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Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 31
Gots: 14 | 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 lackenhauser


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knowing nothing about this beer or brewery I bought this and their Imperial Stout. Label is very informative-recipe for this beer reads just like a US porter. It tells how the brewers are thoroughly inspired by US brewers yet seek to chart their own course. That being said...

Very nice color-deep black but with some subdued ruby highlights. Killer aroma-bittersweet chocolate with an overall malty profile. Very nice bready/yeasty quality to it as well. Extemely bold chocolate flavor. Some great black currant and burnt raisen flavors. Malty sweetness behind it all with just a trace of bitterness. The most chocolate flavor I have ever tasted in a beer that doesnt claim to be a chocolate beer. Great body-the sweetness is very prominant though it has an evenly dry finish. Just a super beer. I wish more US porters had the overall balls that this does. Along the borderlines of a stout to me. Great beer. Bring on the imperial stout I say. I am very, very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 01:50:10 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of BretSikkink


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, chocolate brew, some red highlights. Fairly lacy porter. The nose hits with roast barley: bitter and slightly sweet chocolate, also coffee and licorice. Slight hop bitterness in with the roasted notes.

This is a very big porter, maybe not an Imperial Porter but definitely Baltic-inspired, also has some stout characteristics. There's some star anise presence, dark fruit mouthfeel, lots of chocolate espresso. Major malt presence, this is big porter. Big abv, big flavor, even a solid and noticeable hop kick, which works really well with this big porter.

Recommended to dark beer fans, this one brings it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:44:45 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a dark black brown, dark tan head of about half a finger, sticks around a bit before receding to a thin film, lacing is kind of thick in falling sheets that don't stick. Aroma is of dark, bittersweet chocolates, some ground coffee, not all too complex, but satisfying. The taste is similar to aroma, bittersweet chocolates and more coffee, a good bittering, pretty sound porter feel to it. The mouth is probably the best parth though, incredible smoothness, medium body feels right, and all in all this is a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 13:01:40 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of DrJay


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with deep ruby highlights. The short cap of light brown foam produced plenty of streaky lacing even after falling to a thin skim of bubbles. Nice aroma, some roast, coffee, dark chocolate and toffee, with just a hint of burnt malt and smoke. Mild, yet solid, bitterness with leafy hops running straight through the middle. Malt sweetness was mostly the chocolate variety with a little caramel filling out the end. Dark malts were more prominent in the finish, just a little burnt and roast charaacter. Lowish carbonation with a medium/full body, fine texture and just a little dry. Tasty stuff! It goes down easy and is nicely balanced. I'd definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 01:23:34 | More by DrJay
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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?

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 20:04:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ppoitras


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a tight 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head quickly is down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with slow-falling orange-tinged brown lace. Aroma is rich chocolate, dark fuirt, and some alcohol. Taste mirrors the nose almost exactly, with the aftertaste an amalgam of all of the above, and also a bit of roastiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and deceptively thin, and drinkability is pretty good. The bottle doesn't say so, but if any beer is an imperial porter, this is it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 23:27:26 | More by ppoitras
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biegaman hooked me up with this one. thanks jan!

1pt .9oz bottle.

pours nearly opaque black with a half inch of dense light brown head. drops fairly quickly to a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

aroma is great. dark chocolate. coffee. light toffee. roasty.

taste is good. rich and roasty. bittersweet chocolate. coffee. light caramel sweetness. med-low bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and a low carbonation level. i normally don't mind lower carbonation, but this one feels just a hair too low. it's still pretty good though.

drinkability is great. very well balanced and quite tasty. the alcohol is completely hidden and in near perfect harmony with the malt and bitterness. a great porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 01:20:22 | More by grub
Photo of bark


4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 17 December, 2005. Best before 17 December, 2008. So, did 15 months of cellaring do this beer any good?

The colour is hazy black-brown; the two finger firm brown head is compact and it sinks down extreme slowly while making a fizzing sound. The beer is (heavily) bottle conditioned.

The very rich smell is dominated by a sweet roasted alcoholic flavour that threatens to take over the entire room. There are also notes of espresso coffee, cherry candy, general fruitiness and a hint of smoked meat. Though the smell is complex and strong, it is fresh and not heavy at all.

