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

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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
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
455
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
14.14%
 
 
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35
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Photo of mtbdonn
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Beers of Europe in Kingland, England
A-Poured a thick murky bownish, light carbonation and head, with a bit of floating sediment, light lacing
S-Sweet, hints of caramel, some light hints of pine and citrus, hops
T-Heavy, a little oily, again with the light citrus and hops, pine and like the smell pleasantly sweet and hoppy combination
M-Thick and chewy with creamy carbonation.
O-Interesting version of a Barley wine I'm not accustomed to, appears dark but tastes light and at 10% the ABV is well hidden in the taste, though I can feel the effects. I do like this brew, but it is an expensive one.

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Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some incredible thick soapy lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big herbal hops, smokiness, old pine, citrus, caramel, wood, dark fruit, chocolate, light coffee, and spiciness. I have a feeling this is an older bottle. Extremely interesting smelling, and not like fresh hops at all. Taste of big caramel, wood, herbal, molasses, chocolate, biscuit, pine, light citrus, and spicy hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of herbal hops, caramel, chocolate, wood, molasses, and pine on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that drinks easily for being 10%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish. Overall this is a very nice enjoyable barleywine. Aromas are a bit odd, but it had nice flavor and balance. I would like to pick up a younger bottle in the future.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany color with orange edges. The frothy espresso colored head lasts a short while, mustering up plenty of lace trails and patches on the glass. The aroma is equal parts roasty, chocolaty malts and citric, pithy hops. Eucalyptus, pine and lemon hop notes hit first in the taste. A wall of malts mixed with a warming, spicy alcohol kick show shortly after. Rum cake, cherries, vanilla and cocoa all show. There's a whiff of soy sauce as well. The finish is moderately bitter and boozy. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lots of dextrins. Carbonation is creamy in texture.

This is a good, hop forward Barleywine. Lots of complexity and a unique hop profile. The only drawback is the immodest alcohol taste - understandable for the ABV, but many others have done much better. Still though, this is a great winter sipper. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Vancer
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wickedpete sends another great beer to me via trade, cool runnings!!

Wow, an easy pour of dark oak fires up a massive tan milkshake of head. Malty aroma proceeds a chocolate coffee quaff. Not your typical BW, much different with the malts. A very tasty brew, more of a porter/stout than BW – but I’m the better man for having the chance to partake of this one.

Bottom covered in yeasty slough, the velvety smoothness easily masks the high octane.

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

Deep, deep brown color with a huge fluffy, cocoa head on top. Somewhat metallic and sharp aroma-vinuous. Deep, malty flavor. Nice blend of a caramel/raisin taste. Strong hop bitterness-they really stand out against the heavy malt. Decent enough mouthfeel-has a dry edge to it in the finish. Good barleywine. Not up to par with their RIS and porter but still a solid brew.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: 3/25/09
Nogne O
#100 Barleywine
10% abv.
500ml Bottle into NB snifter

Appearance= Fat 2 finger tan head after vigorous pour. Blackish brown with tan floaties.

Smell= Nothing stands out...Typical B-wine smell

Taste= Good flavor. A little chocolate??.Must be the malts...Not super complex or deep. Just a good straight forward b-wine flavor.

Mouthfeel= Not too thick on the finish, yet on the thicker side of b-wines. Finishes clean.

Drinkability=@ this Abv., size of bottle and mouthfeel = sipper.

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Photo of mbrasi
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really a DIPA, it has more bw charecter than a DIPA. I'm reviewing this as a bw. Pours a dark brown with a deep malt presence that is mostly caramel and dark fruits. Flavor brings out the hops, there are some hops in the back that leaves a slight bitterness but definitly not of the american hop bomb caliber. Mouthfeel is thick with minimal carbonation. It's really just a big beer, not quite a bw but not quite a DIPA, but enjoyable.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst on 30/10/2010.

A: Very dark brown with some tinges of red and a bubbly head.

N: Wow, there's the hop hit. Fresh hops which are very nice but I maybe expected them to be more musty in character than this. Hops very dominant.

T: Yes, the hops are still there. Really quite prominent.

M: Spot on for the style, fairly heavy but not quite as full as an Imperial Stout. Maybe a bit too much carbonation apparent through the mid-palate.

Overall, pretty good, though I admit I wasn't expecting quite the level of hops that appear in nose and taste. I imagine that's what differentiates an American barleywine from an English barleywine.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Been saving this one for rating #100, how appropriate.

Pours brown with a two finger light tan head that holds together very nicely and leaves lots of lacing.

Big time aroma of resin hops up front, some citrus, but also plenty of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, some brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of chocolate. Quite complex on the nose.

Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, some chocolate, then follows with some bitter resinous hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, medium carbonation.

