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

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86
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 5.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

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 beerdrifter
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

beerdrifter, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

GRG1313, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Stickydates
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Stickydates, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

fionn13, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Mendicant
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Mendicant, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Arborescence
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Arborescence, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of DARIVA
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

DARIVA, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of hawkon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

hawkon, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Florya
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Florya, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Ruds
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Ruds, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +3.9%

timtim, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Rifugium, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Knapp85, May 17, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty decent dark brown, mahogany around the edge, but mostly black. Head is beautiful - medium-thick, dense and creamy foam that sinks slowly, bubbling like soap suds. Lace is thin but clings to the glass like a koala wearing suction cups on its claws. Really superb-looking stout.

Nose is dark and quite rich, with some bitter cocoa notes, slight hints of fresh vanilla and some toasted oats and other grainy characters. Smells a little sweet and I would like it to lean a little more heavily on the roasty side but still, a mild, pleasant stout smell.

Tasty. Tasty beer. Dark throughout with nice toasty flavours, slight espresso notes with some unsweetened dark chocolate and toasted wheat and barley. A sweetness comes through on the mid-palate, slightly milky and a further touch of chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Regains its bitterness for the finish with a bit of woodiness and some fresh espresso grounds, but nothing too ashy. Mouthfeel is a little watery in the mouth and a slight harshness as it goes down, but that's the only rough edge to this beer, it's otherwise a perfectly fine texture.

This is an astoundingly good session stout. Fantastically balanced, tempered and drinkable drop. Once again these naked islanders are hammering into me how well they brew.

laituegonflable, May 25, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

dgilks, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

brendan13, May 07, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a huge tan head and audible carbonation off a not particularly aggressive pour. Might have got shaken up a bit in the car on the way home...? Looks great, anyway. A really rich dark brown verging on opaque.

Milk chocolatey nose and just a little coffee and dark chocolate as well. Aroma is very nice but not very forthcoming.

Smooth roasted malt (no burnt notes), bittersweet orange-y twang, nuts, mellow coffee and a bit of dry leaves or tobacco toward the end. Coffee taste comes to the fore as it warms. Creamy moutfeel from the oats, medium body with tons of tiny pinpoints of carbonation.

Very flavourful, but never insists upon itself or overwhelms. Soft and welcoming. If the cats at Nogne Ø set out to make a stout that ANYONE could (and probably should) like, they nailed it.

Parrotshake, May 01, 2009
Photo of einar85
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

einar85, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of atis
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Barcelona

Pours almost black with brown and creamy head in one finger thickness and excellent retention. Mild roasted grainy aroma with hints of light sweetness and low fruity esters.

Taste is lightly sweet roasted and earthy malt, hints of nuts with very dry finish and sweetish aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy medium-full with lower than average carbonation.

Overall, an impressive Stout, would gladly drink many of them if they would not be so expensive...

atis, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 31, 2008
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