Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 11-20-2003

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
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Reviews by bobsy:
Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Troy - thanks T-bag!

Ultra dark brown pour with a finger of tan head that drops to a film, but laces more than adeqautely. Some ruby highlights at the edges. Rich nose has full-on coffee and chocolate notes, with a mild earthiness, some sugar and a splash of dark fruit. Greta flavour combines all of this, with the mocha base really excelling. The alcohol slowly makes its presence felt, but is otherwise well concealed . Big, full mouthfeel hits it out of the park.

An excellent porter, and a true flagship for this outstanding brewery. Dangerously drinkable at 7%...

More User Reviews:
Photo of punkindrublic50
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at Monks. If I had to sum up this beer in 4 words it would be "porter brewed with hops". Appearance wise it looks like a standard good porter - nice deep brown with a tan head. Nice dark fruit and coffee aromas, but the taste has a fairly strong flavor of the sort of hops you'd normally only see in a decent IPA. Nice creamy smooth mouthful besides that, but it really enjoy it you would have to be a fan of hoppy beers.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was apparently dying to get out of the bottle. A quick but manageable gush of the deep tan head provided me with a wary first impression. It then settled out during the pour leaving only an impressive two finger layer of fluff on top of the opaque dark brown liquid, through which large flakes of yeast trickle down for several minutes. The head shrinks only by half during this time, still a finger deep.

Dark caramel, light coffee, and some bitter chocolate make up a somewhat modest flavor profile, as the creaminess of the mouthfeel is what impresses me most. Its a good breakfast porter for those that take cream and sugar. Not much hop presence, could use a handful more.

Nothing really blows me away about this beer, but I do respect Nogne O and wouldn't be surprised if it was better fresh in Europe. I appreciate the bottle conditioning, homebrew feel it has.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this was a jet black beer with a coffee-colored head. A little bit of lacing. Predominately coffee aroma, with a little bit of sweetness. Coffee taste all the way, again a bit of a sweet taste. Some late bitterness. This was a good beer, but not as robust as I thought it would be. Still, would drink it again.

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even a slow pour yields three fingers of craggy light brown head over a black liquid.. A lot of carbonation initially clings to the side of the nonic. Lots of lacing

Smell starts with a lot of coffee and roasted malts, though the smell is pretty subtle overall. Also pick up a faint sweetness, but can't pick any specific sweet aromas.

Taste is predominately roasted malt and coffee up front, followed by and some hints of bitter chocolate and maybe a bit of fig. Leaves a nice lingering earthiness.

Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall a very nice porter. Too expensive to buy regularly, but I'm glad I tried it will certainly buy it again at some point.

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is chocolate, coffee and grains and some roasted hops and burnt plastic.

The flavor is chocolate malts, nuts, and some coffee and a little anise with a little plastic at the end. It has a dry finish with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery.

Overall, it's a decent porter, but has some off notes.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, part of the winter LCBO brewery release.

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark and thick as it should be, with a thick, sturdy head of off white foam. Great lacing. Stellar-looking porter.

Nose is rich and roasty, with some vanilla sweetness and some dark fruit (currant or blackberry). Some dry chocolate as well.

If well-roasted, slightly dry porters are your thing, you are in for a treat here. The bitterness of the roasted malt really dominates the brew, but it has company in the form of that dark fruit and lingering sweet vanilla. Long bitter finish, dry, and with a touch of hops. Very nice, hearty brew. Somewhat thick, not so much so that it enters into stout territory, but it's close. Feels like a porter - creamy, medium bodied, light carbonation.

Picks right up where the imperial stout left off last year. Very dependable porter, highly enjoyable.

Photo of LeffeHanded
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of porters and Nogne O has become one of my favorites.

The full bodied porter pours nearly jet black with a deep red hue, leaving about a finger and a half of head. Commanding chocolate notes complete the aroma. This is a very drinkable rich porter, offering chocolate flavors with notes of charcoal and balanced bitterness. I don't really taste the dried fruit that others do. The 7% alchohol is warming but not too strong.

