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

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 42
Gots: 62 | 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 throwitallaway
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at South Bay Liquor. Poured from bottle into snifter. Extremely dark with a big brown head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Big aromas of chocolate and coffee, with a little toffee and alcohol underneath. Taste is big on coffee, which fades into a sweet, smoky flavor. Alcohol is well hidden with only a little warming at the end. Mouthfeel is creamy but slightly thin. I'm not a huge Imperial Stout guy, but this was pretty tasty and unique.

throwitallaway, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Med
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This is pitch black. Dark brown head doesn't stay, but matching lacing is there.

S - Chocolate, wood, plum, coffee and even a hint of molasses.No noticeable alcohol.

T - Glorious. Starts with a roasted wood and smoke taste, melts away to a dark mocha chocolate and finishes with a surprising bitterness that coats the mouth.

M - I finally understand the word "chewy" thanks to this beer. No noticeable warming from the alcohol, and just enough carbonation to give it life.

D - This is scary drinkable. At 9% I want to take it slow and easy, but I find my glass getting empty far faster than I expect.

This could be my new favorite stout.

Med, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour into a snifter. Smell is of rich roast malt, licorice and a hint of fruitiness and alcohol. Nice level of carbonation, a bit creamy and some ripe banana notes in the flavor. Some dry cocoa powder in the finish, and very characteristic of their beers. Some dark chocolate as well. If the alcohol was tamed just a touch, I'd like this quite a bit more, but as is, it is still a pretty nice Imperial Stout.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of HotHabanero
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours pitch black with a brown, little and hort lasting head. Aroma of dark roasted malt. Lovely flavour of liqorice, black coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and burned malt. Full bodied. Bitter, malty and alcoholic finish. A very enjoyable brew.

HotHabanero, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured an absolute pitch black with a tight, sticky, cocoa-colored, one-finger head that slowly faded to a thin ring.

The aroma was rich and robust. Oaky, smoky and super malty rich with strong overtones of dark chocolate and black coffee. Some boozy, rummy, sweet alcohol notes lingered in the background, along with a hint of brown sugar.

The flavor profile was similar to that of the aroma. Rich, roasted malts, French press coffee , bakers chocolate and oak came through strong. Char was apparent as well. Dry and slightly tannic. A noticeable yet not overwhelming minty hoppy bite appeared on the finish and lasted into the moderately hoppy, dry, charcoal-like finish.

Mouthfeel was disappointingly thin and watery with a medium amount of carbonation. Somewhat fluffy on the palate.

Drinkability was quite good, especially for a 9% ABV brew. This was a very flavorful yet relatively sessionable imperial stout. Just as the bottle stated, it paired perfectly with some dark chocolate. Definitely worth a try.

Damian, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours midnight black with a large, bubbly, dark tan head. Good sustain with heavy lacing.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, some anise...typical RIS aromas- but not very much of any of them; the smell is quite subtle.

T: Bitter with an earthy astringency. A guiness-like taste with a dry roasted character. Plain and one-dimensional.

M: Medium-bodied with a creamy texture. The carbonation is so light and the feel so smooth that it seems like it was poured from a nitro-tap. Finishes dry and slightly chalky.

D: A big disapointment. This beer is of course drinkable, but I had much higher hopes after all the hype. Nice to look at, but otherwise quite average.

klewis, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of theformula
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #42 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/11. Big props to ScoobyDank for trade!

A: Pours an inky black body into a tulip glass. A large crema-colored head forms w/ pretty good retention. No light gets through the opaque body.

S: Nice aroma, but not intense like many American examples. Very dark-roasted malts jump right out. Big dark chocolate, black-strap molasses & prunes come through, but mostly chocolate & roast. A bit of a lactic quality mixes in. Leafy, woody hops don't make too much noise but are certainly noticeable. Alcohol is there but reserved.

M: Med. body, low carbonation. Not as thick as I assumed. A little viscous but silky smooth.

T: A delicious RIS, not what I was expecting, much sweeter. Brown sugar & molasses. Roast notes are minor but balancing. Hops are sticky & grassy & provide a firm bitterness, yet could be even stronger. Finish is actually pretty clean w/ residual roast & cocoa flavors.

