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La Granja Stout - Nørrebro Bryghus

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BA SCORE
82
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Mexican coffee.

(Beer added by: ToolHead on 09-20-2004)
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KAF, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

GRG1313, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was on sale, have been passing on it for so long finally picked it up, even though it is apparently kind of old.
Thick enough looking black pour, a ring and a few wisps of cream head on top.

Aroma, some milk chocolate, roast malt, faintest hint of coffee.

Taste, a large molasses presence, not sure if this is from age or intentional. Some milky way candy bar. Very little roast, malt or coffee for that matter.

Struggles to get to mid bodied. Carbonation is a tick high, but it goes down easy. No alcohol heat.

Kind of odd in its old age. Not sure what to make of this. At the price point, this better have been much better fresh. It feels like it probably was.

Bung, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of bark
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was brewed a bit more than two years ago, the best before date was two months ago.

The liquid is dark brown (80 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and warm brown, it sinks quickly leaving no lacing.

The smooth smell is sweet with lots of coffee candy flavours, including some bitter notes. Some vanilla, caramel and quite a lot of milk chocolate bars.

The first taste is bitter like old, cold coffee. Some clean hop bitterness and growing alcohol flavours. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Light body. The aftertaste got growing bitter notes with some metal, old coffee and some roasted malt sourness. It is quite short, leaving room for smooth coffee flavours in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles fresh. The liquid is light.

No, this one wasn’t suitable for cellaring.

bark, Dec 18, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

t0rin0, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Evil_Pidde, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle last summer sometime. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled 29 October 2010
Best By 26 October 2012

APPEARANCE: A thin brown pour produces a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Transparent black body and medium levles of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Decent head, but very transparent for the style.

SMELL: Bolder nose of espresso, with some sweet cream, light vanilla notes and touches of chocolate. Decent stuff.

TASTE: Slightly watery in flavor, unfortunately. Some espresso, roasted malts and sweet vanilla cream. Mild but lingering aftertaste of sweet vanilla notes, bitter espresso, dark chocolate and roasted malts, Decent flavors come out, but it begins a bit watery.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: Decent. Nothing special, but nothing horrible either. The flavor was a little lack-luster up front, but it finished much stronger. The feel could use a little thickening up as well, which would probably help support the flavor some. Worth it only if you have some time to kill.

Jeffo, Aug 27, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown colour with no real head. Not bad but still a little disappointing.

Lightish, earthy coffee aroma with a touch of liquorice. Some burnt sugar and a touch of malt. Interesting.

Lightly sweet with earthy coffee and plenty of burnt toffee. Reasonably well balanced but I can't help but feel that it is a little underwhelming.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Okay.

It's an okay beer and worth a try but it doesn't pack any sort of punch and wouldn't have me coming back again.

dgilks, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

aztraz, Jun 16, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very black with a red tone, a tan small head that leaves little lacing. Some curtains.

Dark roasted coffee, burnd bread, ashes.

Sweet brown bread, nuts, dried dates and figs, milk chocolate, Kahlua.

Small carbonation, soft and smooth, a thick body, a smooth dry finish.

Pleasant, accessible, rewarding. Not much wrong here.

rarbring, Apr 26, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black kola hue which leaves little head and no lacing,the smell is milky coffee,bourbon,a touch of oak and some dark fruity hops,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and too light for me with tastes of milky bittersweet coffee,burnt toffee,a touch of molasses,dark fruit and finished just like a nice cappicino and overall it definately lacks in looks and body but tastes nice but for its price probably wouldnt revisit cheers.

ADZA, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 22oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black with mild amber highlights. Very thin tan brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong syrup, alcoholic, caramel, and malty aroma. Hints of coffee in the background.

T: Dark rich slightly sweet ale that is very syrupy and alcoholic’

M: Strong and boozy. Heavy body and low carbonation

O: Decent Espresso Stout. A little low on the carbonation and a little too syrup tasting for my liking.

ckollias, Oct 27, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

"Rumor spreadin' around in that Texas town 'bout that shack outside La Grange and you know what I'm talking about...a haw haw haw." ZZ Top, La Grange

Root beer dark brown black with a fluffy cream colored head. Head is quick to skim and vanish.

Fresh coffee bean oil and roast malt aroma. Dark fruit comes out to play as it warms.

Taste is a fine marriage of iced black coffee and a no frills, but capable and pleasant roasty stout. Nuances of thin molasses and dark fruit begin to peak as La Grangja warms. I see a lot of reviews mention this beer being overly sweet but as this was in the bargain beer bin for $4 I'm assuming a little age has mellowed out the sugar.

