Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.39/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is an update after aging this beer for a year. The new review is on top and the original is below. The new review and rating was done without looking at the old review until I was done. The scores from the original are the ones I've left as the official scores. I think aging it a year may have improved it, although it was already very good. More chocolate forward, and the tart aspect receded some.
NOVEMBER 2013 REVIEW
Aged 1 year. Served just cool in a tulip
A - 4.5 - Pours like motor oil. Black with a finger of dark tan creamy dense head that persists for several minutes.
S - 4.5 - Something in the chocolate family but crossed with something else sweet and baked, like maybe dark chocolate brownies with a hint of caramel, but not quite that. More like if you crossed a dark malty loaf with a brownie. Maybe a little chocolate cakey. There are a few really nice dessert smells going on simultaneously. Maybe some chocolate liqueur. Smells fantastic.
T - 4.25 - Baker's chocolate mixed with cocoa powder mixed with dark chocolate mixed with some of that same malty chocolatey baked good from the nose. Some chocolate milk. Yet somehow not too sweet. And there's a slight bit of tartness in there. Just a touch. There's something else in there, almost a woody note, that counterbalances the chocolate. That's left behind in the aftertaste and exhale. In the aftertaste I find just a hint of that black malt char you get in a lot of imperials. Just a touch, artfully overlapping the dark chocolate. By the end of the bottle, that note is more dominant. This is 9% ABV but I detect none of it, not even any warm fumes wafting up my throat.
M - 4.5 - Lovely mouthfeel, pretty close to heavy bodied, but not quite to pudding level like say BCBS. Despite all the thick and sticky, there's a part at the end that just approaches dry, and leaves a little abrasion on the tongue.
O - 4.25 - If I could score between 4.25 and 4.5 in the overall category, I would. This is a seriously good imperial stout, and just a bit shy of some of the very best I've had, which I would rate 4.5 overall. It has a lot going on. That complexity is so well done and so welcome.
JANUARY 2012 REVIEW
A - 4.5
S - 4.5 - Dark chocolatey/earthy, a faint hint of the slightly sour old beer smell of a well-used pub (in a good way), something fresh in there too
T - 4.25 - Somewhat sour (in a good way, like a lemon, but not with lemon flavor), slightly fruity in that high boozy way, faint hint of toasty roasty char. The bitterness and sourness come to a moderately tart point in the front of your mouth that is softened by some toastyness. Nothing too acute here, but assertive enough to give you a nice effect, like a mild lemon might. The dregs get very cocoa-y, which is nice. What I love about this beer is that it does what great dishes often do - it comes right up to the edge of an identifiable flavor and holds back just a bit, making you chase it. With both the citrus effect and the smoke it does this. They hide the 9% booze exceptionally well, so well that I'm not sure I believe the label here compared to last night's 7.5% Two Captains double IPA that gave me a perma-grin buzz.
Aftertaste - a mild amount of bitterness is left on the tongue but fades to a lower plateau where it just becomes a lingering crisp dryness. There's very mild smoke on the exhale.
M- 4.5 - Velvety smooth
O - 4.5 - This is pretty mild and very enjoyable. I call it a winner. It's to be drunk on your couch in your jammies with a blanket in cold weather. Chalk another one up for Nogne O. These guys know what they're doing.
EDIT: Had another one Feb 21, 2012 and what really impressed me was the perfume of this beer. So nice and so well composed and so much going on. Fresh, fruity, maybe even a little floral. Just so nice. Also, I normally savor good beers by themselves rather than with meals. With meals I like something simple and light that doesn't compete with flavors. But I had this beer with a roast chicken and sauteed potatoes and it went so well with those robust flavors. Just a great beer from a great brewery.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 03:31:18 | More by BrownNut
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4.68/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 12:43:44 | More by BucBasil
4.23/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2014 22:34:38 | More by doktorhops
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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