Friday, September 30, 2016

Ölbeat 098: Nøgne Ø #100

Brewery: Nøgne Ø
Country: Norway
Style: Barley Wine
Abv: 10 %
What about the beer?
Colour is thick dark nutty brown with a small tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel malts, berries and dark fruits. Taste lifts off with intensely sweet malty and fruity hoppy first bite. Combination of sweet caramel malts and fruity bitter hops takes over with notes of chocolate and berries. Presence of alcohol is noticeable in a great way. Near the finish sweet bitterness and piny flavours come through. Aftertaste has dryness, bitterness, fruits and alcohol.

Magnificent, complex and delicious Barley Wine. Beautiful marriage of sweet malts and fruity bitter hops, with strong abv and nice side flavours applauding in the background. This surely goes to the top of my beer list and again grows expectations for the next Nøgne Ø brew to be tasted.


This brew calls for something magical. I guess it's personal, too. Hearing this song live a little over a year ago was unforgettable. There's something in Robert Plant's voice that gives me the chills - especially after Zeppelin years:

Robert Plant: Rainbow (YouTube)

From the 2014 album Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar, the song was written by Robert Plant, Justin Adams, John Baggott, Billy Fuller and Liam Tyson.

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