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

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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 rajendra82
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a 500 ml. Brown bottle from Green's, the Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout poured out dark brown, and sported a khaki head that was nicely proportioned. The sniff indicated that this was a roasty stout as aromas of coffee, burnt toast, and chicory crossed my nostrils. The taste confirmed the relatively dry nature of the beer, as there was little to no sweetness to counter the astringency and bitterness. The higher than typical carbonation was quite apparent in the taste as a lot of chocolate sparkled across the tongue. Hops presented themselves in a citric and spicy manner. The body felt light for the style, but I would call this a deliberately effect enhance drinkability. Although thin, this did not feel watered down, just very well attenuated. Not much evidence of the 9% ABV anywhere. One of the easiest Imperial Stout to put down.

rajendra82, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Near opaque black in color. Creamy tan head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Roasted dark malts. Dark chocolate. Coffee. Caramel. Dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Astringent roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate are followed by a citrus and pine hop presence that tickles the tongue. Flavors of sweet caramel and dark fruit are followed by tastes of coffee and a hint of licorice or anise. Sweet roasted malts are taken over by a soft wave of warming alcohol.

M: Creamy rich and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Warming and slightly dry.

D: Alcohol is well hidden. Complex flavors meld perfectly and the sweetness of this brew make it fairly easy to drink. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black beer. Thick and creamy brown head. Lasts a while and coats the walls of the glass in sheets. Love the nose. Anise and black licorice. Char and burnt malt. Tobacco juice. Dark chocolate and a little lactose too. Transfer the aroma qualities onto the palate and add some nice hop bitterness and you've got one helluva nice Imperial Stout. Chocolate takes more of a stand on the buds as well. And a nice roasted, char-like bitterness to complement the hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty luxurious. Silky and smooth. Slight hints of alcohol, but not much. (There shouldn't be at 7.5 a/v.) Body could use a boost. It hovers around medium, maybe a little better. Good looking, good smelling, good tasting. But for the style, it could use some more heft in a/v and body. (As you can see from my numbers, I'm not holding that against this beer much though.)

Bighuge, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was close to black with reddish brown edges and a fluffy, dark brown head. Good head retention and chunky lacing appeared. Rich, malty aroma with lots of caramel and milk chocolate, moderate roastiness, and a nice licorice character. Full bodied with a solid bitterness. Big malt flavour with caramel sweetness and roast up front, followed by cocoa and dark chocolate lingering in the finish. Anise was milder than in the aroma, but still remained in the forefront. Mild alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation kept it from feeling heavy, fairly creamy. Overall, a pretty good stout. Full flavoured but still quite drinkable.

DrJay, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: ABV on bottle is listed at 9%.

Pours a dark black with a nice 1 finger dark tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is of wonderful, rich chocolates and roasted coffee.

Taste is quite nice. Dark chocolate, espresso, dark fruits and a nice little kick of hops and alcohol. Hops are at a perfect level to balance the flavors and add a nice complexity. Finishes with a nice coating of chocolate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich with a medium level of carbonation. Drinkability is quite high, given the balance and lack of a syrupy mouthfeel.

Highly recommended. I'd always wanted to try this one, and am quite glad to have picked up a couple bottle at HiTime.

rallison, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, pours opaque and jet black with a thin, surprisingly white head.

The aroma is spicy phenols, coffee, sweet fruity esters, and fusels (at least that's what I think they are.) Some alcohol is present in the aroma. There are a surprising number of yeast-derived aromas here for an imperial stout, but it works pretty well.

Opens up with dark malt and transitions very quickly into black patent astringency. The malt bitterness comes with a dark chocolate flavor that keeps it better contained than in, say, Old Rasputin, but I'd like to see more going on mid-palate. Some phenolic and alcoholic spiciness are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty light (which makes sense, looking at the ABV), bordering on porterish. It's not as thin as some of the Rogue stouts, but it's still a little too light for me-- I like my stouts nice and fat.

Reasonably drinkable, but the chalkiness takes it down a notch or two.

Decent imperial stout, but it's an overpopulated style where my standards are high; I wouldn't buy it again.

Later: Chalkiness is out of control, needs more booze, needs to be chewier. Not very good.

Even Later: I described this to a friend as "like drinking Tums." I thought it was apt.

kajerm, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Flyer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours deep brown-black, with a good head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, with subtle notes reminicent of mandarin, strawberry, and port wine. The latter carries over into the taste, which is nonetheless dominated by roasty, chocolatey flavors. Long, rewarding atertaste. An outstanding imperial stout.

