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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S


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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 16.24%

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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,

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009)
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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04-03-2014 21:26:43 | More by polloenfuego
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2.01/5  rDev -48.2%
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.

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03-22-2014 00:13:14 | More by tbeckett
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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

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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01-13-2014 03:43:49 | More by mick303
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4.54/5  rDev +17%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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