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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
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 wvsabbath
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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
Photo of WillCarrera
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

WillCarrera, May 28, 2014
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

samEBC, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev -1%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

pixieskid, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of brendan13
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

brendan13, May 04, 2009
Photo of Blakaeris
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, velvety mahogany with a thick and creamy head that hangs around forever.

Aroma is an unusual nutty malt sweetness with hints of cocoa and a complex herbal hop bitterness.

Taste is bready caramel malt as expected. However, I am surprised at the amount of smokey charred dark grain. Malt has a nice bit of burnt toffee. Finishes clean and dry with herbal hop notes, and a touch of the cocoa from the nose and a bit of lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a nice resinous coating of hop oil.

This is a unique and interesting beer. It seems to be a cross between a porter and a nut brown ale, with a generous hop dosing. This has to be the best Brown Ale I've had.

Blakaeris, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +23.8%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Sigmund
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle conditioned, courtesy of Cardinal, Stavanger (Norway’s best beer bar, untill someone proves me wrong, see Places section). Sampled side-by-side with its "sister brew", Nørrebro Bryghus Double Knot Brown Ale (pasteurised and unfiltered keg, see separate rating). ABV is 7.5%, 19 degrees Plato, 40 IBU. Very dark brown colour, moderate head. Darker than Nørrebro DKBA. Lovely malty aroma with plenty of aromatic hops, notes of chocolate and leather too. Rich and roasty flavour, plenty of malts and oak. Roasty long aftertaste. Excellent beer!

Sigmund, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another treat for me in another brown ale. Imperial even. Sort of another interpretation of the brown or dark IPA style. Yes please.

A few shades short of black with a red amber tinge at the edges. Beautiful foamy tan head with great stability and lacing. This is bottle conditioned so there is some cloudiness as the last of the bottle is poured onto a glass.

Great malty aroma as it warms. A bit chocolate and coffee but neigh is dominant over the other. A nice touch of roast malts. Going by the bottle dating (a nice touch) this is about a year old so no surprise the hops have faded. Still, as a brown ale this is a winner.

Taste as well is much more weighted towards the darker malt character. In saying that, there is a complexity added from the hop bitterness and dryness of the dark malts (though no roast or chocolate?). It does maintain a nice sweetness in the background and has a clean finish.

Wasn't convinced on the mouthfeel but it's just about right really. Light enough to remain drinkable but not so light that you can't savor it.

Fantastic brown ale. This is becoming one of my favorite styles, when done well, and this was done exceptionally well.

joecast, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of alysmith4
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

alysmith4, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of beerdrifter
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Pours a dark murky brown with nice tan two finger head with great retention and lacing. Wonderful unique nutty, toasty nose with hints of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, caramel, and just a touch of soy sauce. The taste is roasty and bold malty perfection. HInts of sweet brown bread, maple syrup, toffee, figs, chocolate, soy sauce, and just enough peppery hops to keep it honest. The mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, thick and creamy, with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. I'm not typically a big Brown Ale fan, but this beer has absolutely blown me away! Definitely the best Brown Ale I've ever had, and right up there overall. An amazing beer!

beerdrifter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 BucBasil
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
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
Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

mmilyko, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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 spicelab
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
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
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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
Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev -1%

jbeervt, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of baggio
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

baggio, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of fellowrs
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

fellowrs, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -1%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Florya, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

d_brommer_nh, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of mattsander
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.