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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Denmark

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

Aroma is strong and malty with an overtone of caramel and molasses plus a surprising and rather firm hoppy note. It pours a semi-transparent cola brown with at thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Flavor is rich and malty with caramel and brown sugar notes and a hoppy, earthy, slightly tinny undertone. Medium-bodied texture has a good fizz that leaves a slight tingle and a malty, hoppy, tinny finish.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse for the Mikkeller Tap Takeover.

Pours a hazy reddish brown colour, quite bright, but also quite light. Head is a little frothy, but mostly filmy and slight. Body has some depth to it, pleasantly, but the colour and the head look a little bit dull.

Nose is brown and dark, giving some roasty grains and a hint of slightly meaty, slightly sweet characters. A little sharpness to it, that adds an almost spicy, slightly aniseed character to it. Not bad.

Taste expands on the meatiness, almost giving a slight smoke character, but balanced and almost nutty, with a pleasant round sweetness. Bitterness comes through on the end, giving a twinge of sharpness to finish.

Nice brew. Very decent. I can't remember how it went in bottle, but it's pretty decent on tap as well.

Photo of megahurts4
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Jackie Brown

Appearance: brown, huge head, and good lacing.

Smell: nice wet hops and a slight roasted malt.

Taste: smooth wet hops, faint roasted malts, and a faint cocoa.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. It isn't like a normal brown ale. The hops are too strong for a brown. I was expecting more of a roasted flavor, but it is very subtle. The carbonation is quite high as well.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark, thick brown - resembled chocolate milk in my eyes for a second - w/ an intensley big head and lace down the glass. A sweet and dry malt smell comprises the aroma; I picked up large doses of chocolate and roasted malts as well as caramel, toffee (maybe) and bready, dry malts (light). Taste is the same as this a smooth beer, medium body, creamy but not chewey and there's a touch of hop bitterness but it's all about the malts. Chocolate and caramel give off a large sweetness and are balanced w/ a chunk of roasted, dry malts. Finishes crisp and clean and is a very enjoyable beer.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

From 750ml bottle to plastic cup on 4/24/11
*From notes

A: Rich pine cone brown in color. Crazy 3.25 finger head and lacing so thick that it coats the cup and won't let go.

S: Fresh ground hazlenut coffee and Belgian waffles covered in Grade A maple syrup.

T: A bit of lemon-lime up front which comes off slightly acidic, though it cuts through and balances the strong amount of dark brown sugar on the mid, and earthiness at the finish.

M: Astoundingly thick for a Brown. Fairly cloying, but it works, and well.

O: This was the perfect beer for the perfect situiation. I paired this with my Easter dinner and wow, did this hit the proverbial spot. The Honey Baked Ham's brown sugary and honey coating + Mikkeller's Jackie Brown = heaven.

On it's own, this is an above average Brown that drinks well enough and is quite easy to put back at 5.9% ABV. I will say though, that I can easily think of at least four or five other Browns I prefer to this. All in all this is a nice little beer with a great name. QT and Pam Grier should be proud.

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.

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 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.

Photo of joecast
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical dark brown color. A bit cloudy from the bottle conditioning. Lightly tanned head. Excellent head formation, lacing and stability. Medium carbonation.

Good mix of roast, chocolate and hoppy aroma. Difficult to pull off for this new interpretation of the style but they have done very well here.

Taste is a bit clouded by the bottle conditioning I think. A bit too much yeast character to let the other parts shine. The malt and hops are there but struggle to show.

Nice job. I can only imagine this would be fantastic if t was filtered. Very nice beer though.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - mocha head with a coke-like body
S - lots of sweet piney scents with a bit of caramel
T - hops bitterness and a nice malt toastiness- there is a somewhat strong soapy and metallic flavor that overwhelms everything else and ruins this for me (I know it wasn't glassware because I didn't clean the glass with soap - hot water only)
M - clean, with a coffee-like astringency
D - one would be enough for me (500mL serving)

Disappointed with this one - perhaps a bad bottle?

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed with Urbain at the schoolhouse. Thanks for opening this up!...Medium brown pour with good retention and lacing..The aroma is a nice combo of coffee and chocolate with nuts, good balance...The taste is very roasted, lots of coffee again. Nutty presence takes a back seat an becomes a little one dimensional, although the roasted coffee is good.

A solid brown.

