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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

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Photo of superspak
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, best before 2/3/2011. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple skins, pear, herbal, and yeasty phenols; with slight notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, and light roasted malt. Pretty bad aromas here; this one definitely went south on the store shelf. Mostly fruity phenols and hardly anything else. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toast, bread, apple, pear, light char, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel roasted malt, toast, bread, light fruits, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Taste was quite a bit better than the aromas would imply; but there was still some phenolic fruitiness noticed, and it was a bit unbalanced. Flavor felt a bit watered down. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this was a pretty poor brown ale, the bottle obviously went south. Aromas had zero brown ale characteristics, but the flavors were a bit closer. I was able to finish this bottle slowly; and I won’t hold this against the brewer, as it was obviously the fault of storage temperature and age.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This head is like a big afro. Volume city. Very murky and yeasty appearing. Talking about the man! Opps, wrong movie. They should have called it Murky Brown, not Jackie Brown.

Nose is cool and herbal. Funky hoppiness. Almost vegetal, man.

Taste is hop-chocolate. All night, all day. This cool cat is loads lighter than would be expected. Little smooth and creamy, but not the Super Chocolate one would expect ( unless one were munching Spinach at the same time ).

So there you have it, jive Turkey! This ain't yo momma's brewski, you got me, honkey town?! This fine, not super fine, just ok kinda fine. Dig?!

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Photo of cameraman
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A seemingly light brown to red color, with a light beige colored head two inches thick, that shows tremendous rentention. The malt is very striking in the scent, caramel, roasted nuttiness, and bread fragrances are there at the start. Then, it finishes with a mild grassy and piny aroma. The taste starts off with the malt; the caramel flavor, with roasted barley taste, and bready yeast flavor. Then the hops come through with a grassy flavor, then a strong citrus flavor comes out, that counter balances the malt in a way. It deconstructs, what has been established at the beginning. A thin feel at the start, it gains weight as reach the back of the palate, to become more medium bodied. This beer started out very well with strong maltiness desired in a brown ale, but hop combination rips the malt apart, and not in good way.

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Photo of kajerm
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber from Whole Foods Clybourn. Pours red-tinged brown, murky but translucent, with a finger of thick, cream-colored head. Soap bubbles are scattered over the surface, and lacing plates the glass pretty completely. So far so good, Mikkeller.

Aroma is a mixture of straightforward nuttiness and subdued citric hops.

Taste is a big surprise-- hardly any malt in the opening at all. Sweetness comes in VERY slightly towards the end, but the mid-palate and finish are almost completely dominated by bitterness. This is one bitter beer. Sweet jesus, I haven't touched the glass in a minute and a half and it's almost as bitter as when I first drank it. The hoppiness is great in the middle (especially overlaid on the nutty brown ale aroma), but the finish is just way too bitter.

The real problem, I think, is that the bitterness isn't just plain old straightforward hops-- there's a nasty kind of burnt flavor that colors the astringency and makes the aftertaste pretty harsh.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style, medium-bodied and briskly carbonated.

Drinkability is limited by the extreme bitterness.

Beers this tastes more bitter than: Ruination IPA, any IPA/DIPA referencing hops or satan in its name, any other beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light brown, translucent, with off white head.

Nose has a sweet 'n sour note in it, wet paper coffee filter, and light artificial citrus.

Palate lacks many brown ale characteristics such as the pronounced roasted flavors. Instead the hops take over, with a cola like quality in place.

Finish is funky and unpleasant.

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Photo of Overlord
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After trying the underrated Stateside IPA, I now must confess that I found Jackie Brown to be quite overrated.

I've had some pretty great brown ales lately, with Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron leading the way. This was an indifferent effort, at best.

Pours a lightish brown with a tan, two inch or so head. Smells strangely piney ... not much malt, woodsy, or earthy tones here.

The taste is astringent and bitter, and rather than supple chocolate, roast, or malt tones it's quite bracing and offputting. The mouthfeel is way too light.

I'm just not sure what they were going for here.

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Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Consumed 04/01/09.

Beer pours a clear, dark brown that looks more like a deep amber when held to light. Very enthusiastic head of dense light tan foam (VERY small bubbles in this one) that starts two fingers high then subsides to less than a finger of sticky lacing. Good looking beer!

After the appealing appearance, we get the mesmerizing aroma. Fragrant with dark smoky malts from over a foot away: I can't wait to taste this one!

Very bitter burnt malt is the first thing I taste. There is also a mineral quality to the aftertaste that, while not off-putting, sort of cuts off any other flavor. A little nutty and - it's hard to notice anyting but that big bitterness. It's like having an imperial version of a Newcastle with an aspirin ground up in it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but creamy. Slightly dry as well.

