Sunturnbrew | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Smoked Beer

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 Kromes
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque dark brown with a finger width tan colored head that dies down quick to a thin line of bubbles. Looks very thick.

S: Strong aroma....Caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, figs and hop.

T: More of the same, sweet brown sugar, alcohol, figs, roasted malt, with a nice floral hop. The finish is dominated by an alcohol burn and smoky roasted coffee. It's almost like a smoky anise flavor in the finish. Very nice.

M: As expected it is heavy and thick, but may be a little too heavy. Low carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Nice and flavorful and well crafted.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown, only allowing a little light to come thru on the sides, with a 1/2 finger light brown head.

S - Smokey notes on the first sniff. Dark roast fruits on the 2nd sniff... actually almost has the slight smell of barbque. Interesting

T - Yeah, smokey and sweet when I first tasted this one. Now, more so than before, I stand by my barbque statement. It makes me think of a honey barbque flavor. I can faintly make out the plum, and raisin barleywine flavor in the background, but it's there. You just have to look for it.

M - Medium, syrupy mouthfeel. Slightly lacking in carbonation.

O - This is a very good, and unique barleywine. Strong, but alcohol is not present at all. Smokey, but not overpowering. Slightly syrupy in the tongue, but not so much that you can't keep drinking it. This barleywine has found a nice balance. I will be buying another one of these. Very good!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

served on tap at Churchkey in DC into a snifter.

A: dark brow with a bown head. Slight retention. Slight lacing.

S: smoke is not campfire but almost artificial. plastic? plastic is not a good term. more of a peat. really takes over the nose and blocks any sweetness or bitterness.

T: a bit of caramel sweetness quickly transitions into a rich smokiness. grainy. not an oak but more a darker wood. having rye and smoke and sweet all together is pretty unique. craving some more hops on this one.

M: medium carbonation on a full body.

D: hard to really put any specific classification on this beer. i wouldn't call it an american barleywine or a rauchbier. just a smokey sweet complex brew. overall, a cool beer and worth checking out.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky brown with a thin creamy head. The aroma is spicy and smokey. The taste smokey but not overwhelming. The smokeiness is good here because the flavor didn't become salty like some smoked beers do. I get some burnt spice in the background of this. This brew has a think mouthfeel like many Nøgne-Ø releases. It's an interesting brew.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey.

Has a very brown red body, if it wasn't so brown and red this could pass as a brandy or whiskey. Very small collar with no head that's present or staying.

What is that smell? What it's smoke almost as if from a peat fire. Big barrel notes and hints of scotch whiskey, slight pepper, even some sweet cola, bacon, malt, wow is this whiskey or is this beer? I am shocked, this has to be the the first beer I have ever smelled that smells like whiskey of ANY kind at all. A small toast malt hint but masked by all the whiskey like feeling.

Upon taste is a dense bacon, whiskey notes mostly of a strong but still soft feeling barrel tannic quality. Mouthfeel though is very numbing and a real sense of novocaine. That might be off putting for some but it's a minor thing that doesn't detract about how special and unique this beer is.

Man this is great I want more. This is truly whiskey beer on tap right here.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at redbones 3/27/2011

A - amber colored brew with a thin head that recedes quickly not indicative of whats to come at all.

S - chocolate coffee and a smokey haze with a bit of alcohol in the back. this is a bit more what i expected.

T - excellent smokiness with a great compliment of chocolate and sweetness. A bit of hops in the background. balances well overall as the smokiness gives way to the chocolate as you drink on.

M - thick thick thick which given how chocolaty this is works well. low carbonation also works well with the chocolate flavor.

O - i've had a few smoked beers which i've liked and enjoyed. this is classified as a barleywine which i get with the sweetness flavor but i guess anything smoked makes me think smoked beer. either way this is a very drinkable beer and i thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber / red mahogany. Very low head.

S - Smokey. Sherry, raisins.

T - Bourbon, birch smoke, and a hint of soft charcoal. Sweet prunes and dark, dense bread. It's just the right amount of smoke - perfectly balanced. A booze note warms the flavors throughout the profile.

M - Medium body. Big booze and sweetness slow you down a bit, but the flavors keep you coming back.

O - Amazing balance, with complex and endearing flavors. This is definitely emerging as a theme among the dozen or so Nogne O brews I've had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked is quite intense with light caramel malt and a touch of sweetness. Taste is quite interesting with some intense smoke which cuts through the sweet malt base. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with an interesting twist to the barleywine style.