The big boner kill for this beer is the body. It's thin and the low carbonation really robs this beer of verve. I was tempted to say that big coffee stouts and English yeast don't mix but I know Meantime makes a fine coffee porter.

donkeyrunner, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of coffee, and hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of a Milk/ Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of coffee, slight roasted malt, and slight dry hop. Overall, great aroma, blend, body, and mouth feel.

Tone, Jul 26, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry aromatic coffee with light dry roasted malt with a nice touch of sweet notes. Taste is also a nice mix between aromatic coffee with light dry roasted notes and light lactose-like notes which must be originating from the maple. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice level complexity and drinkability.

Phyl21ca, Apr 29, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1pt 4.3oz bottle.

A - Pours a very fluid dark brown with a slight brown head that has no retention at all.

S - Aroma of sweet lactic acid with some slight milk chocolate notes and some slight bitterness notes on the back end of the nose. Some grassy notes as well. Coffee notes? not really.

T & M - The flavors starts off with some slight chocolate notes and then some very mild and slight roasted coffee notes. The lactic sweetness is quite present in this one as si the slight acidic hint. There is some slight grassy hop notes. The beer is watery and doest seem as big as the name indicates.

D - Not my favorite beer. Im beginning to stay away from the Milk Stouts.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Ego
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eyes...
snap, crack, and fizzle head, it runs away faster than little kids at a kathy lee apparel factory, carbonation sounds lively but the head is gone quick...
no lacing, no legs, this looks like flat cola...
it is enough to cause an eclipse but so is my big white butt... not impressed...

nose...
dark roasted coffee with some cream, some sense of the alcohol, a touch of sweetness, nothing is shining here, pretty muted

taste etc...
medium to full body with slightly prickly carbonation, it has the consistency of flat soda actually, the coffee flavor is barely there... the roasty flavor is barely there... this beer is about assertive as stephen hawking running a marathon... yeah... that "Great"

verdict?
for the price this is an absolute rip off, old rasputin for far less money is so vastly superior for way less cost.

thumbs both down.

Ego, Mar 15, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yummmm! Really good beer. A lot like the commercial description. Poured with small to medium, fine, light tan head and a little lace. Aroma in roasted malt, mild coffee, a hint of anise. Flavor's much the same. Not overly sweet. In fact for a sweet stout, it's spot on. Body is very good and carbonation perfect. Kind of a combination of a very nicely brewed cup of fresh coffee and beer, odd as that may sound. Nice chewy finish with no off flavors.

drpimento, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma is strong and has undertones of molasses and unsweetened chocolate as well as a hint of coffee. It pours an opaque sable just a whisker from jet black, and the head is thick and pale tan though not too persistent. Flavor is quite mouth-filling and has elements of fine coffee, unsweetened chocolate, molasses and a teeny bit of caramel. It is a little sweet but not cloying. Texture is smooth and tingly, leaving a smoky, slightly sweet, lip-smacking finish.

Cyberkedi, Dec 20, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a nice cola, almost black, with dark cherry hues against good light. A few bubbles that disappear too fast to warrant much comment. A bare-topped beer within a minute or two.

Aroma - roasted grain with a mild to moderate coffee aroma. As it sets up and warms a bit, the nose really opens with more intense cocoa powder and espresso scents.

Taste - good roasty malts, followed by a combo of chocolate syrup and smooth espresso. A touch of soda water saltiness on the swallow is a little distracting, but this has a fully-flavored roasty finish that I really like. Ends dryly with a touch of char.

Mouthfeel - on the thin side, but a smooth body with moderately crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - very enjoyable, easy to drink.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 06, 2009
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2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a botte of this at Julio's last month. It was between this or Dark Horizon, and boy do I regret my decision.

Pours deep brown with burgundy highlights. A small head forms but quickly dissipates to nothingness, not even lacing is left minutes after. The aroma is very flawed - a big aldehydic nose of green apple overtakes any mild ester and/or roasted aroma. The taste is very bland, and undercarbonated. Some fruity, milk chocolate notes. Overall, a big let-down. With a premium price tag, I was expecting the same caliber to that of Nogne O or Haand Bryggeriet. Unfortunately, I was mistaken and had to dump half the bottle.

DousedInStout, Jul 05, 2009
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La Granja Stout from Nørrebro Bryghus
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.