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

Served in a tumbler at Al's.

A: The brown ale is a darker brown color that betrays the brown and chocolate malts used in it. While close, the ale isn't tranlucent. Atop it rests a thin white head.

S: The nose is darker malts, chocolate and stout-like notes in particular. Any hoppiness, which was prominent in the bottled version I had two years ago, has disappeared with age.

T: A rich brown ale with a distinct chocolate bent, the ale has the fullness of a stout. The brown malts, in addition to the chocolate, are mildly burnt. Again the hoppiness is lost in translation, turning the ale into a run-of-the-mill brown.

M: The mouthfeel is full, malty smooth throughout with a soft underlying nuttiness.

D: I was hoping for the Red Barn ale but it kicked minutes before I arrived. This was a good second choice, even with the loss of hops.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown colored body with a thin, light brown head...the head slowly faded into a spotty cap...some lacing

S - Roasted grain and malts, some sweet caramel, chocolate, and a hint of earthy hops

T - The flavor follows the nose exactly...the roasted flavor is present all around...there's a grainy/bready flavor up front...the middle of the beer is rounded out with a nice chocolate flavor...the hops lay back in flavor but they provide a little bitterness at the end

M - Medium bodied...smooth and silky

D - This was a nice brown ale...nicely balanced between malts and hops...the chocolate presence in the beer was nice...this was my first beer from Mikkeller and I'd like to have another

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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 skullsplitter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark auburn color with the slightest hint of amber. There was a very light head with very little retention. The lacing left a trail along the glass.

The smell is earthy and hoppy. Very floral with some toasted malts thrown in.

The taste and the smell are very much align. The earthy hops hit me right away along with some toasted malts. I picked up some citrusy notes, which I feel is grapefruit. A very nice ending from the grapefruit left a quenching taste in my mouth. There also seemed to be a bit of oatmeal blended which mellowed the hops out a bit (but not much).

The drinkability and mouthfeel were both good. It was medium bodied with very light carbonation. I drank it pretty quickly. It was a little different from some of the other brown ales I have had. Overall quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish brown, the color of a semi-tarnished penny. Nice cap of bubbly khaki colored head leaving sheets of lacing. Smell is of freshly dried grains, earthy hops and a mellow presence of cocoa and even less of carmel, and overall roasty and toasty quality. Taste is reminicient of freshly baked, whole grain and rye and pumpernickle bread. Earthy hops keep it in the beer category and the cocoa and carmel tastes balance out the flavor profile. Hints of fresh roasted and toasted nuts also present. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, somewhat dry finnish. Another excellent, unique brew from Scandanavia and Mikkeller.

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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 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 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 Jeffo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a four finger medium-thick looking off-white head with great retention. No visible carbonation evident. Deep auburn brown in color. Head slowly fades to a nice foam cap leaving some immediate lacing. A nice film remains and leaves some good, though thin, lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some wheat malt and dark fruits come through. Some brown sugar makes an appearance, as well as some oats. Bold enough to make an impression.

TASTE: Some wheat again, and some spices and pepper up front. A bit of brown sugar through the middle, turns into a does of hop bitterness at the end. A bold but short lived aftertaste is plenty bitter, peppery spicy, with a touch of candy sweetness there as well.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Light on the palate, but fluffy and creamy smooth. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Enjoyable and drinkable for sure. Tasty and a nice nose as well. This one could maybe use a little more weight, but what is there is certainly not out of place. A good brew all around.

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

A - Dark, murky reddish-copper brown color. Average sized creamy off-white to light beige colored head. Decent retention and a bit below average speckled lacing left.

S - Pretty strong coffee along with some herbal/floral hop aroma. Some chocolate and cocoa smells are in the background along with some nutty, earthy, and woody smells. Fair amount of malty smell is also drifting between the foreground and the background.

T - Strong kick of coffee and to a slightly lesser extent chocolate right away. Then some of that herbal/floral and some earthy hop flavors come in that provide a fairly bitter taste. Mid-sip some more of the earthy/woody flavors start to come out along with some grainy malts and more coffee and (again to a lesser extent) chocolate. These provide for more of a burnt/roasted bitterness. Once the hops present themselves, they never really leave, just go more in the background. Fairly bitter beer, especially for a Brown Ale.

M - Medium body with slightly below average carbonation. Drying but provides a sharp kick.

D - The flavors are enjoyable, but they can get to be a bit too much and overbearing. I don't know if I would want to drink more than one in a night.

