alex_leit (5540) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 18, 2017
Bottle. Dark amber color. Mighty aroma: barrel, caramel, wine, vanilla, a little smoke. Taste: oak, vanilla, sweet, wine, bitter, very good. TrefwoordPunk (1340) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2017
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a dark brown with a tiny to small and fading beige head and an aroma of smoked herring, toffee, roasted malts, wood, cocoa, peat, dried plums, figs, bourbon and raisins. The taste is medium to heavy sweet with a full body, soft carbonation and a smokey finish. Very nice!
Vighals (4652) - SÃ¸rumsand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2017
Svart med lavt beige skum. Lukter roser, lakris mellom salt og salmiakk, gummi, dadler og noe kaffe. Fyldig og samtidig rund, salt lakris, mørk sjokolade, tørket frukt, svisker, dadler, blomster og noe kaffe. Oljete. arsol (1347) - NORWAY - JUN 10, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2017 Svart farge med tynt, tynt beige skum. Lakris, kaffe, sjokolade og litt parfyme. Meget fyldig, oljete i munnfølelse. Smaker mye av salt lakris. Kjenner først i ettersmaken at det er en øl på 11 prosent. Faktisk ganske mild i smak. Dette er en meget god øl. Alengrin (6086) - BELGIUM - APR 29, 2017
Smoked rye wine (anything goes these days) aged on oak barrels, bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Thin but stable, pale greyish beige head lacing in disparate ’dots’ and settling into a thin moussy rim and some foamy patches in the middle, over a hazy, very dark chestnut brown beer with reddish burgundy hue, still fully translucent under bright light. Rich, ’old’ and fascinating ’hybrid’ aroma of roasted chestnuts, moist peat, caramel, very old sweet sherry (oxidized), dried plums, candied fig, lots of soaking wet oak wood including vague vanilla-ish tannins and a lot of ’palpable old furniture’, blue grapes, maple syrup, old red wine, dark honey, wood glue or even varnish, soggy ’grey’ rye bread indeed, hints of elderberries, beef stock, peated whisky, roast beef, madera, blood, dried bell peppers, old cumin seed. Sweet onset, lots of residual sugars, candied figs, marmelade touch, raisins, some pear, surrounded by a balancing blackcurrant-like sourishness and a ’dry’ meaty umami touch; softish carbo, smooth and slick, resinous, bit glueish mouthfeel. Toffeeish malt sweet body with deeply nutty character, toasted edges in the end, but clearly partially oxidized, with eventually a retronasal effect not unlike very old dry sherry or dito madera - the ’age’ of the basic beer shines through in the most elegant way possible, avoiding any ’rusty’ or otherwise disturbing oxidation. Finishes in ongoing maltiness, sweet and even slightly honeyish with bittering toasted edges, adding a lot of complexity: a ton of almost furniture-like but supply ’fresh’, wet oak tannins (with drying effect), earthy, deeply situated but still peppery hop bitter touch structurally working very well, earthy yeast notes with mild spicy effects and the expected ’afterglow’ of rum-like alcohol. The residual sugary sweetness from the onset gets the last word - this beer ends where it began, but through a most beautiful ride of depth, ’sagesse’ and complexity. Smokiness lies on top of it all - but not in the sense of smoked meat-like malts, rather the new ’peated’ effect whisky barrel-ageing can cause, yet without descending into unpleasant chemical iodine-like dominance, though a certain ’varnish’-like effect likely linked to this peated factor does linger in the very end. Peated, sweet, rich, boozy and partially maderized (as in: aged in its most gracious way), this beer boosts complexity in a beautiful way, with all components cleverly matched against each other. World class for sure, Nogne did it again, a true gem and necessarily a slow, ’contemplative’ sipper aptly qualifying as a ’dark barleywine’ with strong old, aged quadrupel-ish features - should have saved this for a gloomy winter evening rather than a bright and gentle spring afternoon!
MarcoDL (5579) - NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2017
UPDATED: APR 19, 2017 Bottle. Dark brown pour. Aroma has red fruit, boozy oak, smoke, subtle peat and ripe fruit. Taste has peaty smoke, red fruit, booze, oak, ripe fruit, whiskey, sticky caramel toffee and a boozy smokey finish, followed with a more sweet fruity smooth whiskey finish once it warmed up a little. Very tasty. gunnar (10078) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 14, 2017
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Batch 1326/842. Pours almost pitch black with a big creamy beige head. Tarish malt aroma, weak smoke. Taste is smooth tarish malts, good integrated weak smoke, lots of rich dark malts, creamy mouthfeel , full bodied, very good overall. mjs (7884) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2017
(Bottle, 0.33 l - batch #1326/842 - bottled on 01.06.16, at Pikkulintu, 20170322) The beer poured black. Its head was small and nearly white. Aroma had burnt malts, peat, whisky, wood and vanilla. Palate was full bodied and rather dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, whisky, wood, peat, black bread, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste had burnt malts, whisky and bitterness. A decent brew with whisky notes but didn’t improve the Sunturnbrew. rikstar (2605) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2017
Zwart met een bruine kraag. Rook, drop, soja en eiken bijzondere combi wel mooi vol langeveld12 (607) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2017
This beer truly is a blend of styles. There’s smoke and caramel sweetness from the smoked barley wine sunturnbrew. There’s oak and vanilla from the barrel ageing. There’s chocolate, liquorice, roast and coffee from the old ale. Also raisins and grapes are present. Alcohol is well hidden. Light bitter finish. Medium bodied.
Very complex, new things keep coming up. Quite subtle as well. Very good!