Brown Ale | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
11º P, 27 IBU

Added by Sigmund on 11-12-2003

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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker than average brown. Had a nice frothy beige head that fell to a ring on the top center of the beer and stayed the duration.
Smell is just slightly roasty, not too much coming through here. Taste is nice. Decent medium bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of cocoa coming through as well. A nice solid brown ale. A little bigger tasting than your typical brown.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this the same night as Laginitas' Lumpy Gravy. This was much better. Clear brownish-red pour with a medium off-white head. Cream, nuts, cocoa, brown sugar, and earthy hops in the nose. The taste is more like a porter than a brown ale. Chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, some coffee and molasses, and smoke. Nice hoppy bitterness near the finish. I don't really care for browen ales, but this was very good.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a deep brown, almost black colored body, slight tan head and ring. The nose was of roasted malt. The taste was of sweet malt, cocoa and coffee notes as well. Medium body with a hop bitterness lingering on the backend. The beer is rather smooth and well done.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark mahogany tea with a creamy colored head.

Aromas are rich with candied malts (not too sweet), dark chocolate, and mild coffee.

Taste is exactly the same as the aromas. Very rich and perfectly blended never getting sweet..just wonderful flavors of candied roasted malts, dark chocolates, mild coffee and a very pleasant drying.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style and mildly chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to irishevans for bringin this to la crib.

Pours a dark dark brown, with red highlights behind the light. Fluffy head fades pretty quick and leaves nice lacing.

nose is light, smells yorkshirish but nuttier.

Whoa! was not expecting that strong of a roasted flavor. Roasted malt is dominant with almost some espresso but not quite. Very nice taste with an awesome smokiness.

Thin carbonated mouthfeel, but ok. Drinkability is quite high. I am suprised they dont call this a nut brown, as it has some roasted nut flavor.

Better than I expected, another good one from those crazy norweigans at nogne. And props for choosing a brewery name us americans can pronounce unlike handlblhgygerieitijglajjtgiweit and their dark force.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A definite English brown, with session low 4.5%, English malting and some yeast. I succesfully employed this 500 ml. as a dessert beer. Though on the sweet side, a bit of bitterness to offset, yeast making an easy smooth mouthfeel and a bit like a Belgian without the want or need for spice. A good ezample of the style, though cross stytle. Found in full English at Oak Tree in New Jerey.

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Photo of dgallina
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9 ounce brown bottle with no obvious dating.

Pours dark cherry-wood brown. No real head and only a little lace. Smells something like black cherries and grapes mixed with coffee and chocolate malts. Flavor has much less overt fruit and far more malt. Begins and finishes with rounded toasted coffee malt and burnt bread notes. A touch of fruit sneaks through in the after-taste, but not much. The body is very light and clean, leaning towards creaminess. More of a porter than a typical brown ale. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with deep cherry undertones; transparent, very beautiful color on this ale. Head is light brown with inconsistant bubble patterns and existing of only 1/4" of foam.

S- Milk chocolate, a little bit roasty and smoky, caramel and toffee. The hops are hidden in the back, but are noticable if you dig deep enough.

T- On first sip, you notice the roasty and sweet malts, followed by a decent little hop punch. The smokyness is not as noticable in the flavor as it is in the nose. Nice and creamy with the chocolate and nutty flavors toward the end. Not bad at all.

M- Just a little bit watery to me so I couldnt give it a 4. The carbonation is right on, but the texture, or body, just really wasn't there.

D- Definitely a good drinking brew. I rate it up there with some of the best brown ales on the market. I am interested in trying more of Nøgne Ø's brews in the future.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into standard pint glass.

Way darker brown than your average brown ale; almost black really. A half inch tan head from initial pour thins to barely a covering. Add to that fairly large bubbles from the carbonation and at first glance you could mistake this for a glass of Coke. There's a nice earthy aroma with a hint of cocoa to it. It's so enticing it makes up for the general cola appearance which may dissuade some folk. The overall body is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is somewhat sharp, but neither of these factors are enough to really diminish the experience. The taste is full of gorgeous malt offering up bittersweet chocolate and some nice roasty, nutty notes. There is only a hint of hop bitterness at the end that cuts the sweet malt from getting to be too much.

Nøgne Ø has kept things interesting yet simple with their English Brown Ale. There are a lot more flavors going on in here than what you tend to expect from a brown ale, but at the same time they are very controlled and never come over the top. This beer helps to dispel the idea that to be flavorful or complex a beer needs to be a double this, imperial that, or an alcohol bomb. At 4.5% ABV it's ridiculously tasty and drinkable for the long haul; exactly what a session beer should be. A great little beer that is not trying to be in your face in any respect, but it should be in your fridge and preferably in your belly. Highly recommended as it is my current favorite go-to beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
2.62/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the infamous nogne-o....

