Jackie Brown - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, munich, cara-pils, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), flaked oats, hops (nugget, simcoe and centennial) and ale yeast.
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Reviews by cobrarax:
Photo of cobrarax
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with some red tones. The foam is very thick and leaves some lacings. The liquid is a little bit cloudy as well.

S: Malty with fine hop aroma as well, along with some chocolate and roasted malt. Even a tone of coffee.

T: Lots of roasted malt and chocolate. Notes of hazelnut and dark bread. Average bitterness with fine. fruity notes of lemon zest. Some toffee in the aftertaste.

M: Quite drinkable, the liquid is thin. Medium carbonation. Still, it's a very tasty beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great bottle label.

Appearance: Pours a cherry-mahogany with chunky, clumpy tan head. Visible yeast flakes.

Aroma: Stale coffee, nuts, and grapefruit hops.

Taste: Surprisingly hopped with a lot of interesting citric character. Depthful malt character too but hard to target because each time I try to focus on a specific malt flavor I get blasted by hops and I'm back to square one. Some metal and chocolate notes but mostly dominated by citric hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Extremely dry. Moderate to aggressive CO2. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good despite all the hops.

Good but not great and with a price tag that can't be justified for anything less than greatness.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed chestnut body is topped by a generous tan head that retains well and deposits lots of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is nutty, dark chocolate and coffee hints, and an assertive array of pine and citrus rind hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. A creaminess develops as it warms and compliments some hop oiliness. Taste is very hoppy with an aggressive pine and grapefruit rind character. Some toasted malt notes join the dark roasty coffee and dark chocolate undertones more as it warms. This one is much better around room temperature. I can't recall a hoppier brown ale than this well made example.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle brewed at De Proef.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is earthy hops with some toffee and chocolate. I also get something that resembles celery, but I am not sure why. The flavor is bitter chocolate with some earthy and dirt-like hops. I also get some caramel malt and some burnt malt. The aftertaste is chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with a short, and short-lived tan head. Aroma mostly of roasted malt, caramel, and nuts. Taste is big; full of roasted malt and nuts (a lot like Chock Full O' Nuts). Somewhat astringent hop/crystal malt bite. Sometimes can be salty. Mouthfeel was a bit flat, but not awful.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep mahoghony brown with a massive inch thick khaki colored head. Thick Brussels lacing. Aroma of caramel and dark malt. The taste has a bitterness that grows throughout the palette,but it is coming from the dark malt. There's definitely caramel and plenty of dark malt. The mouth is a bit thick and chewy for the style with moderate carbonation.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2010 - well out of date! However, I'll review it as I can't see myself obtaining another any time soon. ABV is stated as 6%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. An exceptionally dark brown hue with hints of ruby when held to the light. Yields a thick head of creamy light-brown foam, although this subsides to a bubbly surface layer after a minute or two. Fantastic aroma of dark malt and intense hops - burnt notes, roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, pine and citrus are all present. The ultimate blend!

Tastes of sweet, roasted malt with a good dose of aromatic hops. Notes of burnt grain, coffee and chocolate hit the palate, along with some piney hops. Bitterness is well attenuated, although both the malt and hops contribute. Mouthfeel is smooth, with good body and decent carbonation. Distinctive aftertaste of roasted malt and pine cones.

Very nice - a flavoursome brew. Not sure if it fits the brown ale style with all those intense malt and hoppy flavours going on, but it's great nonetheless. This bottle was old, and I suspect that a fresher example would be more intensely bitter with a hoppier character. However, it seems to age well (stored in the dark in my garage) and still provides an impressive drinking experience. A must-try if you have the opportunity.

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jackie Brown is really good, really expensive, and really worth your taste buds! It is super complex, full of roasted malt, coffee, toffee, roasted nuts, hop bitterness, and drinkability. The flaked oats really come through and add another layer of complexity. This is super beer and one of my favorites.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust toasted malts with good amounts of roasted and chocolate malt notes as well. Backing everything up are mild amounts of herbal hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Toasted malt flavors with a decidedly grainy flavor kick things off. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors follow, influencing but not overpowering the flavor profile. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit before light citrus hops make an appearance, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was impressed with this bad boy, definitely an American brown due to the not-so-judicious use of darker (and more bitter) malts and hops. Well worth a shot.

Photo of alex667gbg
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A foamy dark, brown and creamy ale. A THICK foam, light brownish kind, very small bubbled creamy foam. Against the light, a hint of red-ish in this beaut.

S - A piny hoppy hits you pretty quick and it stays with us for a while. A semi-sweet hoppy smell. Lovely.

T - A quick flash of hops, intermingle with a chocolate and malty body, transcend into a malty body, with a nice bitter hoppy end. Rich and well balanced. Great!

