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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

60 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 114
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
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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Photo of aleigator
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yields a mohagony brown color, with a decent, stable head.

Smells of chocolate, cane sugar, toffee, together with a fair amount of wood. Reveals a note of matured, fruity hops among a bready malt foundation.

Has a medium body, with a fitting, lively carbonation.

Tastes of coffee, toasted malts and sugar, along with hazelnuts and a spiced note. Coffee is well pronounced, providing a convincing balance to sugar and molasses. Finishes fairly sweet, with a slick dryness shining through.

Tastes great, ranges between sweet and bitter in a convincing, complex way. Charred malts, old hops and coffee exhibit a convincing balance to molasses and caramel. (657 characters)

Photo of quilty
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a bit to sweet for me, although everything else is very good. wish it had a little more bitter edge, or darkness, to balance the sweetness. quite enjoyable. (157 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -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 (630 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø does it again!!! The only way I can think of to describe it is scrump-diddly-umptious. Like all Nøgne Ø ales, its absolutely beautiful out of the bottle, pouring a dark mahogany with a perfect muffin top 5 cm head which lingers FOREVER until dissipating into frothy rocky dregs of head. Without a doubt top marks on appearance. As far as flavor goes - lots of malty chocolate/caramel/dark fruit/whatever you imagine (citric pith?? lol whatever floats your boat) flavors going on, as expected in an imperial brown ale. It's goddamn perfect for the winter. My only (slight) complaints are that it is just a tad bit effervescent for my taste, and just a little bit more boozy than expected. Also, taxes in Scandinavia absolutely BLOW for beer, and it shows with the $10 price tag for a pint (this is the same for all Nøgne Ø beers, but you probably already know that if you are reading this review). Totally worth it though, grab it if you see it. Overall, superb ale, som alltid kommer ifrån den kompromisslös bryggeri.

Skål!! (1,044 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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... (993 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -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. (487 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of mattsander
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of coltsr2
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice silky smooth half inch light brown head....beer itself is very dark brown...lacing is about average for this type of heavy beer...its well pronounced and clings to the sides of the glass...

Aroma is a nice malty hit of roasted barley, toffee and raisins...no noticeable aroma of any hops...seeing as this is a brown ale i suppose that is to be expected..

Taste is very well rounded, rich and smooth, roasted malts semi sweet with a nice underlying solid bitterness which follows through to a nice finish....nice!

Mouth feel is very smooth, well bodied and well carbonated with a nice champagne bubbly effervescence on the tongue with each mouthful which helps make the whole drinking experience of this beer feel very refined and satisfying....

I will definitely buy this beer again..top quality heart-warming lovely stuff! (846 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -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 (396 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown color and a 2.5 finger, light beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. The glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with a surprisingly prominent floral hop presence. Slightly earthy with some grass, pine and hop resins countered by hints of caramel, toffee, toast and a bit of chocolate. Decent amount of roast but not burnt smelling at all with sweetness and hops balancing things out.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a strong earthy hop flavor that's countered by a lightly roasted malt backbone. It's surprising that the hops are the dominant flavor in an imperial brown ale. Dry and bitter with grass and resinous pine needle flavor lingering throughout into a pretty dry finish. Subtle roasted malt character countered by a touch of sweetness toward the end of the palate. Hints of toffee, caramel, nut and light chocolate rounding things out. Not a bad beer but too hoppy for the style in my opinion. (1,001 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
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! (729 characters)

Photo of MAB
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this spectaular brown ale on-tap at the Hop-In Brew o July 25th, 2012

Nice dark color and plenty of head. Looks great.
Smell was a bit lacking. Some maltiness but not a lot of anything else.
The taste took me by surprise. A real depth of flavors.
Sweetness and sourness combined with a light alcohol burn. This is like no other brown I've ever had.
It is not at all watery, but not cloying either. A perfect gravity.
Overall score reflects how much I enjoyed this despite the lower mark for aroma.
Upon reflection, the temperature (cold) may have had much to do with that, as it improved in flavor as it warmed up, so the smell must have done the same--but I didn't care by then. (686 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/7/12

A dark brown with a solid two finger beige head has great retention but only leaves a few patches of lace

S leafy, herbal, and citric hops, milk chocolate, faint coffee, and a little licorice, as it warms there's a nutty Nuttella spread thing going for it

T a little more citric hops and much more nutty, earthy tones work well for it and there's some dark toffee and burnt brown sugar in there too. tastes great, one of the better brown ales I've had recently, I have no idea where the "Imperial" level of booze is hiding

M full bodied that's feel's creamy from the bubbles, slightly sticky on the lips and a lingering nutty coco aftertaste

O This ones a winner in my books, tastes and smells great and solid in all other areas, well concealed booze and a great mix of malt and hops

I loved this one and will drink it again, I'm pretty stoked to see this brewery in Alberta I can't wait too see what else gets shipped here (969 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,283 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Deep brown color with a big 3-finger tan, bubbly head. Fades pretty quickly and leaves hardly any lacing behind.

S - Toasted and nutty malt with hints of chocolate and an underlying current of citrus and floral hops as well. Terrific brown ale aroma.

T - Starts off with sweet chocolate, toasted, and nutty malt flavors and finishes with a pleasantly bitter finish with citrus and floral notes. Really tasty.

F - Medium-to-full bodied with more carbonation than expected (not a bad thing), a full and creamy mouthfeel, and a very dry and slightly bitter finish. Toasted sweetness and dryness linger for a while. No real sign of the alcohol except a slight palate-warming feel after the finish.

O - Best brown ale I’ve had so far by a long shot. It has a ton of malt character and a nice, complementary undercurrent of hop aromas and flavors. Perfect mouthfeel. This is a great beer and I’d really love to try more from Nøgne Ø. I definitely recommend this to not only brown ale fanatics, but lovers of all styles. (1,090 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -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. (603 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, traces of black. Monster 3+ inch head with a ton of lacing.

Smell - Malts, nuts, brown sugars, roasted coffee. Sweet fruits and spices. Chocolate and cocoa nibs. Smells awesome.

Taste - Very malty, roasted chocolate and cocoa dominte the flavor. Sugars, dark fruits and booze are also very present. Coffee mixes well with the hops to give that bitter, dry hop feel.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrup quality, tounge gets the malts, coffee and chocolate flavors. Hops add the bitterness after the malt bomb. Palette gets remaining malts and hops, along with chocolate, cocoa and molasses and brown sugar.

Overall - Awesome, very tasty and full of flavor. Almost closer to a porter then a brown ale with all the coffee and chocolate, but the nutty malts bring it together in the end. So smooth, rich and easy to drink. Worth a drink for sure. (899 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,046 characters)

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Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.