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

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 62 | 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 juju7
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

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%

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%

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
Photo of PartyBear
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

It pours as a thick, oily, viscous black with a creamy light brown head, and light carbonation. Lots of heavy roasted malts on the nose, strong gourmet coffee, dark chocolate, and a slight metallic hint. The taste is like liquid chocolate, bitter and dark with a hint of sweetness, sitting alongside heaps of strong coffee, and some sweet dark fruit, possibly raisins and dates. The feel is thick and heavy with velvety silikiness. This is a really fantastic beer, one of the better imperial stouts I have had.

PartyBear, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Moonraker7
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

A. Very dark, almost black with a dark brown head

S. Malty, smoky, a bit of chocolate

T. My first impression was of very dark chocolate, alittle sweet with heavy malts

M. Chewy, but light carbonation

D. Very drinkable, though it seems alittle acidic and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, it's a very well balanced imperial stout, and would probably pair very well with some dark chocolates

Moonraker7, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of billyb14
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Jet black with a head almost as dark. 1 finger and disappeared quickly.

Great nose of coffee and chocolate.

Silly and smooth. Love the texture. Flavor is like the smell - coffee and chocolate. Burnt roasted barley flavors really come through too. Moderate hop bitterness on the back end that leads to a fairly dry finish.

I really like this RIS and it's a great first impression for this brewery. At 9% it's very drinkable. I've had more complex RISs but still liked this alot.

billyb14, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that hangs around for awhile. Fading leaves behind an almost solid amount of lacing.

Smell is of smoke, ink, plastic.

Taste is of burnt malts up front followed by a lasting smokey flavor. Also mixed in there is dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, ink, cigar, and some bitterness from the hops.

Finish is surprisingly dry. Not an oily beer like some RIS but not watery, it's right about where I like them.

Good beer, not huge and oily like Dark Lord, much easier to drink and yet still very complex and tasty. Great job!

weissbierdrinker, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from bottle into Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a thick, inky black color, with a one-finger light brown head. Light carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was caramel, chocolate, malt, roasted grains, oak, coffee and smoke.

Taste was bitter coffee, chocolate, grains and caramel.

Decent drinkability as it's not super thick or syrupy. Pretty good RIS, but not my favorite.

drumrboy22, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of cleverbeername
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

found old chiken scratch notes, tasted and retasted hours later, then did notes

Drank out of bordeaux glass

A 2 fingers, nice lace with corderoy tan color, pretty much inky black

S subtle, hints of coffee and malt

T coffee, toffee, heavy roasted malt, light smokeyness

M rich and coating, not too abrasive. creams out later on

D lingers on palate, subtle, complex, long and sort of perplexing.

A nice Euro example of style

cleverbeername, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

A bubbly and airy dark tan head sits atop an impenetrably black brew. A few tiny bubbles cling to the side of the glass, from top to bottom, popping here and there. The head fades somewhat quickly and leaves a composition of lines and spots behind.

Aroma consists of bitter chocolates, deep caramel malts, some unexpected vinegar notes, some wet, burnt wood and subtle hop notes to finish. Unique overall to the nose, and promising.

The first thing I notice on the palate is how creamy and open this beer the beer is. Immediately following that I notice a striking hoppiness, backed up by dark chocolates, toasted malts, more burnt wood and a subtle sweetness that mixes in rebellious.

Alcohol heat is barely noticeable, and body is medium to full, but weighs light on the stomach. Excellent RIS which presents it's own distinct qualities that help raise its stature.

stephens101, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Pours impenetrable black with the slightest garnet highlights at the edges and a stiff cappuccino brown head that leaves light lace and rings. Nose is cinnamon, wood smoke and chocolate syrup. Espresso grounds up front along with a bit of burnt toast, heavy treacle comes down in the middle, and herbal Ricola-like hops at the end. Tight, tingling finish with long sour linger. Huge body, viscous and creamy. No burn.

Not the most complex - somehow I expected more from such a high rep brewer. Still, can't fault it; a top RIS.

StJamesGate, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Wiessmonkey
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

server at 54 degrees in a goblet, the bottle had been opened but recapped and put in the fridge for about 4 hours.
A. inky, muddy
S. just a lot of dark malt a little smoke
T. dark, smokey, good acid front to back, a "fresh" drip coffe taste towards the end with a crisp abrupt finish almost sappy
M. medium coating and a little gritty
D. I liked this but didn't love it it was simple and clean but not what i look for specifically in an russian imperial stout

Wiessmonkey, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%

Acquired at Jake's Liquor on the Lake Michigan coast August of 2009. Not quite sure how long it sat there.
Tasted side-by-side with De Struise Black Albert

A:Pours a very dark opaque brown (for some reason I don't want to label it black--might be the emphasis on the dark brown head), with a coating of deep brown foam.

