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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Mora2000, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark melot with a sparse mocha colored head that never musters enough strength to fully form nor retain. A thin ring collar is all that is left seconds after the pour revealing a bare polished surface. Really not a lot to go on or judge by.

S: The nose was quite aromatic, full of dried fruit (plums, figs) with a vinous alcohol nature. Very smooth and well rounded with hardly any detection of its 11%abv nature.

T: The initial flavor was sweet caramelized grain juice with dried maple syrup and a fairly high rate of acidity. Loaded with dark fruits of juicy plums, figs, and raisins, things are rounded out by a soft drying vinous touch of wine-like detections of pruny dark grapes. A warming alcohol touch, never indicative of its full strength, dark juicy plums and a nice light touch of smokiness and charcoal bid farewell here with very good results. As with the nose the flavor was very smooth and polished.

M: The mouthful was full bodied, viscose with a syrupy fell and a flat carbonation factor. Leaves a nice warming of dark fruit and a silty fell of charcoal behind on the tongue.

D: A nice slow sipping barleywine best consumed at >50F to bring out its dark fruited and warming nature. Fairly easy going down despite its big alcohol this is sure to delight the taste buds.

beerthulhu, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark cola-color with a very thin tan head.

Aroma of roasted caramel malts, toffee, and wisp of smoke.

Tastes of roasted caramel malts, raisins, toffee, sugar, vanilla and booze. The booze, however, was not as hot as you would think at 11%.

Medium bodied with a dry stickiness and mild carbonation.

Nogne consistently delivers and is one of my favorite brewers. This one was delicious as expected.

Monkeyknife, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally broke down and bought this and the Tiger Tripel after wavering on the Imperial Stout and Batch 100 for so long.

This beer is an incredibly unique ale and most similar in context to Dogfish Head Immortal Ale and by no means should be categorized as an American Barleywine.

The beer pours a dark coffee brown with light tan to dark cream head that breaks quickly.

Aroma is sugar, caramel, some roastiness, underlying smokiness (which I was not expecting, had no idea of the grain bill when sampled) lots of maple, hints of honey, no hop character.

Flavors are maple, peat smoke, some roasty notes in the middle, dried cherries, cocoa bean. Dark rum characters emerge as it warms, some spiciness from the rye and notes of port and cognac.

Low carbonation, very warming but not harsh burning heat from alcohol, medium body with a leaning toward sweeter finish.

Very interesting and worth seeking and aging.

PBoegel, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Pours a medium-to-dark shade of brown, with some crimson tinting. Minimal head of tan colored foam. Lacing is in tiny little spots, but nicely sticky.

Big notes of caramel maltiness. Dark fruits. Light hints of smoke.
A simple nose, but it's nice.

Big caramel sweetness hits first. It's folowed closely by a light smokiness, then finishes with some rye spiciness. There is a touch of dark fruit presence along the way and some hints of tobacco with a light touch of leather.

Medium bodied with a mild level of carbonation. This leaves it extremely smooth, almost light feeling, but there is almost no creaminess at all, which I find to be needed in a good barleywine.

The 11.0%abv is hidden fairly well, taste-wise, but it starts to hit me rather quickly. While this is decently drinkable, there are alot of other barleywines on the market that I'd rather have.

coldmeat23, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy brown with virtually no head, even with a vigorous pour. Nose is weak with some faint caramel/toffee, raisins, and brown sugar. The palate comes through with the anticipated flavors on the nose with plenty of raisin sweetness, and a sugary sweet finish. High alcohol is masked relatively well.

yemenmocha, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a thin khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of caramel, some spice, malt, and a touch of dark fruit.

taste is thick, warming, malt barley, a little smoke, some sweetness, and toffee, end is oily, and bitter.

overall not bad of a barleywine.

froghop, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of DrinkingAleToday
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep murky amber with a thin head that quickly dissapates.

S: Huge aroma of sweet barley, hints of carmel, dark fruit, chocolate, and smoke, underlying everything hints alcohol.

T:Nice biscuity/bready malt flavor, slight sweetness, some roast and chocolate comes through, dry finish from the rye, as beer warms the smoke becomes more evident. Moderate amount of hop bitterness, alcohol warms the palate. Alot of flavors but they mingle nicely.

M: Full bodied chewy barleywine. Smoke and rye add to the complexity.

D: Another great beer from Nogne-O, a very complex and delicious barleywine.