D: A nice RIS, very drinkable for the the ABV. A fruitier, sweeter RIS than what I'm used to & light bodied, but the flavors are definitely enjoyable & bold. Recommended.

theformula, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, .9 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $7.99...
Pours an engine-oil, deep, dark black hue with a big, reddish, tan, frothy head that was initially tremendous, but soon receded leaving a heavy load of lacing around the glass...
Smell was replete with roasted malts, dark, burnt-chocolate, and strong cocoa aromas...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a heavy suggestion of crispy, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dark espresso, cappuccino, and robust lattee nuances... Very rich, creamy, thick taste with a strong smoked flavor - similar to a chocolate milkshake with the amount of richness and thickness associated with this brew...
Great, creamy, rich mouthfeel...
Alcohol is very hard to detect behind a rich conglomeration of ultra-rich, and super-thick flavors and aromas... Teriffic depiction of the style... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out with one finger of dense, orange-brown foam and a coal black body with no traces of light penetration, even when held up to a light bulb. The head has reasonable staying power and leaves rings of lace in its wake as it settles.

S - Velvety, earthy hop aroma. Notes of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and banana.

T - Big chocolate and coffee flavors up front, with a curious lack of malt bitterness. The hops come in immediately afterwards with a big, smooth, round bitterness. Notes of licorice, caramel and some black cherries. Quite a bit of yeast character comes out as the beer warms, hints of banana and clove. The finish is drawn out malt bitterness with the expected notes of smoldering wood and tobacco as well as some subtle hop flavor.

M - Heavy body, moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Highly drinkable for such a big beer, it hides its 9% well. While this didn't get me quite as excited as some of their other offerings, it is another solid, very well balanced beer from Nogne O.

nickfl, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend from Norway brought me this in January and I finally got around to drinkning it. He brought it saying it was one of his favorites from Norway.

A: Pours a motor oil black with a tan head

S: Nothing overpowering, just a smooth great smell

T: It was extremely enjoyable. The darkness of the chocolates came through, and hints of caramely flavors were great

M: It was a little thinner than I expected and than I expect from a stout.

D: I couldn't have more than one, but one was very enjoyable!!!

madtowndmb1, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, no light being able to shine through, with a good size tan creamy head, good lacing.

Smell is surprisingly tame, I can make out some roasted malt and bitterness, but is not that assertive.

Taste is very creamy, pretty much all cream taste at the beginning which slowly allows the roasted malt and chocolate to develop, very thick and chewy, has a slight warming sensation in the mouth near the end but it is not too strong to detract.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Rich and dark w/thick satiny texture. No head.

S-Dark roasted malt w/chocolate and coffee.

T-Sweetness is nicely veiled by bitter flavor, sweet chocolate and dark-roast coffee that the hops balance out nicely at the finish, leaving the pallet fairly clean, and washing away some of the more burnt tones, which are powerful.

M-Body is rich and creamy, but I wish there was a tad more carbonation. It is extremely mild.

D-I enjoyed it, but I'd like to try another bottle.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russian Imperial stout.

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a cherry tan head.

S: A huge roasted malt character with some fresh citrus hopping dominate the nose.

T: Some dried fruit (plums), cocoa and sweet chocolate with a complexity of woody flavors make this beer stand out. Deep dark roasted malt, and sherry notes round out this excellent example of a stout. Dark, robust and a meal in every sip.

M: Very dark and rich malting, with a creamy big mouthful.

D: incredibly drinkability, very smooth, and refined experience.

beerthulhu, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: viscout jet black with dark head and substantial lacing

S: not a lot at first, malts, chocolate, touch of cinnamon. As it warms the more fruity esters rise out of the ask and the scent becomes lovely.

T: The first thing you taste is some dark malts, slightly charred taste but then as it rolls slowly across your tongue you get dark fruits, raisons, cherries, then to chocolate and espresso.

M: quite thick and oily, little chewy, very good and smooth, velvety

D: I nailed a big guy by myself and wanted more. Very easy to drink and definitely reccomended. Something that I would want to use in place of guiness in food recipes granted it weren't so expensive haha.

dsigmon, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured jet black with brown head into my tulip glass

Bouquet of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate fill your nose.

