Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Norway

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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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin dark head that didn't linger very long. Mouthfeel kinda watery and thin. Aroma and taste very similar: both are of smoke and molassas, not much else. Sharply bitter hops in the finish.

Not impressed, won't be getting this again. A big let down.

Edit: ended up dumping this down the drain, wasn't even willing to finish it off. Bleh.

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 DerBayer
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Hmm wasnt so impressed with this hyped and highly commended beer.

The alcohol presence is much more present than i should have expected or liked both in smell and taste and the beer as such seemed quite one-dimensional mainly chocolate malt with some acidity.

I was quickly tiring of my 500ml bottle..

Photo of ChristianBonde
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Has been looking forward to try this one.

And probably that’s also a part of the low score. Maybe this beer has just been hyped too much.
I pours a nice dark brown color, the smell is great, don’t know if it’s the N.B. Hops, but I really like the smell of this one, reminds me a lot of a Samuel Smith in the nose actually.

Then the small disappointment, I was expecting more after this great smell. The nose is great and it has a good creamy mouth feel, but it’s just somewhat a little ashy in my opinion. Its definitely not at round as I would expect a plain/robust porter to be. I find it more like an Imperial Stout without the hoops and the roasted barley. Well maybe that’s just a regular robust porter…. but then I would prefer a Taddy or Limfjords porter anytime.

It’s absolutely not a bad beer, actually its quite nice, but then again definitely not as good as I expected especially in relation to the WBC silver medal in the Robust Porter category.

Photo of Ragingbull
2.99/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife brought back a large bottle of this that she purchased at one of the beer stores in Amsterdam. She was lucky enough to stop in for a few days on the return trip from Uganda.

This beer pours black in color with a thick foamy head that has a brownish beige color to it. Grainy nose of wheat and raw barley. The attack reveals some grainy hints as well. It is very different for a porter and I must admit I find the grain heavy character to be a bit out of place for the style. There is a decent malt presence. Very little hops presenting itself openly. The mouthfeel is decent. Really the only part of the flavor that is speaking to me is the rawness of the grain flavor. It is not a bad thing, but I just don't really know what to think about a porter that lacks the characteristics I am accustomed to. There is a nice sweetness about the finish. It has a light body about it. I am appreciative that my wife brought this back for us to enjoy, thankfully she thinks its wonderful. . . for me its just okay.

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 biglite351
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - tall tight head, medium amount of red around the edges but not too much for a porter.

S - rich malty goodness. Nice and deep scent, inviting.

T - the flavor is good, but not near strong enough, it seems like something is missing. Mild rosted malts and coffee.

M - not thin but no real coating or tingles, a bit boring.

D - would be great with a meal as the flavor is good yet mild enough to not overpower the flavor of the food. The mildness make it not worth drinking alone though.

Photo of Floydster
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle from Liquid Solutions for seven dollars and some change

Poured into my Russian River pint glass with a dark brown color, pretty close to opaque black, 1/3 inch tan head that stuck around for a while, left lacing for about a half an hour

Smell was lots of roasted malt and smokiness, could tell this one was going to be dry based of its aroma alone, small hints of nuttines rounded this beer out

Taste why dry like I previously mentioned with a nice bite at the end, no real sweetness but was very malty, had a long lasting finish which was nice for a porter, tasted better cooler when the silky head was still around, as it warmed it became harder to drink and you could taste the alcohol a lot more, felt like there was more ABV in it than there was

Could not drink a lot of this beer because it is heavy and is seven percent alcohol, this one bottle did the trick

Recommended only if you are willing to pay this much for a bottle, but nothing spectacular, just an average beer, the only cool thing is that it is Norweigan

