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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

105 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

baybum, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

samEBC, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

nickfl, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of MAB
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

MAB, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

bashiba, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

JohnnyP3, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

GbVDave, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of rarbring
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

rarbring, Oct 21, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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

wordemupg, Jul 12, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

wvsabbath, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

BlackBelt5112203, Jun 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Sl1p, Oct 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

rolltide8425, May 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

fellowrs, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GarbageMan, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of coltsr2
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

coltsr2, Apr 26, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Pintofbrown, Nov 27, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous glowing brownly umber with spectacular deep golden highlights. Tall waft of light tan foam grows quickly and fluffy to just over an inch. The crown of foam slowly twindles down to ever present thick skim and collar that lasts the entire session. With tons of lacing in spotty snowflaked sheetings covering the glass.

Aroma is soft and mildly roasty with a nice twang of deep dark breadyness. Some notes to brown sugar sweetness, vanilla, and maple.

Flavor is quite well rounded with a nice melding, soft, soothing combo of roast and tang that are both bready sweetened and darkly crusty with over baked pastry edges. Solid tone of soft roasty breadyness smoothed over even more so by a darker sweetness that touches to some maple, brown sugar, and vanilla hints. Nice chewy finish with a puff of cinnamon thrown in. A complexing subtle flare and softness about it. Yummy nice.

Body is just over medium, not huge my any means, but unbelieveably soft in a wonderfully drawn out fluffy texture and rounded dark sweet bready darkness that flows right down with amazing ease. Gone in no time flat. Scrumptiously drinkable!

A winner of a Brown from Norway! A usually boring style brought to its top notch showmanship here. Too bad the price point for one bottle can get you a micro sixer of just about any other halfway decent brown or better. But definately something to be looked at for what most other browns should strive to be like.

tavernjef, Oct 11, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

beerdrifter, Oct 15, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, velvety mahogany with a thick and creamy head that hangs around forever.

Aroma is an unusual nutty malt sweetness with hints of cocoa and a complex herbal hop bitterness.

Taste is bready caramel malt as expected. However, I am surprised at the amount of smokey charred dark grain. Malt has a nice bit of burnt toffee. Finishes clean and dry with herbal hop notes, and a touch of the cocoa from the nose and a bit of lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a nice resinous coating of hop oil.

This is a unique and interesting beer. It seems to be a cross between a porter and a nut brown ale, with a generous hop dosing. This has to be the best Brown Ale I've had.

Blakaeris, Sep 30, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourites from Nøgne Ø. I shared a "kolli" about 12 bottles with a friend this spring.

The color is dark brown, the foamy head is light brown and it lingers for a while. Nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is nice of fudge and chocolate. Slightly of hops.

The taste is malty and sweet with lots of fudge, chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. Slightly of hops here to, but it does not have that much bitterness. It's more "aromatic hoppy" then bitter, but that's not a bad thing in this case.

The mouthfeel is great, almost full-bodied, creamy, filling and nice in the mouth. Smooth as... I don't know. But smooth it is.

The drinkability is good. It hides the 7,5% well and you could easily finish a bottle of this alone. I like it.

Ljunkan, Sep 09, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Harkrank, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Chrily, Apr 14, 2012
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.