Jackie Brown | Mikkeller ApS

Jackie BrownJackie Brown
BA SCORE
3.87/5
298 Ratings
Jackie BrownJackie Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,366
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
298
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is coffee, the taste is creamy sweat coffee. Dark brown. Do you like sweet coffee? This is it. Roasty. Drinkable and refreshing on a hot day. Cocoa is distant,as is licorice. It's hoppy-it's a portery stouty brown ale, with low bitterness. 2.5 years later, less mouthfeel, coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

interesting example of a brown ale here. the pour is magnificent. dark dark brown, next to no light coming in, with what must be a little sediment in there, and a huge and hard to tame light brown head that is as big as you want it to be, and doesnt fade a bit. the nose is funny, more yeast than i probably want in a brown ale, belgian in nature, and a lot of coffee for a beer that i dont think is brewed with coffee. lots of roast on the malt in both taste and smell, more so than the usual brown ale, and this is missing that caramel sweet element. some hops in the smell too, and especially in the taste, one of more hoppy browns i can remember. its bitter in the finish, really bitter, hops contribute, but so do nearly burnt barley malts. a touch of brown sugar flavor, no sweetness at all. quite thin in body, i like my browns a little richer than this, but it contributes to drinkability i suppose. tons of carbonation too, usually a plus in mikkeller beers brings this to the brink of way way way to thin and light, which is so odd for how dark the color is. i really cant believe this. looks so much darker and richer than it feels. overall though an excellent brown ale, i like the extra hops in here as well as the yeast, gives a new twist to an old style. mikkeller never fails in my book.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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 nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark brown in color with a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface.
S: The nose contains aromas of citrusy hops and sweet malts along with some notes of herbs.
T: The taste is very complex and contains flavors of chocolate, herbs, liquorice and orange.
M: The beer feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a medium amount of carbonation.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and is an interesting take on the style.

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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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a three-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and some toffee.

T - Good roasty malt flavor with caramel and toffee. There are some nice chocolate flavors with a mild bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good brown ale, however, it is hard to justify the price tag.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium clear brown color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of medium coffee with light nutty malt. Taste of coffee is domination but not overpowering with some light and subtle nutty malt notes. Body is lighter then expected with some adequate carbonation. Overall, I would say this is an interesting take on a usually boring style.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head, that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, chocolate, roasted malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by flavors of dark chocolate, maple, nuts and some black coffee. The hops presence is good for the style but doesn’t exert itself until late in the finish but it provides a very good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this beer but it’s an excellent brown all to drink for a long time.

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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 dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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