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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

Brewed at the solstice each year since 2008.

This smoked barely wine is brewed with 30% smoked malt and 20% rye.

26° Plato, 50 IBU,
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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 125
Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark amber/brown, small off-white head that turns to a thick string of foam and stays like that.
Lots of peat smoked malts on the nose, but touched by that bit artificial "burnt rubber" hint. Sweet dark bread, some fig, herb liqueur, burnt sugar, licorice, light booze. Sweet and smokey.
Wow, really gives the impression that it's a peated scotch barrel aged beer, or at least fortified with a bit. Sweet alcohol and peat up front, with a light band-aid note, but not as bad as the smell predicted. Nice dark malts cover up the smokiness and balance out the sweetness, with a rich dark bready note, plus some spicy Russian rye bread. Some dark fruity notes too, overripe plum, fig and raisin, nice and juicy. Licorice. Just lightly roasted in the finish, composed mostly of herbal hops, smoke and some light coffee notes.
Aftertaste is nice and smokey with a faint peaty note, but there's lingering sweet raisin, faint cigar and a nice multi-cereal feel. Alcohol's just warm. Smooth fluffy body, low carbonation.
Tho i would've enjoyed a "cleaner" smokiness, it's a really nice rich malty beer. I'm really curious about the Bourbon barreled version.

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8 or so

Appearance - Copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, peat, smoke, plastic?, fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, burnt charred notes, and smoke. There is also lots of peat and some odd plastic or artificial banana type flavour?

Overall - I love barleywines, but I hate smoked beers. I was hoping this would be more barleywine and less smoke I guess. Not my thing at all, it was a drainpour. If you like smokey beers, this one has got lots.

Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, murky mahogany color, with a small, soon fading head.

Smells of smoked, slightly salted toffeeish malts, among bakers chocolate, molasses, honey and a hint of floral hops.

Starts earthy, almost dusty, then turns sweeter, due to the toffeeish, slightly toasted malts which embrace a cane sugary smokiness. The smoke is unexpected sweet and finds its balance in a salty whiff, as well as heavy, wooden notes. The predominant sweetness gets countered by an earthy, slick bitterness, which finishes with smoky ham, and warm, slightly spiced old wood.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked rye barley wine from a growler. This fine ale pours a hazy brownish red with a thin
off white head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring leaving light lacing. Nose of smoked malts,
spicy rye, deep caramel malts, and alcohol. Flavor is smoked malts to the fore with sweetness
to the sides and back with lingering smoked malts. Brown sugar, licorice, and spices I find
rather hard to put my finger on, almost a sea salt like flavor persists mixing with the peppered
flavor of the rye, like a dark salted rye bread. Medium dry finish/body is amplified by the
smoke which I am in no way a smoked fan, this one is done pretty nicely though. Nice warming
alcohol at the back keeps this one solidly in the sipper category. Nice indeed.
Not my standard barley wine cup of tea, but a good one to lay down at some point for a
number of years to see how it matures.

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Tobacco and tar in aroma, with smoky notes and molasses. Flavor is smoky and very phenolic, plastic. I guess it's a rauch-ley-wine.

Photo of djmichaelk
2.09/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

500ml bottle into a Treehouse snifter.

A - Pours a muddy brown with auburn edges. Decent two fingers of head with somenice lacing.

S - And we have our first problem. Peat smoke in a non-barrel-aged barleywine? Like roasted bandaids, it ruins the aroma, and it overwhelms anything else that might be there. WTF?

T - Yup, pretty much like the nose led me to believe, this tastes like it took all the worst aspects of a Islay scotch barrel and none of the good, and of course it wasn’t even in a barrel so that makes no sense at all. Heavy peat, some bitterness from the hops, and not much else. Maybe some roast from the malt, but it’s hard to tell. Maybe if I was a bigger fan of Islays I’d enjoy this, but I’m not.

