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


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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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There is a long story to this malty ale. It was first brewed in the spring 2006 in Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a joint brew between Nøgne Ø and Nørrebro. Nørrebro calls their version “Double Knot Brown”. It is the perfect thing to drink with almost any cheese.

Recommended serving temperature 12°C/50°F. Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, brown, amber, Munich and caramel malt; Columbus, Chinook and E K Golding hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5576) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2010
50cl bottle pours a translucent, deep nut brown with a creamy, white head. Nutty aroma, honey, brown sugar, light coffee, toffee, multigrain bread. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, cookies. Full bodied, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6755) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 2, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 pours a dark muddy brown. semi-thick head. feel is medium bodied. full flavor and aroma of bready malts and a generous portion of hops. flavor balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops. pretty good, but far from their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8344) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2010
Medium darker beige head over brown beer with orange sides. Chocolate aroma, but with a creamy touch, nearing praliné, and again (as the Brun) something sourish-woody. Dry, chocolate, cacao, agian praliné, moccha. Sweetish-sourish in the finish, yet dry. Warming up, just a hint at alcohol/spirit develops. Medium bodied at best, sharpish finish, but slightly empty. Nice, if utterly unspectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted nuts/bread, milk chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers, apricot), with light notes of spruce and passion fruit. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A solid, clean, fun beer. Nutty, bready malts out front that I’d have guessed was punched up with hazelnut extract, but apparently not. Very well-attenuated, perhaps even a tiny bit too much...the mouth experience is just a hair less rich than I expected/wanted...the initial sweetness pretty much vanishes after you swallow...that’s good for quaffing, but at 7.5% it’s not exactly a quaffing sort of beer. Still, erring on the dry side is way better than erring on the syrupy sweet side, so that’s a minor complaint. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (9265) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
500mL. Poured a clear, deep ruby/brown with a massive brown head. Very good retention and lace. Big aroma of coffee, caramel, dark fruits, milk chocolate. Taste is bitter cardboard, olives, hummus dip, salty, thin. Off-putting. Very odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (15200) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2010
500 ml bottle at DC local tasting. Brown color, small tan head. Aroma is caramel. Taste is rather plain. Needs more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2137) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Pours hazy dark brown with a huge, creamy tan head that exploded over the rim of the glass without much of a violent pour, has great retention and leaves a huge, thick sheet of lacing. Aroma is full of roasted nuts, sweet malt, caramel, creme brule, chocolate and a touch of earth. Flavor is roast, chocolate, roasted nuts, roasted nuts, golden floury biscuits, autumn leaves and a touch of lactose. Palate is medium bodied, syrupy and a little slick on entry, lightly carbonated and slightly chalky and dry to the finish. Good stuff, not great, looks awesome though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
str023 (123) - Stokmarknes, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2010
500ml bottle bought at VInmonopolet Tromsø. Batch nr: 492. This Imperial Brown Ale has a dark beige longlasting head. Dark body, almost black. Tastes of coffecaramel/coffecream, chocolate, roast and mocca. I also detect a smoky aftertaste. Rich on taste and has a nice aroma, thus drinking this is a enjoyment from A-Z. I must say this is one of the best of its kind I have tasted so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2900) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
500 ml. bottle. Pours a thick mocha, long lasting head (reminiscent of a nitro pour), over a brown (SRM 30) hazy, particle laden body......nose is coffee, toffee/caramel, cereal....taste is cereal, light coffee, toffee/caramel, finish is lingering malty richness, with very light bitter tinges.....mouth feel is thick, rich, chewy, carbonation adds a creamy texture. This is a excellent big Brown Ale. It has all of the nose, flavor and mouth feel one could want. A question, since the brewery calls it an Imperial Brown, why is it listed as an English Strong, rather than a Brown Ale?? BJCP 7/3/15/5/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopsessed (37) - Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2010
caramel, nuts, chocolate, butterscotch, brown, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, creamy, medium body, long finish,

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