Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Brown Ale
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A dark brown English ale, in which classic English malts meet the spicy hoppiness of the new world. Recommended serving temperature 8°C/45°F. Goes very well with ‘pub grub.’

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, chocolate, brown, amber, and caramel malt; Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

11°P, 27 IBU, 4,5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 3, 2007
Pours a deep reddish brwon with a creamy tan head. The aroma has a burnt roastedness with a touch of chocolatae. Flavor is rich with biscuit, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a nuttiness. Nice full body and roasted coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Very deep clear ruby with an average frothy tan head. Excellent, if light aroma of nutmeats, roast caramel malt, chocolate toffee and cranberry. The taste is oddly lactic, but the nutty malt and tart fruit work with solid herbal hops to yield a balanced finish - and I get more alcohol in this than 4.5%! Slightly watery body, almost slippery mouthfeel, lightly acidic, with very soft carbonation - very easy to drink, though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle. Amber and red color with a small head. Aroma is chocolate and cocoa with some nuts and coffee. Taste is sweet but not cloyingly so. Nice bitterness is offset with caramel and chocolate. Thi is one of the best brown ales I’ve ever had. Very well done. I’djust like the alcohol kicked up a bit to cover some of the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottled found in Cali, served in Newcastle Nut Brown Ale glass: Pour a chestnut hue topped by a large creamy beige head and had good lace. The aroma has notes of walnut and pecan, hint of caramel, smoked and chocolate malt, a flash of herbal hops, and a tad of earthy yeast ester. The taste starts roasted and nutty with a background interest of smoke and bittersweet cocoa. There is a dash of hop towards the finish along with some allspice but strictly there for decoration. The mouth feel is above average for the genre, medium-bodied and slick with a dry woody aftertaste. A solid entry into the fray of many sub par brown ales. This one is a keeper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle. Ruby/chestnut brown beer with a big cafe au lait colored head. Nutty, slight roast aroma. Roasty, nutty, caramel flavor with backing hops. Lingering complex malts and some roast. Medium body. Easy drinking. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
500mL bottle. Poured a clear iced tea brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toasted nutty notes and milk chocolate.. dried earthy accents.. very enjoyable deeper pine notes as it warmed up.. quite fragrant for the style. The flavor had bit of underlying sour fruit and chocolate that I didn’t much care for... beyond that it was quite tasty with nutty notes, milk chocolate and some coffee dryness. Just about medium-bodied with adequate tingly carbonation. This picked up a bunch of points as it warmed up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Dark, reddish brown, slightly hazy, with a lush head only around the sides of the glass. The aroma is very pleasant: dark, rich chocolate malts and dry roasted-nuttiness. This comes out pretty well in the flavor as well. Not too sweet at all, and very well balanced with a nice, woody, crisp, clean finish. A very nice brown ale, maybe one of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Dark brown with a slight redness to it - nearly headless, but a nice ring of lace develops with the pour - nutty aroma, with hints of caramel, nutmeg, biscuity malt, and a touch of chocolate - medium-bodied, with a nice balance of malt and spicy hops - crisp and biscuity - hints of caramel of cocoa, along with some mild spices - some coffee and chocolate develop far in the back at the finish - a well-crafted, highly sessionable brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Taste is light smoke, caramel, espresso, and coffee. Decent body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a very light, quickly diminishing white head. Very roasty nose, some light chocolate, and a hint of some coffee. Taste, is somewhat mellow, but some nice flavors emerge. Pretty nice roasty malts, some caramel and chcolate show up near the end. Very smooth, quite easy drinking. I’ve noticed thats a trend with this brewery.

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