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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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 167
Photo of charlzm
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 08/20/08.

Pours into the glass a murky dark brown. Plenty of lazy bubbles trail slowly to the surface. An off white disappeared almost instantly, leaving only some foam around the sides that provided minimal lacing.

Aroma is delicious: roasted nuts and chocolate. Sweet and a little smoky.

Thick as it enters the mouth. Smoke bookends the flavor: first thing I tasted and the last thing to linger on the tongue. Almost creamy as the malts work their magic. Fleeting tastes of coffee, chocolate and meaty nuts. Only slightly bitter. Well-balanced. A touch dry.

After having had a Newcastle the other night at a major Hollywood venue, I can say that beers like this eat its lunch. Flavorful yet easy to drink, this is a world-class brown ale.

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Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard great things about the brewer. Also heard they were at John's Grocery. I go to John's maybe once a month, depending on how often I'm traveling through that part of Iowa, and every time I would take a quick look around for Nogne and never find it. Only recently did I bother actually looking at pictures of the bottles beforehand, and so only recently was I on the lookout for a big O. It cost 8 bucks for a 16.9 oz bottle (!!) and they were out of the imperial stout. Still, I'd been looking for it for so long that I couldn't help but give in and buy it.

The bottle is exquisite, by the way. The logo is elegant times five and the side has a full listing of ingredients and IBUs and gravity and all the fancy business. Pours really nice for a brown, dark and with a very big, retentive head.

Smells great. Large nodes of coffee accentuate more typical, biscuity brown ale malts. Sweet and bitter. And then there's a pretty firm background of crystal hops that balances out the malt damn near perfectly.

Tastes good, very good for a brown. Big, well balanced malts start things off. First sweet--biscuits and caramel and chocolate--then bitter, coffee and roasted grain. The malt profile is really very impressive and I would love a chance to try this fresh. The hops are less present in the taste than in the aroma, but as the malt does such a great job of balancing itself a bold hop presence really isn't necessary. Sweetness lingers long after the beer has been swallowed.

A very good beer, excellent example of a style that's usually bland. Nogne brews are a bit too steeply price for me to enjoy regularly, but I'll probably give wind up buying some more before all is said and done.

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

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small tannish creamy head, which leaves some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice tones of toffee/chocolate. The taste is very slightly sweety, nice and malty, with some toffee/chocolate tones. Medium body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, as are all Nogne I've had to date, recommended.

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Photo of beerlassie
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a rich brown color, that when held up to the light contains red tints.

The smell is pleasantly sweet, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

The taste is surprising simple, a sweet maltiness, with a slight chocolate flavor. While the aroma was very distinct, the taste is not as perceptible.

Mouthfeel is nice. The beer is light bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is just mediocre at best. The beer promised a lot in its smell, but did not deliver in taste. At $7.99 and only 1 Pint, 9 oz. I'd reach for something else before trying this beer.

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Photo of Brewlore
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown (pretty darn close to being black). Though some nice reddish hues came out when held against a light source. A really light white head formed but didn't hold it's own.

The aroma was jumping with chocolate malts & cocoa. Very malty sweet with hints of coffee in it. I did feel the esters from really kept in check.

This brew has a really restrained flavor I felt. The scent was great and pretty much prepared you for a flavorful punch when you sipped it. This was not the case though! Very light tasting. A bit of biscuit/chocolate/nutty malt flavors coming through. Not much going on unfortunately.

Light-medium bodied with decent carbonation levels. It felt quite nice on the palate.

It's really drinkable. The flavors are not in full force so it'll be hard to pick something out that would detract from drinking it. I don't think I'd reach for another. It's just not all that flavorful.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed, brownish -amber with a beige head that thins to a film. The aroma is pleasantly malty with notes of dark fruit, sharp spice and a hint of coffee and possibly chocolate.

