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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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86
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Norway

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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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 125
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2.09/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

500ml bottle into a Treehouse snifter.

A - Pours a muddy brown with auburn edges. Decent two fingers of head with somenice lacing.

S - And we have our first problem. Peat smoke in a non-barrel-aged barleywine? Like roasted bandaids, it ruins the aroma, and it overwhelms anything else that might be there. WTF?

T - Yup, pretty much like the nose led me to believe, this tastes like it took all the worst aspects of a Islay scotch barrel and none of the good, and of course it wasn’t even in a barrel so that makes no sense at all. Heavy peat, some bitterness from the hops, and not much else. Maybe some roast from the malt, but it’s hard to tell. Maybe if I was a bigger fan of Islays I’d enjoy this, but I’m not.

M - Pretty thick and coating, with a long, dry finish. Not bad, maybe the best aspect of the beer.

O - This is shit. Can’t believe I got conned into paying $12 for this turd. I’m struggling to finish this glass, let alone the whole bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml split. Definitely some age on this one, just not sure how much - maybe 4-5 years old I'm guessing.

Appearance - Dark brown pour, some orange highlights but really not much clarity here. Beige head retains as a cap for a while, eventually reducing to a thick ring. Considering the ABV+age, pretty decent.

Smell - Definitely a good amount of salty smoke presence there but not over the top. It melds well with raisin, caramel, some brown sugar and spicy, earthy tones.

Taste - Scotch-like smoke is still prevalent but just a little more restrained here it seems. The barleywine base is nice and again melds well - darkfruit, caramel, brown sugar, various things from the spice rack, licorice, burnt toast - makes for quite an interesting flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Big and very smooth with medium carbonation. A bit of warming alcohol there but quite drinkable for 11%, the smoke keeps this one a sipper though, glad I split this.

Overall - Was kind of intimidated by this one before opening it, expecting a super abrasive rauchwine monster, and though it kinda is, it's in a good way as this wound up being much more smooth, drinkable and complex than expected. I'm not a huge fan of the salty-scotch-smoke thing but it worked nicely here with a good barleywine base and weird spice profile. A big warming sipper probably best suited for winter nights.

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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a deep red/brown with a nice two finger head which stays around for quite a while. When the head breaks, there is a thin film of bubbles and some good lacing left behind.

S: smoke is very prominent, peat, caramel and malts.

T: the smoke is very upfront, but then the beer is very sweet. Sweet malts, plums and other dark fruits. There is a touch of a bitter and dry finish.

M: low carbonation, full body, syrupy.

O: I dare you to have this beer and then a Bigfoot and say they are the same style. I wouldn't believe it based on what I have tasted. However, I am but a mere rube what enjoys drinking beer. And to that, this was an interesting one. Very smoky and sweet, this beer caught me by surprise. I don't mind smoke, but the sweet was a little too much. I'd probably pass on another.

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2.1/5  rDev -45%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A - Pours dark amber. Two fingers of brown head. Good lace chunks and a half finger of retention.

S - Smoke, campfire. Not my thing, but OK.

T - Intense sweetness with tons of smoke. Dark fruit, candy. Ick.

M - Good carbonation, full body, harsh smokey finish with tons of cloying sweetness.

O/D - This is not good. Considering I don't like smoked beers, it's even worse. Far too sweet and far too smokey. Nope.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.00 CDN. Served cool into glassware.

Appearance - 2 fingers of ivory foam is poured. Decent retention on the extremely frothy head. Dark brown in color with a few reddish hues as well.

Smell - Very sweet and syrupy, tons of maple syrup like characteristics on the nose and some molasses too. Slightly earthy aroma throughout but not too prominent.

Taste - Sweet, molasses and maple syrup with some burnt sugar. Nicely blended flavors, but got very little of the smokiness that many other reviewers have mentioned. Maybe my amateur tastebuds were off that day or maybe my bottle was off, but there was little smokiness in general.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and syrupy, mouth coating, low carbonation. Sweet but not to the point of cloying otherwise this would be significantly lower.

Overall - A nice barleywine, well-rounded with good flavor profiles and decent drinkability considering how sweet it is.

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2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $7.00/500ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a challis

A- Very good! Opened very well. Nice dark colour.

S- Very good.

T- Horrible!! Fake smoke flavor overpowers all. Sour and bitter. More to follow...

M- Pretty good

O- See taste

Food Pairing

No food pairing on this one! I poured it down the drain. Sure hope this was a bad bottle. Returned the rest of them.

Sorry

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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