M - First sharp, then smooth and creamy.

D - Very well made brown ale. Please try this at least once. As all mikkeller, a price tag of the larger kind, however it is a great beer and should be tried if you get the chance.

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the other night with my cousin who obtained this bottle and some other Danish beers in a great trade with someone from Denmark.

The beer poured a deep brown color with a tanish colored head. The aroma was a pleasant touch of roasted malts and a bit of a hop nose as well. The taste was more of a roasted malt, maybe a touch of chocolate, rounded out with a hop bitterness that left a good taste on the tongue. This is my first Mikkeller beer and I can't wait to try a few more.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - nice afro-izing of the normal disembodied twin heads on this one's label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, dishwater brown colour, with reddish tints in the light, and a fistful of puffy, foamy, and silky beige head, which stays on for a spell, eventually leaving a solid wall of dried soap bubble lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, slightly biscuity caramel malt, espresso, butter cream, toasted nuts, and fairly peppy citrusy, piney, and floral hops. The taste is roasted grainy caramel malt, wet breakfast biscuits, dry coffee grounds, a hint of Nordic licorice, bittersweet orange and white grapefruit citrus rind, a suggestion of earthy yeast, nut skin, and an edgy pine and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side with its pervasive frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, a tad prickly at first, but eventually pretty smooth. It finishes off-dry, the lightly roasted malt still bearing the siege from the bitter coffee essences and mildly astringent hops.

A beefy Americanized brown ale, to be sure - the hops do not leave that open to questioning. Complex and enjoyable - I'll have no problem finishing the bottle, and would recommend this to any fans of either the brewer, or the style in general.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the creamy cap in this one. An inch-thick, it settles to half the size very, very slowly...lace is left on the glass, and the color itself is on the reddish side of brown. She's pretty hot.

Close your eyes and you'd never know this was a brown ale. Breezy hops dominate, while the malt is buoyant and only lightly sweet-smelling, hardly the malt-bomb nuttiness one might expect.

More nuttiness emerges in the flavor, with a crispy burnt tone, although hops do muscle their way in and, as with the aroma, they take center stage. The only element standing up well and matching the hops is a prominent roasted/bitter coffee character (presumably from the malt, as I don't think this was brewed with coffee).

An almost-tart, puckery sort of taste/feel marks the finish, and along with a too-watery body, texturally it's on the weak/unpleasant side.

I'm mildly let down, considering that I really wanted a primo creamy/nutty brown ale from Mikkeller. This is a brewer who have set themselves up for huge expectations. But it is an interesting and even experimental beer, and the array of elements at play is remarkable. Should have been called an Amber Ale maybe, and a hop-forward one at that. It's pretty good and I'd recommend a try if you've got some extra cash lying around and a beeriosity (beer+curiosity) that won't quit.

Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cherrywood in color, slightly blurred, and stacked with gobs of filthy, lacy, ashen tan.
Scented of spent coffee grounds, sweetening towards cocoa powder as it warms, with a steely, grapefruit pulp, mineral-laden hop backing.
Medium roast coffee scrapes across the tongue first. A roasted bitterness mingles with an equally rasping graininess. The coffee essence fades out, and leaves in its place a pile of salted peanut skins. The malt load is sizable, but it is dry to a fault. And now the hops come. Firing dried leaves, bitter grapefruits, alum, rusted metal, and tonic water. It finishes with ghosts of bitter dark chocolate and burnt plants. Burps bring a blast furnace of road salt and rusting undercarriages.
It's on the thin side of medium bodied, with a modest level of CO2. As abrasive as it is at times, it remains strangely drinkable.
It's a coarse, dessicated, rough go, but I could see times when this might be exactly right...those times you feel like filling your mouth with coffee grounds, calcified rocks, and rusted dandelions. $9 for a pint+ sized bottle of this says I'll never see those times. Tonight, I'm just clamoring for something sweet to provide any kind of balance.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is coffee, the taste is creamy sweat coffee. Dark brown. Do you like sweet coffee? This is it. Roasty. Drinkable and refreshing on a hot day. Cocoa is distant,as is licorice. It's hoppy-it's a portery stouty brown ale, with low bitterness. 2.5 years later, less mouthfeel, coffee and chocolate.

Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A - Pours a clear dark brown color with a two-finger tan head and some lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and roast. Comes together well.

T - Flavor is good but a bit harsh from the coffee. Besides coffee, chocolate, nuts roasted malt, licorice, and bittering hops are present.

M - Body is medium with a long bitter finish lasting on the palate.

D - A little above average. Overall this is a good coffee brown ale, even if a bit over-coffeeed (with three E's!).

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - A terrible pour yields a huge cream head. Lots of lacing and great retention. Reddish brown body.

