Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a brown body, leather couch brown, with one finger head that dies quick and left minor lace. This is an interesting beer that to me isn't necessarily a barleywine but just wouldn't be your average smoked (rauch) beer either. The nose is dominated by the smoked (meat-like) malts although there are touches of sweet malts and a lingering hop presence. The taste is much more balanced and enjoyable because on first taste this medium bodied beer comes across as mostly smoked/meaty. But as I keep drinking this sweet malt and dark fruit base comes out and I'm getting some sugary goodness (can't really pin the sweetness down) and I swear there are some dark fruits (raisins or plumss being my guess) tucked in this beer. Not only is the booze rather well-hidden, just warming you up as you sip, this beer finishes rather quick and easy and just makes you want to drink more.
01-18-2014 16:24:05 | More by clayrock81
3.66/5 rDev -5.2%
(4.25) A: Black with a brownish tinge and a very tall creamy head. Retention that lasts a long time leaving rings as it recedes.
(4.0) S: Peat, hints of smoke, caramel, rich dark fruits (figs & plums), and molasses. Detecting a boozy-cherry aroma that is very nice coupled with the bold earthy peat aroma throughout which makes this quite enticing.
(3.5) T: Similar to aroma with a lot of peat upfront, plum, caramel, and dried fruits. Boozy warmth and a ton of sugary sweetness – almost to the point of drowning out other flavours. Salted taste as others have pointed out. Finishes pleasantly dry.
(3.75) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Sticky and syrupy with a nice creamy feel.
(3.5) D: This was just too sugary-sweet of a barleywine for me to enjoy. Prefer them a bit more balanced. It’s looks and smells were both standout features however.
01-18-2014 03:39:54 | More by Digimaika2
4.21/5 rDev +9.1%
At cellar temp, about 6 and a bit months from bottle date. Colour is a dark garnet brown, nice cap of off white creamy head with solid lacing and film, fairly dark for style, attractive.
S- lots of smoky malt, peaty and slightly medicinal, dark malts, raisins, prunes, lots of dark fruits, some caramel brown sugar, candied notes.
T - full feel to start with a salted caramel, peat malt, creamy body, trends to biscuit and prune, a long raisin warming finish with more bacony smoke. What a flavour profile! The salty smoke is complimented with a lot of sweet caramel ( a bit much IMO) and dark aged fruits. Lot of strong bready peaty smoke penetrating the flavour, cranberry, very rich and robust. Aftertaste lingers on a good while.
M- huge body, but balanced enough to be a really pleasant sipper, soft creamy carbonation, luscious and creamy. Then some spicy spirituous character on the end along with the thicker whafts of smoke.
I tend to enjoy a bit of smoke in bigger beers, and this certainly pushes limits in a good way. I love the twist on the barley wine, great full body with sweet caramel, dark fruits mixed with a full bacon peaty smoke. Really tasty, idiosyncratic, robust, if the sweet feel were toned down I would really like that. Still one of the best bw in awhile, creamy full body with a big head of smoky malt. Definitely recommend, it warms on you as it sips really nicely. Nogne continues to impress.
01-13-2014 03:43:49 | More by mick303
4.54/5 rDev +17.6%
Sunturnbrew's remarkably dark tone plays into the fact that it's brewed on December 21st - the darkest, longest night in the northern hemisphere. While not exactly black, it is too dim to really make out any colour or highlighting; total darkness without total blackness. Not making any sense? Well, the beer does claims it'll inspire "a change in perception".
And "change" is right! I've never smelled a beer quite like this - a tea, yes (the smoky pine tar aroma is nearly identical to that of a lapsang souchong, where the leaves are smoke-dried over pinewood fires); in food, yes (it's eerily reminiscent of smoked ham); in scotches, hell yes (is this not aged in used Islay casks?) - but in a beer, no, nothing quite like this.
Sunturnbrew is different because it's made with 30% smoked malt *and* 20% rye. The spiciness of the latter distinguishes this from other smoked beers. But the beer is truly spectacular, however, by virtue of the fact that it was brewed as a Barleywine - that most rich, intricate and sticky-sweet of styles with tastes of caramel, nougat, figs, dates, plums, and dried apricot. Combined with the smoky pine notes these flavours become almost sedative.
Nøgne says this is best enjoyed in front of the fireplace, but take my word, Sunturnbrew offers enough warmth and relaxation (not to mention, smoke) to simulate the fireplace. The taste of candied fruits is a compliment to the rich texture of sweet, caramelized malt. There's enough juniper wood and botanical flavour to smack of gin, but also such a mellow and nuanced fortified wine-like profile you'd swear it was aged in port barrels.
Perhaps most of all, however, Sunturnbrew is a beer for lovers of peaty, smoky scotches. It may be brewed in Norway, but this beer has the iodine- and sea brine-soaked notes notorious of Islay single malts. This obviously makes it a 'love-it-or-hate-it' beer but, as someone who loves Lagavulin and Laphroaig just as much as J.W Lees and Old Guardian, I consider it brilliant.
There may be no beer better suited to the longest, darkest night of the year than Sunturnbrew. It is a soothing, satiating, distinctively 'wintry' beer that fans of barleywines, smoked beers, smoked meats, cigars, Islay single malts, lapsang souchong tea, fortified wines, artisan gins, or just unique taste experiences in general really aught to seek out.
01-03-2014 03:56:07 | More by biegaman
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured out of 25 oz bottle into oversized wine glass
A: A little darker than coca-cola, very little head.
S: Lots of smoke and caramel malts, a bit of dark fruits and banana along with a nice alcoholic warmth in the finish.
T: Took my palette a bit to adjust to the intense smokiness of the beer and get past the rich caramel malts, but the taste is sweet, smokey, and leaves a nice bitterness in your mouth. Reminds me of the beer version of a scotch whiskey and coke. Every sip leaves a different taste dominant in your mouth.
M: Very nice, creamy and coats the mouth. Carries the bitterness and helps fight the sweet malts and smokiness of the initial sip.
O: Good, a bit smokey for my taste, but hides the alcohol well while still warming you up a good bit. This is a very big beer with a nice complex taste profile, although smoke and caramel malts dominate. First barley wine I've tried, I'll have to seek out others to compare.
12-16-2013 21:55:03 | More by bareju
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Bottled June 20, 2013.
The beer is very dark brown with a large beige head. Very good retention, lots of lace.
Nose is quite smoky, with a real peat character. Malty and woody. Hard to get much else past the smoke.
Taste is more varied. A strong flavour of sweet caramel malt, blended with the smoke. Quite sweet, almost has a honey flavour. Rich dark fruits. Hops are pretty mild. Good.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation level. Smooth.
Overall, quite good. A nice surprise after the nose, which didn't make me optimistic. A bit on the sweet side, but enjoyable.
12-08-2013 23:24:39 | More by jrenihan
2.3/5 rDev -40.4%
Brownish red colour, two fingers khaki head, some lace. Smell is all smoke and salt/peat, spice and some faint caramel, there is a bit of hop underneath all the smoke/peat as well. Taste is just all salt water and smoke, sweet at first followed by bitterness, but this is just wave after wave of iodine and smoke. Medium body, medium slightly prickly carbonation. This was pretty terrible all around, and the vast majority of the bottle saw the drain, never again.
12-04-2013 12:51:43 | More by peensteen
Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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