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Jackie Brown - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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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Ratings: 255 | Reviews: 143
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 alcstradamus
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of CMW
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of theghost3
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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

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.

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.

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 dolemite77
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle copped for $4.99 from Nikki's Liquors in Providence...
Without a doubt, one of the finest American Brown Ale's I've sampled, although this particular brewery is European...
Appearance: Beautiful, slow, steady pour resulted in a deep, maroon-brown hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating...
Smell: Rich malts detectable in the nose, along with hints of caramel, vanilla, and brown sugars...
Taste: Ultra-creamy, rich flavor with a strong roasted malt backbone... The finish is thick, with hints of cocoa powder and dark chocolate... Figs, prunes, and dehydrated fruits are also noticeable...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability to match...
One of the finest depictions of the style...
Highly recommended...

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.

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.

Photo of cameraman
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A seemingly light brown to red color, with a light beige colored head two inches thick, that shows tremendous rentention. The malt is very striking in the scent, caramel, roasted nuttiness, and bread fragrances are there at the start. Then, it finishes with a mild grassy and piny aroma. The taste starts off with the malt; the caramel flavor, with roasted barley taste, and bready yeast flavor. Then the hops come through with a grassy flavor, then a strong citrus flavor comes out, that counter balances the malt in a way. It deconstructs, what has been established at the beginning. A thin feel at the start, it gains weight as reach the back of the palate, to become more medium bodied. This beer started out very well with strong maltiness desired in a brown ale, but hop combination rips the malt apart, and not in good way.

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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark brown with ruby and orange hues. Nice light tan colored head that has great retention and leaves lots of sticky lace. Aroma is of toasted grain, sweet cocoa, and a nice hops presence.

Taste starts off of bittersweet chocolate fading into bitter, slightly, citrusy hops, toasted and roasted grain with an espresso-like finish. Mouthfeel is fine although its a little grainy-like. Drinks pretty easy. Pretty good brew.

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fiery highlights illuminate the beer from under, unleashing a glow that exceeds well past the perimeters of the glass. They add brightness and make the beer considerably more amber than brown.

Streams of bubbles encircle the beer entirely and fall like waterfalls in reverse. The head is creamy and always at a minimum of one full finger thick. As the beer reduces it leaves the glass enveloped in foam.

The smell is so full of hops you don't even need to hold the beer all that close to your nose to enjoy them. The aroma, and as I'm about to discover the flavour too, is blistered with green, spruce-y alpha acids. Should you choose to notice there is also plenty of milk chocolate buried in there with them.

Mikkeller uses flaked oats, pilsner, Munich, crystal, brown, pale chocolate, chocolate malts for this brown ale. It shows - and I don't think you have to be a home brewer to pick up on it. Flavours and mouthfeel become difficult to describe as they seem to change with each sip.

The chocolate malt, especially, stands out. It is most likely responsible for the lingering notes of dark cocoa. Astringent, roast coffee beans are a good contender for the beer's number one flavour. The malt bill on the whole taste like raw, unmalted grains. What I taste again and again are husks.

The body, and its flavours, are light but the mouthfeel is exponentially thickened by a strangling astringent. It is the brittle, but lingering, vinous plant like bitterness of hops. The beer also becomes a little heavier with the same degree of roast found in strong porters - only in this case, without the backup of flavour and density of body. It reaches a point where soot and ash meet spice and hops. Jackie Brown is a twisted exercise for palate!

The mouthfeel spills over into the flavour department with strong, lightly bitter flavours, that linger continuously. These are the coffee beans, dark chocolates, and most of all, the pounding spruce. So much spruce! I feel there is a lack of depth in flavour.

I found this beer on the whole to be a bit of an enigma. It was so much of so many things ... but among them: good. I'd be very curious to try my hands (err, nose and tongue) at this puzzle they call Jackie Brown again in the future, both for enjoyment and curiosity sake. I'm not sure what the main export of Denmark is, but it should be Mikkeller.

Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a deep mahogany nutty brown colour. Nice creamy tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping then faded fairly quickly to decent thick covering. No carbonation at all... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of roasted chocolate malts, tobacco smoke notes, strong peppery and grassy hops, roasted (maybe slightly charred ?) nuttiness, strong nutmeg spiciness, some anise, black coffee, woody hints, creosote traces, dark dried fruits (raisins and currents)...

Taste - Big grassy and earthy hop bitterness up front followed by lots of (charred) roasted malts, some pine notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums), dark chocolate, light smokiness, roasted nuttiness, light treacle sweetness, for only 6% the alcohol is pretty noticeable...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... medium bodied... Pretty drinkable although the hops maybe become a little harsh after a 650ml bottle...

Overall - A pretty decent brown ale although i prefer mine a little more malty than hoppy... recommended though...

Photo of Overlord
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After trying the underrated Stateside IPA, I now must confess that I found Jackie Brown to be quite overrated.

I've had some pretty great brown ales lately, with Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron leading the way. This was an indifferent effort, at best.

Pours a lightish brown with a tan, two inch or so head. Smells strangely piney ... not much malt, woodsy, or earthy tones here.

The taste is astringent and bitter, and rather than supple chocolate, roast, or malt tones it's quite bracing and offputting. The mouthfeel is way too light.

I'm just not sure what they were going for here.

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Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.