Jackie Brown | Mikkeller ApS

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Jackie BrownJackie Brown

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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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Photo of dolemite77
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow... pours almost opaque... with a strong light behind it, becomes a hazy, dark-ruby brown... poured into a snifter this has probably the best head I've seen on a beer in a while. Fluffy almond colored and just the right size to top this beer. Aroma is roasted barley, with some mocha notes. Flavor is the same. Nicely roasted flavor, and there seems to be more dark chocolate than coffee flavors. Finishes with a nice burnt flavor with hops kicking in just at the last second. This is a home run of a brown ale... which is rare for me, because browns seem to sometimes seem like 2nd class beers even when a great brewery makes them. This one is a winner.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle copped for $4.99 from Nikki's Liquors in Providence...
Without a doubt, one of the finest American Brown Ale's I've sampled, although this particular brewery is European...
Appearance: Beautiful, slow, steady pour resulted in a deep, maroon-brown hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating...
Smell: Rich malts detectable in the nose, along with hints of caramel, vanilla, and brown sugars...
Taste: Ultra-creamy, rich flavor with a strong roasted malt backbone... The finish is thick, with hints of cocoa powder and dark chocolate... Figs, prunes, and dehydrated fruits are also noticeable...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability to match...
One of the finest depictions of the style...
Highly recommended...

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Photo of drpimento
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bee is true to style. Poured with a great light tan foamy frothy thick head that lasts and some lace. Color is dark cherry wood. Aroma is roasty malty cocoa, coffee dark ripe cherries yeast. Flavor's the same. Body is good expansive and round with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and medium to long in length. Excellent beer. Session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"You've got to be all mine, all mine
Ooh, foxy lady"

--Jimi Hendrix

Coppery cocoa with cherry and orange highlights. When backlit with bright sunshine, the beer becomes dusky ruby... just like most brown ales. The golden almond colored crown is a thing of beauty. It has a creamilicious texture and is absolutely slathering the glass with shotgun-shredded lace. Jackie Brown is definitely a fox.

The nose is very nice as well. For starters, it leaps out of the glass rather than waiting to be coaxed out. Each sniff delivers an appetizing cloud of multifacted maltiness due to the use of pilsener, Munich, crystal, brown, pale chocolate, chocolate and flaked oats. Both milk and bittersweet chocolate are in the driver's seat, with hops riding shotgun.

Jackie tastes like a brown ale on steroids. The high-octane flavor profile includes roasted cocoa nibs, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel and a boatload of green, citrusy, spruce sappy, bitingly bitter hops. In fact, regarding lupulin lusciousness, this offering tastes like something Three Floyds would brew... if Three Floyds brewed an American brown ale. It may not be as hoppy as Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter, but it reminds me of that beer in some respects.

An incredibly lace crusty glass tells me that the appearance score was a good call. The only (minor) letdown is a body/mouthfeel that is slightly too thin. And I do mean slightly. For the ABV, it's still right on point and is as smooth as possible given the surge of alpha acids that rake the tongue following each gulp.

Jackie Brown is up there with some of my favorite browns of all-time (Bell's Best Brown and Dogfish Head Indian Brown), although Surly Bender is still on top. This is fantastic beer for those hopheads who also enjoy the darker malts on occasion. Wow, what a treat!

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dusky red brown, the colour of a good port, with a sensational off-white head that is generous when poured, then sinks around the edge leaving a nice dense pillow of foam in the middle and some nice sticky lace. Nice steady bead as well. To my mind this is the perfect look for a carbonated beer.

Excellent smell as well. Lots of nice roasty malt notes, but not bitter, slight rankness to it like undercooked veggies. A lot of sweetness behind, with brown sugar and toffee notes tempting me in. Has a real scotch ale smell to it, really. Nice balance and good character.

Taste is far maltier, with a very noticeable grain character throughout the palate. Fair amount of roastiness, with toasted grain and burnt toffee coming through pretty much single file (one after the other, I mean), not too much rounded complexity around the edge. Slightly sour character comes through late, quite like a light coffee or unsweetened chocolate, and finish has a slight creaminess to it, but there is a roasty bitterness right at the back, just left as a tingle, and slightly medicinal in character.

A rich texture throughout, nice and robust for how alcoholic it is, and nice and smooth as it goes down.

A most pleasant drop, mild yet nicely flavoured, with a well-balanced palate that is easy to quaff. I'm intrigued now to try something else brewed at/by De Proef Brouwerij, as it shows a great deal of craftsmanship.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness, this was by far the richest taste I could have imagined in a brown ale.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged tinfoil topped bottle poured into tulip july5 2010

A dark brown with a little amber along the edges when held to the sun, a big ass head with decent retention leaves a few partial rings of lace as it slowly falls to an island

S big hops are hard to miss, floral, citric and even a little pine, I also pick up on just a little raisin, molasses, and coffee

T more coffee then I smell and a little chocolate to go along all the hop complexity that works very well for it

M thicker then the color would lead you to believe with good carbonation and length

D no complaints with this beer other then the price, lots of flavors and easy to drink

I liked this beer a fair bit, lots of hops to enjoy with enough malty goodness to please almost anyone. I will admit for 15$ a bottle it's a little pricey for a 6% beer but I could see myself drinking this again and can't think of any reason why you shouldn't try it

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Photo of bobsy
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with ritzkiss down at Volo. Ralph has this one on sale because he needs to clear some space and its getting old. If my Danish is correct, I believe this was bottled in 2007, and its aging like a beauty.

