Imperial Brown Ale
Nøgne Ø

Imperial Brown AleImperial Brown Ale
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From:
Nøgne Ø
 
Norway
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #60
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,351
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.45%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
62
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 13, 2022
Added:
Mar 01, 2007
Wants:
  19
Gots:
  12
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Imperial Brown AleImperial Brown Ale
Notes: 18°P, 30 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, brown, amber, Munich and caramel malt; Columbus, Chinook and E K Golding hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Rated: 3.98 by JTuomi from Finland

May 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 17, 2021
 
Rated: 2.9 by stephenlee93 from England

May 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.42 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Nov 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by desint from Belgium

Jun 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong sweet malt, Euro yeast, slight roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong sweet malt, Euro yeast, slight roasted malt, chocolate, hint of smoke, and a hint of wood. Overall, great feel, decent appearance and aroma, but body is sadly weak in finish.
Nov 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a muddy brown color with a finger and a half’s worth of sly tan foamy head. Milky lace. The aroma had the normal Nogne initial smell - coca cola followed but some hazelnuts, light milk and dark chocolate. Subtle grassy hops. The flavor was exceptionally sweet, that coca cola taste didn’t meld enough with the hazelnuts. The malt had some roastiness to it. Aftertaste was coca cola and hazelnut with a clean sweet finish. The feel was semi-cloying as the coca cola flavor produced a slick semi-oily texture. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, Nogne does something to their beers that I don’t know what it is, that coca cola syrupy thing just seems to not do it for me so much.
Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by doktorhops from Australia

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Nøgne Ø, which apparently means “naked island” in Norwegian... if I was in Norway I wouldn’t be spending any time naked on any islands lest frostbite become my new bestie, but hey I’m a pragmatic man when it comes to endangering my own life. So I’ve had a few Nøgne Ø brews now: Imperial Stout, Sunturnbrew, and their red wine barrel Quadrupel... all of them dark and heavy, in fact at 7.5% ABV this is the lightest Nøgne Ø brew I’ve imbibed yet! The main reason I even picked this up was on a recommendation, and if it’s as good as their other brews I’ll have to grab some more from my local Black Sheep Bottle Shop (Newmarket that is). Until then - bring on the naked island!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice murky Russet brown body with a fulsome 1.5 centimetre beige head that slowly recedes leaving some lace on the side of the glass - love shack baby! [I’ve decided for shits ‘n giggles to randomly inject B-52’s lyrics into my reviews - yep that happened since you were away]. 9/10.

S: Dark fruits and brown sugar with a side of molasses - this is going to be one sweet mother of a brew. Hint of nuttiness in there as well, so maybe it will having a dry character as well... you never know until you try hey? 8/10.

T: Top. Shelf. This is such a well-balanced IBA: Macerated figs, burnt sugar, pecan nut, caramel, touch of earthy espresso bitterness in the finish; well played Nøgne Ø, well played. The thing that really wins me over is how well managed the sweetness is - I was expecting a sugar bomb from the aroma, however this is not the case. It’s so very nearly a 10/10 for flavour, but then the aftertaste cuts in with just a little too much bitterness... so close Nøgne Ø Imperial Brown Ale! 9/10.

M: Silky mid to heavy bodied with a dense but flat carbonation - near perfect here too but, ahhh, what the hell Nøgne Ø: 10/10.

D: Exceptional Imperial Brown Ale, up there with the best of them... well Embargo is my current favourite - however I appear to be one of its few champions (though I have no idea why, it’s a fantastic drop). Nøgne Ø have glimpsed at the heavens and said “what the f__k, we can do it!” and they very nearly cracked that ceiling with this IBA. Great work Nøgne Ø! PSA: This review has the most frequent applications of the ‘Ø’ character in any review I have ever written - yet I am still unaware of how to actually pronounce this character. Carry on. 10/10.

Food match: Flavourful cheeses and grilled meats: I must agree with that label.
Apr 29, 2017
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark reddish brown.

Smell is malty and bready, with some sweet raisin notes.

Taste is malty and sweet, with a bit of booze, nuts and dried apricot.

Medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation.

Brown ales are not my favorite style, but this was one of the better ones I've had. Nice and malty, good winter beer.
Mar 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by Dzu from Russian Federation

Jul 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by VashonGuy from Washington

Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by JMUduke from Taiwan

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: translucent brown
Smell: nutty and sweet...enticing
Taste: nutty, molasses, coffee resides on the back of the tongue
Feel: medium-bodied, quite smooth
Overall: delicious! my favorite brown ale to date
Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by kristinc from Canada (BC)

May 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a dark, hazy brick brown with half a finger of desert tan head that leaves a lumpy sheet of lace as it recedes. Lots of floaties and sediment.

Smells of baker's chocolate, roasted nuts, melted sugar, dark berry jam and leafy green hops.

Tastes of more semi-sweet chocolate, fresh baked bread dusted with brown sugar, mixed dark fruit and more gentle green hops.

