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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

01-07-2010 07:35:40 | More by popery
Photo of Patrick999


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

12-06-2009 21:52:50 | More by Patrick999
Photo of davod23


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

11-19-2009 03:19:32 | More by davod23
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South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

11-06-2009 22:24:55 | More by BigDank
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3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-19-2009 16:23:10 | More by nickd717
Photo of ElGordo


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

09-24-2009 06:10:27 | More by ElGordo
Photo of rye726


4.65/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

09-17-2009 04:44:45 | More by rye726
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

08-29-2009 07:06:36 | More by GRG1313
Photo of johnnieoz


4.83/5  rDev +25.1%

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.

08-24-2009 03:27:52 | More by johnnieoz
Photo of clickpush


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

08-03-2009 04:31:11 | More by clickpush
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

07-16-2009 02:59:47 | More by BirdFlu
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

07-14-2009 17:23:20 | More by GbVDave
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

07-14-2009 02:21:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -21%

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.

07-11-2009 15:56:30 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

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!

07-08-2009 02:19:58 | More by mazdarx
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

06-21-2009 03:12:57 | More by gford217
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

05-24-2009 00:57:07 | More by hopdog
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Very exciting to try this one! Thanks goes out to Christer, a new friend which I met on a "beer-blogger"-event. Now let's get down to business;

This magnificent smoked barley-wine pours a deep, muddy, amber color with a nice beige/white head. Really cool and quite different look for a barley wine, it was quite dark in the room so it was hard to get a real good look at it.

Sunturnbrew has a really interesting aroma, lots of honey (though I don't know if any is added in the process), but also some smoky notes and some really sweet malts. The hops balances it up really good aswell. It is interesting as said, but slightly anonymous though.

The taste goes on in the same spirit as the aroma. Lots of sweet malts/honey with a smoky aftertaste. There are tons of flavour in this one, but it feels a bit un-mature. Mouthfeel is crazy! Amazing.

A interesting beer to try, and quite exclusive too.

04-26-2009 17:36:21 | More by Bananaman
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