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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 220
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 21.19%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

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,
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: slow-rising, compact head sporting some big bubble...sudsy/slimy lace bloblets...good amount of a misty cap, chunky collar - moderately dark brown liquid, rather turbid (chill haze? unfiltered?)

S: obvious smoke malt right up front, roasted plum, stewed apple?

T: dark, lightly bitter chocolate - vague cinnamon spiciness, but not quite flavor - caramelized steak fat - campfire-y wood - sort of a menthol evergreen - the alcohol is present, however, it is buffered nicely by the caramel-y and roasted malt flavors - not much in the way of typical (American) barleywine flavors

M: lightly powdery - semi-hot alcohol and mellow smoky acridness, smoothed out by the medium-bodied malt foundation - weak frizzy carbonation balanced against a mildly syrupy pull across the tongue

O: this was pretty darn good - nice twist on the strong, dark, malty, boozy style - admirable balance

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Photo of Converge
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into a tulip. Dated 12.01.12, making it one year old.

A - Pours a deep garnet hue with a bubbly tan head. The dense head slowly dissipates, settling to a thin skiff of foam and a ring that leaves sticky sheets of lace. Nice looking brew, and extra points for presentation.

S - Intense smoke aroma! Toasty caramel malt, with molasses slight salty notes. Huge resinous earthiness, with dank earthy hops, spices, old wood, and a dominant smokey character that I really enjoy. Mild notes of citric rind, leather, and English tobacco. I'm loving the nose on this one. Some distant sweetness, with crystal malt and toffee poking through the salvo of smoke. Complex, unique, and inviting.

T - Tons of intensely smoked malt on the palate, with old wood, peat, resinous earth, and English tobacco. Hops are reserved for an American barleywine, but still evident with dank forest, and slight pine notes. Some spice from the rye malt, as well as some sweet malty notes of toffee, deeply caramelized malt, and molasses. Mild fruitiness, with both slight citric notes as well as dark fruits; dates and raisins. Thoroughly complex, with a damn sizable profile.

M - Thick and creamy, with smooth carbonation and mild boozy warmth. Definitely fits the profile.

D - A unique offering from Nøgne Ø that seriously delivers on big, bold flavors. Certainly not for just any palate, this beer is intense and the full force smoked malt assault isn't going to appeal to everyone. Luckily for me I'm not one of these people, and I enjoyed this brew a lot. It does become somewhat tedious, and I definitely get the medicinal/band-aid/chemical qualities some other reviews talked about, but the positives far outweigh the negatives for me. Props to Nøgne Ø for brewing something intriguing, unique, and most importantly, flavorful.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but should be at least a year old. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown with a thin light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin film that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, pine, citrus rind, raisin, smoke, wood, spicy rye, bread, earth, tobacco, herbal spiciness, and light alcohol esters. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of molasses, caramel, fig, toast, pine, citrus rind, floral, biscuit, raisin, prune, smoke, spicy rye, earth, tobacco, wood, and herbal spiciness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, tobacco, toast, earth, spicy rye, light smoke, wood, light pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. The minimal carbonation definitely works well here. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked rye barleywine. Great flavor complexity, depth, and balance; very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, I bought it last September so it has about a year of age on it if not more than that. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like peated/smoked malt, band-aids, caramel, vanilla and some candied fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like peated/smoked malt, band-aids, wood, herbs, fruit, caramel and also a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, but I also like the taste of peaty/band-aid flavored beers and whiskys. I'd definitely buy this one again. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, nearly black, red amber. Extremely light carbonation visible, no real head, but sufficient carbonation on the tongue. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke and bit of medicinal esters. Sweet dark fruits, caramel, light smoke with a sweet, slightly hopped finish. Somewhat light bodied for a barley wine. A pleasant, somewhat sweet barley wine. I will age one of these.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.94/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.72/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/7/12

A dark brown with a deep dark amber edge, thumbs width of dark tan head has decent retention and leaves a few rings of lace

S Oh Dear! I get burnt band aid, rubber, and salted berries, wasn't expecting smoked malt and this ones smells like they soaked the malt in chemicals before smoking it

