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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of celticfutblclub


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at redbones 3/27/2011

A - amber colored brew with a thin head that recedes quickly not indicative of whats to come at all.

S - chocolate coffee and a smokey haze with a bit of alcohol in the back. this is a bit more what i expected.

T - excellent smokiness with a great compliment of chocolate and sweetness. A bit of hops in the background. balances well overall as the smokiness gives way to the chocolate as you drink on.

M - thick thick thick which given how chocolaty this is works well. low carbonation also works well with the chocolate flavor.

O - i've had a few smoked beers which i've liked and enjoyed. this is classified as a barleywine which i get with the sweetness flavor but i guess anything smoked makes me think smoked beer. either way this is a very drinkable beer and i thoroughly enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 21:54:13 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber / red mahogany. Very low head.

S - Smokey. Sherry, raisins.

T - Bourbon, birch smoke, and a hint of soft charcoal. Sweet prunes and dark, dense bread. It's just the right amount of smoke - perfectly balanced. A booze note warms the flavors throughout the profile.

M - Medium body. Big booze and sweetness slow you down a bit, but the flavors keep you coming back.

O - Amazing balance, with complex and endearing flavors. This is definitely emerging as a theme among the dozen or so Nogne O brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:25:29 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked is quite intense with light caramel malt and a touch of sweetness. Taste is quite interesting with some intense smoke which cuts through the sweet malt base. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with an interesting twist to the barleywine style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:37:03 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good barleywine with a hefty smoked side.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Front label with the portrait of a shaded man facing the light source. Includes a small paragraph noting the intent, ingredients, and main characteristics of the brew. Notes 26° Plato, 50 IBU, and 11% Alc. by Vol. Bottling or freshness date are blank. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark brown pour with a nice brown head, fair retention, surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Smoked notes, malt, caramel... Light peaty touch.

T - Taste follows the nose nicely with a range of smoked malts, some caramel and toffee. Fruity sense woven under the smoked current.

M - Medium/full body with soft carbonation, smooth feel with a dry boozy finish.

D - Good sipper, not outstanding but a nice smoked barleywine.

Notes: This is quite a worthy Nøgne. It does not quite make it to the barleywine that I would actively seek out currently but I'd be pleased to find it in my hand now and them.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:59:04 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Blazer06 over on ratebeer. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. The aroma has sweet malts, caramel chewiness, a bit of cherry and then moving toward smoke and a bit of band-aid. The taste begins with chewy thick sweet malts, smokiness and peat all coming together with semi smooth harmony. By midway the mild smokiness backs off to little more than a memory leaving tasty thick maltiness and a hint of dark fruit. Very cool interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:15:57 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting brew for me. Pours an acorn brown, but looks deeper and richer in a snifter glass. Head is 1/4 finger and minimal.

Aroma is a bit snappy. Some Band-aid in the background sort of surrounds the spices within; clove, grain (rye?) and some poppy. Malt essence seems smoked. Not sure what's going on here.

Bready, but dry flavors. Again, the snappy thing comes into play. Earthy and bready. Clove and some other spices...still I keep getting a Band-Aid glimpse. Although it works rather well, gives it a zing on the end.

Easy drinking for the abv. Seems like it has a lot of hops that give it a bite, but I don't think it's from that wonderful flower. Smokey a bit all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 09:22:31 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a chocolate brown in color with brownish yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely detect the smokey character on the nose wqith lots of sweet maltiness some caramel and spicey perpper notes.

T: the taste is also dominated by the smokey flavor with caramel, lots of malts, mild brown sugar, and dark fruit accents however there was a touch of hoppy bitterness of the backend.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a big smokey but malty, sweet, slight fruity, and oily finish.

D: I was digging how the smokiness added dimension to a barleywine beer and was tasty to my buds. Drank good and would like some more of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 07:38:01 | More by Gobzilla
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is awesome...flavors range from rye, sweet dark prunes, smoke, a hint of nuttiness, some woody flavors, molasses, a touch of wheat, tobacco, and only the slightest bit of bitterness, otherwise very sweet. Ruddy brown in color with tan head that leaves decent amounts of lace. Also some sediment floats around. A very unique barleywine with qualities of an old ale, barleywine, and a doppelbock all with smokey afternotes. I'm becoming more and more impressed with this brewery.

