Little Korkny Ale | Nørrebro Bryghus

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Little Korkny AleLittle Korkny Ale

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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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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Stunner97
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- a nice dark brown, with a very nice white head off the pour

Smell- beautiful smell where the hops and malt dance along your nose in perfect harmony

Taste- beautifully rich and complex barley wine, very sugary and sweet yet has a decent little kick of hops just to keep the sugar in check a touch, very long enjoyable finish, great balance and great great flavor

Mouthfeel- rich thick and syrupy, very nice texture

Drinkability- Incredible drinkable, a definite certain sipper,and at the ob surd price of 25 plus dollars a bottle you better savior it over nice period of time, great balance and enjoyable complexity, the aging of almost 3 years as its a 2006 give it extra richness and great balance, remincant of a good port this is a great treat, and worth a shot if you love barely wines and dont mind the 25 bucks for single bottle

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Photo of CWhite
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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).

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle pours clear deep ruby like amber with thin tan head. The aroma is smooth aged muted dark fruitiness with cherries, ripe plums, prunes, caramel and sugar coated stewed raisins that really build up with a big draw. The taste is just as smooth as the nose bringing up rich yummy goodness like ripe cherries, ripe aged mashed plums, stewed raisins, dates and figs all covered with a thin layer of caramel. It gets a bit hot into the finish. Wow, this is one tasty brew. I can see drinking some of this on a regular basis.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a weird sized 600ml bottle picked up because it went on clearance. it was originally something obscene like 26$, but went on sale for 8$. drank from my new belgium globe glass. the bottle reads 12.0% abv. 2006 vintage.

A- this one pours out a beautiful translucent deep ruby red colored body with a half finger of khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- very sweet smelling, as expected. lots of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. cherries, plums, figs, and raisins. a touch of alcohol. the hops either have faded away completely, or this is really an english style barleywine.

T- the taste is equally sweet tasting as i could smell. rich and malty. lots of toffee, fruits, and caramel. i pick up on cherries, plums, raisins, and a hint of fig. the alcohol is very well subdued for something this large.

M- full bodied and syrupy. a low level of carbonation really works in this one. moderate warming from the alcohol. palate coating.

D- this was really a joy to drink. i wish i would have picked up the rest of the bunch at that clearance price. i dont think id pay 26$ for another one, but ill always be on the look out. more people should try this one if they havnt already. the drinkability suffers a bit because of the large bottle size. more than one would be a terrible idea.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06 purchased from Liquid Solutions. Pours a very murky, muddy copper and amber in color, a small butter colored head, quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma is some nice fruity notes mingling with some caramel sweetness and some good breadiness as well. Hints of prunes, but also some nice plum, strawberry and cherry sweetness. Taste follows with a good dose of caramel sweetness riding atop a strong breadiness with a bit of a zing. Some berry fruitiness here as well, but much more subdued then the aroma. Here the caramel and bread notes shine. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat sugary, creamy, low levels of carbonation, some alcohol bite in the finish, but very well balanced for the size of the beer. An absolutely oustanding barleywine imo, somewhat sweet and dessert like, but excellent. Aged very well and could easily go for another ten and thin out some. Unfortunately I bought only two, may have to search around for some more of this one. Delicious.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Crosling
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.25%. Draught at Nørrebro Brewhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. Very hoppy, pure, raw and young, but with a tremendous aged malt character as well. This is a very good Stone Old Guardian-type barley wine. Sweet and delicious, strong and unique. Top marks.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of froghop
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2006

pours a cloudy deep dark brown with an orange tint, small khaki head that leave quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of caramel, walnuts, dark fruit and molasses.

taste is creamy, caramel, fruit, touch of spice, malt, and some hops, a chewy ending that is a little bitter.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 kwjd
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just came into Ontario as part of a brewery feature at our government Control Board. Pours a murky brown colour with hints of amber. Very little head, which dissipates to nothing quickly with no lacing. Smells of brown sugar, raisin, mild hops and molasses. Very sweet flavour, this is almost syrup. Mouthfeel is fairly syupy too. Certainly an interesting barleywine and would gladly have another if it was bought for me, but I won't pay $20 for a second bottle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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 peensteen
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Little Korkny Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
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