Imperial Brown Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.03/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-09-2010 03:27:54 | More by laituegonflable
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.04/5 rDev +0.2%
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...
12-01-2013 16:49:53 | More by mdagnew
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
07-08-2010 13:59:09 | More by avalon07
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-10-2012 02:54:16 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-22-2012 04:36:06 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-17-2013 04:18:26 | More by superspak
4.11/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-23-2013 03:56:43 | More by mattsander
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
4.13/5 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
4.15/5 rDev +3%
500 ml bottle conditioned, courtesy of Cardinal, Stavanger (Norways 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!
06-17-2007 20:48:52 | More by Sigmund
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
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-28-2013 02:40:27 | More by nickfl
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-27-2012 21:07:51 | More by MAB
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
09-29-2010 23:08:32 | More by bashiba
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from a .5L bottle. Batch 403, brewed on 15.12.08, best by 15.12.13.
Poured a caramel brown with some orange hue on the edges. Very cloudy with 2-3 fingers worth of tan, creamy head. Yeast is visible after the pour, floating near the surface and mixed with the head. At first, the smell was quite muted. Further investigation revealed a nose of roasted nuts, sweet caramel notes and some hints of fruit, perhaps apricots?
Taste...where to begin? Wow, this one has a lot going on. Nutty, fruity, caramel, hints of chocolate, and the list goes on. There is a definite sweetness from the caramel malts and a mild chocolate flavor as well. Starts sweet and ends sweet with some bitterness and fruit in between. Also a hint of smoke. The fruit comes across as apricots, dates and maybe stewed pear? Complex and delightful. Try this with a flavorful cheese and it hits a home run. Roasted nuts are in there as well.
A well carbonated beer. In fact this one was a bit of a gusher when I popped the cap. But that helps it be such a wonderful compliment to grilled meats and flavorful cheeses. Drinkability is excellent. So many complimentary flavors as work here that you need to have another just to decipher them all. 7.5% abv is barely noticeable in the taste and mouthfeel. A well crafted, complex brown ale.
08-15-2010 16:43:30 | More by JohnnyP3
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
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!
02-02-2010 01:11:55 | More by GbVDave
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
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.