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

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Imperial Brown AleImperial Brown Ale

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94 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 03-01-2007)
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Reviews by cobrarax:
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, red brown colour, slightly hazy. Light brown, not too dense foam. Leaves some lacing. Large bubbles.

S: Quite malty. Some soy sauce and cocoa. Dark bread. Some rye. Some hop and caramell. Rather luxurious.

T: Very sweet with roasted malts and some caramell. Nicely balanced discrete bitterness. Some coffee and cocoa. It tastes like some kind of mix between an imperial stout and an ordinary brown ale. Aftertaste is bitter and stays around for quite a long time.

M: Rather high carbonation. Viscosity is ordinary. Easy to drink.

O: Nothing extraordinary, but good anyway. Would probably fit great with meat dishes.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:12:35 | More by cobrarax
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-24-2014 18:21:02 | More by HuskyHawk
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-19-2014 06:26:40 | More by zestar
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South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 11:32:13 | More by BucBasil
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-11-2014 01:30:11 | More by zonker17
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

06-09-2014 09:26:07 | More by Troublebar
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-28-2014 17:53:36 | More by WillCarrera
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-23-2014 00:19:02 | More by rolltide8425
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-21-2014 01:59:12 | More by afsdan
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-23-2014 22:06:00 | More by SoPeL
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-10-2014 16:06:45 | More by fellowrs
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-02-2014 21:44:16 | More by Lukass
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-04-2014 20:55:05 | More by d_brommer_nh
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Hong Kong

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-24-2013 16:24:56 | More by SWY
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-22-2013 16:18:06 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-05-2013 03:41:18 | More by jbeervt
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.04/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 16:49:53 | More by mdagnew
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

11-24-2013 01:34:44 | More by nmann08
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-01-2013 17:26:46 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-25-2013 01:15:12 | More by mmilyko
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:49:53 | More by bluejacket74
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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

07-18-2013 03:20:14 | More by DonFrap
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-23-2013 09:37:50 | More by Kirk
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Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 03:56:43 | More by mattsander
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Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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