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

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714 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%


Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006)
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Douglas14

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Quite possibly one of the best looking beers I have even laid my eyes on. Hands down the best head I've seen and one of the better bodies. The head is dark brown, thick, and fluffy and hardly goes away, all the while leaving the thickest foam consistently down the sides of the glass. The aroma isn't very imperial to me at all. It smells more like just a nice big stout. I was hoping for more complexity in the smell. Some more chocolate, vanilla, and maybe a tad bit of alcohol. The taste is nice but also lacks some of the complexity that I believe an RIS should have. It has a nice roasty and burnt character with lots of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The mouthfeel really improves as the beer warms. Great beer...it's my first Nogne, and I've really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 05:15:35 | More by Douglas14
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BlazerT

Poland

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 10:07:21 | More by BlazerT
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Tone

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 14:00:35 | More by Tone
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-04-2014 02:47:01 | More by BierBliss
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.06/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 21:47:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

03-26-2014 05:43:19 | More by Stum-pub
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-21-2014 02:01:35 | More by afsdan
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Jdub2839

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-18-2014 15:56:19 | More by Jdub2839
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draheim

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:25:52 | More by draheim
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:14:13 | More by schoolboy
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beergoot

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 02:02:03 | More by beergoot
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-12-2014 22:44:31 | More by muskiesman
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:07:45 | More by KFBR392
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-04-2014 19:22:44 | More by ToddHolder
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:15:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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krome

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2014 21:02:10 | More by krome
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jgunther71

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-16-2014 20:17:40 | More by jgunther71
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ohyayitstrey

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +21.4%

02-08-2014 19:54:04 | More by ohyayitstrey
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

02-08-2014 17:01:54 | More by Wobbly
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Tasting glass enjoyed @ BierCab (Barcelona). Pitch black headed by sticky & lasting crown, tan in color. Bitter cocoa, Bamberg malt, roasted barley aromas with herbal notes. Creamy upfront yields to herbal bitterness. Full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily texture & velvet palate. Tannin touch & licorice candy notes in the middle. Warming alcohol, dried sensation & plum zest-like astringency linger into a long bitter finish. Cocoa hues on the aftertaste. Big beer !

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 01:45:30 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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beholder_pl

Poland

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one both from bottle (on International Stout Day 2013) and from tap recently. While both were very good, I think the bottled one was better. Had more kick and was overall more intense than the tap version. Still, it's a very, very good beer and it has a lot to offer.

Aroma was of coffee and chocolate-cherry. Some alcohol in taste, but on a low level, however it was pretty warming. Also cherry and coffee notes were present. Almost full bodied, kinda low carbonation, but it'd be a lot better if almost flat. It amplified the alcohol taste giving somewhat sharp feeling.

Enjoyed from a snifter glass (bottled) and from Nøgne Ø shaker glass (tap).

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 21:11:21 | More by beholder_pl
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JSBILK

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-29-2014 01:04:24 | More by JSBILK
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Vanz

Australia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-28-2014 00:24:35 | More by Vanz
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-20-2014 12:31:58 | More by Schmoog
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BierJager89

California

4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as the night, with a dark brown head.

S: Huge caramel and toffee in the nose, some roasted malt and maybe a touch of coffee and dark fruit as well.

T/M: Coffee, toffee and caramel hit you the hardest upfront, with some nice roasted malt all the way through. Almost no hint of the 9% abv, not the absolute most impressive on that front. Pretty good overall. Quite a bit smoother as it warms up, and the roasted malt begins to overtake the other flavors a bit. Maybe some dark chocolate.

O: Definitely worth a try, but not nearly as good as Beer Geek Brunch, which is also brewed at Nøgne Ø (by Mikkeller). An excellent imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:17:19 | More by BierJager89
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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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