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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
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
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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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby red highlights with a obsidian finish. Fluffy white/tan head with a finely beaded head.

S- Roasted malts of coffee and dark chocolate. The black patent is apparent in this one in the nose. Citrusy hops marry the biscuity aroma of the maris otter malts.

T- Smooth malt with hints of biscuits, bread, roasted malt, caramel and dark fruit. A slightly citrusy bite rounds the flavor out. An acidic tang is left on the tongue as the glass is pulled away.

M- Smooth smooth smooth, what a great porter, lightly carbonated to reflect the english style great balance of malts to achieve that smooth character.

D- I dont think i would ever turn this beer down again. Very impressed with this porter. A great sunday evening beer with barbeque or just a cool evening.

Jettanbass9, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Twerknasty
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Pour, decent twix color head. Smells like chocolate cake, roasted caramel, and raisinated with yeast. Dark creamy mouthfeel of chocolate balanced by a slight bitter of hops. Cocoa throughout it all, and this is a true porter. The surprise is the amount of hops on the finish, really puts a fresh touch to the dark style of a porter. I like it! Sweetness that is balanced, thats rare

Twerknasty, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a big brown head. Pretty good lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and smoke. A little bit of hop pops up as well.

T: Much of the same, roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and smoke thrown in. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Very nice mouthfeel, low carbonation, a little creamy, full bodied. Drinkability is fine as well. A very good porter.

NCSUdo, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black color with little head and no apparent carbonation.

Smell- Smells fairly alcoholic, which is interesting as its not all that much, some candied fruits.

Taste- Incredibly smooth, alcohol is almost non-existant and dark molases and chocolate flavors predominate.

Mouthfeel- Exceptional palate coverage, really gets all over that tongue thing.

Drinkability- Id have several of these, very nice, if your rich.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first brew from this brewery.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which left some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice tones of coffee/toffee, and caramel. The taste is just awesome for a porter, malty, nice coffee/toffee notes, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty porter, one of the best I've had, highly recommended. I have a few more from Nogne, glad to see a very good one from the get go.

Wasatch, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - black color with a light brown foamy head that settled to a layer, leaving some spotty lacing.

S - good, roasted coffee bean aroma.

T - smooth, roasted coffee flavor, some bitterness, finishes sweet.

M - medium/full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

D - good brew to enjoy with a meal and than have another with dessert.

Final Note: well worth the price of admission.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, black color with a nice tan head. Smell is dry, roasty malt with some light dusty hops, and some chocolate comes through as it sits a bit. Taste is exceptional. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a somehow dry, cocoa flavor balanced perfectly with bittersweet dark roast. Finishes so smoothly and cleanly, leaving a hint of a pleasant aftertaste. Carbonation is spot on, and makes for a silky, creamy beer. One of the favorite beers ever.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

dgallina, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Beertracker, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown, almost black beer with an off-white head.

Smell is strong roasted with coffee character and fruity notes of the yeast.

Taste is heavy roasted, but does not turn sharp or extremely maltbitter. It is just heavy on the roasted malts with the big bosy there to balance things out. There is molasses and coffee, a nice fruity yeast that appears to be somewhat English. The beer is bitter and has some maltbitter which is nicely balanced by the body. I don't know how they did it, but it has a bog body but it is not sweet or sticky, neither is the beer dry, just perfect.

Absumaster, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of theformula
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #38 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/7.
Thanks again GeorgiaBeer for the generous trade!

A: Mahogany body into a tulip glass. A huge tan head holds up for an eternity, nice. Sticky patches of lacing cling halfway down.

S: Great aroma of dark, roasted malts, nice 'n strong. Dark brown sugar, chocolate and that great roasted quality gives it a semi-sweetness. Not overly complex, but a good, honest and beefy porter. Subtle dried prune and apricot notes as well.

M: Med. body, low-med. carbonation. Per usual, super creamy, soft M.F. almost like a nitro keg would be.

T: This porter is bigger in every way than most and a bit more heavy, but that's a good thing here. Prominent roast flavors & a bit of mineral-esque notes meld w/ dark chocolate, dried fruits, brown sugar and burnt caramel. A good dose or resinous, grassy hops break out in the middle & really dry out the decently clean finish.

