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Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Norway

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 11-20-2003)
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Bigben0328, Jul 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

ROGUE16, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of scubapoet
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to give everything a 5.0 as I am supposed to be more critical... but ...

This is literally my favorite beer from all styles and I am someone who likes so many different things I never have a favorite.

If it was not so expensive per bottle I would have it more often.

The Balance is perfect. I like a balanced not overly Coffe or chocolate et al...

Mouthfeel - is exactly what I want in a porter full feel think full of flavor

Taste - It's balanced full feeling the right ABV I could not have drawn it up any better

scubapoet, May 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Manoftyr, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of dolemite77
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville... $5 for a 22 oz... I wish I had bought more. That is a steal for this hard to find beer. Pours oily black (looks like a stout, this is black, not brown beer. Minimal head, with soft cascading lace... flavor is HUGE porter... great roasted quality, a bit of sour like a baltic, but not enough to even put that in the forefront. I will seek this one out again.

dolemite77, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting for a week since I bought it and the carbonation flowed out fast so watch out. The smell is wonderful, sooo great! It smells fruity with great chocolate tones in the background. The head was great, but then fell fast leaving behind a lilypad effect with a good thick lacing. The color is black with seemingly less than a millimeter of light that comes through in a purple-ish color. The smell is slightly roasty with good chocolate flavors backed up by good dark fruit. The taste is very fruity and has a burst of light fruity flavor that mellows and then has an aftertaste like a great coffee with a nose of the same. Smooth, roasty coffee flavors you find in an expensive coffee. Light mouthfeel that is very smooth, especially for such a large carbonation reaction when opened. It's smooth on the tongue and then dissapears without a trace, so maybe a little dry without any harshness. Overall I enjoyed this very much and will have another one.

Erdinger2003, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge tan rocky head on Norway's take of this American Porter. I mean this thing is large. The color is almost black with some reddish hues along the edges.

There is a big presence of burnt/roasted malts in the nose. Chocolate and fruits come through as well.

The taste is brilliant! A smooth mouthfeel and lots of hop bitterness make this porter quite the treat. Has a crisp finish and plenty of character from the intense roasted malts. Lots of burnt flavors but still a solid sweetness and fruity note.

Lots of leftover burnt tastes in my mouth with a nice touch of citrus/piney hops. Must be the centennial.

Not too much of an alcohol kick but that 7% is hiding somewhere.

Very delicious!

stewart124, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of LeffeHanded
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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.

LeffeHanded, Dec 31, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Florya, Jul 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Eucrid, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

6demonbag, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

mscott1975, Oct 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 466, brewed on 021109, best before 021114. Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Presents itself nicely with a dark cola color and a substantial tan/creamy head that really sticks. Welcoming aroma of cocoa, chocolate greets me when I take in the smells from this porter. An absolutely delicious porter. Thick, substantial, you can "chew" on this one while you savor the taste. The chocolate malts really come forth as this beer sinks in and imparts a nice warming quality. Flavors become even more enjoyable as the beer warms a little. There are also some coffee flavors and slight hints of dried fruit--dates perhaps? Another winner from this quality Norwegian brewery.

While the abv clocks in at 7%, which in my experience is on the higher end of the spectrum for a porter, I did not experience any noticeable taste of alcohol. I could definitely enjoy a couple of these waiting for the weather to warm in Norway. Very drinkable and satisfying porter.

JohnnyP3, Apr 23, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a fantastic plain old porter. nothing fancy about it just a good old porter, super dark mahogany in colour, with a light brown perfectly sticky head. the smell isn't anything spectacular, but the taste is all that a porter should be and nothing it shouldn't, caramel, and chocolate malt flavours, thick but not too thick. and drinks very easy, i highly recomend this to anyone who loves a good porter.

irishevans, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of yesyouam
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø Porter is a dim, dark brown ale with a thin, dense, beige head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It smells dark and complex, with a lot of roasty coffee. It's medium bodied, smooth and clean in the mouth. It's not sweet. The flavor is well balanced and roasty like coffee. There are notes of dark chocolate and cassis. For some reason, I was expecting a Baltic Porter, but this is more bitter and complex. This is a delicious beer.

yesyouam, Nov 17, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Quaffs, London...

Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Mocha brown head poured small but very thick and foamy then faded to thick patchy coating... any lacing faded fairly quickly...

Aroma - Good, but pretty standard, porter aromas... strong dark chocolate malts, good roasted grain notes, some smokey / earthy notes, liquorice, pretty peppery, alcohol just noticeable, espresso coffee, vanilla, some wheat traces, dry hay / straw, some blackcurrent and plum fruitiness...

