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Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 384
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

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

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Aye, another Norwegian brew. Nice big bottle with a taste and body to match. I finished a night with this porter, and it was a bit rough to get through, but I think my taste buds were just wussing out.

Poured a hazy dark brown, with a nice finger of tan head, and noticeable sediment in the glass. Roasty malt aroma, dark chocolate. More of the same in the taste, with big roastiness, malts and coffee notes, dark chocolate, and tar. Full-bodied, almost stout enough to be...a stout. A bit heavy, but still a quaffable brew. (567 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- a vigorous pour yields an opaque very dark brown body with some reddish highlights around the edges. there is a small khaki colored head on top that lasts for a pretty long time. small spots of lacing get left behind.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose are dark roasted malts. after that i get some strong chocolate notes; both dark and milk. a little bit of caramel. strong coffee notes coming at the finish.

T- the taste starts out with more of the dark roasted malts that i could smell. after that it moves onto some sweet milk chocolate, and then some bittersweet dark chocolate. the finish is very heavy on the coffee/espresso.

M- the body is on the extreme high side of medium, and the carbonation is at on the lower side of moderate. both work well in this one.

O- i find myself enjoying this more than i expected to, which is always a plus. i went into this with little to no expectation. i wouldnt hesitate to try this again. (1,010 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown, just a slight sliver of colour at the edge. Head is gorgeous - ochre, beautifully dense and retaining crackingly well. No real lace, but otherwise just a gorgeous beer.

Goodly amount of chocolate on the nose, bits of espresso on there giving a touch of sour roastiness. Hint of wood as well, but not much. Overall a bit simple for 7% but hits all the right notes.

Taste is similar to the smell but smoother. Lots of chocolate on there, rich and dark and roasty and bitter even. Develops espresso characters on the mid that then get quite spicy towards the finish, with that nice coffee bean piquancyl, which mellows out just beautifully towards the back. A bit sour, but it's drawn out so seamlessly in its transition from front to back. A masterful palate construction.

Full body, nice swirly texture as it goes down. Lovely.

Yeah, theres a bit of a foggy haze as I drink this, quite hot for a porter. It's so pleasant and balanced though, so I just don't care. (995 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even a slow pour yields three fingers of craggy light brown head over a black liquid.. A lot of carbonation initially clings to the side of the nonic. Lots of lacing

Smell starts with a lot of coffee and roasted malts, though the smell is pretty subtle overall. Also pick up a faint sweetness, but can't pick any specific sweet aromas.

Taste is predominately roasted malt and coffee up front, followed by and some hints of bitter chocolate and maybe a bit of fig. Leaves a nice lingering earthiness.

Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall a very nice porter. Too expensive to buy regularly, but I'm glad I tried it will certainly buy it again at some point. (664 characters)

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA lists this as an English Porter, though it has a little more kick than the style suggests. Poured from a bottle into both a stem glass and snifter- the snifter won out. Paired with chicken gumbo, it surprisingly worked. This beer works as both an enjoyable sipper and an ale to consume with food.
Men's Health listed this one as a top 25 beer in the world. It's certainly a solid representative of the Porter style with an unmistakable chocolate malt presence. This is the sort of beer you'd want to have on hand in case you mention dark beer to someone and they say "like Guinness?" Promptly you can respond, "well, like this!" Pour them a glass- they will thank you for the enlightenment. (693 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown/black with a slight red tint; foamy, uneven and beautiful head; lacing is gorgeous but does fade quickly

S: Wonderful roasted chocolate malts; some sweet dark fruits; but really there is just a solid, nice dark chocolate presence

T: Such a beautiful chocolate and roasted malt presence with a surprising hop balance; I notice that I have said chocolate a few times and I will say it once more, there is so much delicious chocolate undertones I am surprised they don't actually include it in the name of the beer. Mmmm

F: Creamy feel that sits on the sides of the mouth quite pleasantly

D: This is a great porter and is so easy to drink; hats of to Nogne--this is good (690 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super dark with red highlights. Nice tall khaki head with a loose bubble structure.

S - Roasted malt. Touch of smoke. Molasses. Light coffee. Pistachio, vanilla.

T - Delicious. Cedar smoke, vanilla, light cream, Medium brewed coffee. Solid malt throughout the profile. Touch of woody bitters and a mild tannin character on the backend.

M - Full bodied for the style. Dry finish.

O - Nice flavor and body. (413 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a couple fingers of dense dark creamy brown head that quickly faded into a fuzzy film. Great lace.
S: Dominant notes of coffee and roasted malts. There is a touch of sweet fruits mixed in as well, but overall this brew isn't particularly smelly.
T: Notes of dark fruits, coffee, brown sugar, and 'coca-cola'. There is a touch of cream and alcohol to the finish. The hops in this are actually quite prominent and give the brew a leafy bitterness. Chocolate is toned down but there is a hint of licorice.
M: Medium body, slick mouthfeel with a light bitterness and tingly carbonation. Alcohol vapor is detectable but not warm. Nothing amazing but it's not bad.
D: Overall pretty meh. It was good but not memorable. Flavors are pretty good but the mouth could use some work. (835 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Very dark black, huge monster frothy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - Nuts, coffee, malts, coffee, some spices and chocolate.

