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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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 mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:43:49 | More by mick303
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Ontario (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:56:07 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

01-01-2014 02:04:00 | More by Vyronian
Photo of Cadbury

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-23-2013 21:54:17 | More by Cadbury
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-22-2013 16:20:50 | More by jaydoc
Photo of bareju


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 21:55:03 | More by bareju
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-15-2013 03:17:20 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2013 01:30:19 | More by RedAleMan
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-11-2013 11:58:50 | More by nebuchadnezzer
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 23:24:39 | More by jrenihan
Photo of evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-08-2013 05:49:18 | More by evil_liver
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-07-2013 06:05:10 | More by vermilcj
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Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 12:51:43 | More by peensteen
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-27-2013 18:55:21 | More by superdoopersauce
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2013 07:09:05 | More by BKBassist
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New York

2/5  rDev -48.2%

11-23-2013 03:20:49 | More by frankthetank86
Photo of buzzy


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-12-2013 13:52:50 | More by buzzy
Photo of sbanacho


4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-29-2013 06:03:59 | More by sbanacho
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-02-2013 00:49:26 | More by fionn13
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-15-2013 00:42:44 | More by schopenhauerale
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

08-13-2013 19:46:23 | More by Keithandandrewdotcom

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-13-2013 01:12:02 | More by WOLFGANG
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-20-2013 23:24:32 | More by Mendicant
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Alberta (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pitch black with just a bit of hazy light getting through near the stem of the tulip glass, thumb of tan head held nicely with fairly consistent lacing
S - its a smoke bomb, maybe a touch of leather, can't say much more than that except that was not what I was expecting at all
T - so much big smoke to the point that its tough to drink, it is so overwhelming that there is nothing barelywine about it, have a feeling this is in the wrong style
M - once you get past the smoke it actually drinks relatively well for 11%
O - not sure what to say about this, I want to like it but its like i'm sitting around a fire and the wind has shifted in my direction, and that's not a comfortable feeling, strange....

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:47:16 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in 2011 I believe so probably about 2 years old at time of consumption.

Appearance is very dark for a barleywine but still brown. Despite it's dark color it has a very nice clarity.

Smell is pleasant if unremarkable. Lots of sweet caramel notes up front with a touch of alcohol. A little bit of dark fruit. Although the bottle says "smoked barleywine" and that is why I bought it, I am not detecting any smoke, perhaps because of the age?

Taste is similar to the aroma. Overall it is very nice. It leans towards the sweeter side with a fair but not overwhelming amount of complexity and balance.

The mouthfeel is very full and is not hot for 11%. Slightly viscous. Not too thick that I had any trouble finishing the 500ml bottle.

Overall this is a solid beer, especially if you like a touch of sweetness in your barleywine. I probably won't seek it out again but I enjoyed this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 04:41:06 | More by quirkzoo
Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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