Taste – This is more like it !! The aromas make you think that this is just going to be like any other porter but oh no.... Rich creamy roasted chocolate maltiness mixed with sticky sweet fruits (plums, cherries, blackcurrents), dark treacle, pine hop notes, lots of liquorice, vanilla and some milky traces, nice mellow roasted malt bitterness, light coffee notes, quite peppery, some saltiness, some oaty hints... everything melds so so well....

Feel - Rich and silky smooth but in no way sickly... full bodied.. for a big porter this is incredibly drinkable...

Overall - An outstanding porter... probably the best i've tried so far... highly recommended....

mdagnew, Oct 09, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knowing nothing about this beer or brewery I bought this and their Imperial Stout. Label is very informative-recipe for this beer reads just like a US porter. It tells how the brewers are thoroughly inspired by US brewers yet seek to chart their own course. That being said...

Very nice color-deep black but with some subdued ruby highlights. Killer aroma-bittersweet chocolate with an overall malty profile. Very nice bready/yeasty quality to it as well. Extemely bold chocolate flavor. Some great black currant and burnt raisen flavors. Malty sweetness behind it all with just a trace of bitterness. The most chocolate flavor I have ever tasted in a beer that doesnt claim to be a chocolate beer. Great body-the sweetness is very prominant though it has an evenly dry finish. Just a super beer. I wish more US porters had the overall balls that this does. Along the borderlines of a stout to me. Great beer. Bring on the imperial stout I say. I am very, very impressed.

lackenhauser, Apr 15, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Melted dark chocolate brown with a similar opacity. Only a thin rim of red and gold along the bottom edge of the glass betrays the beer's light rejecting nature. The brown sugar colored crown has a 'bubbles piled upon bubbles' look and is beginning to lay down a fair amount of lace. This porter looks like a stout, and a damn good one at that.

The nose is everything I want in a porter: well-roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, even a hint of anise. The malt bill consists of Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, chocolate and black. It smells like the brewery had a especially heavy hand with those last few. Again, I'm reminded more of a stout than a porter...words that I have a feeling I'm not done typing.

Nogne Porter is fantastic beer! It tastes like a perfect combination of a huge Baltic porter and a big, bad American stout. It has the dark fruitiness and the black licorice notes of the former and the chocolate syrup-laced espresso notes of the latter. After enjoying the hell out of this brewery's Pale Ale and seeing the ABV on this one, I had an inkling it might be special.

I wish more brewers would take a cue from these guys and brew porters that are closer to stouts than they are to dark lagers. All it takes is a shift to the more roasted varieties of malt and a whole lot more of it. Simple, right? The label doesn't list anise oil as an ingredient, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it's in here. Man, this is good beer.

The thing that gives Porter yet another dimension, that puts it into overdrive is the hop profile. I would have guessed higher than 30 IBUs because of the moderate bitterness and noticeable hop flavor. Centennial (Northern Brewer is the backup hop) was a great choice because it provides a grapefruit peel zestiness that gives the beer a distinctly American flair. This stuff is some kind of delicious.

The mouthfeel bumps up against the upper limits of the porter style. With few exceptions (and none that I can think of at the moment) I love beer that is bigger than the style average. Given all that malt, it's no surprise that it's as expansive, as smooth and as heavily silky as it is.

I expected good things from this beer, but I had no idea it was going to be this good. I should have gotten a case when I had the opportunity. Nogne Porter is an outstanding offering that I urge anyone and everyone to try. Tasting is believing. It's one of the best American porters that I've ever had... and it's brewed in Norway. What are the odds?

BuckeyeNation, Mar 24, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Opaque brown in color with 1 finger creamy head.
S - Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
T - Very fresh tasting! Tastes of dark malt and chocolate. Nice coffee flavor on the finish. Nice balance of malt and hops.
M - medium to full mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated.
D - Strangely enough, the Norwegians have made a porter that should be a benchmark for others wishing to brew this style. As good as any British porter I've tried. Unfortunately, the $8.99 price tag limts my consumption of this to an occasional treat.

mcsquint, Oct 31, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into nonic.

This one started out as a gusher, which was a surprise. Usually that results from infection, but this one seems pretty normal. Overcarbonation? It ends up pitch black, with a dark ruby glow at the very bottom of the glass. A tan one finger tan head settle to a thick cap.

Roasty malts along with a bit of cocoa and coffee. A bit of molasses is in there. With all the strong aromas, there is still a very smooth and creamy overtone.

Burnt malts but still velvety. Smoothed out by sweet chocolate. A touch of smokiness is in there throughout. A good amount of carbonation, not too high, but not too low, although it is on the lower side - similar to cask ale.

A very enjoyable porter. Very smooth, and slightly complex. Nice roasty flavors mixed with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jun 15, 2009
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Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
91 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.