Porter fans should really enjoy this dark liquid jewel from Norway.

Photo of magictrokini
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with a short-lived tan head and nice lacing. Licorice, earthy yeast, roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and toast in the nose. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, leather, dates, and a mix of toffee, caramel, hops, and cream. Some of that soy taste as well. Kind of thin in the mouthfeel. A very good beer, nonetheless.

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

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate and lighter hints of licorice.

Tastes good, though different from how it smells. Deep roasted malt flavors hit up front with a good deal of black malt flavors as well. Soon after unsweetened chocolate flavors join into things and carry through to right before the mildly bitter ending that leaves hints of coffee lingering where the slightest amount of anise comes in.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a bit underwhelmed when I first smelled the beer but once I tasted it I was thoroughly whelmed. This one is worth a shot.

Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second to last Nogne we sampled the other night. This one was poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The body was a deep black hole with a small tan head that lingered for a bit. The been gave off a malty, slightly bitter bouquet that was music to my nose. The taste was a nice solid porter. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa all mixing together to made a full bodied brew that is worth another try.

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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a somewhat careless and out of control pour led to a massive volcano eruption of brown sugar 'n' mocha colored foam. The head was almost a burden in regards to drinking. The body is black with bourbon and oily brown hues. The lace was unnaturally sticky, filmy, and globby. Top marks!

S: fudge brownies, dark chocolate, dark hearty malts and barley. This is topped off with oily coffee beans with a few raisins in the mix. Nose has wonderful smells all around and is reminiscent of a stout, even as I poured this guy looked like a heavy hitter

T: taste of dark roasted barley and malts with light arid smokiness. This beer also houses a well balanced lemon hop kick that keeps things a bit sharp. After the initial wave of dark roasted goodness, I pick up on chocolate covered coffee beans, and dutch black licorice candies mixed in slightly warmed bowl of blackstrap molasses. This thing is loaded with taste and flavor, am I drinking a porter or a stout? Either way sheer quality

M: one thing to note is the body is more of a porter style and has ample carbonation. This also pokes at the degree of smoothness, however it still is creamy and smooth

D: drinkability is right up their with the best. What I really love is the strong malty profile and explosive flavors that drench the tongue. Incredible showing for a porter! How do they pack so much flavor in a slim bottle?

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this porter pours tar black, with little head. incorporates all the taste of a porter but not overpowering like many can be, its a very smooth porter, borderline watery but for me just right. often times i am turned of by the sharp maltiness of many porters so i enjoy this one very much, good buy, but a bit expensive in america at about 9 bucks a bottle.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense yet smooth roast flavour with some coffee, black colour. Some quality bittersweet dark chocolate. Also malt and licorice. Good porter, not complex yet satisfying pint, well carbonated, fresh from Norway thanks to trade with Madsberg. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional deep, black, opaque complexion on this American craft-inspired porter.

Thick, tan head, with a nose of dark chocolate -- unusual and interesting!

Flavor is similarly chocolatey, with an ever-so-slight roasty taste near the finish.

A subtle, easy-to-drink example of the style, but with a unique twist. A superb porter!

Photo of scott
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Yes, another dark as pitch reference. Head is initially large, and subsides into a thin rim.
Big coffee roast upfront. It pulls you in.
Robust & chewy, but manages to find a skillful balance of cratsmanship & dare I say - delicacy?
Awesome, as it easy to drink with nice notes of a creamy/buttery/chocolate line up pronouncing themselves, yet the hops are still evident.
Pricey, and maybe not deservingly so. ($6.99/bomber in these here parts)

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle...normally $12 at Monroe Street Bistro but 16oz+ bottles are 50% off on Tuesdays so i figured it was worth $6 to try

appearance: presented in a standard pint...dark as night body, big foamy chocolate head with strong retention...great looking porter

smell: roasty, sweet cocoa, char, dark roasted coffee beans...nice aromas

taste: Nothing here really justifies the high price tag that this beer carries but if you can find a way to ignore that (and buy it 50% off), its actually a really nice porter...there are lots of big roasty flavors, dark cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans...there is a touch of char and smoke to finish it out

mouthfeel: could be a little creamier but it goes down smooth and isnt too heavy

drinkability: high

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very dark brown in color. Head is creamy tan and about two fingers deep. Head disspitated rather quickly and left an average coat of lace.

