Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Smoked
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Norwegian: En kompleks barley wine med moderat røkprofil. Brygget på årets mørkeste dag.

English: This smoked Barley Wine is brewed with 30% smoked malt and 20% rye.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (945) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Mahogany brown colour with beige very small head going to the sides of the glass. Aroma has leather, smoke, cigar, some wooden note, port wine. Taste is a bit on the sweet side. Smoked malts, peat, cigar, wooden notes and port wine. Some alcohol is noticeable after warming up a little, but not too much. Full body and lowish carbonation. Really interesting smoked beer. I really enjoyed the port wine notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElDesmadre (3625) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle. Subtle peated smoke, dates, raisins, plums, cherries, port wine, light chocolate underneath. Oily from the rye, well paired with molasses. Thick, sweet, velvety smooth, getting less fruity and more dark malty as it nears the throat, gettign peated dry in the finish. Great flavour depth, awesome composition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AaronTDubs (403) - - DEC 26, 2016
Drank on the day the sun turned...and it was a cold dark one, just like the beer. Black color, tan head. Not too much carbonation. Intense smoke aromas, some dark malts, and dried fruits. Oily body, like drinking oil, which was oddly not disgusting. Very, very sweet, but is balanced by its intense smoke flavor. It shouldn’t work, but somehow did. Maybe something to be drunk once a year only.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (798) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours dark brown with a little white head. The aroma features strong roasty maltiness with a touch of tar and smoke. Taste is medium smoky with a sweetish touch initially; in addition to smoke, tar and pine feature. Light to medium hoppiness lingers in the finish adding depth. The palate is full-bodied and smooth, like motor oil. Intense and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eXORRO (172) - POLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Small head. Aroma is smoky, fruity, woody with bread and raisins accent. Flavour of dried fruits, crust of bread, spices. Semi sweet. A lot of smoke. Extremely oily and full body. Carbonation is appropriate. Alcohol is well hidden but nicely Warming up esophagus. Absolutely amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4394) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle. Brown red color. Aroma of smoke, red fruit, caramelised malt and raisin. Taste has nice sweetish smoke, peat, raisin, bitter hop, malt and a peaty finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
corkyrory66 (1623) - BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2016
Bière élaborée pour le "changement de direction" du soleil au 21 décembre, comme le croyaient les norvégiens à une certaine époque, donc l’inversion de la durée des jours … Bière à 3 malts : orge dont 30 % de smoked, froment et seigle pour 20 %. Niveau abv de 11 %, rien moins que 26° plato, et 50 ebu, en format 50 cl. Mon exemplaire avait été embouteillé il y a 2 ans, le 9 décembre 2014, et était proposé pour 5 ans. Couleur noir aux reflets roux, à l’opacité assez forte. Mousse brun moyen épaisse, crémeuse, stable à 4 mm. Arômes de tourbe très prononcé, whisky d’Islay, fût, chai, malt tourbé. 1ère bouche très veloutée, à la grande entame maltée, avec une tourbe très massive. Arrière-bouche longue, massive, avec fruits mûrs et beaucoup de tourbe. 2ème à la superbe texture, mais beaucoup trop de tourbe. Arrière-bouche très déséquilibrée. 3ème qui marque une évolution un peu ammoniacale. Arrière-bouche très hard. Longueur qui intègre beaucoup mieux toutes ces nuances fortes, dans un assemblage très correct, et surtout avec une texture toujours magnifique. Jambes huileuses. Levure dense. Alcool qui fait ce qu’il peut, et parvient à redresser la barre sur la longueur. Finale sympa. CONCLUSION : une bière que l’on peut qualifier d’extrême dans ses saveurs, mais elle est d’une texture exceptionnelle … Quoiqu’il en soit, sa cotation est vraiment triste pour moi en cette veille de Noël, parce que mon ami Rick Parfitt de Status Quo vient de décéder à Marbella en Espagne … J’ai appris sa mort en écoutant un morceau intitulé "reaching horizons" ...!!! c’est un bon signe, Rick. Il nous reste à t’écouter avec émotion nous chanter en acoustique "all the reasons" ou "reason for living" .. au moment où cette bière était brassée en 2014 .. Merci Rick pour toute ton œuvre et ta bonne humeur constante … Cette "sunturn brew" t’est dédiée.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jashiu (637) - Gdañsk, POLAND - DEC 15, 2016
Backlog. Synchronizing with notes and Untappd.
Smoky and fruity syrup of a beer. Thick with taste of dried fruit. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1731) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 10, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9943) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Tap at Churchkey. Hell yeah. Dark brown pour - rich. Wonderful smoked meat aroma. Sweet taste, mild woody and boozy, but not boozy, you know? Not that cheap ass whiskey boozy, but a dark fruit / port thing rolling over oak staves kind of boozy. Rich and decadent. This rocks.

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