DrinkingAleToday, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't the prettiest barleywine at the ball but it's got a big, intense flavor. For the most part, I really don't care about a beer's looks and that is also true here - just nitpicking. It's a muted dark brown beer with little head - looks like a weak cup of coffee. The aroma is velvet punch of caramel malt with notes of raisins, prunes, brown sugar and molasses. The flavor isn't overwhelmingly sweet for the size of the beer. It's not terribly drinkable but good for 11% abv. It's an excellent version of a big American-style barleywine.

popery, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, a little foam but it was quick to settle.

S - Lot of raisins and chocolate in the aroma, I thought it smelled like a Belgian Strong Dark. A smoky BSD, mind you. Really nice aroma, you didn't have to dunk your nose into the glass too far to get a hold of what this one was all about.

T - This was one of those beers that bowled me over with flavor. This has flavor bomb written all over it. Smoked barleywine, and it was definitely smoky...no doubt, but it wasn't overbearingly smoky. Little more so as it warmed, but never to the point of being too much, there was a ceiling on how smoky it got. Lightly smoked meats. Bitter chocolate and sweet raisin, neither dominated, a well-balanced sweet-and-dry beer. The considerable 11% alcohol was certainly felt, and perceived on the palate, but not tasted. Spicy rye bread too. Just a ton of flavor and loads of fun to sip on.

F - Well, this wasn't fooling anyone, this was a full-bodied barleywine through and through. It lands full on the palate.

D - A very interesting, well-crafted beer. However, it is one to share. If not, you'd better clear your calendar, because you're gonna be there a while.

Patrick999, Dec 06, 2009
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.

davod23, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of BigDank
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a different but decent brew. Pours a nice dark brown, close to black with a light brown somewhat creamy head with a short stay. Lacing was minor and spotted the glass here and there throughout. The smell was very malty and pungent as with most barleywine types with a bit of a scent of alcohol which also made itself present slightly in the taste. Drinkability I would say is medium as it is a little higher in alcohol and the flavor is good but nothing to be revered. The first drink has a bit of tartness and just a little bite but it later mellows out to a smooth easy drinking brew. Not one of my favorites from Nogne O but one that I would definitely try again.

BigDank, Nov 06, 2009
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.

nickd717, Oct 19, 2009
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.

ElGordo, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark woody brown with s silky tan head. Nice lacing as well.

Nose has toffee, caramel, figs, dates, plums, smokey malts, chocolate, floral hops and a touch of booze.

Taste is equally complex. Rich malts, burnt candy, subtle hops, dark fruits, molasses, cocoa and peaty smoke.

Creamy body is very well carbonated. Lasting finish of bitter hops, sweet malt and smoke.

Another amazing beer from Nogne. Should age beautifully.

rye726, Sep 17, 2009
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.

GRG1313, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of johnnieoz
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As others may have noted, this beer sure ain't retired! Thank goodness for that...

500ml brown bottle, which looks like the one in the photo. The Batch nr, Brew date and Best before spots on the label are blank. The importers, Shelton Brothers (kudos!), are mentioned but the label also has information in Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish.

A: 'Tis a lovely crimson tide that cascades into the glass. The carbonation appears ample though the lacing is minimal.

S: Ah yes, smoky...its reputation precedes it, this is the first smoked barleywine I have come across. The smokiness is reminiscent of a nice, peaty Scotch.

T: I love both good American and English-style barleywines. As the hops are playing a second fiddle here, I could say Sunturnbrew is of the latter kind. But the smokiness makes this ever so unique, a new sub-category has seen the light of day. The dark, rich fruit flavors of a barleywine are there as is the booziness. Excellent!

M: As solid as can be.

D: This beer makes me want to consume smoked salmon, venison, moose, reindeer, mackerel...It goes down extremely smoothly, and while it would no doubt be wonderful to imbibe this after a meal as the sun turns in the dead of winter somewhere above the Arctic Circle, it would also pair most excellently with said smoked foods and beyond.

My favorite Nøgne Ø beer so far, and that Kjetil, ain't no small thing coming from a Swede! Quite the turn, eh?! Laeckert!!!
My mind is changed, my perceptions are altered and the sun's direction has definitely been turned.

johnnieoz, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of clickpush
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 500ml bottle to tulip glass. Short hiss when I open the cap. A relatively light pour yields a thin off-white head that sticks around for about 15 seconds before thinning out to a weak looking halo. There are lazy bubbles in the body of the beer. It's a very dark brown beer, relatively good looking texture - a good swirl leads to hefty bubbling. Looking forward to what else it has to offer.