Taste - Very smooth, very mild and flavorful. First drink is coffee and malty with some sweetness of sugar and chocolate. Has a sort of oatmeal stout taste with it also. My second beer from nogne brewing and man, what a unknown gem so far. Has that fresh earthy watery flavor that stout had also. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - Its thick but not a mouth wrecker. Tounge gets malts and chocolate, and some mild bitterness from the coffee. Aftertase is nutty and mild bitter. Very enjoyable.

Drinkabilty - What a pleasure to drink. Easy on mouth and a real treat to drink. I pounded down the 16.9 oz bottle and loved each drink. Im very impressed with this brewery so far. Any porter fan needs to seek this out. Taddy porter fans and even oatmeal stout fans really should try this. If it was 5-6% id probily would have gave it a 5 on drinkabilty. (1,014 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional deep, black, opaque complexion on this American craft-inspired porter.

Thick, tan head, with a nose of dark chocolate -- unusual and interesting!

Flavor is similarly chocolatey, with an ever-so-slight roasty taste near the finish.

A subtle, easy-to-drink example of the style, but with a unique twist. A superb porter! (334 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Troy - thanks T-bag!

Ultra dark brown pour with a finger of tan head that drops to a film, but laces more than adeqautely. Some ruby highlights at the edges. Rich nose has full-on coffee and chocolate notes, with a mild earthiness, some sugar and a splash of dark fruit. Greta flavour combines all of this, with the mocha base really excelling. The alcohol slowly makes its presence felt, but is otherwise well concealed . Big, full mouthfeel hits it out of the park.

An excellent porter, and a true flagship for this outstanding brewery. Dangerously drinkable at 7%... (583 characters)

Photo of bgildea
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black with a slightly tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Smells of slight earthy tones. Nuts, roasted malts, and a slight sweet smell. Nothing too strong though.

T: Starts with a roasted malty taste that then moves into a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Finishes with a bitter coffee flavor. Pretty good overall flavor.

M: Pretty thin beer. Was hoping for a little more chew to it.

D: It's a very drinkable beer. Pretty mellow porter by my standards, but I'd drink another.

Overall: Overall its a good beer. Didnt blow me away like I was hoping, but definitly worth a try. (650 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured super dark black with a huge tan head held shape really well when you play with it(yes I play with my frothy heads). Whats left behind is super crazy rocky lace.

Aroma is pretty soft with roasted malt really being the only detectable scent.

Taste is rich and delicious with lots super roasty toasty barley and dark bitter chocolate flavors that come out even more when it warms. Feel is super smooth and silky with just a little carbonation. Super drinakble and fresh. (478 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a very dark ebony colour with a tanned head that retains well and laces.

S - Pleny of roasted malts, with some cocoa and coffee.

T - Heaps of raosted malt here with some serious chocolate too.The middle is burnt toffee with a little dark fruit.Finishes with a little licorice and some more roasted malt.

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

D - This is a very respectable porter and I recommend it. (456 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black, with hints of brown, a tan thick head, good lacing.

Burned malt, snuff and dark soda in the aroma.

Tasting of sweet ginger bread, marshmallows, chocolate and a slight bitter finish.

Low carbonation, soft small bubbles, smooth and big body, a dry finish.

A mellow, soft porter. (299 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had seen some Nogne bottles in the UK but didn't buy any because I didn't have space for them. We've finally got them in Vancouver now.

Rich coloured body bordering on the black as opposed to the ruby side of the spectrum. Coffee predominates the nose, with a healthy dose of roasted malt.

Creamy coffee, almost mocha taste. Dry finish. Very smooth for the ABV.

Good creamy body, mild carbonation and easy to drink.

Very impressed with this...can't wait to try more from this brewery. (490 characters)

Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC.

Pours a pitch black and opaque color with a beige one finger head that dissipates after one minute leaving good lacing.

Smell is roasted malts, some dark fruit and lots of chocolate.

Taste starts with lots of bitter-sweet chocolate, dark malts, some dark fruit and a tad of smokiness.

Body is on the heavy side for a porter, but it works well. This beer is thick and flavorful. Carbonation is moderate. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of chocolate and smoke.

Overall a great porter that is heavily focused on chocolate and will make a great end-of-session / dessert beer.

