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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

505 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 505
Hads: 826
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.55%
Wants: 54
Gots: 75 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews by BrownNut:
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Fresh

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. (4,126 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,564 characters)

Photo of explosivebeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of -DF-
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,560 characters)

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (833 characters)

Photo of jamesm7485
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (583 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours nearly black with a 2” tan head that looks like a nitro pour. Leaves thick lace. S: Dark malt and yeasty fruit aromas.
T: Achieves an exquisite balance between toast and roast malt flavors, malty chocolate, traces of coffee, yeast driven fruit, and hops that begins slightly sweet and then dries out. Traces of wine. Nothing harsh or burnt.
F: Soft and very creamy smooth, rich full body.
O: A delightful, rich yet easy to drink Imperial Stout. (458 characters)

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.