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

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
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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 StarlightSeraph
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL (i think that was the size) bottle into a pint glass (it was the only glass available)

Appearance: Dark, dark brown out of the bottle, and appeared almost black in the glass. Looked very thick on the pour. Chocolate-brown head of maybe one finger that dissipated fairly quickly, and left little lacing. There was a nice cascading/waterfall effect with the head, not unlike that which comes from pours out of a nitro-can.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt blended evenly. Very nice. Nothing too unique, but what I would expect from an Imperial Stout. Hints of the 9% APV

Taste: Coffee is very prevalent, but it is muted, so it is not as bitter in the aftertaste. Incredibly balanced, with no one flavor dominating. The alcohol is masked very well. Very, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: This is the only area I was disappointed in with this beer. Surprisingly thin for an RIS, especially considering the pour. Well carbonated, but just didn't feel 'thick' enough for me.

Drinkability: I'd definitely have this again. It was very easy to drink - almost dangerously easy. Because it was so thin, and the alcohol was masked so well, I would not necessarily consider this a sipper. I enjoyed this beer.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of schellsbeer
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from Early December 2008.

A - Dark to almost Black. Thick.

S - Alcohol smell. Not the best. Average at best.

T - Imperial Stout but not the best. Much better out there. Not complex. Very simple.

M - THIN!!! I want an Imperial Stout that I can chew on, not drink through a straw.

D - Yeah....I guess. Just not for me. At 9%, I will drink others before this one again. Impressed...Not at all!!

schellsbeer, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce brown bottle into an oversized snifter.
Bottle demographics are quite forward with a good amount of info on the back lable.

Color is pitch black, with a syrupy inky quality off the pour. 2 finger fluffy and bubbly dark brown head. A wide variety of bubbles keep a good cap of retention over the beer.

Aroma is quite sweet with a carmalised maple woody syrup aroma. Molasses, dark chocolate, oats, dark roasted coffee bean aroma, and more dark sweet delicious chocolate.
A touch of tobacco, haylike grassy hop aroma and sawdust.

Rich creamy tick and chalky mouthfeel. No hints of alcahol warming to be found, the dark roasted grains overwhelm any other flavors from this brew. Wow, the grain bill on this must be huge!
Soo smooth up front with only a glance at carbonation through the swallow.
Quite dark with roasty bitter flavors throughout, almost like taking the chocolate grains from the mash and eating them. An oaky woodsy flavor and just traces of this in aroma, with the vanilla like smell.
Some mollasses flavor, alot of protein like oatieness, but overall its just a malty dark chocolate bomb!

I really like this, there is not sweetness through the taste that was present in the aroma. That is quite fine with me as this is one delicious sipper.
You may not enjoy this if you have not become accostomed to bitter roasty dark beers.
Nice job.

Buebie, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml (maybe bigger) bottle into wine glass with waaaay too much sediment (that's okay though). Not sure when it was bottled but it tastes pretty recent.

Obsidian black with a one finger light brown head that slowly settles to a thick rim. Rings of sticky lacing.

Rich roasty malts along with dark fruit, roasted coffee beans, and some dark bitter chocolate.

Plenty of bitter roasted malts in the foreground. Some molasses and dark coffee come in as well. A little bit of chocolate (which is sweet to contrast the bitter chocolate in the aroma) gives some creamy overtones. Full bodied. The finish is the dark malts lingering.

One solid RIS coming from one of my favorite Scandanavian breweries (why don't they ship to D.C.?). Complex with good solid flavors. Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/2/08. Bottle. Pours an inky, sticky black with a very small dark brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is delicious! Rich sweet roasted malt, chocolate. Flavor of bitter hops, the same sweet roasted malt and chocolate, dark fruits. Rich and creamy palate. The flavor is not as glorious as the aroma, but it was still quite delectable. The 9% hardly hits you. A little more bitter than other imperial stouts, which personally detracted me just slightly from the beer. Still, one of the top notch imperial stouts.
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from tasting notes:

Dark brown, ruby red highlights, small tan head, light lacing.

Aroma - Coffee, molasses, light caramel.

Tastes - Predominately coffee/roasted malt, nice underlying hop bitterness

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied for an RIS, not incredibly thick

Fairly drinkable, alcohol warmth on tongue.

KeefD, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of pstew85
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first (official) review. Took way longer than it should have.

Poured into a pint glass.

This stout is a smooth, opaque black with a very slight red hue. It has a consistent, brown, one finger head of tiny bubbles. The head slowly dissipates while sipping, leaving brown lacing the whole way down the glass.

Bitter baker's chocolate is the most dominant aroma. Burnt coffee and oak are underlying smells. A slight alcohol smell is a harbinger of things to come...I'm not worried though.

The taste is very reminiscent of the aroma, although the taste of alcohol is more prevalent than it was in the aroma. Chocolate, coffee, and oak notes are well balanced by a slight hope bitterness which lingers on the back of the tongue.

This delicious drink is extremely smooth. It's not quite syrupy, but it's robust and coats the mouth nicely. The finish is dry with a slight dusty feeling, making me want to take sip after sip. Carbonation is on the low end; perfect for this style.

