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Little Korkny Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Little Korkny AleLittle Korkny Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

CWhite, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

kscaldef, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

pixieskid, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

t0rin0, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Florya, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Jsenay
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage bottle served into snifter

A - Pours with a heavy effervescent bubbling into the glass with a dark amber almost brown color.

S - It has a volatile smell that is off rotten fruit when first poured out but, this dissipates into a sweet brandy, plums, muddled raisins, caramel, brown sugar.

T - Taste has raisins, sweet figs, plums, caramel, marshmallow, candi sugar and dark chocolate notes.

M - Not the syrupy mouth feel that I was expecting it to have. The carbonation helps keep it rolling along the palate instead of just clinging to the tongue. It warms the palate at the beginning and rolls into a lingering sweetness with a dry finish.

O - The carbonation made this beer very enjoyable. If it wasn't present this would be a tough beer to take down. Such heavy dark flavors would have destroyed the palate but, with the perky carbonation it helped keep the beer moving over the palate. This is a rather tasty and easy drinking barley wine.

Jsenay, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Polasiuss, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown. Absolutely no head, even with a vigorous pour. Just fizzles away like a soft drink.

Big smell. Wood, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar and a generous amount of booze.

Taste is quite similar to the nose. Raisin, fig, caramel, brown sugar, wood, alcohol. Fairly sweet- syurpy. Some alcohol heat. Quite good. Not sure how it was when bottled a year or so ago, but it is drinking well now.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation, syrupy. Sweetness dries the mouth somewhat.

Overall, a pretty good barleywine. Certainly the best of the Norrebro Bryghus offerings that the LCBO brought in last year.

jrenihan, Jan 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

jophish17, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

MishaEriksson, Dec 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006. Thanks to jyounger for this long-time want. Into my .5l Switzerland Glass Boot.

A- Big brown body, not much in the way of head, 1cm or less; settles quickly. Still, looks nice in the boot.

N- Nose is rich brown sugar and plums. A bit boozy. Something reminds me of hazelnut as well.

T- Heavy fruit-in-syrup, molasses, vanilla. Like a piece of biscotti soaked in brandy. Some mild sweet chocolate, a bit of pipe tobacco... fleeting though.

M- Low carbonation, but there's enough to keep it moving. Spectacular flavors, simply decadent. Warming, borderline hot mouthfeel, but it never gets overwhelming.

O- Perfect on this cold rainy night. A beautiful barleywine. Time was kind, indeed. Would love to try a fresher sample some day.
628

ShogoKawada, Apr 29, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up in the attic we sat, settled then sniffed; tons of vanilla extract and syrupy goodness wafted across the brim. First sip and booyah! this is the perfect drinking pairing for this blustery night. I am overcome with sweet dark fruits, velvety chocolate-ness and still boozey hints of that vanilla extract. It reminds me in ways of Lagunita's Brown Shugga, but with a Danish dessert twist. The mouth-feel is fantastic and every drop of this is savored like a fine wine (Christ! it should be at $22.99 a pop).

burnheartsMKE, Mar 01, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tbeckett, Feb 28, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown, mid sized off white head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Smells of malt that gives way to notes of baked bread, dark fruit, cherry, orange like citrus and floral notes. Very complex nose. Tastes of licorice, malt, raisin and plum there is a noticeable sweetness in the finish as well as warming alcohol and a slight bitterness that shows itself at times. Big syrupy mouthfeel with a very slight carbonation that makes it very smooth. Great slow sipper, perfect bottle to split with a couple people. Really well made stuff here.

peensteen, Feb 08, 2011
Little Korkny Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.