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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

104 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 104
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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Photo of GarbageMan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GarbageMan, Aug 13, 2012
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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Sammy, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

baybum, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
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
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
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
Photo of Harkrank
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Harkrank, May 13, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of tln13
4/5  rDev -0.7%

tln13, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Chrily
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Chrily, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

pixieskid, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

clayrock81, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jason, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

MoFro, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BrownNut, Jan 12, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Chriscrundwell12, Jan 05, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 04, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Evil_Pidde, Dec 19, 2011
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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
Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +24.1%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -0.7%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of spicelab
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

spicelab, Oct 14, 2011
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.