Nøgne Ø brewed this beer back in June of 2009 as a part of the first price for the 2009 Norwegian Homebrew Championship, which that year was won by Gahr Smith-Gahrsen. You can read about the process at norbrygg.no (Norwegian only). A couple of weeks ago I got a hold of some bottles of this beer from ØlKonsortiet in Denmark through a friend of mine (thanks Bo!).
It’s been over a year since the last time I tasted this beer so I’m pretty excited to see how it is now. If you ever come across this beer I would urge you to pick it up and check it out. Now, over to the review.
Dark brown/red color with a head that quickly disappeared. The head left no lacing at all on the glass.
Sweet aroma with caramel, toffee and raisins. I’m not getting any alcohol in the aroma at all.
This beer has mellowed out a bit since last time I had it, which is quite natural. It feels a bit more balanced now.
The flavor is much like the aroma. Caramel and toffee with some sweet raisins towards the end. I’m also getting some honey in the flavor which I did not get in the aroma.
There is no alcohol at all to be found in neither the flavor or the aroma. I was expecting some hints of alcohol considering this beer has an ABV of 10%. Thumbs up!
The flavor is quite complex and should be enjoyed slow at a temperature around 10-12°C.
A very pleasant medium/long finish which mostly has hints of dark fruit and some honey.
This is a pretty complex beer but it does not have very strong tastes. I would say it would go well with lightly spiced meat and maybe with some fat fish as well. I usually enjoy a good Barley Wine by itself, like I did with this one.
This is a very good barley wine, but I think it falls short of for instance Lost Abbey The Angels Share or some of the Thomas Hardys ales I have had, but still … very good! Score: 4.1/5.
I will probably review this beer another time next year when I feel like popping another one of my bottles.
This bottle is from Nøgne Øs batch #435.