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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Thin tan head, hazy brown body. Dusty heavy roasted aroma with spicy, yeasty and herbal tones. Flavor is of roasted malt with hints of brown sugar. Fruity and spicy tones. Dry but thin in the finish. Definately not the best from Naked Island!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
(on bottle) Brown as in "brown ale", really nice. Sents alot ofamerican sweet hops, right? The mouth is bitter/sweet; perfect balanced. Some caramel too, very nice there and a big chocoltaltly feeling in the finish, with a slight kick of hops. Prime example here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2004
50 cl bottle. Served in Nørrebro Bryghus IPA glass. Deeply brown. Moderate, tan head, which gradually fades. The aroma is pleasantly, darkly malty. Harmonious. The taste is well-balanced, malty (roasted) and pleasant. The finish is a bit weak, though, and the mouthfeel gets a bit watery as the head disappears.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KM (416) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2007
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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle sampled Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, and some spiced citrus. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and a hint of chocolate with a crisp and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2007
500ml bottle at the Brickskellar. 25% opaque, brown body with a dark tannish brown head, medium-to-fine bubbles. Semi-sweet caramel and chocolate malts instantly picked up, along with some toffee, tobacco and sweet nuts. Hop level is moderate, maybe a little heavy for a brown ale but very light overall, and there’s the faintest hop scent that almost smells like some dried wood. I don’t detect any roast, but the biscuit character is certainly there. Really committing to the nose can bring up some sweet cedar wood and black cherries, or maybe what I’m thinking of is cherry scented pipe tobacco, along with a sugared, caramel and cherry candy note. Body is average, proper for the style, with a mildly frothy texture on the tongue. A good brown ale, but I find the entire style a bit lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 21, 2007
bottle, rbesg07. dullish brown, not much of a head, aroma of toffee, chocolate milk, vanilla, hint of nutmeg. quite a firm body, chocolatey, muted hop character, pretty drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 2, 2007
Nose initially imp stoutlike, then tapers off into spice, nuts, & alcohol. Pours sparkling garnet. The nice cascade resolves into a stiff and mostly lasting light brown to beige frothy head that leaves no lace. Pretty balanced start and middle with light acidity, and a nutty bittersweet and slightly roasted finish. The medium body is creamy and soft to lively, with an alcoholic feel to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
Thanks to akevitt for sharing. Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with off-white head. Aroma of malts, yeast, and bread with a hint of hops. Body seems a little weak and watery. Flavors of burnt malts, coffee, and hops. Aftertaste is clean and slightly watery with coffee and burnt malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of some spice and light roasty malts. Black body with the mahagony hue when held to light with decent tan head. Flavor light roast with a creamy texure noticable. Mild spicey bitter also. Easy on the palate with carbinated belch on the finish.

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