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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at the solstice each year since 2008.

This smoked barely wine is brewed with 30% smoked malt and 20% rye.

26° Plato, 50 IBU,

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

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Photo of Rifugium
2.24/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Man, I just don't know about this one. I don't know if it was off or infected or what, but something just wasn't right with this beer.

Poured a clear chestnut brown with a small cap of off-white head. Big whiff of phenols right off the bat, with pumpernickel and smoke as an afterthought. Taste was infused with dark bread, smokey malts, and dark tea, but mostly BAND-AIDS. This was like drinking a liquid doctor's office, and I've really never tasted anything else quite like it other than the time I tried ripping off a Band-aid with my mouth because I had a beer in both hands. Typically, this is an off-flavor, and an indication of phenol contamination. I don't know if that was the case here, or if that's actually what they were going for in the beer, but either way, this simply did not sit well with me. Fortunately I only got a sampler and not a full serving, because I doubt I'd have made it through the whole glass.

I like barleywines, I like smoked beer, and I generally love rye beers. But this....this was extraordinary, and not in a good way.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.84/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge ecru head floats on top of a very deep amber color. The nose is full of smoked malt. Even the first sip indicates the overwhelming flavors and complexity. Smoky, but not as much as a Rauchbier, there is vanilla, oak, cherries, rye, and lots of caramel malt. There is not much attempt the hide the whopping 11% ABV.

Complex and eminently unique, it’s one to seek out and experience. Though, not for the week palated. It’s an assault.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.72/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy chestnut brown with no head at all.

First thing I thought when I smelled it was bacon raisins (take that for what you will BAs). Big smokehouse aroma is a frontrunner with your usual suspects of dark fruits and a little bit of dark rich mollasses. If nothing else, it's interesting. The flavor is much like the aroma. Smokey cedar with raisins is really what I'm getting.

The feel medium bodied with soft carbonation. A little bit dry on the finish. Overall, this one is unique. I would immagine this is pretty much what the brewers where gunning at with this beer. It's just not what I was hoping for; the flavors just don't work for me.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Looks dark amber with a small amount of bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and caramely, with a good dose of smoke thrown in.

The flavor starts out with a small dose of malt sweetness, followed by a hint of smoke. Dark fruit flavors are dominant, and the finish is relatively hoppy to go with the smoke.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium large with a slightly fluffy feel from the carbonation.

I like this one, it drinks like a very good barleywine with an added touch of smoke. Very good stuff. They should put this in -bals.

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Photo of mothman
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. No retention. Color is a dark ruby hued bark brown.

Aroma: A lot of spices. Cloves, bananas, berries, malts, and cinnamon. Massive spices and booze.

Taste: More spice and booze. Raisins, plums, smoked malts, cocoa, berries, cherries, and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and warming. Medium bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and spiced.

Overall, a really weird beer. Not sure on the style. I am not the biggest fan of it. A small glass was fine.

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Photo of shambeano
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared this one with a couple mates, poured into a tulip at room temperature.

A- pours a very dark brown, almost black, with about 1cm of light head that dissapates pretty quickly, leaving a thin film.

S- straight up theres a whole bunch of raisin, fig and alcohol, a slight sherry smell. a fair bit of sweetness there, a touch grainy, but not getting too much of the smokeyness i was expecting from the 30 per cent smoked malt, or the spiceyness from the rye. not bad, but i was expecting a bit more.

T- straight up theres the same fruitiness that was in the nose, fig, raisin and alcohol, however unlike the smell the smoke comes through, the smokiness is not over the top but works very well. also unlike the smell there are some nice pepper notes from the rye. a little sweetness, but it works well. alcohol is there, but doesn't detract. very nice.

M- very thick and creamy, some bitterness at the end, lasting only for a bit.

O- not a bad drop, lacking a bit on the nose, and could do with a touch more bitterness to round out the end. however, the flavour is fantastic.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dense mahogany with a very modest head that quickly fades but leaves some dotty legs behind

Smell: Pumpernickel bread, dates, toffee, tea and alcohol

Taste: Pumpernickel bread and toffee, up front, with a range of dark fruit and tea-like spice developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, a juniper berry alcohol character arrives, heightening the sweet malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Overall: While this is a really interesting beer, I don't know that it is something I would return to as it is rather flabby and though the malts are complex, I am just not enamored by them

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked malts, dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste likewise is very smoky with a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild for the style but allows the smokiness to dominate. There are touches of dark fruit, spice and chocolate in the background. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy once you get used to the flavors, not too filling, strong kick, good variation of style, this is a decent stronger beer to drink for something different.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL. No production date printed. This is my second bottle, the first one was bought in Chicago (West Lakeview Liquors) just over a year ago and I'm surprised I didn't review it then.

