dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Been awhile since I gave a perfect score. This has a great smoky peaty aroma that persists for a long time. The flavor is intense. Lots of smoke, plenty of molasses and battle between the hops and malts. Spent over an hour enjoving this one night, so certainly a sipper, but what a beer. I’ve been singing the praises of this beer to all my beer head friends. Excellent!! Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2013
Pours dark brown with a lovely mocha head. Dark copper hue when held to light. Sweet, smokey, thick, and creamy. I’ve had barley wines before, but this sets a new standard. This is a most supreme tipple.
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo (while stocks last!)
Coca cola color, fine lacing.
Strong hoppy aromas, like the middle of a pine forest. Low carbonation.
Tar, old ropes, salt liquorice, tobacco. Lots of sweetness, but perfectly balanced. Alcohol warming, bitter finish. The beer of the year can be declared already! SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Put the kettle on, i have stories,...Pours a dark brown black, with a fantastic cream head, pretty good foam for such a high gravity brew.. . lacing is quite the looker too .. . Smell of 2 day old honey ham, molasses, needle with blood, and light lifetime outdoor bbq/smoke .. . what are you people stupid? ah ha, you like a little abuse.. . . woah! woah! wow, love it!!! smoke and american hops dominate the flavour, woo wee!! fantastic complexities to this! a twisted super smooth rauchbier on super smokey steroids!! ...I really don’t think i need to say more, this is pure enjoyment in a glass, Nøgne has not just hit a homerun, not even a grand slam.. they won the world series, sold all the players for cash, closed down the league, and started a completely new sport called the SDL (Sunturnbrew Drinker League)..
This was one of my most wanted after beers ever, and did it ever deliver!!!!!!!& of the nicest beers in the entire universe, yaaaa!!
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 20, 2012
smoke and wine, gods gift!
It seems unintentionally ironical that I have had this beer in my possession for three weeks and the first time I get to sample it turns out to be the 21st of December (NZ time), as close as you could hope for the solstice (Summer here, Winter there). It seems beer bridges the world. So in the spirit of adventure and in the knowledge that at 12.48am this will be my last beer tonight and at 7am when my beloved wakes me up I will hopefully still be drunk on this beer, I venture:
I have pried off the lid and before pouring can smell malt, a whiff of smoke and danger in a bottle. I’m REALLY looking forward to this. The colour in the glass is deep mahogany amber with a coarse latte coloured head that thought about sitting there but is slowly losing impetus, leaving a stubborn collar of lace. The aroma first and foremost is tarry smoke, like the inside of a smoke house that has used reddish aromatic timbers. Alongside are aromas of dates, burnt caramel, marzipan, toffee, fruit leather, road tar melting in the sun, rata honey, sawn timber, mace, licorice, cowhide, tree gum, eucalyptus bark. I could go on. I should go on. I have to drink: Oily and slick and then a riot of smoke, oil and burning timber. Caramel comes to the fore and then up comes stewed apricots. It becomes fluffy and sherbety and then dried and I get memories of warmed sweetened condensed milk. The longer it sits, the more I get slightly burnt toast, crackers and fluff (that’s the mouthfeel still sitting there. It is rich and velvety with dehydrated fruit, muscatele raisins and blacked trees on the finish.
Troops, this is from just one sip. I still have 95% of the rest of the bottle to go. I can state with relative certainty that it will take me a long time to finish this bottle and that I will be buying more.
To my friends in the North, you can have your sun back now, as long as I can have more of this.
I have found it too difficult to find faults with this beer. This is it. This is my best ever.
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle from BlackHearts&Sparrows. Great Xmas ale, strong but balanced. Aromas of smoke, caramel, wood, hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Pours dark murky brown with a thin ring of light beige fizz. Smells smokey and of vanilla. Taste is caramel, smoke, hints of vanilla, and a touch of booze. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Nøgne Ø Sunturnbrew finishes with a soft lingering sweetness. SuperTiti33 (891) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Brune aux reflets rouges. Très sucré. Très fumée. Bois (cerisier). Caramel au beurre salé. Malté/bonbon. Sucre d'orge. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Riche. Cerise noire. Banane. Pruneau. Sirop d'érable. Magnifique matis (262) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Hazy, dark brown with rubby flashes. Wet woody smoke, roasted grains, some peat, some ash, caramel - superb beginning. Taste. Smoke again, sweet roasted caramel, dry fruits, raisins, plum, red wine notes, earth, chocolate, coffee liquier, bitter aftertaste. Full body, flat carbonation - everything plays just perfect here. Brilliant!