Taste score would have been a 5 but it got a bit cloying. Still great.

...I read a few reviews after reviewing and I have to agree with the comment about the band-aid flavors. Oddly enough, If I don't think about it I don't notice it, but when I do, there's definitely some band-aid there...strange that I don't mind a flavor that sounds so nasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 00:37:03 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at fork and barrel.

A- comes to me with a small cap of darkish tan head that settled rather quickly to leave a thin ring and a small amount of lace on the glass. Very dark brown in color but its super dark in here so it could be a bit lighter.

S- peat smoke out of the gates with a dark malts. Light candied fruits and a bit of bubble gum.

T- lots of roast and sweet. The smoke is less heavy in the taste but still plays its part. Some chocolate and brown sugar.

M- a bit above medium in body and a nice light slightly creamy carb. A bit of heat but it is to be expected.

D- all in all a interesting beer. That being said its way off style. I liked it but if ya had called it something else it would have gotten a bit higher score.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 02:25:39 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nogne Sunturnbrew - Grimstad, Norway - 11% abv
16.9 oz dark brown bottle. A place for "Best fore" date but not stamped on label. Batch # 474.
It pours a spent motor oil black with a thin beige head and some splotchy lacing.
Smells of rum-soaked prunes and an odd whiff of camphor on a Band-Aid are released upon first pour. Smells of fresh rye bread, molasses, citrus peels and mixed fruit follow.
This huge-bodied sweet beast is certainly boozy! A big hit of Kahlua hit home beat feet fast. Caramel candy and bread pudding comes to mind as does honey and Vicks Cough Syrup. A medicinal taste of camphor and Band-Aids takes me down a road best forgotten, but it's not altogether unpleasant.
It's a bit on the thick side, so the drinkability factor comes down a notch.
Brie and crackers would go well with this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:25:58 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, black highlighted, rich brown chestnut murk of solidness. A few scrappy bubbles and a thin beige foam laps at the top with a simple oozing off to a thin ring and lots of oily spotted lacing and few thin inky strings.

Aroma is deep and peaty with a tilt towards some molasses, dark caramel, cinnamon roll dough, and earthy smoke that leans a bit meaty/bacon-like. Deep earthy brandy-like warmth trails behind each wiff. Very J.W.-esque.

Taste encapsulates all sorts of dark malty gooey stuff. Molasses, dark caramel, smokey peat ascents and tobacco both escape then reapply into a mold of heavy toned malty things that lingers with a bit of super heavy dates and heavier raisin. A feathery touch to cinnamon and vanilla are minced into the warming belly of its beastly malt body as it chews, coats, and sinks its way into a long finish of malt girth. Yum!

Body is almost full with a incredibly nice play of give and take of both chewyness and warmth as it softens and lightens just a nudge for it to maintain one super fine tone of lush smoothness in malt. The boozish, malty warmth is subtle and not over played at all, it fits right in with the flavors and blanketed tone of ubiquitous maltyness.

Ahhh, I enjoy the fact of this is Norwegian, since that part of my hertiage shows up physically more than most of the others. Well, that and the Irish side. Drinking this makes me think I'm joining someone in the homeland of Norway on a cold December night, much like tonight. Where a bedside lover might not be as warm and giving as this wonderment of malty yummyness. So Sunturnbrew takes her place by my side. Is that so wrong? Well...Unless she's cheaper then $11.29...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:03:17 | More by tavernjef
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown with in the beginning with beige foam that disappears. Very viscous.

s: smoke, caramel, hops and some rye. some alcohol in the background. As sson as I opened the bottle the smell of this beer spread out through the room.

t: Smokey and malts. Soon after that comes citrusy hops. Less smoke taste than smell.

m: not too much carbonation as expected. Sticky and thick. Warming alcohol.

d: well... Quite heavy. I chose to drink this exactly a year after brewing date in order to celebrate the sun turn, and boy was it enjoyable this cold (- 20 degrees celsius /-4 fahrenheit!) and dark evening!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 22:21:31 | More by SanderR
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep copperish color with good carbonation and a small white head. Looked pretty bad, low on carbonation

S: Lots of smoke, caramel

T: Starts out with huge smoke, smoked meat, caramel

M: Sordove flay, smokey, booze

D: Good. Tasty and different

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:49:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep Mahogany colour with an off white very creamy head that retains well. A very viscous brew.

