Nøgne Ø #100 I believe was the 2nd ever beer from this favourite brewery of mine that I have tasted, many years ago I was a big fan of #100. Now many years later I still like this beer but there are a few other Nøgne Ø beers that I still think are even better. Lots of people are not sure what the style of this beer really is, in the US it is labelled as a Barleywine and for the rest of the world, an IIPA or DIPA if there is a difference between the two.
Mahogany in colour with a very thick beige head, aroma was full of roasted malt, caramel and quite piney. Quite a lot of hops in this DIPA and I am not 100% sure this time round that it balances out with the maltiness of this beer. Initially this beer was brewed for the employees of the brewery as a celebration of being their 100th brew. It became such a success that Nøgne Ø decided to add this to their yearly assortment. Quite a complex flavour to this beer, everything from roasted malt/coffee to licorice and bitter piney hops. This beer has tones of bitter chocolate and some nuttiness in the initial taste, but the main part of this beer is quite bitter and roasted.
Medium bodied brew that has some cola and caramel sweetness with the bitterness of the hops to the front in both the aroma and body of the beer. This makes the finish quite bitter but with the carbonation and body weight of the beer, it balances out quite well. Still a big favourite of mine.