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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

95 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

KAF, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

HuskyHawk, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of BucBasil
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

BucBasil, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

zonker17, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Troublebar
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Troublebar, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of WillCarrera
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

WillCarrera, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

rolltide8425, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of SoPeL
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

SoPeL, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

fellowrs, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Lukass, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

d_brommer_nh, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of SWY
4/5  rDev -0.7%

SWY, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jbeervt, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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...

mdagnew, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

mmilyko, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Aug 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mattsander
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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.

mattsander, May 23, 2013
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Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.