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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

766 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

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

Appearance: BLACK! like used motor oil pouring out of the bottle, impressively opaque, huge layer of DARK brown spongey foam, good head retention

Aroma: pungent piny/floral hops, dark cocoa powder, coffee, burnt caramel, rum

Flavor: initially quite sweet, but then a double-punch of scrunchy roast and lip-smacking hop bitterness kicks in, all sips after that are more balanced; a melange of burnt sugar, chocolate, pipe smoke, licorice, and pine sap; finishes semi-dry with a lingering taste of espresso and piny hops

Mouthfeel: FULL body, a bit syrupy, lots of alcohol warmth in the throat

Other comments: Wow, this beer is amazingly dark and thick. I don't think I've ever seen head as dark as this. This would be really interesting to cellar for 3-5 years to see how it develops. Lots of potential there, which is not to say it isn't already an amazing beer!

The sediment is really loose, though. Pour carefully.

GreenCard, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of drseamus
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard RIS body, nice jet black body with a dark mocha head. There isn't much in the aroma though. Roasted malt but not much else. The flavor is good though. Nice roasted character with some chocolate, especially in the aftertaste which is nice milk chocolate. I can taste a bit of alcohol also. Nice thick body with a creamy feel to it. Not a bad stout except the aroma is kind of empty. More drinkable than a lot of other heavy stouts.

drseamus, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Pours an inky pitch black with a huge foamy tan head. It actually takes quite a bit of work to eventually get the whole bottle in and I think that most of you know that the Duvel tulip isn't a small glass. Eventually it all settles down into a handsome looking creamy head that retained well with good lacing. Aroma has a suprising amount of citrus to it but I also pick up some chocolate, roasted malt notes, and a whiff of heat.

Once again, the taste is strong up front with a surprising amount of fresh hop citrus. While definitely surprising, I actually found this to be quite pleasing as it imparted a real freshness to the beer that I really enjoyed. The middle is thick with sweet chocolate and coffee that melds into a finish that's a combo of burnt notes and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is almost to thin at first but seems to thicken up some as it warms up more. For 9%, I found the alcohol to be pretty well hidden, maybe just adding a little bit of warmth to each sip.

This was definitley a different was still really tasty and drinkable Imperial Stout. That citrus element threw me for a loops at first but the more I drank, the more I appreciated it. I look foward to more from these guys in the future.

Kegatron, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This beer is black as night with no hilights. A vigorous pour yielded a medium sized tan head that faded fairly quickly.

s: This one has a surprisingly mellow nose. Some coffe, dark chocolate, and a bit too much alcohol. edit: As it warms I began to smell charred wood. (-.5)

t: Just as the smell would have suggested, coffee and chocolate dominate. Some hop bitterness on the end with an alcohol burn that is a bit strong given the 9% abv. edit: As it warms an unpleasant charred wood taste emerges. (-.5)

m: This is a bit too thin for the style and some more carbonation would have been welcome.

d: Glad to have tried it even if it's just to say I had an RIS from Norway. Overall, a fairly solid effort.

DIM, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An Imperial stout from Norway, should be interesting. Pours thick as used motor oil black with a massive 3 finger cocolate colored head that looks like you need a spoon to enjoy. Nose in laced with alchol covered toffee, and zesty smoked malts. Also a hint of spicey sweet cola. Enters the mouth very sweet and almost creamy smooth, but alightly thinner than expected. I should have probably let it warm a bit more. Does have nice flavors of toffee, molases, and a finish of very dark chocolate leading to a bitter mouthfeel that is long lasting on the tongue. Very nice like eating good dark chocolate. This is a sweet Impy. but nice bitter balance on the finish. Alchol is well hidden except for the belly feel. A great stout worth seeking out.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick motor oil black, a generous inch thick dark tan head shrinks to a thin foam in a few minutes, some nice spotty lacing coats the glass, some sticking. The aroma isn't all that assertive, but its still got some nice roasted malt notes, chocolates, hints of coffee and molasses. The taste is even better, the chocolate more assertive as the malt profile becomes sweeter, but still the bitterness resides, molasses, coffee, roasted, a hints of oat and vanilla. I with the mouth were a little fuller, but its silky smooth and a charm to drink.

As per the brewer notes, its inspired by the ballsy American styles, but still traditional, exactly as it is, a very finely tuned and thoroughly sophisticated Imperial Stout. So yes, very delicious, very much affordable, very much recommended.

objectivemonkey, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours about the blackest liquid I've ever seen. A healthy cocoa hued head rises two inches above the ebony body, creamy and thick. Lavish lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is a lot of dark roasty malts. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, licorice, dark bread, and dark fruits make for a very inviting nose.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Moderate carbonation and a pervasive roasty bitterness on ther palate.

