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

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 75 | FT: 4
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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: 823 | Reviews: 505
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Rich and dark w/thick satiny texture. No head.

S-Dark roasted malt w/chocolate and coffee.

T-Sweetness is nicely veiled by bitter flavor, sweet chocolate and dark-roast coffee that the hops balance out nicely at the finish, leaving the pallet fairly clean, and washing away some of the more burnt tones, which are powerful.

M-Body is rich and creamy, but I wish there was a tad more carbonation. It is extremely mild.

D-I enjoyed it, but I'd like to try another bottle.

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have liked the other Nogne brews I have had in the past and this one was true to form as well.Poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black I mean no light showing through,a large two finger dark mocha colored head atop.Alot of complexities in the nose,heavily roasted with underlying smoke and wood,a hint of vanilla and leafy hp as well.Flavors are heavily roasted and quite bitter,a French roast coffee flaor dominates up front along with some real smokey flavors,some bitter chocolate and molasses comes through,finishing earthy,bitter and a little raw.There is some serious use of Columbus hops used in this impy stout,if you like a big stout with some rough edges you will love this,very nice.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK (5/5) – Pours a jet black colour and is opaque. Head is very good: rises large off the pour; rich tan /mocha colour; it lasts exceptionally long given the abv and recedes with some really nice Belgian lace. Some alcoholic ‘legs’ visible.

SMELL (4.5/5) – Very good, it has a really nice roasted and sweet aroma that is reminiscent of a coffee with cream. On the malt side I get: lots of coffee; caramel notes; some dark fruit (plums, prunes) as well. That being said, the overall intensity of the malt aroma was only medium-high. There was also a good bit of floral and perfumy alcohols that complimented the touch of fruitiness quite well. Hop aroma was mild.

TASTE (4.5/5) – Similar to the aroma. Malt character is of the same sort, very much like a rich coffee and cream with caramel and dark fruits, the alcohol and fermentation add some really nice lighter characters that play off the dark sweetness really well (think rich chocolate cake). There is also a bit of nuttiness from the oat. Hop flavour was minimal, but was of a more earthy character (I did detect a slight hint of resin, though). Hop bitterness was medium-high and did a good job of drying out the finish and letting the roasted flavors take hold to avoid a cloying finish. Alcoholic flavour are definitely there but are not hot (a touch solventy on the finish); again, this plays with the coffee and melanoidins very well.

FEEL (4.5/5) – Full bodied with medium-low carbonation play really well. I think that it hit a nice balance between being really velvety and fluffy.

Photo of explosivebeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours in a thick black viscous way, with a modest light-brown head, and a dense body. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, some alcohol, and a strong graininess to it. The body is thick with chocolate, caramel, malty sweetness, and a generous bitterness as well. It is very good but there is also something acrid about it. I'd like to try it again and see if that same characteristic is still present.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Complete darkness, stunning lacing

SMELL: Burnt cherries, espresso, mellow booze, brownie batter, charcoal

TASTE: Super-smooth, full-ish body; char, underlying sweetness, herbal hop, warming alcohol, faint pomegranate seed, dark bread, burnt sugar, hazelnuts, dried grass, dry finish

Some sweetness, but the overall drying in the end is very welcome, not only when it comes to being drinkable but in that we are able to pick up the nuances quickly.

Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Charcoal black with deep brown highlights.Thick,creamy,dark brown head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Smells of rich chocolate,espresso,roast,and dark fruits.

T_Very rick. Bitter dark chocolate and espresso up front. Roasted barley and dark fruits balance it out. Awesome stout.

M_Very thick and creamy.

D_Very drinkable especially for a high ABV.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a tulip glass. It was a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick light brown head. The head dissipated quickly, but there was still a little bit of lacing. Primarily a coffee aroma, but also a bit of smoke and some chocolate. The taste was a lingering coffee and a tiny bit of chocolate. A little bit of bitterness at the end. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

The aroma is burnt roasted chocolate malts, grains, anise and some alcohol.

The flavor is some lactic chocolate followed by anise and a big sticky burnt bitterness with a little residual sweetness. As it warms, some coffee notes come out. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery.

Overall, this is a decent big impy stout. It's a little too much on the charred side for me.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours about the blackest liquid I've ever seen. A healthy cocoa hued head rises two inches above the ebony body, creamy and thick. Lavish lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is a lot of dark roasty malts. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, licorice, dark bread, and dark fruits make for a very inviting nose.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Moderate carbonation and a pervasive roasty bitterness on ther palate.