D: One of the best porters I've had in a long time. Fantastic balance and it's so flavorful. Not much to complain about here, except that it can be pretty thick at times. A must try.

theformula, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

prototypic, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light creamy two-finger tan head forms over this opaque dark brown brew. Head settles down to a full but thin layer - looks appetizing.

S: Tons of chocolate, a bit of espresso and hints of dark fruits. Very dessert-like.

T/M: Chocolate and espresso are still here in the same proportion. Very slight signs oxidation in the beginning, but fade away as the rich dessert flavors take over. Cherry comes and goes in a flash somewhere near the end. Roasted malt in the finish. Smoooth and creamy. Richness makes this one a sipper.

Perfect pairing with a chocolate cake.

NCBeernut, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of ralree
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a nice creamy tan head, good retention, decent lacing.

S: Smells really good - caramel and chocolate. Smells a bit like a cream stout.

T: Coffee, chocolate are dominant. This is a very sweet dessert beer. Hops are undetectable. Probably wouldn't go with a meal very well, but stands alone nicely.

M: Pretty thick and creamy. Carbonation is good. Fairly non-astringent.

D: Drinks well. I will probably buy again.

ralree, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown and opaque. Head topped out at a little over half inch and was gone pretty quick. Lacing was good.

S - Roasted notes combined with dark chocolate and alcohol. There is a faint hint of cherries in the background.

T - Roasted flavor comes through first. Chocolate flavors quickly fade away and seem to be replaced by espresso. Alcohol rounds out the dominant flavors. There is a mild hop bitterness in the background.

M - This one is full bodied for a porter. It was smooth and creamy. Carbonation was a little high.

D - Very drinkable. It is a little strong but still a brew I would like to quaff through the course of an evening.

csmiley, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque, some light is getting through the edges of this dark brown sample. A nice dark tan head that is slightly thicker than that of a rootbeer float. Settles quickly to spotty lacing patterns. The smell is a rich aggressive dark chocolate, toasted malt and coffee bean that is very similar to the flavor. You can almost taste it before it gets into your mouth. A mellow tingle of carbonation, the mouth feel is medium bodied. Full flavored, the roasted mocha taste lingers nicely and a touch of bitterness contributes a dry sense to the finish. A real nice drinker, the 7% ABV is warming but nicely integrated. Recommended.

jjayjaye, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nickfl, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours luscious black with contrasting white head. Reminds me of the nice contrast you see in Guinness on tap.

Aroma is roasty, and nougat sweet like in 3 Musketeers bar or Whoppers candy.

Palate is a pleasant, balanced roasty malt sweetness, with nougat again, and a soft marshmallow finish.

Very, very drinkable for such a flavorful porter.

yemenmocha, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a big black bottle to a pin glass, the liquid is a very dark brown to black with ok carbonation. The head is small, chocolate brown and leaves little lace.

The smell is a little roasty with a floral hops.

The taste is very roasty, with lots of coffee espresso and a hint of chocolate. It finishes with coffee and a floral hops.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation, creamy then a carbonated bite, with the creamy again finishing.

The drinkability is good really a nice job on a big porter, almost drinks like a stout. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-1" thick tan head on a black body.
S- Really big chocolate malts, roasted and light burnt grains, and grassy hops. Just a touch of alcohol too.
T- Follows the aroma with flavor. In the aftertaste you have burnt and coffee flavors with a lingering bitterness.
M-Full body with low carbonation. A sticky feel to it.
D- It is a pretty good porter. I think I preferred their winter ale but still a good beer.

BlindPig, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle poured into my La Moneuse snifter, Nøgne Ø Porter is jet black, with a large, burnt tan head, with large bubbles which somewhat slowly settles, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is faint, dusty coco, hops and caramel.

Taste is nice full porter, classic and satisfying chocolate, smooth and delicious. This is maybe the best porter I've ever head, I'm just blown away. I'll enjoy the rest of this thank you very much!

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, but full.

Drinkability is super high, this is a fantastic porter. My first Norwegian beer AFAIK, cheers to The Naked Island! $7 at Cost Plus/World Market. Wow, I wish it wasn't the last one!
Served at cellar temp.

ccrida, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of irishevans
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 14, 2007
Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
91 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.