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

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Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by Sigmund on 02-08-2006

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Photo of ralree
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely black and opaque with a 1-finger rich tan head with brilliant lacing and great retention. Only complaint is it is a bit hard to pour with a decent head.

S: Nutty and delicious roasted malt and delicious hops. One of the most delicious smelling beer's I've poured in quite a while.

T: Beautiful flavor in the initial taste - like the smell, a strangely and wonderfully spiced roasted malt. Finishes with a bittersweet and even more roasted taste with hints of chocolate and maybe a little coffee. A wonderful taste all around. Alcohol is detectable in the aftertaste, but perfectly acceptable given the other remaining tastes.

M: Thick, creamy, and heavy-bodied. A tiny bit astringent, but it doesn't linger too long. Carbonation is just right as well. This category cannot improve.

D: This is a massively drinkable beer even though one should be enough to satisfy the stomach as well as get you slightly inebriated.

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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.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with SPLITGRIN, thanks.

Pours like a stout should, dark and with an inch of thick hot chocolate colored foam. Very good retention, and there is a nice thin layer throughout.

Smell is big with roasted malts, roasted barley, molasses, chocolate, toffee, hints of vanilla, oh so good! Very sweet. A good amount of oat notes in the background. Maybe some hints of woodsy licorice. Malted milk and chocolate milkshake, cherries; there are lots of aromas going around in this one.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a slight bitterness/burnt flavors upfront followed by some chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee, and a bit of hops in the finish. Very good but it is hard to have it taste as good as it smells.

Mouthfeel is above average, a bit creamy but a bit too much carbonation as there is a bit of a sting if you let this one sit for a while in your mouth. The after-taste lasts and lasts with roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and chocolate.

Lots of sediment is left in the bottle. I can’t remember any other big stout with so much sediment.

A damn fine Imperial Stout.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Stouts are a style that get people's attention, and high ratings. I would not have counted it as my favorite style, yet 4 of my top-10 beers are Imperial Stouts. They are big and have a proclivity for getting high ratings. Nogne was more complex and less hit-you-in-the-face-with-roastiness than other Imperial Stouts I've had. I really enjoyed it, but it did not strike me as superlative among Imperial Stouts, as depicted by this website.

This beer pours a somewhat viscous black with a coffee with cream colored head that settled to a thick tan coating of tiny bubbles. I didn't get much coffee aroma; instead I got something that reminded me of toasted marshmellow with a bit of caramelized sugar sweetness.

It was very hoppy up front (more so than other imperial stouts), a bit smokey like a smoked porter, and had a rather under-stated roastiness. As it warmed it had a weird bitterness I didn't especially care for, but still I thought the flavor was quite good.

Mouthfeel wasn't as thick as the viscosity I observed would've predicted, but was appropriate and pleasant.

A very good beer, which is more complex in its range of flavors than other Imperial Stouts I've had recently. Despite this, I wouldn't call it one of the best beers of the style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this is just exceptional! Poured with a very dark almost purple head and lots of lace that lasted. Opaque. Very dark malts with roastiness and hints of dark ripe fruit, some spice, no hop. Good burps. Not too fruity like some are. This is very well balanced for such an extreme beer, almost a session beer. Maybe for freaks.

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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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and heavy brown pour. Settles black as glossy coal. Huge, immensely thick roasty brown topping caps it like a crown with a creamy smooth and frothy sponge. Dwells upon the liquid for a good stretch and leaves massive chucks of lacing in cob webby stitchings.

Favorably roasted and large nose here. Lots of "Expedition"- like qualities with deep dark roasted tang, espresso, dry chocolate, burnt prune, smoked plum, and cooked cherry skins. Slightly large smokey ascents and prevalent burntness of cookie edges, cake, and really dark vanilla notes. Great spicyness of x-mas breads and ginger cookies too. Damn nice and straight up exceptional Impy nose!

Taste makes due with a spectacular array of fun roasty stuff. Dark deceptive, deep, and tangy with smoked dark fruit skins and spicey holiday breads. Smmmoooth...lasting deepness of well developed and rounded roastyness with a bit of espresso touching the burnt notes. Kinda like a silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit bread or cake. A bit fudgey, a bit doughy, great hints to smoked/burnt stuff and loads of lasting taste and complexity. Yum, yum, yum, yum, Yum! Last third or so really turns into a silky chocolate dream.

Strong medium body, smooth, creamy, fluffy with a bit of texture to it. Chocolate toned sweetness, mild dark fruity tanged, and burnt fudgey cookie/cake all over the place. The finish is quite and chocolatey. The only real drag of the beer is that it really doesn't have a finishing quality, but damn if it doesn't make ya come back for more!

