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Jackie Brown - Mikkeller ApS

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006)
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Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Metalmonk, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Light brown body with a tan, one finger head that disipates but leaves a nice lacing. The beer is dark brown, almost burnt caramel in color.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, but complimented by a nice nutty malty smell. They combine for an interestingly earthy, almost hay-like smell.

T: The nutty flavor really comes into its own in the taste to me. Sort of a processed nut paste/butter taste. Perhaps it's what I think of are English hops that I'm associating it more with an English Brown. Really hoppy aftertaste/burb for a brown.

M: Very light, not at all biting, but at the end it leaves a bitter taste. Leaves no texture on the tongue though. Hmm.

D: Drinkable, borders on a very mild India Dark Ale though, so I'm not sure I would want more, but I think some would.

mdwalsh, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Split a bomber with ritzkiss down at Volo. Ralph has this one on sale because he needs to clear some space and its getting old. If my Danish is correct, I believe this was bottled in 2007, and its aging like a beauty.

Excellent brown ale appearance, with an opaque oaken body and a good two fingers of tan head. As the head collapses to a the level it holds for the rest of the drink it leaves behind spiderwebs of lace.

The aroma is bitchin' rich with brown ale goodness, but seems to have ripened into an old ale hybrid as the hops have dropped out. Brown bread, cocoa, toasted pecans and earth provide strong and expected notes. Joining this is a richer chocolate hiding underneath alongside heavy dark fruit.

Its pretty clear that the hops have left town for good, and Ralph confirms this based on his experience comparing this to a fresh bottle. Is that a bad thing? In this case, no. We're left with an excellent brown ale, which with its amped up malt profile due to the subdued hopping, has veered from an American example of the style to an English one. Strong brown bread spine with nuts and cocoa powder on top. Earthiness in the finish. Some of those old ale notes are in there too, but not as strong as in the aroma. Its fascinating to see how well this has aged.

Its hard to comprehend how time has affected the body, but I think its very appropriate to the flavours going on, and boosts the drinkabiliity. I found Jackie Brown to have a medium mouthfeel, but with a smooth texture due to a soft, caressing carbonation.

This has aged like Pam Grier - with grace and a little sass. Sure its not the in your face beer of its youth, but its still got sex appeal.

bobsy, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Split a bomber at Volo with Bobsy, this one has about 2 yrs on it which means it's a good year past the best before... worth a go anyways, we figure.

Pours a nice rustic, dark brown with nice tan head. Light lacing, good retention.

This is drinking at this point like an old ale/brown ale mix. Nose has lots of raisin, caramel, dusty cocoa, hints of earth, pecan. Taste follows suit, add a nice dose of malt to give some body, lots of breadiness, brown sugar, hints of spice, touch of coffee - hops pretty hard to find at this point but on this blustery night it hits pretty much all the right spots. Smooth yet ample carb, lighter body along a brown rather than an old ale, makes for drinkability.

For those wondering if this could age - I say it's definitely fine with a couple years on it.

ritzkiss, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a dark brown color with very slight amber edges when held to a light source and a huge frothy, pillowy light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting cap that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing on it's way down.

Roasted coffee aroma with chocolate malt notes, licorice, oatmeal, caramel and hazelnut.

Once again the flavor is dominated by roasted malt with hints of oatmeal, roasted coffee, toffee, chocolate, burnt toast, caramel, nut and a subtle dry hoppy finish.

corby112, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

750ml bottle into nonic.

Cloudy, and nearly opaque, brown hue with a two finger tan head that takes forever to settle to a thin cap.

Sharp hops sit on top of some slightly roasty and smokey malts, and a little bit of sweet brown sugar.

The hops add a little citrus on top of some highly toasty, somewhat roasty malts. A little bit of a creaminess is tasted in the background. Full bodied.

Definitely an American Brown Ale. Lots of roasty flavors along with a good amount of hops, but not overdone. Recommended.