Feels creamy and silky. Medium-full bodied with smooth, sturdy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry and nutty.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Nice and rich.
Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by stephenlee from England

Dec 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Clear ruby-brown color with light brown head. Aroma has grassy hops combined with some caramel, dark cherries and nuts. Taste starts nutty, gets into caramel and roasty malts in the middle and hoppy and quite bitter in the finish and aftertaste. Body is medium-heavy, smooth but doesn't lack carbonation. Overall this is one of the better brown ales you can get.
Nov 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4.3 by killcore from Russian Federation

Jul 01, 2015
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Yields a mohagony brown color, with a decent, stable head.

Smells of chocolate, cane sugar, toffee, together with a fair amount of wood. Reveals a note of matured, fruity hops among a bready malt foundation.

Has a medium body, with a fitting, lively carbonation.

Tastes of coffee, toasted malts and sugar, along with hazelnuts and a spiced note. Coffee is well pronounced, providing a convincing balance to sugar and molasses. Finishes fairly sweet, with a slick dryness shining through.

Tastes great, ranges between sweet and bitter in a convincing, complex way. Charred malts, old hops and coffee exhibit a convincing balance to molasses and caramel.
Apr 26, 2015
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Reviewed by quilty from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
a bit to sweet for me, although everything else is very good. wish it had a little more bitter edge, or darkness, to balance the sweetness. quite enjoyable.
Apr 21, 2015
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color with a massive head created from a bubble show; more head than there should be, to be frank, but both the retention and lacing are good

Smell: Toast, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, earthy hops and a hint of smoke

Taste: Toast, chocolate,. brown sugar and molasses, up front, with earthy hops and a hint of smoke developing in the middle; the finish is more on the sweet side with a touch of coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting take on a brown ale but I find it a bit sweet even though I enjoyed the complexity
Mar 26, 2015
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Reviewed by dcmchew from Romania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark mahogany with a small off-white head.
Caramel malt and hops on the nose, with a light nuttiness, spices, licorice and generic dark fruit.
Fruity taste, with dark fruit covered up by a nice "dark" citrusy note, something like blood oranges. Caramel and light toasted malts. Hints of nut, but pretty low. Nice spices, with a bit of pepper, some anise, some cinnamon, but again, not the main stars. Finishes with hop (a bit "English" and earthy), almost no malt.
Aftertaste has citrus peel and malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation.
This might be the most refreshingly hopped brown ale i've ever had. Really nice.
Feb 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Marius from Netherlands

Dec 29, 2014
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Reviewed by psoriasaurus from Thailand

4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Nøgne Ø does it again!!! The only way I can think of to describe it is scrump-diddly-umptious. Like all Nøgne Ø ales, its absolutely beautiful out of the bottle, pouring a dark mahogany with a perfect muffin top 5 cm head which lingers FOREVER until dissipating into frothy rocky dregs of head. Without a doubt top marks on appearance. As far as flavor goes - lots of malty chocolate/caramel/dark fruit/whatever you imagine (citric pith?? lol whatever floats your boat) flavors going on, as expected in an imperial brown ale. It's goddamn perfect for the winter. My only (slight) complaints are that it is just a tad bit effervescent for my taste, and just a little bit more boozy than expected. Also, taxes in Scandinavia absolutely BLOW for beer, and it shows with the $10 price tag for a pint (this is the same for all Nøgne Ø beers, but you probably already know that if you are reading this review). Totally worth it though, grab it if you see it. Overall, superb ale, som alltid kommer ifrån den kompromisslös bryggeri.

Skål!!
Dec 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4.08 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by claspada from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Nov 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jzlyo from Iowa

Nov 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Nov 17, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Nov 07, 2014
 
Rated: 4.24 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Nov 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Sl1p from Russian Federation

Oct 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Florya from Norway

Oct 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Oct 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by KAF from Iowa

Aug 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by HuskyHawk from Massachusetts

Jul 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Jul 19, 2014
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is an almost completely opaque dark brown to black color, with just a bit of cola brown at the bottom of the glass coming through. Really nice looking. Head is dark tan and foamy and settles down to just a foamy residue after a minute.

S: Lots of roasted malt and burned read character. Reminds me of a bakery kiln after use - some dark chocolate, bittersweet smoky remains of malty and bready baked items that are also noticeable. A bit of molasses in there. Just heavenly aroma.

T: A bit different from the smell in that there is a lot less roasted character and almost no burned or smoky character. Very nice bread and chocolate notes in there with a luscious creamy sweetness that penetrates through everything. Light bitterness on the back end, like a nicely baked cookie - sweet enough yet the crispiness underneath lets you know it was baked somewhere.

This is an amazingly lovely brew. One of the best I've had in some time, and I love brown ales. This does the style justice and more.
Jul 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by zonker17 from Texas

Jun 11, 2014
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 130 ratings