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


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RATINGS: 617   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Sampled May 2007
This beer has quite the malt focused aroma to it. Notes of freshly toasted grain, browned bread crust, browned biscuits and even some roasted soda cracker notes make up the dry malt aromatics. On the sweet side there is a touch of caramelized malt sugar aromas towards the finish. The beer pours with a one-finger thick, tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly. The beer itself is a deep, opaque, burnt amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby red color when held up to the light. Something that I can’t quite place, seems a bit off putting in the aroma; I think it is the mix of malts used in this recipe, but can’t quite place it. Luckily it is a very low level and is not all that perceptible.

The beer has a medium full heft to it that sticks to the palate and coats the mouth with browned, caramelized sugars. Only lightly sweet despite this, the malt has a complex, concentrated, but obviously dark malt (from both crystal and other, more roasted malts) induced flavors. The rich malt notes accentuate hints of fruit character that leans towards raisins, dried berries (is that some hop character coming through) and perhaps a touch of fig. The beer finishes a touch on the thin side and has a touch of bitterness to it that lingers along with a bit of herbal hop character. Also in the finish is a touch of dark grain astringency, which adds a touch of acidity to the finish as well.

This is a tasty beer, one which is definitely enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle. A murky brown color with a tan head. A delightfully toasted malt and light chocolate aroma. Sweet and smooth with a light spice and a clean malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Dark and clear brownish red. Lots of malts, with a slight hop astringency in the background. Some drying, roasted coconut, light chocolate macaroon. Some grassy notes too. Okay beer; not a brown ale fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
Dark mahogany body with a small tan head. Very “brown ale” on the nose. Nice smooth creamy malts, nice extraction. Taste is moderately nutty (for the genre) and rather earthy. A feeling of slowly baked malts rather than roasted malts. A bit more bite from the shy hops could have helped. Soft body and medium carbonation. Good brown ale. Gets the job done, something I should be doing instead of writing beer ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7596) - 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 (4071) - 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 (7598) - 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 (9729) - 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.

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