T a little improvement over the smell but the band aid is still strong and I get a little juniper and smoked meat helping its cause but it needs more help then that, smokey peat lends a hand but I can't get over the adhesive, chemical thing it has going for it

M very thick and has perfect carbonation, no heat is quite impressive for 11%, in fact I get not booze anywhere with this one, quite sticky on the lips and if it weren't for the aftertaste I'd have something special in this department

O once I caught whiff of the burnt adhesive I just couldn't shake it, I don't dislike the salty peat but It's overwhelmed by lousy aspects of this beer, I'm impressed how well the the booze is hidden but I'd rather have boozy heat too be honest

I had very high hopes for this one after the gems I've had from this brewery. perhaps I got a bad bottle because its pretty rare I'm way below the average, either way I won't be buying any to see how they age

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Photo of beergoot
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany red. Thin but persistent head, tannish, with clinging lacing on the glass.

Licorice and molasses, mixed with ripe, dark fruits (like figs and dates) announce the aroma. A gentle waft of alcohol presence blends nicely into the grain and hop character.

Taste and mouthfeel are big and complex. Rich and syrupy but with enough variety to suck you in to further exploration and appreciation. Intense malt and hop bitterness notes thrust and parry throughout the taste, bringing intense pleasure and surprise in every sip.

An enormous beer feast for the mouth. Not for the faint of heart, but will be a welcome find to lovers of the rich and favorable ales, especially those of the Northern European kind...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a rich but clear nut brown in color with a thin light beige head. The head reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots more smoke than I was expecting along with dark roasted malts and a slightly medicinal hint.

T: Very sweet and smokey - there is a subtle iodine/band-aid like flavor from the smoke. The beer's flavor becomes more medicinal as it warms.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A little too medicinal for my palate - I usually enjoy the iodine/band-aid hints from the smoke but this one is too intense, especially after the beer warms. There is something in the smoke that is a little different from peat but I cannot identify, though I really like whatever it is. Not sure this is one I'd get again.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin ring of white bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very strong aromas of smoke in the nose along with notes of band-aids.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but stronger and the iodine (band-aid) flavor is more apparent, which takes some getting accustomed to.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is not for the faint of heart. It shares a lot of similarities in the smokiness with a rauchbier but is stronger and fuller bodied.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of shanblur
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Freshness date obscured. A - Dark brown to black with little foam to speak of. S - Dark fruit with a good amount of smoke. Some booze smell as well. T - Similar to the smell with dark fruit and smoke with a lingering finish. M - Slick and oily with no carbonation present. A great smelling and tasting beer. Wish I had more. Definitely not easy to come by.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells smoky. Abundant smoke aroma and a medicinal band-aid smell. Fruity scent but it is mostly obscured by smoke.

Starts out a little sweet, but mostly smoky and a little salty. A little fruit shows up after you adapt to the smoke. Caramel and some fig flavors under the smoke. Moderate bitterness and some Nordic licorice flavor. Abundant chest and stomach warming from the alcohol. No way around it though, this is more Rauchbier than Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an interesting beer but more a Rauchbier than a Barleywine. Smoky as hell.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says Batch nr: 474 which I've found through research to mean it's from 2009 and therefore over two years old.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch head that quickly flutters away leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. The lacing is active enough for a barleywine that's been sitting this long.

S- Flashes of booze and hops as well as a band-aid-like astringency.

T- The band-aid taste continues and swirls around with smoke and bitterness. As it fades, a slight sweetness emerges to transform the flavor into more of a roasty barbeque. The booze is actually relatively subtle, probably from the aging, as it warms. Lots of woody notes.

M- Oily and surprisingly moist. Medium-low carbonation is more than one could ask for.

O- I read a review where the reviewer said that, in their experience, Sunturnbrew peaks at around 6 to 12 months. Honestly, I don't see how less aging could make this any better. I say, let it sit.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large, creamy head.
Nose shows peat, caramel and campfire. Very syrup-like smelling.
Flavours follow along the same lines; peat, caramel. Very sweet, earthy characters. Some faint smoke. Very approachable, especially considering the alcohol content.
Nice thick, syrupy body.
A bit too rich though.