M - Pretty thick and coating, with a long, dry finish. Not bad, maybe the best aspect of the beer.

O - This is shit. Can’t believe I got conned into paying $12 for this turd. I’m struggling to finish this glass, let alone the whole bottle.

Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml split. Definitely some age on this one, just not sure how much - maybe 4-5 years old I'm guessing.

Appearance - Dark brown pour, some orange highlights but really not much clarity here. Beige head retains as a cap for a while, eventually reducing to a thick ring. Considering the ABV+age, pretty decent.

Smell - Definitely a good amount of salty smoke presence there but not over the top. It melds well with raisin, caramel, some brown sugar and spicy, earthy tones.

Taste - Scotch-like smoke is still prevalent but just a little more restrained here it seems. The barleywine base is nice and again melds well - darkfruit, caramel, brown sugar, various things from the spice rack, licorice, burnt toast - makes for quite an interesting flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Big and very smooth with medium carbonation. A bit of warming alcohol there but quite drinkable for 11%, the smoke keeps this one a sipper though, glad I split this.

Overall - Was kind of intimidated by this one before opening it, expecting a super abrasive rauchwine monster, and though it kinda is, it's in a good way as this wound up being much more smooth, drinkable and complex than expected. I'm not a huge fan of the salty-scotch-smoke thing but it worked nicely here with a good barleywine base and weird spice profile. A big warming sipper probably best suited for winter nights.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a deep red/brown with a nice two finger head which stays around for quite a while. When the head breaks, there is a thin film of bubbles and some good lacing left behind.

S: smoke is very prominent, peat, caramel and malts.

T: the smoke is very upfront, but then the beer is very sweet. Sweet malts, plums and other dark fruits. There is a touch of a bitter and dry finish.

M: low carbonation, full body, syrupy.

O: I dare you to have this beer and then a Bigfoot and say they are the same style. I wouldn't believe it based on what I have tasted. However, I am but a mere rube what enjoys drinking beer. And to that, this was an interesting one. Very smoky and sweet, this beer caught me by surprise. I don't mind smoke, but the sweet was a little too much. I'd probably pass on another.

Photo of tbeckett
2.1/5  rDev -45%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A - Pours dark amber. Two fingers of brown head. Good lace chunks and a half finger of retention.

S - Smoke, campfire. Not my thing, but OK.

T - Intense sweetness with tons of smoke. Dark fruit, candy. Ick.

M - Good carbonation, full body, harsh smokey finish with tons of cloying sweetness.

O/D - This is not good. Considering I don't like smoked beers, it's even worse. Far too sweet and far too smokey. Nope.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.00 CDN. Served cool into glassware.

Appearance - 2 fingers of ivory foam is poured. Decent retention on the extremely frothy head. Dark brown in color with a few reddish hues as well.

Smell - Very sweet and syrupy, tons of maple syrup like characteristics on the nose and some molasses too. Slightly earthy aroma throughout but not too prominent.

Taste - Sweet, molasses and maple syrup with some burnt sugar. Nicely blended flavors, but got very little of the smokiness that many other reviewers have mentioned. Maybe my amateur tastebuds were off that day or maybe my bottle was off, but there was little smokiness in general.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and syrupy, mouth coating, low carbonation. Sweet but not to the point of cloying otherwise this would be significantly lower.

Overall - A nice barleywine, well-rounded with good flavor profiles and decent drinkability considering how sweet it is.

Photo of DaveBar
2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $7.00/500ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a challis

A- Very good! Opened very well. Nice dark colour.

S- Very good.

T- Horrible!! Fake smoke flavor overpowers all. Sour and bitter. More to follow...

M- Pretty good

O- See taste

Food Pairing

No food pairing on this one! I poured it down the drain. Sure hope this was a bad bottle. Returned the rest of them.

