La Granja Stout | Nørrebro Bryghus

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La Granja StoutLa Granja Stout

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Mexican coffee.

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Photo of Bung
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was on sale, have been passing on it for so long finally picked it up, even though it is apparently kind of old.
Thick enough looking black pour, a ring and a few wisps of cream head on top.

Aroma, some milk chocolate, roast malt, faintest hint of coffee.

Taste, a large molasses presence, not sure if this is from age or intentional. Some milky way candy bar. Very little roast, malt or coffee for that matter.

Struggles to get to mid bodied. Carbonation is a tick high, but it goes down easy. No alcohol heat.

Kind of odd in its old age. Not sure what to make of this. At the price point, this better have been much better fresh. It feels like it probably was.

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Photo of bark
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was brewed a bit more than two years ago, the best before date was two months ago.

The liquid is dark brown (80 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and warm brown, it sinks quickly leaving no lacing.

The smooth smell is sweet with lots of coffee candy flavours, including some bitter notes. Some vanilla, caramel and quite a lot of milk chocolate bars.

The first taste is bitter like old, cold coffee. Some clean hop bitterness and growing alcohol flavours. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Light body. The aftertaste got growing bitter notes with some metal, old coffee and some roasted malt sourness. It is quite short, leaving room for smooth coffee flavours in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles fresh. The liquid is light.

No, this one wasn’t suitable for cellaring.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle last summer sometime. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled 29 October 2010
Best By 26 October 2012

APPEARANCE: A thin brown pour produces a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Transparent black body and medium levles of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Decent head, but very transparent for the style.

SMELL: Bolder nose of espresso, with some sweet cream, light vanilla notes and touches of chocolate. Decent stuff.

TASTE: Slightly watery in flavor, unfortunately. Some espresso, roasted malts and sweet vanilla cream. Mild but lingering aftertaste of sweet vanilla notes, bitter espresso, dark chocolate and roasted malts, Decent flavors come out, but it begins a bit watery.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: Decent. Nothing special, but nothing horrible either. The flavor was a little lack-luster up front, but it finished much stronger. The feel could use a little thickening up as well, which would probably help support the flavor some. Worth it only if you have some time to kill.

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Photo of dgilks
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown colour with no real head. Not bad but still a little disappointing.

Lightish, earthy coffee aroma with a touch of liquorice. Some burnt sugar and a touch of malt. Interesting.

Lightly sweet with earthy coffee and plenty of burnt toffee. Reasonably well balanced but I can't help but feel that it is a little underwhelming.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Okay.

It's an okay beer and worth a try but it doesn't pack any sort of punch and wouldn't have me coming back again.

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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very black with a red tone, a tan small head that leaves little lacing. Some curtains.

Dark roasted coffee, burnd bread, ashes.

Sweet brown bread, nuts, dried dates and figs, milk chocolate, Kahlua.

Small carbonation, soft and smooth, a thick body, a smooth dry finish.

Pleasant, accessible, rewarding. Not much wrong here.

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Photo of ADZA
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black kola hue which leaves little head and no lacing,the smell is milky coffee,bourbon,a touch of oak and some dark fruity hops,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and too light for me with tastes of milky bittersweet coffee,burnt toffee,a touch of molasses,dark fruit and finished just like a nice cappicino and overall it definately lacks in looks and body but tastes nice but for its price probably wouldnt revisit cheers.

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Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 22oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black with mild amber highlights. Very thin tan brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong syrup, alcoholic, caramel, and malty aroma. Hints of coffee in the background.

T: Dark rich slightly sweet ale that is very syrupy and alcoholic’

M: Strong and boozy. Heavy body and low carbonation

O: Decent Espresso Stout. A little low on the carbonation and a little too syrup tasting for my liking.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

"Rumor spreadin' around in that Texas town 'bout that shack outside La Grange and you know what I'm talking about...a haw haw haw." ZZ Top, La Grange

Root beer dark brown black with a fluffy cream colored head. Head is quick to skim and vanish.

Fresh coffee bean oil and roast malt aroma. Dark fruit comes out to play as it warms.

Taste is a fine marriage of iced black coffee and a no frills, but capable and pleasant roasty stout. Nuances of thin molasses and dark fruit begin to peak as La Grangja warms. I see a lot of reviews mention this beer being overly sweet but as this was in the bargain beer bin for $4 I'm assuming a little age has mellowed out the sugar.

