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

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 48
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

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.
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Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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

A: Pitch black with a steady brown head that holds its foam extremely well; lacing is nice but does fade quickly

S: A nice alcohol burn peaks through a roasty, dark chocolate malty goodness; a little nutty with a touch of burnt malts; this beer smells good...real good

T: An odd but tasty dry bitterness up front: coffee and chocolate; lots of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate actually; the alcohol is well masked

F: Such a creamy beer with near perfect mouth coating

D: This is a tasty, dry, malty, roasty, awesome beer; great job once again, Nogne!

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

I poured this 1 pt. 9 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date I can see.

A: jet black, the head is deep chocolate brown, and very slowly falls into a luxurious cap with very good lacing.

S: dried cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, toffee, rich vanilla/oak.

T: fruit, chocolate, and buttermilk, followed quickly by the toffee hit up front, the boozy, coffee, oak/vanilla, and roasted notes hit in the middle, earthy hops and an espresso bitterness finish this beer nicely. Very tasty to be sure, but it lacks just that extra bit of oomph that I expect from a RIS.

M: medium-bodied (surprising for a RIS), lightly creamy texture, low carbonation, but the roasted malts make for a dry finish. I was a bit disappointed by the mouthfeel, as I was expecting something thicker.

O: very good RIS, and while I enjoyed this, it did not blow me away. It is a looker, though.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Slides out of the bottle black with orange-tan head. Roasted malt, light chocolate, cocoa, light esters in the background. Flavor is a mixture of coffee and tartness up front and ends with a robust, bold, dry finish of dark chocolate. Medium to full body with great lingering malt bitterness. One of the best Russian imperials I've tried.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark, worcestershire sauce blackness that absorbs all light within the room and embodies everything about the dark blackness of winter we are finally starting to pull out from. The head is a dark melanin rich tan that screams roasted marshmallow. Likewise, a thin copper lace is left on the sides of the glass as I consume. What a heavy beer, sediment lurks below.

Rich notes of roasted coffee, tangy bootstrap molasses, and creamy cocoa butter. Heavenly, but I didn't initially fall in love. Aromas that match the boldness of the beer's appearance. The potency of the beer's %abv is obvious after a good whiff, as is the beer's bitter hoppiness.

Creamy roasted malts and a bitter, dry finish. A tasty stout, I definitely would compare this beer to the peche mortel (less heavy on the coffee) I had last weekend or possibly an old Rasputin in both consistency and boldness. Heavy burnt caramel and tobacco, a residual charcoal-like aftertaste.

Full bodied beer with dark, bold flavors that resonate throughout each sip. There is a bready malt sweetness that hits the palate first, but then flips 360 to being a dry, roasty, bitterness that lingers for approximately 30 seconds.

The high abv and slightly chocolate coated charcoal aftertaste makes this beer a good sipper, but hard to drink a lot of. However, the beer cost a good dollar now being sent far away overseas for only a pint worth of beverage. I have paid more for beer, but at least give me a 750mL bottle that I can split with another person?! I look forward to trying this brewery's others (there are only 3 more available to me), this one was a pretty damn good imperial stout.

Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Black with a soft violet-tinged beige tightly bubbled 1-finger head with a few spots of lace here and there down the glass.

S: Chocolate, licorice, black coffee, and roasted malt face off versus an earthy hops front and dominate easily. The licorice builds with warming. Alcohol does creep in as well.

T: THe flavor is initially multifaceted, but unfortunately fades some through the glass with some flatter malt flavors, dulled by a more then healthy alcohol presence. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate lead with a big dose of licorice and some mocha and berryish alcohol components. Earthy, tobacco hops provide some counterpunches but they don't really seem to quite mesh with the maltiness, as it leaves a cardboardy aftertaste with a strong anise note. Not bad by any means, but nowhere near the smoothness in the best of this style.

M: THe mouthfeel is fine, but I'm looking for more than fine. It feels a tad light for the style, like more smoothing oatmeal and less carbonation could have been included.

D: WHile I enjoyed this brew from Nogne, for the price, I know I would enjoy 4 Brooklyn BCS, 3-4 Old Rasputins, or 2-3 Founders Imperial Stout or Bell's Expedition Stouts a lot more. Nothing really badly off with this beer, but less licorice and more smoothness in the feel and I think i would be much more favorable toward this brew.

Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, very black, dark, and solid, this beer is immediately interesting. Smokey and roasted...it's a very dark, rich, and intensely carbon-rich beer. Lots of wood-smoke, charcoal, and overly roasted-nearly burnt flavors. Wow. The beer's flavor, however, can be a little one-sided. Other than some alcohol warmth, the beer doesn't have a lot of competing characteristics. A little malt, some hop bitterness, but not much else. Alcohol becomes in increasingly prominent. The beer is full bodied, and very thick. All in all, an interesting and very engaging beer, despite the unilateral character.

Photo of July2Nov
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: OMG! This must be heaven. So dark that the no light shall pass (think of oil and that's what this looks like), no matter how hard it tries and the dirty, frothy two-finger brown head is a sight to behold. It later goes down to one-finger width.

Smell: Robust chocolate and syrup scent hits you in the face. Also has a bitter sweetness to it. So inviting.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth and clean to start off. It's full-bodied with a velvet touch. The taste has a roasted bitteness with a syrup flavor. You don't feel the alcohol, until after four or so sips...but it never interferes with the enjoyment. Getting some chocolate malt in the mix as well.

Drinkability: Man, do I love some Nøgne Ø! I'm never disappointed with any of their selections. This Russian Imperial Stout is highly drinkable by itself, but should have heeded the suggestion on the bottle and tried it with some ice cream, for a float. I guess that just gives me a reason to buy another and try it in different variation.

Photo of IllNate
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Blackest beer I've seen yet. Only the faintest of highlights around the corner of the glass. A mountain of dark brown head.

S - Nice aroma, deep and complex. Smells of darkly roasted malts with espresso coffee, chocolate and molasses. Faint burnt wood (cedar) aroma. Now that's an imperial stout.

T - Wow. Certainly an imperial stout. Tastes 'black'. Highly kilned malts with that coffee, chocolate and molasses up from. Chocolate dominating the after taste.

M - Very smooth, carbo is just right.

D - ?? Well it's good for an imperial stout.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as oil, tanish 1/2 head

Smell - Coffee, malts, smoke, spices, sugar, fruity aroma, hops and chocolate.

Taste - First beer ever from norway! Starts off pretty mild with a nice chocolate flavor. Hops mixed in well for some fruity flavor. Coffee and malts are certanly present. Has a very fresh pure flavor, maybe from the water used?

Mouthfeel - Its thick but not as thick as alot of other stouts. Tounge gets the chocolate kick, followed by the hops bitterness, then finished out with some bold malt and coffee. Not a crusher but i wouldnt drink anything else till i had some water and a bite of food.

Drinkabilty - Its strong so this 16.9 oz is perfect. Very unique taste, its smooth and not overly strong flavor. Different from other stouts out there. If your looking for something new and different check this beer out, im impressed

Photo of JackieTH
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Strikingly viscous, jet black with a rich cap of mahagony foam.

Smell: Hits the right notes with a hint espresso, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses and vanilla.

Taste: Predominantly molasses without being overly sweet, some vanilla with notes of espresso bitterness and subtle chocolates. Roasted malts. Molasses and subtle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy, moderately creamy, not as thick as the appearance hinted at.

Drinkability: With all the outstanding RISs available today, you've got to really bring it to earn 4 & 5 stars. While this one is quite easy to drink, and enjoyable, and definitely worth trying, it's just not a standout not in the field.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black in color, darker than the pit of hell during a blackout. Head rises up about a finger, and it's dark tan with a nice reddish tint to it. Super cool looking. Not a whole lotta lacing on this one. Aromas are wonderful. Some sweet, dark chocolate. A hint of barrel aging in that it has a bourbon-ish, vanilla-ish overtone to it. Also a nice ripe apple hint way in the back. Flavor is super robust. Super uniqe too, in that it has a nice, ultra-creamy feel to it. Some sweetness in the back hints of lactose being used. It's like an Imperial Milk Stout, and it's wonderful!! It's a joy to drink, with flavors evolving slowly as the beer warms. Certainly some vanilla tones, but I also get espresso, chocolate, and even some dark fruit notes, like blackberry and fig. This is awesome beer - a World class beer for certain. Finish brings out a lot of the lactose-like sweetness and a long, bitter finish. $8.99 is a hefty price to pay for this luscious brew, but it's worth every penny and at 9% ABV you know you'll get warmed up.

