Brown Ale
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Brown AleBrown Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
English Brown Ale
Ranked #20
Ranked #17,998
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Very Good
Brown AleBrown Ale
Notes: 11º P, 27 IBU
View: Beers
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 170 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a fairly dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a slow pace. Wafty wisps of lace. The aroma had some sweet and toasty malts, light roast. Some milk chocolate and caramel and then a light coca cola, I usually get that in their beers, not sure why. The flavor leans sweet but a sly earthy to semi-spicy bitterness from the hops makes a decent effort to balance. Doesn’t exactly for the most part. Sly coca cola to nutty and caramel aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Sly carbonation. ABV felt fine. Overall, decent brown ale leaning towards the English style and sticking to the normal quality of Nogne.

 786 characters

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant deep chestnut under a 1” – 1.5” creamy head that dissipates to a film but leaves good lacing.
S: This has dark caramelly malt aromas
T: Caramel malt with traces of chocolate fades to a mildly bitter finish with a slight granny astringency.
F: Creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: A very drinkable, full flavored brown ale.

 353 characters

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light nuttiness, light coffee, herbal, light fruitiness, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, light fruitiness, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light earthy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light coffee, light fruitiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice session Brown ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

 1,521 characters

Photo of charlatan
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed at Batemans for 'spoons latest real ale festival. Chestnut to mahogany colour with an offwhite head. It smells of toffee, but it certainly doesn't taste sweet, instead there's a wholemeal bread, almost marmitey flavour. There are certainly spicy hops here, but I prefer them in conjunction with something a little sweeter. There's also a hint of cocoa. It has a rather dry finish.

 387 characters

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and in a 750ml bomber
mid brown body with off white head that really benefits from being topped up from the bomber
slight chicory then bitter sweet carob

 161 characters

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a large, fading head.
Nose shows nutty, toasty and light roasty notes. Faint cocoa too, along with soft spicy hops. Somewhat restrained.
Similar nutty and toasty malt as flavours. The spicy hops follow through too. Very easy to drink.
Carbonation seems just a little full on.

 292 characters

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

Smell - slight roasty grain and milk chocolate

Taste - Faint chocolate and roasty grain. Ever so slightly tart. Enough roasty to give it a back end that some browns lack but not so much to be distracting. Faint chocolate on the exhale.

Mouthfeel - somewhat carbonate-y on the tongue, a tad more than I want. With these chocolatey flavors, I'd like something a little more viscous. Ends dry on the tongue.

Overall - This is really nice. Possibly my new favorite brown. Like almost every other Nogne O beer I've had, everything is perfectly balanced, with the exception of the slight carbonation feeling on the tongue.

 620 characters

Photo of mrfrancis
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, murky brown with a thick, puffy tan head.

S: Aromas of spicy, bready malt, cola, dark fruits, and roasted nuts are present on the nose. This ale is a bit hoppier than many English-style brown ales, but seems to lack aromas of leathery, earthy English ale hops.

T: Enters in a lively fashion, presenting notes of cola, earthy hops, leather, dark bread, black cherry, black currant, blackberry, bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, minerals, and coffee. The finish is lively and roasty with coffee, dark fruit, mineral, and chocolate notes particularly noticeable.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. This is a wonderful session ale that does not sacrifice depth of flavor for drinkability.

O: As usual, I am impressed by this brewery. I've yet to encounter a bad product from the team here. This ale blows most authentic English brown ales out of the water.

 870 characters

Photo of dmfrench
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Toasty, zesty, fruity, creamy, delicious.

A: Very dark slightly hazy reddish brown body with a persistent one finger light khaki head.

S: Fruity (apricot and plum), spices (cinnamon), and zesty, earthy hops. Creamy malt holds up the bottom.

T: Sweet, creamy, toasty malt takes a deliciously dominant position, followed by the earthy, zesty, spicy hops from the nose. Fruit takes the back seat, but is very much alive, fattening up the midrange. A great balance.

M: Slightly on the thinner side, but for the ABV it's positively gargantuan. Texture is very fine grained, velvety and smooth while still being gritty enough to stick on the tongue.

O: One of the most full and flavorful beers per AVB that I have yet encountered.

 735 characters

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Very dark brown with red traces all over 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes not much else

Taste: Upfront is a funky yeast character backed up by traditional brown ale characters. A bit thrown off by the yeast character

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and mildly carbonated

Overall: Not very impressed with the beer. I just could not get past the flavor to truly enjoy the beer

 406 characters

Photo of Rizalini
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown, allowing a little light to come thru around the edges. Very foamy, 2 finger tan head that leaves some nice lacing as the head slowly fades.

