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Porter | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this quite dark ale, dark malts provide flavors of coffee and dried fruit. Try with dark chocolate, cheese or red meat dishes.

30 IBU

Added by Sigmund on 11-20-2003

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Photo of SABERG
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Dark, and lively. A fine carbonation stream supports a thin evolving cap/
S - Light roasted malts, a hint of cocoa, a bit of toffee, very nice.
T - Caramel, coffee, a bit of aged fruit, and a fine chocolate element.
F - Thin and delightful body, a sharp edge rolls up at the mid point and
unfolds leaving a nice sweet finish.
O - Very nice Porter, English ale yeast adds that sweet, round feel, and the Norwegian
touch is well done.

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Photo of frozyn
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours very dark brown with a fair tan/khaki head that dissipates into a ring and leaves very little lacing.

S -- Coffee comes on strong, sticks around as dark fruit (hard to pinpoint at first, but warmth reveals raisins) comes along with a good sweetness. I got a hint of cinnamon, although I'm guessing that's a leftover from dinner two hours ago. Toffee notes come through with swirling.

T -- First flavor is a hit of plum, followed quickly by coffee that is none-too-bitter. Roasted cocoa comes on strong after and sticks through to the end note, which also presents a little bitterness. It follows the BJCP style guide of a baltic in that it starts out sweet and then moves quickly into the roasted malt flavors.

F -- Very smooth, luscious. Well carbonated. Full bodied, a slightly dry finish.

O -- I think it's delicious. It's an easy-drinking sipper, if that makes any sense. Looking along the BJCP guide, it hits many of the marks listed and deserves its outstanding rating. On a personal level, I vacillate between wanting a thicker, less carbonated mouthfeel and thinking it's perfect just the way it is.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't think this is for everybody. It's very sour. Smells of green olives. Almost tastes like a wine.definitely dark and lots of flavor just not what I'd prefer IN A porter.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, black and ...
Richly head, solid, with fine bubbles, color light brown, a bit like chocolate mousse. Remains long to be able to enjoy its color and texture.
The aroma is poetry, roasted malts, lightly smoked, of course, coffee, caramel, a little resin, prunes and fried, rum, but also a delicate acidity of tea, dark chocolate.
The taste is just as evident in the flavor of black coffee, dark chocolate, delicate notes of rum, plum. The notes of smoked flavor and resin are insignificant. Very interesting is that each sip brings a different taste sensation. Gentian satisfactory. Nøgne Ø Porter is quite succinct and fat, alcohol very well hidden, perfectly balanced whole.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks DemmaAnn. Somehow this ends up as review #1800, cool.

A- Black pour but not motor oil dark to a few pint glasses. A tan crown briefly appears but falls to a frothy belt leaving sparse spotty lace.

S- Deep dark cocoa powder at the forefront with a spicy, dry dark fruit contingent complimenting it. Toffee, roast nuts, semi burnt malt and caramelized barley.

T- Strikes a balance between the really dark roasty tones and the brown toasty malts. Semi bitter dark chocolate leads the way down the path to deep toasted nuts, caramel, toffee, medium roast coffee, cherry and figgy raisins.

MF- Medium bodied overall thickness with a consistency that is a bit creamy and crisp. Carbonation fairly high but still suits the fairly decadent flavors.

I'm pretty sure I have had this a few times by now and held off thinking I would get it again for the review. The time is now and my high expectations are satisfied by the great balance of deep chocolate and toasty brown things.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours really dark brown, almost black, seems a bit oily. Small mocha head for quite some time.
Rich roasted malts on the nose, a bit smokey, some chocolate cake, some light coffee, some dried plum and fig. A really intense fragrance, tho.
Taste is strong as well, with some dark fruit up front, not too complex (plum, fig, fresh raisin), but backed up by a touch of spirit. A little bit of citrus hidden in there, but the roasted malts show up, rich and smokey, like burnt toast and chocolate brownie crust. Doesn't get too heavy tho, and the hops are pretty shy, so the finish isn't too dry or bitter.
Aftertaste has some bit of coffee, roasted malts, a light dark fruit note lingering. Medium bodied, low carbonated, but really smooth.
A flavorful porter that's really easy to drink. And drink. And drink.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6 or so back in 2012

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some okay lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, milk chocolate, and coffee. There is also a light amount of dark fruit and a touch of a smokiness.

