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

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very good
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
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
66
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mahogany brown color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The aroma profile is OK, though nothing to get excited about. I get some brown sugar and a hint of chocolate, but that's it. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with a bit more flavor than expected. There is still the brown sugar and light chocolate, but there is also some peppery bitterness in the finish that is nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft, with a fairly long finish. Drinkabiliy is pretty good, with the alcohol well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile.

Not sure I quite understand the "imperial" aspect to this beer, but otherwise this is an enjoyable, easy to appreciate brown ale.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish body (light shade of black?) which turned into a tad bit of a gusher so tan head and lace abound. Strong aroma of roasted malts, hint of java (to me), balanced with good sweet malt base of caramel and chocolate and a touch of leafy, dry hops. A delectable sweetness first hits me as sweet chocolate and caramel balance with dry malt sensations such as roasted (toasted?) and bready malts (maybe coffee). A medium bodied beer that is quite filling that has a little crispness thanks to minor hopping, but overall is smooth beer that is a great sipper that got sweeter as it warmed.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of epyon396
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a murky, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy/creamy head and good lacing.

S: Had that typical nutty aroma brown ales have, along with hops and a sweet malt.

T: Tasted of hops, caramel malt, and that nutty quality. As browns go, this was pretty tasty.

M: A very good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is probably as good an American brown ale you could find. Drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite a dark and very opaque brown colour with an exceedingly fine head of beige foam. Lacing is sticky and stays in sheets down the glass. Lovely. Body looks very thick and heavy. Lovely looking beer.

Nose is full of roasted nutty characters, with a hint of booze and slight wine mustiness. Hint of dusty chocolate powder and a tantalising spirit spiciness. Quite sweet, but dark and refined. Very delicious.

Taste is quite boozy, with some sharp spiritous character mixing with the roasted biscuit character and the extra cocoa chocolate bitterness. Finish is surprisingly but pleasantly dry, with a dusty high roast grain character lingering throughout. Feel is surprisingly thin on the back. It suits it in a way, but almost feels like it needs something more to support it.

Very nice brew, and one which is susceptibly drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like nuts, toasted malt, caramel, molasses, chocolate and some dark bread. It tastes like nuts, molasses, dark bread, caramel and roasted malt, and some dark fruit and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew overall, I'd buy it again. $8.49 a bottle.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large light tan head.
Nose shows lots of nutty and softly roasted malt along with spicy, earthy and slightly resinous hops. Later on some chocolate and diacetyl enters. Very gentle, nothing harsh or aggressive, quite well done.
Flavours show more roasted character but this quickly subsides into nutty malt and dark chocolate only to resurface in the finish as a pleasant roasty bitterness. Again, very well executed without twisting the style to much.
Moderately low carbonation works well.
Halfway between a stout and a porter really.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tavernjef
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous glowing brownly umber with spectacular deep golden highlights. Tall waft of light tan foam grows quickly and fluffy to just over an inch. The crown of foam slowly twindles down to ever present thick skim and collar that lasts the entire session. With tons of lacing in spotty snowflaked sheetings covering the glass.

Aroma is soft and mildly roasty with a nice twang of deep dark breadyness. Some notes to brown sugar sweetness, vanilla, and maple.

Flavor is quite well rounded with a nice melding, soft, soothing combo of roast and tang that are both bready sweetened and darkly crusty with over baked pastry edges. Solid tone of soft roasty breadyness smoothed over even more so by a darker sweetness that touches to some maple, brown sugar, and vanilla hints. Nice chewy finish with a puff of cinnamon thrown in. A complexing subtle flare and softness about it. Yummy nice.

Body is just over medium, not huge my any means, but unbelieveably soft in a wonderfully drawn out fluffy texture and rounded dark sweet bready darkness that flows right down with amazing ease. Gone in no time flat. Scrumptiously drinkable!

A winner of a Brown from Norway! A usually boring style brought to its top notch showmanship here. Too bad the price point for one bottle can get you a micro sixer of just about any other halfway decent brown or better. But definately something to be looked at for what most other browns should strive to be like.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty burnt brown colour, opaque with a huge amount of cloudy haze, and an enormous voluminous head, several inches of retention with a nice aerated bubble cloud, dense at the top and not really sinking. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Nice, but kind of lacks substance. Lots of head and a cloudy body do not a good beer make; it needs to mean something.

Nose is very grainy. Quite English in character with a lot of sweetness. Fair amount of brown sugar, chestnut character (like an Asian chestnut cake), and a bit of diacetyl that falls short of over-sweetening it. Slight nutshell-woody bitterness and a slight alcohol twang as well. But a pleasant sweet nose, for its minor faults.

Tastes malty and sweet, quite roasty as well. Yeah, pleasant - a lot of toffee, bittersweet with brown sugar, a slight toasted bread note and a bit of oak. Slight licorice spice on the mid and towards the back, the latter of which coincides with an alcohol bite, which is a little hot and quite noticeable, more vodka-esque than a smooth scotch warmth. This is a sweet beer with the right amount of bitterness and edge at the end to clip it off. You've got to hand it to Nøgne Ø, they sure know flavour, and how much is enough. Tasty.

Creamy and gorgeous mouthfeel. Definitely not thin but it just slips through the mouth. Unfortunately a snakebite of booze at the end is a little bit harsh. Otherwise perfect.

Yeah, the Naked Island do it again. A tasty, solid beer from a brewery of true quality.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Nearly black, thick lacing

SMELL: Unsweetened dark chocolate, burnt bread crust, fig sugar, floral, alcohol, earthy, freshly spent coffee grounds

TASTE: Sweet, medium body, semi-crisp, figs, cocoa powder, citric pith, hop bitterness, brown malt, nectarine pits, earthy yeast, toffee, black walnuts, blueberry skin, toasted bread, porridge

A big brew for sure, balanced and does not have any intention of being a burden on the palate in any manner. Does it really need that Imperial tag? It is the world we live in right? You'll want to sip this one slow not because of the strength but the long story it wants to tell as it opens up.

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Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
4.05 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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