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Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of JDV
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of dgallina
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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 Absumaster
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of theformula
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of ralree
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of csmiley
4.32/5  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.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Photo of BlindPig
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of irishevans
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a big tannish-brown head. In the aroma, a sweet, roasty malt. In the taste, quite malty, with hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness. A nice malty body, with a small bitterness in the mouthfeel and a dry chocolate malt aftertaste. Very nice porter, nice chocolate malt. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

Photo of ksullnh
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

A: Deep dark brown, almost black with reddish edges. Tightly bubbled beige head of about a finger, leaving some lacing right away

S: Yeasty bread dough, sweet dark fruity malt background, with a bit of coffee smell

T: Lots of coffee taste, with bitter-chocolate aftertaste. The flavors overall were very subtle. More sweet chocolate flavors as the porter warmed.

M: I was surprised by how thin, almost flat, this beer tasted. It wasn't thin in a negative sense, but didn't match up with what I expected from the scent.

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 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 goochpunch
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one's a gusher. Pours out nearly black with some ruby edges. Head is thinnish, but of an attractive, frothy, tan composition. Smells like a mix of dark roast black coffee and dark hot chocolate. Some undertones of molasses, tobacco, and a shy citrus hop character. Roasty coffee is at the fore of the taste profile. Cocoa powder lingers just beneath it. Citrus and raisin comes out more towards the middle. The finish has a touch of roasted malt astringency and some lactic sourness. Roasted grain lingers on into the aftertaste along with the citrus. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The body is light to moderate, which is just fine here with the amount of sweetness in the beer. Solid drinkability. Very impressed.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights and 2 fingers of creamy tan head that leaves patches of lace behind.

S - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. Reminds me of a stout.

T - Similar to aroma with roasted malt, chocolate and black coffee. A touch of grapefruit hops are hidden in the background.

M - Medium mouthfeel and creamy with a dry finish.

D - Well balanced and tasty.

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