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Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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 nickfl
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice brew sent my way by limesmut in a great trade.

Black brew pour with oak edges, tan head is leaving sheets of Brussels lace.

Chocolate malt aroma melts into a smooth quaff. Pops of coffee supplement a solid porter – and some raisins rounds out the touch of sour ale taste.

A tad thin in the body, nitpicking there. I’m guessing low (5-6%) alcohol; it slides down quickly and smoothly.

Photo of mdagnew
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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....

Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
West Lakeview

Nogne Porter pours the darkest of browns with very faint mahogany highlights when backlit. A two finger creamy tan head forms on the pour and as it slowly shrinks just gets creamier. Leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is exactly what you would expect from a quality porter. Big chocolate notes hit you first and meld with mild day old coffee. There's a quick flash of dark berries and mild vanilla. Quick wash of pine on the backend. Very solid enjoyable porter aromas.

Flavor is right in line with the aroma. Chocolate hits big upfront and fades to the background but lasts throughout. Mild spent coffee grounds show up mid palate. A quick berry sweetness hits before the balancing pine hoppiness comes along on the swallow leaving a mild lingering bitterness. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is luxurious. Medium bodied with sluggish carbonation creates an extremely smooth velvety mouthfeel.

A good porter to drink the cold winter nights away. This glass is actually disappearing pretty quickly.

My first offering from Nogne and will not be my last. Good solid porter with spot on flavors and aromas. Great mouthfeel.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ncvbc
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They had just brought this one in at Bruisin' Ales and it wasn't even on the shelves yet...saw it on the counter up front and decided I might as well include this in my purchase...glad I did.

The first thing that came to mind when I poured this was "sexy". Don't ask me why...deep, dark, ebony. Deep brown edges. A nice tan head sits still atop it.

Smell at first was more on the sweet side. Chocolate and dark malts. Fruit (cherry, figs) and hints of coffee.

The taste brought out the darker side of the beer. Deep roasted malts. Chocolate was less sweet and more dark/bitter. More coffee came through than was present in the nose. Dried cherry compliments this well. A tiny bit of alcohol noticed. This is probably the most complex porter I've had.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich for a porter. Creamy on the tongue and although it's bigger I think it's better.

Overall very good drinkability, though it's a little stout for the style. Regardless, I think I found a new favorite. This one is as close to perfection as I've had for a porter...somebody send me their Imperial Stouts!

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of baggio
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My father brought this one back to me from finland. Had it sitting in my
pantry for a couple of months before i dared to try it :)

A: Black with a brown 2mm creamy lace that is there for the duration.

S: Coffe, dark chocolate, roasted malts.

T: Coffe, liqorice, bitter hops, wee hint of tar.

M: Very filling and smooth. Low carbonation. Quite an heavy drink tho.

Another fine beer from Nögne. Rich and smooth in taste but takes a
while to finish. Definitely not a session beer. Recommended!

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 neonbrown82
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Nogne O. Very cool to see something pushing the envelope, American style, coming out of Norway. It does seem more like a Baltic Porter than an American Porter, however.

The beer pours to a pitch black color. Almost completely opaque except for a pinprick of brownish amber that shines through when held to the light. Has a medium sized tan head with decent retention. Lacing is fairly spotty.

The smell is the one thing that disappoints. Very difficult to coax any aroma out of it. Has a bit of chocolate and black licorice aroma, but not a whole lot of anything else.

The taste is great, however. Up front it has a sweet dark chocolate flavor with a hint of black licorice in the finish. Dry, chalky with notes of coffee. Doesn't have a whole lot of roasted malt flavor. Some old world hops in the finish, along with some dark fruity berry esters from the yeast. The 7% is not detectable. Very rich and creamy, but still easy to drink.

The body is fairly thin, medium at most. Carbonation is light with a creamy feel. A good balance between sweet and dry. Very good and very drinkable. I can't wait to try the Imperial Stout if this is their idea of a standard porter.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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 rajendra82
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of Nøgne Ø Porter was picked up during my last visit to Green's. When uncapped, the beer formed a rapidly rising head in the bottle, but the quickness of my hands avoided any spillage. In my imperial pint glass, this formed a four finger tall beige head, which looked in stark contrast to the deep black color of the body. The hefty roastiness of the aroma indicated that this was going to be forceful porter, the kind of drink the vikings would have enjoyed before going on a berserk raid in an alternate brewing universe. Coffee and chocolate were everywhere in the nose. The taste was sharp yet soft as the astringent taste and silky body rubbed shoulders in the same glass. I did not get much of the dried fruit flavors that were mentioned on the back label, but coffee and toffee were definitely abundant. Slight sourness in the aftertaste, and a hint of bitter cocoa lingered on. Some brashness in the mouthfeel from the roast grain, but it was right at home in the style. Well done imported porter, which is not the typical case.

Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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