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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%

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

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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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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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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New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has this beautiful punch of dark fruit notes. Some tart raspberries, raisins. Then that huge sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

The flavor follows with that big dark chocolate in the front, then some coffee and espresso notes. The finish hits again with that dark fruit note. A bit of tartness and then some dark fruit sweetness.

A round full mouthfeel with that interesting fruity ester. A really enjoyable large stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 04:08:42 | More by dar482
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 22:04:48 | More by ehammond1
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chappy's. Pitch black color with an inviting mocha head. Head fades a bit, but leaves some nice looking lace. Can't really ask for much better look for the style.

Nose has plenty of chocolate and caramel. Maybe a hint of vanilla thrown in with some slight roasty notes.

Roasty malt is the theme here. Some dark chocolate as well. A hint of caramel, but not as much as I thought from the nose. Well hopped, with some hop bitterness combining with the roasty notes pretty well.

Body is full, with some softer carbonation which gives a creamy feel. Some warmth from alcohol but not overwhelming. A pretty nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 19:49:22 | More by Bierguy5
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at the pub across the road from Mountain Goat in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of dark brown head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of roasty coffee with rich milk chocolate. Very inviting with layers of malt and obvious hops mixing in.

T - Rich chocolate again with that coffee roastiness. Huge sweet malt with rich elements.

M - Good carbonation with a full body and sweet chocolate finish that leads into a light bitterness.

O/D - Nice strong stout. Really rich and complex. Good stuff and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 01:08:09 | More by tbeckett
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a oil like black body w/ tan han that left some lace down the glass. A somewhat boozy aroma of thick, roasted malts w/ some oakiness and I'm getting minimal sweet malts and very little hop bitterness. Actually poured smooth and creamy w/ touches of oak and chocolate before a large, chewy chunk of bready, roasted malts hit my toungue for the dryness I was expecting. Finishes dry and crisp, more perhaps due to the large amount of roasted (bordering coffee) malts and ABV than the somewhat muted floral hop bitterness. Nice balance, a good sipping stout I enjoyed after dinner and I like the minor sweetness as well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 17:06:57 | More by clayrock81
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- This monster has an opaque dark brown body. There are two fingers of milk chocolate fluff that dies slowly, good amount of lace. A really attractive RIS, I would like it even if it didn’t have the head it does.

Smell- This one has loads of syrupy sweet malts, and even some roast in there. There is a little bit of dark fruit and brandy sweetness, but it mostly comes from that chocolate malt. Again, quite good.

Taste- The flavors are dominated by the chocolate and caramel malts, while the roasted quality comes up mid drink. The finish gives notes of milk chocolate and molasses. It skimps a bit on the dark fruit syrupy sweetness, but what it has is really good.

Mouth feel- It is not near as chewy or full as some other RIS offerings, but it is still thick and appropriate for the style. There is also an incredibly oily slickness as it slides over the tongue.

Overall- Very well crafted and masks any alcohol that might be in the drink. The mix of roasted and chocolate malt save it from being boring. Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 16:04:29 | More by Pintofbrown
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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was on tap at the Tap & Table, I managed to get the last of the keg right before it was kicked. The look of the beer was a murky blackish brown color. There was a ton of sediment in the glass from the bottom of the barrel. However the smell of the beer was decent, it had lots of roasted malts, a sweet boozy aroma, a little coffee in there too and some earth. The taste of the beer was pretty good, again chocolaty and roasted. Found it to be a little too earthy, probably from all the yeast and stuff in it. I'd need to have this one again to really get a good grasp of it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, overall this beer seemed to have a good amount of potential. If I see it again I'll have it again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 05:32:12 | More by Knapp85
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a tulip glass.

A - Pours dark as night black with a creamy half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate malt, coffee, booze, and a light hop bitterness toward the back. This one is pretty sweet with more and more booze coming thru as it warms up to room temp.

T - Plenty of dark roasted chocolate malt up front quickly giving way to a mix of coffee roast, light vanilla sweetness, and a light hop bitterness once the roast dies down a bit. The finish is quite roasted with plenty of it lingering, along with plenty of alcohol burn, for some time. Pretty good but not great by any means.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, roasty, feel with plenty of dark roast lingering on the pallet for some time after finish.

O - This one was pretty good but I would go chasing it down or anything. It seemed to be a little confused with itself, with lots going on and nothing really standing out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 22:29:01 | More by orangesol
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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Als of Hampden served in a tulip. This brew appears black in color with a little bit of lighter browness around the edges. A head appears very dark brown in color that recedes to a thin film across the top.

The smell of this brew is dark chocolate malts, oats to fresh grains, coffee, minerals and a fruity aspect that seems somewhat like dark fruit mixed with a fresh fruity hop scent. A light tingle of alcohol hits the back of the nose.

