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

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766 Ratings

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Photo of oregonskibum
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Color is a solid black. Pours with a one-inch dark tan (bordering on brown) head.

S: Strong, rich dark chocolate are noticable first, even when pouring. COffee bordering on burnt, dark fruits and raisins, and some earthy notes are also present. Smell is robust and improves as it warms.

T: Big robust flavors carry from the smell - dark chocolate, strongly roasted coffee/espresso, and dark fruits. Flavors fade quickly in mid-taste, leaving a substantial amount of coffee bitterness on the finish. Kind of unfortunate, as this stout had a lot of potential early.

M: Big, but not too big with just a little bit of oil coating on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate and the beer is fairly lively on the tongue.

D: With all the excitement over huge barrel aged stouts, it is nice to have a decent, traditional imperial stout every once in a while. This was a good stout, but did disappoint a little in the mid to late taste. But overall, still very drinkable.

oregonskibum, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours up thick and black like old motor oil. Head is medium to dark brown and about a finger and a half thick. Looks absolutely terrific.
Smell is chocolate, spent coffee grounds, dark rum, raisins, caramel, and a multitude of other things I cannot readily identify. Quite a lot going on here, and it's all spectacular.
Sweet and chocolately all the way through, although there is a noticeable hop bitterness late in the finish that attempts to tame the intense dark malts. Of all the afore mentioned aromas, the one that translates into the taste the strongest is the used coffee grounds nuance; very pronounced toward the finish. The alcohol in this doesn't seem like 9%, however, there *is* a slight whiskey flavour after you swallow a sip.
Mouthfeel is, without a doubt, what I look for in a stout of this calibre. Very thick - very heavy in the mouth, like whole milk - leaving a thick coating.
One of the best stouts I have had in a very long time. Very well crafted and one I will certainly look for again.

SilentSabre, Aug 03, 2010
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 beeragent
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown with redish hues, forming a 1/2 inch dark mocha head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - The aroma is heavly dominated by the roasted malts with a good amount of cocoa mixed in.

T - Strong taste of roasted malts and coffee coat the palate. There's a hint of dark fruits in the finish, but only for a second. There's another flavor which I can only describe as smokiness that really comes through in the finish. There's alot more going on in the taste than I can detect. The alcohol never really presents itself, remaining well hidden.

M - Heavy bodied, low carbonation, and very smooth. Flavor definitely remains on the palate after the swallow.

D - Great example and individual take on a RIS. Great flavor, body and aroma. The appearance is just as expected from an RIS. This is my first taste of anything from this brewery, so I'm anxious to try more.

beeragent, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of evilkalla
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A: Midnight black with a quarter inch of head which dissipated fairly quickly. Good lacing on the side of the glass. Absolutely no light penetration through this one at all.

S: Chocolatey roasty malts but nothing too overpowering.

T: Deep, dark roasted malt. Like roasted coffee beans with an earthy, smoky backbone. Really good.

M: Very smooth with a slight film that clings to the mouth.

D: I can't pound back stouts but this one I will end up sipping until the glass is empty. Definitely a keeper.

evilkalla, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black...no color around the edges at all when held up to light. There is a small espresso-brown head on it that looks absolutely delicious. Very strong roasted/burnt smell with dark chocolates. The smell of chocolate is very abundant (overpowers all other smells). A nice coffee smell as well. The taste is very burnt...like burnt malts with an amazingly delicious coffee aftertaste. The initial taste is not as great as I was expecting (lacking that huge, thick imperial stout mouthfeel I love), but the aftertaste is a thing of beauty. The alcohol is definitely there when drinking this, even though it is not in the aroma. This beer is not as well-balanced as I was hoping it would be. Probably needs about 6 months to a year on this one.

DovaliHops, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich milk chocolate, spicy alcohol, some light fruit and rounded burnt toffee note. Quite good.

Pitch black with a small, creamy brown head. Just like a well drawn shot of espresso with a great crema.

The flavour is well built combination of coffee, roast, burnt malt, alcohol and an English yeast profile. Nothing is overpowering and everything teams well with each other.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Good full mouthfeel with moderately-low carbonation. Very, very good.

This is a really nice RIS. I like the smooth flavour profile with well balanced stout flavours.

dgilks, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wiseman Zach brought this back from his trip to Boston/NYC. Thanks dude! Following review was written based on notes taken last night.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: A brown, bubbly head sits atop an opaque, black body. Nice head retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Oats, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Alcohol comes through a bit. Nicely done.

