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

Imperial Brown AleImperial Brown Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
124 Ratings
Imperial Brown AleImperial Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Phyl21ca on 03-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,688
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
124
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
12
Trade:
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Dzu
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUduke
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Photo of kristinc
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of killcore
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of quilty
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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!!

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SayBoom
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NightINgale
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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