S: Roasted malt is the first observation, intertwined with a bitter dark chocolate scent. Cake batter lingers in the background, with caramel and a hint of vanilla. Hard to tell if the bitterness is from the hops, or the roasted malt. As it warms, I can detect a "raw barley" scent in there as well.

T: Nice and roasty smooth. A little more dark fruit in the taste, as the alcohol works its way out to meet the roasted malt and bitterness. Dark chocolate pops out at different periods, but this one is carried along by the roasted malt and bitterness. Alcohol is only minutely noticeable in the finish. Roasty chocolate flavour pokes its head back in deep into the finish. As it warms the roasted malt becomes almost overpowering...

M: Creamy, while yet retaining a medium-to-light mouthfeel.

D: A well done RIS. Maybe a tad more up front with the roasted malt than I prefer, but the alcohol is very well hidden and it drinks like something of substantially less ABV.

darklordlager, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of LittleBug31
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

Nogne Imperial Stout-

Appearance: Dark, dark black with rich brown edges that glow when held up to a light. Chestnutty brown layer of sparkly foam- 1/2 or so of finely bubbled head.

Smell: Fills my nose with a light coffee bean aroma mixed heavily with a roasty-dark chocolate. Hints of almond and toasted walnuts. Reminds me of my mom's dark chocolate and caramel turtle cake!

Taste: Bitter! Creamy vanilla-nutty combo. BOLD- roasty, walnutty flavor, smothered in the riches cacao beans. Taste matches the cake mentioned above. A bit strong on the alcohol taste for me. Very bitter aftertaste that sticks for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly bubbles. Thick and rich. Velvety from first taste to swallow.

Drinkability: A bit too bold for my taste buds. Such a strong flavor combination mixed with intense alcohol makes me glad my boyfriend only poured me a small glass!

LittleBug31, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

500ml bottle poured into an Allagash tulip.

Pours out like motor oil - black, viscous, slightly red. No head at first, then slowly a big, thick two finger head that's really thick and creamy with very dark brown coloring - almost like chocolate milk. Nose is rich and sweet - dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasted turkey? very malty. Has a noticeable amount of booze as well.

This mouthfeel is very light and watery for an Imperial Stout, however it's very nice - similar to maybe an American brown ale. still rich and thick but not syrupy or sticky. Has a light carbonation that makes it very drinkable. Leaves a roasty finish with some nice chocolatey hints as well.

Excellent RIS, one of my favorite and the first beer I've had from Nogne O. I've got their dark horizon still sitting in my cellar, now I'm really excited for it!

kingcrowing, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Poured into my DFH glass. Looks really viscous and is extremely dark. Even when held to the light, nothing got through. Excellent cascading head. All I can say is Wow.

S - Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, ripe blueberries.

T - Taste is nothing too crazy. Your standard imperial stout array of chocolate, roasted coffee, slight anise, slight blueberry. It is appropriately rich, and definitely has good bitter-sweet balance, being neither overly charred/roasted nor overly sweet. Alcohol is very hidden.

F - Full bodied and somewhat creamy.

D - This is a solid, perfectly enjoyable stout. While it isn't too crazy, it does hit all the right marks. I can see it sitting well with many foods, as well as being really easy to drink by itself.

Patrick999, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Black like a Norwegian night with a thick layer of atmospheric head, a proverbial tan starry sky for this beer.

A big, powerful nose pushes-forth bitter chocolate, licorice, and burnt malts - pretty complex.

Super heavy chocolate, it actually reminds me of a highly-condensed Oreo, summoning the bitterness to the tongue, while still being a bit biscuity. That makes for an interesting combination in this medium.

Incredible mouthfeel - perfect balance of malts, outstanding flavors and carbonation, it rolls onto the tongue like a dark snowfall - light, airy, and it really builds up.

The only detractor is a bit of alcohol on the tongue - otherwise, this a great seasonal sipper.

mdcrouser, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Aenema
3.83/5  rDev -7%

Appearance - Pours black with a thin brown head with splotchy lacing.
Smell - Lots of roasted malts and some coffee/chocolate notes.
Taste - Similar to the nose; roasted malt flavor with chocolate and coffee notes balanced with a solid hop backbone. Still, this beer felt off to me; like flavors were missing or not as intense as they should have been.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate to light carbonation. This beer was a bit thinner than I anticipated.
Drinkability - Enjoyable beer, but I found it underwhelming.

Aenema, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Picked up this beer over a year ago, don't quite recall when, but in my continuing quest to clean up the cellar/fridge it's going down! Plus, it matches my desire for something dark & cranky as a prelude to an episode of House M.D.

