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

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 68 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black that looked like motor oil with a very thin head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice roasty character upfront on the nose with oats, chocolate, and milky notes were also present however I did notice faint coffee and booze aromas.

T: some dark fruit notes come through on the palate with mild roasty character but had chocolatey, caramel, oats, and mild hop accents.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a semi sweet but roasty, chocolatey, malty, and chewy finish.

D: I thought it was solid imperial stout and was digging the chocolate character all around, definitely a sipper but very tasty.

Photo of glid02
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.

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

Bottle to chalice type glass.

Pitch black color. Poured like motor oil. Thin espresso head. Really interesting smell. Smells like licorice, molasses, nuts, and coffee. Taste is very sweet. Smokey malts. Some coffee and plum. Medium to fuller body. Pretty rich and creamy mouth-feel. Nice drink. It might be a little too sweet for me in this style.

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

Pours a very deep black with a medium reddish brown head with lots of good lace. Looks about as good as a stout could. The aroma is whisky and molasses with a dark Cavendish tobacco character that really as the beer warms becomes the most prevalent aroma. There is a good bit of fruity hoppiness to the aroma as well. The flavor starts off with a good cherry and malt sweetness which gives way to lots of molasses and Cavendish with light hints of vanilla and wood. If you were to tell me this was barrel aged I would have no problem believing that. The beer although starting off a little malty sweet finishes with a straw like dryness, perplexing. The palate is silky and rich. Absolutely top notch as far as Imperial Stout goes.

Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking imperial stout with a jet black body and thick mocha head that laces very well as it descends to half a finger of covering. Deep roasted chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a woodiness waft from the aroma, which smells pretty good. Flavour is good, but a little one-dimensional in its expression of chocolate and coffee. It tastes like a great stout, but seems to be missing a little of the oomph I look for in an imperial. Moderate bitterness from some leafy hops and the roasted malt. Well-concealed alcohol. Fairly big on the palate, which is as it should be.

I've had a few bottles of this and it doesn't rock me like I'd hope. I've added creme de cassis to it though to make an imperial blackcurrant stout, and now that does taste good!

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer from a Brewery that Ill never be able to pronounce sent to me for my birthday from JamnesCameron. Trade with this guy, he does overboard!

Ive seen this stuff places, Im not sure if Ive seen it in Columbus, but if I have it wasnt recently. Their labels have always caught my eye but Ive never picked any up before so I was happy to receive this.

A- Really super nice. It sports a big, dark red head with unabashed lacing.

S- This already is shaping up to be a roasty beast. Lots of roasted malts and smoke. Really the smoke, charcoal and roast is mostly all that I can get.

T- It is quite a smokey beer. Its in the same vein as Beer Geek Bacon. Lots of smoke, charcoal and a spicy hoppiness.

M- Disappointingly thin, especially after how thick it looks on the pour and how it clings to the glass. Carbonation is quite low which helps create a smoothness that is very welcomed.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 22°P, 75 IBU, 9% ABV, no date.

Thanks to TheDTrain for bringing this one over on Thanksgiving!

A - Even during the pour this beer is extraordinarily black. No visibility through the beer. A dense dark tan head rests on top with good retention and spotty lace.

S - Fresh green hops with a citrusy, woody character really balance out the big roasted chocolate malt aroma. Mocha and cocoa notes fall behind with an inherent metallic coldness. Woody undertones throughout.

T - Very fresh green woody, earthy hops are up front through the whole beer. Dark roasted malts with coffee and bitter chocolate notes back up the large hops.

M - Really bitter from hops and roasted malts. The 75 IBUs definitely come out. Thinner than I expected from the pour though, it's more medium-bodied but smooth leading up to the balanced dry bitter finish.

D - This is a good RIS but not something I'd want to tackle a bottle of by myself. Good brew, and none of the alcohol shows through at all.

Photo of BDTyre
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best Imperial stout...it falls somewhat flat. Good looks, but fairly bland and one dimensional. Alcohol and roasted malt in the nose, a bit of chocolate and coffee in there, but its muddled and weak. Messy blend of coffee and malts, with an odd bread-y taste not suited to an Imperial stout. It just seems a little undeveloped. Thinnish body, could be a bit thicker. Normally I enjoy Imperial stouts, but this just seem underdone.

Photo of claspada
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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a ginormous mug.

A- pours as black as the devil's soul with a 2 finger brown head.

S- roasted malts, strong dark chocolate, and freshly brewed coffee. All aromas are strong. In other words, awesome

T- getting some slightly sweet chocolate, a very tad bit of bitter coffee in the finish, and roasted malts throughout...balanced very well.

M- nice and thick, but...would have actually liked it to be a little thicker, to be honest. Just missing a tad bit

D- fantastic beer, but the pricing is outrageous...13 bucks for 500 mL.

Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sample thanks to Cratez. Deep opaque black liquid has modest creamy mocha cap.Intense nose of licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and caramelized red meat. Sweet and hugely bitter, with dark fruits, chocolate, and roasted malts, add soy sauce, and bit of smoke.Full body has a thick feel to it. Creamy carbonation with a long bitter finish. Good. Thanks Mike!

Photo of UA8
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous thick black body and billowing cocoa powder brown head.

Scents or burnt caramel, heavily roasted malts, semi sweet chocolate, and black cherries.

The flavors echo and expound on the nose of this beer with a big dark and roasty malt finish that leaves notes of heavily roasted malts and slight bitterness alongside a touch of black cherry and subtle citrus notes.

Medium heavy viscosity and moderate yet foamy and soft carbonation.

A fantatic execution of the style with bigh char and roast notes along with hints of fruit and citrus complexity. A great beer to seek out for the long days of winter.

Photo of rarbring
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, London; Batch No. 412, Bottled Date 05/03/09, BB 05/03/14, served cool in a Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer. Note: I'm drinking it in celebration of the Double 10th Day (National Day) of the Republic of China (R.O.C. / Taiwan) - 10-10-10 this year, so it should be "Triple 10th Day", CHEERS!

A: pitch black body topped with a well-lasting, dark brown-ish, cappuccino-like well-aerated frothy cap, coming with restrained carbonation. Decent.
S: consisting of sweet dark chocolates, vanilla, fresh ripe plums, and fragrant American hops, the aroma upfront is as lively as it is dense and rich; a closer sniff (plus a good swirl) rings a bell of very thick prune jam, coffee candy, almost honey-ish sweetness of malts, burned malts, walnut syrup and a touch of licorice, but quickly a balance resumes b/w the fragrant citrus hoppiness and oily & dense malt sweetness, while a touch of coffee liquor-like alcohol lingers in the background. A bit too sweet on the balance, to be honest, otherwise the aroma could be really sensational as an American-style RIS.
T: a rounded and silky-smooth swallow of pleasantly semi-sour & mildly-sweet dark malts, fruits and coffee slowly gives way to a semi-chewy mid-taste of hop bitterness, lightly coffee-ish burned maltiness and its aroma, undertones of vanilla, dried berries plus walnuts, then settling smoothly to an herbal finish where the hop tannin(?) helps retain a nicely chewy palate, while the bitter chocolaty & coffee-ish aroma and residual berry-ish sourness serve to prolong the pleasant finish.
M&D: to me, the contrast b/w the sweet & dense nose and superbly balanced flavour cannot be greater; this smoothly-carbonated, rounded, delicately-sour RIS on the palate is not much like an American hoppy interpretation of the style, but a robust, deep, full-bodied and yet nicely-balanced treat deserving a round of applause in its own right. I can't say what is particularly "right" about this beer, but all seem to be in the right places and the overall flavour structure cannot be overlooked by any experienced drinker. I truly enjoy it on this special day as a Taiwanese - "Gan Bei" to the 99-year-old R.O.C.!

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really digging this one. Pours inky black like oil into the glass with some milk chocolate-colored head. Nice lacing as the drink goes on. Smell is pretty big, with some big roasted malt notes, espresso, burnt toast, and others. Smells great, some hopping noticeable too.

Taste is very good, with the bitter malts making a big play. Very roasty, dark. Not overly sweet at all, like some of the big stouts out there. Hopping is apparent here too, with some piney and herbal notes making a presence. Though more hopped than most stouts, I love me a good hoppy stout so this works for me. Some wood in there too. Bitter and clean.

Medium mouthfeel, not the heaviest for a stout that I've had, but not the lightest either. Good drinkability from the lighter body and clean/non-cloyingly sweet flavor profile. A refined and elegant stout with some big flavors.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thick and dense tan head to it. The head faded to the edges of the glass where it left just a bit of lacing.

The aroma has a big roasted malt character to it. It has some chocolate, coffee and burnt flavors to it with some nice smoke coming through. It has a lot of sweetness to it with some brown sugar and molasses notes to it as well.

The taste has a lot of flavors going on. It has an almost brown sugar like sweetness to it. The roasted, burnt, chocolate, coffee flavors really come through as well in the flavor. It's really balanced for an imperial stout overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has a lot of great flavors to it. It had more sweetness to it then many in the style but it actually balanced it pretty well. Decent beer for the style and a well made, well balanced one as well.

Photo of bashiba
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured jet black with a dark brown sticky head.

The smell was very black, burnt, and bitter with some hints of juniper and espresso.

The flavor is very dark with lots of burnt heavy dark chocolate and roasted barley coming through, this flavor is quickly dominated however by the huge earthy hops. Very bitter for a stout.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily with lots and lots of hop resin.