Is this a DIPA or a barleywine? I think it falls somewhere in between the two. An immensely enjoyable and unique brew.

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Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitches out of the bottle virtually black, not imperial stout black, but close, as this dark purple-brown liquid lets no light through. The head is a fairly healthy tan rise and sticks in gobs.
It's all pine needle, pine bark, and pine sap on the nose, the woody portion of it mingles with traces of cocoa. Port traits arrive only after it sits awhile. The fact is, the malts only make a cursory appearance in the aroma.
In mouth, malt is a bit more pronounced, though secondary in every way to the hops. It begins with roasted grain, bakers chocolate, figs, and coffee. Maple syrup overrides it all, and carries it into the hop breakers. Here on out, it's all metallic pine tree, full of sap, bark, and dry needles. The hopping is interesting with its equal parts resin and wood and tannins. But they are so loud as to drown almost everything else out. Malt is electrocuted out. Even alcohol hardly finds a place. Had the hops been a tad juicier rather than parching acrid, it could sidle towards the IIPA realm, but they don't so that's out of the question.

So basically, it's just a gob of malt basted in bitter hops.

The body is medium-full, with sparse carbonation. At first, it almost seems too light, then it settles into something beefier. Nevertheless, it seems to belie the richness of the malt.
It's a very drinkable barleywine,in spite of it all, though it burns a little once it hits the esophagus, but never before.
I can't help but shake the impression of a cover band playing "Bigfoot Barleywine", especially with its bitter Columbus focus. It's a respectable interpretation, but when the original costs $10/sixer to the $7/ 500mL bottle here, I'll stick with the classic, as its parts are more integrated, and is simply better and cheaper.

All told, it's a decent hoppy b'wine, but seems more than a bit rote.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A reasonably vigorous pour produces a four-finger thick, darkish tinged, tan colored head in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a deeply concentrated, burnt amber color that just shows a deep, clear, concentrated ruby hue if held up to the light. This smells of sticky hop character even as I am pouring this beer. A closer inspection confirms this with notes of candied citrus peel, sweetened berry notes, sweet pine sap, orange blossom honey, a soft herbal reek that can lean towards garlic chive at times as well as a touch of menthol aromatics. As is typical with my experience of the new breed, hoppy northern European beers there is still a substantial malt backbone here that contributes a deep toasty grain character, and nice whole grain bread aromatics.

Hoppy from the first taste, this has a bracing bitterness that becomes more astringent and aggressive through to the lingering, bitingly hoppy finish. Lingering herbal notes, menthol, concentrated pine sap, bright bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangerine, ample lychee form the biggest part of the flavor profile, but supporting hop-derived notes of light cured leather, some tobacco flavors, garlic chives and milkweed are also noticeable at a much more subtle level. The malt contributes lots of chewy, viscous body to this brew as well as some light toasted-almost-roasted touches in the finish, hop supporting caramel character, and some malty crushed cracker flavors in the middle that get drowned out by the caramelized malt sweetness by the finish. As the beer warms up in my glass it smoothes out just a bit with some of the harsher hop notes and the bitterness becoming a bit softer and a touch more integrated.

Definitely on the thick side of a double IPA, indeed more in line on this front with a Barley wine, but it certainly plays the hop card in spades as this is clearly the dominant character, even despite the interesting malt depth. This is one of those beers that really needs to warm up (even though it only started at 50°F / 10°C, it was still a bit too cool) and perhaps even breath a bit in order to lose a bit of the sharp, astringent hop edge. This really is just insanely hopped, though I find it quite enjoyable. I definitely am enjoying the depth the mares otter malt adds and even the slight roasted note from the chocolate malt is a nice addition.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a huge, foamy beige head. Copious amounts of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a blending of freshly-peeled citrus fruits and burnt chocolate cookies.

Taste: Double Fudge cookies with a reasonable sweetness that blends into an oven-roasted fruitiness and the taste of creosote-soaked citrus hops. A mild smokiness appears midway, as does the taste of hearty nine-grain bread. Finishes dry and bitter with an extra helping of roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting, unique hrbid beer for sure with plenty to offer and begs (if not requires) to be sipped.

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Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage unknown but I bought this off the shelf in PA and stored it for at least a year or 2 prior to recently opening it. 500ml bottle into a tulip, the brew appears black in color with rich khaki head.

This smells of raisons, minerals, earth and meaty with light roast and some citrus hops still evident. It tastes bitter with herbal hops somewhat roasty andvearthy into the aftertaste.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. I bet this was a beast of a hoppy beer while fresh. For my own tastes I wish I would have waited a bit longer to pop it.

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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 dgallina
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without dating. Probably not a concern considering this was a limited edition of high-strength.

