Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 50
Gots: 75 | FT: 4
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

23°P,75 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Ratings: 822 | Reviews: 505
Photo of FLima
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As deep black as it can be with a thick and thin dark caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of high grade cocoa chocolate, lots of black currant and some licorice. Hints of charred grains, coffee beans and molasses.
Flavor with predominant notes of dark fruits (Brazilian jabuticaba, black currant, plums), cocoa, spices, vanilla, charred grains, a bit of ash, licorice, molasses, chalk yeast, mocha, tobacco leaves and earth. Dry aftertaste with a bitterness that comes mostly from its roasted malts that insists to stay put.
Full body deceivingly lighter with mild carbonation and quite viscous. Alcohol of 9% abv is incredibly hidden, or simply absent.
A complex dark fruity and roasted Imperial Stout with a bold character without hopping it in excess. Perfect execution, who did this, knew exactly what was doing. Its gifts are hidden between the lines, take your time. It gets better and better once it warms up.
It held perfectly through time, this is 4 years and 1 to go to their best before date. It may have lost its aroma strength.

Photo of lefty713
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The smell is absolutely amazing. Easily among the best aroma's I've ever had from a beer. The mouthfeel is perfect, just the right thickness without feeling sticky. The taste is among the best I've ever had from a basic imperial stout (no coffee beans added, BBA, etc...). Nice and complex, changes a couple times in your mouth.

Need to acquire again, this is absolutely top notch.

Photo of interzen
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Dark brown, almost tar-like with a bubbly tan head. Decent retention and some lacing but nothing special. Not sure whether or not my eyes were deceiving me, but this seemed fairly viscous when pouring.

Smell: As soon as the top was off the bottle there was a delicious aroma of dark, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate, the latter of which intensified once in the glass. Given the ABV, there was very little alcohol noticable on the nose, which bodes well.

Taste: Absolutely delicious - I don't think there are words to do it justice. You get everything in the smell, plus a bit - slightly burnt flavours, chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar and maybe the faintest hint of liquorice spiciness. The alcohol is very well hidden, and only really becomes noticeable as a warming feeling once it hits your stomach.

Feel: Quite a full body, as you'd expect from a stout and an Imperial in particular. Has quite a 'viscous' feel to it but by no means hard going. There's a nice transition from the burnt, tarry, earthy flavours up front to a dry, alcohol-tasting finish.

Overall: As stouts go, this one is an absolute killer - fantastic smell, massive flavour profile and a well-disguised ABV. I suspect this would benefit from some aging but as it comes it's absolutely stunning. The first beer I've had from Nøgne Ø and it certainly won't be the last - this should be on the shopping list of any stout enthusiast.

Photo of Derek
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tan head that shows lots of leg.

Boozy aroma with some tar and licorice.

Tasty brew, blackstrap molasses, licorice, tar, bakers chocolate and dark rum.

Moderate to full body is quite acidic, a bit chalky with a drying alcohol finish.

Enticing, pleasant drinker.

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the heavier side of things but manages a thick head. The mouth feel is viscous but far from sticky.

Charred grains and french roast dominate upfront. Hints of barely sweet chocolate come through midsip, providing some relief from the more forward burnt flavors. The finish introduces some earthy hops that build on the drier flavors, and the alcohol shows a bit more than I was expecting it would.

The lingering flavor mixes a touch of sweetness, a ton of charred and burnt malt, and a present but not offensive alcohol.

A solid, straight forward RIS. I think the execution was on-point, and the lack of evident flaws is commendable. But, for me, it was a little too much char and a little too one-dimensional.

Photo of 94Sip
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall: Had this in Arendal, Norway at Kitchen & Table restaurant. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a large wine glass. This was a great RIS - lots of complex flavors typical of the better imperial stouts. This is the highest rating I have given a RIS. If you have a chance to find this beer, get it and try it. Don't miss the opportunity if it presents itself.

Look: Typical dark black stout - not a great amount of head, but what was there stuck around the whole time and left a great looking lace on the glass.

Smell: Lots of dark chocolates, coffees, roasted grains. Very deep aromas - you could leave your nose in the glass for a long time and really enjoy it.