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

Good barleywine with a hefty smoked side.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Front label with the portrait of a shaded man facing the light source. Includes a small paragraph noting the intent, ingredients, and main characteristics of the brew. Notes 26° Plato, 50 IBU, and 11% Alc. by Vol. Bottling or freshness date are blank. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark brown pour with a nice brown head, fair retention, surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Smoked notes, malt, caramel... Light peaty touch.

T - Taste follows the nose nicely with a range of smoked malts, some caramel and toffee. Fruity sense woven under the smoked current.

M - Medium/full body with soft carbonation, smooth feel with a dry boozy finish.

D - Good sipper, not outstanding but a nice smoked barleywine.

Notes: This is quite a worthy Nøgne. It does not quite make it to the barleywine that I would actively seek out currently but I'd be pleased to find it in my hand now and them.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Blazer06 over on ratebeer. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. The aroma has sweet malts, caramel chewiness, a bit of cherry and then moving toward smoke and a bit of band-aid. The taste begins with chewy thick sweet malts, smokiness and peat all coming together with semi smooth harmony. By midway the mild smokiness backs off to little more than a memory leaving tasty thick maltiness and a hint of dark fruit. Very cool interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting brew for me. Pours an acorn brown, but looks deeper and richer in a snifter glass. Head is 1/4 finger and minimal.

Aroma is a bit snappy. Some Band-aid in the background sort of surrounds the spices within; clove, grain (rye?) and some poppy. Malt essence seems smoked. Not sure what's going on here.

Bready, but dry flavors. Again, the snappy thing comes into play. Earthy and bready. Clove and some other spices...still I keep getting a Band-Aid glimpse. Although it works rather well, gives it a zing on the end.

Easy drinking for the abv. Seems like it has a lot of hops that give it a bite, but I don't think it's from that wonderful flower. Smokey a bit all the way through.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a chocolate brown in color with brownish yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely detect the smokey character on the nose wqith lots of sweet maltiness some caramel and spicey perpper notes.

T: the taste is also dominated by the smokey flavor with caramel, lots of malts, mild brown sugar, and dark fruit accents however there was a touch of hoppy bitterness of the backend.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a big smokey but malty, sweet, slight fruity, and oily finish.

D: I was digging how the smokiness added dimension to a barleywine beer and was tasty to my buds. Drank good and would like some more of this brew.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is awesome...flavors range from rye, sweet dark prunes, smoke, a hint of nuttiness, some woody flavors, molasses, a touch of wheat, tobacco, and only the slightest bit of bitterness, otherwise very sweet. Ruddy brown in color with tan head that leaves decent amounts of lace. Also some sediment floats around. A very unique barleywine with qualities of an old ale, barleywine, and a doppelbock all with smokey afternotes. I'm becoming more and more impressed with this brewery.

Taste score would have been a 5 but it got a bit cloying. Still great.

...I read a few reviews after reviewing and I have to agree with the comment about the band-aid flavors. Oddly enough, If I don't think about it I don't notice it, but when I do, there's definitely some band-aid there...strange that I don't mind a flavor that sounds so nasty.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at fork and barrel.

A- comes to me with a small cap of darkish tan head that settled rather quickly to leave a thin ring and a small amount of lace on the glass. Very dark brown in color but its super dark in here so it could be a bit lighter.

S- peat smoke out of the gates with a dark malts. Light candied fruits and a bit of bubble gum.

T- lots of roast and sweet. The smoke is less heavy in the taste but still plays its part. Some chocolate and brown sugar.

M- a bit above medium in body and a nice light slightly creamy carb. A bit of heat but it is to be expected.

D- all in all a interesting beer. That being said its way off style. I liked it but if ya had called it something else it would have gotten a bit higher score.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nogne Sunturnbrew - Grimstad, Norway - 11% abv
16.9 oz dark brown bottle. A place for "Best fore" date but not stamped on label. Batch # 474.
It pours a spent motor oil black with a thin beige head and some splotchy lacing.
Smells of rum-soaked prunes and an odd whiff of camphor on a Band-Aid are released upon first pour. Smells of fresh rye bread, molasses, citrus peels and mixed fruit follow.
This huge-bodied sweet beast is certainly boozy! A big hit of Kahlua hit home beat feet fast. Caramel candy and bread pudding comes to mind as does honey and Vicks Cough Syrup. A medicinal taste of camphor and Band-Aids takes me down a road best forgotten, but it's not altogether unpleasant.
It's a bit on the thick side, so the drinkability factor comes down a notch.
Brie and crackers would go well with this.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, black highlighted, rich brown chestnut murk of solidness. A few scrappy bubbles and a thin beige foam laps at the top with a simple oozing off to a thin ring and lots of oily spotted lacing and few thin inky strings.

