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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

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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Reviews by smakawhat:
Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey.

Has a very brown red body, if it wasn't so brown and red this could pass as a brandy or whiskey. Very small collar with no head that's present or staying.

What is that smell? What it's smoke almost as if from a peat fire. Big barrel notes and hints of scotch whiskey, slight pepper, even some sweet cola, bacon, malt, wow is this whiskey or is this beer? I am shocked, this has to be the the first beer I have ever smelled that smells like whiskey of ANY kind at all. A small toast malt hint but masked by all the whiskey like feeling.

Upon taste is a dense bacon, whiskey notes mostly of a strong but still soft feeling barrel tannic quality. Mouthfeel though is very numbing and a real sense of novocaine. That might be off putting for some but it's a minor thing that doesn't detract about how special and unique this beer is.

Man this is great I want more. This is truly whiskey beer on tap right here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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 warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a murky dark brown color with a white head. Not real attractive. The aroma is rye, smoke and caramel. The flavor is rye, meaty BBQ smoke and caramel sweetness. Low carbonation and a very thick mouthfeel.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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 biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Hey, the 'sun turned' not that long ago around here too, and its effect is, as usual, becoming slowly more noticeable. I do like the creepy Inuit with the old-school futuristic shades depicted on the label.

This beer pours a murky, dark reddish brown colour, with one finger of dense, tight foamy beige head, which leaves a solid, uninterrupted mesa profile of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of acrid smoked malt, fruity and medicinal at the same time, which is a bit of an assault to the ol' olfactory senses, lemme tell ya - not much else could be perceptible beyond that. The taste is more of the same meaty smoke character, unfortunately, though thankfully blended into a heavy caramel/toffee malt, with some burnt (of course) field berries and singed (yes) bitter leafy hops grinning and bearing it all for our mutual displeasure.

The bubbles are probably as scared as I am, and do their best to show it by staying low and out of the way, the body rendering the first good news in terms of a decently hefty medium weight, and an inexplicably discordant overall smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, the struggling malt having its day in the face of the medicinal, band-aid-esque smokiness. All else is seemingly lost in the fray.

Jebus H. Christ! I was initially distracted by the folksy solstice info, so I didn't actually read the ingredients before jumping into this. Turns out there's nothing there that would indicate the palate-fuck one should expect here - does one have to indicate smoking the shit out of any of your malt-based inputs? Anyway, take a possibly agreeable big barleywine, toss in on the BBQ, and see what transpires, I guess. It does settle down about halfway through (yeah, I persevered), but maybe that's just the heretofore ignored 22-proof booze.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml picked up in Detroit in the winter. Smoked malts, dry and middling mouthfeel. Really nice after fish, surprisingly not that great with meat. Dark brown colour, moderate amount of off-white head. Good smoke aromas. Drinkable, but not that complex.

Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Jimmy for providing me a bottle as a birthday gift last month. Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Body is a cloudy, almost muddy dark brown color with some garnet highlights when held up to the light. Next to no head, and a very still body to boot. Aroma is full of sweet, fruity malt with a touch of roasted character, along with a good hit of smoke (alder, maybe?). The hop profile is also fruity, and is accompanied by notes of plum and faint toffee, along with a serious hit of booze.
Palate is sweet up front, with notes of dark fruit and sweet dark malt. Fruity hops with a faint touch of citrus come through mid-palate, building in bitterness towards the finish. A rich, warming finish s quite pleasant and welcome.
Body is rich and full, the stillness not really detracting one bit from the huge, assertive character of this beer. While the heat and booze are a bit much to take at times, the flavors are well-balanced and unique. A tasty, special offering.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy brown body and a nice fluffy tan head. Bottle had no dates, but I think it's 6mo old-ish (I bought it about 3 months ago). Laces a treat.

Smells big-- smokey, but the sort of tangy, barbecue kind of smoke. Not like rich and oaky. If that makes sense.

Dang. This is pretty nice. Tastes like barbecued plums spiced with some bittering hops. I can get the rye in there as well (reminds me in that way of New Holland Charkoota Rye) which is a fantastic bold complement to support the smokiness, and wheat to give it body; otherwise it would be too tangy/thin/oily. This worked really well. Great proof that 'barleywine' means whatever you want it to mean.

Rich, thick, and luscious. Strong point of this beer.

If I'd known this was to be an American Barleywine, I might've passed. Not that the style description is inaccurate, though the beer defies pigeonholing. Darn well-crafted.

Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting

notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, dark mahogany with garnet hue, light mocha head

smell: very smoky, wood, dark chocolate and espresso, rich roasted malts

taste: very smoky - wood, liquid smoke, bacon. Rich roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, leafy green hop, dark fruits, alcohol. hard to see this as a barleywine, but another interesting beer for nogne regardless

mouthfeel: rich, roasty and smoky, chewy

drinkability: ok

Photo of McNealc31
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge ecru head floats on top of a very deep amber color. The nose is full of smoked malt. Even the first sip indicates the overwhelming flavors and complexity. Smoky, but not as much as a Rauchbier, there is vanilla, oak, cherries, rye, and lots of caramel malt. There is not much attempt the hide the whopping 11% ABV.

Complex and eminently unique, it’s one to seek out and experience. Though, not for the week palated. It’s an assault.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunturnbrew pours a very dark, cherry stained brown color. A little light cuts through and reveals attractive scarlet highlights. It's capped by a light tan head that stretches nearly two fingers tall. It recedes quickly. I suspect the abv killed it. A very nice web of stickly lace clung to the glass.