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 andrenaline
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle shared during our Christmas beer exchange.

A - Pours a hazy dark brown colour with a red amber hue, thumb of head with mountainous terrain, big bubbled lacing that sticks in chunks to the side of the glass... Is it a 5?

S - Sweet lemon hops and roasted coffee. Very sweet and reminiscent of a porter/stout with intense dark cocoa and toffee notes coming through.

T - Flavour is very different from what I was expecting. The hops are the dominant flavour, very earthy and leafy. A bit of a roasted peanut or nuttiness also comes through as it warms, and the dark cocoa flavours linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth but does finish a tad dry. The bitterness of the hops also come through on the mouthfeel.

D - Overall a very tasty ale and a delicious example of the style. I was expecting it to be a little more on the roasted coffee side, but the leafy hops make for a nice balance. A little on the pricey side, but definitely worth a try.

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 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.

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

Chilled bottle pured into a hex pint glass.

Dark body of deep soil and cola hues. Head is a light tan color, fluffy, creamy and tightly bonded very thick.

Nose is aromatic with fresh notes of hops with elements of malt and some citric fruit tones also.

Hop notes are HUGE up front when the beer is tasted. The sourness of the hops blends of nicely into mild espresso territory with roasted nuts and dark fruits present.

Medium body and perhaps lighter than one would expect when inspecting the glass prior to that initial sip, this could be the reason why I hear this being criticized for being thin. Carbonation is very accurately measured and rather complimentary.

Good brew, the more I take on Chinook lately the more I like it.

Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Very generous beige head.

Some port like aromas dominate the nose. Geez this smells like a wine.

The palate is chocolate with a bit of coffee, especially the bitterness at the back, but also still getting that portiness. Weird but good.

It is a little short flavour wise for mine.

I'd definitely go this one again.

Photo of Naugros
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After pouring this, look quickly and you will witness a cascade, a la one of those famous nitrogen fed stouts. It doesn't last long, but rises quickly and feeds a three finger width beige head that leaves a ton of sticky lace as it recedes down the side of the glass as you drink. The head is astonishing, mimicking the foam on top of an espresso. The color of the beer? Brown...duh. Seriously, get a "Brown" crayon, color on a piece of white paper and hold it next to the beer in good light. The beer is brown. I know, most browns are garnet, dark reddish, copper, deep copper, but this one is brown.

Toasted malts dominate the nose, just like a good stout. Hints of smoke, unsweetened chocolate and just a wee bit of caramel. Perhaps I should let this warm up a bit to get the best tasting experience? Nah! I need to taste this...now!

A little weaker than expected. Flavorful, but a bit thin in body. Yes, that should be judged in mouthfeel, but it detracts from the flavor making it seem a little watered down. Still, there is really good flavor here. The toastiness is right up front and it leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste. The bitterness recedes as the beer warms allowing for more toast in the wash. The hops presence also increases. It starts off just enough to give it that bitterness without stealing the show, but as it warms there's a slight citrus tang that becomes perceivable and takes over the aftertaste. Now I know why the style is "American Brown Ale" and not just "Brown Ale".

They were going for a "refreshing" brown ale, according to the bottle. They got it, but at the cost of being full-flavored. Maybe I'm being unfair and tasting it as I would a stout, but the aroma promised me a stout-like experience. I feel a little jipped. It really is nice all around.

This is my first Mikkeller and I have to say I am impressed with the quality and the taste. I am spoiled by drinking the classic Belgians, historic Czechs, masterful Germans and fearless Americans. This Danish offering stands up well against any of those. Nicely done. I plan on hunting down more Mikkellers in the future.

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

750 corked and caged tinfoil topped bottle poured into tulip july5 2010

A dark brown with a little amber along the edges when held to the sun, a big ass head with decent retention leaves a few partial rings of lace as it slowly falls to an island

S big hops are hard to miss, floral, citric and even a little pine, I also pick up on just a little raisin, molasses, and coffee

T more coffee then I smell and a little chocolate to go along all the hop complexity that works very well for it

M thicker then the color would lead you to believe with good carbonation and length

D no complaints with this beer other then the price, lots of flavors and easy to drink

I liked this beer a fair bit, lots of hops to enjoy with enough malty goodness to please almost anyone. I will admit for 15$ a bottle it's a little pricey for a 6% beer but I could see myself drinking this again and can't think of any reason why you shouldn't try it

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.

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