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


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RATINGS: 543   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6544) - 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 (9202) - 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 (14777) - 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 (2130) - 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 (2868) - 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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2010
1 Pt .9 fl oz Bottle. Poured a dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, mild roasted malts, notes of smoke. Taste was much the same but also had some passing notes of fruit... more smoke than the aroma too. Medium to full body. Nice finish with just a hint of bitterness. Overall a very good brew. This beer smells & tastes like a solid Stout/Imperial Porter... not what I was expecting when I bought the bottle but still a very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fobar (241) - Søgne, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a beige, creamy head. Aroma of coffee, brown sugar and mocha. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and coffee. Bitterness that sticks to the back of the tung. Long aftertaste with traces of coffee cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapez (1537) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and a bit of smoke. Unclear dark brown colour with beige head. Flavour of chocolate, malt and coffee with and elegant finish of smoke and hops.

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