Taste: Dark chocolate, oats, roasted malt, and whole wheat bread crust come through first. Finishes dry and mildly bitter. Smoke and leather make up the aftertaste. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Malty and full-bodied with soft, rolling carbonation. Finishes dry and very chewy, and the aftertaste is leathery and pleasant. I dig.

Drinkability: Well-balanced - nicely put-together. The flavors and aromas interact very well with one another. Not outstanding, but solid for the style.

ThreeWiseMen, May 23, 2010
Photo of jhu1995
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Chunky and I mean chunks of stuff flowing out from the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is roasted with hints of bittersweet chocolate.

Tasted is chocolatey with roasted, coffe-like flavors. Hints of caramel in the finish.

Full-bodied is probably an understatement. Thick, rich, and creamy mouthfeel.

Not as difficult to drink as one might expect and fairly enjoyable.

jhu1995, May 23, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 ML bottle poured into my Great Divide Glass
Batch number 438 July 7th 09 brewed, July 7th 14 best before

A-- As everybody else is saying, INK Black. No light at all gets into this puppy. Very short lived brownish black head that turned into a layer of film on this. Appearance wise low carbonation. Very little head retention upon swirling the glass.

S-- Dark bitter chocolate, heavy roasted malts, coffee, stewed plums and raspberries. Molasses comes out more as it warms up and baking coco also comes out as it warms.

T-- Bitter dark chocolate, baking coco, roasted malts, coffee, and molasses. Just a touch of dark fruits and some fig.Once warmed up more licorice does start to appear.

M-- Really in the end the chocolate, coffee, and molasses take over this and really come at you. Lower medium end of the carbonation and thick and chewy. Just a bit of a pine hop feel at the end was a good bonus and made me bring up my mouthfeel score.

D-- Big and quite 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. The 9% is there at about the halfway point of the first glass but it is quite drinkable. Hard to do more than one at 500 ML. A 330 could do 2. Excellent sipper for really cold nights. This will do quite well. Should be a good beer for cellaring and will improve more with time.

mulder1010, May 23, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle states batch number 452, brewed on 100909 and best before 100914.

Pours ink black. Absolutely no light permeates this RIS. The pour ends with a relatively thin head that has pretty much disappeared in about 3-4 minutes. The smell of the beer... roasted malts, baker's chocolate, maybe a little dark/dried fruit like dates or raisons.

The taste reveals dark chocolate, roasted malts with a slight burnt twinge, some fruit (plums and stewed pears). Not much in the way of alcohol in the taste, despite the 9% ABV. Has a cocoa powder taste in there as well. Has a nice dryness to the finish. Very enjoyable and delicious RIS. There is a nice sweetness up front, kind of a hint of brown sugar or maybe molasses and a little bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. This RIS has a nice substance to it that you can chew on for a bit and let the different tastes linger.

Drinkability for this style is top notch, although at this ABV, it is unlikely you'll drink more than a couple of these in a session. Otherwise, as noted, very easy going down despite the higher alcohol content.

Overall, this RIS from Nogne O is an excellent effort. I would gladly add more to the cellar next time I see some for sale. Great as an after dinner "desert" as well.

JohnnyP3, May 16, 2010
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 biglite351
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours black with a tall dark foam.

S - rich deep smell with coffee chocolate and malt.

T - complex chocolatly, coffee. Mild bitter after taste. If only the.main flavor were a bit stronger.

M - medium coating with a ti.Fleury in the back of the throat.

D - the bitter after taste and throat tingle soul keep me away from buying many of these.

biglite351, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of ToddT
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black is long lasting but eventually fades to a ring and leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

S- Blackstrap molasses, coffee, caramel, roasted malt and a little bit of alcohol.

T- Sweet molasses, coffee, and dark chocolate make up the backbone of this one. Some note of hops and oak creep in at the end right before the finish which is dry and clean but with some heat of alcohol.

M- Smooth and creamy, but a little on the thin side for the style, but still full bodied.

D- Easy drinker for the 9.0% ABV, it does show through a little at the finish.

Nice RIS not the benchmark for the style but nice.

ToddT, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of OskarL
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.

OskarL, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of JISurfer
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid Imperial. I've been wanting to try this for quite sometime now, but didn't want to pay over $10 for it. I finally found it, up in Blacksburg, VA for around $9. I figured why not, and I wasn't disappointed. Has a nice, thick, chocolatey/coffee smell, with a hint of fruit. Taste is somewhat similar, maybe with a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Overall though, the alcohol is hinden pretty good, so it could be a dangerous beer. Very good for cold nights, warm you up pretty good.

