Imperial Brown Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.88/5 rDev +21.1%
Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
A: The beer is an almost completely opaque dark brown to black color, with just a bit of cola brown at the bottom of the glass coming through. Really nice looking. Head is dark tan and foamy and settles down to just a foamy residue after a minute.
S: Lots of roasted malt and burned read character. Reminds me of a bakery kiln after use - some dark chocolate, bittersweet smoky remains of malty and bready baked items that are also noticeable. A bit of molasses in there. Just heavenly aroma.
T: A bit different from the smell in that there is a lot less roasted character and almost no burned or smoky character. Very nice bread and chocolate notes in there with a luscious creamy sweetness that penetrates through everything. Light bitterness on the back end, like a nicely baked cookie - sweet enough yet the crispiness underneath lets you know it was baked somewhere.
This is an amazingly lovely brew. One of the best I've had in some time, and I love brown ales. This does the style justice and more.
07-15-2014 11:32:13 | More by BucBasil
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.04/5 rDev +0.2%
500ml bottle bought from The Lighthouse, Jordanstown
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...
M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... medium bodied... Pretty drinkable for 7.5%
Overall - A pretty decent brown ale although i prefer mine a little more malty than hoppy... definitely recommended though...
12-01-2013 16:49:53 | More by mdagnew
4/5 rDev -0.7%
500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like nuts, toasted malt, caramel, molasses, chocolate and some dark bread. It tastes like nuts, molasses, dark bread, caramel and roasted malt, and some dark fruit and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew overall, I'd buy it again. $8.49 a bottle.
08-03-2013 22:49:53 | More by bluejacket74
3.94/5 rDev -2.2%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):
LOOK: Nearly black, thick lacing
SMELL: Unsweetened dark chocolate, burnt bread crust, fig sugar, floral, alcohol, earthy, freshly spent coffee grounds
TASTE: Sweet, medium body, semi-crisp, figs, cocoa powder, citric pith, hop bitterness, brown malt, nectarine pits, earthy yeast, toffee, black walnuts, blueberry skin, toasted bread, porridge
A big brew for sure, balanced and does not have any intention of being a burden on the palate in any manner. Does it really need that Imperial tag? It is the world we live in right? You'll want to sip this one slow not because of the strength but the long story it wants to tell as it opens up.
06-29-2013 16:21:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.11/5 rDev +2%
A: Deep brown with a long lasting beige head.
S: Toasty, nutty, chocolately, very nice. There is a metallic element here that detracts from greatness.
T: I'm not sure I would describe this as imperial, but its a very nice brown ale with a great balance of roasted and caramel elements.
M: Creamy and satisfying but finishes quite dry.
Very nice beer.
05-23-2013 03:56:43 | More by mattsander
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.