S - Plenty of caramel and hops and some rye. Figs and dark fruit also present.

T - Caramel and toffee. At the finish it has some dark fruits before finishing with some smokey notes and nice boozey warmth.

M - Full bodied with low carbonartion, extremely smooth and so viscous that it is almost chewwy.

D - This is a top Barley Winethat is very impressive. Probably my favourite Nogne brew to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 12:50:02 | More by eric5bellies
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was delighted to see this on the shelves after a trade involving it fizzled out.

A: Body is an almost opaque, quite unremarkable murky brown. A manila-colored head of one to two fingers does hang around for several minutes until my first sip, and leaves good lacing. A rather pretty ring from when the head first adorned the body has dried on the glass I'm sipping from.

S: I mainly get what I'd have to call a juicy combination of hops and malts. The malts are more dominant, but there are some citrus hop notes. I also get some sherry notes, perhaps from oxidation? As I type the review, I can smell the beer fairly well, though it is a foot or two away.

T: I'm not doing a very good job figuring out how to describe this. It's a mixture of citrusy and dark fruits that meld together quite well, with a sweet, malty backbone. There is no bitterness. I frankly don't get that much smokiness except at the very end and the aftertaste.

M: Medium heaviness, not too much carbonation, but hey, it's a barleywine.

D: Barely taste any alcohol, and the flavors are full but not too cloying or heavy. It did start to wear at me a bit towards the end.

I would say this leans more towards an English-style barleywine, and is perhaps listed as American because of the non-traditional ingredients used, and not because of the overall flavor profile. It was definitely not as smoky as the Corps Mort I had earlier this year.

Probably best shared with someone else, but a good beer that I'm glad I tried, and hope to have every so often in the future. As a huge fan of English-style barleywines and not so much the American, I approve of and enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:25:23 | More by WorldWideStout
Photo of baggio


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Ruby red with a wee, beige, head.

S: Caramel, Smoke, Berries, Brown sugar.

T: Smoked meat, Dark Caramel, Rye bread, Hint of berries and leather.

M: Smoke is present but dominating this brew that has a solid malt backbone. Feels balanced. Low carbonation.

This went down really easily with some smooked cheese. A really pleasant smoked barleywine where the smoke doesn't take up to much space.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:03:11 | More by baggio
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nogne Sunturnbrew out of a 0.5-liter bottle and into a Sierra Nevada snifter. Bottle bought at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, a five-buck special (original price was twenty dollars)!!

If this is brewed every solstice as BA says, then this bottle was bottled last December 2009.

Appearance: pour is very thick and noisy, sounds like a glorious cumfart. Color is black like a human-rights campaign in South Africa circa 1985, with a slight brown edge as you look closer (and closer). As it stands in the glass, the beer appears actually like a prune-juice enema freshly splattered all over the kitchen floor. Very carbonated white-brownish head, about one-finger thick. The faintest lacing and retention. Looks sadly thin after a beautiful pour.

Smell: Smoke. Smoke. Smoke. Aromas of chocolate bacon and booze. Some old grapes and musty raisins.

Taste: The smoke takes over right away. This is like being in a village somewhere in Scandinavia, drinking with a local fisherman while he is smoking some freshly-caught salmon or herring. You can taste the fresh logs of high-quality wood burning right next to your cup of Sunturnbrew. A very subtle and pleasant hoppy bitterness at the end of the sip, accompanied by dryness and a final sweetness that coats the mouth. This is the best part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin feel upfront, a tad watery. Very low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Some after-sip stickiness that lingers in the mouth. Less than exciting, but much better as it warms up. I would almost drink this at room temperature. A skinny, skinny feel for a brew that clocks in at 11%.

Drinkability: Pretty high considering the ABV, but not a great pleasure to drink. It needs carbonation, some more flavor and body and a kick in the ass. Maybe a bad bottle/batch and that is why it was so heavily discounted?

