Sunturnbrew
Nøgne Ø

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From:
Nøgne Ø
 
Norway
Style:
Smoked Beer
Ranked #32
ABV:
11%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,538
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 16.01%
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
116
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 04, 2022
Added:
Jan 12, 2009
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  20
SCORE
86
Very Good
SunturnbrewSunturnbrew
Notes: Brewed at the solstice each year since 2008.

This smoked barely wine is brewed with 30% smoked malt and 20% rye.

26° Plato, 50 IBU,
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
April 2009: 500 ml bottle, batch #400, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11%, 26 P, 50 IBU. Very dark brown colour, nearly black, with a moderate but lasting tan head. Aroma of salt water, tar, smoke and some coffee. Full and rich mouthfeel. Excellent flavour, lots of chewy malty sweetness, roasted notes, coffee, tar, some liquorice, pine needles, salty finish, noticeable hops with just the right bitterness. Very well balanced. Another great achievement from Nøgne Ø.
Oct 04, 2022
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Reviewed by te99912_123 from Switzerland

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
batch 23/11/2021
In regard to another older review: it says now clearly on the label of the bottle that it's a peat smoked barleywine, so this fact cannot be missed. However, the idea of a smoked barleywine seems indeed odd to me.

Appearance: Black, small lacing, almost no foam.
Sweet aroma of liquorice and vanilla.
Slightly higher viscosity.
Tastes sweet, with flavors of peat and vanilla. Similarities to Islay's typical peaty whiskeys, though in beer-form and much sweeter.

Haven't had a bad one from this brewery yet, and this one is no exception.
Oct 04, 2022
 
Rated: 2.87 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

May 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Nov 29, 2020
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Reviewed by cozmo from New York

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Had I known this was a smoked barleywine I wouldn'thave bought it. Personally I think its a sin to smoke a barleywine. Maybe Nogne O should mention that its a smoked beer on the label! Having said that. Overall its not a bad beer. I think it would be much better if it wasn't smoked. The smoke flavor bacically ruins what I think would have been a really good barleywine.
Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle with a best by 12/01/22 date, into the test glass.
A - Murky dark copper color, solid carbonation yields a solid off white cap. Lacing id spotty during the experience
S - Smoked malts, toffee, cinnamon, some tobacco, sweet brown sugar.
T - Follows the nose well, add some toffee, fig and smoked ham
M - Slick at 11% but not to sweet, the carbonation moves things along. Pleasant dry finish, with a maple candy linger.
O - A very enjoyable, yet challenging offering, if you dont like smoked malts then skip this. For me this is the total package, Barleywine traits and a Norwegian smoked Ale.
Nov 30, 2019
 
Rated: 2.72 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Aug 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jun 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by shelby415 from Oregon

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Pours a brown color. The head is less than 1 finger, and tan. What head is there isn't long lasting.
The nose is really nice. I am a fan of smoke flavors in beer, and this has it. Nice mellow, almost sweet smoke aroma. Quite pleasing.
Taste - There's a sweetness up front, that turns on the backside into the smoke. That being said, I also get a medicinal flavor mixed into this, that isn't pleasing. It reminds me a bit of cough syrup. That really ruins the flavor to me.
The body is ok, Maybe a bit light for the ABV.
It started out so good, but the flavor just kills it for me. If it didn't have that cough syrup flavor, it would be a much better beer.
Dec 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 07, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
a fascinating smoked barleywine, 2010 edition holding up really well. this has an almost peaty character to it, intense smoked elements in play, spiciness from the rye, and still some residual sugar, very robust but well mellowed over time. faint oxidation in the nose, but it works in these styles, and with the smoke and the sweet, its just another facet of this complex brew. it is still a bit boozy, and it has not nearly as much body as some of these do, perhaps broken down over time, so it feels a little exposed to me both in smell and taste, but there is a smoothness here too, a richness even if its not real heavy. i get maple and brown sugar, campfire smoke, peaty scotch, and a raisin fruitiness to finish. a little astringent, a little acrid from the smoke. strong and delicious, the kind of beer that i think extended aging really favors. these guys do some fabulously interesting strong ales, and while this one isnt as weird or challenging as a lot of them, i really appreciated the opportunity to drink on one thats this mature. i continue to love these guys and seek out their beers!
Dec 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Looks thick and oily. One of the frothier heads I've seen on a beer.

Smells peaty like a islay single malt, hardly getting much else.

Tastes smokey, charred, peaty, bitter. This tastes like laphroig brewed a beer.

Mouh feel is stupid creamy. It's an overused descriptor but this beer embodies it in feel.

Overall I bought this because I love smoked beers. A barleywine seeker might not appreciate it quite the same but overall I'm enjoying this slow sipper very much.
Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 1.5 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

Mar 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
2012 vintage, consumed in 2016. This beer pours a deep clear ruby amber with a small head. The aroma features prunes, licoruice, acetone, smoke, and iodine. The flavor is lighter than may be expected - with raisn, prune, dried cherry, peaty smoke, and iodine - it is sort of a stout meats a barleywine. I am not sure if the iodiney flavors are a product of bad aging, but I believe this has been refrigerated since at the retail shop. The mouthfeel is fullish, with creamy carbonation. Overall I had a hard time getting past the iodine and smoke - flavors I love in Scoch, but that seemed like off bedfellows in this beer.
Jan 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by leitmotif from Romania

Dec 10, 2016
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark brown with a copper tinge. Topped with 2 fingers of beige, foamy head.

