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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Photo of mcallister
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Purchased a bottle of this at Green's, and after working 11 hours, I decided to pop this open. 2006 vintage. Pours a murky brown color with no head or lacing on the glass. Smell is very sweet with a lot of brown sugar in the nose. Taste is a mixture of toffee, sweet candies, brown sugar, raisins, and a touch of booze. Almost no carbonation in the mouth. High ABV makes this a little tough to drink. It's tasty and the ABV is fairly well masked. Good brew for a cold night.

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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 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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From ½ liter bottle - Pours a brownish/orange with a small head very low in carbonation. Strong smells fruits and malts. First sip is honey and fruity with a slight oxidation. Start sweet, finishes bitter and very well carbonated. Nice body - strong malty backbone.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 version, picked up a couple of bottles on my last beer.

A - nice mahogany color, light wisp of a head
S - dark ripe fruits, caramel, figs, sweet malts
T - heavy sweet malts, dark ripe fruits, caramel
M - full bodied, lightly carbonated, sweet lingering finish
D - sweet, heavy, warm sipping barleywine. Probably best if the bottle is split with a friend.

I was surprised to see this listed as an american barleywine, but hey 3 years and it's morphing into a whole new aspect. It's bottle conditioned so I'm looking forward to a few more years to tap the next one.

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Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks a million. Pours a red-brown liquid with yellow-brown head. Smells chocolate, fresh-water lake, clean alcohol. Toasty and biscuit malt. Caramel with searching.

Tastes toffee, caramel, mild chocolate. Minimal dark fruits. Aftertaste has layers of caramel amid an alcohols ting. Md-thick and creamy. Hangs on the tongue despite alcohol fighting to clear things away. Great sipper.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

20.3 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Vintage 2005.

Pours a very hazy, deep oak in color. No visible head whatsoever; unable to leave any lacing. On looks, it appears that this ale has gone flat.

Slick and sweet candied malt with lots of residual sugars. Aged, vinous fruit matured with a mellow alcohol character; plum, raisin. Rich milk chocolate; brown sugar and nutmeg.

Creamy chocolate, caramel, light molasses amidst a holiday spice: brown sugar, nutmeg. Alcohol-soaked vinous fruit: fig, raisin, plum. The port-like alcohol presence starts rather mellow, but becomes very cutting and gaseous and lasts well into the aftertaste.

Almost full bodied; despite my suspicions, this one isn't flat. It has a very smooth, mellow body with a slick feel in the finish due to the sharp alcohol.

A big, somewhat bulky barleywine. Bold flavors, just rough around the edges. One I would try again to ensure freshness, and I'll truly decide then.

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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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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewpub, RBESG. Fresh and aged versions. I liked the fresh one better, so my ratings are for that one. Comments aged version: Cloudy brown colour, decent head. Yeasty and strong wort aroma, smells kind of "unfinished / immature". (5/10) Flavour is worty sweet, again "unfinished / immature". (5/10) Not my favourite this one. Overall 11/20.
Comments fresh version:
Cloudy brown colour. Aroma is malty and "fresher" than the aged one, fruity elements. Some oaky notes too. Flavour is malty / worty sweet - too sweet. Still better than the aged one.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at Nørrebro Bryghus; served in snifter. Slightly hazy amber/brownish color; small head. Impressive, well-rounded aroma dominated by hops and alcohol; powerful, alcoholic taste with a long, warming, slightly burnt finish. Definitely a sipping beer. Served too cold.

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Little Korkny Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 86 ratings