Drinkability? This is tough, as the beer is all come-on and little follow-through. I'm going to say I would try this one again, but I'm in no hurry.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully clear dark brown with great looking ruby highlights when held to the light. Fluffy tan white head sticks lace wherever it touches. Smells of chocolate, caramel and sweet malts, a bit nutty as well. Smells divine for this malt head. Taste is roasty chocolaty, and nutty. In the middle is a strange astringency, then a finish of hop bitterness and roast. The middle kills this one for me. Seems like a hop attribute, and feels really out of place for me. Medium body, oily sticky mouthfeel, ample carbonation. I'd love it to taste like it smells, I can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jackie Brown pours out as a rich deep brown color with a tan colored head that has a good retention. The smell of the beer is mostly coffee, I was expecting some more sweetness from the nuts that may have been used. The taste of the beer to me was overwhelmed with coffee, I was hoping for a little more of a nuttiness than the impact of straight coffee here. It reminded me of something more along the lines of a coffee stout at this point. Overall it's a good brew for the Java head but I just wasn't digging this one all that much. There are much better Mikkeller brews that I'd pick up before this one again.

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish-brown colored body with a medium size light beige head that leaves some sprtty lacing.

Aromas begin with an aromatic blend of chocolate, rich coffee and oven-toasted nuts with a woody, spicy hop notes.

The tastes begin with roasted nuts and unsweetened chocolate with a strong grainy maitiness and a distinct coffee flavor. Almost no sweetness present. Spicy hop with an encroaching woodiness and moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation. A good measure of bitter and roast on the finish.

Overall, I just simply wasn't enamored with this one. The in-your-face roasted graininess really starts to grate on the palate and the hop character is a bit too much more my liking in a brown ale.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid brown in color with a thick white head. Aromas of piney hops, light caramel and chocolate with some spice toward the back end. The palate is medium-bodied and tart with the bitter hops dominating the malt. A good beer but not my favorite Mikkeller.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--Dark brown with red highlights and a little over a finger of head in my 25 oz. snifter.

S--Caramel maltiness, cocoa powder, maybe a little bit of wood

T--Roasted malt dominates the palate, there really isn't a whole lot else. A slight bit of ash. Normal taste for a brown ale, nothing really of note.

M--Medium bodied, burnt aftertaste

D--I'm not much of a fan of this style, and this beer does nothing to break the mold. It tastes alright, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of stcules
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color, dark, beautiful reflexes. Light brown foam, compact and abundant.
Toasted malt in the smell, chocolate, smooth, full. Good.
At the taste is more bitter, wityh hazelnut and chocolate well balanced by a good finishing hop.
Structured, hazelnut and bitter notes in the aftertaste, long, and tending to a herbal hoppiness.
Again chocolate and toasted.
Not a masterpiece, but well done and interesting

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - mocha head with a coke-like body
S - lots of sweet piney scents with a bit of caramel
T - hops bitterness and a nice malt toastiness- there is a somewhat strong soapy and metallic flavor that overwhelms everything else and ruins this for me (I know it wasn't glassware because I didn't clean the glass with soap - hot water only)
M - clean, with a coffee-like astringency
D - one would be enough for me (500mL serving)

Disappointed with this one - perhaps a bad bottle?

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Photo of brystmar
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the pictured bottle into a pint glass. Pours about two fingers of tan-ish colored head with lacing. Beer itself is a dirty brown color with subtle amber hues. Smells overwhelmingly of hoppy bitterness.

Taste is hops galore -- far more than I was expecting -- and roasted malt. Hints of chocolate towards the end make the drink more pleasant, but this brew is bitter from start to finish.

Medium-bodied with about the right amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not really my thing either.

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Photo of peabody
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an opaque light brown with 4 fingers of off-white and creamy suds. Lacing on the glass.
Smell is caramal and very slight dark chocolate. Almost a coffee aroma but I think it's the hops. Slight fruityness like fig or raisin.
Taste is watery and dirty. Bland.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty too but cleans out pretty quickly leaving the slightest hint of alcohol.
Drinkability is pretty good but with the taste like it is I can only rate it medium.
This needs more flavor!

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Photo of bark
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is very dark brown; the large head is warm brown and airy. It sinks very slowly leaving some thick lacing.

The smell is dry, bitter and hoppy. Some yeast, and hints of chemicals, caramel and ripe fruits. The bitterness got a metallic touch.

The taste got interesting flavours of caramel and coffee drops. Aromatic hoppy flavours of flowers and dried fruits with a touch of wood. Notes of rosehips and a touch of cocoa. The aftertaste got a warming flavour of alcohol as well as a creamy sweetness, dried fruits (apple, mango) and a growing dry bitterness. The finish is dominated by somewhat roasted malt.

The carbonation is medium to mild; the bubbles very small. The liquid is smooth and a bit sticky.

An ok American brown ale with a Belgian woody/yeasty touch.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a quickly rising, napkin-requiring, light beige head.

Smell: An aromatic blend of chocolate, rich coffee, and oven-toasted nuts with a woody, spicy hop character.