Nose: Smell is piney and inviting. Hops seem to dominate the aroma until another swirl reveals the malt. Brown sugar, alcohol, raisins. For the strength of the beer, I'm surprised the aroma is not more distinct or complex. However, the balance between malt, hop, & alcohol is superb.

Mouth: Wow, where did this smokiness come from?! I got no smoke in the aroma. Tons of smoke, rich residual sugars, and alcohol heat. A medicinal quality of fruit esters and syrupy sweetness. Some citrus hop notes in the back of the mouth, and a lingering chewy, somewhat hoppy, somewhat smoky finish. Too much residual sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and lacking in strong carbonation - but this is characteristic of barleywines (as this beer is classified).

Overall: The flavor combination is masterful - I just think this could have been pulled off at 7-8% abv, and saved us some of this overbearing likeness to breakfast syrup.

clickpush, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Certainly a somewhat-bizarre beer from the Norse maniacs at Nøgne very dark for a barleywine in color and other characteristics. Pours as dark as a brown ale with very little head. Smells very sweet like tart candy and hops, somewhat similar to barleywines such as Bigfoot. Taste has qualities similar to some altbiers like doppelsticke, somewhat-smokey if you look for it, though still retaining barleywine tart sweetness. Very noticeable hop presence. Mouth is moderate-bodied for the heavy flavor. Smooth carbonation. Quite delicios and easy to drink, especially with the potent flavor. Very interesting.

BirdFlu, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a deep, milk chocolate brown with a tiny light-brown head. Only light that gets through is at the edges.

S: Vague sweetness laced with caramel apples and charred peat smoked malt.

T: Smokey malt. Very peat-y. Sweet toffee, pan roasted nuts, and a deliciously boozy alcohol flavor, like whisky.

M: Oily and slick. Dry astringency from the alcohol. Finishes sweet, dry, and spicy. Pretty complex.

D: Another winner from Nogne O. The alcohol becomes very apparent towards the end of the bottle, but this has a lot to balance it out.

GbVDave, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, and somewhat viscous with little head. Smells a bit smokey and sweet with a slight herbal bitterness and some dark fruit. The taste is similar. Smokiness and a dry astringency to start followed by a lusher dark fruit melange. A trifle hot, but not much. The smokiness is almost austere, not meaty at all. Instead very dry and leaning toward charcoal. Slightly viscous in the mouth, but very smooth. Quite an interesting beer.

Georgiabeer, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 06/05/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. This beer pours a cloudy brown. The aroma is of sweet malt and light smokiness. Flavor of some smoke (more smoke than smoked meat), lots of sweet malt, and iced tea notes. I was excited for this one, but it let me down.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of mazdarx
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is the Teets!! Is that Chocolate I smell? Some sort of syrup or molasses?? This flavor dances on my tongue like a lap dance from a gal in Amsterdam... this beer is like a flood of sunlight for months on end as it probably ages wonderfully. Enjoy!

mazdarx, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours very dark and settles in almost black in the glass with a small creamy light tan head that dissipates to a bubbly ring quickly and leaves good lacing. It shows through as a deep cola brown when held up to the light.

Aroma takes a while to come out as the beer warms and even when it does it's very subdued. It's got a mix of caramel malts, smoke and chocolate that leaves an interesting sweet/smoky aroma in the nose. The rye is evident as it warms and a spiciness makes its way into the mix as well.

First taste is of smoked sausage with lots of sweet caramel malts in the background. The finish is also very smoky and lingers on the palate for ages with a spiciness from the rye which is an interesting combination in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and silky smooth, clearly due to the rye presence. The carbonation is moderate but very soft.

Having tasted the sahti this week as well, I can confidently say that Nogne puts out some of the most creative and style-bending beers in the market. The smell was underwhelming but the taste is extremely good and a solid mix of different things that comes together very well.

gford217, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle.

Poured a dark and deep amberish/brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, toffee, caramel, some chocolate, and some smokiness. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins and plums), caramel, citrus, chocolate, some earthiness and lighter smoke. Sweet and syrupy body with medium alcohol in the finish.

hopdog, May 24, 2009
Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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