Smell: Excellent blend of roasted and chocolate malts. Very slight coffee aroma, but not very pronounced at all. Dark fruit (mostly plum) mixes nicely. Hops are not apparent in smell. Hint of vanilla finishes it up.

Taste: Very sweet, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor gives it an excellent base. Plum and perhaps raisin are apparent in taste and add a nice twist. Coffee flavor is there, but again is somewhat faint. Hops are noticeable and add a bit of balance, but they are not strong at all. Not picking up vanilla in taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Actually feels a little thin, but it's not a negative. It's extremely smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is somewhat low, but great for this beer. Overall, this is very, very good porter.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a pretty good porter, but it just seems like there's no imagination. The taste is of roasted chocolate, plain, clean, good, but not that impressive. There's a nice aroma to match and it certainly wasn't bland - there was just no zing. For the price, I want something to savor, I'll stick to Sierra Nevada and Anchor Porter.

Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown/black with a slight red tint; foamy, uneven and beautiful head; lacing is gorgeous but does fade quickly

S: Wonderful roasted chocolate malts; some sweet dark fruits; but really there is just a solid, nice dark chocolate presence

T: Such a beautiful chocolate and roasted malt presence with a surprising hop balance; I notice that I have said chocolate a few times and I will say it once more, there is so much delicious chocolate undertones I am surprised they don't actually include it in the name of the beer. Mmmm

F: Creamy feel that sits on the sides of the mouth quite pleasantly

D: This is a great porter and is so easy to drink; hats of to Nogne--this is good

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly my first Norwegian American styled Porter!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha-colored pudding skin head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some coffee & chocolate, plus roasted malt

T: A bit of coffee, dryness & cocoa up front. Dryness, iron, herbal hops, & roasted grain as this warms. Finishes dry, toasty, with a little iron, molasses & chocolate

MF: Creamy, oily, medium-bodied with low carbonation

Drank pretty easy for the abv, I'm very impressed with this porter

Photo of dgallina
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, .9 fluid ounce narrow brown bottle without obvious dating.

Pours nearly-black opaque brown with two fingers of very rich brown head and generous lace. Smells of sweetened cocoa, caramel malts and grain. Perhaps a touch of oatmeal in there somewhere. The flavor starts with sweet chocolate malt, builds to a rounded toasty center, and finishes with lactic and faintly smoky notes. Somewhat high in alcohol for a porter, though it can't be easily discerned in the flavor. Body is medium-thick, clean, and tending towards a creamy fullness. A little unassuming, but pleasing enough.

Photo of HalfFull
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. This beer pours rich and very dark with hardly a hint of a highlight. A half inch of tan head bubbles down nicely to a surface cap and throws off scattered lacing through the glass.

Grated dark chocolate dominates the nose. A touch of alcohol is noted initially but does diminish quickly as the beer opens up a bit. A bit of dark cherry and raspberry in the background and some woody hop notes. Very good.

Chocolate continues to the flavor yet is never too rich in maltiness. Finishes with a spicy close of grated chocolate and a touch of cinnamon, then a quick close of sweet cherry liqueur. Interestingly, this cherry liqueur/chocolate filling arrives on the nose as the head dissipates as well, sans a bit of agitation.

Smooth full mouthfeel and an easy drinkability given a nice moderate body. Surely worth a try.

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