SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darkest brown topped by 2cm of dense and frothy off white foam. Muted nose of graham cracker grains, subtle cocoa and brown sugar. Flavor of lightly toasted chocolate malt, subtle vinous notes towards the finish, and some drying, lightly bitter hops. Very mild. Medium/light body, balanced. Easy drinking. Not very impressive.
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle from Julios, consumed on 2/23/07
Unpasteurized, unfiltered it certainly is. Light mahogany, with amber and tan hues. High clarity, leaving the sediment behind. Big beige head is full and rocky, being expertly retained and lacing quite profusely.
Popping the cap exposes some yeast phenol/esters, but they fully pass with breathing and it’s all pure pleasure from there. Controlled roastiness in the aroma gives plenty of hazelnut that melds with light pale malts to give a creamy-sweet hazelnut coffee-drink like nose. Soft, mildly fruity hops, with light earthiness and gentle grassiness give light bitterness/dryness and some bits of milk chocolate are noted on the finish. A touch of sourness, not sure if its malt tannin, or vinousness, but my guess is a moderate prune vinousness and anise-like maltiness. Vanilla cream smooths things with breathing, giving the coffee a more round, approachableness. Nice and full aroma, strong but not overdone. No alcohol noted. Maybe just a bit too much acidity/tartness for a brown ale, but otherwise quite inviting.
The light tartness is just ever-so slightly apparent in flavor, just a bit too heavy on the roasted malts, adding a touch of char-like slickness. But mostly, it’s a fantastically soft, unfiltered texture, with fluffy, tight carbonation and perfectly balanced maltiness lending chocolate, coffee and creamy sweetness. Minimal, peppery hops with some light fruity esters and just a wonderful hazelnut flavor through and through. Pleasing hop bitterness seals the deal. Tremendously drinkable. Wish this was available in six packs for a cheaper price!
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent sized fizzy head of mixed size bubbles. Light carbonation. Nice roasty aroma with some chocolate malts, light coffee and plums. Color is a very nice and deep port brown. Roasty flavor with more dark chocolate malts, roasted grains, walnuts and light bitter coffee. Body is light to medium and a little on the thin side. Then again it is only 4.5 abv. Palate is dry and a bit chalky and pretty bitter actually. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering bitter coffee notes. A pretty good brown ale.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours deep redish brown. Caramel, chocolate and nuts in aroma with a sweet fruityness. Light roasted and a some peppery hints. Caramel and chocolate flavour with a medium roasted backbone. A light bitter middle and a smooth finish. Tiny notes of sour berries. Rather light body.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a deep brown body with a modest tan head. The aroma is a lightly roasted malt with juicy fruits, nuts, toast, and a slight whiff of orange blossoms. There’s a lot going on in the flavor as all these blend together smoothly along with the addition of a light, floral bitter hopping. Dry finish. Excellent session material.
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Theis (13984) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Dark glowing red/brown - beige head. This it very smooh and very good. Nutty, caramel, berries, bread, malty, roasted malts, very high malty. Light but perfect hopped -> Shows in aroma and finish.
gnoff (8051) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg) Dark red brown color, tan head. Hoppy and some chocolate scent. Chocolate and roasted malt, with an acidic touch, taste. Medium mouthfeel. Medium high bitterness.
Maria (10188) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a modest head. The aroma has nice notes of roasted malt, and the flavour is wonderful. It’s both smooth and pleasant, but also refreshing and crisp with it’s notes of roasted malt, fruit and licorice. It has a moderate, but just right, bitterness in the finish. A very nice BA, a pity that the Nøgne Ø beers are so expensive.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
to my surprise there are very few US rates here, since the bottle I had was carefully labelled for the US, anyway, unusual brown ale. Roasted aroma, some barley, hops and malts. bitter finish, very complex palate for a brown ale. Nogne O are rapidly coming my favorite micro brewery in the world
Gr0ve (2167) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle. Dark brown and ruby red. Crystal clear. Small off-white head. Roasted barley aroma. Feels dry and like a dry stout. In a blind test I would have taken it for just that. Slight yeast bite at first, which is soon covered by roasted malts. This is more a stout than a classic brown ale. Some crystal malts can be found, but they are far into the back. Dry finish from hops. The yeast bite does also reoccur at the end. I haven’t found the yeast bite in their other beers, so that might be something specific to this batch. Disappointing.