Overall its good, maybe a bit to hoppy, generally I like a nice hoppy stout, but this one seems to take it a bit to far with the hops really dominating. Still enjoyable and worth a try.

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

Pours completely black with no highlights. Head is thick and dense leaving decent lacing.

Aroma is charred dark grain, with subtle dark fruit sweetness and anise. herbal hops come on strong.

Taste is rich and smokey. Plenty of herbal hop bitterness balanced by generous chocolate sweetness. Subtle dark fruit and anise flavor. Finishes with an earthy bitterness along with an interesting nutty quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall an interesting RIS. This deviates from the classic style, with more herbal hop and chocolate sweetness than you would expect for the style.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Bruery tulip; I've seen this one on the shelf countless times and never grabbed a bottle, decided that needed to change on my last trip to the store.

Pours pitch black with a creamy 3-finger dark brown head, which settles down to a dense half-finger cap with impressive staying power.

Nose starts out with a nice mix of alcohol and espresso, dry and just a bit woody. The alcohol lends just a bit of brown sugar spice, though the espresso is the clear dominant note in this one, even though no actual espresso was used in brewing. A bit of dry cocoa underneath, but not too much.

Taste starts off with a bit of alcohol, some licorice, an earthy, woody, deeply-roasted espresso note that quickly segues into a burst of dark fruit and cocoa nibs, with a sharp-ish earthy bitterness leading the charge into the finish with just a bit of leafy hops peeking out. Finish itself is long, firmly bitter with the dry roastiness lending a wee bit of char as well. A nice mix of dark fruit and just a bit of cocoa finish things off.

Mouthfeel is pretty good; not quite the fullness or creaminess I'd like to see in the body, and the carbonation is a wee bit sharp. A bit of acidity from the hops may contribute to thae slight "thinness" of the body.

Drinkability is ok; this one is a bit on the hoppy side to me, a bit dry, could use a dash of richness to really make things pop. Doesn't quite sing to me.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours your standard imperial stout deep, dark brown/black... about a finger of a chestnut toned head with respectable retention and lacing. nose is dominated primarily by roasted and chocolate malts, with coffee being evident as well. more of the same pull through in the taste, plus notes of dark fruits. heavy-bodied, velvely mouthfeel. while not my personal favorite, this is a tasty, well-built imperial stout well worth a try.

Photo of froghop
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a midnight black with a large dark brown head, and good lacing.

smell is of chocolate, coffee, and slight amount of licorice.

taste is smooth, milk chocolate, coffee, some licorice, malt, and some roasted nuts, ends dry and a tad on the bitter side.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Bobsy - thanks mate!

Pours a nice black brew with 2-3 fingers of tan head which leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Heavy smoke in the nose which I am not sure I noticed in past bottles, cherries, chocolate.

This is odd, smoke coming through too here, not terrible but a little too dominant for my liking, bakers chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, sweet caramel and chocolate fudge, vanilla, a bit of pumpernickel bread. Fairly bitter finish which has some traction. Smoke seems to die down a bit as I drink and is less a distraction. Creamy, silky mouthfeel that's not overly chewy.

Have to say I enjoyed previous bottles more, not sure if this bottle has something off or now that I am sitting down to interrogate it the smoke has become more noticeable. Still, a pleasant RIS which I remember thoroughly enjoying in past experiences.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours black with a medium body for the style, two finger brown head leaves some spots of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma, despite my nose not being at 100% tonight, has a great roasted malt character along with rich chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits, a bit of smoke, very nice overall.

Flavor features chocolate, coffee, much more dark fruit, cherries especially, roasted malt, touch of sourness, and I think even a bit of citrus hops to balance against the massive amount of malts, very smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden for 9%.

Medium bodied for an IS, low to medium carbonation, relatively easy to drink, not too heavy.

Excellent stuff, gonna try to get a hold of a coupla more bottles. Actually kinda reminds me a bit of a Baltic Porter in the mouthfeel, abv, and flavor profile, and doesn't really surprise me coming from a brewery in Norway.

Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured opaque black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh coffee and dark chocolate and brown sugar, with a little licorice and cream.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee with cream, and some brown sugar and molasses and a bit of licorice. It had a bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation.
D: This was a very nice sweet double stout that was quite tasty and I liked it. The alcohol was hidden fairly well too, so it was quite easy to drink. Age may help, but probably not too long term. Nothing unique, but a solid example of the style that is very enjoyable fresh.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Charcoal black with deep brown highlights.Thick,creamy,dark brown head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Smells of rich chocolate,espresso,roast,and dark fruits.

T_Very rick. Bitter dark chocolate and espresso up front. Roasted barley and dark fruits balance it out. Awesome stout.

M_Very thick and creamy.

D_Very drinkable especially for a high ABV.

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