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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

113 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 03-01-2007

18°P, 30 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, brown, amber, Munich and caramel malt; Columbus, Chinook and E K Golding hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 60
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Photo of nickfl
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Brown sugar, maple syrup, smoke and molasses.

T - Cola and brown sugar up front with a light note of green hops in the middle. Finishes with maple syrup, molasses, and a touch of coffee.

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

D - Wow, quite a collection of dark sugar flavors with a combination of smoke, coffee, and sugar that makes this more of a breakfast beer than pretty much any other I have ever had.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle gives some descriptors on it, Grimstad water, malted wheat, malted barley, hops, and yeast with 19 degrees Plato, and 40 IBUs. Pours basically a pitch black hue maybe some crimson highlights in the body, with a thicket of tan head. Aroma has some tree bark, herbal notes, hints of tobacco leaf, with dark fruit and cocoa bringing in familiar dark roasts. I've heard stick with their dark beers this is no different excellent malt fruit driven backbone with dark roasted edges, mild nuttiness, some earthy/herbal/tobacco infused hop bitterness a very spendid imperial brown ale. Layered levels of fruit dispersed amongst the bready malts, dark chocolate notes, and earthy nut/tree bark driven aspects not to mention earthy/herbal hops I'm a big fan with a finishing refreshing mint finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied creamy textured even textured large bubbled big bad brown ale from Norway go figure. Overall I'm in love with this type of beer especially from Nogne-O quite an interesting beer that I've had limited exposure to.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. I've just come to terms with ITA (Imperial Tequila Ale), and now I'm hit with an IBA? Where does it end? Should it?

This beer pours a hazy, very dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of dense puffy, silky, bubbly beige head, which leaves a broadly random, um, fjord-like vista of lace around the glass as it gradually abates.

It smells of toasty caramel malt, a prominent oily nuttiness, mild dry chocolate, and low-lying citrusy, leafy hops. The taste is nicely roasted caramel malt, a lessened, but still relevant earthy Planters nutty character, some further struggling choco-coffee goodness, and perky, though really a bit muddled, citrusy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are pleasant and understated, supportive in the best way, the body a steady medium weight, and tepidly smooth - the hops have just a bit too much say in this regard. It finishes off-dry, mostly, the caramel malt gaining some biscuity notes, and the attendant coffee/fruit/hop bitterness simmering idly, just offshore.

Definitely a stand-up brown ale, taken to the next lofty level, with no apparent ill effect. For an Imperial incarnation of the base style, newfound or not, this goes down all too well, as the one thing we might be overtly concerned about does well to remain silent, for now.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An (American) strong ale, using Columbus, Chinook and E K Golding hops. Two years into three year stated shelf life. Deep brown colour with attractive head. Citrus hop aroma. Big mouthfeel. Very tasty stuff, perhaps the best a brown (looking) beer can be.

Photo of jbowers56
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks beautiful. Had to pour carefully as it showed signs of being a gusher, but im left with a good 2 finger creamy beige head. Deep brown with red/orange highlights. Would be super pleased to see a beer like this poured for me at any venue.

Very pleasing nose. Sweet toffee pairs well with a sugary orange and dried fruits smell. Some nuttiness but really a very toffee/sweet rich fruit nose.

Lives up to the nose. More malty though, with less fruits. Some hops make themselves known, but in a very subtle way to my taste.

Overcarbonated. I don't know if this is intentional or a product of age etc, but its not good. Much too fizzy for this style. A big dissapointment and it made it hard to really get the most out of the flavours. Drinkability is limited by this.

Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick and creamy 5 inch head that lasted and lasted, nice lacing as well.

The smell was light creamy chocolate and dark caramel malts.

The flavor is very brown, nutty and bready with hints of toffee and chocolate with a nice lightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and thick.