Overall - Really smooth and it has a nice high quality chocolate flavour. The light fruitiness work really well with rest of the flavours. A great beer that I should have bought more of when I had the chance.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, slight chocolate, slight hops, and a hint of wood. Much more like a strong American Porter than a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight roasted malt, slight hop, alcohol, chocolate, and a hint of sourness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body, but the feel is lacking.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nogne O 'Porter' @ 7.0% , a Baltic Porter served from a couple of 500 ml bottles purchased for $10 each

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a big creamy tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-sweet , fruity , strong

T-semi sweet start , somewhat smooth & creamy middle

MF-ok/carbonation , seems to be big full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , not my favourite style , glad I got to try it

prost LampertLand

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color forming a solid and creamy tan head. Great retention and lots of spotty lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Delicious roasted malts, coffee and chocolate notes. A bit sweet and a bit metallic too. Strong notes of floral hops. Great balance. A bit booze

T : Follows the nose. Slightly sweet upfront. Excellent notes of roasted malts. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Great bitter-sweet balance. Nice bitter sting in the end. Bitterness is mainly made of roasted malts but also mixed with grassy hops. A bit of metallic sensation. Brown bread yeasts profile

M: Creamy full bodied beer. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet roasted aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent beer. Extremely well-done. Scandinavian classic

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Black. There is no other way to describe it. There isn't a hint of anything beyond black. Foamy solid head - one finger height. Remained through the first three sips before receding into the black hole that is this porter. Significant lacing.

Aroma: Rich with malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee and licorice. Smells exactly like it should. Delicious.

Taste: The coffee takes the wheel when you begin sipping. Very well balanced but thick with coffee, chocolate, and light notes of caramel. Not heavy though, which is the wonderful thing about the Porter style - a darker, lighter beer in comparison to your stouts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chocolate coffee coating, with light to medium carbonation thus providing for an easy drinker.

Overall: I'm a Porter fan and I really like this variance on the style. The 7% ABV isn't noticeable, and the light carbonation combined with the sweet flavors make it highly drinkable. Best porter I've had in Singapore!

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Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Brewed 4/7/12 so about 14 months on it. Pours a huge head of creamy tan foam, amazing retention. Colour is an expected dark brown but the lacing retention is superb.

S- figs, raisin, silky chocolate, red current, a roasty presence, with a dry floral element. Some vanilla and toasty notes. Very full and inticing

T- a thick dark malt body with aged fruity hints to it. More chocolate develops, with some dark cocoa and sweetness, earthy and dry with some dark cherry notes, dry woody and floral spices come round. A malt forward porter with strong dark malt and chocolate flavours and a nice array if fruity complimenting notes. Finishes nice and full with a lively toasty malt.

M- light initially then some more of the coating chocolate malt with a gentle carbonation but very relaxed beer that drinks very well. No alcohol heat.

Quite an enjoyable porter. Rich and dry with a very rounded balanced profile that is so silky. Quite a bit of depth but also very tasty upfront with pleasant dchocolate notes. It is big but it is not heavy, as in a big imp stout. Worth trying, quite a tasty achievement!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Valhalla in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly heavier than moderate amounts of roasted malts with some light notes of anise/licorice.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate and some roasted coffee. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with enough complexity to keep it interesting - I could easily have another one of these and enjoy it even though it is more of a slow sipper.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From notes.

A - Gusher. Black pour, huge beige head of thick and fluffy dark beige. Strong carbonation, good soapy lace, half finger retention.

