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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Imperial Brown AleImperial Brown Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
Exceptional
125 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,169
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
125
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 1 Pint bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark body. Color is almost an opaque black except for some cola hues around the edge of the glass. Moderate 1 finger of head and mild lacing.

Aroma is packed with roasted malts with a nutty texture. A strong yeast blend also features. Deep and slow drawn inhaling gives back an earthy, almost moldy, funk aroma. Nut flavors keep coming up but I also get hints of mushroom which is very interesting.

Taste is a real treat. Many of the aromatic features are present but they are in no way over he top or dominant. The malt flavors take on a whole meal bread dough character and once again nuts sit in well with hints of brown sugar.

Moderately bodied, surprisingly it tends to fall towards the light end of moderate, with a well balanced degree of carbonation. Very smooth and syrupy with a bright, yet easy, up front taste and a dry finish.

Damn good take on the style and a fantastic beer.

 942 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of nickfl
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Brown sugar, maple syrup, smoke and molasses.

T - Cola and brown sugar up front with a light note of green hops in the middle. Finishes with maple syrup, molasses, and a touch of coffee.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Wow, quite a collection of dark sugar flavors with a combination of smoke, coffee, and sugar that makes this more of a breakfast beer than pretty much any other I have ever had.

 584 characters

Photo of Ljunkan
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourites from Nøgne Ø. I shared a "kolli" about 12 bottles with a friend this spring.

The color is dark brown, the foamy head is light brown and it lingers for a while. Nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is nice of fudge and chocolate. Slightly of hops.

The taste is malty and sweet with lots of fudge, chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. Slightly of hops here to, but it does not have that much bitterness. It's more "aromatic hoppy" then bitter, but that's not a bad thing in this case.

The mouthfeel is great, almost full-bodied, creamy, filling and nice in the mouth. Smooth as... I don't know. But smooth it is.

The drinkability is good. It hides the 7,5% well and you could easily finish a bottle of this alone. I like it.

 756 characters

Photo of Bananaman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø's Imperial Brown is one of my top 20 best beers in the world! It's just so wonderful.

Looks nice, Nøgne Ø's got really clean labels too. Hazy brown color with a nice beige/white head.

Smells really good of rosted malts, sweet toffee/caramel and some nice hoppiness.

Tastes wonderful of fudge, english hops and a great sweet maltiness. Caramel and notes of dried apricots lurks in the background.

Highly reccomended!

 432 characters

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy, fruity aroma with notes of American hops. Darker fruit esters and bready melanoidins.

Hazy, brown colour with a creamy, tan head. Good.

Smooth, bready malt. Raisiny esters. There's a few hops here but not much. This is pretty malt focussed for an American brown.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

This is an interesting, malt focussed ale. I expected more hop character and the ester profile is a little odd.

 441 characters

Photo of jroof1
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown color and a 2.5 finger, light beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. The glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with a surprisingly prominent floral hop presence. Slightly earthy with some grass, pine and hop resins countered by hints of caramel, toffee, toast and a bit of chocolate. Decent amount of roast but not burnt smelling at all with sweetness and hops balancing things out.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a strong earthy hop flavor that's countered by a lightly roasted malt backbone. It's surprising that the hops are the dominant flavor in an imperial brown ale. Dry and bitter with grass and resinous pine needle flavor lingering throughout into a pretty dry finish. Subtle roasted malt character countered by a touch of sweetness toward the end of the palate. Hints of toffee, caramel, nut and light chocolate rounding things out. Not a bad beer but too hoppy for the style in my opinion.

 1,001 characters

Photo of jbowers56
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks beautiful. Had to pour carefully as it showed signs of being a gusher, but im left with a good 2 finger creamy beige head. Deep brown with red/orange highlights. Would be super pleased to see a beer like this poured for me at any venue.

Very pleasing nose. Sweet toffee pairs well with a sugary orange and dried fruits smell. Some nuttiness but really a very toffee/sweet rich fruit nose.

Lives up to the nose. More malty though, with less fruits. Some hops make themselves known, but in a very subtle way to my taste.

Overcarbonated. I don't know if this is intentional or a product of age etc, but its not good. Much too fizzy for this style. A big dissapointment and it made it hard to really get the most out of the flavours. Drinkability is limited by this.

 771 characters

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back by my parents from their trip to Norway, though I could've sworn I just saw this at Chevy Chase liquors a week ago. But I've been wrong before...

A: Dark, almost opaque brown, with a small off-white head that quickly recedes.

S: Pretty weak. A little bit of mustard spiciness.

T: Spicy at first, with a mild malty sweetness that pervades throughout. There is some roastiness that is especially prevalent at the end, with some coffee notes as well. There is a small, bitter aftertaste.

M: Light, appropriate carbonation that stays throughout the sip. Fairly creamy, though a little watery at times as well.

D: Good - nothing offending or too intense.

Perhaps slightly more interesting than some others of the style, but nothing special or worth seeking out.

