Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.49/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Black as the night, with a dark brown head.
S: Huge caramel and toffee in the nose, some roasted malt and maybe a touch of coffee and dark fruit as well.
T/M: Coffee, toffee and caramel hit you the hardest upfront, with some nice roasted malt all the way through. Almost no hint of the 9% abv, not the absolute most impressive on that front. Pretty good overall. Quite a bit smoother as it warms up, and the roasted malt begins to overtake the other flavors a bit. Maybe some dark chocolate.
O: Definitely worth a try, but not nearly as good as Beer Geek Brunch, which is also brewed at Nøgne Ø (by Mikkeller). An excellent imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2014 18:17:19 | More by BierJager89
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer comes in a dark black color.
The aroma has this beautiful punch of dark fruit notes. Some tart raspberries, raisins. Then that huge sweet chocolate and roasted malt.
The flavor follows with that big dark chocolate in the front, then some coffee and espresso notes. The finish hits again with that dark fruit note. A bit of tartness and then some dark fruit sweetness.
A round full mouthfeel with that interesting fruity ester. A really enjoyable large stout.
Serving type: on-tap
01-16-2014 04:08:42 | More by dar482
3.83/5 rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
One more day of beer and football before the start of the week – cheers.
A: A shining black body with just a half-inch of head, dark brown and creamy with a slight reverse cascade. Retention is nothing more than a ring around the glass’s interior.
S: I love a nose with a lot of depth, and with this one, it feels like you could fall right into it. This beer is brimming with rich, fudgy aromas, like fresh-baked brownies, along with notes of butterscotch and peanut brittle. Solid roast notes on the back end, as well, though they’re in no way dominant.
T: The gooey chocolate of the nose is subdued in what turns out to be an unexpectedly bitter palate: flinty tonic water, licorice root, and chalky roasts fill out the palate upon first sip. Chocolate is still evident in the palate, though, this time as a dark bittersweet flavor blended in with the malt bill. As it begins to wind down, herbal hops – juniper, fresh-cut grass – and acidic coffee come out. Mild, smoky aftertaste, with a unique clove and red grape character at times.
M: Soft, slightly watery body with barely any carbonation. There’s some heat there, though, which gives the feel a bit more character.
O: Though there’s a disconnect between the nose and the palate, this is a delectably complex beer. It’s not what I anticipated at all, but that might be because I’m accustomed to the thick, liquid-chocolate stouts of the U.S.; at any rate, this is definitely one to try if you have a chance.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 20:56:21 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle poured into a globe.
A: Black as black gets. The brown head holds fast at a quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.
S: Chocolate fudge sauce. Coffee roast. Espresso. Bitter dark chocolate. Char and woody roasted malts. Hints of raspberry and currant fruitiness. Touch of smoke. Green hop scents.
T: Char, smoke, and wood at the outset. Deep coffee roast and espresso flavors set in shortly after. Acidic. Tide of bitter dark chocolate. Heavy roast. A sweet vanilla bean character is apparent up front, but fades away. Currant and berry fruits. Spicy and oily hops clamp down toward the back, but they fight a losing battle against the heavy roasted malt character. Long lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate and espresso with a kiss of smoke.
M: Thick body. Mouth coating and weighty, but not oppressively so. It glides over the tongue in a slick but smooth sort of way. Low, lightly prickling carbonation.
O: A very impressive Imperial stout. Very well put together, it really does not have a weak point. Worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 05:04:41 | More by ryan1788a5
4.39/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is an update after aging this beer for a year. The new review is on top and the original is below. The new review and rating was done without looking at the old review until I was done. The scores from the original are the ones I've left as the official scores. I think aging it a year may have improved it, although it was already very good. More chocolate forward, and the tart aspect receded some.
NOVEMBER 2013 REVIEW
Aged 1 year. Served just cool in a tulip
A - 4.5 - Pours like motor oil. Black with a finger of dark tan creamy dense head that persists for several minutes.
