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Brown Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
11º P, 27 IBU

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up at Tiger Qwik Mart in Clemson, home of the WALL OF BEER.

A - Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours rusty brown with ruby highlights and a fleeting ecru head. The "core," if you will, of the beer is opaque, but the highlighted edges fade to a more clear brew.

S - Slightly bitter coffee beans, copper smelling roasted malt, toffee.

T - Overall very malty, not too intensely sweet. Coffee, toffee, faint spices and a slight hop bite in the nice finish.

M - Light bodied, about what you'd expect from a 4.5% beer.

Notes - This is a really solid, super drinkable low-mid alcohol content brew.

HeyItsChili, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jeonseh
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark hazelnut brown with minimal beads of carbonation coming into it. Small cappuccino colored headbwhich disappeared quickly after the pour

Smell - smells of caramel with roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate, actually reminds me of a nose i would find on a porter

Taste- this like the nose reminds me of a porter but with more zest to it. Taste with light chocolate and roasted malts with orange peel that makes the beer's overall finish dry. The maltiness is the main taste with the orange dominating the back end

Mouthfeel - creamy as it sits in the mouth, nice carbonation adds some zest to the mouth

Drinkability - A nice easy to drink brown ale especially at the low abv. It doesn't blow you away but it is good to have some pub grub for sure

jeonseh, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into a pint glass. A thickish looking deep dark brown body with only mild translucent coloring around the edges. Generated a chunky three finger head that holds strong density in the centre and holds fast at half-a-finger across the surface and sticky lace patching around the glass.

Aroma is well defined and dominant with slight sweetness on the nose from chocolate and toffee malt like characteristics. Some sticky floral notes blend with dry smokey hops and sugars.

Taste is not as forward as the aromatic features of this beer. Once again roasted malts and grains feature strongly and provide a smokey type texture to the taste. Sweet chocolate and toffee is present but a lot more thrown back in the mix when compared to the presence of those notes across the beers aroma.

Whilst this Brown Ale is not even close to being light bodied it does come across that way when the body is considered in the context of the way this one looks as one could easily suspect a heavy bodied brew before tasting. Moderately carbonated, well balanced with a dominant bitterness and a dry finish.

SleepyMonk, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer glows a warm brown body with a thick lumpy light tan head and a few tiny bubbles trail up the side of the glass. S- The flinty aroma turns more roasted malt depth as it opens up with a coffee roasted malt and some tartness to the black malt finish. There is a soft light toffee note that comes through as the beer warms up.
T- The blend of roasted malt, bitter hops and chocolate meld together with some soft berry notes to finish the taste. There is a light tartness to the roasted finish with a slight roasted bitterness lingering afterwords. It takes on a soft sweaty quality as the beer opens up.
M- This beer has a medium-light fizzy finish.
D- The roasted flavor dominates with the softer toffee adding some depth but not much other depth. The sweaty note in the finish is a little off but it is not really powerful. This beer is easy to drink but could use a little more depth to the malt bill.

rhoadsrage, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with a big, thick, firm, dense and lovely tan head.

Nose is big assertive, full and rich brown sweet pumpernickel with light carmel, mapel and toffee character.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but with a nice balance and which is overcome by full big and clean coffee flavors.

Big black espresso character, flavor and bitter finish. Coffee character in all respects. This is a big brown ale.

GRG1313, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of jikvig
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, almost black colour

On the nose I`m getting mocca-chocolate cake with hints of fruit inbetween.

Good foam, and it follows the coffeearomas in the mouth. Good bitternes, but I do miss a hint of sweetnes.
It do lacks some body. Too bad.

Good beer none the less

jikvig, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark redwood colour, very murky and brown. Head is a creamy beige and just gorgeous, with marshmallowy dense top, fluffy and sinking around the sides. Lace is a bit thin, but it is there. Looks damned tasty and nice.

Nose is quite malty, with a fair amount of caramel and toffee coming off. A slight sourness hides behind, hints of oak and some cereal grain. Floral character as well with a touch of mint. Has all the right brown ale elements and then some.

Taste is quite malty, a lot of chocolate and cocoa flavours abounding. Has some caramelised flavours distinct on the front and back, while mid-palate is a more sour affair, giving off lots of oak with bitter chocolate and some fig notes. Also a slight herbaceous character, like the sap note you get when there are tree leaves in your mouth. Nicely dissipates by the end though, leaving a pleasant slightly roasty sensation with some poignant coffee notes.

A little sharpness on the tongue makes it feel a little thin, or perhaps overcarbonated. But there's a nice spongey texture to the rest of it, pretty good feel.