Aroma is deep and peaty with a tilt towards some molasses, dark caramel, cinnamon roll dough, and earthy smoke that leans a bit meaty/bacon-like. Deep earthy brandy-like warmth trails behind each wiff. Very J.W.-esque.

Taste encapsulates all sorts of dark malty gooey stuff. Molasses, dark caramel, smokey peat ascents and tobacco both escape then reapply into a mold of heavy toned malty things that lingers with a bit of super heavy dates and heavier raisin. A feathery touch to cinnamon and vanilla are minced into the warming belly of its beastly malt body as it chews, coats, and sinks its way into a long finish of malt girth. Yum!

Body is almost full with a incredibly nice play of give and take of both chewyness and warmth as it softens and lightens just a nudge for it to maintain one super fine tone of lush smoothness in malt. The boozish, malty warmth is subtle and not over played at all, it fits right in with the flavors and blanketed tone of ubiquitous maltyness.

Ahhh, I enjoy the fact of this is Norwegian, since that part of my hertiage shows up physically more than most of the others. Well, that and the Irish side. Drinking this makes me think I'm joining someone in the homeland of Norway on a cold December night, much like tonight. Where a bedside lover might not be as warm and giving as this wonderment of malty yummyness. So Sunturnbrew takes her place by my side. Is that so wrong? Well...Unless she's cheaper then $11.29...

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Photo of SanderR
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown with in the beginning with beige foam that disappears. Very viscous.

s: smoke, caramel, hops and some rye. some alcohol in the background. As sson as I opened the bottle the smell of this beer spread out through the room.

t: Smokey and malts. Soon after that comes citrusy hops. Less smoke taste than smell.

m: not too much carbonation as expected. Sticky and thick. Warming alcohol.

d: well... Quite heavy. I chose to drink this exactly a year after brewing date in order to celebrate the sun turn, and boy was it enjoyable this cold (- 20 degrees celsius /-4 fahrenheit!) and dark evening!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep copperish color with good carbonation and a small white head. Looked pretty bad, low on carbonation

S: Lots of smoke, caramel

T: Starts out with huge smoke, smoked meat, caramel

M: Sordove flay, smokey, booze

D: Good. Tasty and different

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep Mahogany colour with an off white very creamy head that retains well. A very viscous brew.

S - Plenty of caramel and hops and some rye. Figs and dark fruit also present.

T - Caramel and toffee. At the finish it has some dark fruits before finishing with some smokey notes and nice boozey warmth.

M - Full bodied with low carbonartion, extremely smooth and so viscous that it is almost chewwy.

D - This is a top Barley Winethat is very impressive. Probably my favourite Nogne brew to date.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was delighted to see this on the shelves after a trade involving it fizzled out.

A: Body is an almost opaque, quite unremarkable murky brown. A manila-colored head of one to two fingers does hang around for several minutes until my first sip, and leaves good lacing. A rather pretty ring from when the head first adorned the body has dried on the glass I'm sipping from.

S: I mainly get what I'd have to call a juicy combination of hops and malts. The malts are more dominant, but there are some citrus hop notes. I also get some sherry notes, perhaps from oxidation? As I type the review, I can smell the beer fairly well, though it is a foot or two away.

T: I'm not doing a very good job figuring out how to describe this. It's a mixture of citrusy and dark fruits that meld together quite well, with a sweet, malty backbone. There is no bitterness. I frankly don't get that much smokiness except at the very end and the aftertaste.

M: Medium heaviness, not too much carbonation, but hey, it's a barleywine.

D: Barely taste any alcohol, and the flavors are full but not too cloying or heavy. It did start to wear at me a bit towards the end.

I would say this leans more towards an English-style barleywine, and is perhaps listed as American because of the non-traditional ingredients used, and not because of the overall flavor profile. It was definitely not as smoky as the Corps Mort I had earlier this year.

Probably best shared with someone else, but a good beer that I'm glad I tried, and hope to have every so often in the future. As a huge fan of English-style barleywines and not so much the American, I approve of and enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of baggio
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Ruby red with a wee, beige, head.

S: Caramel, Smoke, Berries, Brown sugar.

T: Smoked meat, Dark Caramel, Rye bread, Hint of berries and leather.

M: Smoke is present but dominating this brew that has a solid malt backbone. Feels balanced. Low carbonation.

This went down really easily with some smooked cheese. A really pleasant smoked barleywine where the smoke doesn't take up to much space.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nogne Sunturnbrew out of a 0.5-liter bottle and into a Sierra Nevada snifter. Bottle bought at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, a five-buck special (original price was twenty dollars)!!

