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Little Korkny Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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69 Ratings
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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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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Mondiale 2009. Tasty barleywine with a moderate brown colour. Above average mouthfeel, undestated carbonation. Decent barley aroma.Dark fruit sugar, caramel, brown sugar -its sweetish. Very Good drinkability for a high a.b.v.and the alcohol is hidden.

06-07-2009 23:15:10 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-28-2012 05:50:53 | More by t0rin0
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

04-07-2011 20:22:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-27-2013 00:02:48 | More by spycow
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

2006 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a dark, deep amber body. We're missing a head here, but, at over 12% ABV, I guess it comes with the territory.

Smell: Reduced, condensed aroma of caramel, toffee, plums, raisins, and alcohol.

Taste: Dark caramel and rich toffee stirred together and ready to deliver a full sweetness. Oh, and it's plenty fruity -- both juicy plums and raisins. Earthy bitterness. A bit boozey, but only a bit. Fruity, definitely sweet finish with a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good! Overpriced, sure, but good.

09-20-2008 02:30:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2013 16:25:06 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-08-2013 23:12:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2011 20:12:04 | More by JAHMUR
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3.46/5  rDev -11.3%

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...

05-07-2013 20:46:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2011 20:16:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

2006 vintage. Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a tannish head. Mose is dried fruits, spice, booze. Taste is figs, raisin, plum, cinnamon, caramel. Mouthfeel is a sting of booze, big dried fruits, caramel, cinnamon, sticky. Veru drinkable and an exceptional barleywine.

03-23-2010 04:25:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-01-2014 04:28:11 | More by Georgiabeer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

10-19-2011 05:52:43 | More by biegaman
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-26-2014 18:52:55 | More by Latarnik
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-28-2013 14:23:08 | More by PEIhop
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

02-23-2011 02:53:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

05-23-2013 02:07:38 | More by chippo33
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev 0%

A - Pours a murky brown body with no head and lot's of carbonation.

S - Dark fruits and lot's of sweet candy sugar. Mild hop there as well with a toffee-like candy aspect too.

T - Really sweet but not cloying, just really sweet. Lot's of that dark fruit and toffee with more candy notes.

M - Attacks the mouth, filling up every nook and cranny, mild carbonation feeling with a full body.

D - Awfully sweet but not to the degree that I couldn't finish what I had in front of me. Good to split but a full bottle would have been alot.

02-28-2011 19:41:16 | More by tbeckett
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Kind of an odd duck. Poured with a soda pop head: fizzed way up and down to no head at all right away; no lace. Color is a hazy dark copper red brown amber. Aroma is very good - vineous, dark ripe fruit, yeast, malt. Flavor is like aroma plus has cocoa, caramel, toffee. Body is full and carbonation is light, which fits this beer, but doesn't really stand out. Finish is like flavor with great interplay with bitter and sweet. No off flavors at all. A little bit of booze at the very end. A sipper.

06-02-2010 23:24:33 | More by drpimento
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

A: Pours a deep amber hue with a thin tan head. No real retention or lace.

S: Malty aromas sort of sugar cookie like to be honest. Hints of cherry and plums. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and booze. I like it.

T: Tasty malty barleywine goodness. Lots of sweet and dark fruits. Sweet caramel and brown sugar malts as well. Hints of tobacco and a nice blast of booze near the finish.

M: Fairly full in body, bold, rich, sweet, chewy.

D: Nice one to sit back and sip.

03-11-2010 02:17:48 | More by tpd975
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

01-01-2012 06:15:43 | More by jophish17
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-31-2012 00:49:10 | More by kscaldef
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

04-18-2012 22:09:29 | More by StJamesGate
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-15-2013 14:20:19 | More by williamjbauer
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Orangish red in color with absolutely no head and very still in nature. Nothing extraordinary yet satisfying.

Huge on brown sugar, caramel, dates, sweet cane sugars, dried candied fruits, fig, prune, raisin and a dose of toffee.

Nice and tasty, good alcohol in the mouth that pierces the toungue, huge brown sugar, large in fig and date character, very english in style thankfully, great dessert style, prune and toffee with a slight hint of marmalade.

Creamy thick and slightly syrupy. Not as complex as my friends from England but in the right direction.

11-06-2008 01:28:56 | More by mcallister
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Little Korkny Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
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