Tonight I’m about to embark on a little Arabian Nights-like story in my own home. I’m about to enjoy Nøgne Ø’s batch number #1000 and #1001, inspired by One Thousand and One Nights (at least as far as the spices used in the beers go). These beers were brewed back in July 2013, and marks a huge milestone for Nøgne Ø, namely their 1000th batch. I have reviewed their other two big milestones on this blog as well, #100 and #500. I also participated in a vertical tasting of #100 where we had the original 100th batch together with some other vintages of the same beer.
Nøgne Ø #1000
Batch #1000 is the lighter (at least in color) of the two, and has an ABV of 10.00%.
Slight hazy orange color with a white head that disappears quickly. Kinda reminds me of an Imperial IPA, color-wise.
I’m getting ginger and coriander up front with some other spices lurking in the back. There are some clear notes of yeast present, giving me hints of banana and cloves. There is a nice malty sweetness in the aroma as well.
As the beer warms up I’m picking up some small hints of alcohol. All in all the aroma is quite spice-heavy, and parts of it reminds me of Nøgne Ø Underlig Jul.
Ginger is present in the flavor as well. Overall the beer has an abundance of spices in both flavor and aroma. There is a nice malty caramel sweetness present, which together with the spices makes this beer a sipper. There is a whole lot to take in.
The body is full and the carbonation is soft.
Long lasting finish which has a nice warmth to it. I’m getting mostly a nice blend of all the different spices used in this beer.
I find it hard to pick a specific number for this beer. To be honest I find it harder and harder to put down specific numbers for any of the beers I review. My conclusion to this beer is that it is very interesting. If you don’t like beers with clear hints of spices this is probably not for you. I find the beer balanced and it fits my palate to a certain degree. I liked it!
Nøgne Ø #1001
Batch #1001 is darker in color, and has a slightly higher ABV, 10.01% to be precise.
Very dark brown color with a light brown head. As with #1000 the head disappears quite quickly.
There are some hints of some of same spices as in #1000, but there is also a decent amount of roasted malts present, reminding me of cold coffee and cocoa.
The roastiness dominates the flavor for me. I’m getting hints of cocoa and milk chocolate. There are also some hints of ginger and salty liquorice present. The beer has a nice malty sweetness to it which works great with the roasted notes.
The body is quite like #1000, full, with a soft carbonation.
Lasting finish with hints of roasted malts and cocoa. There are hints of alcohol present as well which gives me a nice warming sensation when I drink it.
Easier on the spices, and some lovely chocolaty notes. I really enjoyed this beer and I’m looking forward to the next time I’m drinking it!
Nøgne Ø #1000 and #1001 will appear for sale at Vinmonopolet later this year.
Disclaimer: I received these beers from Nøgne Ø.