Photo of Beertracker
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nøgne Ø Porter pours up with some anxious uncertainty. The low-moderate carbonation creates a small, loose, tawny colored head that sits briefly atop the nearly opaque deep dark brown body. The heavily black roasted malt aroma is dominated by a huge fruitiness (blackberries, black currant, mulberry) with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, spicy hops, licorice root, and star anise. Unfortunately, it's marred by some less desireable attributes such as a phenolic (burnt rubber) sharpness and a moderate level of diacetyl (butterscotch, burnt toffee, buttered popcorn). Maybe this batch was bottled too young? The roasty flavor starts off edgy and grainy with a mildly sweet chocolate character and some nutty & toasty nuances that give way to a very marked bitterness. The off-dry bittersweet finish is slightly astringent and noticeably warm. This medium bodied Robust Porter seems to require some fine tuning, but certainly worth trying. Here's to Gunnar & Kjetil and their Naked Isle brewery.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

Photo of scottfrie
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a couple fingers of dense dark creamy brown head that quickly faded into a fuzzy film. Great lace.
S: Dominant notes of coffee and roasted malts. There is a touch of sweet fruits mixed in as well, but overall this brew isn't particularly smelly.
T: Notes of dark fruits, coffee, brown sugar, and 'coca-cola'. There is a touch of cream and alcohol to the finish. The hops in this are actually quite prominent and give the brew a leafy bitterness. Chocolate is toned down but there is a hint of licorice.
M: Medium body, slick mouthfeel with a light bitterness and tingly carbonation. Alcohol vapor is detectable but not warm. Nothing amazing but it's not bad.
D: Overall pretty meh. It was good but not memorable. Flavors are pretty good but the mouth could use some work.

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

Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head, dissipated very quickly into a ring.
Aroma had very light hints of coffee and roasted malt.
Taste was very mild and weak with coffee and malt.
Light body beer close to being too thin and light carbonation.
This was an OK porter, I would not turn one down, however, I would not go out of my way to buy.

Photo of ybnorml
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark black beer with only the vaguest hints of mahogony color when held up to the light. Has a very creamy dark beige head and a little bit of lace. The aroma has hint of spice and licorice with a roast malt backbone. There was a good Porter mouth feel. Oddly all of the flavor seems to land on the back of the tongue and throat. All of the roast malt notes fighting with the bitter sweet chocolate character and a hint of spicy hops.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown (nearly black) with a medium head, fair amount of lacing.

S - A bit of coffee and chocolate. Very mild aroma. Stale carbonation smell.

T - Coffee with a faint tartness. A robust chocolatey flavor with some mild nutty presence. A bit of a mild woodsy bitterness.

M - Thick smooth, creamy, very pleasant. A bit of an acidic finish. Pretty refreshing.

D - Not bad. I will seek out other Nogne beers, but not the porter in particular.

Photo of Viggo
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to biegaman for opening up this one.

Pours an opaque dark brown/red highlights, thin off white head, leaves some lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is dates, toffee, chocolate, some light roast, touch of floral, quite nice. Taste is very roasty, rich chocolate, cherries, bit of beef jerky smoke, powdered milk, weird fruitiness, kind of cloying flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation, smooth, sticky. Something about this beer I don't get. I enjoy the aroma a lot, and the flavour as well but there are a couple that were off, but my mouth felt kind of dirty after drinking it, pretty strange, I'll try this again but I'm kind of on the fence at this point.

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black as midnight. Slight hoppy nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is roasted/bitter coffee with a slight smoky finish. $6.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jpm30 for this brew.

A: Pours a thin semi dark brown with a gorgeous, creamy dark beige head. Attractive beer.

S: Powdered cocoa, café au lait, vanilla, grape juice and wood.

T: Begins much less flavorful than the aroma would lead you to believe. Begins with watery chocolate milk with just a touch of coffee liqueur. Some buttery aspects are present which aids the creamy chocolate taste. Roasted flavors are subdued, but do lurk in long after the swallow, hitting the back sides of the tongue. Finishes with moments of rubber & dark roasted chocolate.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel and smooth.

D: This is a good beer but its not great. I’ve been disappointed with Nogne beers so far.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

Pours a rich black color with a creamy mocha head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty and slightly fruity.