Taste is more dark roasty bitterness. Dark chocolate and scalded coffee dominate, with an assist by notes of vanilla, anise, dark fruits, and Columbus hops. Finishes quite bitter with a touch of the hops joining the dark roast.

Very enjoyable stout that is ideal for sipping on a cool winter evening.

merlin48, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 50 degrees F.

Very dark brown body. Inky. Lacy, thickish, dark khaki brown head. Oily dark chocolate aromas. Black licorice, tobacco, plums, and dates. Roasted bitterness and peat bog. Taste starts with roasted coffee and scorched grains. Dark chocolate and sweetish dark fruits. Herbal bitter hop notes in the otherwise roasted coffee finish. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice!

alexgash, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

17.9 oz. bottle into a chalice. (shared w/ trep)

This Impy Stout pours a seal brown, utterly opaque, thick body. The brownish-tan head is equally as impressive, with good retention for the high ABV and a slight amount of lacing. The aroma is that of smoked beef and a hint of cocoa beans.

The taste is quite beefy as well, with notes of roasted, smoky malts, dark coffee, and oatmeal. The body is thick, smooth, and perfectly carbonated, with a bitter chocolate-coffee finish. This is definately a sipping beer, and one I'll probably enjoy again in the distant future.

wagenvolks, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of deepsouth
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i drank this large bottle out of one of the new sam adams glasses.

i poured this one pretty hard and got little head for my aggression. lacing was minimal as well. the color was opaque black. the toffee colored ring at the top of the beer is thin but nice.

the smell of of coffee and chocolate very roasty. alcohol is present as well in the smell, more so than i expected.

boy, you can taste the alcohol as well in this one. nice roasted flavors, chocolate, coffee, again toffee. some smoked gouda seems to be toning down the alcohol a bit.

the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i thought it would be. more carbonated as well. i'd say this beer lacks chewiness, but is still pretty sticky.

this beer tastes good. a bit more alcohol taste that goes a bit unchecked in my opinion. it's a drinkable beer, but i don't know that i'd drink more than one every so often. i think i'd like to stick it in a line-up of other RIS's and see what i thought with something to compare it too at the same time.

i'm going to say this beer is a solid "B". we'll see if the ranking system agrees!

cheers.

deepsouth, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this was provided by biegaman.

Pours an opaque black, thick tan head forms, leaves behind a nice lace ring, decent retention. Smell is chocolate, lots of nice roast, alcohol, coffee, cherry, toffee, very rich aroma. Taste is chocolate cake, milk, toffee, nice coffee roast bitterness, vanilla, alcohol, some nuts, very nice, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Nice imperial however middle of the pack for the high end RIS, but very well done. Thanks Jan!

Viggo, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep, opaque black with a thin but sustained toffee head. Leaves some nice, stretched out lacing. Chocolate comes out most in the forefront of the aroma with some underlying roasted smells underlying the bittersweet chocolate. Cherry and red currant accents are around as well. The hops have a pineyness to them. The chocolate is not as pronounced in the flavor, which focuses more on the roasted grain, piney hops, lactic acidity, and cherry. Flavors are good, but not as fleshed out as I'd like. Overall, quite light-bodied for what I was expecting. There's a long, lingering roasted flavor in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thinnish for a big stout like this. Carbonation is solid. Decent drinkability, but the acidity and relative thinness make this less than optimal for big drinking.

goochpunch, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A BIG thanks to dsigmon for this trade.

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours pitch black with a vinous viscosity. 2 strong fingers of deep mocha head form and keep strong. Fat, blanketing lace.

S: Sweet espresso and dark fruits. Some burnt malt character in the background. Hops add a fresh, earthy crispness. Smell isn't extremely profound but what's there is nice.

T/M: Not overly potent like most RIS's which is a pleasant change. Very noticeable at first sip is the body isn't nearly as thick and chewy as I thought it'd be. A nice drinkable medium with just enough chewiness to let you now it means business. Beautiful mix of bitter coffee and chocolate with notes of dates and black cherries. Great balancing bitterness also helps with the complexity of the coffee flavor. A bit more bitterness comes out in the finish, changing my tongue from silky to slightly dry.