JISurfer, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...bottle is about 18 months old at time of review...

Pours a viscous black liquid with a nice two finger thick caramel colored head with a nice cascading effect...

Smells a bit bready with some nice chocolate malts, a bit of coffee and bitter smell, but not much. Overall pretty sweet smelling overall, aromas of chocolate and a touch of woodiness...

Taste is not quite as nice as the smell but still pretty good. More bitter tasting than the smell would indicate, burnt coffee, toasted bread, a touch of chocolate but not much...

Very creamy and thick but lacking some carbonation on the tongue. A bit of alcohol presence, overall very appealing...

Definitely a good imperial stout, has a little more uniqueness to it than a lot of the cookie cutter RIS', would try this one again...

hawks10, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a completely black, motor oil looking, liquid that is 100% opaque. The head is dark mocha colored, about 3 fingers full, thick and fluffy. Decent retention and big lacing left on the glass, borderline perfect

S-the nose is very faint but the flavors are great. Roasted barley sets in first but is overtaken by tons of milk chocolate with a nice blend of vanilla. Hints of roasted coffee bean add a bit of complexity to the nose.

T-the taste is bigger than the nose but it isn't quite as sweet. More roasted barley seems to be the centerpiece of these flavors. Dark chocolate is strong with just a touch of vanilla. A malty bitterness and touch of coffee come towards the rear with just a hint of dark fruity sweetness.

M-full bodied but not huge. Smooth and chewy. It is a little rough on the back of the throat from the carbonation and has a dry finish

D-this is a very solid RIS. Good tastes and solid flavors. Nothing huge but a nice job on all the flavors I like to see.

cpetrone84, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nogne O Imerial Stout into a large snifter

Dense black pour with an inch worth of mocha colored, tighty bubbled head with small amounts of lace.

Roasty, malty, unsweetened cocoa powder, espresso, faint smoke

Chocolate, lots of rich dark chocolate taste, some bitterness from the roasted malt, dark fruit, a bit of heat from the ABV, and a small floral hop taste at the finish.

Smooth, lush, and very creamy.

Super drinkable, this is an amazingly good beer.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle in snifter

A: black, brown tight fluffy head

S: malts, smokey/woodenness.

T: coffee, smoke

M: a bit thin for a RIS, the carbonation was higher than Expected

D: this beer was awesome, but I cant say its worth the 14 dollars i paid for it. (Ginger man, new york) would i buy it again, absolutely at around 8 bucks

fastsrt, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of juju7
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous looking witha chocloate milkshake head atop the silky black body. A very chocolatey nose, with some extra hints of coffee and espresso. A bit awkward in the mouth. Grippy coffee almost tannic. Again a very chocolatey finish. Very low carbonation helps the silky feel. Pretty tasty.

juju7, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a sifter, exhibits a head rusty reddish in tinge atop an impenetrable black body. Oily viscosity makes up the consistency, and the head dies fairly quickly.

Aromas are malty and almost burnt, with some graham cracker and chocolate in the nose. A very complex bouquet, with each sniff yielding new aromas and smells.

Flavors include espresso bitterness, slight molasses (a lot actually), and a significant level of coffee. Not a whole lot of balance though, and the slight heat makes for a bit of harshness.

Mouthfeel is actually quite light, not real heavy, with a highly viscous consistency upon swishing.

Overall, this is drinkable and at times even enjoyable; however, it lacks the nuance that would balance out the harsher aspects (e.g., the overwhelming level of bitterness and slight booziness). It doesn't compare to say, Green Flash's Double Stout, but I wouldn't shove this away if someone handed me a glass.

jminsc76, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Bisho
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the moment I poured this into a Duvel glass I started salivating! Licorice colour with a dark tan head, about one finger, that leaves a little lacing after it settles.

I could smell the roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee whilst it was still pouring (salivated some more too!)

I finally got it to my tastebuds and it was pretty much on par with the smell. Not as chewy as I expected from a RIS. A little bit of toffee in there and a wooden smokiness too.

The light carbonation combined well with the nice dry hoppy (but not bitter) finish. The 9% ABV is so well hidden that I will comfortably say I could give it a session. It went down nice and smooth!

Not as complex or oily as some of the RIS brews out there but it goes down a treat.

I have become rather addicted to this beer and if I could afford it every day, I would have it as my nightcap every night!


Bisho, Feb 17, 2010
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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