S - Chocolate covered cherries, mild roast, coffee. A bit mild for my tastes.

T - Chocolate, earthy, mild hop note, a little roast. Simple but tasty at the same time.

M - Strong carbonation for the style, medium body, sweetness moves to dryness in the finish.

O/D - Potential infection for this bottle as something seemed a bit off, but it that was off, then this beer is pretty solid. Decent flavours and well executed, but not highly drinkable. A good effort nonetheless.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On bottle.Complex and strong porter style.High body with a medium brown head.Little carbonation.Very dark.Smel, choklat, coffe and roasted malts.Flavor with roasted malts again and delicius choklat.More near than Imperial style, really a old style.Great beer

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. I just recently learned how to pronounce this brewery's name - dammit, I already forgot.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight basal cola highlights, and three generous fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and kind of creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of sparse cloudlet lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away.

It smells of bittersweet cafe au lait, medium dark chocolate, fairly acidic black fruit - prune and dried cherries, mostly - a hint of rye breadiness, and edgy herbal, musty hops. The taste is big, semi-sweet chocolate malt, with a decent dose of caramel and toffee, mild dry coffee, middling molasses and dried stone fruit, a hint of lactic acid, tremulous earthy hops, and a soft touch of warming alcohol.

The bubbles are a tad prickly, but not in any serious manner, the body a hefty medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a swirling, late-arriving frothiness. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate malt, milk-bolstered coffee, and caramel malt overmatching anything the hops or booze can throw at it.

A pleasurable enough version of the style, amped up to near imperial ABV levels, but you'd hardly know otherwise. Tasty, chocolatey, subtly milky, and offset by a perky fruitiness. Old World meet newish-Old World interpretation. Cool, I suppose.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/4/13

A dark brown with enough clarity to see nearly half way across the glass under the bubbles, a loose two finger head hangs around for a couple sips but leaves no lace

S cold coffee and a slight nutty aspect, faint coco, milk chocolate, prune and plum with some earthy herbal hops and something I can't quite place, almost like a wild yeast but not funky or off just different, its just lacking a little intensity

T more cold coffee and a little hard toffee I didn't smell, still nutty with some more of that interesting yeast profile that I just can't place

M thin for the color but well carbonated, a little slick almost slimy after the fact but it doesn't hurt or help its cause, nutty coco on the finish

O decent beer but considering how much I've been loving this brewery its almost a miss with their standards, its just smells and tastes a little toned down for a 7% Porter I expect just a little more sass

I had very high expectations for this one after falling in love with some of these guys dark monsters, respectable beer but I doubt I'd buy another when it's beside their Imperial Stout on the shelf

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew Date: 04.07.12
Best Before: 04.07.16
Batch #832

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with a massive amount of light brown head. Carbonation appears very high.

S - Huge bitter roast aroma with smoke and some sweet molasses.

T - Bitter roast with smoke, licorice and some sweet brown sugar.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of pants678
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Doesn't pour black, it has red edges and a beige head.

Not much smell, little bit of the darker malts but not the alcohol.

Just the right hop presence that keeps this from being a stout or milkshake. Still not a hint of the alcohol but strong, potent malt body. There's some coffee notes and a little raisiny, surprisingly not much in the way of chocolate. More a beer than anything, not leaning on additives.

