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No Freshness date to be found. Served at cellar temps in a tulip glass.

Appearance: poured dark brown and almost black with a nice and creamy tan head. Hints of red poke through the glass. No sediment can be detected. Fair amount of alcohol legs on the glass. Head retention is great.

Nose: leather, tobacco, oxidation of the malts and alcohols, port and sherry wine, some fruityness but it's a stretch. No alcohol presence at all.

Taste: nice medium to high carbonation, leather, oxidation, pipe tobacco, little sweetness left in there from all of the aging. No fruit character at all. Nice aged barleywine taste. No off flavors like cardboard or wet paper; just a clean and well aged barleywine. Can not taste the alcohol.

Overall: you never know what you're going to get when you buy a beer with no freshness date from the clearance section. I scored on this one. All of the hop character that may have been in there is all but gone now and we are just left with a deliciously oxidized glass of wonderfulness. I have another bottle of this and I think it is prime for drinking now. Wish I knew how old this was so I know what kind of aging legs to expect in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep garnet color with a small tan head. Wonderful aroma of spicy floral hops, sweet malt, a hint of caramel and dark cherry, and a good whiff of alcohol. Palate is sweet and malty up front, becoming a bit better balanced as the hops emerge before the swallow. A flourish of sweetness occurs on the swallow, followed by a rich, slightly smoky finish that lingers on for quite a while. Notes of dark cherry, caramel, and brown sugar come through at various points.
The body is smooth and a touch creamy, rather round around the edges for a big barleywine. Quite nice. This is a highly drinkable big beer, although there's no mistaking its strength. Good stuff from an excellent emerging brewery.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, porter-like appearance with a decent, but not overly aggressive head. Seems a little bit too dark almost.

Slightly vinous, malty nose with raisins, plums and a bit of cherry. Brown sugar, sultana raisins, light brandy and dark chocolate in the flavour. A little more hops than expected, and this tends to lend a bit of a slightly sour, metallic bitterness. This eases a bit as it warm, but it gives way to a mild alcohol warmth.

Smooth mouthfeel, nice low carbonation. Loses drinkability points for ABV and alcohol warmth.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle drank from my duvel tulip. no freshness dating/best by info to be found.

A- a slightly darker than normal copper colored beer pours from this bottle. a large fluffy off white head forms and sticks around for most of the drink leaving behind rings of lacing.

S- the nose starts off with sweet caramel and fruity malts. cherries and plums mostly. a small amount of dark chocolate which seems out of place in here. the end smells strongly of piny and grapefruit hops.

T- is starts off very sweet and fruity. caramel and toffee with lots of cherries, plums, and pear. theres definitely some chocolate in here as well, interesting. moderately detectable alcohol. the finish is very hoppy with lots of grapefruit and resiny pine. this must be a fresh bottle.

M- medium to full bodied. theres a moderate warming from the alcohol in this one, but thats expected for the style. the carbonation comes off as a too high and harsh.

D- an interesting slight twist on the style with the chocolate malt in here. easy enough to finish this bottle. the 10$ price tag makes me uncertain how quickly i would want to drink another.

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Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark ruby-amber color (almost brown) with a medium off-white head. Scent is pretty unique. I pick up hops with freshly baked goodies. I read some of the previous reviews, and I totally see where someone got oatmeal-raisin cookies from. Sweet malts and a little bit of chocolate as well. Very different smelling BW. Taste is pretty much how I described the scent. First off I get TONS of dark fruits followed by some fresh baked bread flavors with a bit of hops following. Then it finishes with a roasty dark chocolate kinda flavor. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Very tasty. Mouthfeel isn't nearly as chewy as was expected. Surprisingly light mouthfeel (for a BW). The drinkability is fairly high considering the ABV is in the double digits. Got one more of these aging in the "cellar".

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NightINgale
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at The Sail and Anchor, fremantle 21st Feb 2011

A - Body is a Mahogany colour with a tanned head stat reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - A little spice and citrus but mainly roasted malts that dominate the aroma.

T - A lot of roasted malt and some hops mix quite nicely together. Has a little caramel present as well.

M - Full bodied and low carbonation that is a smooth brew.

D - An interesting Barley Wine that is well worth a try.

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Photo of brendan13
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the 500ml bottle a dark brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to light. A 3 centimtre light tan coloured head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp leaving a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
S - Big herbal, deep citrus fruit and pine notes up front followed by a strong dark fruit character. Vauge chocolate hints.
T - Citrus and herbal hoppy notes on top of a sweet fruitcake quality with a lot of dark fruit touches, some bready notes and a slighhtly bitter dark chocolate hint.
M - Very smooth Barleywine with a low carbonation and medium body. Chocolate laced fruitcake aftertaste lingers. Smooth, yet strong bitterness.
D - Full of flavour that I love. Will be buying more ASAP.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black (barley wine?) that looked a little smoky through the dimple in the bottom of my tulip with no real color other than the hazy smoke. This was a bit odd for me considering the style. The head was a nice dirt white film.

Smelled of acidic pine and lemon with a distant cocoa and caramel. There was also a distinct leathery smell along with some strawberries.

Tastes dry and hoppy with a tingly bite that picked up some sweet candy corn and a light coffee. This was followed by an astringent dry grain matched up with a similar hop dryness. The artful blend hid a lot well.

Feels heavy, frothy and foamy, but tasty. Seems to work well with the flavors.

Nice, but oddly dark. I enjoyed the use of hops in this one.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

16.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Very dark, murky amber brown color, which is almost hazy opaque, which may not make sense. Good tan lacing that's pretty dense and is slow to dissipate. A swirl of the glass recharges, if you will, the carbonation quite nicely as the bubbles slide slowly down the glass each time it happens.

Smell: Candied grapefruit and brighter fruit and berries esters are initially the biggest thing here, along with fresh leafy tobacco, mocha and mild black coffee, some funk and sweat sock, caramel and maple syrup, red fruits like berries along with hints of cherry and strawberry. All seems to be buried under huge spiciness and citrus from the meld of all the hop varieties.

Taste: Big spiciness off the bat, combined with a good sense of citrus bitterness and sweetness. There's some mild coffee, tobacco, a lot of earthiness and grain, some underlying buttery caramel and cream. Also the notes of bright strawberry is here more in the taste, and it finishes long with a good amalgam of bitter and sweeter earthy citrus from the hops, with lingering strawberry fighting its way through.

Mouthfeel: A big beer that's also ultra-creamy and dense, with near-perfect carbonation from the first sip to the last. Nogne Ø seems to always be pretty awesome in this area, for at least the few that I've had thus far.

Drinkability: I understand why these brews are so much, but I'm always a bit hesitant to pay the around $10 price for one bottle. That said, I sipped this for over three hours, and I enjoyed everything about it. I'm just not sure it's all I expected and more, which was what I was hoping for. I wonder how great this would be in bourbon barrels, even though many breweries seem to be doing that these days. This is such a solid beer overall, and everything they do is quality, that it's hard to find something to pick on at all. And though I'm not, I just wonder if for the price, you couldn't get a few domestics just as good, since more and more domestic craft and microbreweries seem to be stepping it up with the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

# 100 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
4.03 out of 5 based on 461 ratings.
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