Review of Norrebro Bryghus Little Korkny Ale (2008)

29 Sep
Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying a 2008 Little Korkny Ale produced by Norrebro Bryghus located in Kobenhavn, Denmark. 

I’ve only had one other brew from these guys, the North Bridge Extreme, and I liked it fairly well, so I’m really looking forward to test driving this one. 

The website,, was written in Danish, so I’m stepping over to to find a commercial description of this particular beer.

A very full-bodied beer brewed from ale and crystal malts. Strong 12.25% ABV with a pronounced sweetness and distinctive flavor of cascade hops, plums, and caramel.

Let’s pour.

This one comes in a 20.3 oz. bottle and, according to the label, has an ABV of 12.0%.

It poured a burgundy/brown color with a light tan head that was so fizzy that it dissipated about as fast as any beer I’ve ever seen.  It left absolutely no lacing behind either.  A few alcohol legs were noticed, but overall, I wasn’t that impressed with the aesthetic appeal of this beer.

The nose presented a lot of sweet caramel malt.  Tones of baked breads and quite a bit of dark fruit.  Stabs of raisin, fig and plum.  The fragrance was rather robust, but balanced fairly well.  Not near as much alcohol as one would expect considering the high ABV either.

The taste let the alcohol come out much more.  The dark fruits (plum mostly) seemed to jump to the forefront as well.  Still plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness was to be found though.  This thing was extremely “big” and sweet.  Almost too much so for me honestly.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied.  Smooth, chewy, dry and sticky.  The carbonation was very low.  A significant amount of warmth and burn was felt from the alcohol, which in turn, left a bunch of flavor behind on the palate after each sip.

Well, I think the Norrebro Bryghus Little Korkny Ale was pretty good I guess.  It was just a little bit tough for me to drink.  A definite sipper that’s for sure.  Easily a beer that I would much prefer during the cooler months.  That’s not saying that you guys wouldn’t love it.  You may very well think it’s outstanding, and that’s great, but for me it just didn’t set well during my tasting.  I figure I need to try it again in the future and give it another chance.  I’d suggest picking it up and giving it a go for yourself though.  Be sure to let me know what you thought of it.  I’d love to hear a second opinion.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.3 out of 5
Grade:  B-         


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