Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Reviews by neonbrown82:
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Another great beer from Nogne O. Very cool to see something pushing the envelope, American style, coming out of Norway. It does seem more like a Baltic Porter than an American Porter, however.
The beer pours to a pitch black color. Almost completely opaque except for a pinprick of brownish amber that shines through when held to the light. Has a medium sized tan head with decent retention. Lacing is fairly spotty.
The smell is the one thing that disappoints. Very difficult to coax any aroma out of it. Has a bit of chocolate and black licorice aroma, but not a whole lot of anything else.
The taste is great, however. Up front it has a sweet dark chocolate flavor with a hint of black licorice in the finish. Dry, chalky with notes of coffee. Doesn't have a whole lot of roasted malt flavor. Some old world hops in the finish, along with some dark fruity berry esters from the yeast. The 7% is not detectable. Very rich and creamy, but still easy to drink.
The body is fairly thin, medium at most. Carbonation is light with a creamy feel. A good balance between sweet and dry. Very good and very drinkable. I can't wait to try the Imperial Stout if this is their idea of a standard porter.
07-14-2007 06:43:02 | More by neonbrown82
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3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
06-18-2008 19:31:38 | More by punkindrublic50
3.3/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
09-01-2009 01:45:53 | More by boston2bburg
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-08-2008 16:18:36 | More by lordofthewiens
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
04-27-2011 19:04:08 | More by warnerry
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
06-11-2007 05:57:25 | More by Beaver13
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-16-2012 01:55:48 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.75/5 rDev +17%
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.
12-31-2008 21:01:32 | More by LeffeHanded
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-10-2008 22:30:11 | More by magictrokini
2.9/5 rDev -28.6%
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
03-09-2013 02:49:53 | More by BGDrock
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-23-2009 05:15:54 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
04-28-2007 03:26:50 | More by ggaughan
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
04-25-2013 03:15:15 | More by biboergosum
4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
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?
03-02-2009 22:34:34 | More by Magpie14
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-14-2007 03:00:15 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
09-04-2005 03:38:45 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
01-22-2011 07:24:19 | More by secondtooth
Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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