Taste: early dark fruit flavors, followed by some chocolates/coffees, and then finishes with a real nice toffee/caramel/dark maple syrup sweetness. Like most other RIS, let this one warm up to the recommended temperature because it tastes so much better than when it is refrigerator cold.

Feel: Just the right amount of thickness - moreso than a smaller stout and typical of a RIS. Carbonation was just right.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A dark black color with a nice chocolate head. Decent lacing when first poured, but very little lacing as the head begins to subside.

Smell – Has a nice strong scent to it. Roasted malt, burnt dark chocolate, barley, and s’mores.

Taste – Malt, barley, dark chocolate, charred wood, and a little hops.

Mouthfeel – Feels a little light at 9% (I tend to like 12-18% in a stout). Lightly carbonated, slightly creamy, lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability – A good, but not exceptional stout.

Photo of beerloverinmanila
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark in appearance. Medium brown head. Smooth

Photo of TwoPack
4.5/5  rDev +9%

This is really fantastic. Deep rich mouthfeel. Good lacing. Aroma and taste of molasses, coffee, cocoa, tofee. Really rich and full mouthfeel. A little too much booze on the finish, but overall an excellent stout.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this fine imperial stout pours a thick black with dark brown edges, a moderate dark tan head, and decent lacing. Nose of mild coffee, cocoa, vanilla, booze, and deeply roasted grains. Flavors are candied and delicious with sweet chocolate and mild coffee to the front and sides, vanilla to the back and on the aftertaste with intense warming and deeply roasted grains on the aftertaste. Slick coating mouth feel, mild carbonation, and lots of sweetness. A smooth imperial stout experience.

Cheers!

Photo of rhythm401
4.75/5  rDev +15%

outstanding

Photo of EagleTalon
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thick light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark cherries, vanilla and tons of mocha and a bit of bread and smoke. Flavor is smooth, creamy, roasty and damn delicious with a soft vanilla and hop finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall an outstanding imperial stout.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2016. Purchased ages ago from the York Beer & Wine shop and stored carefully. The label promises a rich, black ale with coffee, chocolate and dried fruit flavours. I've wanted to sample a brew from these guys for ages - here goes.....

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy mocha foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of intense roasted malt with notes of coffee, burnt grain, cocoa, molasses, prunes, dried fruit, a touch of vanilla, mild smokiness, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. A hint of warming booze in the background. Simply superb.

T: Tastes of supremely decadent roasted malt with a complex character and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, dark malt, cocoa, molasses, dried fruit, fruitcake, subtle smokiness, a twinge of vanilla, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. A whisper of alcohol in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and fantastic body. Stimulates the palate, though could be a tad livelier. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of rich roasted malt, coffee/chocolate, fruitiness and bitter burnt notes.

O: Excellent - a monster stout with an amazing character. It looks great, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt, coffee and dried fruit. Complex and bitter. Lovely creamy body. A top-notch imperial stout; Nøgne Ø have outclassed themselves. Add this to your must-try list.

Photo of dcmchew
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, one finger mocha head before a nice sticky lace with nice traces on the glass.
Rich roasted malt up front, robust, rough, woody, plus very dark chocolate, caramel and toffee, faint cream and a drizzle of coffee powder. Low dark fruit, big emphasis on the "stout".
The taste doesn't entirely follow the nose, at least regarding the "dosage". Starts quite juicy with nice clear raisin, dry plum, some fig and date, mixed with some coffee acidity (even some faint citrus in the back). The dark fruit has a nice sweetness to it that stands up to the other rough elements from later on. Gets "lumpier" with dark chocolate, burnt sugar and some spices showing up, the somewhat usual licorice, cinnamon, vanilla. Roasted malts dominate the finish, right after a short flash of hops. Burnt dark bread, smoked wood, ash, charcoal, getting more intense till the aftertaste.
Thick body, low to medium carbonation, fits well with the robust nature of the beer. Should be noted that the aftertaste has some lingering hops and dark fruit, which is nice.
A big strong Imp Stout, seemed simple at first, but has nice complex flavours. Had it just 8 months old.