The taste is as interesting: Robustly roasted malt with some smoked notes. Lots of dry flavours of coffee and cocoa and mild alcohol. There are some sweet fruity (green apples, dried apricots, green peas) flavours and a creamy note of sweet liquorice. The aftertaste is sweeter than expected; mature notes of Cognac, coffee and a growing bitterness with some refreshing sour flavours of fruit drops and a hint of wood.

Carbonation is medium strong. Large short bubbles. The liquid is a bit thick and extremely smooth. Top rank!

This is a very inviting beer that seems to age with great dignity.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 19:38:01 | More by bark
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a buh-lack eggplant hue only allowing slight glints of light through the narrowest edges of the bottom of the glass. Settled bubbles in a thin khaki head cap.

Scents of toasted malt grain with some easy dark fruit of red grape and kiwi.

First swigs: Blueberry fruit yogurt base builds up to a light red grape vinous flavor. Lightly roasty with a bitterness held in check.

Feel is medium bodied. Linger of sweet cocoa.

Last swigs: Minor gripe is that this is a narrow flavored porter, however the flavor is well done. Drinkable and easy going. With a 7% ABV pricetag, this is a well done effort and recommended.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 06:50:51 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 00:35:41 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 18:16:04 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Appears an opaque dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of dark tan colored head. No lacing to speak of. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, caramel and cocoa. Tastes of black licorice, and bitter chocolate. The bitterness remains throughout the finish along with a mild sourness. Medium in both body and carbonation. A very nice porter, but I would probably pass it by next time due to the cost. Give it a shot if you have not yet done so.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 05:33:01 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: brown almost black in color. A one finger head lasts quite a while. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate are very strong and easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, hint of molasses, caramel, and mild coffee tones are wrapped in a decent bitterness. Great tasting porter.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start and wonderful smooth and lightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short and bold flavored.

Drinkability: sweet and flavorful porter that is an ultimate session beer. I can drink this all day long for several days in a row without getting bored. Must give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 16:28:15 | More by Gavage
Photo of GbVDave


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lusterous pitch black with faint ruby highlights near the sides of the glass. Creamy khaki colored head with no lacing.

S: Aromas of espresso, chocolate, and baking bread.

T: Wonderful flavors of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dried flowers, earthy hops, bready malt, and dark but tart fruit.

M: Unbelievably creamy for a porter. Velvety smooth!

D: An abundance of complex flavors and aromas with a well hidden alcohol component lend this porter fantastic drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 01:05:04 | More by GbVDave
Photo of jwc215


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. .9 oz. bottle

Pours pitch black with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a very thin covering.

The smell is soft - roasted, almost burnt, coffee beans with hints of chocolate and caramel.

The taste is richer than the pleasant but mild smell. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans that give it a nice underlying smokiness. Caramel. Dried fruits give it a nice balance. Alcohol is very well-hidden. It has a long, bittersweet finish.

The feel is creamy with a touch of carbonation. Smooth, almost velvety.

Rich and complex, but keeping aplpropriately in porter style. Very delicious with dangerously hidden alcohol. If I didn't know that this was an import from Norway, I would have thought that this was a domestic brew, as it is so fresh. In the style of an American Porter with a nod from English-style. If you like good porters, let this one warm up a bit and you're in for a treat!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:41:47 | More by jwc215
Photo of Jredner


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma but has a bit of a nose tingling sharpness to the aroma that I can’t pin down. Dark brown to black body with a slowly diminshing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is slightly smokey and segues into stale coffee and chocolate. Nice roasty bitterness in the middle and finish. Doesn’t quite have enough freshness to the chocolate malt asspect to it, but still a pretty spot on Porter. Some mild nuttiness in the far aftertaste reminds me of a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 01:50:02 | More by Jredner
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 03:38:45 | More by Sammy
Photo of Sigmund


4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle condtioned. Pours with an excellent thick & tan head. Pitch black, even when held to the light. In a blind test I'd probably say this was a dry stout (not Guinness!), maybe even an imperial. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cigar box, English pipe tobacco and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour is again roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Not too sweet, excellent bitterness where you can sense the hops as well as the roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 14:00:51 | More by Sigmund
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Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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