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Jackie Brown - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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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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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark brown in color with a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface.
S: The nose contains aromas of citrusy hops and sweet malts along with some notes of herbs.
T: The taste is very complex and contains flavors of chocolate, herbs, liquorice and orange.
M: The beer feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a medium amount of carbonation.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and is an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

interesting example of a brown ale here. the pour is magnificent. dark dark brown, next to no light coming in, with what must be a little sediment in there, and a huge and hard to tame light brown head that is as big as you want it to be, and doesnt fade a bit. the nose is funny, more yeast than i probably want in a brown ale, belgian in nature, and a lot of coffee for a beer that i dont think is brewed with coffee. lots of roast on the malt in both taste and smell, more so than the usual brown ale, and this is missing that caramel sweet element. some hops in the smell too, and especially in the taste, one of more hoppy browns i can remember. its bitter in the finish, really bitter, hops contribute, but so do nearly burnt barley malts. a touch of brown sugar flavor, no sweetness at all. quite thin in body, i like my browns a little richer than this, but it contributes to drinkability i suppose. tons of carbonation too, usually a plus in mikkeller beers brings this to the brink of way way way to thin and light, which is so odd for how dark the color is. i really cant believe this. looks so much darker and richer than it feels. overall though an excellent brown ale, i like the extra hops in here as well as the yeast, gives a new twist to an old style. mikkeller never fails in my book.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jackie Brown pours out as a rich deep brown color with a tan colored head that has a good retention. The smell of the beer is mostly coffee, I was expecting some more sweetness from the nuts that may have been used. The taste of the beer to me was overwhelmed with coffee, I was hoping for a little more of a nuttiness than the impact of straight coffee here. It reminded me of something more along the lines of a coffee stout at this point. Overall it's a good brew for the Java head but I just wasn't digging this one all that much. There are much better Mikkeller brews that I'd pick up before this one again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see some Mikkellers on the local shelves. This is one dry, hoppy Brown Ale.

Decanting the beer, it pours much like any other solid Brown. Medium brown, light haze, great barley-stained head formation and retention. Lots of lacing. A solid look.

Where the look is no surprise, the hop aroma at the onset takes me back a bit. Pine, grass, and earthy hops make me think of hoppier Browns of Dogfish India Brown Ale and Boulder Anniversary. Any sweetness of the beer is very slight, leaving a sharp, toasted malt aroma and bready maltiness as the only counter to the hops.

Flavors of the hops combine with a part-grain/part-malt flavor that definately favors bitterness over any caramel sweetness. Heavy toast and roasted nutty coffee flavors again provide a sharp, acidic taste that straddles the fence of melanoidin and graininess.

Very dry and sharp in the mouthfeel. Where the beer is very well attenuated, all sweetness has been eroded by the yeast for ultimate dryness and hop bitterness. With this level of dryness, the sharp, dark grains add a bit too much alkaline qualities to balance the strongly bitterness from the hops.

If you like a bone dry, very toasty, very hoppy Brown Ale, then by all means... but for me, I'd prefer a bit more toffee and caramel sweetness and a more bready body.

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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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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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"You've got to be all mine, all mine
Ooh, foxy lady"

--Jimi Hendrix

Coppery cocoa with cherry and orange highlights. When backlit with bright sunshine, the beer becomes dusky ruby... just like most brown ales. The golden almond colored crown is a thing of beauty. It has a creamilicious texture and is absolutely slathering the glass with shotgun-shredded lace. Jackie Brown is definitely a fox.

The nose is very nice as well. For starters, it leaps out of the glass rather than waiting to be coaxed out. Each sniff delivers an appetizing cloud of multifacted maltiness due to the use of pilsener, Munich, crystal, brown, pale chocolate, chocolate and flaked oats. Both milk and bittersweet chocolate are in the driver's seat, with hops riding shotgun.

Jackie tastes like a brown ale on steroids. The high-octane flavor profile includes roasted cocoa nibs, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel and a boatload of green, citrusy, spruce sappy, bitingly bitter hops. In fact, regarding lupulin lusciousness, this offering tastes like something Three Floyds would brew... if Three Floyds brewed an American brown ale. It may not be as hoppy as Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter, but it reminds me of that beer in some respects.

An incredibly lace crusty glass tells me that the appearance score was a good call. The only (minor) letdown is a body/mouthfeel that is slightly too thin. And I do mean slightly. For the ABV, it's still right on point and is as smooth as possible given the surge of alpha acids that rake the tongue following each gulp.

