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

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713 Ratings
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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 487
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One more day of beer and football before the start of the week – cheers.

A: A shining black body with just a half-inch of head, dark brown and creamy with a slight reverse cascade. Retention is nothing more than a ring around the glass’s interior.

S: I love a nose with a lot of depth, and with this one, it feels like you could fall right into it. This beer is brimming with rich, fudgy aromas, like fresh-baked brownies, along with notes of butterscotch and peanut brittle. Solid roast notes on the back end, as well, though they’re in no way dominant.

T: The gooey chocolate of the nose is subdued in what turns out to be an unexpectedly bitter palate: flinty tonic water, licorice root, and chalky roasts fill out the palate upon first sip. Chocolate is still evident in the palate, though, this time as a dark bittersweet flavor blended in with the malt bill. As it begins to wind down, herbal hops – juniper, fresh-cut grass – and acidic coffee come out. Mild, smoky aftertaste, with a unique clove and red grape character at times.

M: Soft, slightly watery body with barely any carbonation. There’s some heat there, though, which gives the feel a bit more character.

O: Though there’s a disconnect between the nose and the palate, this is a delectably complex beer. It’s not what I anticipated at all, but that might be because I’m accustomed to the thick, liquid-chocolate stouts of the U.S.; at any rate, this is definitely one to try if you have a chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:56:21 | More by BarryMFBurton
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Black as black gets. The brown head holds fast at a quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Chocolate fudge sauce. Coffee roast. Espresso. Bitter dark chocolate. Char and woody roasted malts. Hints of raspberry and currant fruitiness. Touch of smoke. Green hop scents.

T: Char, smoke, and wood at the outset. Deep coffee roast and espresso flavors set in shortly after. Acidic. Tide of bitter dark chocolate. Heavy roast. A sweet vanilla bean character is apparent up front, but fades away. Currant and berry fruits. Spicy and oily hops clamp down toward the back, but they fight a losing battle against the heavy roasted malt character. Long lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate and espresso with a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Mouth coating and weighty, but not oppressively so. It glides over the tongue in a slick but smooth sort of way. Low, lightly prickling carbonation.

O: A very impressive Imperial stout. Very well put together, it really does not have a weak point. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 05:04:41 | More by ryan1788a5
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BrownNut

Florida

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:31:18 | More by BrownNut
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml served in a tulip glass.

Bottled at 22.08.2013. Best before 22.08.2017. Batch # 1017B.

A: Pours a dark brown to oiled black color forming a solid, creamy, thin bubbled tan head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings formed and left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Sweet and roasted upfront. Bit fruity too. Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and moka coffee. Delicious notes of dark fruits. Mainly plums. Notes of wood, brown bread and chocolate biscuits. End is a bit booze

T: Slightly sweet and roasted upfront. Notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, wood. In overall, a mild sweet taste and a great 75 IBUs bitterness. Bitterness is mainly made of roastiness. Some grassy hops can also be felt

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Bitter roasted malts aftertaste (for God's sake! )

O: Outstanding drinkability. Excellent Russian Imperial Stouts

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 20:39:12 | More by eduardolinhalis
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EdKing

United Kingdom (England)

4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got excited about this the minute I smelt the open beer bottle. Pours black with a gorgeous big tan brown foamy white head which holds. Nose is sweet. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate syrup. Also some liquorice allsorts and some citrous hops. Taste is bloody gorgeous. Light fluffy liquid chocolate. Silky smooth and then a bit of roasted bitterness on the finish. Wooo baby that’s good.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:46:38 | More by EdKing
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark as you can get it really
full on black body with dark, dark brown hues and light brown huge thick bubbly head.

Big Smokey aroma full on turkish blend lungbusters and expresso to boot.

Coffee, cocoa and cigar smoke and what a great balance of sweetness to bitterness

Not as heavy going as you would think making it dangerously drinkable

This is rock solid stuff of such high quality and flavour that just makes drinking beer worthwhile

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:28:46 | More by EmperorBevis
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date but probably 2-3 years old.

A: Pitch-black pour with a surprisingly dark, brown head. Good density and retention to the head as well. No lacing at all, oddly enough.

S: Nice charry aroma. Smoke too, with just a hint of chocolate. Touch of umami, like burnt meat.

T: Good amount of char and smoke up front. Again, hints of umami, but very faint. Bittersweet chocolate in the finish with just a hint of that charry umami. A bit of dry metallic twang in the aftertaste along with the char.

M: Kinda thin for 9% oddly enough. Fairly smooth.

O: Decent RIS. Heavy on the char and smoke, not your typical chocolate/coffee concoction. Fairly dry too, most RISes are quite sweet. Definitely check this out if you're into the charry, smoky, umami-type RISes.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:16:12 | More by Dope
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pitch black with a bunch of brown gunk at the bottom of the glass. Half finger dark brown head.

Aroma: Dark malt. Touch of alcohol. Dark fruits.

Taste: Pretty mundane RIS but has all the elements of the style. Dark roasty malt flavors of chocolate with black coffee bitterness. Some good hop bitterness that brings a lightness to the palate. Can't taste the 9% ABV but gives a little heat.

Mouthfeel: Just below full in body and a bit overcarbonated. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The appearance of mucky yeast globs in the beer definitely made this one a challenge to enjoy. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:03:48 | More by JamesMN
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never expected to find a beer from Norway sitting on the shelf, but there it was... and it was later sitting in my snifter at cellar temperature.