Notes: Interesting take on a Brown Ale, as this is quite bitter. Both from roasted flavors and from a good amount of hops. The coffee flavor is pretty dominant throughout but not so much that it completely hides the other flavors. Nice beer that I enjoyed, but I don't know if I will try again, probably if I find it for a good price I would.

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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 Evil_Pidde
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is 50 cl long-necked brown. The label is dark, brown and black. A picture of barley. Looks nice.

A: The color is nicely dark brown. The head is massive, creamy light brown. The dissipation is slow and leaves great lacings.

S: Light roasted sweet malt. Faint dark dried fruits. Floral hops and faint bitter notes. Butter and licorice. Faint piney notes as well as citric ditto.

T: Floral notes, citric and piney. Roasted malt - dark dried fruits. Coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Lots of bitter hops.

M: Medium body as well as carbonation. Aftertaste is medium-long and holds nice bitterness.

D: Nice beer. A Brown Ale is most of the times a nice brew. This one is no exception, I'll have it again.

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Photo of rarbring
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown, nearly black beer, a beige head that settles slowly and leaves good lacing.

The smell is rich and complex, licorice, burnt candy, sour drops, a metallic sharpness with grapefruit and flowers.

The taste is a little less complex, an initial short sweetness like dark bread, burnt notes, bitter grapefruity things, juice, peel and seed.

The carbonation is medium, a fresh feeling, a dry finish.

Well brewed, a good beer, to enjoy by itself or with some chocolate cake.

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Photo of niklas0770
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is very dark, almost black and the one finger head seams to stay on forever.

The smell is dry of hops and some lemon peel. There's some sweetness there as well... Butter perhaps?

This beer really is well hoped. Very dry up front, roasted malts, a vague hint of citrus and almost a milky sweetness. Very well balanced I must say.

The mouthfeel is dry straight through, low carbonated and a very pleasurable experience.

This is definetly the kind of beer you should treat yourself with every now and then, but not too often. The taste stays on for a long time and will affect the taste of your next beer.

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Photo of blakesell
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a Belgian style goblet. Bottle was a nightmare to open, the cork didn't want to pop at all, when I was finally able to open it it gushed all over town.

Appearance- Beer pours a solid and cloudy brown with ample lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. The haziness is really off style but this is near Belgian style I'm guessing from the levels of carbonation.

Smell- Caramel roast malts and a pretty large hop presence on the nose. A bit surprising and not what I was expecting from the appearance at all. I suppose this is an American brown after all.

Taste- Smooth and brown, a fairly sharp hop bitterness. I'm getting a strange sweetness almost like nerds or pop rocks. The malt is creamy and roasty with just a hint of sourness that is not unpleasant. I'd actually like to see less of the hop bitterness and more of the sweetness, but I guess that would make it an English brown.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin and watery, highly carbonated, smooth, lightly bitter. A bit sticky.

Drinkability- Pretty smooth drinking, for the price I'll never buy it again, but it was good and I would like to see it in six packs (yeah right).

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a huge, white, creamy inch head that slowly recedes to about a half inch.
Smell is mild, chocolatey malts, light cocoa and some faint, smelly socks.
Taste is dark, roasty malts, with some nice bitterness following and riding out to a subtly nutty finish. Faint hops on the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is faintly crisp with a fairly light mouthfeel.
Good drinkability, as the ABV is relatively low and the overall character of this beer is good.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like brown ales but think there are a lot of bad ones out there. However, I found Jackie Brown to be a quite enjoyable glass. That said, it's definitely hoppy for a brown. Again, personally, I enjoy this aspect, but a purist would probably consider it off-style. It's quite a bit more fruity than nutty or roasty, though those flavors are present if muted. There's a healthy chocolate note, which mixes well with the grapes, apricots and grapefruit rind hop notes that dominate. The beer pours a dark brown with a touch of red. The head is a pillow of khaki foam. It seems rather dry for a brown but I might just be tasting the hops there. Enjoyable.

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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 jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with a big light tan sudsy head.

Robust roasted malts fill the nostrils.

Rich malt with a significant amount of coffee to compliment. This tastes like a slightly lighter and thinner Breakfast Stout. You get the brown ale, but then the roasted coffee and chocolate comes in. Finishes quite grassy from the hops.

Pretty well carbonated in a medium body.

Very drinkable and unique brown ale. If you're into porters or coffee beers, this one should be right up your alley.

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