Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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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
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and licorice in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of chocolate malts and bittersweet coffee. The licorice isn’t as noticeable in the taste. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter goes down very easily but has enough interesting flavors to make it a beer that you can sip and savor.
07-03-2012 01:35:05 | More by metter98
4.6/5 rDev +13.3%
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?
03-24-2007 20:04:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
I was happy to share a bottle of this beer with a friend at Pazzo's last night. The only place in town that carries the beer.
A strikingly clean and well attenuated Porter with low-lying sweetness and ultimate maltiness. Malts show a great malty, bready flavor and aroma with a heavy focus on the roasted malts that nearly shove the beer into Stout proportions. The opaque dark brown beer holds a fantastic head and laces very well as the beer fades. Deep French Roast coffee flavor is mixed with light campfire-like notes and really make the beer taste like Stouts, even down to the dry and ashy texture. Hop aromas give a nice fresh pine aroma, taste, while supplying a firm bitterness without the thread of any rising sweetness. Quite dry and clean throughout. This Porter definately takes an Americanized twist on things and definately does not show the milk chocolate or caramel sweetness that is usually found in English style Porters!
04-28-2009 17:04:28 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a big slightly off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of chocolate malt is quite interesting and well balance by some roastiness. Taste is a well balance mix between some chocolate malt with some roasted malt providing some bitterness. Texture is really creamy and this is appreciated considering the style.
02-26-2007 18:16:04 | More by Phyl21ca
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
10 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Passed along to me a body colored black and topped off with a foamy, khaki-hued head.
Smell: Dark, particularly roasty maltiness yielding fragrant notes of conspicuously charred barley, espresso powder, smokey charcoal briquettes, prune juice, and black licorice, though only a hint of dark chocolate.
Taste: A start of pungent roasted grains, modestly sweet, and with tastes featuring bittersweet chocolate and rudely burnt coffee. Minor dark fruitiness. From top to bottom, it's fairly roasty with a light astringency to it. The black jelly bean licorice character is building and becomes a bit tiring. Very small hint fo woodiness. Some hop bitterness and acidity showing on the otherwise roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As with Korean cuisine, I'm likin' it, but I'm just not lovin' it. Still, I'd say give it a try, as most everyone else seems to be diggin' it.
07-26-2010 20:19:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
06-18-2010 06:33:02 | More by TMoney2591
4.1/5 rDev +1%
I purchased a bottle of this somewhat randomly without any prior knowledge of the brewery or the brew itself. Having no real expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this beer. It poured jet black, as you'd expect from a porter of this strength, with a fairly minimal crown of beige foam on top. The head doesn't last long, and eventually settles into a small ring around the edges. I found the somewhat subdued carbonation ideal for the style - it lends an easy drinkability and smooth mouthfeel. The nose and flavor are malt-heavy, roasted and chocolatey, mild but delicious. The taste surprised me somewhat - at 7% ABV I was expecting a heavy porter, something closer to a strong stout. Despite its strength the beer stays true to the modern porter style with a pleasantly mellow character medium-to-thin body. Overall one of the better porters I've had - it's a shame this isn't more widely available.
05-30-2007 02:08:15 | More by largadeer
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
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours pitch black with a good sized tan head. Nose has noticeable cocoa powder tones and coffee notes as well. Flavor is more along the roasted edge. as it warms up there seems to be a sweet edge that borders on being berry influenced almost. Stays nice and rounded and a good aftertaste is left to linger. Feel is smooth. Carbonation is higher. Drinkable, yes. I like.
01-13-2008 07:53:00 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
On-tap 11/7/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of roasted malts, some coffee & dark chocolate and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is malty but not overly sweet with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable porter to drink for a long time.
11-08-2009 23:20:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
A - Comes out of the bottle deep, oily black and sits in the glass without even a hint of light showing through. There is a thin half finger of caramel colored foam sitting on top that quickly dissipates into a few lingering bubbles and some lace clinging to the walls of the glass.
S - Surprisingly bright, citrusy, floral hop aroma for such a dark beer. Notes of lavender, lemon and pepper. Chocolate and coffee malt notes in the background.
T - Big flavor of bitter, dark chocolate up front. After a very breif moment of sweetness, the hops come in. They are smooth and velvety displaying just a bit of the floral characteristics of the aroma. The chocolate comes back in the finish with notes of coffee, almonds, and toffee as well. A slight tobacco note lingers at the end as well.
M - Moderately high carbonation and a medium body. Finishes somewhat sweet.
D - Great, highly drinkable beer. This is a sipping beer, not a session beer, but it is quite a joy to sip. The complexity is fantastic and it has more than enough depth to keep you interested down to the bottom of the glass. This stands up there with some of the best American imperial stouts and porters such as those from Stone and Victory. I had seen Nogne O at beers in stores several times without stopping to pick one up, but after this I will certainly not pass them by any longer.
01-13-2008 06:09:19 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
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
09-27-2007 05:20:53 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Dark brown body, toasted tan head, stays slim...
Rich nose, licorice and blackstrap, sweet cocoa,...very nice...
Bittersweet up front, more sweet than bitter, slightly sour. Minor coffee.
Full bodied, but supple and slick, very smooth and drinkable.
Terrible substantial stuff, with an intriquing kick.
04-26-2007 05:12:52 | More by feloniousmonk
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap at a local beer bar. Beer is black and slightly brownish at the corners of the glass. Almost no head to speak of, or lacing or carbonation. Just a diffuse, loose assoication of microscopic bubbles that cling to the walls of the glass. Looks OK.
Aroma is sweet with a mild roast to it. There is also a hint of smoke. Smells good.
Beer is medium to light in body and has a decent amount of smoke in there. Mild carbonation on the palate and finishes with some coffee and a minimal chocolate bitterness. Overall the beer is easy drinking and smooth.
06-23-2010 18:23:51 | More by drabmuh
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Picked up this bottle at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, Md.
Poured cool into a tulip.
A - An ink colored fluid w/ deep red highlights. The head of tan measures approximately 1 and a half inches and the lace has great stickage.
S - Roasty, malty, sweet aromas. Roasted barley, malted milkball and other creamy smooth scents.
M - I hesitated to put this into very good range for mouthfeel since it has a great consistency. A very luscious chocolate feel, dry, sweet and fully carbonated w/ a clean finish. The texture is like a very high cacao content chocolate.
T - A big dose of chocolate malt that stays smooth. A sweet caramel and chocolate malt with woody hop flavor accenting the dense malt flavors. The flavor is consistently big and malty from first taste to last w/ accents of vanilla and roasted barley w/ hoppy flavors becoming more pronounced as it warms.
D - A very good Porter w/ hints at Baltic porter style, but plenty of chocolate and coffee flavors. A solid choice, a very good Norwegian Porter, as good or better than many American porters.
09-24-2007 18:12:56 | More by Slatetank
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt scent with hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is good. It has a very dry, roasted character with loads of black malt flavor. There is a bit of chocolate and caramel in the finish, but it's primarily a dry coffee experience. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a good porter, but nothing I'm too excited about.
05-16-2009 00:46:55 | More by WesWes
Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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