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Sunturnbrew | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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,

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,420
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
243
pDev:
16.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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16
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Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

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Photo of rypkr
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.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of yancot
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
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!

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of burly_enzymes
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
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.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
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

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Photo of CharlesK
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JackieKu
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.

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