Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Reviews by KFBR392:
3.53/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
03-06-2014 05:07:45 | More by KFBR392
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3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
10-09-2008 11:58:12 | More by oberon
4.53/5 rDev +10%
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.
11-05-2012 01:14:41 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
10-03-2008 06:37:23 | More by explosivebeer
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
06-29-2013 16:23:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-09-2010 20:46:41 | More by nickadams2
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
04-02-2008 19:44:55 | More by lordofthewiens
3.53/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
05-22-2007 04:57:00 | More by Beaver13
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
12-26-2007 14:07:56 | More by merlin48
4.45/5 rDev +8%
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.
01-10-2012 23:43:20 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
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!
12-10-2009 00:58:27 | More by kingcrowing
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
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
08-12-2008 21:32:46 | More by jamesm7485
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
05-22-2009 22:29:29 | More by dogfishandi
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-18-2012 22:04:48 | More by ehammond1
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-15-2012 07:32:19 | More by MattyG85
3.48/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
09-12-2009 03:04:29 | More by far333
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-26-2010 22:10:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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