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

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-10-2010)
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Reviews by liamt07:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Steve and Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks Steve.

Pours a very dark brown, with an opaque body. Eggshell/cream coloured head with solid retention. Nose was quite peculiar and unique, some black licorice, heavy coriander (almost overly so), orange peel (in a weird sort of way that I'm struggling to describe) and a general 'perfumey' aroma that befuddles and interests me simultaneously, all the while stinging my nostrils. I guess this is somewhat representative of what an Imperial Dunkelwit would (should?) be, I'm not sure I'm sold on it thought. Taste starts with a full and thick malt to coat the tongue initially, allowing some peppercorn/coriander and orange to follow. Again, this weird perfumy and pungent spice prevails almost overpowering the the wheat and dark malts underneath all of this. Mouthfeel is good, with a bit of weight to it. Light alcohol and lingering spices. A definite sipper, and a truly unique offering. Not confident I'd actively revisit this one though.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:23:39 | More by liamt07
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-30-2014 17:17:54 | More by nmann08
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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

few have gone where this thing goes, a style hybrid of epic proportions, but even more like a beer/gin hybrid in a lot of ways. tons of gin on the nose and front palate, while other pines and orange zesty and herbal notes are apparent at random throughout. strange and enticingly medium brown, molasses colored, with an inch of well compacted khaki head. gin hard in the nose, but other things too including sweet brown malt, english ale yeast, which doesnt fit the bill, belgian fruit esters, dried winter spices, and some salt water taffy i had and didnt really care for when i was too young for high end treats. overwhelming cornucopia of intense flavors too, all of these, with some toffee brittle, birch syrup, and botanical medicinal curiosity. its almost more than i can handle in terms of understanding, but not more than i can stomach or appreciate. you would never guess its strength in terms of alcohol, and would never know it was supposed to be an imperial germal style belgian wit (and whatever else). it matches none of these in style, but is a wholly unique offspring of a number of different brewing traditions that i think is extremely effective. wily and robust, i would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 21:52:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-21-2014 01:59:33 | More by afsdan
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-24-2014 00:37:10 | More by Bdel34
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-22-2013 16:18:30 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-11-2013 01:03:29 | More by bigred89
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-16-2013 20:50:32 | More by warnerry
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-19-2013 23:31:51 | More by Florya
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

03-13-2012 15:07:49 | More by RichH55
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and sporadic lacing,the smell is beautiful its like freshly baked bananna bread,cinamon doughnuts,lemon brulee and very light corriander,the mouthfeel is just medium bodied and has tastes of freshly baked lemon brulee,candied orange peel,dried apricot slice,lemon cheescake and finished with a herbal,sweetness that is very different but very drinkable too and overall i really enjoyed this beer and would buy again and definatly recommend for the crowd who want something different but very drinkable and would recommend for citrus desserts cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 12:47:40 | More by ADZA
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New York

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-28-2011 01:21:50 | More by shanekramer
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

11-26-2011 13:46:10 | More by deapokid
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-18-2011 22:09:02 | More by JAHMUR
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District of Columbia

2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smells nothing like it tastes: complex spicy bouquet; sweet; slight cola.

hot finish. nutty and slightly raisiny malt presence, although it's certainly not robust. i wouldn't expect any sort of wit to be big but a 10% brew needs something to support the alcohol and flavors

very boozy. needs some time. meh

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:11:11 | More by bruachan
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2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I was told that this was going to be a very malty beer, so I came in with the expectations of such. I wasn't sure which glass would be the best for this experimental beer, so I went for my Eisenbahn Wiezenbock glass. 500 ml bottle, and on to the beer:

Very dark brown, almost at the point of being black. Carbonation bubbles are visible at points. A thick head formed on the pour, retention is decent. Lines of lace cling around the glass. The noe features a very strong lemon/coriander combination, which is refreshing at first, but quickly becomes too much of a good thing. Subtle apples and brown sugar try to break through the dominance.

STRONG coriander flavor. It's so overpowering that even the pleasant spicy alcohol easily gets lost. It's so overpowering that you have a difficult time finding the "dark" characteristics. It's so powerful that it interferes with the mouthfeel, its full body and gentle crispness.

Horribly off-putting and a major dissapointment. The $10 I spent for the bottle could have gotten me two Arrogant Bastards, or one Delirium Tremens 750, or six PBR tall boys....

