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

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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

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#5,145
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
125
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 zonker17
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my brand new Boulevard tulip (thanks Homebrewhawk!) Label on my bottle is different than the one pictured.

A: Pours a deep, rich brown with some faint burnt orange highlights at the edges. Topping this is a bubbly, light khaki colored head that reaches about 3 fingers thick. As it recedes it doesn't leave much in the way of lace but changes into a thin, creamy skim and unbroken ring.

S: I was immediately greeted with aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and hints of fudge covered dark fruit.

T: Pretty much as above, but with flavors of pan roasted nuts, spicy hops, cocoa, and a hint of cola.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy with an almost perfect amount of peppery hop prickle to keep this so very interesting.

D: Holy crap, do they turn out some great beer at Nogne O! Make sure you swirl all of the sediment into your glass. You won't be disappointed!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey poured into sampler glass. Interesting back story that it was first brewed in the spring 2006 in Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a joint brew between Nøgne Ø and Nørrebro. Nørrebro calls their version “Double Knot Brown”. Pours hazy reddish brown beer with a frothy quickly diminishing beige head, good lacing throughout. Intense hard roasted malty aroma with notes of nuts, burned caramel, molasses and dried fruits. Taste is bittersweet and hard roasted with a sugary texture, full body and wonderfully integrated notes of licorice and grapefruits, probably coming from the hops. Lingering dry, medium bitter finish.

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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.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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 bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick and creamy 5 inch head that lasted and lasted, nice lacing as well.

The smell was light creamy chocolate and dark caramel malts.

The flavor is very brown, nutty and bready with hints of toffee and chocolate with a nice lightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and thick.

Very nicely done, the Nogne I have had to date.

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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

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of WillCarrera
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NightINgale
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

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 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 pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Imperial Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 125 ratings