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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:
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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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 05:10:16 | More by Sammy
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 22:08:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 10:25:38 | More by mikesgroove
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 08:38:22 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:45:21 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 19:29:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 03:28:36 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:28:19 | More by metter98
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 22:52:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 11:58:12 | More by oberon
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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate coating, creamy, roasty tan head, good 1/2"...

Smooth, creamy, milky aroma, light cocoa tones, toasty, ...

Big on the palate, full and rich, big chocolate, some espresso below that, thick and tasty, ...very full, lightly hoppy, nice moderate bitterness, with a deep, and gorgeous flavor below. Wow. Tas-tee!

Yum. Quite a treat, this one, not too this, not too that...just right.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 08:17:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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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!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:12:45 | More by emerge077
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent black with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruits, iron, chocolate, plus some boozeyness as this warms

T: Dark fruit, iron, raisins, & prunes up front. Rich baker's chocolate, drynesss & a bit of roasted malt as this warms. finishes dry & chocolatey. with a touch of oakyness. On the cusp of a 5.0

MF: A bit over carbonation detracts from the chewyness, plus a bit of chalkyness

Drinks great for the style & ABV, great Imp stout, albeit a bit pricey at $9.50 for .5 liters

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 00:59:28 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an outstanding black and chocolate malt scent that's sweet smelling with a hint of roasted malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth black malt flavor. It's bone dry with a stiff earthy feel. It goes down easy with a bit of oatmeal mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an outstanding IS. I love the aroma of this beer. It screams chocolate, but the taste is all earthy patent malts.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 22:50:28 | More by WesWes
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Early 2007 USA release, Sampled January 3008
Pours with a frothy, three-finger thick, chocolate tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite simply black, whether held up to the light or not, but it did show a clear, dark chocolate brown color as I was pouring it into my tulip glass. As I pour this I get aromas of prunes and raisins. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields these notes again, but this time with a substantial roast side to them. Deeply roasted notes of espresso, dark chocolate, burnt-caramelized fruit, well toasted whole grain bread. Heady notes of slightly warming alcohol contribute a coffee liquor note as well as having touches of fruity brandy. After a bit of time the beer loses a bit of the appetizing fruit notes and becomes more burnt, acidic and roasted than before.

Thick and chew, but with a substantial burnt acidity to it that somehow keeps this a bit lighter than it is: The burnt acidity adds some acrid notes to the beer though, so it is not any more drinkable. Sweet, thick malt notes show through the roast character though and contribute to burnt, caramelized fruit notes of raisins, touches of prunes and a hint of berries. At times this can seem soft, creamy and inviting, but at other the roast character can intrude a little too much. Chalky burnt grain, bitter roast malt and a substantial hop bitterness when on provide a great balance to the sweet fruit and chocolate-like malt notes up front, but at other times can magnify the burn, roast, acrid acid character in this beer.

As the beer warms up a bit, the burnt acrid flavors become more under control; the beer becomes more soft, rounded, creamy and dark-chocolate like. Really this beer needs to be much closer to 60°F / 15°C than the 50°F / 10°C recommended on the label. This, much more integrated, smoother flavor, after the beer warms up really saves my experience of this beer.

A huge, roasted, malty Imperial Stout; at best this can be quite tasty and balanced, and even at worst it is still a solid example of the style. Imperial Stout fiends definitely need to get a hold of this one, but prepare yourself for a huge burnt grain character. The roast / burnt grain character should help this beer to age for quite some time, the one year of age on this does note even show up.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 04:34:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a brown head that quickly descends to a thin swirl.  Spots of lacing stick, then vanish.The smell is of toffee, chocolate with piney resin and citrus.   Wonderfully aromatic - malty and hoppy (Columbus hops used generously along with a list of malts that come through) intertwine.The taste is of chocolate/toffee with resin/pine/citrus.  More bitter than your typical RIS, the maltiness is not overshadowed - dark, chocolatey malt still shines through.  There's just a slight touch of alcohol in the dry finish.Medium-to-full bodied.  Medium carbonation.I love the way this brewery combines the English and American styles so well.  Wonderfully aromatic and delicious, this is well-worth the somewhat high price-tag.  Very drinkable for style/abv. 

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 00:29:39 | More by jwc215
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a tan head that isn't very large and forms off a very firm pour. The nose is heavy. Almost like burnt wood with a bit of molasses mixed in. Just extremely robust and thick. Flavor is super smoke! Sheesh. Kind of like I swallowed a log used to cook some kind of intense BBQ. Whew. Feels almost thick enough to chew on wih a decent carbonation. Nice to drink. A winter sipper for sure. That smokey and molasses tone is fairly noticeable. Be prepared.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 00:37:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep dark black color with a chocolate colored 3"+ head. The head lasts for most of the session which for an imperial stout is impressive. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: huge chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts are easy to pick up well outside the glass.

Taste: the flavors follow the nose as the chocolates, molasses, roasted malts, prunes, hints of coffee, decent bitterness, and mild alcohol tones make up bold flavored brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. The finish is smooth and a touch dry. The chocolate and molasses flavor glue themselves to the tongue and last a while. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: this is an awesome beer in my opinion, and depsite the alcohol tones this went down easy. I could have had a few bottles of this in a session. Find some of this and try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 17:58:21 | More by Gavage
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the darkest head I've ever seen: Light brown. Thick and rich with plenty of chunky lace on the glass. Near black color where no light can pass.

Toasted malt aroma without any burnt touches. Light cocoa, almost a white chocolate smell. Attractive and certainly not extreme. Light hop in the background.

There are burnt elements to the taste. Very dry on the tongue. I can almost taste the chard pieces from a barbeque. Smooth body with a near perfect richness and carbonation. The aftertaste is of burnt toast and heavily roasted nuts--almond and hazelnut. Close to harsh finish, but it stops just shy of that monicker.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 22:33:39 | More by smcolw
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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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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Basically it's a solid impy stout, but it's a little expensive for what you get. It has a rich roasted grain and sweet caramel aroma with a dry, bitter taste of semi-sweet chocolate and black grain. Looks great and drinks nicely, but for my money I'd probably go with a Middle Ages Dragonslayer or Smuttynose Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 00:26:28 | More by tempest
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color with one finger of tan head.

s - Smells of dark fruits, coffee, and malts.

t - Has a sticky sweet dark fruits taste. Also some coffee and roasted malts.

m - Medium body, pretty smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

d - A pretty solid RIS. An enjoyable dark fruit smell and taste and the ABV was well hidden despite being 9%. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:17:01 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle that is at least a year and a half old. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

A: The stout is pitch black and rather thick, seemingly one long strand poured into me glass. A small head, the color of a graham cracker, has pooled in thin patches.

S: From an arm's length away, the stout has a thick aroma. Nutty, burnt malts are strong, alongside coffee, toasted bread and bittersweet chocolate. A real noseful.

T: The stout is full, a bitter bomb that isn't afraid of its hop profile. Chocolate and burnt flavors are strong, releasing a nuttiness that has coffee and licorice undertones. Chocolate is mostly cocoa powder sweet with a touch of bitter baker's chocolate. The grain complexity drives the stout. A hop bitterness arises near the end of the sip, a citrusy burst amongst the full, dark flavors.

M: A full stout that really packs a punch. I failed to pick up a faint smoke flavor that is coming through near the end of the glass, a nice treat.

D: The stout is a rich nightcap, a warming behemoth that should leave me sleeping soundly.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:05:57 | More by akorsak
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