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

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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3831) - - MAR 12, 2010
bottle. pretty dark for for a brown with lots of fine, slow moving bubbles with a creamy tan head. the hops almost completely cover the nutty malts. lots of orange in aroma. flavor is kind of a mix of three different styles to me. a stout, a brown, and a 2ipa. i’m getting confused....but who cares?...it’s really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are rich with nuts, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and notes of coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2010
Fantastic deep brown colour. The nose is sweet, with nuts and chocolate. Tastes absolutely superb! Hazelnuts, chocolate and port, with a silky smooth finish. Totally balanced, the sweetness and the restrained bitterness complement each other perfectly. This is an awesome ’food beer’. Loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2010
pours deep brown with a creamy offwhite/tan head. Nose is cheese, damp wood, cheese is specifically pecerino, orange rind, cracked black pepper, and some chocolate notes that are subtley mixed in there as well. Taste is bitter orange rind, thick cheddary notes. I really want to just have this with a big hunk of cheddar or blue. Aghhhhhh. some chocolate, long finish. I can see that this beer was engineered for this purpose. Nøgne are geniuses. For serious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2010
20100216 500ml bottle from State Line. Hazed dark caramel color with large tan head, mostly lasting. Aroma is fairly sweet with maple, pecan, white grape notes creating a soft juxtaposition to the woodsy and earthy hops. Body is luxurious, silky, almost fluffy, and despite my brain insisting that this beer should be sweet, it’s just not. Rather it is nicely balanced with I think a sturdy malt across the middle which is suitably not whisked away too quickly by drying hops, but slowly fading to dryness as a spiced cookie might. Flavor adds those subtle spice cake notes, gingerbread, graham, and some fruity hints of caramelized pineapple. Also find toasty nuts, sweet cashew, butterscotch, cider must. Interesting beer that I quite enjoyed even though I was fully prepared to be underwhelmed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark, chestnut to cola brown color. A tall, spongy head of khaki tinted foam settles slowly, leaving dense sheets and clumps of lacing in its wake. The nose is an odd character, showing loads of the requisite barley roast and dry cocoa, accompanied by a strangely herbal, leafy green element. Hints of coffee and chicory are also present, as is a slight waft of tobacco. Flavors are largely the same, again extremely roasted and toasty, with loads of dry cocoa, coffee, and bread notes (hinting at pumpernickel). Earthy, grassy hoppiness intensifies the dryness. This certainly isn’t a sweet brown ale, by any means. The palate is moderate in substance, lively, and nearly bone dry. I think the bready yeast has gorged itself on whatever sugars this puppy once held. It’s a decent, toasty sort of nut brown, but the extreme dryness isn’t my thing in this style.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4236) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2010
I’m pouring a deep brown ale with an inch of off-white foam, the head smells of freshly baked bread and raisins. Taste is more on the malty side, with an undercurrent of a yeasty sourness which disappears, leaving me to a mild aftertaste of coffee and dark malts, much like a stout. The aftertaste in general, however, is not very present and carries a bit of disappointment on my behalf. Very nice mouthfeel, the palate is silky smooth and the alcohol is present without being out of place. Moreover: very drinkable. Good work by Nøgne Ø, though not quite interesting enough to make me shout the Hallelujahs. Then again, that may actually be their point, according to the label - it’s supposed to be a good pairing with a variety of foods. I’ll definitely buy it again though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 500ml bottle. Pours a gorgeous slick dark black coffee color with a nice creamy frothy light tan head 4.5. Aroma has some nice roast, light acidity, round, smooth fruits, toasty popcorn, much better at room-temp, vinous brown sugar 7.5. Flavor has some nice roast, round, light acidity, lots of fruit, quite round like a baltic porter, some ash, oily tasting, cola, vinous brown sugar, nutty, ample bitterness, toffee, hides the alcohol nicely 7.5.. Fantastic creamy body with fluffy carbonation, feels fairly dry, again, baltic porter-like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
500ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, some dried raisins, chocolate, and nuts. Tastes of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and some roast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
500ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, light bitter coffee, and a hint of brown sugar. Poured brown in color with a small, beige head that disappeared except for around the edges. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, nuts, and hints of chocolate and caramel. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, nut, hop, and slight pine finish is slightly sticky. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.


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