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


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RATINGS: 613   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7180) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de noix, le tout fumé. Apparence: La couleur est brune rougâtre. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe chocolaté, le tout est fumé. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de fumé en arrière goût. (Rating #1087)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3980) - Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
1 pt. 9 oz. bottle purchased at Blue Max in Burnsville, MN. Pour is a clear reddish brown with a relatively small khaki head. Aroma is a muted chocolate malt. Taste is interesting, nice roast coffee highlights in the middle and end with a much sharper taste than I was expecting. Much thinner upon first pour, though body was much fuller as it warmed. Nothing special, though a nice example of a brown ale. Still love Nøgne Ø as a brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottled. Beer is clear, medium-dark red-brown with a largish, light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing, mostly lasting head.<P>First impression is mostly malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, toasted bread crust, toasted nut, light caramel; Accompanying light hop resin; Light yeast notes of dough, trace of cheese; Trace spicy cola. <P>The flavor is lightly/moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet, trace acidic finish. Enjoyable roast in retros.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>Solid malts, solidly to style. Not wildly engaging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7467) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation. Nice if nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This Brown Ale’s wealthy nuttiness and roastiness thrives in a sturdy yet absurdly drinkable body. Not Nøgne Ø’s masterpiece, but it remains further proof that these guys rarely stray from top notch quality.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam seeps into the brown-tinged dark burgundy.
-Citrusy hops are there, but subdued. This is not their show.
-Body is, as expected at this abv, rather light, but it is far from frail.
-The yeast’s bready character works with the roasted coffee and chestnuts.
-The "Drink By" date is probably prudent at 1 year after the bottling date, but it in no way indicates when this beer starts to disintegrate. I have a feeling it was nearly as good now 3 months after this date as it was upon its release.

Bottle; best before March ’07.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 8, 2007
brown root beer colored with small light tan head. notes of toffee, cola, and hops in flavor. nutty aftertaste. moderately sweet but yet dry and bitter from the hops. aroma of maple syrup and hops but, very subtle. light-med bodied. a little watery but nice nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Poured dark brown with brown head that lasted. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste was much of the same. Very simple and smoothe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14475) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Aroma of medium dark malts. Clear mahogany color with a light beige head. Body is a bit thin, flavor is lightly sweet brown malt. There is some roasted, but not burnt, malt character. Almost creamy in a way. Reasonably moderate carbonation. After a time some stout aspects, maybe chocolate, probably coffee, show up. In fact the finish is more like a mild stout than a brown. Very, very nice ale.

   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3007) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Thanks to pan for this one. It pours a clear dark brown color with a mld aroma of roasted nuts. Light bodied with a tangy finish, it’s pretty decent.

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