BeerSox, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

A - Dark brown with ruby red hues when held up to light. Head is big and foamy, light brown in color. Big sheets of lace left behind.

S - Very impressive mix here. Lots of roasted coffee beans, hints of chocoalte and a surprisingly big citrus hop nose. Very unique smell, even by Mikkeller standards.

T - Roasted malts up front, much like the nose. COffee and cocoa provide a nice mix. More pine than citrus in the hop taste. Very strong hop profile given the big taste of the malts as well.

M/D - On the thin side, but I feel that most brown ales usually are. Very easy drinking and a fun beer given the big flavors that are mixed together.

ckeegan04, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Stavage
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours with a very big frothy tan head on top of a nice brown coloured liquid. Good stuff. Leaves a very nice lasting lacing too. As far as brown ales go, the appearance is a winner for me.

Smell is full of malts, hops, some very slight chocolate and coffee characteristics and a herbal earthiness I can't place. Maybe some... carob? Bready and piney.

Taste pulls no real surprises, except maybe being a lot hoppier than I was expecting. Nice caramel breadiness that I like in my brown ales that is balanced quite interestingly by the earthy pine hops.

Mouthfeel was dry with good carbonation for the style. Probably would have preferred it with a little more body.

Enjoyable enough drop, I'll probably drink a few over the course of the winter. Not something I could drink after dinner by itself, but it's not a no brainer slugger either, this is a good beer to sip on and savour over the course of a nice warm winter meal.

Stavage, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus tan foamy head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some slight hop notes, toffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, bitter, slight hop note, lots of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Gmann, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

A--Dark brown with red highlights and a little over a finger of head in my 25 oz. snifter.

S--Caramel maltiness, cocoa powder, maybe a little bit of wood

T--Roasted malt dominates the palate, there really isn't a whole lot else. A slight bit of ash. Normal taste for a brown ale, nothing really of note.

M--Medium bodied, burnt aftertaste

D--I'm not much of a fan of this style, and this beer does nothing to break the mold. It tastes alright, but I won't buy it again.

alcstradamus, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a dark brown with a monstrous tan head. Dark amber highlights when held up to light.

Smells first and foremost of piney American hops, with an underlying coffee roastiness, brown sugar sweetness and a bit of bread and milk chocolate.

The taste reflects the smell, with up front pineyness at first, which lingers a while. Cocoa and nuttiness come though later, and again in the finish - not quite enough for my liking. Burnt malt bitterness at the end comes on surprisingly strong.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This one was slightly off-balance for me, but in lieu of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown would be a kick-arse accompaniment to grilled red meat. It's not nearly my favourite, but overall, Mikkeller deliver again.

Parrotshake, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Poured from the 500ml bottle into a tulip glass a very dark brown but has a a deep dark mahogony tinge when held up to light. Inch of dense dark beige head hangs around for a fair while and leaves quite a bit of lacing as the beer goes down.
S - Smell is sweet & roasty coffee and chocolate. Some slight piney and fruit hops hidden in there.
T - The sweet & roasty coffee and chocolate flavours come through also in the taste but the fruity and piney hop qualities are a lot more noticeable in the taste.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Quite a dry, burnt/roasty & bitter finish.
D - Despite the lowish ABV% this is quite a full on beer. The combination of coffee and chocolate maltiness with fruity and piney hops is quite an interesting mix. Not something I'd drink lots in a session but it would certainly be a nice go to beer.

brendan13, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%

Consumed 04/01/09.

Beer pours a clear, dark brown that looks more like a deep amber when held to light. Very enthusiastic head of dense light tan foam (VERY small bubbles in this one) that starts two fingers high then subsides to less than a finger of sticky lacing. Good looking beer!

After the appealing appearance, we get the mesmerizing aroma. Fragrant with dark smoky malts from over a foot away: I can't wait to taste this one!

Very bitter burnt malt is the first thing I taste. There is also a mineral quality to the aftertaste that, while not off-putting, sort of cuts off any other flavor. A little nutty and - it's hard to notice anyting but that big bitterness. It's like having an imperial version of a Newcastle with an aspirin ground up in it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but creamy. Slightly dry as well.