Excellent brown ale appearance, with an opaque oaken body and a good two fingers of tan head. As the head collapses to a the level it holds for the rest of the drink it leaves behind spiderwebs of lace.

The aroma is bitchin' rich with brown ale goodness, but seems to have ripened into an old ale hybrid as the hops have dropped out. Brown bread, cocoa, toasted pecans and earth provide strong and expected notes. Joining this is a richer chocolate hiding underneath alongside heavy dark fruit.

Its pretty clear that the hops have left town for good, and Ralph confirms this based on his experience comparing this to a fresh bottle. Is that a bad thing? In this case, no. We're left with an excellent brown ale, which with its amped up malt profile due to the subdued hopping, has veered from an American example of the style to an English one. Strong brown bread spine with nuts and cocoa powder on top. Earthiness in the finish. Some of those old ale notes are in there too, but not as strong as in the aroma. Its fascinating to see how well this has aged.

Its hard to comprehend how time has affected the body, but I think its very appropriate to the flavours going on, and boosts the drinkabiliity. I found Jackie Brown to have a medium mouthfeel, but with a smooth texture due to a soft, caressing carbonation.

This has aged like Pam Grier - with grace and a little sass. Sure its not the in your face beer of its youth, but its still got sex appeal.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, caramel brown body, lush, pillowy, creamy head.

Aroma: sweet, caramel malt, dark fruit, raisins, nuts, ripe and rich at once. Slight smack of hops, then a whiff of tartness.

Taste: chocolate hits first, followed by hoppy bitterness. Grit grows on the palate, digs in and hangs there. Rich malt, toffee and chocolate keep holding it down. Hop bitterness never stays away, either.

Interesting brew. Much more than an averag brown ale, but that wouldn't be the Mikkeller way, now, would it?
Great drinking, quite palatable, with consistent flavor, excellent texture, great character...so toasty and roasty it's almost a porter.

Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of Naugros
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After pouring this, look quickly and you will witness a cascade, a la one of those famous nitrogen fed stouts. It doesn't last long, but rises quickly and feeds a three finger width beige head that leaves a ton of sticky lace as it recedes down the side of the glass as you drink. The head is astonishing, mimicking the foam on top of an espresso. The color of the beer? Brown...duh. Seriously, get a "Brown" crayon, color on a piece of white paper and hold it next to the beer in good light. The beer is brown. I know, most browns are garnet, dark reddish, copper, deep copper, but this one is brown.

Toasted malts dominate the nose, just like a good stout. Hints of smoke, unsweetened chocolate and just a wee bit of caramel. Perhaps I should let this warm up a bit to get the best tasting experience? Nah! I need to taste this...now!

A little weaker than expected. Flavorful, but a bit thin in body. Yes, that should be judged in mouthfeel, but it detracts from the flavor making it seem a little watered down. Still, there is really good flavor here. The toastiness is right up front and it leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste. The bitterness recedes as the beer warms allowing for more toast in the wash. The hops presence also increases. It starts off just enough to give it that bitterness without stealing the show, but as it warms there's a slight citrus tang that becomes perceivable and takes over the aftertaste. Now I know why the style is "American Brown Ale" and not just "Brown Ale".

They were going for a "refreshing" brown ale, according to the bottle. They got it, but at the cost of being full-flavored. Maybe I'm being unfair and tasting it as I would a stout, but the aroma promised me a stout-like experience. I feel a little jipped. It really is nice all around.

This is my first Mikkeller and I have to say I am impressed with the quality and the taste. I am spoiled by drinking the classic Belgians, historic Czechs, masterful Germans and fearless Americans. This Danish offering stands up well against any of those. Nicely done. I plan on hunting down more Mikkellers in the future.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a deep, roasted chestnut color with a pillowy/bubbly khaki colored head. As the thick head recedes it leaves many specks of khaki colored lace.

S: Dark roasted malt, espresso roast coffee, and an incredible mixture of dark chocolate and fresh green hops.

T: Initial flavor of fresh-cut, grassy-green hops covered with bitter dark chocolate. Rounding out the bill is some bitter coffee and bitter dark roasted/toasted malt.

M: Bitter and peppery. Finish is quite long and dry. Very bitter and roasty.

D: Could benefit from a touch of fullness or sweetness. Very good, though.

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Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahoganny, plenty of light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Very chocolatey, pleasant nut, cotton-candy esters, dark caramel, herbs & a hint of citrus.

T: Dark chocolate, nut, coffee, sharp bitterness, nectarine, dark fruit, cotton candy esters.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth & silky.

D: Very good, but a little big to session.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with ruby red hues when held up to light. Head is big and foamy, light brown in color. Big sheets of lace left behind.