Taste is more dark roasty bitterness. Dark chocolate and scalded coffee dominate, with an assist by notes of vanilla, anise, dark fruits, and Columbus hops. Finishes quite bitter with a touch of the hops joining the dark roast.

Very enjoyable stout that is ideal for sipping on a cool winter evening.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from Norway, and damn was it a good 'un. Let's dig right in!

Poured into a dimpled mug. Like a good RIS, this brew is inky black, with only the faintest hint of chestnut or caramel when held to the light. Despite what I thought to be a gentle pour, Nogne produced a billowing mocha head that gently receded to a thick, impermeable layer of foam. Loads of sticky lacing. A fine looking brew indeed.

The nose displays all the best things I look forward to in a RIS, with a few extra goodies thrown in for good measure. A nice milk-cream sweetness, chocolate, bitter coffee, dark fruit, but with a lovely smoked character that for the briefest of moments reminded me of the meatiness of a rauchbier. Scandinavians seem to dig their smoky dark ales (Olvisholt's Lava anyone?), and I encourage this.

Tastes exactly as what the nose hinted it would. Rich and hearty, and with a nice smokiness that at once elicited visions of bygone campfires (and a subtle hint of smoked sausage to boot). The smoke and the hops provide a finish that is mildly sour - even a bit puckery - which neatly cleans up the sweetness of the brew's entry. Dark chocolate occasionally pokes its head about during the finish as well.

This beer has a silky body with mild but sufficient carbonation. Surprisingly creamy as well - very enjoyable.

My first brew from Norway, and boy did they hit this one out of the water. Loads of character, a delightful smoky complexion, and a well-hidden extra punch of booze, this will definitely be a repeat purchase for me. Recommended.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into an Allagash tulip.

Pours out like motor oil - black, viscous, slightly red. No head at first, then slowly a big, thick two finger head that's really thick and creamy with very dark brown coloring - almost like chocolate milk. Nose is rich and sweet - dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasted turkey? very malty. Has a noticeable amount of booze as well.

This mouthfeel is very light and watery for an Imperial Stout, however it's very nice - similar to maybe an American brown ale. still rich and thick but not syrupy or sticky. Has a light carbonation that makes it very drinkable. Leaves a roasty finish with some nice chocolatey hints as well.

Excellent RIS, one of my favorite and the first beer I've had from Nogne O. I've got their dark horizon still sitting in my cellar, now I'm really excited for it!

Photo of jamesm7485
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark brown when held to light, little amount of head.

The smell is very nice with perhaps some raisins and some malt.

The taste is very nice somewhat unusual for a stout of this abv, dark fruit and some molasseses. No after taste at all which is very odd being an imperial stout.

mouthfeel is nice but very carbonated for this style

the drinkability is nice but isnt phenomenal

all in all i was impressed its a nice different take than what im used to but for 10 dollars a bottle not something id readily seek out again, definetly something you should try though

Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my stella glass. pours completely opaque black with a nice lucious looking mocha colored head. very creamy looking with good retention and some lovely lacing. looks delicious.

the aroma is that of roasted malts, solvent like alcohol, dark chocolate, as well as some milk chocolate, vanilla and maybe some dark fruits- raisons, plums. a nice meld of flavors and aromas going on.

in the taste, i get an abundance of roasted malts, with some chocolate flavors, a touch of vanilla, some wood, some dark fruits as well. lots of complex flavors going on, very good.

extremely smooth drinking for a ris. heavy body, nice carb. i very much like this beer in that it is a different take on a ris, definately worth checking out. now to go brew some imperial pale ale. piece.

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black and substantial, shiny, body with a small dark brown head that leaves irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

Fairy typical aroma of a big stout: dark, roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate, along with mild dark fruits and licorice.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though there's more licorice and dark fruit character present than in the aroma. This is complemented nicely by big notes of roasted malt and some mild chocolate.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, at least for the style.

Good, and I'm glad I got to try it, but often too expensive to make a purchase worthwhile.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass. No date noticeable.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with no color coming through. Nice three fingers of deep tan head that settles into a thin coffee like creamy layer. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasty dark malts with good hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Big presence of dark fruit with hints of dark cherries, raisin, and plum. Also some hints of smoke and a little bit of earthy hops in the background. Pretty roasty and fairly sweet.

Taste: Big taste of chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits. Good hints of cherries, plum, and raisins. Also some molasses and a light hint of earthy hops towards the finish. Some light hints of smoke in the background. This may have aged a bit as the dark fruits are really coming out here. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. No alcohol heat at all.

Overall: A very solid imperial stout. Great use of dark malts and the fruits add a nice sweetness.