Photo of BucBasil
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is completely opaque and black even when held directly to light. The head is also one of the darkest I've ever seen, a thick foamy much seeping up from the mud of this brew. The whole thing looks almost like some melted chocolate ice cream on top of some motor oil. Crazy.

S: Very chocolatey with some booze hidden underneath. Really reminds me of chocolate cookies right after they have come out of the oven, then smothered in chocolate pudding which was then allowed to sizzle on the still-hot baking pan. So in other words, some burnt chocolate and roasted malt with lot s of dough and molasses, topped off with a somewhat sweet character. Crazy.

T: Chocolatey with some tobacco smoke and plenty of dough and roasted coffee. Amazingly complex. I'm sure I could come up with a different note each time I took a sip of this. Not as boozy as some imperial stouts and that's a good thing. I expected this thing to give me a brutal punch at the end, but in reality is was very mellow and only revealed even more flavor as it slowly made its way into my stomach and then my bloodstream. Crazy.

One word keeps coming to mind each time I think about this beer and it's "crazy." Not in a super hoppy DIPA way that kicks you in the face with a huge amount of some flavor, but in that it's supremely hard to pin this one down. It's crazy because it's so many contradictory things at once. Not only in that such a huge beer can be subtle, but also that beneath that subtlety lies a complexity that is like a gift every time it hits your tongue. Well balanced and extremely flavorful, strong and yet dangerously drinkable, this is a beer that I will want to come back to again and again.

Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Time for a good old Imperial Stout from those imperious bastards at Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S; which is to say the least a hearty mouthful of a name, here's hoping the brew provides a hearty mouthful too. Recommended to me by an Archive barman who has rated 1200+ beers when I asked for something like Black Buffalo (which I sorely miss).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: This is one black beauty of a stout with its fantastic obsidian body and a half centimetre brown head that dissipates to a nice sticky lace.

S: It certainly has a heavy aroma similar to Black Buffalo - dark chocolate, roasted coffee, barley malt with Vegemite and Bovril thrown in for good measure. There are hints of smoked Birch wood mingling around as well. This has the nose of a formidable ale!

T: Yep - this is a damn heavy Imperial Stout! The above aromas present themselves: dark chocolate, roasted coffee, barley malt, and a hint of Bovril. However it is the aforementioned smoked Birch wood that really adds a unique dimension, along with a finish that is astringent with almost no bitterness at all. There is also a noticeable (unwanted) metallic tang in there too.

M: Heavy bodied like some sort of 'beer gravy' and a tack flat carbonation. Quite smooth and oily too - a proverbial Julio Iglesias of stouts.

D: Consumed at the right temperature (12 celsius says the bottle) this is a rich, heady and flavoursome brew. The metallic note does diminish its rating, and it is not near as full on as Black Buffalo, nor was it ever going to be at 9% ABV. However colour me impressed as there is quite a lot happening with this 9% drop, and I quite enjoyed the fact that it doesn't hold back on the boldness. Nice one Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S!

Food match: The beer gravy comment I made earlier got me thinking of actually pouring this over slices of roast beef and giving the meal a side of roasted potatoes and peas... why drink a beer when you can eat it? Food for thought.

Photo of BlazerT
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with big, dark brown, rather low-lasting head, lacing is moderate.

S: Moderatly strong roasted malts aroma, coffee, dark chocolate also some burnt notes. Low hop aroma. Some black dried fruit notes - plums, pruns, but not dominant. Also some alcohol is present. Unfortunately slightly metallic sensations.

T: The taste is not so complex, mainly roasted malts, burnt flavours, medium bitterness. Low to medium dark fruit esters. Evident alcohol strength.

M: Semi-dry, roastiness and warming character noticable. Low to moderate carbonation, full body, creamy.

O: In overall I’d give this beer some time to mature in the bottle, perfect roastiness balanced with dark fruit esters and alcohol. It could be more malty and barley-wine like.

Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wood, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, slight liquor, hint of yeast, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really hearty stout, appropriately dense for its norwegian heritage. dark brown almost black, with a soft eggshell finish and over an inch and a half of micro bubble tan head as dense as they come. the nose shows a simple beer at heart, dark barley, cara deepness, and a lioghter almost herbal quality, but rather straightforward. the flavor starts with the dark roast of the barley, and a residual sugar that is tough to explain. maybe slightly under attenuated property, but it works with the rest of the heft here. come dry dark bakers chocolate and a hint of licorice meld into a rather smooth semisweet finish that suggests oatmeal, but i dont know if its there for real or not. bitterness abounds after the swallow though, a nice transition. body is enormous, overweight even, but in a wintery context with some nice rare red meat, its a match made in heaven. smooth as gravy. worth what they ask for it.

Photo of draheim
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL into a tulip. Pours an opaque black w/ a 1-inch mocha head, some patchy lace.

Aroma is roasty and bitter with lots of dark fruit and chocolate. What we have here is a classic RIS.

Taste is likewise roasty and bittersweet. Earthy, nutty, chocolatey. Nicely round and fruity, not overly aggressive or overpowering. Just a great balance of flavors. Reminds me a lot of another favorite, Courage.

Mouthfeel is full bodied but not sticky or syrupy. Velvety smooth and oh-so effing drinkable.

Overall a really great RIS, hits all the right notes right where you want them. I'm having trouble finding any fault with this beer.

Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My previous acquaintance with this brewery was limited to a bottle of Dark Hozion that I aged for several years. I bought two bottles of this. One is in my ager and the other I most finished. This is not nearly as amazing as Dark horizon, but it is a very good Russian Imperial Stout (one of my favorite styles).

As soon as you open it you know you have something special. It pour deep motor oil black with a slight creamy head. The aroma is a beautiful pungent sweetness. Very nice.

The taste is a nice balance of bite, creamy, malty and hoppy. It rolls on down the tongue. The aftertaste lingers very long and sweet, nice.

With Dark Horizon I got the feeling I was drinking an ice cream topping - a thick, wonderful boozy drink. With this, I want to go set up a shot of vodka, but that would just ruin my day - I don't have the Russian genes to handle such decadence.

Edit - 3-1-2015 - I aged a bottle for a year. I think this was unnecessary. I bought another last week to age but I will consume it instead. It's good aged. Way smoother than say an un-aged Great Lakes Blackout Stout, but still, I'll just drink it sooner rather than later.

Photo of beergoot
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black body sporting a very thick, very creamy, light tan head. Big, boozy and dark fruit aroma; prunes; milk chocolate. Cocoa and bitter chocolate flavors; big alcohol warmth underneath; sweet and sour tones. Heavy bodied; smooth with a finely coarse feel; semi-sweet mouthfeel.

This beer follows suit like so many Danish/northern European black ales – it's deep and mysterious, velvety smooth; deep and rich in flavor and texture. Black ales, the bold and complex ones, come across much like this RIS example. It's hard to go wrong with this strong, exemplary offering.

Photo of KFBR392
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black. Dark brown head of about a finger. Highly above average active carbonation for a RIS.

Smell: Roasted malt, oats, and some smoke on the front. Potent barley body mixes well with some coffee tones. Sweeter tones poke their way through and add a lot to this aroma. The oats showcase themselves toward the back end and round this brew out well.

Taste: Creamy front of oats and toffee. Some mild chocolate bitterness begins then a massively roasted, chalky malt body takes over. Stifling the palate, any other tones are hard pressed to come through. Some chocolate bitterness picks up again toward the finish but this is a big roasted malt dominated taste.

Mouthfeel: Roasted palate punishing malt dries out the drinkers mouth. Carbonation is felt on the front end then is lost on the body.

Overall: I had very high hopes for this one after the aroma but the taste is over the top roasted, coffee tones. I wish the body of the brew was more like the front and finish.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is opaque and deep, dark brown with a thick, oily, beige collar. The aroma brings loads of malt and chocolate. Distinctly European in both aroma and flavor. Prominent dark fruits and rich chocolates. Low carbonation with a medium body, lighter than I expected given the appearance and abv. Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of Wobbly
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Excellent rendition of a difficult style, which has become so popular in the U.S. With the exceptions of Founder's and Goose Island's Bourbon County line, this beats anything I have had from the U.S. in this style and would give the best British examples a run for their money. A bit expensive, at least where I live.

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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.