Jackie Brown | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, munich, cara-pils, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), flaked oats, hops (nugget, simcoe and centennial) and ale yeast.

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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 150
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany in color with a light tan head that laces well. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, caramel and herbal hops. The flavor is of bittersweet chocolate dark fruit and coffee. It has a nice smooth mouth feel and full body. A tad darker than most browns and more flavor as well.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great bottle label.

Appearance: Pours a cherry-mahogany with chunky, clumpy tan head. Visible yeast flakes.

Aroma: Stale coffee, nuts, and grapefruit hops.

Taste: Surprisingly hopped with a lot of interesting citric character. Depthful malt character too but hard to target because each time I try to focus on a specific malt flavor I get blasted by hops and I'm back to square one. Some metal and chocolate notes but mostly dominated by citric hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Extremely dry. Moderate to aggressive CO2. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good despite all the hops.

Good but not great and with a price tag that can't be justified for anything less than greatness.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed chestnut body is topped by a generous tan head that retains well and deposits lots of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is nutty, dark chocolate and coffee hints, and an assertive array of pine and citrus rind hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. A creaminess develops as it warms and compliments some hop oiliness. Taste is very hoppy with an aggressive pine and grapefruit rind character. Some toasted malt notes join the dark roasty coffee and dark chocolate undertones more as it warms. This one is much better around room temperature. I can't recall a hoppier brown ale than this well made example.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle brewed at De Proef.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is earthy hops with some toffee and chocolate. I also get something that resembles celery, but I am not sure why. The flavor is bitter chocolate with some earthy and dirt-like hops. I also get some caramel malt and some burnt malt. The aftertaste is chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jisak74
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Clear dark ruby-brown pour with a medium height beige head. Notes of citrus hops, metal, lightly roasted malts, some pine hops, light dark chocolate. Medium body, high carbonation and a bitter, refreshing finish.

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Photo of innominat
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with a short, and short-lived tan head. Aroma mostly of roasted malt, caramel, and nuts. Taste is big; full of roasted malt and nuts (a lot like Chock Full O' Nuts). Somewhat astringent hop/crystal malt bite. Sometimes can be salty. Mouthfeel was a bit flat, but not awful.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep mahoghony brown with a massive inch thick khaki colored head. Thick Brussels lacing. Aroma of caramel and dark malt. The taste has a bitterness that grows throughout the palette,but it is coming from the dark malt. There's definitely caramel and plenty of dark malt. The mouth is a bit thick and chewy for the style with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of bisq
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2010 - well out of date! However, I'll review it as I can't see myself obtaining another any time soon. ABV is stated as 6%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. An exceptionally dark brown hue with hints of ruby when held to the light. Yields a thick head of creamy light-brown foam, although this subsides to a bubbly surface layer after a minute or two. Fantastic aroma of dark malt and intense hops - burnt notes, roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, pine and citrus are all present. The ultimate blend!

Tastes of sweet, roasted malt with a good dose of aromatic hops. Notes of burnt grain, coffee and chocolate hit the palate, along with some piney hops. Bitterness is well attenuated, although both the malt and hops contribute. Mouthfeel is smooth, with good body and decent carbonation. Distinctive aftertaste of roasted malt and pine cones.

Very nice - a flavoursome brew. Not sure if it fits the brown ale style with all those intense malt and hoppy flavours going on, but it's great nonetheless. This bottle was old, and I suspect that a fresher example would be more intensely bitter with a hoppier character. However, it seems to age well (stored in the dark in my garage) and still provides an impressive drinking experience. A must-try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jackie Brown is really good, really expensive, and really worth your taste buds! It is super complex, full of roasted malt, coffee, toffee, roasted nuts, hop bitterness, and drinkability. The flaked oats really come through and add another layer of complexity. This is super beer and one of my favorites.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust toasted malts with good amounts of roasted and chocolate malt notes as well. Backing everything up are mild amounts of herbal hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Toasted malt flavors with a decidedly grainy flavor kick things off. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors follow, influencing but not overpowering the flavor profile. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit before light citrus hops make an appearance, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was impressed with this bad boy, definitely an American brown due to the not-so-judicious use of darker (and more bitter) malts and hops. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of PopGun
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of alex667gbg
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A foamy dark, brown and creamy ale. A THICK foam, light brownish kind, very small bubbled creamy foam. Against the light, a hint of red-ish in this beaut.

S - A piny hoppy hits you pretty quick and it stays with us for a while. A semi-sweet hoppy smell. Lovely.

T - A quick flash of hops, intermingle with a chocolate and malty body, transcend into a malty body, with a nice bitter hoppy end. Rich and well balanced. Great!

M - First sharp, then smooth and creamy.

D - Very well made brown ale. Please try this at least once. As all mikkeller, a price tag of the larger kind, however it is a great beer and should be tried if you get the chance.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the other night with my cousin who obtained this bottle and some other Danish beers in a great trade with someone from Denmark.

The beer poured a deep brown color with a tanish colored head. The aroma was a pleasant touch of roasted malts and a bit of a hop nose as well. The taste was more of a roasted malt, maybe a touch of chocolate, rounded out with a hop bitterness that left a good taste on the tongue. This is my first Mikkeller beer and I can't wait to try a few more.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - nice afro-izing of the normal disembodied twin heads on this one's label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, dishwater brown colour, with reddish tints in the light, and a fistful of puffy, foamy, and silky beige head, which stays on for a spell, eventually leaving a solid wall of dried soap bubble lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, slightly biscuity caramel malt, espresso, butter cream, toasted nuts, and fairly peppy citrusy, piney, and floral hops. The taste is roasted grainy caramel malt, wet breakfast biscuits, dry coffee grounds, a hint of Nordic licorice, bittersweet orange and white grapefruit citrus rind, a suggestion of earthy yeast, nut skin, and an edgy pine and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side with its pervasive frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, a tad prickly at first, but eventually pretty smooth. It finishes off-dry, the lightly roasted malt still bearing the siege from the bitter coffee essences and mildly astringent hops.

A beefy Americanized brown ale, to be sure - the hops do not leave that open to questioning. Complex and enjoyable - I'll have no problem finishing the bottle, and would recommend this to any fans of either the brewer, or the style in general.

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Photo of Blodsvente
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the creamy cap in this one. An inch-thick, it settles to half the size very, very slowly...lace is left on the glass, and the color itself is on the reddish side of brown. She's pretty hot.

Close your eyes and you'd never know this was a brown ale. Breezy hops dominate, while the malt is buoyant and only lightly sweet-smelling, hardly the malt-bomb nuttiness one might expect.

More nuttiness emerges in the flavor, with a crispy burnt tone, although hops do muscle their way in and, as with the aroma, they take center stage. The only element standing up well and matching the hops is a prominent roasted/bitter coffee character (presumably from the malt, as I don't think this was brewed with coffee).

An almost-tart, puckery sort of taste/feel marks the finish, and along with a too-watery body, texturally it's on the weak/unpleasant side.

I'm mildly let down, considering that I really wanted a primo creamy/nutty brown ale from Mikkeller. This is a brewer who have set themselves up for huge expectations. But it is an interesting and even experimental beer, and the array of elements at play is remarkable. Should have been called an Amber Ale maybe, and a hop-forward one at that. It's pretty good and I'd recommend a try if you've got some extra cash lying around and a beeriosity (beer+curiosity) that won't quit.

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Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 299 ratings