Ummm...you can label this brew as the best beer form Norway! Not that I've had a bunch from my native land, but from what I have had, this takes the silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit cake! Too bad its so spendy...but well worth the adventure.
I could see having a bunch of these after cross country skiing or snow shoeing the big hills of anywhere. Norway representin' y'all!

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Nogne or Norway for that matter. The label gives some information on the beer and brewery. I really enjoyed the nod to American brewers when it states, “inspired by the boldness of American brewing.” I usually don’t bother taking note of labels, but this one has everything smartly and neatly noted from serving temp, ingredients, and pairing suggestions. Unfortunately no freshness/bottled date, but this one should last for years.

The stout pours black and with a syrup consistency. The head sports a dark tan/coffee colored creamy head that lasts inside my snifter.

Smells of bitter hops, but once the head dies a bit the nose gives way to the malts. The malts bring hints of roasted chocolate and espresso. A nice mix of roasted malt and bittering hops.

Tastes of roasted coffee and malts and shifts to a sharp hop and alcohol bite. Let this warm closer to 60+ degrees Fahrenheit to really bring out the depths of the malt flavors. It brought out the chocolate, toffee, and raw cocoa flavors that were missing a few degrees less and helped the finish from some of the hop and alcohol sharpness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin compared to some of the other big Russian Imperial Stouts available, but unsurpassed in its smoothness. Drinkability as with most RIS is limited, but finishing the pint and .9 fl oz. was not a problem and had me wishing it was a full 22 oz.

Great beer! I imagine this would be great during the Norwegian winter. I will be searching out more of their brews.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as tar with a sticky brown head. Gooey yeast sticks in the bottle. Laces hugely. Smells like coffee, fudge, burnt malt, and warm brandy. Taste is rummy, dark chocolate and plums with hints of coffee, charcoal and vanilla. Quite complex, without being challenging. A very tasty example of the style, that trends towards an Imperial Baltic Porter (because it's got such a fruity character). Mouthfeel thick and velvety, just as it should be. A good one overall that drinks well and doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of mortarit
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It seems like this beer is getting alot of different reviews.

I really didn't notice the alcohol but wasn't trying to detect it either.
This is what I am looking for in a beer.
Something tasty, chewy, and smooth but with a tingle of IBU's.

It states the IBU's were 75 but I didn't taste like that.

Really like this one and hoping to try other styles from the brewery.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Pizza Port real ale 04 glass from16.9 oz bottle from Ports bottle shop. Poured like spent motor oil black as night with big thick mocha head. Smell rich roasted coffee, herbal black licorous aromas with grassy anise. Taste resinous espersso, dark bitter chocolate with an astringent finish. Mouth feel has an oily feel chewy with an alcoholic warmth. Great IRS, I have drank a lot of IRS and this one is worth trying but pricey at 8.00 a bottle.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.51/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nogne- Imperial Stout

Purchased a bomber from Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ

A- Thick dark black with a big creamy frothy head.
S- Dark roasted coffee/ espresso with a touch of alc.
T- Dark roasted/ burnt coffee and cocoa with a disgusting taste of Burnt rubber!!
M- Burnt rubber fumes permiating into my palette!

Overall- Looks and smells great, even the first initial sip is nice but Burnt rubber dominates. YUK!

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Photo of genog
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich black color with a creamy and bubbly chocolate milk color head. Head builds up to a massive 2inch thick, then dies down to leave lacing along the side. Every swirl of the drink produces another rich layer of this head. Smell is of licorice, smoky, and toasted malt. Taste is of black licorice, cocoa, whiskey barrel, chard smoke. Mouthfeeling is so creamy and smooth it feels like silk for your mouth.

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Photo of bruachan
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this thing is totally black and sports a thiiiick brown head with nice staying power. it's still cold, but i smell molasses, bit of mocha. it's dry, hoppy, lacking the sweet malty coo that some impys portray

it's a bitter and not overwhelmingly big-feeling beer. not massively thick (though not exactly watery). roasty, but not cloying. full of earthy hop flavor, as well. it brings a bit of blackcurrant with it. it's a bit more drinkable than many of its brethren. it's a nice-drinking impy; i'd love to try it on cask

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. A: Thick as oil, opaque black with a chocolate head that goes away very quickly. S: Chocolate and roasted malts with a lot of boozey spice. T: Raisins, chocolate, alcohol is apparrent but not overwhelming; coffee and caramel as I continue the glass. M: Thick and sticky. D: Very easy to drink, a really clean and nice Imperial Stout. A solid brew.

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

Poured from the 16.9 oz brown bottle into a La fin du monde tulip cold.

A - An oily black w/ a 3 finger tan head that settles into a thin ring.

S - The smell of rich chocolate and dark malt odors present a great aroma along w/ a touch of alcohol and pine. The malted milk/vanilla scent is present in the smell also.

