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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

760 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 42
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 760 | Reviews: 493 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't believe this is retired, it was readily found and delivered by Papsoe. A 500 ml. with very thick body and head, dark brown. Straightforward quality RIS, some chocolate and coffee, roast, but not too much of anything. Roast and anise aroma. Bittersweet chocolate mostly. A bit acidic in mouth like having unsweetened hot cocoa. Very nice.

Sammy, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

t0rin0, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.9%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -15%

nmann08, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that quickly died down and left some lacing in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and well balanced; it has flavors of dark burnt and roasted malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable considering its alcohol content, which is well hidden.

metter98, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a big beige head that displays great persistence and drapes the lace

Smell: Very roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee tones; hints of fruit, too

Taste: Surprisingly piney and bitter up front, with the chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors developing by mid-palate, as the bitterness becomes more pronounced; after the swallow, the bitter and smokey flavors dominate, although there is a lingering licorice sweetness that complements the other rich flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit on the unbalanced side, but still quite tasty

brentk56, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Onyx with onyx highlights. A brighter day outside my front window might have resulted in a faint lightening at the edges of the glass. Then again, it might not have. I got a bit overzealous with the pour and ended up with at least three fingers of dense, creamy, mochachino colored foam. A thick blanket of shredded lace, along with everything else, makes the appearance score an easy call.

This is one serious smelling RIS. The malt bill makes for interesting reading (wheat, oats, Maris Otter, Munich, crystal, chocolate, black and roasted), but the only ones that make a splash are the final three. Maybe the final four. The splash is more like a tidal wave of dark chocolate, black coffee, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. I can't wait to upend the glass.

Nogne Imperial Stout is everything that I'd hoped it would be (after drinking and loving Nogne Porter). It isn't as big and as bad as the biggest and baddest of the style, but it's as delicious as all get out. This Norwegian brewery nails each and every style with unerring precision.

The flavor profile follows the nasal profile to a 'T'. All of the flavors born of hugely roasted barley swirl throughout the mouth in perfect harmony. Bittersweet chocolate-coated coffee beans and anise are especially prominent; the latter being something that I loved in Nogne Porter as well. A hint of vanilla makes me think of Oreo cookies. Although sweetness is favored over bitterness, there is a subtle tightening on the sticky, impossibly long finish.

Maybe it's the wheat and oats, but the mouthfeel isn't quite up to snuff for the style. While it's plenty viscous, that underlying, all-encompassing hugeness isn't there. Things are improving as the beer sits, just not enough for the next highest score to be granted. The label suggests a serving temperature of 50 degrees. I used an (estimated) 55 degrees. I plan to start my next bottle out at 60.

It's too bad that Nogne Imperial Stout doesn't come in bigger bottles because this one is nearly gone and I haven't had my fill yet. Nogne is one of my favorite non-U.S. breweries because they're so consistent, right across the style board. It's a shame their beer isn't more widely available. If I had access, I would single-handedly keep the export side of their business profitable.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Texasfan549, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious and succulent stout that down plays the harsh roast for smoothness and creaminess.

Deep aromas of char, espresso, burnt chocolate, sweet rum, and light fruitiness of cherries and licorice fill the nose in most robust fashion. Light smoke (campfire) gives a slight phenolic/roasty scent that prevents the stout from a flawlessly clean aroma.

As the beer pours a viscous and dark, opaque brown, the beer releases a froathy tight medium brown head that retains well, right down to the last sip covered with a delicate creame. Lacing is fair.

Flavors of roasted barley and cream/vanilla mix in both an acrid coffeeish and bitter cocoa way and also a flavor of heavy cream or milk sugars. The intense flavors up front fade from roast and into the cherries, anise, and currant notes that carry the bold beer into the malty-sweet, long lasting finish of brownies and rum-soaked fruitcake. Though delicious, there seems to be a cavity where the connective structures of the beer should be- it just doesn't come together as great stouts should.

Robust and full, the stout has an early impression of viscous malts and bitter/acrid roast. The beer weakens evently, allowing the toffee malt to become noticed and allows for better drinkability going into the finish. With a long, lingering malty/roasty dryness, the beer gives mild warmth and light roasty astringency on the throat.

There's no doubt that we have a fantastic stout on our hands. But it lacks the unity and seamlessness that we see from Old Rasputin and Sam Smith's Imperial Stout.

BEERchitect, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of black chocolate with subtle coffee notes was well balance and very enticing. Taste is a perfect balance between some black chocolate malt with a very subtle hint of sweetness and some subtle coffee. Creamy texture is incredible with a thick body à la Bells Expedition. No alcohol was detectable and carbonation was low. Definitely the best beer I have tasted from this brewer up to now.