 775 characters

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/7/12

A dark brown with a solid two finger beige head has great retention but only leaves a few patches of lace

S leafy, herbal, and citric hops, milk chocolate, faint coffee, and a little licorice, as it warms there's a nutty Nuttella spread thing going for it

T a little more citric hops and much more nutty, earthy tones work well for it and there's some dark toffee and burnt brown sugar in there too. tastes great, one of the better brown ales I've had recently, I have no idea where the "Imperial" level of booze is hiding

M full bodied that's feel's creamy from the bubbles, slightly sticky on the lips and a lingering nutty coco aftertaste

O This ones a winner in my books, tastes and smells great and solid in all other areas, well concealed booze and a great mix of malt and hops

I loved this one and will drink it again, I'm pretty stoked to see this brewery in Alberta I can't wait too see what else gets shipped here

 969 characters

Photo of NightINgale
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

 318 characters

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours surprisingly dark, almost black with a generous large creamy head, pale brown - turns soapy after a while. Sinks into rich, rich lacings.

S: Heavily roasted malt, semi-sweet. A bit burnt, almost. Dryness. Dark bitter chocolate and strong black coffee. Soyasauce. Some caramell.

T: Lots of malts, dark and roasted, a bit burnt - rich. Strong black coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. Soyasauce. Some liqourice. Smoked ham and sausages.

M: Body is full while carbonation is light. Semi-long dry bitter aftertaste, a bit burnt.

O: A nice American Brown Ale, but a bit too dark for this style...

 607 characters

Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of rarbring
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown, nearly black, a tan head, good lacing and some curtains.

The smell has roasted tones, sweet dark fruits like raisins and dates and dark chocolate.

The taste is sweet, brown toast, dates and some very dark bitter chocolate.

Medium carbonation, small soft bubbles and an oily sweet feeling, a dry finish.

A really good balanced beer with lots of malty tones.

 384 characters

Photo of spicelab
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle thanks to [email protected] Has quite a bit of age on it and a design that precedes the one pictured.

Chocolate brown, two-finger, milky looking mocha coloured head. Gravity defying raised ring and film.

Sweet and stouty nose. Some pungent roasty notes, sweetened dark chocolate, touch of tar, raisins, sour cherries and candy cane. Hops where are you?

Dominated by milk chocolate, caramel and confectionery sweetness. Nice enough for what it is, but I'm bemused by the absence of hops.

Smooth and syrupy. Bit of carbonation tingle on the tongue and very mild bitterness.

Dead set presents like a stout in every way. Nary a hop in sight. This bottle is more than 18 months old so perhaps unsurprising.

 712 characters

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle. Batch 403, brewed on 15.12.08, best by 15.12.13.

Poured a caramel brown with some orange hue on the edges. Very cloudy with 2-3 fingers worth of tan, creamy head. Yeast is visible after the pour, floating near the surface and mixed with the head. At first, the smell was quite muted. Further investigation revealed a nose of roasted nuts, sweet caramel notes and some hints of fruit, perhaps apricots?

Taste...where to begin? Wow, this one has a lot going on. Nutty, fruity, caramel, hints of chocolate, and the list goes on. There is a definite sweetness from the caramel malts and a mild chocolate flavor as well. Starts sweet and ends sweet with some bitterness and fruit in between. Also a hint of smoke. The fruit comes across as apricots, dates and maybe stewed pear? Complex and delightful. Try this with a flavorful cheese and it hits a home run. Roasted nuts are in there as well.

A well carbonated beer. In fact this one was a bit of a gusher when I popped the cap. But that helps it be such a wonderful compliment to grilled meats and flavorful cheeses. Drinkability is excellent. So many complimentary flavors as work here that you need to have another just to decipher them all. 7.5% abv is barely noticeable in the taste and mouthfeel. A well crafted, complex brown ale.

 1,313 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice deep brown color, the head was a nice creamy tan color. The head left behind a pretty nice lacing. The smell of the beer was sweet and heavily roasted. The taste of the beer had some ice dark roasted nut flavors mixed with some sweet caramel. The mouthfeel wasn't too thick for being an imperial. Overall it was a very flavorful beer and I found it to be pretty good.

 400 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with 2 inches of brown head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts and roasted malts mostly. Some nuts, dark fruit, and spice as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel malts, and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good brown ale. Would try again.

 395 characters

Photo of mattsander
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep brown with a long lasting beige head.

S: Toasty, nutty, chocolately, very nice. There is a metallic element here that detracts from greatness.

T: I'm not sure I would describe this as imperial, but its a very nice brown ale with a great balance of roasted and caramel elements.

M: Creamy and satisfying but finishes quite dry.

Very nice beer.

 356 characters

Photo of wvsabbath
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, traces of black. Monster 3+ inch head with a ton of lacing.

Smell - Malts, nuts, brown sugars, roasted coffee. Sweet fruits and spices. Chocolate and cocoa nibs. Smells awesome.

Taste - Very malty, roasted chocolate and cocoa dominte the flavor. Sugars, dark fruits and booze are also very present. Coffee mixes well with the hops to give that bitter, dry hop feel.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrup quality, tounge gets the malts, coffee and chocolate flavors. Hops add the bitterness after the malt bomb. Palette gets remaining malts and hops, along with chocolate, cocoa and molasses and brown sugar.

Overall - Awesome, very tasty and full of flavor. Almost closer to a porter then a brown ale with all the coffee and chocolate, but the nutty malts bring it together in the end. So smooth, rich and easy to drink. Worth a drink for sure.

 899 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy nearly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, light roast, light chocolate, dark bread, floral, light dark fruits, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malty notes with slight hops; with good strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light roast, light chocolate, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light roast, light chocolate, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of toasted malt flavors with light hops; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial brown ale. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,300 characters

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 125 ratings