Taste: Malts tasting of roasted nuts and unsweetened chocolate with a strong graininess and a distinct coffee flavor. Almost no sweetness present. Spicy hop with an encroaching woodiness and moderate bitterness. A good measure of bitter and roast on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks. Try as I might, I just simply wasn't enamored with this one. The in-your-face roasted graininess really starts to grate on the palate after awhile.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Multiple year old bomber poured into my SA pint glass. Shared with Phil, woo hoo!

Brownish ruby colored, nice tan head. not a ton of lacing.

Smells very sweet, like beer past its prime. Perhaps it's too old?

Thankfully none of that too old soy sauce type taste. Roasty flavors pretty much the only thing we can taste in this beer. Some sweeter malts as well, but the roast is the only malt I get.

Medium mouthfeel. Needed a palate cleanser after this. Seems like there was a decent amount of bittering hops, with a decent amount of body.

Overall, meh? Glad to try it once, but won't be seeking it out again. Not sure if it's a great representation of the style either.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of brilliant beautiful cream, great thickness, and excellent retention. Colour is a solid dark brown-black. Appealing.

Sm: Bittering hops, cream, and that's about it. Simplistic considering it's Mikkeller, me favourite brewery in the world. The aroma is of mild strength.

T: Coffee (but not roast!), cream, very slight bittering hops that actually add an element instead of being bland (call me bitter against IPAs [and yes,I realize that's a terrible pun]), and very slight fruit ester hops that I can't quite precisely distinguish. Perhaps a sommelier more skilled than meself can identify it. It's quite complex as a beer, anyway, and well balanced as well. It's built very strangely indeed for the style, but I tend to thick this is more a gross mis-classification than a fault of Mikkeller.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing (mostly) the flavours of the body. A bit too thin, actually, but forgivable.

Dr: Higher than average ABV, good drinkability, and pretty high quality, but a bit of a disappointment given it's Mikkeller.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see some Mikkellers on the local shelves. This is one dry, hoppy Brown Ale.

Decanting the beer, it pours much like any other solid Brown. Medium brown, light haze, great barley-stained head formation and retention. Lots of lacing. A solid look.

Where the look is no surprise, the hop aroma at the onset takes me back a bit. Pine, grass, and earthy hops make me think of hoppier Browns of Dogfish India Brown Ale and Boulder Anniversary. Any sweetness of the beer is very slight, leaving a sharp, toasted malt aroma and bready maltiness as the only counter to the hops.

Flavors of the hops combine with a part-grain/part-malt flavor that definately favors bitterness over any caramel sweetness. Heavy toast and roasted nutty coffee flavors again provide a sharp, acidic taste that straddles the fence of melanoidin and graininess.

Very dry and sharp in the mouthfeel. Where the beer is very well attenuated, all sweetness has been eroded by the yeast for ultimate dryness and hop bitterness. With this level of dryness, the sharp, dark grains add a bit too much alkaline qualities to balance the strongly bitterness from the hops.

If you like a bone dry, very toasty, very hoppy Brown Ale, then by all means... but for me, I'd prefer a bit more toffee and caramel sweetness and a more bready body.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split three ways last night, reviewed from phone notes.

A - Nice auburn color with a bit of haze and bright red highlights. Big ol sticky beige head retains most excellently, no less than a solid finger and leaves tons of lace too.

S - Decent mocha presence, definitely well-hopped with citrus, herbal and pine popping out. Some dark fruit, rum raisin and a roasty burnt wood feel.

T - Brings on alot of hops and roast like the scent but certainly a more clashing mix here. Chocolate and caramel malts with a good dose of earthy pine hops, light citrus, and bitter roast. A bit of a smokier feel here as well.

M - Pretty decent body, good amount of heft and highish carbonation, an acceptable malt presence but dry and bitter for a brown ale.

O - This grew on me a bit with warmth and time but I do wish the malts were more expressive with the hops and perhaps the roast toned down. Hints of those nice big brown malts were in there but overall this was a bit on the harsh and clashing side.

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Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Very generous beige head.

Some port like aromas dominate the nose. Geez this smells like a wine.

The palate is chocolate with a bit of coffee, especially the bitterness at the back, but also still getting that portiness. Weird but good.

It is a little short flavour wise for mine.

I'd definitely go this one again.

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Photo of dqrull
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather hazy dark brown, beige head that sticks nicely to the glass.

Smells of oatmeal, lightly of coffee and chocolate. Some rather hardly roasted notes come through, but they play well along with the oats, but still a bit too much of the roasted for me.

Tastes lightly of grassy and herbal hops, chocolate and some roasted notes, no coffee here though. The roasted, almost burnt malt kind of ruins it for me, even though the oats do much to smooth it out.

A bit to sharp carbonation, otherwise a nice and easy mouth feel.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with ruby tints. Huge head showing great persistence and lacing.
Hops dominates aroma, there's some grapefruit, pine, quite spicy. Toasty/bready malt hiding underneath. I would have liked more nutty/toasty malt.
Same with the flavours: green citrus hops dominates over the sweetness of the toasty and crystal malts. Solid bitter finish (IPA strength), seems to be from a mix of hops and dark grains.
Body is too watery for my liking.

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