Andhrímnir Barley Wine
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American Barleywine
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 60
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: Pours deep chestnut with a thin tan foam collar.
S: Malt and yeast aromas with some fruit.
T: Big malt with traces of toffee and a suggestion of port. F: Medium full to full body, soft carbonation, lightly warming.
O: A big beer with alcohol that can sneak up on you.

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Photo of Levich
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 435 Brewed on 18 June 2009 (Drank and reviewed on 24 January 2013).

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter.

This beer pours a deep ruby brown color with just a wisp of bubbles on top too subtle to be called head. The aroma is overwhelming. There is an abundance of caramel and candi sugar with a hint of fruitiness reminiscent of concord grapes. The smell betrays the higher alcohol content, but is in no way offensively boozy. I would be happy to only inhale the aromas of this one. The taste is a mirror of the smell. There is caramel with hints of fruitiness. In addition there is a cocoa flavor that morphs into mocha and then a bit of coffee. The finish leaves a lingering mocha essence with a moderate booziness. There is very little carbonation with a mildly syrupy mouthfeel typical of an Barleywine.

This is my first Nogne O beer and I am very happy with it. I am going to go back to the store and buy them out of this one.

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper-orange body looking almost semi-cloudy, but that was just all the carbonation bubbling up from the glass' bottom; thick, off-white head on top. Initial hit of ripe dark fruits (dates and figs) and then a heady, rich sweet malt aroma; very grainy; caramel and toffee notes. The taste reinforces most of the flavors evident in the aroma; rich and sweet; alcohol warmth is there yet well-tamed by the grains. Medium-heavy body; rich, smooth; prominent sugary feel.

Another solid, heavy yet tasty, complex and nicely balanced northern European ale. Need an example for 'liquid bread'? This would be a fine beer to sink your teeth into....

Late note: 4-22-15

Label data: Batch nr. 435
Brygget: 180609
Best fᴓre: 180614

Ain't nothin' changed...still damn good...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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...

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of tsauce2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle in to a pilsner glass.

A: SRM is carmel/mahogany. Pours clear and translucent. Head is light tan/light carmel, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich malt base. Predominant notes are caramel/toffee, honey, restrained dark fruit additions.

T: Nice malt base with caramel and honey notes, hints of dark fruit (fig/date). Light hops in comparison to the impact of other ingredients. Alcohol is noticable but blends well. Aftertaste is carmel, light fruitiness, and some alcohol warmth.

M: Full body. Viscous mf coats the tounge and caramel/malt/fruit notes persist as hops and alcohol manifest. Overall mf is complex, balanced, and very pleasant.

O: Fantastic. I imagine the hops have faded just a bit, but they are still noticable. Thoughtfully crafted barleywine, but seems to be more of the European style rather than American. Well balanced and a pleasure to drink. Will buy this if I ever see it again.

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Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 435, brewed 18-06-09

Pours a dark caramel brown color with amber edges and a one finger yellowish beige head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring. Spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with lots of leathery and sweet malt character as well as some subtle spice and earthy hops. Some zesty, peppery notes along with subtle grassy hops up front quickly countered by the malts. Earthy and leathery with hints of caramel, rye, toffee and biscuit. Boozy sweetness but not overpowering.

Medium bodied with a good balance of bitter, earthy hops, sweet, earthy malts and boozy sweetness. A strong hop presence up front with some slightly bitter, piny hops that linger over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry, hot finish. The malt profile is the dominant flavor with a good balance of sweet and earthy notes. Slightly leathery with hints of caramel, toffee, nut and hazelnut. Toward the end of the palate there is some slight boozy heat but the high ABV is very nicely balanced.

Overall this beer is pretty well balanced and easy to drink. I imagine the hops have faded a bit but it's still flavorful, complex and easy to drink.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good barley wine tho not as good as the one I had last nite. I let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a medium sized, thick, light tan head that soon mostly settled out and no lace. Color is a clear, dark garnet amber. Aroma is very caramel, malt, toffee, dark ripe fruit and some hop. Flavor is more sweet than bitter with a little carbonic tang that helps a lot. Body is full, lush and cut nicely by carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has medium to long duration starting sweet and finishing a little bitter and some alcohol. Would have expected a little more hop in this. Not session.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This barleywine pours a very deep mahogany with a minimal head.

S - The very subtle wafting aromas are: caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and booze.

T - Parallels the nose; Caramel followed by a very nice burn with dark fruit intertwined.