Very nicely done, the Nogne I have had to date.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large light tan head.
Nose shows lots of nutty and softly roasted malt along with spicy, earthy and slightly resinous hops. Later on some chocolate and diacetyl enters. Very gentle, nothing harsh or aggressive, quite well done.
Flavours show more roasted character but this quickly subsides into nutty malt and dark chocolate only to resurface in the finish as a pleasant roasty bitterness. Again, very well executed without twisting the style to much.
Moderately low carbonation works well.
Halfway between a stout and a porter really.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a huge medium brown color head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some buts and light hops is very interesting. Taste is maltier then expected with huge caramel malt with some nuts. The finish is slightly bitter but less then expected for an Imperial brown ale; it appear that the imperial is related to the malt as opposed to the hops which is quite interesting. Body is above average with some medium carbonation. Overall, I would say that this was a well done beer in what is often a boring style.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that faded away, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel and nutty malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very sweet with flavors of caramel and hints of nuts and roasted malts. No bitterness is discernible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of a sticky and syrupy feel.
O: Overall, the beer comes across as being too sweet and the sweetness isn’t balanced off by any bitterness from the hops. It’s like drinking an extremely sweet Belgian Abbey Ale with some flavors you would expect from a Brown Ale.

Photo of spicelab
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle thanks to Lukie@IBS. Has quite a bit of age on it and a design that precedes the one pictured.

Chocolate brown, two-finger, milky looking mocha coloured head. Gravity defying raised ring and film.

Sweet and stouty nose. Some pungent roasty notes, sweetened dark chocolate, touch of tar, raisins, sour cherries and candy cane. Hops where are you?

Dominated by milk chocolate, caramel and confectionery sweetness. Nice enough for what it is, but I'm bemused by the absence of hops.

Smooth and syrupy. Bit of carbonation tingle on the tongue and very mild bitterness.

Dead set presents like a stout in every way. Nary a hop in sight. This bottle is more than 18 months old so perhaps unsurprising.

Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another treat for me in another brown ale. Imperial even. Sort of another interpretation of the brown or dark IPA style. Yes please.

A few shades short of black with a red amber tinge at the edges. Beautiful foamy tan head with great stability and lacing. This is bottle conditioned so there is some cloudiness as the last of the bottle is poured onto a glass.

Great malty aroma as it warms. A bit chocolate and coffee but neigh is dominant over the other. A nice touch of roast malts. Going by the bottle dating (a nice touch) this is about a year old so no surprise the hops have faded. Still, as a brown ale this is a winner.

Taste as well is much more weighted towards the darker malt character. In saying that, there is a complexity added from the hop bitterness and dryness of the dark malts (though no roast or chocolate?). It does maintain a nice sweetness in the background and has a clean finish.

Wasn't convinced on the mouthfeel but it's just about right really. Light enough to remain drinkable but not so light that you can't savor it.

Fantastic brown ale. This is becoming one of my favorite styles, when done well, and this was done exceptionally well.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Pours a dark murky brown with nice tan two finger head with great retention and lacing. Wonderful unique nutty, toasty nose with hints of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, caramel, and just a touch of soy sauce. The taste is roasty and bold malty perfection. HInts of sweet brown bread, maple syrup, toffee, figs, chocolate, soy sauce, and just enough peppery hops to keep it honest. The mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, thick and creamy, with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. I'm not typically a big Brown Ale fan, but this beer has absolutely blown me away! Definitely the best Brown Ale I've ever had, and right up there overall. An amazing beer!

Photo of Bananaman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø's Imperial Brown is one of my top 20 best beers in the world! It's just so wonderful.

Looks nice, Nøgne Ø's got really clean labels too. Hazy brown color with a nice beige/white head.

Smells really good of rosted malts, sweet toffee/caramel and some nice hoppiness.

Tastes wonderful of fudge, english hops and a great sweet maltiness. Caramel and notes of dried apricots lurks in the background.

Highly reccomended!

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my brand new Boulevard tulip (thanks Homebrewhawk!) Label on my bottle is different than the one pictured.

A: Pours a deep, rich brown with some faint burnt orange highlights at the edges. Topping this is a bubbly, light khaki colored head that reaches about 3 fingers thick. As it recedes it doesn't leave much in the way of lace but changes into a thin, creamy skim and unbroken ring.

S: I was immediately greeted with aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and hints of fudge covered dark fruit.

T: Pretty much as above, but with flavors of pan roasted nuts, spicy hops, cocoa, and a hint of cola.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy with an almost perfect amount of peppery hop prickle to keep this so very interesting.

D: Holy crap, do they turn out some great beer at Nogne O! Make sure you swirl all of the sediment into your glass. You won't be disappointed!