The nose smells just a tad weak, but is good overall. It's very heavy on dark fruit. Raisin, plum, and figs are prominent throughout. I like dark fruit Barleywines, so that's a plus as far as I'm concerned. Sweet, caramel malt is obviously the base. No complaints here. There's no short ofany sweetness here. I'm not getting much in terms of hops. I question the American Barleywine classification as a result. Nonetheless, it's a nice smelling beer. Just needs more strength.

The flavor actually mirrors the nose. Sunturnbrew has a very sweet, caramel malt base. It's definitely sugary. Dark fruit flavors of fig, raisin, and plum are prominent throughout. They work very well with the malty base, and add a ton of flavor. It's slightly herbal. I'm getting a little of a tobacco-like flavor. Hops really aren't apparent here. I think it'd be a little better with a generous infusion of hops, but it's damn tasty as it is. Alcohol is blended extremely well and doesn't come through much in flavor. It finishes with a tangy, dark fruit flavor.

Sunturnbrew has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation has been dialed down nicely. As it warms a little, it feels thicker and a little chewy. Drinkability is good. This is a big beer and as the ounces go by, that becomes more and more apparent. Nonetheless, I'm enjoying it.

Nøgne Ø did a nice job with Sunturnbrew. I'm not sure I'd call it an American Barleywine. It just doesn't strike me as one. Perhaps it's the lack of hops. I think it'd benefit from a strong, American hop presence. But, it's a solid Barleywine (of whatever nature), in any event. Good stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Vanz
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of beerluvr
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from K&L Redwood City, shared by mfielden - thanks, Mark!

A - Pours deep dark brown with a small off-white head.

S - Aroma is caramel, smoke, dark fruits, and alcohol.

T - Rauchbier-like smoke as well as lots of caramel and toffee. Some phenolic fruit notes, red wine, rye, and some earth. Just a tiny bit boozy.

M - Medium body with a fairly smooth mouthfeel and a little alcohol warmth.

D - Drinkability medium-high. Overall this is pretty solid stuff, but not outstanding.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. My last Nøgne Ø barleywine was infected, but this one looks significantly safer.

Smell - Smoke dominates and perhaps overpowers a lot of other aromas. The malt is faint, but present, as a touch of caramel. Definitely has a band-aid aroma, but it isn't that intrusive.

Taste - Hops are much more prevalent in the taste than the smell. Smoke and hops at the start of the flavor, giving way to a more complex malt bill. Caramel, a touch of fruit to the taste, and just a hint of rye. The finish is slightly bitter and has that unpleasant band-aid flavor again.

Mouthfeel - Thick and mouth-coating. Nice weight. Medium carbonation. The problem is the astringency and band-aid flavor in the finish. It makes the lingering taste unpleasant.

Overall - A nice, smokey barleywine with an off-flavor that can't be ignored. Just the right amount of smoke, too, which is rare in a beer. Stupid band-aids.

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorously poured into a imp pint nonic producing a effervescent chestnut with one finger of chunky mocha colored head. Tons of lacing & great head retention

S: Leafy hops, much dark fruit once warm, plus booze presence

T: Huge breadyness, much smokeyness & ainise up front, this wring but coming out sooo right, leafy & herbal hops too. Not really holding them to style, nothing on the bottle attributes this as an ABW, I prefer to think Arctic circle winter warmer.... Warming & vinious once a touch warmer, brown sugar, some leafy hops & figs, dark chocolate & cherries too! Finishes dry fruitty, smokey & with some baker's chocolate & cherry

MF: Chewy with soft carbonation, very warming

Super drinkability for what it is, but be generous & share, or catch a cab! I don't love everything these guys do, but this is a home run IMO

Photo of davod23
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip. Really have no idea what to expect from this beer.

The pour is a clear, deep, dark brown, with perhaps some faint ruby highlights. An initial tan-colored head emerges but dissipates to a thin collar almost immediately. Tiniest bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma. Hmm. It's okay. Not bad. Boozy, the 11% makes itself known. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, and I think I detect the rye in there too.

Taste is quite good. Sweet caramel and toffee, followed by a slight bitter bite at the end. The alcohol is very well hidden, surprisingly. The only way I know it's strong is because it's so warming on the way down. Long, lasting finish. I get a hint of spicy cinnamon towards the back half of the bottle. Sticky. Nice.

Mouthfeel is okay. It could be improved with a tad more carbonation, or perhaps to be a bit thicker. As it is, it seems like it is not optimal.

Drinkability is just okay. It's a bit sweet to drink a lot of this stuff, and the emergent spiciness is nice, but only in smaller quantities. I enjoyed this bottle, but I don't think that I would reach for another one for a while.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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 thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the Greenville Beer Exchange/American Grocery Beer vs. Wine Dinner! This beer was paired with a crispy pork belly, purple cape beans, spicy slaw in a ham hock broth. The wine it was facing off against was Kiralyudvar Tokaji Furmint Sec.

Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured a deep ruby red brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, smoked meat, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoked meat, smoke, earth, and earthy hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The smokiness in this one was definitely the star of the show. A lot of the subtle flavors of a good Barleywine were partial covered up due to this fact unfortunately. Granted the flavors that came out were quite nice and seemed to be fairly well balanced for me. A nice brew that I'm glad I finally got to try.

I voted for the wine pairing on this if I am honest. The general concensus was that the wine was better with this dish.

Photo of Bunuelian
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a super thin head that's hard to get on a pour and just as hard with a quick swirl. Nice looking black with tan when you get it.

Nose is all toasted grain, toast with jam, candi sugar with a bit of carmel, toffee and sugared coffee. Really nice complex and layered smells.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a little buttery mouthfeel.

Flavors are an initial hit of sweet malt/sweet carmel to bitter coffee, bitter black chocolate and toasted malt and grains. Espresso coffee finish.

All in all a layered, well balanced and complex brew that is most inviting. Well made; high quality.

Photo of MichaelLamb
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.