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Little Korkny Ale | Nørrebro Bryghus

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3.9/5
Very Good
85 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus
Denmark
noerrebrobryghus.dk

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ToolHead on 09-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,668
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
85
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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...

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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 Gonzoillini
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Little Korkny Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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