A well-balanced, drinkable ale with plenty of flavour and character. Nøgne Ø's Imperial Brown Ale was a cracker; this, on the other hand, is a cracker. (Ironic tone probably lost in written form).

Quite frankly, it's not that I have a particular bias towards heavy, boozier beers; it's just nobody else seems to be able to brew a 4.5% beer that tastes nearly as good as this. Good work yet again, Norway!

laituegonflable, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's comes a 500 ml bottle. On to the beer:

Very dark brown in color. There are ruby red hues found at the bottom of the glass. The head on top is big and billowy, and the retention is excellent. The aroma greets the nose with a bouquet that is seductive, full of toasty, toffeeish aromas, semi-sweet chocolate, nuts, all while being sugar coated.

In the mouth, it tastes like a classic English Brown, despite the label description of the hops being New World. Soft waves of nuts push onto the palate voer and over. Dry toffee, soft yeast, a faint squirt of hops and tea, mellow....nice. Despite a 4.5% ABV, the mouthfeel shows some semblance of meat on its bones. Texture is very smooth with a light buzz of carbonation. Drinkability? Yep, it's got that going for it.

A good interpretation of a classic brown ale from a relatively new brewery. Well worth a try.

DoubleJ, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown color, letting light through, small cap of khaki head with decent lacing. Smell is of roasted nuts, cocoa powder, touch of brown sugar with a fresh roasted grain background. Taste is more forward of the fresh grain and roasted nut flavors, the cocoa powder lingers in the background. A decent grassy hop flavor throughout. Medium bodied, earthy feel with a slight dry finnish. A good beer all around that I would drink over other English browns.

rfgetz, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium to darker brown with alot of reddish orange tinge,a fluffy two finger slight off white head atop that settled into a nice creamy mass.Full English malt aromas,caramel and brown sugar dominate with an underlying fruitiness,a tinge of mineral as well,the hops are faint with a shot of leafiness.Lighter mouthfeel wich could be expected for the style,flavors of malty goodness (yeah I am a hophead),brown sugar and caramel flavors with a noticeable lightly roasted nut note,again the hops are faint in a leafy finish.A real nice brown ale,one of the best I have ever had,well done.

oberon, May 24, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown and clear. Head is fizzy and drops very quickly to a thin island and ring.
Smell is chocolate malt, smoke, hops and coffee. Good balance.
Taste is all of the smell with some alcohol. good balance here as well.
Nicely warming, medium bodied with a light effervescence. Smooth with oak in the aftertaste. A pretty good brew.

PorterLambic, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a chestnut brown from the bottle while in the glass appeared a dark chocolate coloring with a cushy and foamy tan head that exhibited a very good retention. A broken collar that was moderately thick in width was left behind.

S: The nose displayed a good sense of fresh chocolate shavings along with a slight dryness of roasted grains. Also present were light lingering notes of chocolate milk and fresh cocoa powder. The strength started out promising enough but after several minutes was diminished to an elusive scent fading into obscurity. Was nice while it lasted only wish it hung around longer to be appreciated.

T: The flavor was lightly creamy in nature with a mixture of chocolate malts with a soft, fresh roastediness. Perhaps it was a bit thinner then anticipated considering maris otter was used as a base malt. Moments of roasted barley and smoky peat were well recognized along with light coffee notes. The flavor seemed almost like a mixture between a brown and a scotch ale with a bit of burnt caramel sweetness and smoky appeal added in. There were instances of a spicy hopping, almost like what you would find in a Belgian trippel, but was lightly noted, added little to the enhancement, and not as dominant as advertised. The finish finds a closing of smoky peat character along with some milky chocolate grains that produce a bitter-sweet farewell. The alcohol, whatever it may have been, contributed a very soft warming but never revealed itself to be more then of sessionable quality.

M: The mouthful had a light to medium consistency, again a tad disappointing and surprising not only per style, but because maris otter grains were used which usually impose a thick creamy body, something this was definitely lacking. Light traces of carbonation were observed while the texture was quite smooth but really didn't excite nor disappoint.

