Jackie Brown | Mikkeller ApS

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Jackie BrownJackie Brown

Brewed by:
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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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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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 298 ratings