Drinkability? This is tough, as the beer is all come-on and little follow-through. I'm going to say I would try this one again, but I'm in no hurry.

charlzm, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Enjoyed at Coles in Buffalo, N.Y., yesterday - a great place to sample and talk beer while enjoying a meal. Thanks to Mike for chatting my wife and I up, the hospitality was much appreciated. This Mikkeler offering was brown on the pour but almost opaque in the glass, similar to a cola. A half finger tan head with a combination of small and large bubbles and moderate lacing, so far so good. Smell is on the sweet side with chocolate and coffee notes. Rich cocoa taste, nutty, lively hops, roast malt, dry. I thought this tasted more like a stout than a brown ale. The mouthfeel was dry and overly astringent and I found that detracted from the mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, a brown ale with a stout personality, as I saw it, interesting and well worth a try.

ThatWineGuy, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of CMW
4/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Pours a golden brown color with a huge off white head. Great retention and lacing

S - Roasted coffee beans with some sweetness mixed in.

T - Malt is present up-front and provides plenty of roasted flavors. Coffee and dark chocolate come through cleanly. Nice hop zing in the finish provides some bitterness.

M - Very creamy and mild carbonation.

D - 6%, very drinkable.

CMW, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Jackie Brown pours a dark brown with very subdued ruby highlights. Some carbonation is visible. I poured a 3-finger thick tan head, frothy.

The smell is strong of coffee, roasted malts, and a little bread, chocolate and brown sugar. The taste is really strong of Starbucks-like coffee that's been left in the pot too long. There are also dark chocolate, toasted malts, and subtle hops flavors. The finish is bitter, but not of hops, rather burnt malt & coffee.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a little acidic. This is fairly drinkable, but the burnt coffee & hops flavors would make it difficult for the palate to recover quickly.

theghost3, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.6/5  rDev -7%

500 mL bottle tried 19 Nov 2008.

Poured in 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large light brown head. Clear dark reddish brown color. Moderate roasted coffee aroma, dried fruit, apples, raisins, light maltiness. Starts fairly bitter, like lightly slightly sweetened deeply roasted espresso. Slightly astringent. Dry and hoppy through the middle. Finish is more bitter than sweet. Medium body, milky mouthfeel.

Decent but would probably not get again at this price ($10/500 mL).

htomsirveaux, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 500ml bottle that I brought back from Indy. No dating info. It was a russet brown with ruby highlights when against the light. Not much visible carbonation but some soapy lacing. It had a huge tan head that very slowly dissipated into a thick foam.

The aroma pretty good especially for a brown which I usually find to be very subdued. Nice roasted and chocolate malt aroma with caramel and nutty in the back. Really liked it. The taste was also really good. A notch above the standard brown with a nice hop bite to it. Right behind the bite, and before that takes over, the nuttiness hits and leaves you with a pleasing aftertaste. Really like the balance on this one. One of the few browns that doesn't taste watered down or that it is lacking something. Close to tasting like a porter which may be why I love this one.

Overall, my first Mikkeller and I can't wait to try more from them. It's a really solid beer and a top brown. Highly recommend. If available here, I'd have to have several a year.

TexIndy, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

johnnnniee, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of dolemite77
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

Wow... pours almost opaque... with a strong light behind it, becomes a hazy, dark-ruby brown... poured into a snifter this has probably the best head I've seen on a beer in a while. Fluffy almond colored and just the right size to top this beer. Aroma is roasted barley, with some mocha notes. Flavor is the same. Nicely roasted flavor, and there seems to be more dark chocolate than coffee flavors. Finishes with a nice burnt flavor with hops kicking in just at the last second. This is a home run of a brown ale... which is rare for me, because browns seem to sometimes seem like 2nd class beers even when a great brewery makes them. This one is a winner.

dolemite77, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

beerthulhu, Oct 28, 2008
Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.