D: An easy drinking brown, though a moderate use of complexity still didn't make up for the lack of creaminess and rich malting I was expecting, though the smoky character was a nice touch. Ok but wouldn't say it was defining in any way or worthy of seeking out, perhaps a different take on the style that I found to be overall middle of the road. None the less should have no problem going down.

beerthulhu, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of nrpellegrini
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Took a while for the massive head to settle, had a good bit of sediment too. Smelled of nutty malt and some sweet hops. Tasted of hopped malt and some nutty malt too, nothing to crazy to write home about. Mouthfeel was nice, laced my tongue nicely with the flavor. Drinkability was good as well, not too much alcohol, just a good easy beer.

nrpellegrini, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/20/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brown color body, smallish tan-whitish head, diminishing. Okay lacing. Strong sweet aroma, some spiciness and bitterness. Some smokiness. Some funkiness or something there in the nose. Watery body, some funkiness and smokiness. Slight chocolately. Old chalky chocolate taste. Some alcohol in the aftertaste. Some sourness too. A little odd.

jujubeast6000, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of jminsc76
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's Friday, and I am thirsty.This one pours a pale head that dissipates quickly and barely returns. The body is dark brown, but when held up to the light exhibits a reddish, almost dark vinegar tinge.

The bouquet is mellow, with aromas including coffee, molasses, slight caramel, and biscuit. It's not too intense, but it smells good.

Flavors of malt, coffee, cocoa, and a little bit of hop bitterness. It's not too bad. Not overwhelming but comes across as a fairly smooth English-style brown ale. The mouthfeel is decent.

Pairing some Gruyere cheese annd La Panzanella mini crackers with this, and the beer really manages to bring out the flavors of the cheese well. All in all, this is a balanced brown, but its component parts don't scream anything spectacular.

jminsc76, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of light brown head on top of an opaque, brownish-black body. Good retention and nice, thick lace.

S - Dark toffee aroma with brown caramel and some coffee. A hint of spicy hops and licorice.

T - Light coffee flavors with lots of caramel and toffee. The caramel notes intensify towards the middle and then transition to darker malt with more coffee and some light, spicy hops in the finish. Moderate malt bitterness with some hop notes balance the malt. Coffee notes linger on the palate along with some light licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nice and drinkable with a great malt character. The dryness of the beer really works well with the coffee. It is a bit on the dark side for a brown ale; it borders on being a porter.

nickfl, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of atis
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky dark brown with dense brownish head, ok retention, head fades to patchy layers at the top. Aroma is strong and pleasant roasted coffee, some floral hops.

Taste is bittery roasted coffee, some herbal hops, dark chocolate with medium-dry finish and sweet malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is about medium with average carbonation.

Overall, quite interesting and surprisingly hoppy for English Brown Ale. Although I found it strange in the beginning, just after a few sips I started to enjoy it more and more.

atis, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of albern
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional English style Brown Ale. It looks great, with a nice dirty brown matte color with a nice tan creamy smooth head, good retention and lacing. The nose on the beer is a delight. Roasted malts, crystal malts, florals, plum flavors, maybe some fig as well. There is tons going on in the aroma, with some caramels and bready malts underneath as well.

The taste is first rate. This is one of those low ABV beers with tons of character. The beer is medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth as silk, nice and milk chocolatey creamy. There is a nice cocoa flavor, chocolates, mocha, roasted malts, brown malts, maybe a slight hint of some dark cherry chocolate as well. The beer is a touch drying with a bit of hop in the finish to bring the beer to a wonderful culmination. This one is a really nice offering from a brewery that has some very nice beers. Seek this one out. L'Chaim.

albern, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, nuts, maple, caramel and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced and isn't as heavy or sweet as most brown ales. There are flavors of maple, caramel, nuts and a touch of smokiness. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean in a style that is usually kind of sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is really good sessionable beer with a lot of flavor and substance to it that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of melagnus
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Thick self-sustaining head of off-white hue hovers atop the Dark Ruby Brown (SRM 24)colored clear alcohol. Swirling rouses the head in the snifter though it fizzles out rather quickly thereafter and doesn't result in much lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts billow up into the nose with a slightly sweet note to it that takes on a caramel or butterscotch characteristic. Could this be diacetyl?

T/M/D - Seems to be a Northern English Brown, as it comes off with a bitterness and stark roasted taste not often found in the southern varieties. The body seems a bit light for the style, though it could just be me. Bitterness also could come from the roasted chocolate malt, though I know not. Either way, chocolate is noticeable, though isn't as pronounced as other notes. Lastly, the bitterness really degrades the palate and doesn't make this a beer I'd have more than one of.

C - I've had Northern Brown Ales before and they seemed less bitter and more sweet and malty than this one did. This one strikes me as aggressively bitter and lacks the malt profile of a beer of this style. Possibly, it will taste better as it warms, but I can't say I'm too impressed.

Upon further examination of this beer and allowing the beer to warm up, I'd say that the beer is just Nøgne Øs take on this style. The Crystal hops clearly are noticeable and it would seem that they chose to hop-up the beer, so that it focused more on a west coast extreme of the style. The standard fare English malts are prevalent, but masked by the hops. The bouquet is actually quite interesting and intrigues my senses, though it also comes through as different and unfamiliar.