Sorry

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown body, leather couch brown, with one finger head that dies quick and left minor lace. This is an interesting beer that to me isn't necessarily a barleywine but just wouldn't be your average smoked (rauch) beer either. The nose is dominated by the smoked (meat-like) malts although there are touches of sweet malts and a lingering hop presence. The taste is much more balanced and enjoyable because on first taste this medium bodied beer comes across as mostly smoked/meaty. But as I keep drinking this sweet malt and dark fruit base comes out and I'm getting some sugary goodness (can't really pin the sweetness down) and I swear there are some dark fruits (raisins or plumss being my guess) tucked in this beer. Not only is the booze rather well-hidden, just warming you up as you sip, this beer finishes rather quick and easy and just makes you want to drink more.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(4.25) A: Black with a brownish tinge and a very tall creamy head. Retention that lasts a long time leaving rings as it recedes.

(4.0) S: Peat, hints of smoke, caramel, rich dark fruits (figs & plums), and molasses. Detecting a boozy-cherry aroma that is very nice coupled with the bold earthy peat aroma throughout which makes this quite enticing.

(3.5) T: Similar to aroma with a lot of peat upfront, plum, caramel, and dried fruits. Boozy warmth and a ton of sugary sweetness – almost to the point of drowning out other flavours. Salted taste as others have pointed out. Finishes pleasantly dry.

(3.75) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Sticky and syrupy with a nice creamy feel.

(3.5) D: This was just too sugary-sweet of a barleywine for me to enjoy. Prefer them a bit more balanced. It’s looks and smells were both standout features however.

Photo of mick303
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At cellar temp, about 6 and a bit months from bottle date. Colour is a dark garnet brown, nice cap of off white creamy head with solid lacing and film, fairly dark for style, attractive.
S- lots of smoky malt, peaty and slightly medicinal, dark malts, raisins, prunes, lots of dark fruits, some caramel brown sugar, candied notes.
T - full feel to start with a salted caramel, peat malt, creamy body, trends to biscuit and prune, a long raisin warming finish with more bacony smoke. What a flavour profile! The salty smoke is complimented with a lot of sweet caramel ( a bit much IMO) and dark aged fruits. Lot of strong bready peaty smoke penetrating the flavour, cranberry, very rich and robust. Aftertaste lingers on a good while.
M- huge body, but balanced enough to be a really pleasant sipper, soft creamy carbonation, luscious and creamy. Then some spicy spirituous character on the end along with the thicker whafts of smoke.
I tend to enjoy a bit of smoke in bigger beers, and this certainly pushes limits in a good way. I love the twist on the barley wine, great full body with sweet caramel, dark fruits mixed with a full bacon peaty smoke. Really tasty, idiosyncratic, robust, if the sweet feel were toned down I would really like that. Still one of the best bw in awhile, creamy full body with a big head of smoky malt. Definitely recommend, it warms on you as it sips really nicely. Nogne continues to impress.

Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sunturnbrew's remarkably dark tone plays into the fact that it's brewed on December 21st - the darkest, longest night in the northern hemisphere. While not exactly black, it is too dim to really make out any colour or highlighting; total darkness without total blackness. Not making any sense? Well, the beer does claims it'll inspire "a change in perception".

And "change" is right! I've never smelled a beer quite like this - a tea, yes (the smoky pine tar aroma is nearly identical to that of a lapsang souchong, where the leaves are smoke-dried over pinewood fires); in food, yes (it's eerily reminiscent of smoked ham); in scotches, hell yes (is this not aged in used Islay casks?) - but in a beer, no, nothing quite like this.

Sunturnbrew is different because it's made with 30% smoked malt *and* 20% rye. The spiciness of the latter distinguishes this from other smoked beers. But the beer is truly spectacular, however, by virtue of the fact that it was brewed as a Barleywine - that most rich, intricate and sticky-sweet of styles with tastes of caramel, nougat, figs, dates, plums, and dried apricot. Combined with the smoky pine notes these flavours become almost sedative.

