Today I have decided to review Nøgne Ø Sunturnbrew Bourbon Barrel Edition. This is a barley wine in style with an ABV of 11% that has been aged in bourbon barrels for a year. I really love the regular Sunturnbrew so let’s see what the barrel aging has added.
Very dark muddy brown color with a beige head that quickly disappears. The head leaves very little lacing on the glass.
Quite smoky aroma with a hint of oak and vanilla. There is a small hint of apples as well as the temperature of the beer rises a bit.
This is a barley wine in style, and the typical barley wine aromas are present, along with the smoke from the regular Sunturnbrew, and the aromas picked up from the barrel aging. Lovely!
The flavor is also quite smoky up front. There are some pretty clear oak hints present in the flavor as well. I’m not getting too much typical “barley wine flavors” though. The smoke is pretty dominant, but not overbearing.
As the temperature rises above ~12°C I’m getting more sweetness from the malts and some fruity notes.
The mouth feel is full and the carbonation level is low and very smooth.
The finish lasts very long and has smoke up front, which fades away and blends with the lovely fruity notes after a while.
Wow. What a beer! I really like the regular Sunturnbrew from Nøgne Ø (which I have yet to review), but the barrel aging added some really exciting aromas and flavors to the beer, making it even more complex. The beer has an ABV of 11%, yet I can’t find any hints of the alcohol in neither aroma nor flavor. Score: 4.8/5.
I picked up some bottles of this beer together with Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Cognac Ed. at Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo and if you’re lucky there might be some bottles left.