Jackie Brown is up there with some of my favorite browns of all-time (Bell's Best Brown and Dogfish Head Indian Brown), although Surly Bender is still on top. This is fantastic beer for those hopheads who also enjoy the darker malts on occasion. Wow, what a treat!

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a three-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and some toffee.

T - Good roasty malt flavor with caramel and toffee. There are some nice chocolate flavors with a mild bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good brown ale, however, it is hard to justify the price tag.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness, this was by far the richest taste I could have imagined in a brown ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a quickly rising, napkin-requiring, light beige head.

Smell: An aromatic blend of chocolate, rich coffee, and oven-toasted nuts with a woody, spicy hop character.

Taste: Malts tasting of roasted nuts and unsweetened chocolate with a strong graininess and a distinct coffee flavor. Almost no sweetness present. Spicy hop with an encroaching woodiness and moderate bitterness. A good measure of bitter and roast on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks. Try as I might, I just simply wasn't enamored with this one. The in-your-face roasted graininess really starts to grate on the palate after awhile.

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

A - Massive, three finger light brown head on a clear, amber-brown body. The head is extremely tenacious and it leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - A light, crisp coffee and roasted malt aroma backed subtlely by floral, cirtusy hops.

T - Strong, bitter roasted malt up front, followed by and intertwined with citrus and pine hop flavors. The middle clears out quite a bit with some mild toasted malt flavors and continueing bitterness from the initial roasted malt blast. The finish is dominated by lingering malt bitterness and piney hops, with a complex aftertaste of charcoal, tobacco, and chocolate.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Hard to judge. This beer is extremely top heavy with a bracing surge of malt bitterness as the first, and overall dominant, flavor. All the bitterness up front seemed a bit much at first, but it grew on me, and the extremely complex finish keeps me coming back for more. Overall I would have to say that this is an extremely successful, if very odd, take on the style. It reminds me, in a good way, of Three Floyds Black Sun Stout.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head, that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, chocolate, roasted malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by flavors of dark chocolate, maple, nuts and some black coffee. The hops presence is good for the style but doesn’t exert itself until late in the finish but it provides a very good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this beer but it’s an excellent brown all to drink for a long time.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of brilliant beautiful cream, great thickness, and excellent retention. Colour is a solid dark brown-black. Appealing.

Sm: Bittering hops, cream, and that's about it. Simplistic considering it's Mikkeller, me favourite brewery in the world. The aroma is of mild strength.

T: Coffee (but not roast!), cream, very slight bittering hops that actually add an element instead of being bland (call me bitter against IPAs [and yes,I realize that's a terrible pun]), and very slight fruit ester hops that I can't quite precisely distinguish. Perhaps a sommelier more skilled than meself can identify it. It's quite complex as a beer, anyway, and well balanced as well. It's built very strangely indeed for the style, but I tend to thick this is more a gross mis-classification than a fault of Mikkeller.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing (mostly) the flavours of the body. A bit too thin, actually, but forgivable.

Dr: Higher than average ABV, good drinkability, and pretty high quality, but a bit of a disappointment given it's Mikkeller.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a creme head. Flavor is a bit acidic, oddly. There is an earthy tone to it, yes, but the bite is a bit much really. Fades a bit as it warms thankfully. The earthy character seems to be able to show more with that bitter edge gone. Mild sweet tone to it too; very mild. After it sits out for quite some time, a roasted and almost coffee tone comes out. Feel is a bit full of carbonation, but it doesn't kill it. Drinkable, yes. Not the greatest brown ale ever, but decent enough. Probably not worth the price, but cool to be able to try another Mikkeller.

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Photo of superspak
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, best before 2/3/2011. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple skins, pear, herbal, and yeasty phenols; with slight notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, and light roasted malt. Pretty bad aromas here; this one definitely went south on the store shelf. Mostly fruity phenols and hardly anything else. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toast, bread, apple, pear, light char, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel roasted malt, toast, bread, light fruits, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Taste was quite a bit better than the aromas would imply; but there was still some phenolic fruitiness noticed, and it was a bit unbalanced. Flavor felt a bit watered down. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this was a pretty poor brown ale, the bottle obviously went south. Aromas had zero brown ale characteristics, but the flavors were a bit closer. I was able to finish this bottle slowly; and I won’t hold this against the brewer, as it was obviously the fault of storage temperature and age.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, caramel brown body, lush, pillowy, creamy head.

