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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.62%
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 schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

schopenhauerale, Aug 15, 2013
4/5  rDev +3.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Mendicant
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Mendicant, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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....

joemcgrath27, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of quirkzoo
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

quirkzoo, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of MNPikey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

MNPikey, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was on close out at my local shop for 2.99, couldn't pass it up. Pours a dark amber with almost no light passage. Decent head and retention for style. The nose is intense. It starts with heavy peaty smoked malt. This is paired with a touch of oxidization, and then the barleywine character begins to seep through. Notes of caramel, raisin, and molasses come through in small waves with the smoke mostly dominating. The taste leans towards the sweet side in the world of barleywines. If I didn't know better, I would think this was an English b-wine. Heavy brown sugar and molasses provide sweetness on the palate and are backed up by a huge peat smoked malt character. The smoke gains momentum towards the finish, but never quite balances the sweetness. Mouthfeel is somewhat hefty with moderate carbonation. OVerall, this brew is definitely unique, and the smoke does provide an interesting take on the style. In this example, the malt bill leans too far to the sweet side and the smoke just doesn't help.

homebrew311, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of imfrigginfly
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

imfrigginfly, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours a dark, tawny brown. A thick finger of light mocha foam maintains well and has great lacing.

Aroma - distant malt and a smoky blanket. Not near as intense as the Yeastie Boys. has a nice woodsy aroma after setup

Taste - sweet malts, plenty of smokiness, and a side of licorice. Alcohol warming on the afteraste, I like the different play of flavors here. Craft and smoke together, I like it. The finish is warm and lengthy, notes of molasses and some slight drying, even some late flavors of dark chocolate as this warms up.

Mouthfeel - thick and smooth, this is pretty chewy.

Overall - one of the most interesting barleywines I've had. The only smoked barleywine I can remember, but the play and interaction of the dfifferent flavors make this one unique brew, which gets harder to do with each passing year of sampling different beers. Here's to Nogne O for a cool distinct beer.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of MickeyD
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

MickeyD, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Westvleteren Goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a hint of cherry color and leaves about a half finger of light tan head.

Smell: Smoked malts, caramel, salty smoked meats. Very pleasant - not overbearing smoky aromas but definitely present.

Taste: Definitely smoky malts up front, a hint of some dark fruits like plum, raisins and figs. A little bit of alcohol, but a lot less than I expected. A bit of spice as well. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouth-feel: A nice balance between too thin and overly thick - a solid, medium body. Carbonation is noticeable but light.

Overall: A very solid smoked barleywine - exactly what I would hope from such a style. This is extremely well-balanced and the alcohol is expertly hidden.

Resuin, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter this beer was a dark garnet color; very pretty. It had a small off-white head that left a bit of lace.

Nice aroma of smoke and dark fruit. A bit of caramel.

I tasted peat and tobacco primarily.T he fruit seemed to be plum and raisin. Some toffee.

A dangerous beer to drink. So smooth and drinkable, but at 11% ABV, you have to be careful.

lordofthewiens, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of torerik
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

torerik, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of RES
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

RES, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Bouleboubier, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jewellrunner, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

schnarr84, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.9%

rolltide8425, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Converge
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Converge, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kirkse, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

superspak, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

tuckerlikesbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

t0rin0, Nov 28, 2012
Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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