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


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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Deep mahogony pour with a moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is nuts, chocolate, caramel, hint of fruit and hops. Low bitterness, light sweetness. Medium bodied and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Pretty beer. Slightly hazy very dark chestnut body with a well retained cream colored head. Thick, textbook, Cumulo-stratus cloud formation lacing. Caramel and other dark malts predicate a storm of sweet powdered sugar, which is quickly toppled by scents of light nuttiness, yeast, moderate alcohol and subtle roastiness. Flavor is of toasty and buttery malts in a decent composition. Nuttiness is more pronounced. The mouthfeel seems moderately full, palate coating but never cloying. Finishes with mild acidity and somewhat sugary(choco-caramel pop). One major flaw: Soapy thru and through. Otherwise a sessionable brown ale, decent and highly quaffable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3927) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2410) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2007
(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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14014) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8112) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maria (10188) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
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.

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