Nøgne Adventurous Brown

Reviewed by on December 16, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Nøgne Ø

  • Origin: Grimstad, Norway

  • Rated On: December 16, 2016

  • Best Before: May 9, 2021

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Brown Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Adventurous Brown is a brew produced for the 2016 Craft BeerAdvent calendar – a big brown ale, aged on oak and cypress.  It also possesses a nicely reserved punny name, if you go and look for it.

This 330ml bottle pours a murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some nice thick ‘forest for the trees’ lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, subtle vanilla-tinged oak, some black orchard fruitiness, thin brown sugar syrup, an estery, woodsy herbal thing, and a sense of foreboding alcohol ingress.  The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, molasses, coffee-flecked chocolate, an ephemeral oily nuttiness, mild oak notes, more of that herbal and woody essence (which must be the cypress), some dark stone fruit, and a still hovering, but never quite alighting booziness.  The carbonation is fairly understated in its mostly idling frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of herbaly (thanks, Finn!) acridity picking away at my various palates.  It finishes well off-dry, the big caramel/toffee malt and exotic brown sugar holding fast, in the face of some lingering herbal and warming alcohol measures.

Overall, this is a rather well-made big boy brown ale, with the wood treatment hardly overbearing, and the wowee sauce quotient respectful enough in its quiet lurking nature.  Neat how Nøgne Ø produces another Advent-themed, 20-proof offering (after the God Advent of a couple years ago) that goes down way too easily, and is complex without being complicated. Great stuff.

Brady White

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