Sunturnbrew | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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

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Photo of donactive
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, I bought it last September so it has about a year of age on it if not more than that. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like peated/smoked malt, band-aids, caramel, vanilla and some candied fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like peated/smoked malt, band-aids, wood, herbs, fruit, caramel and also a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, but I also like the taste of peaty/band-aid flavored beers and whiskys. I'd definitely buy this one again. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, nearly black, red amber. Extremely light carbonation visible, no real head, but sufficient carbonation on the tongue. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke and bit of medicinal esters. Sweet dark fruits, caramel, light smoke with a sweet, slightly hopped finish. Somewhat light bodied for a barley wine. A pleasant, somewhat sweet barley wine. I will age one of these.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Hey, the 'sun turned' not that long ago around here too, and its effect is, as usual, becoming slowly more noticeable. I do like the creepy Inuit with the old-school futuristic shades depicted on the label.

This beer pours a murky, dark reddish brown colour, with one finger of dense, and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves a solid, uninterrupted mesa profile of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of acrid smoked malt, fruity and medicinal at the same time, which is a bit of an assault to the ol' olfactory senses, lemme tell ya - so not much else could be perceptible beyond that. The taste is more of the same meaty smoke character, unfortunately, though thankfully blended into a heavy caramel/toffee malt, with some burnt (of course) field berries and singed (yes) bitter leafy hops grinning and bearing it all for our mutual displeasure.

The bubbles are probably as scared as I am, and do their best to show it by staying low and out of the way, the body rendering the first good news in terms of a decently hefty medium weight, and an inexplicably discordant overall smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, the struggling malt having its day in the face of the medicinal, band-aid-esque smokiness. All else is seemingly lost in the fray.

Jebus H. Christ! I was initially distracted by the folksy solstice info, so I didn't actually read the ingredients before jumping into this. Turns out there's nothing there that would indicate the palate-fuck one should expect here - should a brewer be obligated to indicate smoking the shit out of any of their malt-based inputs? Anyway, take a possibly agreeable big barleywine, toss in on the BBQ, and see what transpires, I guess. It does settle down about halfway through (yeah, I persevered), but maybe that's just a side-effect of the heretofore ignored 22-proof booze.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.72/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/7/12

A dark brown with a deep dark amber edge, thumbs width of dark tan head has decent retention and leaves a few rings of lace

S Oh Dear! I get burnt band aid, rubber, and salted berries, wasn't expecting smoked malt and this ones smells like they soaked the malt in chemicals before smoking it

T a little improvement over the smell but the band aid is still strong and I get a little juniper and smoked meat helping its cause but it needs more help then that, smokey peat lends a hand but I can't get over the adhesive, chemical thing it has going for it

M very thick and has perfect carbonation, no heat is quite impressive for 11%, in fact I get not booze anywhere with this one, quite sticky on the lips and if it weren't for the aftertaste I'd have something special in this department

O once I caught whiff of the burnt adhesive I just couldn't shake it, I don't dislike the salty peat but It's overwhelmed by lousy aspects of this beer, I'm impressed how well the the booze is hidden but I'd rather have boozy heat too be honest

I had very high hopes for this one after the gems I've had from this brewery. perhaps I got a bad bottle because its pretty rare I'm way below the average, either way I won't be buying any to see how they age

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Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dtx00
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Hanzo
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of smithmd4
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beergoot
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany red. Thin but persistent head, tannish, with clinging lacing on the glass.

Licorice and molasses, mixed with ripe, dark fruits (like figs and dates) announce the aroma. A gentle waft of alcohol presence blends nicely into the grain and hop character.

Taste and mouthfeel are big and complex. Rich and syrupy but with enough variety to suck you in to further exploration and appreciation. Intense malt and hop bitterness notes thrust and parry throughout the taste, bringing intense pleasure and surprise in every sip.

An enormous beer feast for the mouth. Not for the faint of heart, but will be a welcome find to lovers of the rich and favorable ales, especially those of the Northern European kind...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the Greenville Beer Exchange/American Grocery Beer vs. Wine Dinner! This beer was paired with a crispy pork belly, purple cape beans, spicy slaw in a ham hock broth. The wine it was facing off against was Kiralyudvar Tokaji Furmint Sec.

Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured a deep ruby red brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, smoked meat, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoked meat, smoke, earth, and earthy hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The smokiness in this one was definitely the star of the show. A lot of the subtle flavors of a good Barleywine were partial covered up due to this fact unfortunately. Granted the flavors that came out were quite nice and seemed to be fairly well balanced for me. A nice brew that I'm glad I finally got to try.

I voted for the wine pairing on this if I am honest. The general concensus was that the wine was better with this dish.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a rich but clear nut brown in color with a thin light beige head. The head reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots more smoke than I was expecting along with dark roasted malts and a slightly medicinal hint.

T: Very sweet and smokey - there is a subtle iodine/band-aid like flavor from the smoke. The beer's flavor becomes more medicinal as it warms.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A little too medicinal for my palate - I usually enjoy the iodine/band-aid hints from the smoke but this one is too intense, especially after the beer warms. There is something in the smoke that is a little different from peat but I cannot identify, though I really like whatever it is. Not sure this is one I'd get again.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin ring of white bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very strong aromas of smoke in the nose along with notes of band-aids.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but stronger and the iodine (band-aid) flavor is more apparent, which takes some getting accustomed to.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is not for the faint of heart. It shares a lot of similarities in the smokiness with a rauchbier but is stronger and fuller bodied.

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Photo of Jammer42
1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. My last Nøgne Ø barleywine was infected, but this one looks significantly safer.

Smell - Smoke dominates and perhaps overpowers a lot of other aromas. The malt is faint, but present, as a touch of caramel. Definitely has a band-aid aroma, but it isn't that intrusive.

Taste - Hops are much more prevalent in the taste than the smell. Smoke and hops at the start of the flavor, giving way to a more complex malt bill. Caramel, a touch of fruit to the taste, and just a hint of rye. The finish is slightly bitter and has that unpleasant band-aid flavor again.

Mouthfeel - Thick and mouth-coating. Nice weight. Medium carbonation. The problem is the astringency and band-aid flavor in the finish. It makes the lingering taste unpleasant.

Overall - A nice, smokey barleywine with an off-flavor that can't be ignored. Just the right amount of smoke, too, which is rare in a beer. Stupid band-aids.

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Photo of shanblur
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Freshness date obscured. A - Dark brown to black with little foam to speak of. S - Dark fruit with a good amount of smoke. Some booze smell as well. T - Similar to the smell with dark fruit and smoke with a lingering finish. M - Slick and oily with no carbonation present. A great smelling and tasting beer. Wish I had more. Definitely not easy to come by.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells smoky. Abundant smoke aroma and a medicinal band-aid smell. Fruity scent but it is mostly obscured by smoke.

Starts out a little sweet, but mostly smoky and a little salty. A little fruit shows up after you adapt to the smoke. Caramel and some fig flavors under the smoke. Moderate bitterness and some Nordic licorice flavor. Abundant chest and stomach warming from the alcohol. No way around it though, this is more Rauchbier than Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an interesting beer but more a Rauchbier than a Barleywine. Smoky as hell.

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