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 far333
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black and opaque with a light brown head of frothy foam that settles out quickly leaving uneven soapy bubbles.

Low aroma of sharp chocolate and espresso, some port and brandy notes.

Flavors of cocoa and burnt espresso, darkly roasted malts, some cherry tartness, hints of smoke. High bitterness, some acrid notes.

Mouthfeel is somewhat slick, low carbonation, finishes a little tannic and puckery.

Fairly tasty beer, but seems out of balance, a lttle rough around the edges.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last week at the Old Bridge Pub in Reno, what a find.

Good black and red appearance, reminiscient of the Abyss. Not as thick. Aroma, licorice and dark chocolate seems to dominate. Hides the alcohol quite well. Not heavily hopped, not bitter. No massive shift throughout. Drinkable, but pricey.

Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color, letting in absolutely no light. It boasts a thick, fluffy very dark brown head. It might be the darkest head I have ever seen. It fades slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer smells of coffee. I detect a strong burnt malt aroma. I can also detect a strong bittersweet chocolate aroma. Some dark fruit, fig and raisin. Also, I get a very slightly licorice aroma, with hints of tobacco. A lot of aroma mixing well.

This beer tastes like it smells. It is a mix of many aggressive flavors. Coffee, chocolate, figs, licorice, tobacco.

This beer is very full bodied. It goes down surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is well hidden. Carbonation is low, fitting the style. It leaves a coffee like aftertaste.

This beer might not be the greatest session beer. It has a very aggressive flavor, and at 9%ABV, it may be hard to put down many. However, it is quite good.

Overall: Wow. This beer is something else. They packed a lot of flavor into one little bottle. I like it, and intend to buy it again.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of light coffee and dark chocolate aromas. As the beer warms the coffee fades substantially and the aromas sweeten with the addition of dark molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts lightly roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are slight amounts of heavy coffee flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens as sweet molasses flavors take over, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very easy-drinking beer for the style that has a lot of things going on. Well worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A BIG thanks to dsigmon for this trade.

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours pitch black with a vinous viscosity. 2 strong fingers of deep mocha head form and keep strong. Fat, blanketing lace.

S: Sweet espresso and dark fruits. Some burnt malt character in the background. Hops add a fresh, earthy crispness. Smell isn't extremely profound but what's there is nice.

T/M: Not overly potent like most RIS's which is a pleasant change. Very noticeable at first sip is the body isn't nearly as thick and chewy as I thought it'd be. A nice drinkable medium with just enough chewiness to let you now it means business. Beautiful mix of bitter coffee and chocolate with notes of dates and black cherries. Great balancing bitterness also helps with the complexity of the coffee flavor. A bit more bitterness comes out in the finish, changing my tongue from silky to slightly dry.

D: Very complex all around and a top notch brew. I have a couple more bottles that I was planning on aging. Until I can secure more of this, I don't think I'll be /able/ to age any. A bit lighter than tradition RISs but the viscosity and mouthfeel help the drinkability in an extreme way.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark chocolaty brown. The liquid spills out thick and is quite opaque. Initially there is no head but it rises slowly to caress the subtle contours of the glass. Thick fluffy, the color of milk chocolate it fades slowly and is almost gone in a few minutes.

The nose is subtle and consists mainly of dark toasted malts. There are hints of chocolates, cappuccino and a odd yet intriguing milky hoppness.

Taste is much like the scent... predominantly dark heavy roasted/ charred malts. Behind that velvet curtain of malts is a semi sweet, milky dark chocolate that I initially mistook for a coffee flavor. As the brew warms it is even more distinctly chocolate. A warm hop bitterness works over the aftertaste and leaves a nice astringency.

Thick mouthfeel, this beer coats the palate, reminiscent of eating to much candy as it solidifies your saliva. Low carbonation works well for this beer. The smooth milky mouthfeel just lets it slide down the throat.

Easy to drink. Great smell, excellent flavors and superb coating feel on the mouth. Not the best RIS but a damn fine one. Yum.

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

The more intimidating bottle of the Norwegian beers I was trying was from Nøgne Ø - det kompromissløse bryggeri. The text on the label told of "The Uncompromising Brewery" poetically. I'm sure Vikings would gets with this.

The stout itself was dark as night. I immediately thought "Stone Imperial Russian Stout". Viscous as a motor oil with a slight cappuccino head, I immediately thought this foreboding libation would be conqueringly murderous. It was quite tame actually. A nice sweetness added to the dark malt texture and slight bitterness.

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.

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