The big boner kill for this beer is the body. It's thin and the low carbonation really robs this beer of verve. I was tempted to say that big coffee stouts and English yeast don't mix but I know Meantime makes a fine coffee porter.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of coffee, and hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of a Milk/ Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of coffee, slight roasted malt, and slight dry hop. Overall, great aroma, blend, body, and mouth feel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry aromatic coffee with light dry roasted malt with a nice touch of sweet notes. Taste is also a nice mix between aromatic coffee with light dry roasted notes and light lactose-like notes which must be originating from the maple. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice level complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1pt 4.3oz bottle.

A - Pours a very fluid dark brown with a slight brown head that has no retention at all.

S - Aroma of sweet lactic acid with some slight milk chocolate notes and some slight bitterness notes on the back end of the nose. Some grassy notes as well. Coffee notes? not really.

T & M - The flavors starts off with some slight chocolate notes and then some very mild and slight roasted coffee notes. The lactic sweetness is quite present in this one as si the slight acidic hint. There is some slight grassy hop notes. The beer is watery and doest seem as big as the name indicates.

D - Not my favorite beer. Im beginning to stay away from the Milk Stouts.

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Photo of Ego
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

snap, crack, and fizzle head, it runs away faster than little kids at a kathy lee apparel factory, carbonation sounds lively but the head is gone quick...
no lacing, no legs, this looks like flat cola...
it is enough to cause an eclipse but so is my big white butt... not impressed...

dark roasted coffee with some cream, some sense of the alcohol, a touch of sweetness, nothing is shining here, pretty muted

taste etc...
medium to full body with slightly prickly carbonation, it has the consistency of flat soda actually, the coffee flavor is barely there... the roasty flavor is barely there... this beer is about assertive as stephen hawking running a marathon... yeah... that "Great"

for the price this is an absolute rip off, old rasputin for far less money is so vastly superior for way less cost.

thumbs both down.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yummmm! Really good beer. A lot like the commercial description. Poured with small to medium, fine, light tan head and a little lace. Aroma in roasted malt, mild coffee, a hint of anise. Flavor's much the same. Not overly sweet. In fact for a sweet stout, it's spot on. Body is very good and carbonation perfect. Kind of a combination of a very nicely brewed cup of fresh coffee and beer, odd as that may sound. Nice chewy finish with no off flavors.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma is strong and has undertones of molasses and unsweetened chocolate as well as a hint of coffee. It pours an opaque sable just a whisker from jet black, and the head is thick and pale tan though not too persistent. Flavor is quite mouth-filling and has elements of fine coffee, unsweetened chocolate, molasses and a teeny bit of caramel. It is a little sweet but not cloying. Texture is smooth and tingly, leaving a smoky, slightly sweet, lip-smacking finish.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a nice cola, almost black, with dark cherry hues against good light. A few bubbles that disappear too fast to warrant much comment. A bare-topped beer within a minute or two.

Aroma - roasted grain with a mild to moderate coffee aroma. As it sets up and warms a bit, the nose really opens with more intense cocoa powder and espresso scents.

Taste - good roasty malts, followed by a combo of chocolate syrup and smooth espresso. A touch of soda water saltiness on the swallow is a little distracting, but this has a fully-flavored roasty finish that I really like. Ends dryly with a touch of char.

Mouthfeel - on the thin side, but a smooth body with moderately crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - very enjoyable, easy to drink.

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Photo of DousedInStout
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a botte of this at Julio's last month. It was between this or Dark Horizon, and boy do I regret my decision.

Pours deep brown with burgundy highlights. A small head forms but quickly dissipates to nothingness, not even lacing is left minutes after. The aroma is very flawed - a big aldehydic nose of green apple overtakes any mild ester and/or roasted aroma. The taste is very bland, and undercarbonated. Some fruity, milk chocolate notes. Overall, a big let-down. With a premium price tag, I was expecting the same caliber to that of Nogne O or Haand Bryggeriet. Unfortunately, I was mistaken and had to dump half the bottle.

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Photo of grayburn
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, ummm....not impressed. The beer pours brown with some light edges. light head, little lacing.

The smell doesn't blend together well, there is some espresso, some sweet malt, and some alcohol.

The taste is good, highlighted by strong coffee notes.

The mouth is thin and bubbly. Too thin. I could drink a few of these if I was freaking rich, but I wouldn't. Decent beer though.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 04/26/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small, bubbly tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt and a slight booziness. Flavor is quite sweet with some earthy, perhaps vegetal notes, and vanilla. Too sweet and palate is wearing. Ugh. A disappointment.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mondiale 2009. Very smooth, lots of sweetness that, mostly, covers up bitterness of coffee. Very drinkable, like a coffee with cream and tons of sugra. White head, lacey, coffee aroma.SOme roasted barley in background.I'm a sucker for a good sweet milk stout, even though I have given up coffee many years ago.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Charred coffee bean brown that is extremely close to being pitch black. Coppery orange highlights can be seen at the edges of the glass and a two finger crown of brown sugar colored foam can be seen at the top. Too bad the head is crackly and unsticky, which results in no lace whatsoever.