S - Has a nice roasty malt aroma, with notes of toffee, slightly bitter coffee, and some dark roasty fruits.

T - Not as big as the smell would lead on to, but still the toffee, and roasty malts are on the forefront.

M - Has a light mouthfeel, slightly watery actually. A little over carbonated in my opinion as well.

O - This one actually foamed over just a little when I popped it open. But besides that, it's a good brew. Good, but not great. I'm still up in the air if I'm gonna get another one of these, but I am enjoying this one for now.

 765 characters

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

Reviewed off notes from a tasting at Beer U: Craft Beer Around the World at Stone Brewery.

Appearance - It poured a clear chestnut brown with a finger of head.

Smell - Had a wonderful malty nose with some toffee notes in it.

Taste - Roasted malts, some toffee and caramels notes.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, a pretty easy drinker.

Overall - A great example of the English Brown Ale style and a beer I would definitely drink again.

 438 characters

Photo of mithrascruor
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a big foamy tan head. Great retention.

Smell: Great semi-sweet malty aroma with cocoa and coffee.

Taste: Malt flavor with some sweetness and hints of coffee. Roasted bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low ABV, easy to drink.

Looks and smells great - not quite as flavorful as I was anticipating, but still nice. The carbonation is a bit much, but not distracting. Unfortunately it is a bit pricey - not something I'd pick up often.

 597 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep Dr. Pepper. Creamy dusting of head. Nice lace.

S - Mild aroma. Light booze and dried dark fruits.

T - Dark coffee, brazil nuts. Lightly toasted malts.

M - Watery mouthfeel is really disappointing. The flavors could really shine if they had a body to stand on.

O - Good flavor and balance, but the mouthfeel really hurts this one.

 344 characters

Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up at Tiger Qwik Mart in Clemson, home of the WALL OF BEER.

A - Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours rusty brown with ruby highlights and a fleeting ecru head. The "core," if you will, of the beer is opaque, but the highlighted edges fade to a more clear brew.

S - Slightly bitter coffee beans, copper smelling roasted malt, toffee.

T - Overall very malty, not too intensely sweet. Coffee, toffee, faint spices and a slight hop bite in the nice finish.

M - Light bodied, about what you'd expect from a 4.5% beer.

Notes - This is a really solid, super drinkable low-mid alcohol content brew.

 621 characters

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

Appearance - dark hazelnut brown with minimal beads of carbonation coming into it. Small cappuccino colored headbwhich disappeared quickly after the pour

Smell - smells of caramel with roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate, actually reminds me of a nose i would find on a porter

Taste- this like the nose reminds me of a porter but with more zest to it. Taste with light chocolate and roasted malts with orange peel that makes the beer's overall finish dry. The maltiness is the main taste with the orange dominating the back end

Mouthfeel - creamy as it sits in the mouth, nice carbonation adds some zest to the mouth

Drinkability - A nice easy to drink brown ale especially at the low abv. It doesn't blow you away but it is good to have some pub grub for sure

 770 characters

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into a pint glass. A thickish looking deep dark brown body with only mild translucent coloring around the edges. Generated a chunky three finger head that holds strong density in the centre and holds fast at half-a-finger across the surface and sticky lace patching around the glass.

Aroma is well defined and dominant with slight sweetness on the nose from chocolate and toffee malt like characteristics. Some sticky floral notes blend with dry smokey hops and sugars.

Taste is not as forward as the aromatic features of this beer. Once again roasted malts and grains feature strongly and provide a smokey type texture to the taste. Sweet chocolate and toffee is present but a lot more thrown back in the mix when compared to the presence of those notes across the beers aroma.

Whilst this Brown Ale is not even close to being light bodied it does come across that way when the body is considered in the context of the way this one looks as one could easily suspect a heavy bodied brew before tasting. Moderately carbonated, well balanced with a dominant bitterness and a dry finish.

 1,110 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer glows a warm brown body with a thick lumpy light tan head and a few tiny bubbles trail up the side of the glass. S- The flinty aroma turns more roasted malt depth as it opens up with a coffee roasted malt and some tartness to the black malt finish. There is a soft light toffee note that comes through as the beer warms up.
T- The blend of roasted malt, bitter hops and chocolate meld together with some soft berry notes to finish the taste. There is a light tartness to the roasted finish with a slight roasted bitterness lingering afterwords. It takes on a soft sweaty quality as the beer opens up.
M- This beer has a medium-light fizzy finish.
D- The roasted flavor dominates with the softer toffee adding some depth but not much other depth. The sweaty note in the finish is a little off but it is not really powerful. This beer is easy to drink but could use a little more depth to the malt bill.