Flyer, May 26, 2007
Photo of beckje01
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a a Nøgne tasting.

Wow I'll start with the fact that I think this is Nøgne's best beer as far as the ones I've had. Great smell just right on the money. With good taste nice malt and balance. Hops come out but don't dominate. Overall great. The only room for improvement in my mind is upping the ABV and it would be in a big competitor to the other big boys in the style.

beckje01, May 26, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. As others have previously mentioned, the bottle reads it is 9% ABV as opposed to the listed amount. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is extremely thick and chewy. The taste is rather roasty with some dark malts, chocolate and coffee and a bitter finish. Overall, this is a very solid RIS that I certainly would not mind having agian.

cjgator3, May 24, 2007
Photo of clickpush
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour: .5L bottle to pint glass. Label reads 9% ABV, which in my opinion could make quite a difference in a beer from the 7.5% that's listed on BA. Anyway, let's continue and find out. A gentle pour produces the tiniest brown head that reduces quickly to a more-than-ample coat of lacing. The body of the beer is the darkest shade of brown, like a Turkish coffee. As I drink the beer webbing clings all over the glass. It's gorgeous.

Nose: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and a fruitier touch of gooseberries. Balanced with aromas of coffee and grapefruit. Candi sugar aroma seems present as well. Not an extremely strong smell but very appealing.

Mouth: Huge roast flavors balanced by heat and an almost floral fore flavor. Plums and grapes marry coffee and charcoal with some heat in the exhale and an espresso aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and very easy to drink. Works chilled on a hot day or room temp on a cold one. No alcohol flavor to expose the 9%, just the wee touch of heat that works well with this beer. Terrific!

clickpush, May 23, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Totally black color. Licorice nose. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet licorice and hints of burnt coffee. Nice beefy imperial stout. Slight bitter finish. $8.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Label has ABV at 9%.

jdhilt, May 22, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

The aroma is burnt roasted chocolate malts, grains, anise and some alcohol.

The flavor is some lactic chocolate followed by anise and a big sticky burnt bitterness with a little residual sweetness. As it warms, some coffee notes come out. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery.

Overall, this is a decent big impy stout. It's a little too much on the charred side for me.

Beaver13, May 22, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful black color with a very nice powdered cocoa looking head on top. Deep grainy and roasted aroma. Almost licorice like in spots. Deep, rich espresso flavor. Roasted grain and burnt toast. Somewhat metallic and "ink" tasting but in a great way. Very impressive. Nice, slcik and chewy mouthfeel-man get me a spoon! Just a killer, killer beer. My second offering from thses guys and who boy they kick ass. Great, great beer.

lackenhauser, May 18, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a rich, black color with a small cocoa head that recedes. Mild lacing on the glass.

Sweet, roasted malt aroma with notes of espresso and dark chocolate.

Taste is malty sweet upfront with a bold roasted malt flavor. Leads into some mild tones of espresso and dark cocoa, but the sweet roastedness remains dominant. Some hop bitterness apears midway and rides through the finish, but isn't quite enough to offset the sweet, lingering finish.

Full body, solid carbonation. Mildly syrupy.

Overall, a nice IS - although not overly complex. A nice finish to an eveining, although the sweetness and slightly syrupy body hinder the drinkability. Certailny woth a try, especially for fans of the style.

MaltyGoodness, May 09, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head isn't going anywhere fast, with lingering dark brown lacing. Aroma is dark malts, maybe a whiff of anise, and some lightly fruity alcohol. Taste reflects the nose, with roasted coffee coming on, and a moderate bitterness that lasts at the end. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but a tad prickly, maybe a bit overcarbonated for the style, and drinkability is nice. Another enjoyable offering here.

ppoitras, May 04, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last Nogne we sampled the other night. Poured a deep pitchblack night color with a deep brown head and solid lacing on the glass. The nose threw off some distinct chocolate and roasted notes. The taste was sweet and had bitter chocolate tones as well. The body was very filling but pleasing at the same time.

ggaughan, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of mbutter1997
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, dark black. But if held just right to the light, there's a mild hue of red. 2-3" of thick malty brown head. Sticks around throughout and sticks nicely to the glass.
S: Malty aromas of chocolate, molasses and roasted malts.
T: Taste mirrors the aroma. The roasted malts are delectable, with a touch of espresso. The hop character is blended well. Aftertaste is a touch bitter, but still good.
M: Rich & creamy; alcohol is definitely present but well blended into the beer.
D: Would definitely have this again. Am curious as to what else this brewery has to offer. Back to Beertopia for some new beers...

mbutter1997, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 300th review, hard to believe... Picked up after a very long day. Poured into a Samuel Smith's nonic.