Despite the maltiness this beer isn't too sweet. There are caramel and dark fruit notes on top of a toasty base. It moves through to a bit of alcoholic spiciness, which when combined with the maltiness gives it a boozy quality. The finish is woody with a light roasty bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Soft and smooth on the palate, medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Not too heavy and well balanced. A great session beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a strong dark brown with some dark tan highlights. Mild light brown head that sticks around for a decent amount of time. The aroma starts off very metallic when its cold. But thankfully, the nose warms as the beers temp rises. Lots of deep roasted malts set back with a ittle hoppy spice. Like just baked pumpernickle. The taste has a minerally brownie malt character with touch of toasted walnuts and pecans. Great sessionable roasted malt bill. Good pint after pint beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong, but malty and yeasty with an undertone of miso (a salty Japanese seaweed-based flavoring). Color is a rich dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick pale beige head. Flavor is malty with just a hint of hops and salt. Texture is smooth and just a little thin, but still pleasant and satisfying.

Congratulations Red Wings!!!

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Tolann
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - really dark in color. light slightly illuminates the brew but you still can't see thru it well. Maybe a bit cloudy. Slightly off white/creamy white head. Not a tight bubble and clings to the side of the glass

S - I mostly pick up caramel. Some bit of nutty and bready sweetness. Some dark chocolate as well.

T - Caramel and chocolate hangs in your throat. Not a big hop presence that I'm used to (I'm a hop head).

M - light-medium mouth feel. lively carbonation, but not to make you foam at the mouth. Light aftertaste that is really enjoyable but doesn't last too long.

D - Really drinkable. Nice brown ale. It's not too big in any attribute. Wish it was more affordable and I'd drink it more. This pint bottle was about $8.50. Yeesh

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Photo of auxiliary
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark brown color with a head that fell after i poured.

smell - Roasted malts, nuts, and brown sugar.

taste - Sweet some nuts present. Not bad.

mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

drinkability - Not bad, was on sale. I have tasted most of the lineup and would put this at the bottom of the list.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark chcoolate brown color in the glass with an almost completely absent head.

Smells like chocolate, mmm.... Smelled so good that I meaned a little in anticipation, my wife said she thinks sometimes that I like beer more than sex. I said that she should start sexing me up that I could compare the two, but she opted out of that.

The upfront taste is malty followed quickly by the chocolate tones noted in the scent. This stuff is really good, but it doesn't taste quite as good as it smelled.

Good stuff, glad I had it. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown with a thickish white, fizzy head that slowly fizzles down to a small, odd-shaped patch, before eventually disappearing.

The smell is of chocolate, toffee, nutty with an earthy, spicy backing. Smells like a good brown ale, to me.

The taste is quite a complex maltiness, without overwhelming - chocolate, toffee, caramel. An earthy/fruity spiciness gives it a great balance while keeping the maltiness upfront. Finishes with a touch of balanced caramel sweetness.

It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. A tad thin, but more than acceptable for a modest abv, more "sessionable" brown ale. Works well here. Medium-carbonation adds to smoothness.

Oh so drinkable - and versatile, as it could stand alone well, or accompany something like a hamburger/cheeseburger. I love the way this brewery incorporates an American hop touch to a rich English maltiness, and pulls it off so well. Kudos to them.

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Photo of animal69
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly cloudy deep amber-brown w/ an almost non-existent off-white head that leaves little lacing in my nonic ; a very light smell, some wild combination too weak to separate, smells cold, woody and vinous with hints of dark fruits, nuts, and spices ; the taste follows suit in flavor and unfortunately in strength, a collage of flavors just a bit too subtle, a mild brandy-ish w/ smokey oak flavor in the front, vanilla and cherry/licorice midway with a mineraly, metallic and diacetyl finish ; a light beer w/ little co2, feels a little oily on the tongue, thin even for an english brn. ; def. drinkable, but, again if it was about a bit stronger it would rule for sure...

