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Little Korkny Ale (Cognac Barrel) | Nørrebro Bryghus

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Little Korkny Ale (Cognac Barrel)Little Korkny Ale (Cognac Barrel)
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Little Korkny Ale (Cognac Barrel)Little Korkny Ale (Cognac Barrel)

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks, Jason! Bottle poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky brown/red color, cream-colored head, thin ring, no lace, no cap.

S - Dark fruit, smooth booze, caramel, burnt sugars, oak. Very rich, sweet, and decadent. The booze has smoothed out to the point of little to no hot alcohol notes. Excellent stuff.

T - Very dessert-like. Rich dark fruity notes, smooth cognac booze, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, some chocolate. Again, just excellent stuff that makes a wonderful sipper. The 12% is basically nonexistent...drinking perfectly now.

M - Medium to full, light carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

O - Yet another excellent Korkny variant from Shaun E.! These beers are probably the most under-the-radar and impressive barley wines ever to come out of Europe. A must-try.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Pours with minimal foam that settles to a thin collar. Murky, turbid dark brown body. Looks like I got the bottom of the barrel here.

S - Oak, cognac, brown sugar, vanilla, candi sugar, and dark fruits. Even with all the sweetness, it never verges on cloying, and the distinct cognac aroma melds exceptionally well with the base beer. Alcohol is exceptionally well hidden and there's minimal oxidation at the two year mark.

T - Taste is equally delicious, with a fantastic blend of maple, brown sugar, figs, dark fruits, vanilla, and cognac. There are a ton of discrete flavors present, but they all mange to be perceptible and never come across as jumbled or busy. No trace of the 12%.

M - Minimal carbonation, full-bodied, with a smooth, creamy, texture. Again, only the slightest alcohol warmth when the beer reaches room temperature.

D - Absolutely superb stuff, and on par with the best. Probably my favorite of the Korknys and well worth seeking out. Shaun - when are you going to brew a barleywine at Hill Farmstead?

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear darker ruby red body. Basically no head. Little off white bubbles collecting on the sides of the glass.

Very sweet caramel, raisin, toffee aroma. Raisins come forward the most. Some glazed dark fruits (think plums).

Toffee and alcohol heat on the first sip. The toffee-like Cognac blends very well into the sweetness of the beer, specifically that intense raisiny malt flavor. Not overly sweet for a barley wine but it's on the higher side. Very little to no carbonation. The heat cuts through it on your palate so it doesn't get cloying on the finish. Damn, this was good. Would've loved to have this with less age on it.

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4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

7/25/2011 - Review #1200

375ml bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead glass. I've been wanting to try the cognac barrel treatment of Little Korkny ever since I had the amazing Nieport barrel version.

A: The beer appears a deep crimson tinged brown with a small beige head and some transparency near the edges when held to the light. A swirl of the glass brings the liquid up the sides, leaving a crystal collar which gives way to a slow cascade.

S: Like the Nieport version, the aroma of the Cognac Little Korkny opens up with sweet dark fruits: grape, plum, raisin, and prune. Oxidation has been very kind to the beer, marking it with aspects of sherry and fruit cake. No cardboard or off oxidation notes can be found. Brown sugar is illustrious alongside the cognac influence. Date melds with fig and a marriage of toffee and caramel. Vanilla compliments all. Oak is there but faint, and alcohol is very, very tame. This is an aged beer at its finest.

T: The flavor opens lightly bitter, with a pervasive brown sugar presence that accompanies toffee, plum, grape, date, and raisin. There's a faint chocolate presence. Toffee blends with oak and fig. Sherry notes are evident, as well as a pleasant level of soy sauce which lends a welcome umami characteristic to the complex flavor. Leather is faint, and alcohol is soft and warming. The finish is smooth, rich, and lightly tannic, with lingering dark fruit and toffee.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, with a higher level of low carbonation and an upper medium body. Alcohol provides warming.

Overall: I didn't have the opportunity to try this fresh, but it is exceptional aged. Highly recommended.

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4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky dark amber, opaque in the center with dark brown edges. A small off-white head that settles fast. Basically no lacings.

S: Very intense with heavy malty aromas, leather, toffee and abundant boozy fruit aromas (mostly cherries and grapes) and raisins. Vanilla. Prominent alcohol fumes. The smell is not perfect, far from it. But it's very impressive, and if the alcohol would have been more restrained, it would have been really good.

T: The taste is way better than the smell, and even more intense. It's very sweet with fat malty flavors. Caramel. Wonderful notes of wood and vanilla. Rich vinous and boozy fruity cognac character. Notes of toffee, leather and raisins. The finish is mildly bitter and packed with hot alcohol. Notes of caramel and cognac in the end.

M: Full body, low carbonation. Very smooth, sticky and heavy.

D: Very good. Rich and creamy. It's very heavy in character and definitely a sipper - it almost drinks like a fine cognac.

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4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with BA Rojo.

A: Deep, deep, brown with a wee head that disappears rather quickly.

S: Oak, Ripe fruit, Plum, Raisin, Alcohol.

T: Caramel, Cognac, Vanilla, Hint of pepper, Ripe fruit.

M: Very filling and winelike in character. Carbonation is quite low but perfect for this sipping-beer. Very balanced brew. Vinious.

A great barrel-aged barleywine that was perfect for sipping at late at night. One of the better beers i've had in a long time.

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Little Korkny Ale (Cognac Barrel) from Nørrebro Bryghus
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 14 ratings