Total Score: 6.45/10
Next cab off the Ægir Bryggeri rank is their Naglfare Nut Brown Ale, and as you well know (yes, you!) I do quite enjoy a decent nutty Brown Ale, among my favourites are Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. So yeah, Ægir Bryggeri Naglfare has some stiff competition. I didn’t mind their Ægir India Pale Ale in one of my recent reviews, however they’ll need to step up here if they’re going to compete with the above mentioned Brown Ale titans of industry… hmmm, Brown Ale Titans of Industry sounds like a pretty swish Alt-Rock band name, I’ll file that one in my memory banks for later usage.
Poured from a 330ml can (with the cool full-lift-off top) into a nonic pint.
A: Fairly opaque chocolate brown body with a thin beige lace ring… a bit on the disappointing side this head, at 4.7% ABV one would expect there to be at least a centimetre of consistent head. 6/10.
S: Nutty with prominent dark fruit (date, plum and fig) notes. Brown sugar also quite noticeable… me thinks this may be a sugar-bomb the likes of which my tongue has tasted a few times before… here’s hoping it somehow finds a bitter/sweet/dry balance. 6/10.
T: Ooo, it turned out not to be a sugar-bomb. Dark fruits front/mid/finish, walnuts and a drying bread character drive this fairly tasty Brown Ale. Aftertaste brings in a herbal hop bitterness that is like enough to allow the dry character to control the palate. All-in-all the balance is good, it’s simply missing a bit of complexity in flavour profile to hold it back from true greatness. 7/10.
M: Almost medium bodied, with a thin but charged carbonation. Personally I prefer a bit more body and a less charged carbonation in my Brown Ales, but this is OK. 6/10.
D: “The dark fruit is strong with this one” – Darth Brewer. As far as Brown Ales go this was reasonably tasty, though much like Brooklyn’s Brown (which Naglfare reminded me of greatly) the dryness in this brew was a bit constricting on the flavour profile and reminded me of how great Rogue’s and Samuel Smith’s Brown Ales really are. However in saying that: This and Brooklyn’s Brown shit all over the mainstream Browns out there (i.e. Newcastle Brown Ale) so bear that in mind when you give Naglfare a shot. 6/10.
Food match: Roasted game meats and various other hunting lodge cuisines.