Thick but not stout thick. The hops give a crisp quality that gives it more of a porter feel.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: overflowing with froth, like a bubble bath, may be over-carbonated; dark, coffee brown; cappuccino head

Aroma: next to nothing - smells flat which is ironic; later, like water with a hint of coffee roast

Taste & Mouthfeel: over-carbonated, and this is adding a metallic, aluminium flavour that really overshadows everything; some hints of chocolate, but not a lot of complexity; once the head (finally) dies down, the roasted flavours are allowed to shine and the mouthfeel becomes smoother, but it's still no too exciting

Overall: feel like potential is there, and maybe something happened in transport to cause the negative attributes of the beer; it does get better in the end, but never great

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Very dark brown, almost black pour with a one and a half finger caramel colored head with decent retention and great lacing. Earthy roastiness in the nose with a subtle sweetness along with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. The taste follows suit with lots of sweet roasty malt and coffee/espresso up front, followed by hints of dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and just a touch of figs and licorice. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonation and a real nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops. Overall this is a very rich and drinkable Porter. An excellent example of the style and yet another winner from Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was really pleased with this Porter from Nøgne Ø. Pours with a lively brownish head that foams up every time I add a little more beer to the glasse. Very dark in color, almost black.

Smells of chocolate, toasted malts and molasses. Every wiff brings more of the beers character to life.

After the first taste I had lots of chocolate and espresso. As I kept drinking the molasses came through. Wonderful beer and I'm glad I was able to try cause its drinking very well now.

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Photo of peensteen
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black, 1.5 fingers of tan hed, thick with lots of lace. Smell is tons of roasted malts follwed by lots of dark chocolate, well hopped, coffee and light liquorice as well, more bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke/char. Taste is initially big and roasty, lots of malt with some milk and dark chocolate, medium hop bitterness, black liquorice with a roasty-coffee finish. Medium carbonation, prickly, medium body. Really solid porter, the only way this would be better is if it had a more robust feel to match the big robust flavours, something I would gladly revisit.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on July 4 2012. I picked up a few Nøgne Ø brews in London, ON last month and have been itching to try them ever since. Served only slightly chilled, and poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night - totally opaque, and topped at first with two fingers of creamy, frothy, light tan-coloured head. Retention is ok - it takes more than a few minutes to give up the ghost, eventually leaving behind a thin, smooth, foamy cap at the surface, and a thick coat of lacing on the glass. The aroma is rich and enticing with a clear focus on roasted malts - dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, prunes and raisins first come to mind, with hints of vanilla. Very earthy with just the right amount of sweetness; I just love the smell of this stuff.

Good, mild, balanced flavour that improves substantially as it warms a bit. As expected there is plenty of roasted malt character - baker's chocolate and spent coffee grounds are fairly prominent, with some molasses sweetness and raisin notes. The finish is earthy with prominent coffee bean flavours, giving it a thoroughly pleasing bittersweet tone that lingers well into the aftertaste. The alcohol was detectable in the finish at first (I probably served this a bit too cold), but with warmth it becomes more of a welcome presence than a distraction. Medium-bodied and quite creamy - thicker than a lot of the more traditional English porters I've had, but with too much carbonation - my only real complaint about this stuff. It's pretty drinkable considering the abv, but too tasty for me to want to quaff quickly.

Final Grade: 4.2, a very respectable A-. Nøgne Ø's Porter is considerably more creative than the name implies. At 7% I'm more inclined to consider this a lighter 'imperial porter' than a true English porter, but I'm not about to split hairs over it - the point to take home here is that this is a balanced, fairly complex dark ale with a delicious bittersweet flavour profile that I absolutely loved. A fabulous brew that is well worth sampling, and a great way to strike Norway from my aptly-named 'countries to sample beer from' list.

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Pitch black with a very tall mocha coloured creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and satisfactory lacing.

(3.5) S: Cocoa, caramel, vanilla, herbal qualities, banana, and a bit of orchard fruit including crisp pear. Nice variety of aroma and enticing.

(4.0) T: Dark cocoa and caramel sweetness cut with an appealing herbal bitterness. Ripe banana and pear tastes probe through with a slight burnt/smoky finish. Alcohol, albeit not terribly strong, is well hidden.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Velvety with a semi-oily texture that’s relatively clean and sharp. A bit heavier for a porter but you won't hear any complaining from me.

(4.0) D: A very tasty porter that showcases good fruit flavours and solid herbal qualities, and one I would pick up again.

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