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Nøgne Ø #100


  • Brewery: Nøgne Ø
  • Country: Norway
  • Style: American Barleywine
  • ABV: 10%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: Alko, 7.71€
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    #100 was first brewed by Nøgne Ø as (and to celebrate) their 100th batch. It became so popular that it was rebrewed and rereleased as a commercial product. The beer is brewed with Maris Otter, wheat and chocolate malt, hopped to 80 IBU with Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops, and fermented with an English Ale yeast. My bottle was from batch 568, and was brewed 30.11.2010, so its around 7.5 months old.

    Nøgne Ø #100
    The beer pours with a dark brown color (not much light shining through), and seems a bit hazy, with a large cream-colored head, that collapses leaving some nice lacing along the glass.
    The aroma is dominated by citrusy (grapefruit) hops, but it is coupled with sweet tones of caramel and roasted chocolate.
    The initial taste is sweet and malty, with tones of caramel, biscuits, and chocolate, while a roasted flavour quickly joins as well. The hops are hidden quite well in the dark and complex flavour combination supplied by the malt. There are though some hints of grapefruit, herbs and spices, that come through, and the beer leaves a pleasant bitterness (not at all bad for 80 IBU) on the tongue as the other flavours fade away. This is a very well balanced Barleywine, full of nice flavours, that aren't overpowering.
    The beer has a full body, with moderate-low carbonation. As mentioned, the beer is well balanced, and the bitterness and alcohol is hidden well in the rich malty flavours. A very drinkable beer.
    A very good beer, that though is (like other beers from the same brewery) a little on the expensive side. If your after a pleasant taste experience I can definitely recommend this beer.

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