S - 4.5 - Something in the chocolate family but crossed with something else sweet and baked, like maybe dark chocolate brownies with a hint of caramel, but not quite that. More like if you crossed a dark malty loaf with a brownie. Maybe a little chocolate cakey. There are a few really nice dessert smells going on simultaneously. Maybe some chocolate liqueur. Smells fantastic.
T - 4.25 - Baker's chocolate mixed with cocoa powder mixed with dark chocolate mixed with some of that same malty chocolatey baked good from the nose. Some chocolate milk. Yet somehow not too sweet. And there's a slight bit of tartness in there. Just a touch. There's something else in there, almost a woody note, that counterbalances the chocolate. That's left behind in the aftertaste and exhale. In the aftertaste I find just a hint of that black malt char you get in a lot of imperials. Just a touch, artfully overlapping the dark chocolate. By the end of the bottle, that note is more dominant. This is 9% ABV but I detect none of it, not even any warm fumes wafting up my throat.
M - 4.5 - Lovely mouthfeel, pretty close to heavy bodied, but not quite to pudding level like say BCBS. Despite all the thick and sticky, there's a part at the end that just approaches dry, and leaves a little abrasion on the tongue.
O - 4.25 - If I could score between 4.25 and 4.5 in the overall category, I would. This is a seriously good imperial stout, and just a bit shy of some of the very best I've had, which I would rate 4.5 overall. It has a lot going on. That complexity is so well done and so welcome.
JANUARY 2012 REVIEW
A - 4.5
S - 4.5 - Dark chocolatey/earthy, a faint hint of the slightly sour old beer smell of a well-used pub (in a good way), something fresh in there too
T - 4.25 - Somewhat sour (in a good way, like a lemon, but not with lemon flavor), slightly fruity in that high boozy way, faint hint of toasty roasty char. The bitterness and sourness come to a moderately tart point in the front of your mouth that is softened by some toastyness. Nothing too acute here, but assertive enough to give you a nice effect, like a mild lemon might. The dregs get very cocoa-y, which is nice. What I love about this beer is that it does what great dishes often do - it comes right up to the edge of an identifiable flavor and holds back just a bit, making you chase it. With both the citrus effect and the smoke it does this. They hide the 9% booze exceptionally well, so well that I'm not sure I believe the label here compared to last night's 7.5% Two Captains double IPA that gave me a perma-grin buzz.
Aftertaste - a mild amount of bitterness is left on the tongue but fades to a lower plateau where it just becomes a lingering crisp dryness. There's very mild smoke on the exhale.
M- 4.5 - Velvety smooth
O - 4.5 - This is pretty mild and very enjoyable. I call it a winner. It's to be drunk on your couch in your jammies with a blanket in cold weather. Chalk another one up for Nogne O. These guys know what they're doing.
EDIT: Had another one Feb 21, 2012 and what really impressed me was the perfume of this beer. So nice and so well composed and so much going on. Fresh, fruity, maybe even a little floral. Just so nice. Also, I normally savor good beers by themselves rather than with meals. With meals I like something simple and light that doesn't compete with flavors. But I had this beer with a roast chicken and sauteed potatoes and it went so well with those robust flavors. Just a great beer from a great brewery.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 03:31:18 | More by BrownNut
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml served in a tulip glass.
Bottled at 22.08.2013. Best before 22.08.2017. Batch # 1017B.
A: Pours a dark brown to oiled black color forming a solid, creamy, thin bubbled tan head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings formed and left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top
S: Sweet and roasted upfront. Bit fruity too. Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and moka coffee. Delicious notes of dark fruits. Mainly plums. Notes of wood, brown bread and chocolate biscuits. End is a bit booze
T: Slightly sweet and roasted upfront. Notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, wood. In overall, a mild sweet taste and a great 75 IBUs bitterness. Bitterness is mainly made of roastiness. Some grassy hops can also be felt
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Bitter roasted malts aftertaste (for God's sake! )
O: Outstanding drinkability. Excellent Russian Imperial Stouts
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 20:39:12 | More by eduardolinhalis
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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