 938 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with a big, thick, firm, dense and lovely tan head.

Nose is big assertive, full and rich brown sweet pumpernickel with light carmel, mapel and toffee character.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but with a nice balance and which is overcome by full big and clean coffee flavors.

Big black espresso character, flavor and bitter finish. Coffee character in all respects. This is a big brown ale.

 416 characters

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

A dark brown, almost black colour

On the nose I`m getting mocca-chocolate cake with hints of fruit inbetween.

Good foam, and it follows the coffeearomas in the mouth. Good bitternes, but I do miss a hint of sweetnes.
It do lacks some body. Too bad.

Good beer none the less

 277 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark redwood colour, very murky and brown. Head is a creamy beige and just gorgeous, with marshmallowy dense top, fluffy and sinking around the sides. Lace is a bit thin, but it is there. Looks damned tasty and nice.

Nose is quite malty, with a fair amount of caramel and toffee coming off. A slight sourness hides behind, hints of oak and some cereal grain. Floral character as well with a touch of mint. Has all the right brown ale elements and then some.

Taste is quite malty, a lot of chocolate and cocoa flavours abounding. Has some caramelised flavours distinct on the front and back, while mid-palate is a more sour affair, giving off lots of oak with bitter chocolate and some fig notes. Also a slight herbaceous character, like the sap note you get when there are tree leaves in your mouth. Nicely dissipates by the end though, leaving a pleasant slightly roasty sensation with some poignant coffee notes.

A little sharpness on the tongue makes it feel a little thin, or perhaps overcarbonated. But there's a nice spongey texture to the rest of it, pretty good feel.

A well-balanced, drinkable ale with plenty of flavour and character. Nøgne Ø's Imperial Brown Ale was a cracker; this, on the other hand, is a cracker. (Ironic tone probably lost in written form).

Quite frankly, it's not that I have a particular bias towards heavy, boozier beers; it's just nobody else seems to be able to brew a 4.5% beer that tastes nearly as good as this. Good work yet again, Norway!

 1,497 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's comes a 500 ml bottle. On to the beer:

Very dark brown in color. There are ruby red hues found at the bottom of the glass. The head on top is big and billowy, and the retention is excellent. The aroma greets the nose with a bouquet that is seductive, full of toasty, toffeeish aromas, semi-sweet chocolate, nuts, all while being sugar coated.

In the mouth, it tastes like a classic English Brown, despite the label description of the hops being New World. Soft waves of nuts push onto the palate voer and over. Dry toffee, soft yeast, a faint squirt of hops and tea, mellow....nice. Despite a 4.5% ABV, the mouthfeel shows some semblance of meat on its bones. Texture is very smooth with a light buzz of carbonation. Drinkability? Yep, it's got that going for it.

A good interpretation of a classic brown ale from a relatively new brewery. Well worth a try.

 869 characters

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

Pours a chestnut brown color, letting light through, small cap of khaki head with decent lacing. Smell is of roasted nuts, cocoa powder, touch of brown sugar with a fresh roasted grain background. Taste is more forward of the fresh grain and roasted nut flavors, the cocoa powder lingers in the background. A decent grassy hop flavor throughout. Medium bodied, earthy feel with a slight dry finnish. A good beer all around that I would drink over other English browns.

 468 characters

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium to darker brown with alot of reddish orange tinge,a fluffy two finger slight off white head atop that settled into a nice creamy mass.Full English malt aromas,caramel and brown sugar dominate with an underlying fruitiness,a tinge of mineral as well,the hops are faint with a shot of leafiness.Lighter mouthfeel wich could be expected for the style,flavors of malty goodness (yeah I am a hophead),brown sugar and caramel flavors with a noticeable lightly roasted nut note,again the hops are faint in a leafy finish.A real nice brown ale,one of the best I have ever had,well done.

 594 characters

Photo of PorterLambic
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown and clear. Head is fizzy and drops very quickly to a thin island and ring.
Smell is chocolate malt, smoke, hops and coffee. Good balance.
Taste is all of the smell with some alcohol. good balance here as well.
Nicely warming, medium bodied with a light effervescence. Smooth with oak in the aftertaste. A pretty good brew.

 346 characters

Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 170 ratings