This RIS is basically opaque black, but with your standard tiny bit of brown transparency around the edges. A very small quarter-inch head of light brown foam.

It smells like sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit.

That malty milk chocolate's in the taste too, with the perfect level of sweetness. A bit of dried figs in the flavor, and a nice, aftertaste of earthy, roasted coffee. The alcohol is concealed nicely.

It feels full-bodied and has ample carbonation. Feels creamy!

I can't read or pronounce the name of this RIS or the name of the brewery it came from, but there's nothing foreign of unusual about it's qualities. There isn't anything surprising or off-putting about it. It's just a solid imperial stout that does a good job with all the basic things imp stouts do.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:16:02 | More by Kuaff
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 16:23:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BeerRefugee

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a finger of fine light brown head. Good retention; minimal lacing. Aroma is medium roast and dark malt--notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Flavor is similar: mild bitterness and roast up front, fading into dark chocolate, coffee and mild alcohol in the finish. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 19:51:03 | More by BeerRefugee
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. As spring seems tentative in its approach, I guess these heartier beers still have their place at this time. Ah, who am I kidding, I'd drink this in deepest, sweatiest August, if that's when it arrived here.

This beer pours a very solid black abyss, with only the slightest hints of basal cola 'highlights', and two fingers of thickly foamy, puff-chested light brown head, which leaves an undulating vista of mountain peak lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of dark roasted caramel malt, somewhat sour black orchard fruit, thin treacle, grainy coffee beans, vegetal earthy hops, and a touch of zingy warming alcohol. The taste is big chocolate caramel malt, mildly tart dark fruit - the usual suspect plum, prune, and dried cherries, a piffling smokiness, earthy cafe au lait, a subtle oat-borne nut character, dead leafy hops, and a very tame booze edginess.

The carbonation is fairly understated, nothing really tickling the throat here, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, smooth without constraint, and creamy to a certain degree. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, and caramel holding the fort, with some trickling hop and booze notes providing fodder for any hope of balance.

Another winner from this brewery that only seems to brew the beefiest of beer styles - not that there's anything wrong with that, given their obvious proficiency. Balanced, somewhat, i.e. not too sweet, and with an ABV that is most agreeably shy. What's not to like?

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:10:08 | More by biboergosum
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date. Much appreciated, BlackBelt5112203

A- Pours a murky 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that retains a bit before soon degrading to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a nice-sized patch of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing has tiny speckles.

S- Strong scent of very dark roast brings notes of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin and caramel. The alcohol is quite apparent creating a bourbon-esque aroma.

T- A bit smoother than the smell would imply. The notes turn from dark chocolate to milk chocolate and the caramel is more pronounced. Yes, it's still quite roasty and a bit bitter but the sweetness is more of a key player in the taste. Booze is still around but doesn't spoil the party, just brings more of those hints of whiskey.

M- Quite creamy and slick with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- A very bold stout with high roast character and a smooth finish. Met my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:42:04 | More by Immortale25
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date from what I can see.

A: Pitch black with a tall, fluffy, thick, medium brown head that leaves behind just a bit of lace and has a nice ring of foam.

S: Heavy roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, some chocolate and coffee. Everything you'd expect but with a nice sweetness and chocolaty aroma when given a good swirl.

T: Super balanced between roasty, charred malt and sweet, chocolaty, woody malt. A faint hop presence in the finish?

M: Incredibly smooth, sweet, and seriously delicious. Roasted malt flavor is spectacular.

O: Really let this beer warm up. Allows it to shine. Well-crafted and such a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:56:05 | More by Gatch
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL into a snifter. Batch 777, brewed on 20/02/12, best before 10/02/16.
A - Pitch black color with a thin ring of espresso color. Some thick lacing left on the glass.
S - Big espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruits (plums and raisins). Relatively sweet to the nose, no apparent alcohol.
T/M - Relatively sweet upfront with a fruity character followed by load of espresso flavors that dries out the mouth. Hop comes at the end with a balanced bitterness and some herbal character. Finishes really dry and lingers forever.
O - Good balance and nice complexity. Definitely coffee oriented but to style. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:44:36 | More by duracell
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark mocha head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, toast, raisin, fig, licorice, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big balance, strength, and complexity of dark roasted notes and light fruitiness. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, fig, light molasses, toast, licorice, oats, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, light molasses, toast, licorice, oats, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark roasted flavors and fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout. Great complexity and balance of very dark roasted malt flavors; and extremely smooth and easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:57:54 | More by superspak
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 15.11.11 and bought at Ølbutikken.
Drank 24.09.12
Another hostel review.
Oh yeah, this looks like a big impy stout. I'm not getting any light even at the bottom curve. There is a nice large thick brown head. A nice almost full sheet of lace from where I'm not drinking from.
On the nose is a lovely roastiness like coffee with some chocolate and dark fruit and licorice undertones.
Coffee on the taste upfront and some dark fruit which gave way to dark chocolate and ends leathery and dry.
A big smooth and creamy mouthfeel on this. Just the right amount of carbonation for this beer. You can feel it moving gently on the tongue.
Thanks to Scandinavian beer prices I bet I paid more than I would have stateside, but my lovely state doesn't get this great breweries stuff. Had this in my backpack and had to crack it in Budapest after way too many lagers through east central Europe. Hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

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