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Little Korkny Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Little Korkny AleLittle Korkny Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ToolHead on 09-20-2004)
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

jophish17, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -23.1%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of rarbring
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clouded dark brown, has a small off-white head with little lacing, but good curtains.

The smell is yeast, sherry, raisins. Some old sausage as well...

Tasting sweet, raisins, figs, sherry, port, old cheese.

Low carbonation, minimal bubbles, soft, sticky and oily, a slightly dry finish. You can somewhat feel the alcohol.

Well, not really singing to me, immature and a bit boozy. But I might be wrong, sometimes I have problems appreciating barleywines.

rarbring, May 24, 2011
Photo of mt24turner
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Ive had this beer several times before, been about 2 years since i last had one, same vintage.
poured into a large snifter
Aroma- Definitely smells "old" any hop aroma has been squashed leaving a sweet brandy-like smell with a distinct yeasty funkiness
Taste- Heavy malt sweetness. Almost Wort sweet, with a pleasantly spicy booze backbone. No hop flavor but some bitterness that doesn't quite meet up to the sweet malt. Mouthfeel is very full
Overall: i liked this beer a lot more 2 years ago. It's definitely past it's prime. It's not bad but its getting too sweet for my taste.

mt24turner, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

chippo33, May 23, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a dark amber colour with no head at all. Appears to be very lightly carbonated.

S - Very sweet. Dark caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisins, figs. Some noticeable alcohol.

T - Follows the nose. Very sweet with a noticeable alcohol taste. Brown sugar, dark caramel, dark fruit (raisin, figs), toffee. No hops are noticeable at all.

M - Medium body and next to no carbonation. It is almost bordering on flat but has just enough carbonation to be drinkable.

D -A decent example of the style but the price point would make this one impossible for me to ever buy again.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

600ml bottle into 8oz snifter. 2006. 12%ABV on the label.

Dark plum hue with a very thin tan head that settles to just about nothing.

Thick and syrupy hop aromas, packed with citrus. The malts provide a little bit of a sweet candy fruit aroma.

Very sweet fruit flavors coming from the malt, which are very thick and provide a coating feel. The carbonation is low, so that adds to the syrupy feel. The alcohol is well perceived, adding some harshness to the flavor.

Could maybe use another year to tame the beer. The alcohol is still somewhat sharp and really lowers the drinkability.

BeerSox, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to me for buying this. Damned high price tag though.
Good beer for a CBS tulip though.
I think a 2008 vintage.

A-- Poured a dark, murky orange brown color. Some nice ruby hues to this. Half finger of light brown head that fizzled away quickly to nothing. Looks like a flat coke really. No real obvious ABV legs. Press on with this I think.

S-- Brown sugar, carmel, brandy, figs and plumb. Good nose for what is there but not real deep though.

T-- Prickly carbonation to start. Just a bit of hop bite. White grape, brown sugar, fig, strawberry and plumb jam, rum and raisin. Slightly sweet and syrupy but not too bad.

M-- Slightly sweet, syrupy and sticky in the mid and back. As noted prickly carbonation in the front that slowly cuts through the sweetness and smooths it out. Has held up well for its age. More about strawberry and plum jam with brandy and rum in the mid and back. Lots of booze though.

O-- not too bad. Has held up well. Not a deep beer at all and that is OK. Good jammy notes and enough carbonation to keep it quite interesting and cut down the sweetness. Alcohol is very obvious at the halfway point. Think this can still age well for a while.

mulder1010, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2008 vintage. aside from the crème brule from southern tier, this is debatably the sweetest beer I have ever consumed. I have often been critical of American style barleywines for getting way too hoppy lately, but this puppy could use some balance. it pours a crimson to auburn color, dense and bubbly too, with a prominent off white head of two fingers, lasting for several minutes. the nose is really sweet, like straight up brown sugar. I smell some sweeter malts, maybe even a touch of dryer red malt, and honey. the first sip instantly coats my mouth and fills my stomach, this is diabetes juice. any woody, earthy, or malt subtleties are run out of town by the sweetness. im not even sure how they achieved such a high abv with so much sugar left over. it must have something nonfermentable in it, but hell if I can pick out what it is. the booze doesn't help things, and is the only other notable feature of this beer. there is a full body and surprisingly robust carbonation, but its way too late after my teeth are rotting out of my head here. overall there must be a crowd of people out there who like this kind of thing, and it is well made, but even a small glass of this is too much for me. not sure it fits the American barleywine bill particularly well either, but it may be worth a try if sugar high and wasted is your go to combination...

StonedTrippin, May 07, 2013
Photo of NEhophead
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

20.3 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Vintage 2005.

Pours a very hazy, deep oak in color. No visible head whatsoever; unable to leave any lacing. On looks, it appears that this ale has gone flat.