The aroma is a good one if you enjoy espresso-added stout. The combination of the two seems juuust right. Despite the fact that Norrebro Bryghus patterned the beer after an English sweet stout, it doesn't smell very sweet. Time to get the taste buds in on the action.

La Granja Espresso Stout is definitely sweet. In fact, probably too much so. The bitterness of the roasted malts, the coffee beans and what hops are present struggle to hold their own against all the sugar. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if lactose (milk sugar) was added.

Given the ABV, there isn't as much malt as there should be. I was expecting something a little more substantial. The flavor profile includes bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, coffee with cream and sugar, and a generous shot of vanilla. Unfortunately, the beer doesn't have a great deal of depth or complexity.

The mouthfeel is medium (at best), is somewhat slick and could use a few more bubbles. It looks like Danish brewers could learn a few things from the Belgians. But then most of the world's brewers could as well.

La Granja (which means 'The Farm') Espresso Stout is not among the world's best coffee stouts. Denmark's own Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast owns it every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Since I'm pretty sure this bottle was expensive... not recommended.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Hard pour results in not much of a head. Tried harder towards the end with no luck. Very dark with no head is nothing to write home about.

Poured too cold. Initial aroma is light roast and chocolate. Not picking up the espresso. A hint of sweetness. I was expecting at least a presence from the espresso on this one.

As flat beers go, this one is very nice. It's easy to to overlook the lack of carbonation on an espresso milk stout. My rating will take into account the lack of carbonation (08 variety consumed in spring of 09).

True to description with slightly sweet and medium body. I can't say it much better then the label. The coffee and roasted malt provide a better opportunity for interpretation. If I said I wanted a bit more roast, it may go off style. If I said I wanted more of the espresso, I think I have a case given it's part of the name and I really don't pick much up in the taste.

Still zero head and no lacing although the beer does have a minimum amount of fizz to pass a carbonation. Surprisingly enjoying this given the low carbonation.

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Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 500 ml poured into a goblet

A - A dark black color - but not completely opaque by any means. The head formation is almost non-existent, but I do see some carbonation.

S - Leads the way with a roasted chocolate scent which is backed up by a light coffee smell. Overall it is not a strong smelling beer. The more I smell it, the more the espresso comes through.

T - Starts off milky and somewhat sweet. Mid-stream shows some biting from a yeast - but not a hair of hops. The coffee/espresso makes its grand entry right as the after taste. Certainly hangs around on the tongue for a while.

M - Moderate to thick body - mostly driven by carbonation it seems. The beer itself feels a hair on the thin side.

D - Very drinkable - abv is very manageable. Not very filling. THe flavors integrate well, so I don't feel much palette fatigue.

A good beer to try, and would like to have more of. The price is a bit of a deterrent.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears completely.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some acidic coffee and some vegetables.

The flavor is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and maybe a touch of cinnamon with decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, I've had three bottles of this. I remember really liking the first, but the next two were not as good. This one has some off notes in the nose, and very low fizzy carbonation. I like the chocolate and coffee flavors though.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into half pint on 4/2/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a dark brown/black body with half a finger of tan head that quickly receded to a patchy film and thin ring of retention, and left no noticeable lacing.

S - Lactose and licorice notes with a subtle hint of coffee.

T - Milky flavor with some coffee mixed in for good measure, although this is a pretty sweet affair, with hints of lactose, chocolate candy and cocoa. Coffee is not very prevalent in the flavor. Finishes with some earthy bitter notes.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, though kind of watery overall. Slightly dry and mildly astringent on the palate, with a subtle bitter finish.

D - This stout seems to shy away from the coffee in favor of sweetness and chocolate. Not bad overall, but I've had much better stouts.

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Photo of Deuane
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFa for a chance to have this one.

A-Deep, clear dark brown with a thin tan ring that reduced to nothing.

S-Musty, earthy, wet leaves...interesting. My problem, where is the coffee aroma?

T-Chocolate candy, lactose sweetness and a bit of licorice. Again, not much in the coffee realm with just a touch of bitterness in the background.

M-Medium-light and kind of feels a bit thin. Nice dry finish.

D-An overall OK beer, but certainly nothing really stand out. Certainly drinkable but not exciting at all.

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La Granja Stout from Nørrebro Bryghus
3.62 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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