S - Very impressive mix here. Lots of roasted coffee beans, hints of chocoalte and a surprisingly big citrus hop nose. Very unique smell, even by Mikkeller standards.

T - Roasted malts up front, much like the nose. COffee and cocoa provide a nice mix. More pine than citrus in the hop taste. Very strong hop profile given the big taste of the malts as well.

M/D - On the thin side, but I feel that most brown ales usually are. Very easy drinking and a fun beer given the big flavors that are mixed together.

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

The beer is a dark brown with a lot of carbonation and a good sized head. Very good retention on the head as well.

The nose on the beer is filled with the dark roasts and hops. The mixture is very nice. The beer tastes like dark malts, the hops create a nice bitterness at the end as well. Very balanced and very good. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd want, but still nice. I could easily drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a hint of ruby and a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, nuttiness, English yeast, some dark fruits, touch of chocolate, some earthy hops.

T - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, nuttiness, English yeast and a touch of dark fruits, chocolate, oats, earthy and light citrus hops, some smooth bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a sweet, dry, fruity finish.

D - Fantastic brown ale. Great balance of flavors.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown that goes ruby in light with lumpy steady mocha-colored head that leaves mad lace. Nose is brown sugar syrup, nut loaf, coffee, spruce and orange peel - arresting.
Strong latte and milk chocolate with nuances of fresh bread crust, caramel-coated nuts and treacle then fiery, tropical/citrus, gooey hops.
Flowery toffee finish and long resiny linger. Medium, sticky, chewy but still snappy, round, smooth.

Hard to believe there's no actual coffee. 5 malts, and there is some impressive layering here. Good interplay between orangey Centennial and heavy Simcoe. Plenty of toast, some malty acid but still sweet, and a creamy body - lots to balance, but Mikkeller pulls it off.

Maybe the best hoppy brown.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a half inch frothy off-white head. The head settled out after a little bit but left some very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nutty and roasty flavor to it with some hops coming through as well. There are some hints of chocolate and dark fruits mixed with a little citrus coming from the hops. A very nice complex nose for a brown ale.

The taste is a delicious mix of nutty, chocolaty, roasty and hoppy flavors. It manages to have a very nice balance between all of those flavors is order to make it an excellent tasting beer. The hops seem to come out a little more up front and the roasted coffee bitterness seems to come out more in the finish. Throughout the flavor there is a nice nuttiness of a brown ale that really hits the style nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with below average carbonation. I really liked the thicker body to it and it really helps keep the great flavors on the palate longer. Drinkability is very good, it's one of the best brown ales I've had. The way all the flavors come together and the heavy mouthfeel really do it for me in this beer.

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

75cl bottle. Pours clearish, ruddy brown with a meringue-like beige head. The foam doesn't die--in fact, it holds its shape and leaves great lacing. Aromas of coffee and lightly roasted malt. Faint hop character. Sweet and with a hint of chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee again in the taste. Starts sweetly, then comes substantial hop bitterness, followed by a dry finish. Slightly astringent. Full, but slightly oily body. A nice coffee/brown ale hybrid that might be the best thing Mikkeller has to offer aside from their single-hop beers.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in room temperature. My bottle says 6.0% ABV, not 5.90%.

Appearance: Dark brown. Pours a massive, thick and creamy head that lasts.

Aroma: Malty, with hints of burnt caramel and coffee.

Taste: Very soft and smooth on the tongue, with a creamy toffee flavour, vanilla, and a malty aftertaste mixed with milky coffee. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied.

Overall: An interesting variation on the brown ale. Very pleasant and tasty, although it could be a bit more robust. Feels almost like a morning beer.

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

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 3" fluffy head that stays around quite a while. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malts, and a little bit of coffee with some hints of floral bitterness.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, nice bitterness, and some hints of old coffee in the background. This is mildly bready and a drop of molasses arrives at the end.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smoother and a touch dry at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long as the flavor hang in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: nice sessionable brown ale that is easy to drink. Worth giving this one a try.

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

A - Massive, three finger light brown head on a clear, amber-brown body. The head is extremely tenacious and it leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - A light, crisp coffee and roasted malt aroma backed subtlely by floral, cirtusy hops.

T - Strong, bitter roasted malt up front, followed by and intertwined with citrus and pine hop flavors. The middle clears out quite a bit with some mild toasted malt flavors and continueing bitterness from the initial roasted malt blast. The finish is dominated by lingering malt bitterness and piney hops, with a complex aftertaste of charcoal, tobacco, and chocolate.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Hard to judge. This beer is extremely top heavy with a bracing surge of malt bitterness as the first, and overall dominant, flavor. All the bitterness up front seemed a bit much at first, but it grew on me, and the extremely complex finish keeps me coming back for more. Overall I would have to say that this is an extremely successful, if very odd, take on the style. It reminds me, in a good way, of Three Floyds Black Sun Stout.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderful roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a powerful hop aroma; kick ass! The taste is good. It's quite smooth with excellent malt character. The bitterness is off the charts for a brown ale. The hops really stand out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I love the hop character. These dudes brew American brown ales better than we do. My hats off to them. Cheers.

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Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
3.87 out of 5 based on 296 ratings.
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