If this is brewed every solstice as BA says, then this bottle was bottled last December 2009.

Appearance: pour is very thick and noisy, sounds like a glorious cumfart. Color is black like a human-rights campaign in South Africa circa 1985, with a slight brown edge as you look closer (and closer). As it stands in the glass, the beer appears actually like a prune-juice enema freshly splattered all over the kitchen floor. Very carbonated white-brownish head, about one-finger thick. The faintest lacing and retention. Looks sadly thin after a beautiful pour.

Smell: Smoke. Smoke. Smoke. Aromas of chocolate bacon and booze. Some old grapes and musty raisins.

Taste: The smoke takes over right away. This is like being in a village somewhere in Scandinavia, drinking with a local fisherman while he is smoking some freshly-caught salmon or herring. You can taste the fresh logs of high-quality wood burning right next to your cup of Sunturnbrew. A very subtle and pleasant hoppy bitterness at the end of the sip, accompanied by dryness and a final sweetness that coats the mouth. This is the best part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin feel upfront, a tad watery. Very low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Some after-sip stickiness that lingers in the mouth. Less than exciting, but much better as it warms up. I would almost drink this at room temperature. A skinny, skinny feel for a brew that clocks in at 11%.

Drinkability: Pretty high considering the ABV, but not a great pleasure to drink. It needs carbonation, some more flavor and body and a kick in the ass. Maybe a bad bottle/batch and that is why it was so heavily discounted?

Taste is almost excellent, the rest... not so good. Is this a barleywine? I would call it a smoked porter... maybe a smoked stout. Not a barleywine. But a good ber nonetheless. Very American, by the way, despite being labeled a "Norwegian ale".

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"While most people think differently, Norwegians are convinced that the sun turns and actually changes direction on every December 21st."


Dark chestnut brown that is really lucent black cherry when backlit with overcast morning sky. The upper two inches of the snifter is filled with a tidy crown of ecru hued foam that persists and looks damn good while doing so. A barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking suggested that that might not be the case.

This bottle is probably from December '09, so the lack of aggressive hops isn't surprising. Smoke is definitely appreciated (while far from overwhelming), and the earthiness of rye malt is noted as well. If it's bold enough, this should be tasty ale.

Nogne does it yet again. Sunturnbrew is a classic wintertime ale that delivers much more interesting flavor from the malt side of the equation than almost any barleywine you'd care to name. The perfectly proportioned use of smoked malt and rye malt was a masterstroke. And the hops haven't been completely overlooked either.

This big brew is growing on me with each passing ounce, mostly because the flavor profile is becoming deeper, wider and most intense. Specifics include pumpernickel toast, raisins soaked in Sambuca (anise liqueur), bitter black tea leaves, and a lovely infusion of sweet smoke.

A gentle (and pleasant) warming of tongue and belly is the only evidence of the 11.0% ABV. The mouthfeel started out good and has become great over time. It straddles the fine line between too big and not big enough in expert fashion. What a lush and lightly chewy treat this is.

Sunturnbrew is fantastic beer from Norway's best brewery. It's a classic (and hugely drinkable) winter ale that puts a delicious smoky spin on the barleywine style. $10 is a little steep for 500 ml of beer, but as I sit here looking forward to the final half of the bottle, it's easily worth that price. Recommended without reservation.

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Photo of Xul
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, translucent mahogany, capped by a thin layer of pale beige foam that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a ring of lacing around the beer.

S: Caramel malts up front bu the complexity picks up quickly as the smokey notes come in quickly, without overwhelming everything else. The rye is evident, providing some spice, while dark fruits - raisins and figs predominantly - lurk in the background.

T: Caramel and toffee up front with smoke and charred wood, as well as some light spice. Dark fruits come in on the mid-palate with big a big plum character, along with some some raisins. Finishes with some light smoke and a hint of acrid bitterness, layered on top of caramel and dark cherries.

M: Full bodied with low, velvety carbonation...perfectly smooth and chewy.

D: A definite sipper, but a great take on a barleywine...the smoke character almost takes it into old ale territory, but regardless of style guidelines, this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting


appearance: served in a small chalice, dark mahogany with garnet hue, light mocha head

smell: very smoky, wood, dark chocolate and espresso, rich roasted malts

taste: very smoky - wood, liquid smoke, bacon. Rich roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, leafy green hop, dark fruits, alcohol. hard to see this as a barleywine, but another interesting beer for nogne regardless

mouthfeel: rich, roasty and smoky, chewy

drinkability: ok

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Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 244 ratings