Flavors of roasted malt's coffee chocolate and a bitter hops finish

Creamy texture on the palate

Nicely crafted Imperial Stout have had a few of these well worth it

joepais, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of eberkman
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, viscous, oozing jet black with none of the glints of red you often see when you hold a very dark beer up to the light. Thoroughly opaque. Substantial golden-brown head with excellent stickiness and retention, leaving lacing clinging to the sides of my snifter. Lots of sediment rolls out at the end. The smell it first is not as strong as you might anticipate for a RIS -- just some subtle, sweet malty notes and a hint of chocolate and what even seems like maple sugar. But as it warms and opens up a bit, the fruits and toffee surface, accompanied by a startling smokiness, which is even more apparent in the taste. Speaking of taste, this is a damn good one. Sweet and fruity -- plums, figs, dark cherries -- on the intake at the front and sides of the tongue, surrounded by a smoky fog wafting through the mouth. Gives way to bitter, dry dark chocolate and burnt espresso at the back of the throat that seems to linger forever. The mouth feel is oozy, chewy and smooth -- plenty of substance to it. The bitter finish leaves you wanting more and more, making this one of the more complex, well-balanced, least cloying Imperial Stouts I've had.

I'd been noticing the nogne O bottles in the store for a while and finally got around to trying one. I don't regret it. I'll enjoy more of these, and would love to age one for a year or two as well. A truly fine example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Fantastic.

eberkman, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Wonka
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 PT .9 FL OZ
Bottle stamped on the lower rim with 3 06 0,5l 52 (otherwise, there are no markations that may hint at any sort of date)

22 P
75 IBU

Malts - Maris Otter, Munich, crystal, chocolate, black, oat, wheat malt, roasted barley
Hops - Columbus
Yeast - English ale
Water - local Grimstad

Recommended service temp - 50 F

When I saw the bottles at my local store, I thought "What the heck is this new gimmick?" The minimalist label that features a big, diagonally-split purple 'O' gave me the feeling that I was dealing with a 'hip malt beverage'. BA bailed out the big O so I came back and picked one up.

1-2 mm of rolling, sturdy sediment visible through the bottle and a good boom of carbonation at open...

Appearance - dark as night, no light permeability; billowy, light mocha head; reasonable lace that's somewhat thick in spots like a topographical map on the first pour; most of the head dissipates, leaving a very light film

Smell - dig your nose in and keep smelling; big on the dark malts, chocolate, plum, black licorice, molasses (very prominent later in the bottle); it smells like two of my favorites, a mature JW Lees Harvest Ale and a fresh Old Rasputin, have mashed heads -- with more molasses dropped in for effect

Flavor - semi-sweet chocolate; roasted malt is prominent but there's also a moderate burnt and slightly smoky malt included; molasses; light alcohol is held at bay by the bitterness; touch of coffee late; the interplay of the bitter and the dark/sweeter flavors are very pleasing in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - light crispness runs through the uniform and not overdone oil; just a touch of stickiness at close; not as robust as the nose and flavor would lead me to expect

Drinkability - for a 9% imperial stout, this is a very solid experience. The mouthfeel could have had a more substantial presence but everything else was on the money

Nogne has nailed an imperial stout. Bravo!

Wonka, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter.

A-a lovely motor oil black, foamy brown head with nice lacing.

S-bittersweet chocolate and coffee predominate. very rich and complex.

T-as with the smell, nicely complex throughout. a rich chocolate up front, caramel in the middle and a nice bitter coffee finish. a little bit of raisin also.

M-surprisingly soft and creamy.

D-a very enjoyable beer from start to finish. like the best of this style, the beer becomes better and better as it warms.

In a class with Bell's Expedition as one my favorite stouts. Complex, balanced, delicious.

sholland119, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Syrupy, deep chocolatey brown in color. Thick and dense coffee-colored head with tremendous retention. Thick, webbed and spotted lacing around the entire snifter with very good durability.

RIch, roasted chocolate malts; intense mocha with espresso whaffs. Faint smokey character with dark, vinous fruit. Rich and robust aromas with overpowering the senses.

Bold, dark chocolate and intense mocha; the syrupy feel is missing, along with the sweetness I expected. Instead, a cutting alcohol presence and chocolate bitterness carries the flavor. Creamy, slightly spicy coffee with hazlenut. Airy with a brisk floral hop bite rejoined by a flavorless alcohol character.

Full in body; roasted and robust, but very airy on the palate. A stable body, but not the most flattering for my taste.

A good imported Imperial Stout. Not my favorite version; a little too slick and bitter, but good robust flavors.

NEhophead, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this one for a while and decided to break it out on a cold rainy January morning.