This is very drinkable for the style. Obviously not a session beer, but I will easily finish the bottle and wish I had more. As stated above, the alcohol is noticeable but not dominating...what a great balance. Delicious from start to finish.

Great beer for my first review!

pstew85, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pretty much black with a lingering brown head. Coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol in the nose, but not overpowering. Roasted malt, bakers chocolate, slight coffee. Full bodied, oh yes. Bite at the finish with a little alcohol. Warms as it goes down, pretty excellent. Like the Nognes thus far.

Bung, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black color, decent lacing w/ tan head.

S- Big chocolate and caramel, some nice dark fruit aromas.

T- Nice dry chocolate and coffee. The finish has some caramel, with dark fruit and is overall drying.

M- Smooth feel w/ low carbonation. A little thin for 9%, though.

D- A nice drinkable stout that could get you into trouble because you'll drink it to fast.

Greggy, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in April and cellared since.

A: Poured like motor oil and looks like it as well. A little bit of dark brown head. Good lacing.

S: Weird nose on this one. Chocolate and anise up front. Some roasted malt behind that and an almost medicinal ointment smell that is sort of there as well. There is also a grassy hop esque smell.

T: Nice big taste up front. Tons of roast, chocolate. Some anise. The hops are holding on as tight as they can but are loosing this battle. Their state of decay produces a nice flavor though. Finishes with some bitterness and a final blast of chocolate.

M: Big full body with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. No complaints.

D:This is a really good beer. I don't remember what I paid and that is probably a good thing. The problem with the Scandinavian beers is the cost. I think they are making some amazing stuff but there are other excellent options closer to home. I would be proud if a local brewery made this beer though.

aerozeppl, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Loki
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours jet black and thick. Decent beige head. Good, nothing great, but not bad.

Smell: Strong, roasted malt. Hints of smoke and grease. Also some notes of roasted nuts.

Taste: Black patent and deep roasted malts. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Very subtle notes of dark fruit. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Just a little better than average. Thick and coating but nothing special.

Drinkability: Good. Slightly better than average RIS. However, there are better RIS' for the money.

Loki, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The appearance is pitch black like old motor oil with a thick half inch tan head. Lacing is there for a while but it ends up sinking down.

The aroma is full of chocolate, a small amount of dark fruits, a touch of coffee, and also a very light amount of citrusy hops but they are mostly masked by the roastiness.

The taste is again very chocolate forward with a certain creaminess to it with a bit of dark fruit character midway through. It dries up more towards the end and the roastiness becomes more like coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with an extremely creamy feel that is very soft on the palate.

This is a tasty RIS, not overly complex, but good. I will be looking forward to my bottle of Dark Horizon 1.edition that I have waiting.

roadhouse, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of gyllstromk
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance does not surprise. Your standard RIS: black, opaque, with a thin head of light brown and decent lacing.

The smell is quite malty. Some characteristic notes of dark fruit and chocolate, but I'm not getting a lot of complexity.

Tastes more on the nutty side of stouts. I get a little smokiness too; maybe some vanilla. Taste is a bit thin overall, nothing really taking hold.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, and creamy.

I'd actually say the less overpowering taste makes for a more drinkable beer. The alcohol is masked well.

A pleasant beer but a bit tame for a RIS, and not entirely worth the price tag.

gyllstromk, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this at Zeno's and was a scared away by the $25 price tag, but had to try it kept calling me name...

Very thick black coloration, with a weird top/side layer of yellow visible when held up to light. A fairly small caramel brown head gets poured, and dissolves almost instantly.

Has a dry smell to it, with little complexity and some alcohol coming through. With warm, some subtle darker fruits become more noticeable; dark grapes and cherries.

Very smooth in taste, regards of the noticeable alcohol. It is very dry upfront with lots of coffee and roasted/burnt malt flavors which lead to a center/ending ensemble of grapes and alcohol to finish. Very creamy mouthfeel, tons of bitter roasted malts and touches of chocolate as the beer warms. While not every flavoring is pleasing, its difficult not respect the complexity and palate play that goes with each sip.

CoolJosh, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black, brown around the edges, some initial head.

Smells very roasted, burned wood, coffee, a bit of alcohol.

Roasted flavors dominate this, turning to burned flavors. A bit of black coffee and alcohol in the mix, with some bitterness in there as well. Finishes very dry, too try for me.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth.

Eh, this was nice, but didn't quite live up to its potential. Burned flavor and dry finish ended up dominating this, I felt.

Strix, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of shivtim
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on thanksgiving.
Poured out into a pint glass. Dark nearly opaque black, with a small but tight light beige head. You can really see the legs on this one. Nose is bourbon and ethanol, with dark chocolate. Alcohol dominates the taste a bit too much, especially on warming. Roasted malts carry the middle. Pretty dry, but good mouthfeel. Overall a bit too alcoholic, and no really distinguishing features. Still a decent RIS, just less than I was expecting.

shivtim, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of shroompod
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich mocha head with plenty of lacing. Rich dark color.