M - Medium-bodied that is creamy and silky.

D - Although barleywines are not my favorite style, this barleywine became more complex as it warmed which has caused me to rethink my view of this style. A very nice beer that is definitely worth tasting.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  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!

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Photo of Czez
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rude lipstick red, slight haze. Head has that heavy-beer look, it's fairly webbed but sunk to a film/haze on top. Lace is sticky but fairly thin. Intriguing colour, pretty good overall.

Nose is one heavy bitchov. Incredibly sweet with a big jam aroma, just sherry and baked apple with huge fruit and toffee malt. A whiff of booze at the back is a bit unfortunate but mostly a pleasant - if overly sweet - drop of treacly sap in my glass.

Taste is yeah, hello sweetness. I can see you there. Lots of fruit jam with plum, fig and stewed apple notes and just an overriding fortified wine character, with port and even a touch of rum to it. Not all that complex, disappointingly. With big, sweet beers like this I'm after bouncing highs and lows, rich and sweet just leaping out of the glass. Here's it's kind of a flat sweetness with fruit on front and booze at back. Pleasant, but could have been more interesting.

Mouthfeel = surprise! It's full and thick and sticky, yeah, fits the style. A bit dry on the back; otherwise it has the big sticky malt base one would expect.

It's a sipping beer. Decent and pleasant, but not amazing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe after a day brewing our Australian Gruit.

Pours a lovely red colour, almost insanely so, like crushed cherries with a firm and fine head of off-white film. Lacing is minimal, but stick is dollops to the glass. Body looks heavy, but quite fluid and leaves some good static lacing when swirled. Quite honestly, it's a fantastic looking beer. The colour in particular is phenomenal.

Extremely sweet nose, with big redolent honey and syrup characters winning the day without any peer. Some slight phenolic booze is noticeable, giving a sharpness to the brew. Very nice.

Taste is supple and smooth, with very little hint of the booze, which is surprising. Neither, however, does it have much hint of the sweetness that was so omnipotent on the nose. It ends up smooth, with some light toasty grain notes on the back, and a thickness that doesn't really deliver much in the way of heavy malt.

Feel is fantastic though as a result: slick and smoth and with a decent chewy finish.

I'm not sure I've had a more subtle and drinkable 10% ABV brew. You can feel the weight behind it, but it stays incredibly smooth and nonchalant despite this. Certainly, this means it lacks in complexity, but it also means it kills in drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nut brownish burnt orange with bright apricot edges. The pour produced a tight-bubbled sponge-like crown of golden ecru hued foam that doesn't have abundant visual character and doesn't exactly blanket the glass with lace.

The nose is toasted bready and earthy. It also features medium fruit (neither golden nor dark) macerated in brandy, which becomes more prominent as the starting chill is lost.

Nogne's Andhrimnir Barley Wine still has an impressive hoppiness after approximately 18 months in the bottle. Not so much in terms of hop flavor, but in terms of bitterness. The malts sugars have no trouble, however, keeping things reasonably balanced. Best by June 2014 might be pushing it, but this big ale should age beautifully.

The malts are English toffee-like, which always makes me think English barleywine rather than American. Well-toasted bread is still going strong, as is a fruitness that includes dates, cherries and candied citrus peel. Close to holiday fruit cake. Really close.

Warming makes the flavor profile more broad and more deep. It also softens the alpha acids somewhat and smooths off the edges of the alcohol... not that they were rough edges to begin with. This is tasty big beer that is becoming even more easily drinkable over time.

The mouthfeel is medium-full and creamilicious without being the least bit sticky or sappy. Bubbles that stay in the background are just what the doctor ordered. Mighty impressive for an amateur.

Andhrimnir (the chef of the gods in Norse mythology) Barley Wine is the creation of Gahr Smith-Gahrsen, a homebrewer who won a 2009 competition held by the brewery. Smith-Gahrsen actually brewed ABW himself, using Nogne's equipment. Needless to say, this guy has a bright future, both on the creative end and the execution end.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Very little aroma, just a hint of malts, dark fruits, and hot alcohol.

Appearance:Nearly opaque honey in color. Very little head.

Taste:Tons and tons of flavor in this beer. Lots of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel.

Mouthfeel:Very smooth mouthfeel. Thick and syrupy body. Just a hint of alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

Drinkability:A big, thick, huge barleywine with tons of flavor.

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Photo of bheilman
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -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.

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