The taste is fruity with hops and alcohol. Dark roasted grain imparts a flavor of coffee mixed with some minerals and green yeastiness. There is a soft, faintly musty aftertaste that leaves a lingering vinous taste inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very lively amount of carbonation that is maybe a bit too high. It is quite roasty and fruity but so carbonated that it distracts from the experience quite a bit. The abv is bold with fruity esters and a solid warming factor. Overall not bad but nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 13:49:00 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes had on tap at Al's of Hampden.

appearance: black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malts, coffee, alcohol

taste: roasted malts, coffee, dry, bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: a decent RIS just a little to bitter and dry for me to really enjoy. But glad I got to try it.

The cpj

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 03:12:21 | More by THECPJ
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

The beer is a dark brown, immediately calling to mind roasted grains.

The aroma is wonderfully enticing, dark roasted grains and bitter chocolate.

The taste is divine. It tasted like heavily roasted grains, the absolute darkest roast you can imagine, but that's not doing it justice. My taste buds cried out in joy with every sip. Easily one of the tastiest imperial stouts I've had.

The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden, and it drinks easy for such a strong and heavy beer. I could easily drink this all day, if it weren't for the alcohol content.

Overall, this is one of the finest imperial stouts that I've had. It doesn't have bitterness of Stone, Stormking, or even Rasputin, nor the malt taste of Samuel Smith and Brooklyn, nor the coffee of Founders. This beer is all about the darkest roast, and thus is unlike any other RIS I've had recently. One of my favorite imperial stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 02:33:16 | More by timobkg
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of light coffee and dark chocolate aromas. As the beer warms the coffee fades substantially and the aromas sweeten with the addition of dark molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts lightly roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are slight amounts of heavy coffee flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens as sweet molasses flavors take over, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very easy-drinking beer for the style that has a lot of things going on. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 22:00:11 | More by glid02
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Aromas are stright dark bitter chocolate and manly espression coffee. Definitely all heavy roasted malts; with some molasses comes as it warms..

The tastes are of bitter, extremeley dark and robust chocolate, charred baking coco, some milk chocolate mixed in on the backend as well. This beer is serious; extreme slickness, stickiness, and thickness from the malt/body; top 3 most "chewy" beers I have ever consumed and I am a huge Imperial Stout sampler. Lower medium end of the carbonation spectrum, so darn thick and chewy for just 9% ABV.

Overall this beer is huge, so much more than expected, but not in a bad way at all. Big and extremely bold, but well balanced. At first I thought pretty one dimensional but it had a lot going on with this as it got warmer and warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 01:09:32 | More by claspada
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch dark black, an oily small brown head, good curtains.

The smell is earthy, concrete, autumn leaves, anise and yeast.

Tasting sweet, licorice, some coffee and possibly a salty twang.

Medium carbonation, lots of small bubbles, a complex body with an oily surface.

A powerful and complex brew. Sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 21:00:15 | More by rarbring
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 22:10:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A black color with a brown small head that leaves lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, bitter coffee and sweet chocolate.

Taste - Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, faint coffee and fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied, smooth and creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 04:30:49 | More by OskarL
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected dark blackish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty complex on this one (especially when compared side by side with a glass of 2007 Stone IRS), consisting of coffee, chocolate, licorice and nuts. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the flavor profile is dominated by coffee and licorice. Mouthfeel is long and very smooth, with the alcohol fairly well disguised. However, the combination of licorice and alcohol is a bit much, and detracts somewhat from this beer's drinkability. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 16:46:28 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a 500 ml. Brown bottle from Green's, the Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout poured out dark brown, and sported a khaki head that was nicely proportioned. The sniff indicated that this was a roasty stout as aromas of coffee, burnt toast, and chicory crossed my nostrils. The taste confirmed the relatively dry nature of the beer, as there was little to no sweetness to counter the astringency and bitterness. The higher than typical carbonation was quite apparent in the taste as a lot of chocolate sparkled across the tongue. Hops presented themselves in a citric and spicy manner. The body felt light for the style, but I would call this a deliberately effect enhance drinkability. Although thin, this did not feel watered down, just very well attenuated. Not much evidence of the 9% ABV anywhere. One of the easiest Imperial Stout to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2007 04:36:36 | More by rajendra82
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review goes out to my friend Daniel, from Norway. I didn't even know there was beer like this in Norway. Anyway, this was on tap last night at Amherst Brewing Company last night. It was poured into what looked like a tall curvy pilsner glass. It was completely black (black as Norway black metal), with not much head at all. Smell was incredibly rich, with loads of cocoa, coffee, and some peppery spice. Taste brought out some dark fruit characteristics reminiscent of plum and blueberry. This was a pretty damn big beer, and the alcohol really did sneak up on me. Either way though, I would love to try this again at some point. It is a shame that it is retired. Hopefully they will still have some of it lying around next time I journey over there. Bam!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2007 23:24:53 | More by jamie2dope
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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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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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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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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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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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