Appearance: Dark head over an incredibly dark body. Completely opaque, even when held up to a light bulb. Exceptional retention and lacing.

Smell: Coffee and bitter roast aroma.

Taste: Acidic. Flavor a bit lighter than I'd expect from the color, but good. Fairly typical chocolate & coffee, finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy. Sticks to the inside of your mouth.

Drinkability: Good, particularly after a long day like this one. I'd anticipated planning out my 300th review, picking something in advance, and all that, but after such a long day this did just as well.

hunteraw, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. Body is an inky black topped by a sizeable, creamy, deep tan head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, with a hint of lactose sweetness. Palate is rich, smooth, and slightly sweet. Roasted malt is the dominant flavor, accented by mocha, dark fruit, and a touch of licorice. Finish is mildly bitter, as a few hops come out at the very end. Body is thick, creamy, and slightly oily, making this beer a slow sipper. A pleasure to drink, especially in tandem with a slice of chocolate raspberry cake.

ElGordo, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours an inky blacky with a dense one finger head that fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind a thick webbing of lace. The lacing is very sticky, and lasts throughout the entire beer. The second pour, which is only a little more aggressive, produces a two finger head that takes a really long time to fall.

Smell; dark roasted chocolate malts, with some hints of coffee and molasses really jump out at me. A bit burnt sugar and some dark fruits are present, and in the background, there's some traces of anise.

Taste; lots of roasted coffee beans and malts, that slowly fade to some chocolate and molasses. It's a touch sweet, but the roasted flavors more than offset the sweetness. A bit of hop bitterness and anise come out on the back end, and there's a little sourness in the finish. Not as in your face as a lot of the American imperial stouts are, but this is one damn fine beer.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very nice smooth carbonation that helps to give this a great drinkability.

RedHaze, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Imperial pint glass and allowed to warm up for 15 minutes. Appears an opaque deep brown color with about an inch of thick dark tan foam. A thick layer of lacing coats the inside of the glass and doesn't budge. Awesome smokey nose. Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso beans, smoked and roasted grains, and black licorice. Taste is rather sweet at first, leading into strong mocha notes with a heavy lean towards dark roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa. This is followed by a light smokiness, a touch of alcohol, and a pleasant bitterness. This is a nice full bodied beer that reminds you that you are drinking something with some substance. Carbonation is in line with the style. A very rich and satisfying Imperial Stout, albeit a little pricey for a 500ml bottle, but certainly worth trying at least once.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate coating, creamy, roasty tan head, good 1/2"...

Smooth, creamy, milky aroma, light cocoa tones, toasty, ...

Big on the palate, full and rich, big chocolate, some espresso below that, thick and tasty, ...very full, lightly hoppy, nice moderate bitterness, with a deep, and gorgeous flavor below. Wow. Tas-tee!

Yum. Quite a treat, this one, not too this, not too that...just right.

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of black chocolate with subtle coffee notes was well balance and very enticing. Taste is a perfect balance between some black chocolate malt with a very subtle hint of sweetness and some subtle coffee. Creamy texture is incredible with a thick body à la Bells Expedition. No alcohol was detectable and carbonation was low. Definitely the best beer I have tasted from this brewer up to now.

Phyl21ca, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biegaman hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. thanks jan!

pours very dark brown, nearly black and almost completely opaque. a big dense dark brown head rises up, then slowly falls to a thick ring around the glass. although there is very little lace, the head just keeps rising back up.

aroma is great. rich dark chocolate. coffee. caramel. roast. bit of alcohol. light sweetness.

taste is great. lots of roast. bittersweet chocolate. light caramel sweetness. big bready malt. hint of alcohol. coffee.

mouthfeel is good. big body. nice medium carbonation level. light astringency.

drinkability is great. very well balanced and quite tasty. very enjoyable.

grub, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep dark black color with a chocolate colored 3"+ head. The head lasts for most of the session which for an imperial stout is impressive. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: huge chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts are easy to pick up well outside the glass.

Taste: the flavors follow the nose as the chocolates, molasses, roasted malts, prunes, hints of coffee, decent bitterness, and mild alcohol tones make up bold flavored brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. The finish is smooth and a touch dry. The chocolate and molasses flavor glue themselves to the tongue and last a while. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: this is an awesome beer in my opinion, and depsite the alcohol tones this went down easy. I could have had a few bottles of this in a session. Find some of this and try it.

Gavage, Mar 18, 2007
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.