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Photo of pants678
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy amber body with an off-white head.

Smells of figs, smoke and caramel.

Smoke comes first and there's a subtle maple and wood on the back end. The malts stand out on this brew and it's sweet, but more so like a raspberry and has a real base of brown sugar that's slightly peppery.

Nothing but smooth with a medium body that's very Belgian in the carbonation but also in its bite.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- pours a dark amber, 1 finger white head. No lacing.

S- smoke! Peat, dark fruits, wood.

T- lots of smoke and peat, some dark fruits, wood, rye.

M- medium body and a little thin for a 11% beer.

O- just not doing it for me. The smoke and peat in this beer just don't work with this style. Just not good!

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Photo of Rifugium
2.24/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Man, I just don't know about this one. I don't know if it was off or infected or what, but something just wasn't right with this beer.

Poured a clear chestnut brown with a small cap of off-white head. Big whiff of phenols right off the bat, with pumpernickel and smoke as an afterthought. Taste was infused with dark bread, smokey malts, and dark tea, but mostly BAND-AIDS. This was like drinking a liquid doctor's office, and I've really never tasted anything else quite like it other than the time I tried ripping off a Band-aid with my mouth because I had a beer in both hands. Typically, this is an off-flavor, and an indication of phenol contamination. I don't know if that was the case here, or if that's actually what they were going for in the beer, but either way, this simply did not sit well with me. Fortunately I only got a sampler and not a full serving, because I doubt I'd have made it through the whole glass.

I like barleywines, I like smoked beer, and I generally love rye beers. But this....this was extraordinary, and not in a good way.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.72/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy chestnut brown with no head at all.

First thing I thought when I smelled it was bacon raisins (take that for what you will BAs). Big smokehouse aroma is a frontrunner with your usual suspects of dark fruits and a little bit of dark rich mollasses. If nothing else, it's interesting. The flavor is much like the aroma. Smokey cedar with raisins is really what I'm getting.

The feel medium bodied with soft carbonation. A little bit dry on the finish. Overall, this one is unique. I would immagine this is pretty much what the brewers where gunning at with this beer. It's just not what I was hoping for; the flavors just don't work for me.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Looks dark amber with a small amount of bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and caramely, with a good dose of smoke thrown in.

The flavor starts out with a small dose of malt sweetness, followed by a hint of smoke. Dark fruit flavors are dominant, and the finish is relatively hoppy to go with the smoke.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium large with a slightly fluffy feel from the carbonation.

I like this one, it drinks like a very good barleywine with an added touch of smoke. Very good stuff. They should put this in -bals.

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Photo of mothman
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. No retention. Color is a dark ruby hued bark brown.

Aroma: A lot of spices. Cloves, bananas, berries, malts, and cinnamon. Massive spices and booze.

Taste: More spice and booze. Raisins, plums, smoked malts, cocoa, berries, cherries, and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and warming. Medium bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and spiced.

Overall, a really weird beer. Not sure on the style. I am not the biggest fan of it. A small glass was fine.

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Photo of shambeano
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared this one with a couple mates, poured into a tulip at room temperature.

A- pours a very dark brown, almost black, with about 1cm of light head that dissapates pretty quickly, leaving a thin film.

S- straight up theres a whole bunch of raisin, fig and alcohol, a slight sherry smell. a fair bit of sweetness there, a touch grainy, but not getting too much of the smokeyness i was expecting from the 30 per cent smoked malt, or the spiceyness from the rye. not bad, but i was expecting a bit more.

T- straight up theres the same fruitiness that was in the nose, fig, raisin and alcohol, however unlike the smell the smoke comes through, the smokiness is not over the top but works very well. also unlike the smell there are some nice pepper notes from the rye. a little sweetness, but it works well. alcohol is there, but doesn't detract. very nice.

M- very thick and creamy, some bitterness at the end, lasting only for a bit.

O- not a bad drop, lacking a bit on the nose, and could do with a touch more bitterness to round out the end. however, the flavour is fantastic.

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Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.