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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%


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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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a murky, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy/creamy head and good lacing.

S: Had that typical nutty aroma brown ales have, along with hops and a sweet malt.

T: Tasted of hops, caramel malt, and that nutty quality. As browns go, this was pretty tasty.

M: A very good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is probably as good an American brown ale you could find. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 13:59:09 | More by avalon07
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 16:49:53 | More by mdagnew
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 03:27:54 | More by laituegonflable
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, creamy, and smooth Brown Ale. Certainly larger than the style descriptions suggest, but not forced or so large that it looses what's best about Brown Ales.

The dark brown ale carries a medium haze (typical for Nogne-O beers). The froathy pour releases a lightly tanned and restrained head with solid retention and light on lacing.

Malty rich aromas show deep caramels, sweet breads, chocolates, and lightly toasted nuts. No major ester or hop profiles to mention.

Flavors follow up on aroma- farily simplistic yet well balanced flavors of soft breads, bitter chocolates, and cooked caramel flavors fuse together harmoniously for a creamy/mily/vanilla rich flavor with a long linger into the finish.

Creamy and robust textures early fade to a silky smooth, velvety feel late than avoids crispness or dryness, allowing for that long chocolatey, nutty finish.

The beer shines by giving me more of what makes English Brown Ales best- the chocolates, malts, and nutty flavors. But by not forcing the issues, they avoid a muddles mess of fusal alcohol, distracting esters, or unnecessary phenols. A well melded and sculpted Brown.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 16:33:53 | More by BEERchitect
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 20:51:04 | More by clayrock81
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with good lacing on a clear very deep amber body.

S: toffee, brown sugar, butter, dark fruit, cola, maple

T: cola, roasted malts, toffee, smoke, burnt caramel and breads malts. Bourbon in the finish.

M: fairly creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very complex and dynamic. Many different flavored which mingle well and don't detract from one another

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:40:58 | More by kylehay2004
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:49:53 | More by bluejacket74
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite a dark and very opaque brown colour with an exceedingly fine head of beige foam. Lacing is sticky and stays in sheets down the glass. Lovely. Body looks very thick and heavy. Lovely looking beer.

Nose is full of roasted nutty characters, with a hint of booze and slight wine mustiness. Hint of dusty chocolate powder and a tantalising spirit spiciness. Quite sweet, but dark and refined. Very delicious.

Taste is quite boozy, with some sharp spiritous character mixing with the roasted biscuit character and the extra cocoa chocolate bitterness. Finish is surprisingly but pleasantly dry, with a dusty high roast grain character lingering throughout. Feel is surprisingly thin on the back. It suits it in a way, but almost feels like it needs something more to support it.

Very nice brew, and one which is susceptibly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 02:47:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
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JohnnyS17

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 17:21:45 | More by JohnnyS17
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cobrarax

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:12:35 | More by cobrarax
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 16:21:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BrownNut

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:55:24 | More by BrownNut
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mahogany brown color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The aroma profile is OK, though nothing to get excited about. I get some brown sugar and a hint of chocolate, but that's it. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with a bit more flavor than expected. There is still the brown sugar and light chocolate, but there is also some peppery bitterness in the finish that is nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft, with a fairly long finish. Drinkabiliy is pretty good, with the alcohol well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile.

Not sure I quite understand the "imperial" aspect to this beer, but otherwise this is an enjoyable, easy to appreciate brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 20:28:08 | More by johnmichaelsen
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 15:56:53 | More by SleepyMonk
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 19:32:58 | More by CuriousMonk
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a huge medium brown color head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some buts and light hops is very interesting. Taste is maltier then expected with huge caramel malt with some nuts. The finish is slightly bitter but less then expected for an Imperial brown ale; it appear that the imperial is related to the malt as opposed to the hops which is quite interesting. Body is above average with some medium carbonation. Overall, I would say that this was a well done beer in what is often a boring style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 18:55:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

N@gne @
Imperial Brown Ale

LOOK: Pours a very dark blackish brown, unfiltered, with sediment mostly reserved in the bottle.

SMELL: Dark roasted malts, and alcoholic estery aromas of berries and dark fruits. Pumpernickel bread.

TASTE: Roast, smoke, raw cocoa. Alcohol, with a rummy character. Nutty coffee. Sweet and malt centered with an earthy, leafy bitterness on the edges. Faint vanilla in the finish.

FEEL: Medium bodied , lots of flavor. Carbonation is at a low medium giving a silky smooth delivery. Quite nice.

OVERALL: I dig the beer, moderate complexity and has many strong points. Got much better as it warmed, which many great beers do. This strong brown ale makes a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:38:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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baggio

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle@home

This one was brewed in 2006 although i bought it 2009-02-13!

A: Dark brown with a very generous head and lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, Roasted malts, Caramel, Fudge, Raisin.

T: Raisin, Chocolate, Fudge, Milk chocolate, Caffe latte, Hint of port wine.

M: Very sweet and very low bitterness. Low carbonation.

A bit too sweet but quite nice to sip at during an hour. Try it with either chocolate or cheese because it pairs well with both. An interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 21:41:08 | More by baggio
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jbowers56

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 12:49:42 | More by jbowers56
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brendan13

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass a dark amber colour with a substantial inch of light beige head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Chocolate & dark fruit predominately. A toffee touch. Some nutty hints & very vauge floral hop notes.
T - Chocolate & toffee maltiness comes through - quite sweet. Dark fruit is there but more muted.
Floral and herbal hoppiness comes through more in the taste too.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly low carbonation. Some warming alcohol at the end.
D - Decent but not something I'd rush about to buy again. Unless your a fan of sweet brown ales there are better choices from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 14:00:27 | More by brendan13
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dgilks

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 11:24:42 | More by dgilks
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:04:00 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with 2 inches of brown head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts and roasted malts mostly. Some nuts, dark fruit, and spice as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel malts, and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good brown ale. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 21:41:28 | More by mdfb79
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 09:01:09 | More by CrazyDavros
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that faded away, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel and nutty malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very sweet with flavors of caramel and hints of nuts and roasted malts. No bitterness is discernible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of a sticky and syrupy feel.
O: Overall, the beer comes across as being too sweet and the sweetness isn’t balanced off by any bitterness from the hops. It’s like drinking an extremely sweet Belgian Abbey Ale with some flavors you would expect from a Brown Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 23:03:26 | More by metter98
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
89 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.