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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 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
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
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
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
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
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a pretty good porter, but it just seems like there's no imagination. The taste is of roasted chocolate, plain, clean, good, but not that impressive. There's a nice aroma to match and it certainly wasn't bland - there was just no zing. For the price, I want something to savor, I'll stick to Sierra Nevada and Anchor Porter.

Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful dark reddish black with a 1/2 finger tan head that recedes to some lacing. Smells of yummy roasted chocolate beans and espresso.

Taste is nice. Full of sweeter chocolate with a nice bit of coffee back there. The flavor is not overly roasted, and leans toward the sweeter side. That said, it still does have the classic roasted espresso flavors. Hops are not that strong, also bending it slightly sweet. Complexity is not as good as the very best, but, overall, it has a great flavor. After it has warmed a bit, I realize the hops are indeed there, and serve as a nice accompaniment.

Mouthfeel is thicker than is standard for the style, which is quite fine by me. I like it this way. Semi-dry finish. Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. A nicely done porter indeed. Maybe a touch pricey for everyday drinking...of course, life is short, right?

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is chocolate, coffee and grains and some roasted hops and burnt plastic.

The flavor is chocolate malts, nuts, and some coffee and a little anise with a little plastic at the end. It has a dry finish with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery.

Overall, it's a decent porter, but has some off notes.

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a Nøgne tasting.

Good smell full of malt and nut notes. With a good taste that is good for the style. Balance with nothing overbearing. This porter is approachable to my favorite, which is Barley John's Old 8. The only draw back to this beer and why its not a full time member of my fridge is the fact that its just a touch pricey for a porter when I can go down the road for only 3.25 and get Old 8.

Photo of scott
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Yes, another dark as pitch reference. Head is initially large, and subsides into a thin rim.
Big coffee roast upfront. It pulls you in.
Robust & chewy, but manages to find a skillful balance of cratsmanship & dare I say - delicacy?
Awesome, as it easy to drink with nice notes of a creamy/buttery/chocolate line up pronouncing themselves, yet the hops are still evident.
Pricey, and maybe not deservingly so. ($6.99/bomber in these here parts)

Photo of malcontent
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just short of opaque, sports a nice tan lacing although the head should have stuck around longer.

Earthy (someone I split it with said "mushrooms") with a slight toffee scent on the back.

This is a nice, medium bodied coffee-esque porter with just a bit of an off-putting metallic flavor on the finish.

Solid mouthfeel with a pleasant tongue-coating finish.

A good porter but hard to really set it apart from a large swath of porters out there. If it were my local I'd certainly buy it frequently, but I have no plans on relocating to Norway...yet.

Photo of irishmoss
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black body with a nice mahogany color around the edges. Very little head to speak of, but what was there dissipates very quickly down to nothing with no lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly toasted chocolate with a whiff of alcohol in the end. This medium to thin body porter is well carbonated and roll around the tongue perfectly. This porter tastes of bitter roasted coffee, kinda charcoal and smokey too. It finishes with chalky dry chocolate and leaves a slight roasted bitter flavor on the tongue. Very good porter that's very drinkable, and for $5 it's not a bad buy either at 7%. Great beer...

Photo of RedHaze
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, near pitch black, with a one finger tan head that fades qui8ckly to a thin cap. The resulting lacing forms sheets in the glass, but does not stick all that well.

Smell; very roasty, with dark chocolate and coffee, and little bit of a sourness.

Taste; as with the aroma the flavor is very much dark roasted malts, eith some chocolate and coffee. There's also a little nit of a hop bitterness followed by a touch of a charred flavor and little bit of sour. This is a very good porter.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, which is my only real complaint about this beer, and there's a bit of warming in the back of the throat. The drinkabiliity is very good as well.

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black as midnight. Slight hoppy nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is roasted/bitter coffee with a slight smoky finish. $6.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of ybnorml
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark black beer with only the vaguest hints of mahogony color when held up to the light. Has a very creamy dark beige head and a little bit of lace. The aroma has hint of spice and licorice with a roast malt backbone. There was a good Porter mouth feel. Oddly all of the flavor seems to land on the back of the tongue and throat. All of the roast malt notes fighting with the bitter sweet chocolate character and a hint of spicy hops.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled April 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, frothy, light brown colored head that dissipates fairly quickly, but ultimately retains a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. The body is simply black in color. The aroma has notes of dusty chocolate, roast coffee beans, a touch of burnt grain huskiness and lots of pronounced, dark-malt derived character.

The taste is sweet, yet still the body is fairly light. It has a medium heft to it as it rests on the palate; it does not have the heft or rich feeling that I might have been expecting from the aroma. Dusty chocolate flavors are noticeable up front and the finish has a distinct espresso character of burnt acidity, and a suite of roast coffee bean flavors. The beer dries out considerably after the first few sips and it is not quite as rich as I was hoping. Still this is a fairly tasty tipple; one which I am quite content to finish.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jpm30 for this brew.

A: Pours a thin semi dark brown with a gorgeous, creamy dark beige head. Attractive beer.

S: Powdered cocoa, café au lait, vanilla, grape juice and wood.

T: Begins much less flavorful than the aroma would lead you to believe. Begins with watery chocolate milk with just a touch of coffee liqueur. Some buttery aspects are present which aids the creamy chocolate taste. Roasted flavors are subdued, but do lurk in long after the swallow, hitting the back sides of the tongue. Finishes with moments of rubber & dark roasted chocolate.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel and smooth.

D: This is a good beer but its not great. I’ve been disappointed with Nogne beers so far.

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