Pours super dark for a barleywine. White thin head. Smells of glorious malt extract, wet peat, earthen soil and tree bark. Super dank and dark.

Palate is big and slick. Rich earthy flavors, mulch, and wet grass. Hay comes to mind and so does barley flakes. Thick, dark and brooding. Some booze, but it's in check. Long, steeped-grain-dominated finish.

Notes: I feel like I can't write a proper review of this beer to fully express my love for it. This is one of my top 10 all-time favorites and find it hard to articulate why. I guess I'll end by saying it's FFO (for fans of) North Coast Old Stock, Brooklyn Monster and Sierra Bigfoot.

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown color. Suspended sediment present. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, and strong smoke. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, and slight yeast. Overall, a smoke-centric beer foremost. Good appearance, blend, feel, and body.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into snifter on 04/27/2011.
Looks dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Topped by a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lace. Smells of caramel, dark fruit, raisin, molasses, a touch of earth and booze. The taste is more of the same and adds a slight toasty character. Full bodied and low on carbonation- very coating mouthfeel. All in all this was a pretty good beer. I wouldn't mind trying more and maybe aging a few.

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown colour with a tiny, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Rich, sweet malt aroma with distinct, dark, raisiny fruit notes. Alcohol. Nice.

Interesting smoky and sweet malt flavour. Fruit. Bacon. Toffee. Nicely balanced. Good.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid and full flavoured ale. Nice complexities.

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Photo of Kromes
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque dark brown with a finger width tan colored head that dies down quick to a thin line of bubbles. Looks very thick.

S: Strong aroma....Caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, figs and hop.

T: More of the same, sweet brown sugar, alcohol, figs, roasted malt, with a nice floral hop. The finish is dominated by an alcohol burn and smoky roasted coffee. It's almost like a smoky anise flavor in the finish. Very nice.

M: As expected it is heavy and thick, but may be a little too heavy. Low carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Nice and flavorful and well crafted.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown, only allowing a little light to come thru on the sides, with a 1/2 finger light brown head.

S - Smokey notes on the first sniff. Dark roast fruits on the 2nd sniff... actually almost has the slight smell of barbque. Interesting

T - Yeah, smokey and sweet when I first tasted this one. Now, more so than before, I stand by my barbque statement. It makes me think of a honey barbque flavor. I can faintly make out the plum, and raisin barleywine flavor in the background, but it's there. You just have to look for it.

M - Medium, syrupy mouthfeel. Slightly lacking in carbonation.

O - This is a very good, and unique barleywine. Strong, but alcohol is not present at all. Smokey, but not overpowering. Slightly syrupy in the tongue, but not so much that you can't keep drinking it. This barleywine has found a nice balance. I will be buying another one of these. Very good!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

served on tap at Churchkey in DC into a snifter.

A: dark brow with a bown head. Slight retention. Slight lacing.

S: smoke is not campfire but almost artificial. plastic? plastic is not a good term. more of a peat. really takes over the nose and blocks any sweetness or bitterness.

T: a bit of caramel sweetness quickly transitions into a rich smokiness. grainy. not an oak but more a darker wood. having rye and smoke and sweet all together is pretty unique. craving some more hops on this one.

M: medium carbonation on a full body.

D: hard to really put any specific classification on this beer. i wouldn't call it an american barleywine or a rauchbier. just a smokey sweet complex brew. overall, a cool beer and worth checking out.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky brown with a thin creamy head. The aroma is spicy and smokey. The taste smokey but not overwhelming. The smokeiness is good here because the flavor didn't become salty like some smoked beers do. I get some burnt spice in the background of this. This brew has a think mouthfeel like many Nøgne-Ø releases. It's an interesting brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey.

Has a very brown red body, if it wasn't so brown and red this could pass as a brandy or whiskey. Very small collar with no head that's present or staying.

What is that smell? What it's smoke almost as if from a peat fire. Big barrel notes and hints of scotch whiskey, slight pepper, even some sweet cola, bacon, malt, wow is this whiskey or is this beer? I am shocked, this has to be the the first beer I have ever smelled that smells like whiskey of ANY kind at all. A small toast malt hint but masked by all the whiskey like feeling.

Upon taste is a dense bacon, whiskey notes mostly of a strong but still soft feeling barrel tannic quality. Mouthfeel though is very numbing and a real sense of novocaine. That might be off putting for some but it's a minor thing that doesn't detract about how special and unique this beer is.

