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La Granja Stout - Nørrebro Bryghus

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La Granja StoutLa Granja Stout

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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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

A dark brown, almost black color with no head other than a few stray bubbles. Roasted malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee compete with each other in the taste, with the coffee eventually winning out. A very smooth and enjoyable beer. My only (small) complaint is that the beer cost $17.50 for a 60d bottle.

lordofthewiens, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

600 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears completely.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some acidic coffee and some vegetables.

The flavor is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and maybe a touch of cinnamon with decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, I've had three bottles of this. I remember really liking the first, but the next two were not as good. This one has some off notes in the nose, and very low fizzy carbonation. I like the chocolate and coffee flavors though.

Beaver13, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Dark, dark brown pour with a squatty brown head. The coffee and licorice aroma is nice, and there's a little vanilla and molasses. Lots of black coffee with some caramel malt and cream coming through as the beer warmed. The chocolate is more like a chicory taste. Some soy taste, but some oatmeal/grain flavors.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Fours across the board for this Danish made brew. Pours a deep dark brown with good tan head that dissipates fast. Actually as this goes down, head retention is quite pitiful. Nose is coffee and roasted malt. Suprise suprise, the taste is mostly coffee, with alot of roasted malt flavor and a hint of creaminess. Coffee is a bit burnt. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but their intent was medium bodied, and the 7.5% abv fits right into that category. Drinkability is quite good and makes a very nice after dinner drink. Overall I like this one, it is a good mix of coffee and roasted malt and I like the medium alcohol and body of it, it is a nice balance between a small stout and an imperial beast. Glad to see another denmark brewery of worth, and especially one I can buy at the store!! Good brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Mondiale 2009. Very smooth, lots of sweetness that, mostly, covers up bitterness of coffee. Very drinkable, like a coffee with cream and tons of sugra. White head, lacey, coffee aroma.SOme roasted barley in background.I'm a sucker for a good sweet milk stout, even though I have given up coffee many years ago.

Sammy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +10.2%

aztraz, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

GRG1313, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

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 ToolHead
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

Draught at Nørrebro Bryghus; served in Nørrebro Bryghus stout glass. Black; OK, brown head, that recedes to form a thin ring along the rim of the glass; fantastic, fruity aroma with delicious (cold) coffee notes; the taste is likewise dominated by coffee and dark fruitiness, and is very well balanced and solid, with a pleasant roastedness; easy to drink. A highly impressive stout. Served much too cold.

ToolHead, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

A 600 mL bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The stout opened without a pop and, following pour into a snifter showed no head whatsoever. The body of the stout is midnight black, no ruby red, no nothing gets through.

S: Coffee and lactose, a perfect combination of sweet and acrid. The coffee is smooth with a touch of burnt intensity and the lactose is sugary sweet.

T: The stout starts off kind of rocky, showing off too much of a grainy cereal body before the stout kicks in. When it kicks in, it does with a vengeance. Lactose sweetness mixes with the burnt toast and chocolate to be create a full taste. Coffee adds a biting smoothness, robust and lively and an excellent compliment to the lactose. This could be a great morning beer.

M: The mouthfeel transitions from lactose to coffee to stout and back again quite nicely. Save for the slow start, this would be a classic.

D: The abv is moderate and the coffee-milk stout combination is nicely done.

akorsak, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

20.3 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a 1/4 inch cola like fizzy carbonated head that went away pretty quickly. No lacing at all. It smells like coffee, roasted malt, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. Good flavor in this brew, I can taste roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, seems a bit thin for a stout. However, it does feel slick and oily and nice when drinking it. Carbonation is low, which is weird considering during the pour the head fizzed up like a carbonated drink does. Drinkability is very good, the beer is very smooth and very easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very noticable either. I enjoyed this beer, but due to the price it's something I wouldn't buy very often.

bluejacket74, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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
Photo of shroompod
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours with a small head , no lacing. Not completely opaque but dark enough.

Aroma of dark chocolate and mild espresso notes.

Decent amount of cocoa and coffee notes that have a nice balance of sweetness and slight hop additions.

Mouthfeel is thick , a little undercarbonated.

Overall an enjoyable beer that masks the 7.5 % very well.

shroompod, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured from a 60cl bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Dark, dark brown...almost black. Like a coffee black. The tiniest of heads evaporates to leave nothing. No skim, ring, or lace.

S: Nice aromas of cinnamon cream coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, anise, and brown sugar with a minute touch of cherry.

T: Excellent blend of french press coffee and chocolate with cinnamon toast, vanilla, charcoal, molassas, honey, and burnt malt.

**Note** I noticed a lot of dark sediment in the bottom of the bottle as I neared the end of the pour. I cleared a little room out of the pint with a few sips and I thought that it seemed a little thin in body and weak in taste. I swirled around the sediment and poured it into the pint and immediately I noticed a big bump in body and flavor. The coffee and chocolate flavors were far more prevalent now. Don't pour its' sediment down the drain!

M: Medium bodied that does a nice prickly dance on the tongue. Awesome bitter roasted coffee finish that's preceded by a spicy yet smooth chocolate character.

D: This stout is awesome! The relatively low abv means that, to me, this is quite sessionable. Too bad this sucker goes for $15 a bottle!

GbVDave, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

"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 rarbring
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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
Photo of MeisterSmudge
3/5  rDev -17.4%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from the bottle a damn-near-black brown with a thin tan head which left no lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with a hint of red berries as it warms.

Tastes of espresso, milk chocolate, raisins, and vanilla. Warm taste of espresso thru the finish. The 7.5% alcohol is well-hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Quite drinkable, but could have had a bit more oomph in the espresso department to score higher.

Monkeyknife, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.4%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%

Pours a light tan, one-finger head that quickly vanishes leaving no lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is sweet, smooth roasted coffee that finishes clean. Very expensive, but worth trying once, at $17.50 for a 600ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -5%

The head reminded me of pouring Coca-Cola: large bubbled and completely gone within 30 seconds. No lace. The color is mahogany where no light shines through.

Sweet, but burnt raisin smell. Mild black patent malt aroma with a touch of hop in the background.

The flavor is solid with good coffee and cream flavors up front. Nice hoppy swallow and aftertaste, providing some character to the tongue. The body is another story. While reasonably rich (like skim milk), the carbonation mirrors the appearance. It's like a soft drink.

With a Root Beer body and head, there are some distractions with this one. The flavor does bring some redemption.

smcolw, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

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
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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
Photo of Deuane
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanks to FooFa for a chance to have this one.

A-Deep, clear dark brown with a thin tan ring that reduced to nothing.

S-Musty, earthy, wet leaves...interesting. My problem, where is the coffee aroma?

T-Chocolate candy, lactose sweetness and a bit of licorice. Again, not much in the coffee realm with just a touch of bitterness in the background.

M-Medium-light and kind of feels a bit thin. Nice dry finish.

D-An overall OK beer, but certainly nothing really stand out. Certainly drinkable but not exciting at all.

Deuane, Apr 02, 2009
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La Granja Stout from Nørrebro Bryghus
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