Nøgne says this is best enjoyed in front of the fireplace, but take my word, Sunturnbrew offers enough warmth and relaxation (not to mention, smoke) to simulate the fireplace. The taste of candied fruits is a compliment to the rich texture of sweet, caramelized malt. There's enough juniper wood and botanical flavour to smack of gin, but also such a mellow and nuanced fortified wine-like profile you'd swear it was aged in port barrels.

Perhaps most of all, however, Sunturnbrew is a beer for lovers of peaty, smoky scotches. It may be brewed in Norway, but this beer has the iodine- and sea brine-soaked notes notorious of Islay single malts. This obviously makes it a 'love-it-or-hate-it' beer but, as someone who loves Lagavulin and Laphroaig just as much as J.W Lees and Old Guardian, I consider it brilliant.

There may be no beer better suited to the longest, darkest night of the year than Sunturnbrew. It is a soothing, satiating, distinctively 'wintry' beer that fans of barleywines, smoked beers, smoked meats, cigars, Islay single malts, lapsang souchong tea, fortified wines, artisan gins, or just unique taste experiences in general really aught to seek out.

Photo of bareju
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of 25 oz bottle into oversized wine glass

A: A little darker than coca-cola, very little head.

S: Lots of smoke and caramel malts, a bit of dark fruits and banana along with a nice alcoholic warmth in the finish.

T: Took my palette a bit to adjust to the intense smokiness of the beer and get past the rich caramel malts, but the taste is sweet, smokey, and leaves a nice bitterness in your mouth. Reminds me of the beer version of a scotch whiskey and coke. Every sip leaves a different taste dominant in your mouth.

M: Very nice, creamy and coats the mouth. Carries the bitterness and helps fight the sweet malts and smokiness of the initial sip.

O: Good, a bit smokey for my taste, but hides the alcohol well while still warming you up a good bit. This is a very big beer with a nice complex taste profile, although smoke and caramel malts dominate. First barley wine I've tried, I'll have to seek out others to compare.

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled June 20, 2013.

The beer is very dark brown with a large beige head. Very good retention, lots of lace.

Nose is quite smoky, with a real peat character. Malty and woody. Hard to get much else past the smoke.

Taste is more varied. A strong flavour of sweet caramel malt, blended with the smoke. Quite sweet, almost has a honey flavour. Rich dark fruits. Hops are pretty mild. Good.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level. Smooth.

Overall, quite good. A nice surprise after the nose, which didn't make me optimistic. A bit on the sweet side, but enjoyable.

Photo of peensteen
2.39/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Brownish red colour, two fingers khaki head, some lace. Smell is all smoke and salt/peat, spice and some faint caramel, there is a bit of hop underneath all the smoke/peat as well. Taste is just all salt water and smoke, sweet at first followed by bitterness, but this is just wave after wave of iodine and smoke. Medium body, medium slightly prickly carbonation. This was pretty terrible all around, and the vast majority of the bottle saw the drain, never again.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pitch black with just a bit of hazy light getting through near the stem of the tulip glass, thumb of tan head held nicely with fairly consistent lacing
S - its a smoke bomb, maybe a touch of leather, can't say much more than that except that was not what I was expecting at all
T - so much big smoke to the point that its tough to drink, it is so overwhelming that there is nothing barelywine about it, have a feeling this is in the wrong style
M - once you get past the smoke it actually drinks relatively well for 11%
O - not sure what to say about this, I want to like it but its like i'm sitting around a fire and the wind has shifted in my direction, and that's not a comfortable feeling, strange....

Photo of quirkzoo
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in 2011 I believe so probably about 2 years old at time of consumption.

Appearance is very dark for a barleywine but still brown. Despite it's dark color it has a very nice clarity.

Smell is pleasant if unremarkable. Lots of sweet caramel notes up front with a touch of alcohol. A little bit of dark fruit. Although the bottle says "smoked barleywine" and that is why I bought it, I am not detecting any smoke, perhaps because of the age?

