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


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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1636) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2011
The body is hazy dark brown with a red tint and has a small, light-brown head that fairly quickly reduces to a thin layer, with additional foam along the rim. Excellent lacing. The aroma is toasted, dark chocolate, coffee and some wonderful hoppy components. Great! The flavours are mainly the same toasted notes, but also raisins and alcohol. Maybe a bit too much alcohol? The taste is light sweet and light bitter, with a moderate bitter ending. Medium to full body, soft carbonation and oily texture. Good stuff!
[50 cl bottle, batch 600, Vinmonopolet, Grønland Basar, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2011
Shared bottle at BrewDog. Very dark brown, almost black with lighter highlights round the edge. Roasty malts and light chocolate on the nose. Lots of coffee too, but not in a stouty way. Taste is full and rich, notes of coffee grounds and burnt toast but never venturing into stout territory. Finish is sweet rather than bitter, but long-lasting and rich. A really drinkable, interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2011
About a year old bottle, at Pitchers, Falun. Pours a beautiful black with a light brown head. Chocolate flavours dominate but there is still some citrusy hops in this one, with a bitter ending. A nice variation of different roasty and fruity flavours going on. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5431) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2011
Very malty, as expected. This doesn’t per say taste like an imperial, apart from a slight alcohol kick to it, but it is a very good brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (13246) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Tan head. Nose and taste of nuts, almond toffee, caramel malt and light hops. Smooth. Very tasty. A bit thin for an imperial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2011
Pours with a very dark, somewhat amber color, culminating in a tall and resilient tan head that laces very well. The aroma is wonderful: dark chocolate, coffee roasted malts, caramel. The medium-textured mouthfeel is accompanied by a complex array of flavors that match the aroma profile. While this beer style is sometimes rather boring in taste, Nøgne Ø’s hop selection really makes this a first-rate beer, and somewhat memorable at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3927) - California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
24 March 2011 - bottle at Brewdog Bar Edinburgh. dark brown, clear, lots of bubbles. nice roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate and some alcohol. med body, slightly thin, mostly flat, slightly oily. tastes of coffee with milk, non-bitter molasses, some vanilla or chocolate chip cookies w/out chips. amazing how higher abv improves a brown ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2525) - Haugesund, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2011
18.03.2011. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet Haugesund. This is my beer rating number 1000!!! Congratulations!. Dark brown colour, almost black. Brown head. Dark roasted malts with dry bitter hops. Notes off dry dark chocolate and coffee. Rich body with complex flavours. Aftertaste is dry bitter with lots of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2011
[500ml bottle at BrewDog Bar, Edinburgh] Blackish brown pour with a cream-coloured head. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee. Quite sweet on the palate at first, before the alcohol warmth comes though. Plenty of malts on the finish, the alcohol combines to give an almost bourbon feel – but not quite – this is a tremendous malty imperial brown [15032011]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3628) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
0.5L bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Mild gusher. Batch 492.

App.: Deep brown-black with a decent light mocha head. Aroma: Really nice cocoa, dark chocolate, some tangy fruity notes, a bit of molasses and licorice, more tangy fruit (borderline infection?), some black coffee, hints of minty herbals fighting to be smelled, a dusty/musty/earthy note, some dark dried fruits, a bit messy. Palate: Medium-full body, fairly lax effervescence, nearly still but not flaccid. Flav.: Dark chocolate, inky malts, plenty of bright fruitiness to contrast but not to overwhelm, some vague cola-like notes, molasses and a little licorice, a touch of alcohol, not excellent, but pretty big; somewhat sweet with decent bitterness and a smooth, chocolate and dark malt finish with some leafy hops.

I suspect that something is a bit off here. Between the gushing and the bright, tangy notes, maybe a little infection?

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