Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Imperial Brown Ale - Barrel Aged Anniversary

Nøgne Ø Imperial Brown Ale Barrel Aged Anniversary edition was brewed for Man In The Moon in Stockholm to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Man In The Moon is a big fan of beers from Nøgne Ø and as has a wide selection of their beers available in bottle, many of these are also vintage editions that they store in their cellar. It is fitting that Nøgne Ø were able to make them a special beer for their 20th anniversary to show their appreciation and support also. Imperial Brown Ale is their best-selling Nøgne Ø beer and one they like to push when paring with food to their customers. So it was fitting that they got this beer with a twist and am happy to say I helped the process along :)

I was going to taste this version of their Imperial Brown Ale alongside the regular one, but it struck me that the regular one is so far away from this barrel aged version now. This version would go well as a sipper with sweet deserts where as the original one is a classic to meat and food dishes.

The aroma was great, right from the beginning dates, plums, figs, raisins, coffee, chocolate and vanilla came bursting through. It was as if Nøgne Ø had actually added these dark fruits into the cask during fermentation, but this was not the case. Ageing in oak casks makes some amazing flavours come to the front line.

The flavour was very similar to the aroma which is a sign of a great beer, not only the above but it was a touch spicy and also had that distinguished malt back bone that is what makes the original Imperial Brown Ale such a classic. The drink-ability of this beer is amazing, coming in at 10% and being 2.5% more than the original version, it was impossible to tell that it was so high, the alcohol was well hidden behind all those amazing aromas and flavours.


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