Taste is almost excellent, the rest... not so good. Is this a barleywine? I would call it a smoked porter... maybe a smoked stout. Not a barleywine. But a good ber nonetheless. Very American, by the way, despite being labeled a "Norwegian ale".

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 06:44:27 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"While most people think differently, Norwegians are convinced that the sun turns and actually changes direction on every December 21st."


Dark chestnut brown that is really lucent black cherry when backlit with overcast morning sky. The upper two inches of the snifter is filled with a tidy crown of ecru hued foam that persists and looks damn good while doing so. A barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking suggested that that might not be the case.

This bottle is probably from December '09, so the lack of aggressive hops isn't surprising. Smoke is definitely appreciated (while far from overwhelming), and the earthiness of rye malt is noted as well. If it's bold enough, this should be tasty ale.

Nogne does it yet again. Sunturnbrew is a classic wintertime ale that delivers much more interesting flavor from the malt side of the equation than almost any barleywine you'd care to name. The perfectly proportioned use of smoked malt and rye malt was a masterstroke. And the hops haven't been completely overlooked either.

This big brew is growing on me with each passing ounce, mostly because the flavor profile is becoming deeper, wider and most intense. Specifics include pumpernickel toast, raisins soaked in Sambuca (anise liqueur), bitter black tea leaves, and a lovely infusion of sweet smoke.

A gentle (and pleasant) warming of tongue and belly is the only evidence of the 11.0% ABV. The mouthfeel started out good and has become great over time. It straddles the fine line between too big and not big enough in expert fashion. What a lush and lightly chewy treat this is.

Sunturnbrew is fantastic beer from Norway's best brewery. It's a classic (and hugely drinkable) winter ale that puts a delicious smoky spin on the barleywine style. $10 is a little steep for 500 ml of beer, but as I sit here looking forward to the final half of the bottle, it's easily worth that price. Recommended without reservation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 14:49:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, translucent mahogany, capped by a thin layer of pale beige foam that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a ring of lacing around the beer.

S: Caramel malts up front bu the complexity picks up quickly as the smokey notes come in quickly, without overwhelming everything else. The rye is evident, providing some spice, while dark fruits - raisins and figs predominantly - lurk in the background.

T: Caramel and toffee up front with smoke and charred wood, as well as some light spice. Dark fruits come in on the mid-palate with big a big plum character, along with some some raisins. Finishes with some light smoke and a hint of acrid bitterness, layered on top of caramel and dark cherries.

M: Full bodied with low, velvety carbonation...perfectly smooth and chewy.

D: A definite sipper, but a great take on a barleywine...the smoke character almost takes it into old ale territory, but regardless of style guidelines, this is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 06:35:58 | More by Xul
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting


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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 18:38:58 | More by dirtylou
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice burnished copper colour, quite cloudy. Head is a bit lacklustre at first glance, but there's more to it. A film of small bubbles but a swill gets a minor reverse cascade happening, and there's tonnes of sticky lace left behind. Yeah, more to it than meets the uneducated or inattentive eye.

Nose is fascinatingly smokey. I mean, it's smokey, but it's not what I expect from a smoked beer. Huge bacon and wood smoke with a pleasant caramel malt underlying it. But yeah, the smoke dominates a bit too much for there to be much else to notice here.

There is definitely more to the taste, though. Huge earthy malt flavour - very sweet with molasses & English toffee, but then an almost robust sharpness, kind of gritty with some tobacco notes and black tea bitterness. Some wood smoke as well to round it off but the point is, it's not the dominant flavour. The whole palate is dedicated to strong, bold sweetness. A hint of mint, actually, helps to clean it up, although not completely. A big boozey finish, liqueury more than anything, but a seamless transition from sweet to bitter. Yeah, very pleasant if noticeably heavy.

Very sticky and thick, not over the top though, with a slight dryness on the back and a warm alcohol sensation - almost hot. Definitely sexy, anyway.