Taste is similar to the aroma. Overall it is very nice. It leans towards the sweeter side with a fair but not overwhelming amount of complexity and balance.

The mouthfeel is very full and is not hot for 11%. Slightly viscous. Not too thick that I had any trouble finishing the 500ml bottle.

Overall this is a solid beer, especially if you like a touch of sweetness in your barleywine. I probably won't seek it out again but I enjoyed this bottle.

Photo of homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was on close out at my local shop for 2.99, couldn't pass it up. Pours a dark amber with almost no light passage. Decent head and retention for style. The nose is intense. It starts with heavy peaty smoked malt. This is paired with a touch of oxidization, and then the barleywine character begins to seep through. Notes of caramel, raisin, and molasses come through in small waves with the smoke mostly dominating. The taste leans towards the sweet side in the world of barleywines. If I didn't know better, I would think this was an English b-wine. Heavy brown sugar and molasses provide sweetness on the palate and are backed up by a huge peat smoked malt character. The smoke gains momentum towards the finish, but never quite balances the sweetness. Mouthfeel is somewhat hefty with moderate carbonation. OVerall, this brew is definitely unique, and the smoke does provide an interesting take on the style. In this example, the malt bill leans too far to the sweet side and the smoke just doesn't help.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours a dark, tawny brown. A thick finger of light mocha foam maintains well and has great lacing.

Aroma - distant malt and a smoky blanket. Not near as intense as the Yeastie Boys. has a nice woodsy aroma after setup

Taste - sweet malts, plenty of smokiness, and a side of licorice. Alcohol warming on the afteraste, I like the different play of flavors here. Craft and smoke together, I like it. The finish is warm and lengthy, notes of molasses and some slight drying, even some late flavors of dark chocolate as this warms up.

Mouthfeel - thick and smooth, this is pretty chewy.

Overall - one of the most interesting barleywines I've had. The only smoked barleywine I can remember, but the play and interaction of the dfifferent flavors make this one unique brew, which gets harder to do with each passing year of sampling different beers. Here's to Nogne O for a cool distinct beer.

Photo of Resuin
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Westvleteren Goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a hint of cherry color and leaves about a half finger of light tan head.

Smell: Smoked malts, caramel, salty smoked meats. Very pleasant - not overbearing smoky aromas but definitely present.

Taste: Definitely smoky malts up front, a hint of some dark fruits like plum, raisins and figs. A little bit of alcohol, but a lot less than I expected. A bit of spice as well. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouth-feel: A nice balance between too thin and overly thick - a solid, medium body. Carbonation is noticeable but light.

Overall: A very solid smoked barleywine - exactly what I would hope from such a style. This is extremely well-balanced and the alcohol is expertly hidden.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter this beer was a dark garnet color; very pretty. It had a small off-white head that left a bit of lace.

Nice aroma of smoke and dark fruit. A bit of caramel.

I tasted peat and tobacco primarily.T he fruit seemed to be plum and raisin. Some toffee.

A dangerous beer to drink. So smooth and drinkable, but at 11% ABV, you have to be careful.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: slow-rising, compact head sporting some big bubble...sudsy/slimy lace bloblets...good amount of a misty cap, chunky collar - moderately dark brown liquid, rather turbid (chill haze? unfiltered?)

S: obvious smoke malt right up front, roasted plum, stewed apple?

T: dark, lightly bitter chocolate - vague cinnamon spiciness, but not quite flavor - caramelized steak fat - campfire-y wood - sort of a menthol evergreen - the alcohol is present, however, it is buffered nicely by the caramel-y and roasted malt flavors - not much in the way of typical (American) barleywine flavors

M: lightly powdery - semi-hot alcohol and mellow smoky acridness, smoothed out by the medium-bodied malt foundation - weak frizzy carbonation balanced against a mildly syrupy pull across the tongue

O: this was pretty darn good - nice twist on the strong, dark, malty, boozy style - admirable balance

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Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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