Here’s your cheat sheet for Imperial Brown Ale by Nøgne Ø. We had their Belgian Wit not too long ago.
Nøgne Ø, Imperial Brown Ale / Double Brown Ale / 7.5% ABV / IBU 40
Featured in BeerBodsPlus Box 5 on 4 October 2018.
Serve this beer between 10°C and 13°C; stick it in the fridge for about half an hour, maybe up to 45 mins.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
It should be dark and malty, but not so much as to take it into Porter Town. Think instead of toffee or caramel plus nutty notes with a crisp dry finish. Apparently this can also have some salted butter flavours(?) and a cherry scent to boot. The hops used are:
- Columbus: sherbet, black pepper, liquorice
- Chinook: grapefruit, citrus, pine
- East Kent Goldings: spicy, honey, earthy
Food pairings[pullquote cite=”” type=”right”]The perfect beer to pair with almost any cheese[/pullquote]
This is going to be a great beer for beef. Grill it, fry it, pop it in a stew. It’ll all work. Other darker meats like lamb and duck should also work, maybe even some game too. But I reckon stick with the beef and stew it up with some nice earthy veg. Mushrooms work well, so will beans, and caramelised onions to pick up on some of the fruitier flavours in the beer. To turn the pairing up to 11 use some of the beer in your stew too.