Imperial Brown Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-03-2013 22:49:53 | More by bluejacket74
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
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
10-11-2010 19:49:54 | More by tavernjef
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
4.03/5 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
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
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours black with a large light tan head.
Nose shows lots of nutty and softly roasted malt along with spicy, earthy and slightly resinous hops. Later on some chocolate and diacetyl enters. Very gentle, nothing harsh or aggressive, quite well done.
Flavours show more roasted character but this quickly subsides into nutty malt and dark chocolate only to resurface in the finish as a pleasant roasty bitterness. Again, very well executed without twisting the style to much.
Moderately low carbonation works well.
Halfway between a stout and a porter really.
10-16-2010 09:01:09 | More by CrazyDavros
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
3.94/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-29-2013 16:21:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
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
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
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
4.33/5 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
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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