Collaboration extravaganza! The beer I’m reviewing today is a collaboration between Norway’s Nøgne Ø and two breweries from New Zealand: 8 Wired and Renaissance Brewing Company. Apparently this beer is based on three beers, one from each brewery: Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale, 8 Wired Hopwired IPA and Nøgne Ø #100. Of these three I have only had #100, so I can’t really compare them.
The name of the beer is based on a phrase by David Tua, professional heavyweight champion, when he appeared on New Zealands Wheel of Fortune in 1992 and requested an “O for Awesome” (some say he said “O for Olsen”, but that sounds pretty boring so let’s not go there). The style is, according to the label, an Imperial Amber-ish Ale. Enough rambling, let’s taste this bad boy!
The pour looks amazing. Very clear dark amber color. In the glass it looks pretty dark but up against the light some really deep red colors come though.
The head is quite big and dense and leaves some really sticky laces on the glass.
Roasted malts, dark fruits, some caramel and some spicy notes. There are some nutty hints in the aroma as well. I’m also getting some tiny hints of alcohol and a tiny bit of smoke.
As the beer warms up I’m reminded of sherry.
The flavor shares many of the notes found in the aroma. Perhaps a little less nutty and a touch more raisins. There are some lovely hints of pine and grapefruit in here as well. The flavor reminds me a bit of #100 actually, with the roasted malts and the hops.
The mouth feel is full and the carbonation level is very smooth. The beer has an almost velvet feel to it.
There is quite a lot going on in this beer and to me it does not feel very well balanced. I would love to see what a couple of months in the cellar would do to this beer.
Long finish with some nice hoppy bitterness staying around all the way till the end. I’m getting some clear citrus notes and a nice dose of malty sweetness as well.
Even though the beer went in many different directions, I really enjoyed it. A powerful beer that I savored for a long time! Score: 4.2/5.
I picked up this bottle in the huge release at Vika Vinmonopol some weeks back.