Ernest (7321) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation. Nice if nothing special.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This Brown Ale’s wealthy nuttiness and roastiness thrives in a sturdy yet absurdly drinkable body. Not Nøgne Ø’s masterpiece, but it remains further proof that these guys rarely stray from top notch quality.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam seeps into the brown-tinged dark burgundy.
-Citrusy hops are there, but subdued. This is not their show.
-Body is, as expected at this abv, rather light, but it is far from frail.
-The yeast’s bready character works with the roasted coffee and chestnuts.
-The "Drink By" date is probably prudent at 1 year after the bottling date, but it in no way indicates when this beer starts to disintegrate. I have a feeling it was nearly as good now 3 months after this date as it was upon its release.
Bottle; best before March ’07.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown root beer colored with small light tan head. notes of toffee, cola, and hops in flavor. nutty aftertaste. moderately sweet but yet dry and bitter from the hops. aroma of maple syrup and hops but, very subtle. light-med bodied. a little watery but nice nonetheless.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown with brown head that lasted. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste was much of the same. Very simple and smoothe.
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of medium dark malts. Clear mahogany color with a light beige head. Body is a bit thin, flavor is lightly sweet brown malt. There is some roasted, but not burnt, malt character. Almost creamy in a way. Reasonably moderate carbonation. After a time some stout aspects, maybe chocolate, probably coffee, show up. In fact the finish is more like a mild stout than a brown. Very, very nice ale.
KM (416) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nice red brown body. Frothy pale brown head which is mostly diminishing. Sweet chocolate aroma, quite heavy. Bitter, malty flavour. Tiny hints of coffee and chocolate in the finish. A little too much carbonation. Very dry finish. (At home, 29.05.07)
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to pan for this one. It pours a clear dark brown color with a mld aroma of roasted nuts. Light bodied with a tangy finish, it’s pretty decent.
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/01/2007: Nøgne Ø Brown Ale is chesnut brown in color with a thin, frothy, beige head. Medium roast and caramel malt and some molasses comprises the aroma. The flavor is roasted grains, weak/watery chocolate and coffee. The finish has a chocolate and roasty flavor with a hint of dryness. There is also some nutty flavors in the after taste. The beers has an average level of carbonation and a medium body that seems a touch watery. A solid and unique brown ale. I was pretty impressed with this beer. 500 ml bottle shared by Rob. Thanks Rob!
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle purchased at John’s in Iowa City. The body is dark brown with deep amber at the edges. The head is dark khaki with large bubbles. The aroma is sweet pancakes with some ginger. There is a hint of a tropical fruit note, like mango. The taste is deep roasted walnuts with some rich milk chocolate. There is a hint if biscuits in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and sticky. An exceptional brown ale.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. light mahogony pour with thin bubbled head. sweet aroma. very hoppy, brown sugar, chocolate. citrus hops. a bit thin in the body. roasted nuts. nice malts. nice but a step below the others I have tried.