This beer takes a truly experienced taster to understand that this beer isn't bad, just different and in fact quite good if one allows themselves the presence to go beyond mind-made opinions. To compare this to a traditional Northern English Brown Ale would only provide a foundational understanding. This beer should probably be put into a Specialty Beer category. Another thing possibly influencing my opinion is that I tried Midas Touch before this, which is much more sweet in comparison, though I attempted to cleanse the palate properly. Either way, I would rate this a B.


melagnus, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dirty motor oil brown with a frothy off white head that hangs out. Stick coating lacing.

First I get sweet and toast malt, this is promptly followed by a chocolate milk aroma that I really like. Some faint coffee in there as well. Not super complex, but smells great.

And here is the let down, nope, I'm going to let it warm a bit before I continue.

Sweet, chocolaty flavors surround the front of your tongue. This is followed by some mildly bitter burnt malt and sweetened coffee. The finish carries very little "spice" as opposed to the description on the bottle, it is somewhat metallic. The finish comes off tasting more like bad tap water than spicy hops.

Light bodied and overly carbonated. More watery than I expected.

I could drink a bunch of this easily. It's good, but not a stand out in my mind. Maybe if it were on tap and a lot less expensive I would dig it more.

BDLbrewster, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice deep dark brown, held against the light gives slight deep mahogany hues. Almost a three finger thick foamy head with decent head retention, wispy lacing is left on the glass. Nose is of chocolate, caramel malts, slight toastiness. Taste is of chocolate, toffee, caramel. The malt presence is dominating but not overpowering. There is a earthiness and spice to it the malts that balance out the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, however the taste is so robust that it almost thickens the body so that it's not too filling but extremely satisfying. Decent carbonation, smooth body clean finish. This is beyond a sessionable ale - great drinkability, great taste, I would sit with this beer all day.

Jayli, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a mid to dark brown with a couple of centimetres of tan head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Roasted and chocolate malts up front followed by some nutty and dark fruit hints.
T - Much like the smell but more so. Roasty chocolate maltiness with a much more pronounced nutty quality. Subtle dark fruit notes. There is also a herbal/grassy hoppiness that comes through at the end.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation. Roasty chocolate flavour lingers.
D - Well balanced, not too sweet yet not too light. Something I'd drink again. Quite sessionable too at 4.5%.

brendan13, May 01, 2009
Photo of becktone
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 3-30-09

Eye: When poured this beer is brown, and when light passes through it dark ruby colors shine through to show a sparkling clear brew. Head formation wasn't all that great, but its retention is holding up pretty well. The head is in between creamy and foamy and currently sits at 1/2 a finger in height. Its a good looking brew overall...a bit more from the head would be nice though. Lacing is pretty nice, sheets of it cover the glass, a testament to the beer that has already been drunk.

Nose: Lots of roasted malt aroma. Some slightly burnt notes as well. Chocolate comes out as well. Not too much more than that. I really wish the aroma were a bit more potent, or that it were a bit longer lasting. After a bit it is really hard to get much from it, maybe I've just become used to its aroma by that time though.

Tongue: Pretty much the same as the nose....good roasted flavors, some slightly burnt notes, a bit of chocolate. Toasty and grainy notes as well. Hints at fruitiness. Nice balance from the hops as well. Aftertaste has some roasted and coffee flavors complimented by some light floral notes. All in all this is a nice brown ale.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium-light in body with a good amount of carbonation. I'd prefer if this one had just a bit more body and a little less carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer, pretty good to session, not sure of the abv, its not on the bottle. This is one that I'd not hesitate to pick up again, however, I'll definitely be trying more before I do so.

becktone, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head comprised of a horde of large, swiftly popping bubbles, gets to just about one finger before settling thinly across surface, brownish cream color, not a lot of lacing. Clear red-brown in color, consistent throughout, visibly transparent for depth of hue. Milk chocolate, hazelnuts and pecans, honey and soft caramel make for an inviting nose, dark raisin, date, cherry fruit scents pretty it further, not many discernible hoppy elements, probably add more erectness and structure than olfactory delight. Medium-bodied, polished and smooth, you immediately sense it's crafted for maximal drinkability and satiny texture than complexity of flavors. Not that there's a paucity of chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, cola nuances or a floral breeze and slice of candied orange peel. The carbonation delicately swirls the flavors through the mouth. Never gets truly sweet, this would impede the flow. The cherry, raspberry, golden raisin fruit parts fit into the whole seamlessly. Again, nothing profound or never experienced before, just finely executed craftsmanship.

farrago, Mar 15, 2009
Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.