A - ugly. i could have mistaken the pour and look for a diet coke. the carbonation sounded like a 2 liter being poured over some ice. not impressive at all.

S - popped the cap and took a whiff... boozy. poured, still boozy with a faint aroma of english malts. a second whiff reassures of english chocolate or brown malts and maris otter.

T - sweet, like sugary sweet. hop character is somewhat muted by the nuttiness and a fruity yeast. The taste is somewhat average... but the description let me down. Crystal hops are some of my favorite to use in my own beers and their are barely noticable in this one.

M - average. think newcastle, brooklyn brown... its not over the top or watery, the first success of this beer.

D - see above. IF this were ever on tap, i would definitely try again but this average beer doesnt stand up to a real english brown or any of the american interpretations. It doesnt taste bad but there is nothing exceptional about it. I'd drink one of these and take home a 6 pack of troegs rugged trail instead.

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Photo of madpentzer
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a chestnut brown from the bottle while in the glass appeared a dark chocolate coloring with a cushy and foamy tan head that exhibited a very good retention. A broken collar that was moderately thick in width was left behind.

S: The nose displayed a good sense of fresh chocolate shavings along with a slight dryness of roasted grains. Also present were light lingering notes of chocolate milk and fresh cocoa powder. The strength started out promising enough but after several minutes was diminished to an elusive scent fading into obscurity. Was nice while it lasted only wish it hung around longer to be appreciated.

T: The flavor was lightly creamy in nature with a mixture of chocolate malts with a soft, fresh roastediness. Perhaps it was a bit thinner then anticipated considering maris otter was used as a base malt. Moments of roasted barley and smoky peat were well recognized along with light coffee notes. The flavor seemed almost like a mixture between a brown and a scotch ale with a bit of burnt caramel sweetness and smoky appeal added in. There were instances of a spicy hopping, almost like what you would find in a Belgian trippel, but was lightly noted, added little to the enhancement, and not as dominant as advertised. The finish finds a closing of smoky peat character along with some milky chocolate grains that produce a bitter-sweet farewell. The alcohol, whatever it may have been, contributed a very soft warming but never revealed itself to be more then of sessionable quality.

M: The mouthful had a light to medium consistency, again a tad disappointing and surprising not only per style, but because maris otter grains were used which usually impose a thick creamy body, something this was definitely lacking. Light traces of carbonation were observed while the texture was quite smooth but really didn't excite nor disappoint.

D: An easy drinking brown, though a moderate use of complexity still didn't make up for the lack of creaminess and rich malting I was expecting, though the smoky character was a nice touch. Ok but wouldn't say it was defining in any way or worthy of seeking out, perhaps a different take on the style that I found to be overall middle of the road. None the less should have no problem going down.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small (less than 1/2 an inch) off-white head. Not much lacing or head retention. It smells like cherries, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and even a little bit of alcohol (weird considering the low ABV). Taste is mainly dark fruit, coffee, walnuts and some noticable alcohol heat which goes away as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light and on the thin side. Carbonation is low and a little bit slick. I expected it to have more body to it, it was thinner than I expected. Drinkability is OK, but nothing impressive at all. Overall it's decent and I would try it again, but I wouldn't make it a point to seek out. I'm actually disappointed in this beer. I liked their imperial stout a lot, but the brown ale isn't in the same ballpark.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a medium dirty white foamy head with adequate retention. Aroma of nutty malt with light roasted malt also being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some great nutty malt with a light bitter finish. Texture is quite creamy with a nice full body and medium carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a nice tasting brown ale which is not something I usually say a bout brown ale and somewhat similar to Rogue Hazelnut.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into nonic.

Very deep brown, mostly opaque, almost like a porter. Hints of ruby red and amber show up in the corners. A light tan solid and smooth one finger head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Very smooth and velvety roasted malt aroma along with a little bit of burnt caramel. Some cocoa is in there as well.

More velvety burnt malt characteristics, along with a light toasty nut flavor. A touch of brown sugar. Full bodied.

A very smooth and sessionable Brown Ale. I wish there were more like these out there. Recommended.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Norway. Of course the most common beer(s) in Scandinavia are apparently the innumerable Euro-macro varieties distributed by Carlsberg... nothing to write home about. So when I decided to try my first Norwegian beer, it's no wonder I opted for the (albeit pricey) Nøgne Ø Brown Ale in the big (half liter) bottle. Apparently their beers are a deliberate nod to American craft brewing, and they did a great job.

Dark brown to shiny black in the glass, with a small head that disappeared quickly. Thinner body with lots of very fine carbonation. Roasted malt (chocolate? coffee?) in the nose, with same in initial taste but with an added bonus of really nice hops bitterness that balanced very well and gave a bit of a spicy "bite" to the aftertaste. Very tasty, very drinkable indeed.

Not something I could afford regularly, but well worth trying.

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