Aroma: sweet, caramel malt, dark fruit, raisins, nuts, ripe and rich at once. Slight smack of hops, then a whiff of tartness.

Taste: chocolate hits first, followed by hoppy bitterness. Grit grows on the palate, digs in and hangs there. Rich malt, toffee and chocolate keep holding it down. Hop bitterness never stays away, either.

Interesting brew. Much more than an averag brown ale, but that wouldn't be the Mikkeller way, now, would it?
Great drinking, quite palatable, with consistent flavor, excellent texture, great character...so toasty and roasty it's almost a porter.

Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderful roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a powerful hop aroma; kick ass! The taste is good. It's quite smooth with excellent malt character. The bitterness is off the charts for a brown ale. The hops really stand out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I love the hop character. These dudes brew American brown ales better than we do. My hats off to them. Cheers.

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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.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a half inch frothy off-white head. The head settled out after a little bit but left some very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nutty and roasty flavor to it with some hops coming through as well. There are some hints of chocolate and dark fruits mixed with a little citrus coming from the hops. A very nice complex nose for a brown ale.

The taste is a delicious mix of nutty, chocolaty, roasty and hoppy flavors. It manages to have a very nice balance between all of those flavors is order to make it an excellent tasting beer. The hops seem to come out a little more up front and the roasted coffee bitterness seems to come out more in the finish. Throughout the flavor there is a nice nuttiness of a brown ale that really hits the style nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with below average carbonation. I really liked the thicker body to it and it really helps keep the great flavors on the palate longer. Drinkability is very good, it's one of the best brown ales I've had. The way all the flavors come together and the heavy mouthfeel really do it for me in this beer.

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

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 3" fluffy head that stays around quite a while. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malts, and a little bit of coffee with some hints of floral bitterness.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, nice bitterness, and some hints of old coffee in the background. This is mildly bready and a drop of molasses arrives at the end.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smoother and a touch dry at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long as the flavor hang in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: nice sessionable brown ale that is easy to drink. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

August 2006 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that is somewhat large bubbled, but . The beer is a rusty, dark brown color, but shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty, but still has a hoppy edge to it. Chewy malt aromatics remind me of light, but definitely roasted coffee beans, well toasted bread crust, big chewy brown malt aromas and some sweet caramel. The hop character provides a backdrop of herbal pine and some citrus fruit notes (but this is hard to pick out from the roast grain notes). The brown malt character in this beer is huge, though the chocolate malt plays a big role here too; very roasty, very coffee like.

Fizzy with a bit more carbonation than is needed, but a quick swirl of my glass takes care of that. As I swirl I get aromas of cherries and musty malt. Fairly dry tasting (especially with all the roast character), but it does have a touch of soft, caramelized malt character that adds just a touch of sweetness before the darker malt character kicks in and dries the finish out. Speaking of the finish, the roast character is quite prominent here providing a mix of flavors ranging from espresso, a light burnt acidity, a touch of charcoal, toasted bread, some burnt grain husk astringency. There is still some hop character left in the flavor too; there is a definite bitterness, but there is also a citrus character (tangelo & bergamot) that is noticeable at times, and a pine like character seems to always form a subtle backdrop to each sip.

This is a surprisingly roast flavored beer for the color, I think that the brown malt is the likely culprit as somehow a little of this goes a long way. A tasty brew though that has a nice, perceived dryness to it because of all of the roast character. This is a very tasty beer that is aging quite well, all this roast character could have this easily going a couple more years.

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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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully clear dark brown with great looking ruby highlights when held to the light. Fluffy tan white head sticks lace wherever it touches. Smells of chocolate, caramel and sweet malts, a bit nutty as well. Smells divine for this malt head. Taste is roasty chocolaty, and nutty. In the middle is a strange astringency, then a finish of hop bitterness and roast. The middle kills this one for me. Seems like a hop attribute, and feels really out of place for me. Medium body, oily sticky mouthfeel, ample carbonation. I'd love it to taste like it smells, I can't recommend this one.

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

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a walnut brown with some slight haze and a slightly grainy beige head that leaves some excellent lacing. There is a touch of sweetness in the aroma, but mostly what you get is freshly baked brown bread and some earthy hops. Pretty pleasant. The taste is hoppier with earthy and citrusy hops on top of toasted brown bread. In the mouth its slightly sweet and bready with a nice lingering bitterness. This was a nice surprise on tap. I enjoyed it.

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Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.