What I like most: the awesomely unique and creamy smooth flsvor profile.

What I like least: the price and that's it.

Verdict: World CLass uniqe take on Imperial stout. Must find folks.

Photo of ms11781
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, foamy, 3 finger dark brown head. It eventually dissipates to a thin, light brown cap that stays for the duration and leaves good lacing.

Nose is heavily chocolate up front. Chocolate notes are quickly followed by roasted aromas, tons of dark malt, some oats and a hint of coffee. There is some alcohol present when deeply inhaled.

The chocolate leads again in the taste but it's a bit more muted. It shows up as a dry, bitter chocolate flavor. The roasted flavors are more prominent that in the nose but there is also and underlying sweetness. Definitely some vanilla and molasses. There was a slight bitterness at the end (and I mean slightest of slight). Not sure if it's from the hops or residual from the chocolate.

While overall the beer had a medium body, it looked as if it poured really thick but it turned out to be thinner in the mouthfeel, probably due to a higher carbonation for a beer of the style.

Very good drinkability. For a stout of this size you're most likely only having one anyway and this seems to be best enjoyed when sipped slow.

Photo of champ103
3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours an opaque black color. No light gets through at all. A one finger tan head gently rises, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: A wonderful aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and espresso. Baked bread and some almonds as well. Really balanced and nuanced.
T: Pretty much a complete turn about. Lots of acrid, and roasted malt. A big bakers chocolate flavor that is really bitter. Acrid coffee as well.
M/D: A big full body that is viscous, syrupy, and thick. The big chocolate bitterness and alcohol burn makes this a bit hard to sip on.

This is a really big and thick stout. I love the nose, but overall a bit one dimensional. To much bitterness from the chocolate, and a bit acrid for my tastes. Not bad, but there are many Imperial Stouts that I like better.

Photo of timobkg
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

The beer is a dark brown, immediately calling to mind roasted grains.

The aroma is wonderfully enticing, dark roasted grains and bitter chocolate.

The taste is divine. It tasted like heavily roasted grains, the absolute darkest roast you can imagine, but that's not doing it justice. My taste buds cried out in joy with every sip. Easily one of the tastiest imperial stouts I've had.

The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden, and it drinks easy for such a strong and heavy beer. I could easily drink this all day, if it weren't for the alcohol content.

Overall, this is one of the finest imperial stouts that I've had. It doesn't have bitterness of Stone, Stormking, or even Rasputin, nor the malt taste of Samuel Smith and Brooklyn, nor the coffee of Founders. This beer is all about the darkest roast, and thus is unlike any other RIS I've had recently. One of my favorite imperial stouts.

Photo of cbilek06
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown and viscous. Was disappointed on how quickly the head disappeared, however it left some nice lace around the glass
S - Smells like vanilla, molasses
T - Wanted to taste the vanilla and molasses that I smelled but the roasted malts really took over. I wanted more balance. Had a nice espresso aftertaste that kept me drinking it.
M -Not as thick as it pours, but not bad thing
D -Some folks like that alcohol warmness in high ABV beers, but at 9% Alc/Vol it surprisingly doesn't have an alcohol bite. That plus being on the thin side makes it dangerously drinkable. Not bad, but not best in class

Photo of birchstick
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours black with a 1/2 finger taupe head that doesn't ever dissipate

S - smells delicious - a lot of dark chocolates with cocoa chocolate powder, vanilla, and some dark fruit and vinous aromas

T - the taste starts off with sweet, citrusy hops that segues into a nice chocolaty roasted flavor. Less subtle are hints of wine and some cherry with some vanilla and molasses come through as well. Ends with some hops and roasted malt/coffee. Really nice flavor profile - more hoppy than most, which sets it apart a little.

M - body is a little thin and watery, but silky smooth from the oats

D - this is a really good RIS - I have been wanting to try it for a while now. I didn't realize this was available around here and randomly stumbled upon it. I will definitely grab this one again.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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
3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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