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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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87
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Norway

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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jrenihan
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.

Photo of evil_liver
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of vermilcj
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of peensteen
2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of frankthetank86
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mendicant
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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....

Photo of quirkzoo
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of imfrigginfly
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of MickeyD
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Resuin
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.