Highly recommended! (648 characters)

Photo of cratez
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle enjoyed at Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario. Pours pitch black in colour with two fingers of frothy, mocha tan head and sheets of lacing on the pint glass. Smell and taste are dark chocolate, black coffee, barley, espresso beans, rich roasted malts, a hint of smoke, dried fruits, some sweetness, port wine, and a bold hop bitterness. As the beer warms the fruit and port flavours give off a slight tartness towards the end. Mouthfeel is fuller than medium, creamy and oily middle, prickly carbonation, spicy and astringently bitter finish with a chalky, cocoa powder aftertaste. Exactly what I want from a porter. In terms of drinkability, this beer is much thicker and more robust than others in the style, as it took me nearly an hour to finish the bottle. So it's not as quaffable as I thought it would be. But that's a minor quip - this is still a marvellously complex and warming ale that I plan to sip on frequently as the cooler fall and winter months approach. (984 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. It poured pretty close to pitch black in color with a frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. It had some nice head retention to it while also leaving some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of chocolate in it. A bit of a roasty, bitter, coffee flavor is present but not as strong as the chocolate. A touch of dark fruits seem to come through in it as well.

The taste also has a lot of bitter-sweet and dark chocolate to it. Like the nose, it had a bit of a roasted malt, slight coffee flavor to it with some burnt and bitter dryness coming in the finish. A little bit of a fruity presence, almost apricot like, is there as well but very subtle.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice flavors to it and it was a very good version of the style. The chocolaty flavors were particularly nice and made for a nice beer to sip on this evening. (996 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø means 'naked island' and normally the thought of islands conjures sun and sandy beaches; in this case, however, all we see is black. Brighter light might reveal shades of brown or burgundy but all I make out is an obsidian void. Its head looks like something Nana has yet to complete sewing; the sheet is tattered, its bubbles only loosely knit.

The aroma, frankly, has too much going on to keep track of everything. Leafy, budding hop cones, a lactic-type sourness, very stout-like roasted malts, a bag full of coffee beans and a solid chunk of bakers chocolate - all team players, cooperating wonderfully to make for a bouquet where the sum is greater than its individual parts. What a pleasure this is to smell.

Nøgne Porter doesn't offer a ton of different flavours but it's very generous with those that it does. Bakers chocolate and coffee, alongside the roasted malts, are in such ample supply that this really resembles a stout more so than a porter. Hey, no complaints here - there's nothing wrong with ensuring your beers are stouthearted (pun intended).

The label boasts a lot of malts (five to be exact) and the body does too - it's built like a rugby player: thick as a brick house. There's a ton of coffee-like roast and an unyielding hop bitterness. But the beer takes both in stride, its bulky sturdiness disallowing either from stepping out of line. Its pleasant sweetness is harmonized with roast and leafiness.

This beer came with its mind made up: it was going to be stout and substantial, focus in on one or two really key flavours and be sure to keep all contributing elements in check. You gotta love its resoluteness. There's nothing like drinking a beer that is undauntedly flavourful, deliberately brazen and exactingly well-built. To and through, this is fine porter. (1,814 characters)

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

Served on tap in a standard pint glass at TJ's. This beer poured a very dark brown/black with a mocha head which dissaptes completely. Lacing is ample and lasting. Nose is chocolate, caramel, malts, and dark fruits. Taste is sweeter with dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorace and some dark fruits. Hops add some citrus and a welcome bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. FInish is a little sticky but not unpleasantly so. All-in-all, this was a nice offering I would try again for sure. (508 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's...
Appears a dense, dark black with a good amount of CO2 pumping to the top of the dark tan head. Lots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted grain, ripe fruit, raisins, coffee, cocoa, caramel, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a smacking of hops along the palate that make me want to delve deeper into this brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, roasty, chewy, and a tad boozy. (418 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

we have a gusher. of epic proportions. I crack open the cap, put the bottle up to my nose to take a big whiff, and up my nose goes a big gushing head. I try to sip quick enough to save the beer, but to no avail. I stick the bottle in the sink and let it gush out a couple of minutes before I pour it.

It pours a dark opaque brown with a mocha colored head. the head is generous and lasts a while, but there is obviously something up with this bottle, so I dont know how consistent that is.

slightly roasted aroma of molasses, caramel, cocoa, coffee, toffee, pretty typical for a porter.

taste is distinctively more charred (not quite roasty) producing a bitter burnt coffee flavor with the molasses, caramel, some dark fruits, a bit of hoppy spice, some yeast. nice, but not earth-shattering.

I'm assuming this may be due to the gushing problem, but the whole beer felt like It was all beer head. full of carbonation that was fluffy, prickly, lively, and not suited for the style at all.

eh. went down rather well. would give a second shot. tasty. (1,053 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head, dissipated very quickly into a ring.
Aroma had very light hints of coffee and roasted malt.
Taste was very mild and weak with coffee and malt.
Light body beer close to being too thin and light carbonation.
This was an OK porter, I would not turn one down, however, I would not go out of my way to buy. (353 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a large light brown head that lasts, and great lacing.

smell is of cocoa, malt, a little fruit, some coffee, and some spice.

taste is of malt, cocoa, a little fresh roasted coffee, some fruit in the back, and a touch of caramel, ends on the dry side. (275 characters)

Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
91 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.