Smells of creme brulee, syrup, brown rice syrup, and a hint of smoke, and bbq sauce. Slightly rusty.

Tastes very sweet with hints of bbq sauce all the way, and dark, toasted, slightly burnt notes. Charred bitterness in the aftertaste.

Moderate, slightly thin body, moderate, streamy carbonation.

My brother gave me this one for in New Hamburg, ON, Canada in 2014. It was cellared in my cupboard from the cottage these last 2 years there, as I had no luggage space. This time, it made the trip to Asia, where I am now enjoying it by the Christmas tree in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Its December 10th, 2016.
Dec 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark mahogany color with just a bit of tan foam. Aroma has some smoked malt and burnt milk. Taste starts with sweet malt, some roasted/smoked notes, more bitter and hoppy on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Quite complex flavors, alcohol is hidden well but it's not something I enjoyed too much.
Dec 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by deac83 from Texas

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by samEBC from Belgium

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Jul 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by SirDirtJoe from Mexico

Jun 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by SomethingClever from Ohio

Jun 08, 2016
 
Rated: 2.4 by rderedin from Maine

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Anatole from Belgium

Apr 15, 2016
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Served in a tulip glass straight from the bottle.

Appearance Deep dark Amber color with light to medium bubbles on the body creating a real subtle head coming an off-white color rising to maybe one quarter of an inch.

Smell: Sweet toffee, barley and sweet yeast scent. Superb, just wish it was stickier to the nostrils.

Taste: Sweet toffee with alcohol notes resembling a Malbec that was sitting in a whiskey barrel. Barley is evident and so are the malts, complex brew which crushes the palate.

Mouth: Sticky, light to medium carbonation with sweet notes at the end.

Overall: Very good brew, can definitely ride at the top of the food chain with most of the top barleywines on the market. That's from me to you. Salud!
Mar 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.38 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Mar 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Mar 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by BeerzMcKenzie from Ohio

Feb 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by burly_enzymes from Connecticut

Feb 18, 2016
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Reviewed by doktorhops from Australia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This will, appropriately/sadly, be my last beer review for a while - reviewing beers seems to have added a solid inch or two to my waistline over the last five years and I plan to work hard to get those inches back. In the meantime I will still be posting old reviews on this blog regardless. So Nøgne Ø Sunturnbrew is a heavy hitter 11% ABV smoked Barleywine from the venerable Norwegian brewer, it is fitting that I go out with a bang, and here it is.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark chocolate brown body with a firm packed half centimetre tan head. Appears as formidable as any big beer. The head soon reduces to a lace ring as high ABV brews usually do, still tasty I say. 8/10.

S: I like my smoked beers as geräuchert (German for ‘smoked’) as they can get and this Sunturnbrew throws down a real peaty gauntlet, bravo! Behind the veil of spruce campfire smoke is a thin veneer of sweet toffee malts and dark fruits (plum mostly). There may also be a hint of pepper spice in the background from the rye, it’s hard to tell with this much smoke... mmm, rauchy. 8/10.

T: Quite syrupy, but we’ll get to that in a second, flavour is quite peaty and spruce-like with some mid-palate toffee/plum sweetness and a bitter herb liqueur finish: More Pelinkovac - a Croatian/Serbian bitter herb liqueur - than Jägermeister (which is much sweeter). Aftertaste is lingering smoke and slight herbal bitterness. The flavour is bold and uncompromising, as expected. 8/10.

M: Now to the body which is a heavy very sticky and viscous sensation... possibly the most gooey brew I’ve imbibed, which you would think is a good thing but it really detracts on the palate IMO. There is too sticky and this beer is it. Apart from that a light/almost flat carbonation rounds it out. 6/10.

D: I love single malt Islay whiskies (Ardbeg being my perennial favourite) so theoretically I should love Sunturnbrew, but it’s too much viscosity and a tad too much bitterness towards the finish that distracts the scotch drinker in me and reminds me this is in fact a beer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that [not at all!] however I really wanted to get a better balance from this brew (without needing a good tongue scraping afterwards). 7/10.

Food match: Smoked meats obviously. Salmon, herring or venison if you want to go the whole Norwegian hog... hog would work as well.
Jan 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.07 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Jan 22, 2016
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Chestnut with tan film than fades. 4
Wood fire nose. 3.75
Thread of toffee, giant phenols, some peach, cranberry, slight fish (sez Suzanne) and golden syrup. 3.5
Maple fudge ending and cutting phenol end.
Medium, a bit hot, round. 3.75

OK, the phenols are out of control. And rye plus smoke is dangerous. And the aroma hops are gone after two years. But besides all that, it’s OK. IBUs could be higher for a barleywine, but there are sweet malts - once the smoke clears. 3.75
Dec 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.53 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2015
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Reviewed by JackieKu from Taiwan

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
500ml bottle.

A: Hazy dark brown. Poured with small amount of foam.
S: Raisins and dried longan. Sweet notes. All mixed with smokey backend.
T: Dried longon. Pretty sweet. Moderate smokey. Finish is drying.
M: Full bodied.
O: Flavorful smoke beer, but I'd prefer it dryer.
Oct 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Jul 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4.05 by HopBelT from Belgium

May 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by -DF- from Russian Federation

Apr 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by MSandahl23 from Indiana

Mar 23, 2015
Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 254 ratings