Date Reviewed: 14 February 2013
Bottle size: 500ml
Alcohol content: 10%
Price: $16.20 (NZ dollars)

Step right up and taste the 10% ABV beer. Yes, it’s that time of the year again as we reflect on the passing of Marco Pantani and at the same time celebrate Dan’s birthday. This bottle caught the birthday boy’s eye – he’s a sucker for silver foil – and he graciously decided to share it with us. Primed by a couple of less alcoholic beers (i.e. just about any other beer you can think of) we launched into the tasting. This is the 500th batch of beer Nøgne have brewed. It contains 5 types of malts, 5 types of hops and registers an eye-watering 100 IBU’s. The style is officially described as an Imperial Pale Ale. In the glass there was a heavy hazy look to this beer with a decent amount of floaty bits. So quite intimidating then – and we hadn’t even tasted it yet. We had nothing to worry about however as this tasted rich and smooth and amazingly well balanced for such a powerful beer. Admittedly my tasting notes contain words like ‘whisky liqueur’, ‘tequila’ and ‘gin’. Being so drinkable and downright enjoyable we decided that if there could ever be such a thing as a 10% ABV session beer – then this would be it. Masterful.

DAN SAYS: I could drink a bottle of this, put on my new ‘Nick Cave live in Germany 1996’ record and dance around the room. It’s that crazy.
STEVO SAYS: If this beer was a famous Norwegian it would be A-ha (note: A-ha was the only Norwegian thing Stevo could think of – and they’re a band, not a person. This beer is wa-aay better than A-ha).