D: Very complex all around and a top notch brew. I have a couple more bottles that I was planning on aging. Until I can secure more of this, I don't think I'll be /able/ to age any. A bit lighter than tradition RISs but the viscosity and mouthfeel help the drinkability in an extreme way.

pwoods, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, purchased at Riley's for $8 and consumed on another very snowy day in December

appearance: pours into a snifter a lovely dark chocolate brown colour, fairly thick and oily, creamy cappucino head with lots of lacing, nice looking brew

smell: lots of roasted malts, chocolate and chewy, noticeable green hop presence, lots of dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate

taste: bitter hops buried in dark chocolate and heavily complimented by char, dark chocolate, licorice, roasty, oatmeal...pretty good offering, high hopes for the dark horizon

mouthfeel: creamy, hop bitterness undertones, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For 9.00 U.S. American dollars, I had very high expectations for the one. This beer is becoming increasing more available, if you know where to look. Primarily in specialty shops, not necessarily your run of the mill mega-stores. On to the beer.

Appearance- Very solid. Impenetrable black, nice wispy head, lacing throughout.

Smell- Not barrel aged, but sure smell like it is. Ripe currants, raisin-y funks.

Taste- Again, very sold. Chocolate powder surrounded by a very dry malty lemonish finish.

M&D- A beers beer to say the least. Like they used to say, "it'll put hair on you chest", damn, I'm a hairy bastard.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black(As it should) with a medium brown head that quickly reduces to a ring around the glass. Smell is faint but small hints of smoke and molasses, and suprisingly I smell a little hop flavor. At first taste, dark spicy meat flavors overwhelm, smoked meat or salmon flavors abound and would be good dishes to snack on with this brew, mouthfeel is quite smooth as it goes down, thick and chewy as an imperial stout should be, and the smoke fades into espresso and coffee bean flavors in the finish. Quite good. a little bitterness on the aftertaste, but I like that. Its nice to taste a few hops in an Imperial stout. However, for 75 IBUs it is ridiculously smooth. This would be a good starter for those who have been turned off by Imperial stouts in the past, they are an acquired taste and this is a good one to try a few times to get used to it.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of stcules
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a very dark black, with a dark brown foam.
The smell is very smooth, cappuccino, quite sweet, after all.
The tasteis absolutely good. Bitterness, roasted, intense. Very bitter. A taste and an aftertaste full, resolute.
Powdery notes, cocoa.
The bitter in the aftertaste is long, long, long. It left a very good bitterness, with an infinite chocolate.
Wow.

stcules, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of joe1510
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$6.99
West Lakeview

Nogne's Impy Stout pours black, and by black I mean black. If it's directly backlit there's only a faint mahogany highlight shining through the bottom of the glass. A khaki head grew on the pour to a modest one finger of creamy foam before settling into a nice crown with a fat ring around the glass. Leaves some nice to look at spread out spiderwebbed lacing as I sip.

I don't know what to think of the aroma. A good dose of roastiness along with a lactic cream quality make for an enjoyable smeller. There's something funny in there though. Not funny bad just funny I didn't expect it and have never really encountered it before. There's a lively orange and lime zest middle to the aroma and it's leaving me confused but interested. After maybe 15 minutes of breathing the crazy zestiness seems to die down and mingle but never completely fades. There's also an alcohol spiciness on the backend.

Now I don't know what I was picking up in the aroma but none of the citrus is there in the flavor. Is my nose broken? It's a possibility. Nice overall balance of roastiness, creaminess, a mild coffee bitterness, and some bakers chocolate. There is some, very faint, pine bitterness with a bigger rounder coffee ground bitterness on the finish. Quality RIS.

Mouthfeel is good but if I had to pick something out it could use just a little more body. The body does have some stick to it as it coats the tongue but it's just not chewy enough.

Although this has a healthy abv. it's pretty easy to put away. It is a sipper but the smoothness of the body really keeps this going down easy.

This is a quality Impy Stout but there are better examples out there. It's definately worth a try and I'm sure I'll pick some more up in the future.

joe1510, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of andrewm190
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as winter approaches, I find this nice Stout. Absolutely delicious. No born on date. The beer pours a thin head, not much retention either. Otherwise the beer is black. Totally and completely black. Even the bubbles have a dark tint. This is my kind of beer. The smell is thick with roasted malts and perhaps a hint of chocolate. The beer has a great smell and is pleasing to my nose. The taste matches the smell, the chocolate is even more powerful. The label on the bottle recommends several deserts with the beer, and I feel these are fantastic suggestions. The aftertaste finds the presence of the roasted barley, and even a healthy dose of hopes. This is a very thick beer, and for many people this will take away from its drink ability. One does want to treat this beer gently, because it is rather strong, but if I had to drink this beer once a night—I would gladly take it.

andrewm190, Dec 01, 2007
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.