Slick and sweet candied malt with lots of residual sugars. Aged, vinous fruit matured with a mellow alcohol character; plum, raisin. Rich milk chocolate; brown sugar and nutmeg.

Creamy chocolate, caramel, light molasses amidst a holiday spice: brown sugar, nutmeg. Alcohol-soaked vinous fruit: fig, raisin, plum. The port-like alcohol presence starts rather mellow, but becomes very cutting and gaseous and lasts well into the aftertaste.

Almost full bodied; despite my suspicions, this one isn't flat. It has a very smooth, mellow body with a slick feel in the finish due to the sharp alcohol.

A big, somewhat bulky barleywine. Bold flavors, just rough around the edges. One I would try again to ensure freshness, and I'll truly decide then.

NEhophead, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

aztraz, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

t0rin0, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

TheRuss9585, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

600ml bottle from the LCBO, split with bobsy. $22 bucks is a hefty sum.

Pours a ruddy brown with hints of amber, a little bit of creamy eggshell head which dies down and has just a few bubbles.

Nose is classic English bwine notes, loads of sticky toffee, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, earth and perhaps a touch of tobacco.

Taste has all those lovely characteristics in it along with cocoa, fruit bread, molasses; but is unbalanced, sticky sweetness is too dominant and borders on syrupy, which is aided by the low carb. Hides the ABV quite well but the sweetness limits the drinkability, as does the price. Worth a try but certainly not worth the price.

ritzkiss, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewpub, RBESG. Fresh and aged versions. I liked the fresh one better, so my ratings are for that one. Comments aged version: Cloudy brown colour, decent head. Yeasty and strong wort aroma, smells kind of "unfinished / immature". (5/10) Flavour is worty sweet, again "unfinished / immature". (5/10) Not my favourite this one. Overall 11/20.
Comments fresh version:
Cloudy brown colour. Aroma is malty and "fresher" than the aged one, fruity elements. Some oaky notes too. Flavour is malty / worty sweet - too sweet. Still better than the aged one.

Sigmund, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little Korkny has a fairly dull and murky tone that is hardly worth noting, except that when held into the light it looks like Cassis. Otherwise, it miserably fails to arouse the senses. What's worse is pieces of suspended yeast look like slide samples from an entomologist's lab - that'll teach me for tempting fate with the last few ounces.

There is a slight unbalance in the nose pertaining to the ratio of malt to alcohol. I fully expect some (heck, even a fair bit of) booze in a 12% beer, but ester-y vapors outweigh sticky, rich malt. And since this is self-described as an "American interpretation" it's also fair to note the disproportionate amount of sticky, pine-y hops too.

Barleywines are known for their rich malt profiles. This one, however, has a malt profile that is more upper-middle class; it's wealthy, but I wouldn't call it rich. Its dark berry and grape-y fruitiness has a Madeira-like tone but not the sweetness or complexity of port. The hops have a leafy bitterness, something like tobacco or tomato leaf.

Barleywines should instill the sensation that what you're drinking is something special. This one, however, fails to do so. It is bitter without being gratifying; strong without being flavourful. The aftertaste isn't fruit bread or molasses (like the flavour) but a drying, insipid combination of chew tobacco, stale raisin and wet leather.

The brewery is lucky that 'value for the consumer' is not a graded category. The overall score would dip substantially. I am at a complete loss as far as imagining what in the world could have been put in or done to this beer to account for its $22 price tag. I wasn't expecting gold leaf lettering on the bottle, no, but a more than mediocre beer in it, yes.

A barleywine can work only in one way but can go wrong in many. This one failed in a few but it failed first and foremost in not having a character - and, specifically, a malt profile - that is stronger than its alcohol content. Nørrebro Bryghus is a really good brewery, but compared against the best American examples of the style, drinking this beer is like listening to Bach on the recorder. Save your money for more deserving offerings.

biegaman, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viscous leather brown with ruby highlights and a cap of sienna foam that's gone in a flash due to the ABV, no doubt. Rich brandy booze notes with red berry, raisin, brown sugar and wood plus a touch of pine sap.
Raisin danish and strawberry compote, some dates and Concord grapes in the middle, and deep dried orange rind hops.
Spicy rum finish and bitter fruity linger. Medium to full, chewy, hot.

Labeled at 12%, I expect some serious depth of flavor, and it's not here. On the contrary, it's pretty flat. Fruity malts put this on the winey side of barleywine, but for being labeled American, it's lacking for hops.

I see the deviation for ratings on this is pretty wide; mark me among those who don't get the fuss.

StJamesGate, Apr 18, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized with light toffee notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel notes with light dry raisins and light toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is a bit surprising. Well brewed without being overly complex.

Phyl21ca, Apr 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

tswater, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Poupae, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

pixieskid, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
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Little Korkny Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.