Havre Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 6.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
11º P, 25 IBU

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of Stigh
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half-litre bottle tasted during my 'Drinking around Europe' evening on New Years Eve.

Black bodied beer with a light tan/biege head that stayed the distance as well as leaving some heavy lacing on my UK sleeve glass.

Malty molasses rule the nose and taste: chocolate, coffee and Brazil nuts! All in the aroma and flavours in the mouth.

Nicely put together without setting the world alight: would have prefered a little hop bitterness in the blend to be honest: this was smooth, almost creamy and bordering on rich body wise. Not as Oatmealy as I expected.

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DARIVA
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a black beer with a good head.

S: This beer smells of malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: This beer tastes like malt, chocolate and coffee, but he's a bit weak.

M: This beer has a reasonable carbonation and a large feeling foam.

O: Good drinkable and a short finish.

Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: A gusher. Pours a very large 3+ finger medium-thin fluffy tan head. Head slowly snap, crackles and pops its way down to decent film head. Black with almost no carbonation evident. A wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. The beginning of the experience, what with the gushing and the thin crackly head, left a little to be desired. I don't like hearing my beer.

SMELL: A mild nose of roasted malt with some slight hints of pure chocolate, coffee, and roasted oats as well. Pleasant.

TASTE: This was much better. Some roasted malt up front with hints of chocolate and coffee again. Some sweet caramel malt with a cool twang in there as well. Some nice touches of oats and nuts makes this one stand out. The mild and shorter aftertaste is slightly roasted with some caramel sweetness as well. Not bad at all.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Oats make this one pretty creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of dryness on the palate.

OVERALL: This one turned out pretty good, despite the lousy beginning and slightly off putting look on the pour. Had a good taste profile and was a very drinkable oatmeal stout. This one is not really a ponderer, but would make a great session beer if one came across it in Denmark.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Trappist in Oakland, the first time I've seen Havre Stout. On to the beer:

Black like ink with a slightly tanned head that leaves a fair helping of thin lace on the glass. The nose brings to mind smoked meat, like what you would find in an Aecht Schlenkerla brew. Here, it's like A.S. light in a way. In addition to that is a smidge of coffee.

The taste says "rauchbier light". It stays interesting throughout with that same smokey taste and a slight roasted flavor. Light bodied. All told, a solid, easy going stout. Not the most optimal value at $8 for a 33cl pour, but one could easily do worse in that department.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasantly thick deep and rigid black, refusing to give up any hint of its true hue, even when held to the light. Head is initially thick and mountainous, although it dissipates a little to a single finger of foam, leaving behind a trail of sudsy thick lace - indeed, it's almost too solid to call lace. Overall, a very good look for a beer.

Nose is a pleasantly leavened dark roasted character. Indeed, the oatmeal seems to give it a light cereal sweetness, which takes the edge off the heavily charred character which is its basis otherwise. Light whiffs of latex and even a slight bubblegum character leaven it yet again. Although it's fundamentally a very dark beer, it has some interesting notes which bring it out of the depths.

Taste is a little more disappointing. Certainly more of the latex and bubblegum notes, but here the lack of black depths wears a little thin, leaving very little residual bitterness on the back. Coupled with this, there's not a huge degree of body to the palate, so it feels both empty, and lacking in flavour. In some respects, this helps the drinkability, and surprisingly brings the beer into the realms of sessionability.

An interesting beer, and one which is surprisingly light and drinkable when you get down to it. I didn't expect such a readily smooth and light beer behind its black and twisted facade, but that's what I got.

Photo of Stickydates
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks a Dark brown and ruby. Moderate head that is a milk chocolate colour.

Smells of sweet vanilla with some light chocolate and coffee aroma.

Taste is subtle chocolate and coffee.

I Was expecting heavy but got quite light. Easy drinking.
My first go at a Norwegian beer. I quite like this drop and could easily drink a few of these.

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black body from the pour, theres a thick looking tan head that settles pretty quickly. The smell is of dark chocolate and roasted malts. The taste follows through the same as the nose, I expected it to be a little heavier. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and fairly easy to drink. This is a pretty good easy going stout.

Photo of Florya
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mendicant
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very mild roast aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Quite nice and appropriate to style.

Very dark though the edges betray a deep red colour. A good, long lasting tan head is present.

Quite a tasty beer. Mild roast comes through well with a hint of nuttiness. The finish is medium-dry which is great here and really works. There could be more complexity and some hops would be welcome.

Silky smooth mouthfeel to this medium-light bodied beer. Good moderate carbonation.

A tasty drop which is easy to drink. It is a pity that the beer is pricey in Australia as I would like to drink more of it.

Photo of Goliath
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours black from the bottle and is completely opaque. One finger of light brown head forms and sits on top receding at an average rate and living a small lace trail behind it.

The aroma is nice. Slight coffee notes as well as some nice bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is nice. Some roasted malts, almost burnt. Also flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Only slightly bitter, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel is thin for a beer of this style, I'm not sure I could even say medium bodied. Carbonation is also a little high for my taste.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol makes for easy consumption. Flavors are fairly bold, but smooth and very enjoyable. Overall a very drinkable beer. I would definitely have a second.

Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 04/25/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with less than one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, oatmeal, cream, and nuts.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, oatmeal, cream/vanilla, and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

o - Overall this was a very drinkable, very nice oatmeal stout. Great mouthfeel and some definite cream/oatmeal in the nose and taste. Would order it again.

Photo of Arborescence
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, with visible bits of brown sediment that aren't very pretty (should've poured it carefully and let the sediment remain in the bottle). Pours a nice and creamy one finger head.

Aroma: Milk chocolate and coffee, roasted malt, hint of vanilla.

Taste: Coffee and liquid chocolate, with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite mild and light, but with a solid stout base.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, typical oatmeal stout softness. Medium bodied.

Overall: It's rather good for a light oatmeal stout, although I feel that this type of beer is rarely at it's best with a lowish alcohol content. It could easily get up to 6% and this might give it more robustness. Nøgne Ø rarely disappoints, and this is certainly a tasty stout, if it isn't one of their best.

Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, dark brown with a few centimetres of tan head that sits for a fair while.
S - Not much apart from milk chocolate and a slight nutty hint.
T - Taste comes to the party; milk & bitter sweet dark chocolate, a bit of roastiness & some dark fruit hints as well as a herbal hop character.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. A bit of a charred aftertaste.
D - A pretty good sessionable stout. Something I could drink more of.

Photo of Ruds
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, allowed to warm a little having come in from the outhouse, poured into a UK handled pint glass.

Pours a rich mid-black colour with a good finger of creamy brown/beige head which thins back to a half finger within a few minutes.

On the nose I got sweet flavours, sugar, roasted malt, milky choclolate and a slightly toasted kind of caramel/butter/toffee aroma.

On the palate caramel, toffee, sweet sugar, roasted malts finished with a bitter dry and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Medium bodied stout with fairly low carbonation which provided a good creamy finish.

Overall a decent stout, not quite as sweet as I was expecting but that's no bad thing!

Photo of beerdrifter
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a quickly fading one finger caramel colored head with minimal lacing. The nose is roasty and subtly sweet with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, oats, and a touch of smoke. The taste is dark roast forward with hints of nuts, caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, espresso, smoke, and just a touch of licorice. The mouthfeel is much thinner than I had expected, but very smooth and extremely drinkable with a dry, bittersweet finish. Overall, pretty tasty even though I'm not a huge fan of Oatmeal Stouts.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of coffee with some dry roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry coffee notes with some roasted malt. Medium body which is to be expected with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable as per description while still retaining some character.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Great stout! Poured into a pint glass, a dark brown-black with a tan head that receded to a small but firm layer. Rich, roasty aroma of dark malts, chocolate, roasted nuts. Very rich and tasty! Strong chocolate notes up front, dark roasty malts with hints of coffee, cream, and a mild sensation of figs and plums. Silky, full-bodied and very drinkable.

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hawkon
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of einar85
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nøgne Ø - the uncompromising brewery - claims that this is their only compromise: "Norwegians are dead scared of dark beers. This is an attempt to show that there are gentle dark ales. As such Havre Stout is smooth and drinkable." Was the compromise a mistake? No, and I will give my reasons.

A: I had this one in a Vondel tulip glass, and it truly looks amazing, in a Jennifer Lopez kind of way. It is clear and black with a brown head, and there are small bobbles along the glass edges.
S: There are not very distinct aromas here, but a pleasant sweet maltiness comes through.
T: Roasted malt which gives a burnt, but not aggressive, aftertaste. The flavor is mild from the oat. No taste of alcohol here, which gives me the impression of a Schwarzbier.
M: High carbonation. It has a light dryness. Smooth and fresh.
D: Makes you ask for another one. I had this one a little too cold, which partly excuses the low aroma presence, but it may have added to its smoothness and high drinkability. All in all a very good, but slightly boring beer. I can easily see why the brewer considers this a compromise, but it's a good compromise, and If you want something good that runs down smoothly, this is the choice.

Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, London Bridge. BB date is 01/03/06, served cool in a broad rimmed chalice.

A: pours a ebony hue with some mahogany hints when seen against light; the thin but foamy, tan head slowly dissipates and leaving a very thin sheet on the top.
S: roasted and a bit meaty upfront~~ strong note of tabacco and charred-wood expands freely after swirling, while a firm background note of coffee beans, sweet dates and plums, a flow of aromatic fruity scent lingers at the back... Nice and subtly complex~~
T: a silky-smooth textured dark and roasted-malty palate, backed by mixed and light flavour of dark plums, cold coffee, mild roasted nuts, and balanced with a faintly sour edge of roasted barley and dark fruits; a delicately smokey and tobacco-ish overtone surrounds the mouth, leaving a licorice-like herbal-sweet aftertaste on top of a rather clean, malty finish.
M&D: very very smooth and soft on the mouthfeel and extremely light-bodied, this stout is surprisingly easy to drink. The overall flavour is maybe not so rich for an oatmeal stout or a stout, but I could sense plenty of delicate elements being threaded nicely in this black gem. Yet another very good beer by Nøgne Ø~~

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