Smell - Aggressively hopped. Smells like a red ale. Pine hop and caramel malt.

Taste - Really hoppy again. Still tastes like a red ale. Caramel malts, grapefruit and pine hop. A little nutty, just barely reminds you of a brown ale. A little bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Intensely hoppy is distracting. Bitter. Slightly harsh.

Overall - Barely a brown ale. Just a nutty red ale.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had my eye on this for a while, and andrenaline was kind enough to pick it up for our xmas beer exchange
A - deep rootbeer brown, tower of head that left never ending mountain peaks of foam with super sticky lacing
S - leafy hops, caramel and smokiness, some coffee and nuts
T - leafy hop prominent with sweet brown sugar and medium coffee and some nutty malt, not really what I was expecting but tasty none the less
M - medium weighted ale going down smooth, finishing bitter and a little dry
D - expected more roasted coffee given the label, but still a very worthy brown ale that is very well balanced in terms of hop & malt

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid brown color with a nice tight khaki colored head that slowly settled into a cap leaving some nice lacing. The aroma is of light toasted malt, nice milk chocolate and a nutty earthiness. The flavor is of deeply toasted malt, cereal, plenty of dry grassy hops, and some chocolate notes. Full bodied with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a roasted malt and hoppy bitterness, dry. A very solid brown ale with good deep flavors. It is a bit too dry for my liking but it is still a good brown ale.

Photo of philipquarles
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Pours clearish, ruddy brown with a meringue-like beige head. The foam doesn't die--in fact, it holds its shape and leaves great lacing. Aromas of coffee and lightly roasted malt. Faint hop character. Sweet and with a hint of chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee again in the taste. Starts sweetly, then comes substantial hop bitterness, followed by a dry finish. Slightly astringent. Full, but slightly oily body. A nice coffee/brown ale hybrid that might be the best thing Mikkeller has to offer aside from their single-hop beers.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice chestnut brown with dark reddish tints. The head rose rapidly upon the pour yielding a massive 3 finger foamy light khaki colored head. Retention was excellent as it caved and pitted in the center leaving light speckled traces for a lacing around the glass rim.

S: light with a soft roasted aroma of coffee beans and almonds.

T: starts out nutty quickly yielding to a fresh roasted coffee bean flavor. Some almonds and dry alcohol (cask notes) blend beautifully together providing a smooth flavor. A light smokiness, light roasted coffee beans, and deep chocolate are also appreciated as well a earthy dry bitterness. There is a nice burnt caramelized sweetness that lies beneath giving off subtle hints of its presence. Dark, ripe fruit skins are also well noted here.

M: dark, with a touch of graininess. A light dry roasted bean lacing with a sweet burnt caramelized malting also coats the tongue. A touch of charred campfire minerality, while light in nature, is heavily appreciated while the carbonation was light in nature with a slight slickness for texture.

D: Definitly one of the better browns ive tasted. Drank like a hybrid of a scotch ale and coffee stout and definitely stands out per style and very enjoyable and easy to consume.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at Al's.

A: The brown ale is a darker brown color that betrays the brown and chocolate malts used in it. While close, the ale isn't tranlucent. Atop it rests a thin white head.

S: The nose is darker malts, chocolate and stout-like notes in particular. Any hoppiness, which was prominent in the bottled version I had two years ago, has disappeared with age.

T: A rich brown ale with a distinct chocolate bent, the ale has the fullness of a stout. The brown malts, in addition to the chocolate, are mildly burnt. Again the hoppiness is lost in translation, turning the ale into a run-of-the-mill brown.

M: The mouthfeel is full, malty smooth throughout with a soft underlying nuttiness.

D: I was hoping for the Red Barn ale but it kicked minutes before I arrived. This was a good second choice, even with the loss of hops.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with ruby tints. Huge head showing great persistence and lacing.
Hops dominates aroma, there's some grapefruit, pine, quite spicy. Toasty/bready malt hiding underneath. I would have liked more nutty/toasty malt.
Same with the flavours: green citrus hops dominates over the sweetness of the toasty and crystal malts. Solid bitter finish (IPA strength), seems to be from a mix of hops and dark grains.
Body is too watery for my liking.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The first thing I noticed in the aroma is the hops, it's much hoppier than any brown ale I've had in recent memory. I can smell pine and citrusy hops, along with coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some nuttiness in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, even with the high carbonation it's still smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good beer. It's very, very hoppy for the style but I enjoyed it a lot. I'd buy it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium clear brown color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of medium coffee with light nutty malt. Taste of coffee is domination but not overpowering with some light and subtle nutty malt notes. Body is lighter then expected with some adequate carbonation. Overall, I would say this is an interesting take on a usually boring style.

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Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.