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Photo of SQNfan
2.82/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This poured brown in color but on the lighter, translucent side with a fluffy head of medium-sized bubbles. The nose is rather sweet and spicy with added scents of chocolate, malt, anise and smoke. In the mouth it is thin and watery lacking concentration of flavor and depth. While nice and easily drinkable, it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of Twerknasty
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark movie blood red color. Contains little head. Smells like a dark bitter apple covered in walnuts, toffee, and a slight bit of vanilla. The palate rolls up and starts doing work with sweet spicy choclate with some dark cherries on a background of vanilla and even smokey characteristics. The finish leaves nuts in the back of the throat, buahaha! Although, im actually serious. Good entry, excellent composition and overall a well put together beer. I'd recommend it!

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at South Bay Liquor. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Darker brown with a small head that sticks around for awhile. Smells like what you would expect, caramel, nuts, and maybe a little toffee. Tastes very pleasant. Starts with a nutty flavor that transitions to caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is right in the middle and creamy. Overall, not what I would consider a complex beer, but insanely drinkable. This is definitely something I could drink all night.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite a dark brown with a relatively thin head. Quite roasty, maybe a bit more than usual for the style, getting closer to a porter in aroma. A good bit of sweetness in the end. Still delicious whatever style it is. Quite roasty again in the taste as well as a bit bready and with a hit of minerality in the finish. A bit bitter as well and definitely not sweet- I'd say this is more American style than English. Spicy mouthfeel, a bit prickly even, and relatively robust for a brown. Quite good- this a fairly intense brown, and a good example of how extreme a low abv style/beer can be in flavor and substance.

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Photo of Goliath
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with amber colored hues. A one finger light tan head settles on top of the beer and sits with good retention and nice lacing.

The aroma is great. Strong caramel notes accompanied by a piney hop spiciness.

Taste is also very nice. A piney hop bitterness that is very mild. A caramel sweetness joins the flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice. A medium body and excellent carbonation.

Drinkability is high. The beer is smooth, easy to drink, great tasting, and has low alcohol. A nice brown ale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After just sampling the Nogne Pale Ale, this one fares much better in comparison. A hearty malt profile brings a big boast of toasted malts, mild roastiness, caramel malts, chocolate and a touch of milkiness. The hops deliver a great bitter balance, but with a spicy, floral, pine, citrus character that doesn't interfere with the delicate malt blend. Again, a beer that is very English in nature, but with the bold hopping of American Browns. The beer nearly reaches Porter styles and a hint of Dry Stout in the roasted side. A beautiful Brown Ale.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a dark cola caramel color, clear at first but notably cloudier with a little bottom sediment added . A modest light tan head that laces thickly at the collar and makes a cool networked webby lace pattern on the glass.

Aroma - good roasty malt and milk chocolate smell with good resilience.

Taste - lightly sweet roasted grain with a quick note of metal. A light twang of hops on the swallow that partially displaces the metallic note and partially clarifies it on the aftertaste. The beer is fuller with a bit of the sediment added, so even though I decanted the first half pretty cleanly, the second half of the beer is better tasting. The grain is a little fuller tasting.

Mouthfeel - smooth, slightly full feeling. Carbonation is a little restrained.

Drinkability - very tasty and quite sessionable for those with the disposable income (you'll need some at $5 a half-liter).

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Photo of hero27
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a murky brown with an inch or so of tan foam.
Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, and caramel.
Nutty flavor with the addition of some soft chocolate malts, hazelnut & fig. More smoky than I expected as well.
Fairly thin, and at only 4.5% abv, the 16.9 oz bottle is pretty easy to take down.
Well this is hands-down the best brown ale I've ever had from Norway. It also happens to be the first.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
2.62/5  rDev -31.9%
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 dogger6253
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice, dark brown color - very opaque. The head was a pretty standard, tan color about 1/4 inch thick. The nose had lots of chocolate and coffee, but not much depth to it.

There was a lot more depth in the flavor as caramel, coffee, honey and vanilla develop within each other. The body is fairly light with a little carbonation. Overall, it's easy to sip and very refreshing. Good stuff.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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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Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.85 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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