Imperial Brown Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-13-2012 20:51:04 | More by clayrock81
4.45/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
02-27-2012 02:48:03 | More by wvsabbath
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
02-10-2012 06:06:52 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-12-2012 01:55:24 | More by BrownNut
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
0.5L bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.
A- Pours a gigantic tan frothy four fingers worth of head that dissipates REALLY slowly, dark brown almost black color, red hues come off the bottom, really nice bubbly lacing.
S- Dark malts upfront, nice roasted notes, coffee, cocoa, nice bitterness comes through, not much else going on, the aroma is fairly muted.
T- Roasted malt right away, slight cocoa, coffee, sweet bitterness comes out as well, nothing really special or unique coming out of this beer.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dry finish, smooth drinking, easy drinkability.
O- It’s a solid offering from Nogne, nothing unique or that stands out but I enjoyed every sip. It was a satisfying beer on this cold winters night.
01-05-2012 02:04:00 | More by Chriscrundwell12
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
01-04-2012 19:32:58 | More by CuriousMonk
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Pours surprisingly dark, almost black with a generous large creamy head, pale brown - turns soapy after a while. Sinks into rich, rich lacings.
S: Heavily roasted malt, semi-sweet. A bit burnt, almost. Dryness. Dark bitter chocolate and strong black coffee. Soyasauce. Some caramell.
T: Lots of malts, dark and roasted, a bit burnt - rich. Strong black coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. Soyasauce. Some liqourice. Smoked ham and sausages.
M: Body is full while carbonation is light. Semi-long dry bitter aftertaste, a bit burnt.
O: A nice American Brown Ale, but a bit too dark for this style...
12-19-2011 19:52:13 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
I poured this from a bomber into a glass stein.
Appearance- The head is great! It swells to three-fingers with a chalky consistency. The head is pot marked with lots of bubbles and craters. The lace is really thick, and web-like.
The body is an opaque dark chocolate. There are a few bubble columns noticeable in the glass. Very good looking beer!
Smell- A bountiful whiff of malts on the nose, mostly of the bread malt variety, which is how I like my browns. There is also a much sweeter note, like raisin dwelling in the depths. There is a slight brandy character from the alcohol as well, but it is very subtle.
Taste- Color me impressed! The drink begins with some more of the roasted and bread malt that is picked up on the nose. That continues through the entire drink, but it sweetens up as you move into the middle and end of the drink.
This is where some of that raisin quality starts to come out and mingle with the bread malt. The finish is not quite as sweet as it is roasted and spicy. That is thanks to the slight alcohol that comes out here.
More bourbon-like now than the brandy that is picked up on the nose. And again, it has a spicy quality to it, not quite as harsh as pepper, but easily picked up. Just a really solid brown that hits big with the roasted malt and bread malt qualities that make the style so enjoyable.
Mouth feel- I can not sell the mouth feel on this one well enough. Right away, the incredible creaminess of this beer is apparent; talk about rolling over the tongue!
And it is a very thick and heavy drink, definitely full bodied ad mouth filling. I really do not think this could have been done any better.
Overall- Everything that should be looked for in a great brown ale. The nose is full of malt with a distinct character, although maybe not as big as it could be.
The taste profiles incorporate the nose just as well, and remain interesting through the entire drink, however that peppery finish from the alcohol was the only thing keeping this from being a perfect flavor score.
And oh my the mouth feel. Just perfect use of carbonation found in this one. Nøgne Ø has done brown ale lovers a great service!
11-27-2011 01:03:36 | More by Pintofbrown
3.3/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
10-14-2011 07:34:32 | More by spicelab
3.95/5 rDev -2%
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.
09-07-2011 15:12:35 | More by cobrarax
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
08-15-2011 23:03:26 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
This beer poured out with a nice deep brown color, the head was a nice creamy tan color. The head left behind a pretty nice lacing. The smell of the beer was sweet and heavily roasted. The taste of the beer had some ice dark roasted nut flavors mixed with some sweet caramel. The mouthfeel wasn't too thick for being an imperial. Overall it was a very flavorful beer and I found it to be pretty good.
06-23-2011 03:35:18 | More by Knapp85
3.95/5 rDev -2%
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.
04-09-2011 17:21:45 | More by JohnnyS17
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-05-2011 15:56:53 | More by SleepyMonk
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
01-29-2011 07:51:50 | More by joecast
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Chestnut brown with orange-bronze highlights along the edges of the glass. More than three fingers of fluffy brown sugar colored foam look great. The head, which develops even more character as it melts, is doing a fantastic job laying down lace. Brown ales can't look much better than this.
Despite the fact that it hails from Norway, the nose is everything that an American brown ale nose should be. The reasons why include what smells like a wonderful combination of malts and plenty of American (and English) hops. Good things are expected on the taste buds.
Nogne Brown Ale is a rock-solid version, so it is no surprise that Nogne Imperial Brown is as well. I'm glad the brewers didn't Imperialize the hell out this offering by cranking the ABV up to 10.0% or beyond. A little restraint is exactly what was needed to provide a satisfying drinking experience.
Flavors include toasted brown bread, sugared pecans, caramel-toffee, tea leaves, and hints of cocoa and coffee. It all comes together in delicious and easy drinkable fashion. Some of the initial 40 IBUs have probably faded, which brings things into near perfect malt-hop balance... slightly favoring the former.
The mouthfeel is glassy smooth and supple. A little more heft would have put it into the stratosphere for sure. Low end carbonation is right where it needs to be.
Nogne Imperial Brown Ale is just as good as Nogne Brown Ale... just a wee bit bigger. I'm not sure what a Norwegian brown ale would taste like, so it's a good thing that the boys from Grimstad are so adept at creating American-style beer. As always, this brewery makes me (and my mouth) very happy.
11-28-2010 13:15:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
Spicy, fruity aroma with notes of American hops. Darker fruit esters and bready melanoidins.
Hazy, brown colour with a creamy, tan head. Good.
Smooth, bready malt. Raisiny esters. There's a few hops here but not much. This is pretty malt focussed for an American brown.
Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.
This is an interesting, malt focussed ale. I expected more hop character and the ester profile is a little odd.
10-29-2010 11:24:42 | More by dgilks
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
10-21-2010 20:19:17 | More by rarbring
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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