Little Korkny Ale | Nørrebro Bryghus

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Little Korkny AleLittle Korkny Ale

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ToolHead on 09-20-2004

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of Zonian1
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2008 vintage bottle, recently purchased (I was a little surprised to see the date when opening the bottle). Pours a very dark red-orange, with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to tiny patches and slight lacing. Aroma of fresh and dry dark fruit; plums, dates and figs, caramel malt and brown sugar. There is an odd woody cellar component that is momentarily off-putting, but then recedes to reveal a cherry note that is quite nice; a little oxidation. Flavor is plum, raisin, blackberry, cherry, and a hint of orange, sweet caramel malt, finishes with lingering fruit esters of the same variety as the main taste. Sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied with a light syrupy feel to match the fruit in the aroma and taste. A very fruit forward barleywine, almost more like a mixed fruit aperitif. The malt and fruit flavors are well integrated and fresh tasting. The odd aroma and oxidation are not present in the taste, although there is a bit of booziness in the finish. This has aged very nicely, and I'm disappointed that I don't have a fresh baseline to compare against. Any hops in this have left little residual presence. Flavorful and high octane, this is a dessert barleywine now, and other than the above average sweetness, which would be cloying except for the excellent fruit flavors, one the better aged barleywines I've had. The looks and aroma are not that exciting, but this tasted great. Glad I accidentally ran across a bottle and didn't notice the date (which would have given me pause for a bottle with unkown storage history), this is very nice.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finding inspiration in what America has done with the esteemed barleywine, Denmark's own Norrenbro brewers bridge the gap between classic British variety and America's hop folly and construct an ale that's larger that each can achieve on their own.

Little Korkny Ale projects a stately and masculine austere with a deep garnet hue that's strikingly bright and ruby in highlights. As a sturdy froth builds, a quick collapse occurs as the ale trend more and more brandy-like. As its succulent and earthy perfume seduces the nose with plum, raisin, prune and fig; its taste is sultry sweet with molasses, toffee and caramel.

And as the barleywine unfolds across the tongue, its lavishly sweet taste carries those jammy, molasses and caramel tastes with fruity hints of vinous grape, blackberry and currant. Spicy with fresh cracked peppercorn and a sharp brandy-like bite, the ale finishes long, piquant and warm.

Its finish is full, decadent and sweet- notions of port, sherry and madeira play out on the throat with a linger of curacau liquor, cocoa, tobacco and pepper jam extends deep into the next sip.

This ale was a vintage bottle, dated 2008 and tasted in 2016 = eight years old.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. '08 vintage.

This one pours a slightly murky brown, with a small head and no lacing. Looks very lightly carbonated.

Smells like dark fruit, orange, figs, chocolate, and caramel.

This is nearly 8 years old, and while it's certainly not improving most likely, it's still pretty tasty. It's quite a sweet treat, but not overwhelmingly syrupy, luckily. It's very fruity, caramel and candy sugar, with some figs and orange as well. Goes down easy enough.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel- but not overwhelmingly so.

Really cool to be able to try this.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tertullian007
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drknight
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008

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Photo of Skrip
4/5  rDev +2.3%

2008 vintage 600ml bottle poured into a City Beer Store snifter.

A~ muddy orange/brown with a tiny head and a little lacing.

S~ really sweet upfront, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and toffee. figs and prunes to follow and some bready yeast.

T~ even sweeter here! otherwise pretty much follows the nose with more figs as well. some hop bitterness on the back end.

M~ super smooth, no heat at all! not too carbed but perfect for the style.

O~ wondering why i'm rating this!? Mr. Hill helped brew this batch! haha. having this for the first time after having Aaron you can really tell where it evolved from. i bet the barrel aged versions Shaun had a part in are just insane! hopefully some of those are still around!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mt24turner
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of facesnorth
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle, 2008 vintage, poured into a Nørrebro Bryghus Stemmed Flute.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, hues of dark amber, garnet and tan, moderate opacity, with a khaki head, fizzy and fairly loose that dissipates quickly leaving no lace behind. The aroma is boisterous, plenty of bitter hops left, strong sappy presence that also brings out loads of rich brown sugar, malted grain, caramel and molasses with even a bit of toffee. Very harsh alcohol is also noticeable in the aroma although as the beer warms to room temperature, this is less so. The flavors are in line, plenty of sweetness, grains, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, caramel all making for a hearty richness that is offset fairly well by the harshness of the beer, potent bitter hops and astringent alcohol that like the nose, fades well and becomes more balanced as the beer warms. The body is nice, nice carbonation that keeps it lively but still coats the mouth very well and finishes very smoothly with obvious alcohol warming.

Verdict: A nice strong barleywine from Nørrebro Bryghus, certainly works for the style. Perhaps it's a bit young, even at roughly 6 years old, but it's still uneven for sure and the balance of flavors could be better. I easily enjoyed sipping on this over the course of an evening.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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