Faint aroma of chocolate malts.

Dark chocolate and black patent malts lend a sweet/bitter espresso note. Mild hoppiness. Getting some bourbon and woodsy notes on finish.

Mouthfeel is thick , good carbonation.

Overall a nicely done RIS.

shroompod, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small dark brown head. In the aroma, a mixture of roasty coffee and a hint of smokey pork. As in the taste, same as aroma with a small bitter end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry smokey coffee aftertertaste. Not expecting the smoke, which was a nice touch. Quite big and quite nice.

OWSLEY069, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 16.9 OZ bottle from the glorious HOP CAT of Grand Rapids. A must visit if you are anywhere within an hour or four.

Pours a viscous muddy dirt brown with a healthy head of at least a finger of brown sugar like foam. This beer looks like a champion.

Smell has all sorts of delights buried within. My nose detects some brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, and roasty deliciousness.

Tastes like dark chocolate with the typical amount of bitterness. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors and a roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is bitter and roasty.

Drinkability, as with all NOGNE beers I've had is very high. This brewery is doing great things with great beers.

midnite2sixman, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about nine dollars, imported via the Shelton Brothers, split with some friends on Friday night, reviewed from notes, also poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter

A-Pretty much black in color but some light going through the top, 3/4 inch creamy light tan head that lasts upwards of five minutes, decent retention, very little lacing
S-Subtle hoppiness, sweetness, mild coffee, roasted malt, yeast, both dark and milk chocolate, and charred wheat
T-This brew was heavily roasted with lots of dark chocolate and coffee, it was also dry with some nice bitterness coming from the Columbus hops, starts off sweeter than it ends, some burned accents at times from the chocolate and rich malt that must have been heavily roasted, flavor is not very powerful but it is balanced with the malt and hops bouncing off one another
M-Lots of carbonation which was one of the only things I did not really like about this beer, medium bodied, roasty, bitter, and rich mouthfeel, taste lingered
D-Would have probably been easy to finish the bottle myself but I do not how much more of that I could have drank afterwards, slightly heavy but smooth, ABV is not too high for an imperial stout and is hidden pretty well

We took the advice written on the bottle and tried this with some vanilla ice cream and it actually worked quite nicely by enhancing the beer's roasted flavors, I have enjoyed the various brews I have tasted from Nogne in Norway, would drink again even though it is a bit expensive, worth trying

Floydster, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this out at a recent tasting. Poured it into a goblet...

A: Pours a dark brown, pretty much black, but has some brown and copper hues sticking out around the edges. Very little, if any, head on on this one.

S: The smell is very, very light for a RIS. It smells like a brown ale with minor coffee, caramel and malt. I had to stick my nose practically in the beer to get many scents.

T: The taste on this was rather, and surprisingly, good. Usually I like my Imperial Stouts to be heavy, creamy, and viscous, but this was a good change. It is rather light but it does not lack too much flavor. There are flavors of coffee, caramel, and roast, but they are not overpowering.

Overall, this was a good, lighter RIS. Compared to others, this would not hold up, but it does well for what it is.

treyrab, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a big beige head that displays great persistence and drapes the lace

Smell: Very roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee tones; hints of fruit, too

Taste: Surprisingly piney and bitter up front, with the chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors developing by mid-palate, as the bitterness becomes more pronounced; after the swallow, the bitter and smokey flavors dominate, although there is a lingering licorice sweetness that complements the other rich flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit on the unbalanced side, but still quite tasty

brentk56, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra in a trade with gford217. Thanks.

Poured into a New Belqium tulip.

A - Poured black, with a quarter inch mocha head that quickly turned into a wispy layer, w/ring around. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and malt sweetness.

T - Roasted. Chocolate/Coffee taste. Bitter dry finish.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D - Not balanced, but still good.

tedpeer, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout pours a stiff finger of brown foam over a deep opaque
black brew. The nose is unsweetened chocolate and burnt espresso. The flavor
is likewise unsweetened chocolate with notes of molasses, espresso, and dark
fruit, with a brisk hop bitterness off the back. If you're sipping this (and you should
be), that bitterness become more modulated and spicy, and the flavors deepen.
Mouthfeel is round yet crisp and cleansing. The alcohol, 9% by volume, is only
apparent as a warming sensation, but there's a fair bit of complexity here for it to
hide in. A fine fine brew for a long cold night!

shadow1961, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have liked the other Nogne brews I have had in the past and this one was true to form as well.Poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black I mean no light showing through,a large two finger dark mocha colored head atop.Alot of complexities in the nose,heavily roasted with underlying smoke and wood,a hint of vanilla and leafy hp as well.Flavors are heavily roasted and quite bitter,a French roast coffee flaor dominates up front along with some real smokey flavors,some bitter chocolate and molasses comes through,finishing earthy,bitter and a little raw.There is some serious use of Columbus hops used in this impy stout,if you like a big stout with some rough edges you will love this,very nice.

oberon, Oct 09, 2008
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