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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

97 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
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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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tln13
4/5  rDev -0.7%

tln13, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Troublebar
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Troublebar, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of SoPeL
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

SoPeL, Feb 23, 2014
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
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 epyon396
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

epyon396, Oct 11, 2014
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 Chrily
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Chrily, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of WorldWideStout
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back by my parents from their trip to Norway, though I could've sworn I just saw this at Chevy Chase liquors a week ago. But I've been wrong before...

A: Dark, almost opaque brown, with a small off-white head that quickly recedes.

S: Pretty weak. A little bit of mustard spiciness.

T: Spicy at first, with a mild malty sweetness that pervades throughout. There is some roastiness that is especially prevalent at the end, with some coffee notes as well. There is a small, bitter aftertaste.

M: Light, appropriate carbonation that stays throughout the sip. Fairly creamy, though a little watery at times as well.

D: Good - nothing offending or too intense.

Perhaps slightly more interesting than some others of the style, but nothing special or worth seeking out.

WorldWideStout, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 1 Pint bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark body. Color is almost an opaque black except for some cola hues around the edge of the glass. Moderate 1 finger of head and mild lacing.

Aroma is packed with roasted malts with a nutty texture. A strong yeast blend also features. Deep and slow drawn inhaling gives back an earthy, almost moldy, funk aroma. Nut flavors keep coming up but I also get hints of mushroom which is very interesting.

Taste is a real treat. Many of the aromatic features are present but they are in no way over he top or dominant. The malt flavors take on a whole meal bread dough character and once again nuts sit in well with hints of brown sugar.

Moderately bodied, surprisingly it tends to fall towards the light end of moderate, with a well balanced degree of carbonation. Very smooth and syrupy with a bright, yet easy, up front taste and a dry finish.

Damn good take on the style and a fantastic beer.

SleepyMonk, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Bananaman
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø's Imperial Brown is one of my top 20 best beers in the world! It's just so wonderful.

Looks nice, Nøgne Ø's got really clean labels too. Hazy brown color with a nice beige/white head.

Smells really good of rosted malts, sweet toffee/caramel and some nice hoppiness.

Tastes wonderful of fudge, english hops and a great sweet maltiness. Caramel and notes of dried apricots lurks in the background.

Highly reccomended!

Bananaman, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of HuskyHawk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

HuskyHawk, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of jbowers56
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks beautiful. Had to pour carefully as it showed signs of being a gusher, but im left with a good 2 finger creamy beige head. Deep brown with red/orange highlights. Would be super pleased to see a beer like this poured for me at any venue.

Very pleasing nose. Sweet toffee pairs well with a sugary orange and dried fruits smell. Some nuttiness but really a very toffee/sweet rich fruit nose.

Lives up to the nose. More malty though, with less fruits. Some hops make themselves known, but in a very subtle way to my taste.

Overcarbonated. I don't know if this is intentional or a product of age etc, but its not good. Much too fizzy for this style. A big dissapointment and it made it hard to really get the most out of the flavours. Drinkability is limited by this.

jbowers56, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of jroof1
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jroof1, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Ljunkan
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
Photo of 2bet
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

2bet, May 10, 2013
Photo of JohnnyS17
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep brown with not much transparency. Served to me with about a finger thick of thin head that left good lacing throughout the beer.

The beer has a nice roasty malt smell. There is also a nice earthy, hoppy tones to the beer. The taste is very similar with a nice crisp roasty taste. The body is a medium build with slight carbonation.

I am usually not a fan of beers with considerable hop to them, but this beer is an exception. The roasty malt and earthy hops are balanced really well, which leads to a refreshing beer.

JohnnyS17, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of GarbageMan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GarbageMan, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of SWY
4/5  rDev -0.7%

SWY, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of MoFro
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

MoFro, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of cobrarax
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, red brown colour, slightly hazy. Light brown, not too dense foam. Leaves some lacing. Large bubbles.

S: Quite malty. Some soy sauce and cocoa. Dark bread. Some rye. Some hop and caramell. Rather luxurious.

T: Very sweet with roasted malts and some caramell. Nicely balanced discrete bitterness. Some coffee and cocoa. It tastes like some kind of mix between an imperial stout and an ordinary brown ale. Aftertaste is bitter and stays around for quite a long time.

M: Rather high carbonation. Viscosity is ordinary. Easy to drink.

O: Nothing extraordinary, but good anyway. Would probably fit great with meat dishes.

cobrarax, Sep 07, 2011
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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Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.