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

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 114
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 114
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy nearly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, light roast, light chocolate, dark bread, floral, light dark fruits, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malty notes with slight hops; with good strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light roast, light chocolate, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light roast, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of toasted malt flavors with light hops; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial brown ale. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a murky, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy/creamy head and good lacing.

S: Had that typical nutty aroma brown ales have, along with hops and a sweet malt.

T: Tasted of hops, caramel malt, and that nutty quality. As browns go, this was pretty tasty.

M: A very good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is probably as good an American brown ale you could find. Drinkable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with a small off-white head.
Caramel malt and hops on the nose, with a light nuttiness, spices, licorice and generic dark fruit.
Fruity taste, with dark fruit covered up by a nice "dark" citrusy note, something like blood oranges. Caramel and light toasted malts. Hints of nut, but pretty low. Nice spices, with a bit of pepper, some anise, some cinnamon, but again, not the main stars. Finishes with hop (a bit "English" and earthy), almost no malt.
Aftertaste has citrus peel and malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation.
This might be the most refreshingly hopped brown ale i've ever had. Really nice.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty burnt brown colour, opaque with a huge amount of cloudy haze, and an enormous voluminous head, several inches of retention with a nice aerated bubble cloud, dense at the top and not really sinking. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Nice, but kind of lacks substance. Lots of head and a cloudy body do not a good beer make; it needs to mean something.

Nose is very grainy. Quite English in character with a lot of sweetness. Fair amount of brown sugar, chestnut character (like an Asian chestnut cake), and a bit of diacetyl that falls short of over-sweetening it. Slight nutshell-woody bitterness and a slight alcohol twang as well. But a pleasant sweet nose, for its minor faults.

Tastes malty and sweet, quite roasty as well. Yeah, pleasant - a lot of toffee, bittersweet with brown sugar, a slight toasted bread note and a bit of oak. Slight licorice spice on the mid and towards the back, the latter of which coincides with an alcohol bite, which is a little hot and quite noticeable, more vodka-esque than a smooth scotch warmth. This is a sweet beer with the right amount of bitterness and edge at the end to clip it off. You've got to hand it to Nøgne Ø, they sure know flavour, and how much is enough. Tasty.

Creamy and gorgeous mouthfeel. Definitely not thin but it just slips through the mouth. Unfortunately a snakebite of booze at the end is a little bit harsh. Otherwise perfect.

Yeah, the Naked Island do it again. A tasty, solid beer from a brewery of true quality.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, creamy, and smooth Brown Ale. Certainly larger than the style descriptions suggest, but not forced or so large that it looses what's best about Brown Ales.

The dark brown ale carries a medium haze (typical for Nogne-O beers). The froathy pour releases a lightly tanned and restrained head with solid retention and light on lacing.

Malty rich aromas show deep caramels, sweet breads, chocolates, and lightly toasted nuts. No major ester or hop profiles to mention.

Flavors follow up on aroma- farily simplistic yet well balanced flavors of soft breads, bitter chocolates, and cooked caramel flavors fuse together harmoniously for a creamy/mily/vanilla rich flavor with a long linger into the finish.

Creamy and robust textures early fade to a silky smooth, velvety feel late than avoids crispness or dryness, allowing for that long chocolatey, nutty finish.

The beer shines by giving me more of what makes English Brown Ales best- the chocolates, malts, and nutty flavors. But by not forcing the issues, they avoid a muddles mess of fusal alcohol, distracting esters, or unnecessary phenols. A well melded and sculpted Brown.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color with a massive head created from a bubble show; more head than there should be, to be frank, but both the retention and lacing are good

Smell: Toast, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, earthy hops and a hint of smoke

Taste: Toast, chocolate,. brown sugar and molasses, up front, with earthy hops and a hint of smoke developing in the middle; the finish is more on the sweet side with a touch of coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting take on a brown ale but I find it a bit sweet even though I enjoyed the complexity

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish body (light shade of black?) which turned into a tad bit of a gusher so tan head and lace abound. Strong aroma of roasted malts, hint of java (to me), balanced with good sweet malt base of caramel and chocolate and a touch of leafy, dry hops. A delectable sweetness first hits me as sweet chocolate and caramel balance with dry malt sensations such as roasted (toasted?) and bready malts (maybe coffee). A medium bodied beer that is quite filling that has a little crispness thanks to minor hopping, but overall is smooth beer that is a great sipper that got sweeter as it warmed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with good lacing on a clear very deep amber body.

S: toffee, brown sugar, butter, dark fruit, cola, maple

T: cola, roasted malts, toffee, smoke, burnt caramel and breads malts. Bourbon in the finish.

M: fairly creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very complex and dynamic. Many different flavored which mingle well and don't detract from one another

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite a dark and very opaque brown colour with an exceedingly fine head of beige foam. Lacing is sticky and stays in sheets down the glass. Lovely. Body looks very thick and heavy. Lovely looking beer.

Nose is full of roasted nutty characters, with a hint of booze and slight wine mustiness. Hint of dusty chocolate powder and a tantalising spirit spiciness. Quite sweet, but dark and refined. Very delicious.

Taste is quite boozy, with some sharp spiritous character mixing with the roasted biscuit character and the extra cocoa chocolate bitterness. Finish is surprisingly but pleasantly dry, with a dusty high roast grain character lingering throughout. Feel is surprisingly thin on the back. It suits it in a way, but almost feels like it needs something more to support it.

Very nice brew, and one which is susceptibly drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep brown with not much transparency. Served to me with about a finger thick of thin head that left good lacing throughout the beer.

The beer has a nice roasty malt smell. There is also a nice earthy, hoppy tones to the beer. The taste is very similar with a nice crisp roasty taste. The body is a medium build with slight carbonation.

I am usually not a fan of beers with considerable hop to them, but this beer is an exception. The roasty malt and earthy hops are balanced really well, which leads to a refreshing beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of cobrarax
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of baggio
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


This one was brewed in 2006 although i bought it 2009-02-13!

A: Dark brown with a very generous head and lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, Roasted malts, Caramel, Fudge, Raisin.

T: Raisin, Chocolate, Fudge, Milk chocolate, Caffe latte, Hint of port wine.

M: Very sweet and very low bitterness. Low carbonation.

A bit too sweet but quite nice to sip at during an hour. Try it with either chocolate or cheese because it pairs well with both. An interesting beer.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass a dark amber colour with a substantial inch of light beige head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Chocolate & dark fruit predominately. A toffee touch. Some nutty hints & very vauge floral hop notes.
T - Chocolate & toffee maltiness comes through - quite sweet. Dark fruit is there but more muted.
Floral and herbal hoppiness comes through more in the taste too.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly low carbonation. Some warming alcohol at the end.
D - Decent but not something I'd rush about to buy again. Unless your a fan of sweet brown ales there are better choices from this brewery.

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