Pours very dark for a barley wine. Opaque dark brown with a sheen of creamy froth and excellent lace retention. The aroma suggests a stylistic hybrid. Chocolate malts are dominant, with suggestions of vinous dark fruits and American pine-hops at the edges. The flavors are something else again. Beer is nearly flavorless at first. A woody alcohol sting develop in the center, layered over very dry powdered cocoa and spiced cookie dough. Finishes with a dry pine-bark bite and leaves warming alcohol behind. The body is rich and creamy, with lots of carbonation for the strength.

The beer seems half-baked at this age. The alcohol is too strong (solvent-like really) and the other flavors aren't fully developed. Might mellow with age.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber bottle for Christmas.

A = A lovely brown color that shows a fair bit of light through when held up to a source. Light tan head.

S = Nice aroma filled with malt, chocolate, some warm spice, bread and some earthy hops. A good blend.

T = More of a spiced, earthy barley wine. Malt is there, but is not strongly sweet or caramel flavored. Hop flavor is pretty pronounced. Citrus rind, clove, dark bread.

M = Good carbonation, which keeps it from being too thick or syrupy. Nice balance.

O = Overall, a good barley wine with a different flavor profile than my usual American west coast style. Smooth and tasty.

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

a good barleywine, but hardly worth the hype i dont think. its nothing special. pours a redish whiskey color, with a moderate but quicly fleeting off white head. the nose is alcohol, old wood, dried red fruit, and caramel malts in excess. flavor is mostly similar to the nose. lots of sweetness up front, but it doesnt last, thankfully. that molasses spice stays around, but the sugar goes to alcohol before too long. also a surprising level of hops in the finish of this, which makes it more american to me than anything. average mouthfeel, light carbonation, lesser body than most, long finish, boozed up. i like it, but it doesnt stand out as wonderful or unique to me.

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Photo of Douglas14
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with hints of dark red and amber coming through. It has a huge, nice, fullfy head that leaves awesome lace. The smell is very rich and mainly of roasted malt, but it also has some spice to it...possibly some cinnamon. Also, the aroma has a bit of herbalness to it, which I find somewhat weird. The taste is similar. Big and malty, but still has that strange herbal character. It almost taste like mint leaves, or maybe some juniper. It is a little off putting to me, but I suppose it lightens it up too. Good beer, but far from my favorite Nogne O.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany brown.. turbid. Head dissipates to thin ring of foam.

S: Cherries, licorice, alcohol, sweetness. Nice.

T: Sweet fruit, big malt character and a finishing of balancing hops. Its good!

M: Smooth and full bodied.

O: A dark, fruity, sweet American Barleywine. Its very enjoyable and they have done a good job hiding much of the alcohol.

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Photo of EK33
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Best attribute of this beer. Perfect amber color with exact cloudiness for barley wine. The right amount of carbonation. Pours a finger thick head that quickly dissipates to 1mm-2mm ring with lacing on top throughout drinking.

S-Extremely sweet up front with caramel notes, indistinguishable dark fruits. No pick up of either alcohol or hops.

T-Too sweet caramel with slight hint of dark fruit behind. Finishes shockingly bitter with too much hops on end. There is also an alcohol finish that is off putting. Every flavor on own is OK, but as whole not balanced.

M-Just above average as it needs to be creamier. It looks like it should be, but does not deliver.

O-Seeing it poured into a glass had me excited, but flavor at this time was a let down. I am going to age this beer for five years and see how it mellows.

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Photo of gnoff
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle at Delirium Cafe in Gothenburg, Sweden.
New at May 13.

Dark brown color, small white head. A bit hazy.
Very hoppy (American) scent mixed with some chocolate. Some acid smell as well.
Acid and dark malt taste, some non-hops bitterness.
Good (hops) bitterness.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fruity nose classic IPA (not the barleywine as is sometimes said). Dark bronze color. We can see especially the mango into the nostrils.

At the entrance in the mouth, the taste is special, especially for a beer of this style, it looks a little alcohol fishing just before and before all, grate the mouth. Soon, we find the fruity hops (slightly outdated) and bitterness, in great power, comes tickle the taste buds.

However, for many IBU beer, it's still quite low and almost entirely a commercial low-level process that make reference to sell beer. Aside from that, the drink is good.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at the LCBO by accident and was quite surprised. Poured a dark and hazy brown was a decent head for 10%. Smell was slightly malty but the hop aroma overwhelmed it. The taste was slight malt on the fore front and then the bitter hop on the end. Was expecting more malt but was still a good brew. I prefer less hoppy beer but can respect a well made and balanced hopped dark ale. Pretty good beer from a brewery that I have yet to be disappointed by!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with some orange highlights. The bead was thin but coated the glass pretty well with each sip. The smell of the beer was a little boozy, along with some cocoa and hops. The taste of the beer has a good balance of the things on the nose. The mouthfeel is pretty slick with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty tasty barley wine.

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