M - Rich luxurious, full bodied w/ roasted and fruity ale textures. The stout has a slightly bitter roasted quality.

T - Dark roasted African coffee comes to mind w/ slightly citric tastes. Wonderful chocolate notes and a brief interlude of vanilla and graham cracker w/ toasted flavor and deep tannic plum tastes. An alcoholic warmth and resinous pine hop bite are noticed as the temp becomes closer to room temperature. Smooth cream and cocoa mix with a hoppy bite to create a great blend of roasted and bitter.

D - A big Imp. Stout at 9% and a well balanced one. Quite drinkable, smooth and focused w/out much viscosity or overbearing roastiness it retains a smooth stout-like body. The hops are balanced well with the malty essence of this big dark ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8/2/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle...forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep dark black pour. Full 3/4 inch brown chocolate dusted head. Left behind exceptional lace patchwork. This is the way an RIS should look.

Smell- Scents of cocca beans, dark chocolate candy bars and a touch of fusel alcohol.

Taste- This is one well rounded brew. First sip indicates mid range roasted malt with a coffee bean flavor. The next sip brings the dark, but not too dark chocolate taste. That is followed by a near perfect hop bite in the swallow. Went well with the mocha covered almonds I had.

Mouthfeel- Semi thick, and lightly creamy with a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- One of the better RIS brews out there, no matter what country you are in. Just damn well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of mnapier
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degrees. Service Glass, 12 ounce German Balloon Glass.

Purchased at an Anniversary Event.

As this beer is poured into the glass a swirling dark, density fills the glass by a small amount. The head that is released upon the glass is a mild dark with a slight dance of lace across the glass.

Wafting the glass, I smell some cocoa, a slight vanilla, and a little bit of oak.

As I ease the glasses contents into my mouth I feel a slight dryness, some cocoa, a little smokiness, a touch of raisin & finishes with a hop bitterness with a lingering alcoholic burn. This beer features a nice weight to it that can be respected for this style.

Overall a nice winter beer, would go well with some ice cream or a sweet sauce on a steak.


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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown probably black leaving a thick brown head. The body is syrupy and clings to the glass. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, earthy hops, herbal in nature. The taste is dry, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark, sweet and delicious. This finsih is on the dry side, leaving an espresso, chocolate after taste. I'm looking to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of Drew966
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nogne O Imperial Stout pours opaque, jet black with a head that's the same color as chocolate milk from a brown half liter bottle. Roasted malt, chocolate and even some hops are noticeable in the aroma. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I would like (though it's not actually thin), however, the flavor is excellent. Roasted malt provides nice chocolate notes, some coffee is lurking in the background. Hops get stronger as the beer warms, kind of a western U.S. type of hop. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not excessively for the style. Recommended.

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Photo of illidurit
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty near black beer with a chocolate milk colored head of 2 fingers. Poured into a snifter. A little lacing and decent retention.

Very chocolatey aroma. A little roastiness and smokiness.

Big mocha flavors up front and a bitter finish from all the roasted malts.

Pretty smooth, good carbonation but the finish is kind of obnoxious in its bitterness. Pretty good offering from Nøgne, cool to try a Norwegian beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Bottle. Aroma fresh with roasted cocoa and spicy earth tones. Ruby-brown cornered deep dark mahogany with no head. Strong juniper fusel flavor profile, with a multitude of floral embellishments, followed by a smack of woody coffee. Some rushes of sherry and tannins. Dries nicely. At first this was too much medicine and harsh biting cologne-like floral for me, but I warmed up to its’ unique spice and earth cast.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Imperial Stout. I'll definitely be picking another up again soon. Pours to an inky black color with a thick dark brown head. Quite opaque. Good head retention, though lacing could be better.

The smell is very good. Coffee and highly kilned malts. Dark chocolate with some light berry esters. No alcohol aromas. A bit of molasses and a hint of licorice.

The taste is mostly coffee and roasted malt. Very similar to the nose, also with dark chocolate and berries. Very drinkable for an Imperial Stout, though at 9% it is a little on the lighter side for the style. The flavor is just as full as others, on the other hand. Decent amount of hops bitterness.

The body is fairly big, though not as syrupy and oily as some of the bigger stouts. Creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden. Easy to drink for the style. Very good, and worth trying several times over. Once again, it's great to see something like this from outside of the US.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in the "new" Sam Adams Lager pint glass, the beer pours dark, dark brown (might as well be black) with an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. The taste is very malty, mostly like roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate and also some cherries, licorice and vanilla in there too. There's also a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's creamy, smooth and a bit slick. All that makes this brew very easy to drink. At $6.50 a bottle it's not something I'd buy all the time, but it's a pretty good beer that I'd buy again and definitely recommend to others.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.