Roasted malt taste upfront with a mild dark fruitiness. A medium bitterness appears midway through and rides through the finish and beyond. A bit of booze appears as it warms.

Medium-full body, creamy texture.

Overall, a decent porter but a bit one-dimensional. No problems consuming the bottle, and would probably drink another if I had one.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

I've passed on this brew a number of times, so I figured, while I was at CK, I might as well finally try this guy out. He pours an opaque black brown headed by a finger of dark khaki foam. The smell comprises dark, roasted malts, coffee, vodka, spruce, and pine. It's as though a thicker version of a baltic porter was roasted a bit more than normal. The taste is identical, though, just to be different (those crazy Norwegian liquids!), a firm touch of bitterness is added. It's interesting, I'll give 'em that. The body is a hefty medium, with light carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall, a solid porter, but a bit of a let-down. Maybe, after all of the passes, I'd built it up a bit mentally, but, either way, I'm not all that impressed...though my thirst has indeed been slaked.

Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

we have a gusher. of epic proportions. I crack open the cap, put the bottle up to my nose to take a big whiff, and up my nose goes a big gushing head. I try to sip quick enough to save the beer, but to no avail. I stick the bottle in the sink and let it gush out a couple of minutes before I pour it.

It pours a dark opaque brown with a mocha colored head. the head is generous and lasts a while, but there is obviously something up with this bottle, so I dont know how consistent that is.

slightly roasted aroma of molasses, caramel, cocoa, coffee, toffee, pretty typical for a porter.

taste is distinctively more charred (not quite roasty) producing a bitter burnt coffee flavor with the molasses, caramel, some dark fruits, a bit of hoppy spice, some yeast. nice, but not earth-shattering.

I'm assuming this may be due to the gushing problem, but the whole beer felt like It was all beer head. full of carbonation that was fluffy, prickly, lively, and not suited for the style at all.

eh. went down rather well. would give a second shot. tasty.

Photo of malcontent
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just short of opaque, sports a nice tan lacing although the head should have stuck around longer.

Earthy (someone I split it with said "mushrooms") with a slight toffee scent on the back.

This is a nice, medium bodied coffee-esque porter with just a bit of an off-putting metallic flavor on the finish.

Solid mouthfeel with a pleasant tongue-coating finish.

A good porter but hard to really set it apart from a large swath of porters out there. If it were my local I'd certainly buy it frequently, but I have no plans on relocating to Norway...yet.

Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous deep black. Comes out thick and syrupy. Decent tan head on top. Doesn't carry the best retention, but leaves mild webbing on the glass edge. Smells of cherries, plums, roasted scents, some coffee, and a little alcohol.

This beer is fairly smooth which makes it an easy drinker. Though it came in a larger bottle, I didn't find it difficult to finish the bottle. Nice roasted characteristics come through in the flavor, but I wasn't overly impressed with the flavor on this one. There was a tangy sour-like note in the finish that was a little disappointing. Could taste some of the dark fruits in there as well, but overall, just fell a little short of my "expectations..." Whatever those are. Not that bad, but not the greatest. Still, I recommend you try it for yourself.

Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, with mahogany highlights. Rocky ran cap starts big, retains well and leaves massive lace. This is a nice looking beer.

S: The aroma of this beer is amazing. Molasses, licorice, brown sugar and every other dark sugar imaginable provide most of the sweetness, along with a bit of black grapes. A moderate espresso scent adds yet more complexity. There's even a little bit of grassy hops in the background.

T: What happened? This beer pretty much tastes like espresso with an overly acidic finish. I really couldn't come up with much flavor beyond that. The complexity of the nose is nowhere to be found once the beer hits the tastebuds. What I'm not saying; however, is that this beer tastes bad. It simply tastes one dimensional.

M: Medium body is chalky and has an overly carbonated feel to it.

D: This beer looks great, smells great and tastes....average. I'm not sure what happened in the journey from aroma to taste, but a lot got lost along the way. If the flavor of this beer matched the setup, this would be an outstanding porter. Unfortunately it doesn't, so it simply rates an above average.

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Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.