The pitch black pour and dark, fruity, roasted malt aroma make this inviting before I've had the first sip. This has touches of a Belgian in the aroma.

Very dark and fruity taste with a load of roasted malt and chocolate in the mix as well. Lots of Belgian aspects to this stout in my opinion.

Not my favorite stout of all time or anything, but I actually liked this one more than I thought I would.

Tilley4, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Early 2007 USA release, Sampled January 3008
Pours with a frothy, three-finger thick, chocolate tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite simply black, whether held up to the light or not, but it did show a clear, dark chocolate brown color as I was pouring it into my tulip glass. As I pour this I get aromas of prunes and raisins. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields these notes again, but this time with a substantial roast side to them. Deeply roasted notes of espresso, dark chocolate, burnt-caramelized fruit, well toasted whole grain bread. Heady notes of slightly warming alcohol contribute a coffee liquor note as well as having touches of fruity brandy. After a bit of time the beer loses a bit of the appetizing fruit notes and becomes more burnt, acidic and roasted than before.

Thick and chew, but with a substantial burnt acidity to it that somehow keeps this a bit lighter than it is: The burnt acidity adds some acrid notes to the beer though, so it is not any more drinkable. Sweet, thick malt notes show through the roast character though and contribute to burnt, caramelized fruit notes of raisins, touches of prunes and a hint of berries. At times this can seem soft, creamy and inviting, but at other the roast character can intrude a little too much. Chalky burnt grain, bitter roast malt and a substantial hop bitterness when on provide a great balance to the sweet fruit and chocolate-like malt notes up front, but at other times can magnify the burn, roast, acrid acid character in this beer.

As the beer warms up a bit, the burnt acrid flavors become more under control; the beer becomes more soft, rounded, creamy and dark-chocolate like. Really this beer needs to be much closer to 60°F / 15°C than the 50°F / 10°C recommended on the label. This, much more integrated, smoother flavor, after the beer warms up really saves my experience of this beer.

A huge, roasted, malty Imperial Stout; at best this can be quite tasty and balanced, and even at worst it is still a solid example of the style. Imperial Stout fiends definitely need to get a hold of this one, but prepare yourself for a huge burnt grain character. The roast / burnt grain character should help this beer to age for quite some time, the one year of age on this does note even show up.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Gueuzedude, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a tan head that isn't very large and forms off a very firm pour. The nose is heavy. Almost like burnt wood with a bit of molasses mixed in. Just extremely robust and thick. Flavor is super smoke! Sheesh. Kind of like I swallowed a log used to cook some kind of intense BBQ. Whew. Feels almost thick enough to chew on wih a decent carbonation. Nice to drink. A winter sipper for sure. That smokey and molasses tone is fairly noticeable. Be prepared.

RblWthACoz, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. Glad I didn't trade through the ass to acquire the super version of this beer. Did not like.

Pours a nice looking black with a bubbly dark tan head. Best part about this beer. Smells like roasted licorice and chocolate. Mouthfeel is too thin.

Taste has a godawful aftertaste. Yes, there's chocolate, bitter coffee (too bitter, actually), and some dark roasted fruit. Underlaying this, however, is some sort of horrible charcoal aftertaste that's actually giving me a tummy ache.

Glad I split this bottle. It will be awhile before I revisit this brewery.

Overlord, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pure classic, black as night brew, big ol’ tan head, lace city in the glass. And the aroma on this one is huge! Malty chocolate shake, and whoo, you can breath stout with every sip. Tons of dark fruit, raisons and even a pop of coffee intermixed in this very good brew. Very thick and rich, gonna have to run a few extra miles tomorrow. No hint what-so-ever of a sturdy 9%

What a way to start the day, and it’s all because of wickedpete, who sent this via a nice trade.

Vancer, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of sloejams
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The more intimidating bottle of the Norwegian beers I was trying was from Nøgne Ø - det kompromissløse bryggeri. The text on the label told of "The Uncompromising Brewery" poetically. I'm sure Vikings would gets with this.

The stout itself was dark as night. I immediately thought "Stone Imperial Russian Stout". Viscous as a motor oil with a slight cappuccino head, I immediately thought this foreboding libation would be conqueringly murderous. It was quite tame actually. A nice sweetness added to the dark malt texture and slight bitterness.

sloejams, Jan 09, 2008
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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