Phyl21ca, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle on my last trip through Asheville. I was honestly shocked that i had not tried it before. Anyhoo, very nice 600ml bottle was served at cellar temp in a terrapin snifter. Consumed on 09/17/2008.

The pour was deep, dark and black, though I have to admit could have used a bit more of a head. Still though nice, with an opaque bloackness that no light could penetrate. What was there of the head faded fast, but left behind a broken crown, that itself produced no side glass lacing at all.

The aroma was richly smoked, kind of shockingly at first but you quickly became accustomed to it and dove right in. Lots of raosted and smoked malts that really stole the show, with hints of molasses coming in behind, but not nearly coming close to balancing. The flavor was a bit more complex, and to be honest one of the best parts of this beer. Rich notes of peat, smoked malts, and vanilla were all right out in front. A huge malt bill on this one. Some nice chocolate notes as it warmed, with molasses coming though on the tongue, Earthy bitterness finishing it off nicely and briinging the smoked vanilla flavor back for a repeat on the dry but very sweet finish. Smooth medium bodied for a big stout, which is still saying full to begin with. An easy sipper with all but the slightest of alcohol well covered up and quitely reserved.

Overall wow. This was a very tight and very good imperial stout. It was not as good as the dark horizon, but for a year round RIS, any friggin day of the week. I would go out and try this one if you havent. It was well worth it.

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +21.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a thick dark tan head.

Initial nose smells like chocolate syrup. Thick, creamy and bold mouthfill, extremely attractive.

Huge thick dark bitter chocolate flavors with hints of sweet coffee and espresso. This has layers of chocolate and coffee flavors, layered in different chocolate and coffee nuances. Some deep, bold rich roasted malt and some big and bold sweet black licorice flavors.

The body and balance of this stout matches the deep rich flavors. A winner.

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is inky black with a thick consistency. Not all that much in terms of visible carbonation but a quite fluffy tan head on top.

S: This one relies heavily on the roast with a bit of coffee. There might be just a hint of dark chocolates, but again, it's almost all roasted malt.

T: A decent amount of bitter, dark chocolate. The roast is once again the primary flavor with some coffee flavor and a bit of bitterness and alcohol on the finish.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth on the tongue with just a bit of warmth.

D: Not overly boozy, necessarily, but a fairly pedestrian and one dimensional RIS.

womencantsail, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.9%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearane: Pours a rich black body with a pillowy, though thinning tan-colored head.

Smell: Deep, delicious aroma of dark chocolate, sugar-coated vanilla beans, roasted malts, with some flowery, herbal hops mingled within.

Taste: A scrumptious blend of dark chocolate, nut-filled brownies, French vanilla coffee, and some subtle hints of port and smoke with just enough of a herbal, hoppy zip to maintain some semblance of balance until the roasty finish, which is somewhat dry and lingering but leaves a sweet caramel-vanilla aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Its full-bodied without being too heavy or a chore to drink. Mild carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: All the flavors are lush and well-blended, what's not to love? A delightful, tasty Imperial Stout. So far, I'm diggin' all the Nøgne stuff.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pitch-black, viscous, chewy stout. Pours with moderate head, almost as dark as the body. Head retention is fair. The nose is very burnt and sugary - it smells like espresso with a few teaspoons of sugar in it. Molasses, dark chocolate and burnt toast are prevalent in the taste. Incredibly thick and heavy on the palate; I've tasted 12% stouts that felt lighter. This is a good brew - recommended if it can be found for a reasonable price.

largadeer, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparently never reviewed this, but i've had it at least once before. Cellared 2007 vintage, served at 55º in a tumbler, coincidentally it's about the same temperature outside.

Rich and sticky mocha foam, it crackles at first then subsides, leaving an unbroken skim that sticks to the sides. Jet black in the glass with some auburn highlights when poured against the light. Arcs of random lacing is left along the edges. Aroma is mostly char and bitter chocolate, with a hint of molasses in the background.

Flavors of bakers chocolate, a good amount of spicy licorice that lingers in the finish with a bitter edge of charred malt. Wisps of smoke in a bigger sip. Rich and creamy feel (oats) that blankets the palate and feels so nice on a cool Fall evening. Cellaring seems to have subdued any perceptible alcohol, though it's still a sipper.

I've been waiting awhile for cooler weather to break this out, glad I did!

emerge077, Sep 30, 2009
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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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