Yeah, very heavy; definitely a bottle to be shared. Could I drink this every day? No. Would I choose to, in spite of this? Hell yes.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 02:48:29 | More by laituegonflable
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 US release; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a clear, rich red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells malty up front, but quickly picks up a soft smokiness that still manages to be the dominant characteristic of the nose. Somehow this makes me think of smoked dates or perhaps smoked raisins as there is a fruitiness to the nose at the beginning. At times this seems like it has some woody pepper like notes to it and there is also a rich, caramelized, brown sugar like note and toasted grain character up front.

My first sip is sweet, viscous, rich and palate coating up front. Wow, this is one chewy beer, very much a sipping brew as small bits are best at a time. There is a lot of spicy grain character to this; likely the rye contributes this as well as quite a bit of the slick texture. The beer finishes with a mix of phenolic smokiness as well as a touch of bitter roast grain character. Sweet caramelized, brown sugar like notes are tempered by the savory smokiness that dominates the finish. There is a lot of umami flavors going on here, which makes this thick brew that much more a chewy experience; I almost feel like I should be able to stick a spoon in this and see it stand up on its own. The spiciness, when coupled with the sweetness almost reminds me of cinnamon, though not necessarily in an overly distinctive way.

Quite nice, I am really enjoying the intermingling of rich malt, funky / spicy rye, fruitiness and smoke character. This is the consummate cold weather, sitting by the fire, tucked into a blanket and armchair with a good book, sipping brew. I could easily spend a couple hours happily consuming my 500ml bottle and wish I had more of this as this beer is going to age wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 04:26:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark red colour, almost the same shade as blood, with a filmy but fine head, that forms with extreme difficulty through the heavy and firm body. Lacing is good, despite the nebulous nature of the bubbling on the top, but the extremity of the viscosity probably helps with that. Looks very nice.

Lovely big and smoky characters on the nose. But with lovely roasty characters welling up like the trails from the last charcoal embers of a campfire. It's a lovely aroma. Just delicious.

Initially smooth on the palate, with a huge welling of phenomenally flavoursome and leavened wood smoked goodness. Lovely smokiness throughout the palate, mixed with a generous sweetness to support it, and a hop oil finish which clears out the smoke with a robust bitter/boozy balance. Carbonation is just right; it lifts a little at the start to help accentuate the smoke, then fizzles out to give a smooth and velvety finish.

I love the way it travels through different elements so progressively. By the end, the palate is soothed enough that you want another sip, but every time you do, you get taken on another wild adventure.

This is a really excellent beer; one that cements Nøgne Ø in my mind as one of the great breweries of the world at the moment doing really interesting things. It's smooth, but hugely robust and flavoursome, and supremely balanced between extremities. A really phenomenal drop of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 10:03:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I'd try this on the first rainy and cool night in Southern California as we approach Fall and the holidays.

Sweet licorice root, buttery caramel, well cured tobacco, bananas and brown sugar, dark rum. Mild noble hop aroma with barely a hint of bitterness in the nose.

Slightly warm muddy brown. Rather opaque, looks like chill haze (yes, cleared slightly as I write this and it warmed) and yeast in suspension. Barely a hint of carbonation leaving a little ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass - no head.

Fat and boozy - little bit like a mildly smoky Scotch. Sweet yeasty and bready - like pumpernickel bread. Slightly more hop bitterness than would be to my taste. Finishes with cocoa powder like rich dry/bitterness. Very close in style to a big strong Scotch Ale.

Thick and slick on the tongue. Finishes sweetening a bit as it warms - then slightly dry.

Overall Impression:
Well, pretty good actually. Though I think I'd go for a Baltic Porter or big Scottish Ale instead if I were in the mood for a boozy big dark beer like this. But if you've tried Baltic Porter and wished for a hop bite - you'd probably go for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:23:00 | More by dfernandez77
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is brown with hints of copper, the tan head settles rather quickly, but leaves lots of lacing. Some curtains are seen.

The smell is sweet dried fruits and strong wine, pecan nuts and dark chocolate.

The brew is intensely sweet upfront, raisins and figs, a slight malt vinegar sourness, a few vinous notes, and a bitter almonds and cocoa beans finish.

The carbonation is low, a sweet syrup feeling, a complex body with a sharp dry finish.

This beer is not bad, possibly could do better after some years, a bit sweet and a sharp bitterness that could do with some honing.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 15:07:40 | More by rarbring
Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.