Photo of mattsander
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Sigmund
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle conditioned, courtesy of Cardinal, Stavanger (Norway’s best beer bar, untill someone proves me wrong, see Places section). Sampled side-by-side with its "sister brew", Nørrebro Bryghus Double Knot Brown Ale (pasteurised and unfiltered keg, see separate rating). ABV is 7.5%, 19 degrees Plato, 40 IBU. Very dark brown colour, moderate head. Darker than Nørrebro DKBA. Lovely malty aroma with plenty of aromatic hops, notes of chocolate and leather too. Rich and roasty flavour, plenty of malts and oak. Roasty long aftertaste. Excellent beer!

Photo of rarbring
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown, nearly black, a tan head, good lacing and some curtains.

The smell has roasted tones, sweet dark fruits like raisins and dates and dark chocolate.

The taste is sweet, brown toast, dates and some very dark bitter chocolate.

Medium carbonation, small soft bubbles and an oily sweet feeling, a dry finish.

A really good balanced beer with lots of malty tones.

Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of BrownNut
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - moderate malt, not very prominent

Mouthfeel - starts off soft and round, ends moderately dry

Taste - moderate roasty grain, malt sweetness, a combination of a slightly chalky mouthfeel and a hint of dark chocolate that's not very sweet. The warmer it gets, the more that dark chocolate flavor comes out and gets a bit sweeter and mellower.

Aftertaste - A very little bit of bitterness, a touch of sour on the top of the tongue, and some dry chocolate on the exhale

Overall - I call this a solid offering and very well done. I'm not a big fan of a very roasty taste, but I like the way they've incorporated that flavor element here. Not overstated, but rather balanced with the other elements. Artful balance seems to be Nogne O's real talent. Their stuff is classy. Sessionable, I would drink this all night and be very happy.

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mahogany brown color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The aroma profile is OK, though nothing to get excited about. I get some brown sugar and a hint of chocolate, but that's it. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with a bit more flavor than expected. There is still the brown sugar and light chocolate, but there is also some peppery bitterness in the finish that is nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft, with a fairly long finish. Drinkabiliy is pretty good, with the alcohol well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile.

Not sure I quite understand the "imperial" aspect to this beer, but otherwise this is an enjoyable, easy to appreciate brown ale.

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

On tap at ChurchKey poured into sampler glass. Interesting back story that it was first brewed in the spring 2006 in Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a joint brew between Nøgne Ø and Nørrebro. Nørrebro calls their version “Double Knot Brown”. Pours hazy reddish brown beer with a frothy quickly diminishing beige head, good lacing throughout. Intense hard roasted malty aroma with notes of nuts, burned caramel, molasses and dried fruits. Taste is bittersweet and hard roasted with a sugary texture, full body and wonderfully integrated notes of licorice and grapefruits, probably coming from the hops. Lingering dry, medium bitter finish.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 1 Pint bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark body. Color is almost an opaque black except for some cola hues around the edge of the glass. Moderate 1 finger of head and mild lacing.

Aroma is packed with roasted malts with a nutty texture. A strong yeast blend also features. Deep and slow drawn inhaling gives back an earthy, almost moldy, funk aroma. Nut flavors keep coming up but I also get hints of mushroom which is very interesting.

Taste is a real treat. Many of the aromatic features are present but they are in no way over he top or dominant. The malt flavors take on a whole meal bread dough character and once again nuts sit in well with hints of brown sugar.

Moderately bodied, surprisingly it tends to fall towards the light end of moderate, with a well balanced degree of carbonation. Very smooth and syrupy with a bright, yet easy, up front taste and a dry finish.

Damn good take on the style and a fantastic beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

N@gne @
Imperial Brown Ale

LOOK: Pours a very dark blackish brown, unfiltered, with sediment mostly reserved in the bottle.

SMELL: Dark roasted malts, and alcoholic estery aromas of berries and dark fruits. Pumpernickel bread.

TASTE: Roast, smoke, raw cocoa. Alcohol, with a rummy character. Nutty coffee. Sweet and malt centered with an earthy, leafy bitterness on the edges. Faint vanilla in the finish.

FEEL: Medium bodied , lots of flavor. Carbonation is at a low medium giving a silky smooth delivery. Quite nice.

OVERALL: I dig the beer, moderate complexity and has many strong points. Got much better as it warmed, which many great beers do. This strong brown ale makes a good choice.

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Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.