16.9 oz. poured into my sweet New Belgium goblet. Black. Bubbles in a satisfactory matter. Smell is dominated by sweet malts with a whiff of coffee & what seems to be rye (which I don't think is in the beer...).

Nøgne Ø is...pretty bland. I mean, there are all the obligatory malts. A rather pedestrian chocolate, like a store-brand you'd find in a drug-store in Alabama. The sweet malts blend into the dull chocolate, with only a nod towards the underlying coffee & a binocular sighting of bitterness. Mouthfeel is probably the highlight, silky & smooth, easy to sip next to the roaring (natural gas) fireplace. The smoothness, & relative lack of strength leaping out of the glass, lends it an air of drinkability, too.

This is a good beer. Perhaps I shouldn't have said 'bland' which has some negative connotations...more like...smooth. Inoffensive. Solid. I don't know. It's good, & by bland I don't mean dull at all. Just smooth. Easy to drink. Not every beer has to be wild & crazy. Huh.

maximum12, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

16.9 oz. bottle into snifter.

Pours a typical opaque black. Head is minimal, but has a very dark, chocolate mousse-like color.

Aroma is not too inspiring: faint dark fruit, bitter chocolate.

Flavor, however, is excellent. Hugely roasty and tangy from the large roasted malt presence. Definitely a stout for coffee and bitter chocolate lovers (like me!). Reminds me of a stronger Samuel Smith RIS. It's a touch sweeter, but has that same dry stout profile. Bitter aftertaste with a touch of hoppy tang. Mouthfeel was a little too carbonated for me, which took away from silky smoothness underneath. Very drinkable for a 9 percenter.

This is an excellent stout, but not the complete package in an imperial world.

dasenebler, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Label is very simple; black with a purple O.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of dark brown head. This settles extremely slowly, eventually dropping to a 1/4 inch coating of foam. As the head collapses, it lightens to a medium tan. Fair lacing. The beer itself is very dark brown and completely opaque. Thick sludge remains in the bottle.

Smell: Bitter coffee with undertones of dark cherries. Slightly sweet alcohol aroma.

Taste: Unsweetened cocoa flavors upfront, with a mild and slight note of lactose sweetness. Roasted barley with hints of a wheat-like sourness. Finishes with a long and lingering coffee bitterness. Warming alcohol feel, but otherwise hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A good sipper, but nothing mind blowing. With so many other great options out there, I probably won't be seeking this one out again.

beveritt, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Twitchsey
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

pours a completely opaque, black, with a dark brown foam hat quickly dissipates. Lacing doesnt stick around too long either, but it sure looks good.

Initial smell is that of dark roasted malts. Heavy in coffee and chocolate tones and definitely has a bit of sweetness, like a note of dark chocolate to it.

Flavor is a sharp sweetness right at the beginning followed by a strong note of coffee, and ending with a bitter, chocolate note. fulled bodied and medium carbonation, smooth as it goes down, and quite delicious.

Overall, very impressed with this one, its on my list to get a few more and try cellaring it for a while.

Twitchsey, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

16.9 oz bottle. $9.

Appearance: Completely opaque. Brown head forms with a vigorous pour and fades quickly. Nice lacing, but it falls quickly.

Smell: Big roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee. Licorice.

Taste: Slightly sweet up front with nice chocolate. As it goes down you get more coffee and it becomes bitter-- more bitter roastiness than hops. The finish is very bitter with dark roasted malt, almost like charcoal. Overall the bitter outlasts the sweet, which would be fine, but the charcoal taste, even though its not overpowering, is a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full and a little creamy. Less full than some great RISs.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, but not an excellent RIS. There are better beers in this style. I prefer a bigger mouthfeel, and more sweet over bitter. Its not cheap, and these 16.9 oz bottles from Norway are annoying.

rapidsequence, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a pint bottle.

Pours a jet black oily color that lets no light through. Head is thin, fine and nutty brown.

Smells of brown sugar, figs and molasses. There's a hint of moist smokiness to it.

Tastes molasses sweet and charcoal smokey...in a good way. There's a bit of nutty bitterness at the end.

Feels thick and syrupy with a very mild carbonation tinge.

A very good beer. There are maybe a couple other RIAs I'd put ahead of this one, but only a couple. A bit on the smokey, drier side among RIAs. An easy sipper though and very filling. A must for RIA fans.

Cylinsier, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. This beer pours black as a shark's eye with a medium light brown head that diminshes slowly. Thick rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, oak, and bittersweet chocolate. Rich, smooth body with flavors of burnt malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Some hops and alcohol are present as well. The finish is roasty with a pleasant coffee aftertaste. Very good overall.

Dogbrick, Oct 31, 2009
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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