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

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 48
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

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.
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Photo of drseamus
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of DIM
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of deepsouth
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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!


Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of goochpunch
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of pwoods
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of stcules
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
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.

Photo of andrewm190
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pitch black with a solid dark tan head that lasts quite some time.
S - dark sweet malts, dark chocolate, roasted espresso, molasses
T - Similar to the aroma but with an over prominent black patten grain flavor that takes this just outside my preference for an RIS. It mellow's some by 3/4ths of the glass but it remains a dominating trait.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth with a lingering bitterness, roasty feel
D - A decent brew, one was fullfilling.

Photo of ralree
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely black and opaque with a 1-finger rich tan head with brilliant lacing and great retention. Only complaint is it is a bit hard to pour with a decent head.

S: Nutty and delicious roasted malt and delicious hops. One of the most delicious smelling beer's I've poured in quite a while.

T: Beautiful flavor in the initial taste - like the smell, a strangely and wonderfully spiced roasted malt. Finishes with a bittersweet and even more roasted taste with hints of chocolate and maybe a little coffee. A wonderful taste all around. Alcohol is detectable in the aftertaste, but perfectly acceptable given the other remaining tastes.

M: Thick, creamy, and heavy-bodied. A tiny bit astringent, but it doesn't linger too long. Carbonation is just right as well. This category cannot improve.

D: This is a massively drinkable beer even though one should be enough to satisfy the stomach as well as get you slightly inebriated.

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pitch-black, viscous, chewy stout. Pours with moderate head, almost as dark as the body. Head retention is fair. The nose is very burnt and sugary - it smells like espresso with a few teaspoons of sugar in it. Molasses, dark chocolate and burnt toast are prevalent in the taste. Incredibly thick and heavy on the palate; I've tasted 12% stouts that felt lighter. This is a good brew - recommended if it can be found for a reasonable price.

Photo of seaoflament
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with SPLITGRIN, thanks.

Pours like a stout should, dark and with an inch of thick hot chocolate colored foam. Very good retention, and there is a nice thin layer throughout.

Smell is big with roasted malts, roasted barley, molasses, chocolate, toffee, hints of vanilla, oh so good! Very sweet. A good amount of oat notes in the background. Maybe some hints of woodsy licorice. Malted milk and chocolate milkshake, cherries; there are lots of aromas going around in this one.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a slight bitterness/burnt flavors upfront followed by some chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee, and a bit of hops in the finish. Very good but it is hard to have it taste as good as it smells.

Mouthfeel is above average, a bit creamy but a bit too much carbonation as there is a bit of a sting if you let this one sit for a while in your mouth. The after-taste lasts and lasts with roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and chocolate.

Lots of sediment is left in the bottle. I can’t remember any other big stout with so much sediment.

A damn fine Imperial Stout.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Stouts are a style that get people's attention, and high ratings. I would not have counted it as my favorite style, yet 4 of my top-10 beers are Imperial Stouts. They are big and have a proclivity for getting high ratings. Nogne was more complex and less hit-you-in-the-face-with-roastiness than other Imperial Stouts I've had. I really enjoyed it, but it did not strike me as superlative among Imperial Stouts, as depicted by this website.

This beer pours a somewhat viscous black with a coffee with cream colored head that settled to a thick tan coating of tiny bubbles. I didn't get much coffee aroma; instead I got something that reminded me of toasted marshmellow with a bit of caramelized sugar sweetness.

It was very hoppy up front (more so than other imperial stouts), a bit smokey like a smoked porter, and had a rather under-stated roastiness. As it warmed it had a weird bitterness I didn't especially care for, but still I thought the flavor was quite good.

Mouthfeel wasn't as thick as the viscosity I observed would've predicted, but was appropriate and pleasant.

A very good beer, which is more complex in its range of flavors than other Imperial Stouts I've had recently. Despite this, I wouldn't call it one of the best beers of the style.

Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this is just exceptional! Poured with a very dark almost purple head and lots of lace that lasted. Opaque. Very dark malts with roastiness and hints of dark ripe fruit, some spice, no hop. Good burps. Not too fruity like some are. This is very well balanced for such an extreme beer, almost a session beer. Maybe for freaks.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Onyx with onyx highlights. A brighter day outside my front window might have resulted in a faint lightening at the edges of the glass. Then again, it might not have. I got a bit overzealous with the pour and ended up with at least three fingers of dense, creamy, mochachino colored foam. A thick blanket of shredded lace, along with everything else, makes the appearance score an easy call.

This is one serious smelling RIS. The malt bill makes for interesting reading (wheat, oats, Maris Otter, Munich, crystal, chocolate, black and roasted), but the only ones that make a splash are the final three. Maybe the final four. The splash is more like a tidal wave of dark chocolate, black coffee, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. I can't wait to upend the glass.

Nogne Imperial Stout is everything that I'd hoped it would be (after drinking and loving Nogne Porter). It isn't as big and as bad as the biggest and baddest of the style, but it's as delicious as all get out. This Norwegian brewery nails each and every style with unerring precision.

The flavor profile follows the nasal profile to a 'T'. All of the flavors born of hugely roasted barley swirl throughout the mouth in perfect harmony. Bittersweet chocolate-coated coffee beans and anise are especially prominent; the latter being something that I loved in Nogne Porter as well. A hint of vanilla makes me think of Oreo cookies. Although sweetness is favored over bitterness, there is a subtle tightening on the sticky, impossibly long finish.

Maybe it's the wheat and oats, but the mouthfeel isn't quite up to snuff for the style. While it's plenty viscous, that underlying, all-encompassing hugeness isn't there. Things are improving as the beer sits, just not enough for the next highest score to be granted. The label suggests a serving temperature of 50 degrees. I used an (estimated) 55 degrees. I plan to start my next bottle out at 60.

It's too bad that Nogne Imperial Stout doesn't come in bigger bottles because this one is nearly gone and I haven't had my fill yet. Nogne is one of my favorite non-U.S. breweries because they're so consistent, right across the style board. It's a shame their beer isn't more widely available. If I had access, I would single-handedly keep the export side of their business profitable.

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