Man this is great I want more. This is truly whiskey beer on tap right here.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at redbones 3/27/2011

A - amber colored brew with a thin head that recedes quickly not indicative of whats to come at all.

S - chocolate coffee and a smokey haze with a bit of alcohol in the back. this is a bit more what i expected.

T - excellent smokiness with a great compliment of chocolate and sweetness. A bit of hops in the background. balances well overall as the smokiness gives way to the chocolate as you drink on.

M - thick thick thick which given how chocolaty this is works well. low carbonation also works well with the chocolate flavor.

O - i've had a few smoked beers which i've liked and enjoyed. this is classified as a barleywine which i get with the sweetness flavor but i guess anything smoked makes me think smoked beer. either way this is a very drinkable beer and i thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber / red mahogany. Very low head.

S - Smokey. Sherry, raisins.

T - Bourbon, birch smoke, and a hint of soft charcoal. Sweet prunes and dark, dense bread. It's just the right amount of smoke - perfectly balanced. A booze note warms the flavors throughout the profile.

M - Medium body. Big booze and sweetness slow you down a bit, but the flavors keep you coming back.

O - Amazing balance, with complex and endearing flavors. This is definitely emerging as a theme among the dozen or so Nogne O brews I've had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked is quite intense with light caramel malt and a touch of sweetness. Taste is quite interesting with some intense smoke which cuts through the sweet malt base. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with an interesting twist to the barleywine style.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good barleywine with a hefty smoked side.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Front label with the portrait of a shaded man facing the light source. Includes a small paragraph noting the intent, ingredients, and main characteristics of the brew. Notes 26° Plato, 50 IBU, and 11% Alc. by Vol. Bottling or freshness date are blank. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark brown pour with a nice brown head, fair retention, surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Smoked notes, malt, caramel... Light peaty touch.

T - Taste follows the nose nicely with a range of smoked malts, some caramel and toffee. Fruity sense woven under the smoked current.

M - Medium/full body with soft carbonation, smooth feel with a dry boozy finish.

D - Good sipper, not outstanding but a nice smoked barleywine.

Notes: This is quite a worthy Nøgne. It does not quite make it to the barleywine that I would actively seek out currently but I'd be pleased to find it in my hand now and them.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Blazer06 over on ratebeer. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. The aroma has sweet malts, caramel chewiness, a bit of cherry and then moving toward smoke and a bit of band-aid. The taste begins with chewy thick sweet malts, smokiness and peat all coming together with semi smooth harmony. By midway the mild smokiness backs off to little more than a memory leaving tasty thick maltiness and a hint of dark fruit. Very cool interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting brew for me. Pours an acorn brown, but looks deeper and richer in a snifter glass. Head is 1/4 finger and minimal.

Aroma is a bit snappy. Some Band-aid in the background sort of surrounds the spices within; clove, grain (rye?) and some poppy. Malt essence seems smoked. Not sure what's going on here.

Bready, but dry flavors. Again, the snappy thing comes into play. Earthy and bready. Clove and some other spices...still I keep getting a Band-Aid glimpse. Although it works rather well, gives it a zing on the end.

Easy drinking for the abv. Seems like it has a lot of hops that give it a bite, but I don't think it's from that wonderful flower. Smokey a bit all the way through.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a chocolate brown in color with brownish yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely detect the smokey character on the nose wqith lots of sweet maltiness some caramel and spicey perpper notes.

T: the taste is also dominated by the smokey flavor with caramel, lots of malts, mild brown sugar, and dark fruit accents however there was a touch of hoppy bitterness of the backend.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a big smokey but malty, sweet, slight fruity, and oily finish.

D: I was digging how the smokiness added dimension to a barleywine beer and was tasty to my buds. Drank good and would like some more of this brew.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is awesome...flavors range from rye, sweet dark prunes, smoke, a hint of nuttiness, some woody flavors, molasses, a touch of wheat, tobacco, and only the slightest bit of bitterness, otherwise very sweet. Ruddy brown in color with tan head that leaves decent amounts of lace. Also some sediment floats around. A very unique barleywine with qualities of an old ale, barleywine, and a doppelbock all with smokey afternotes. I'm becoming more and more impressed with this brewery.

Taste score would have been a 5 but it got a bit cloying. Still great.

...I read a few reviews after reviewing and I have to agree with the comment about the band-aid flavors. Oddly enough, If I don't think about it I don't notice it, but when I do, there's definitely some band-aid there...strange that I don't mind a flavor that sounds so nasty.

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