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 19:09:40 | More by DoubleJ
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of a very dark brown body with just a bit of amber showing through. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Malty notes of caramel and dark bread with some cinnamon and allspice as well as some light pine hops in the background.

T - Dark caramel and some surprisingly assertive pine hop/juniper flavors up front. Lots of molasses and a hint of licorice in the middle. Things finish up with some clove and cinnamon as well as a little more hop character and moderate bitterness.

D - This is a very robust beer with a strong, dark sugar character. There seems to be some spice (as expected from the wit part), but it is not overbearing. The hop/juniper character is the biggest surprise, and it pushes back against the malt in a way that keeps the beer relatively drinkable. Not my favorite Nogne O beer, but it is just as well made as the others.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 04:36:19 | More by nickfl
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial DunkelWit pours a flat, opaque mahogany with barely any foam on top. What foam there is leaves only a couple spots of lace on the glass.

Spicy aroma of juniper, clove, orange peel, smoke and a touch of bread (yeast?).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, watery and lightly carbonated. The flavor is sweet and spicy. It begins with sweet malt and caramel. Quickly, orange peel, coriander, clove and a touch of cinnamon take over. It finishes dry with lingering spicy notes of cinnamon and clove.

A very tasty beer that would be great with a holiday meal. The spices are prominent, but mild. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:54:28 | More by WanderingFool
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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was pretty impressive. I picked up a bottle and was very intrigued by the style. The beer poured out as a hazy brown color with a foamy white head on top. The head settles into a few soapy looking bubbles around the glass and leaves a white film over the beer. The smell has a stron amount of lemon coming off of it. The dark malts and yeast give off a bread like aroma. The taste brings the lemons and malts, the flavors of clove come in there too. The mouthfeel is actually on the thicker side, has a decent feel to it. Overall I liked this beer. Would be a great beer for the summer, found this to be pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:10:15 | More by Knapp85
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crazy aroma, unusual taste. The aroma is licorice and chocolate and boozy and very sweet. Three-quarters of an inch of brown head on dark brown body, and lacey. The taste inclues chocolate, sugar, a little bitter, lemon in the aftertaste, black peppercorn, root beer. Above average mouthfeel. Drinkable but I would not like it again.Thanks Stephen.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 15:11:16 | More by Sammy
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brown & hazy in my snifter. No traces of head or lace. I know it's common for imperial brews to prove lackluster in these departments due to the higher ABV, but this is supposed to be a witbier!

S: spicy! Cloves, yeast, malt, dark fruit, more spices. Mmmmm...

T: sweet start to finish. Tons of fruit, (roasty?) malts, and spices with a solid booze backbone. Reminds me much more of a Quad or a Belgian-stlye Christmas ale than a wit. Still good though.

M: full-bodied and oily; low carbonation. Works well.

O: an interesting brew, so say the least. I love the experimentation going on at Nogne O; the idea alone of an imperial dunkelweiss is intriguing. And it was well executed here.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 02:07:48 | More by brystmar
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured a deep brown, mahogany slightly cloudy color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving average amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Predominantly malt with hints of citrus and other fruits. Slightly hoppy scent to finish.

T - Very sweet to start. Lots of malt with slight flavors of citrus, coriander, chocolate and slightly hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - High abv is well hidden. Overall very enjoyable beer and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 17:10:19 | More by taigor
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2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very deep clear copper with red highlights. A feint light white head that fades quickly to nothing. There is almost no nose to this beer, despite allowing the bottle to get to room temperature and multiple swirls in the glass for greater oxygination. There is a feint delicate plum and nothing else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but all is overshadowed by a pinetar sour coffee character and sour bitter finish. Bad bottle?

Opened a second bottle - same color; same head; same lack of nose. Flavors of menthol and pine coughdrops. Less sour but flavor profile (spices?) simply put the flavors of this in the almost offensive catagory. It's like drinking camphor; tastes like a liquid Vicks vapor rub.

I do not thing this is bad beer; I simply believe it is a beer that is not for me and not like any witbier I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 11:55:22 | More by GRG1313
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clarity. Amber-brown colour. Fluffy, light tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a little odd with the maltiness of Munich malt and a light herbaceous spiciness playing against each other.

Odd flavour with the highest concentration of coriander I've ever had in a beer. There is also a distinct maltiness and a light citrus background which is nice. I like it.

Medium body with moderate, silky carbonation.

An oddly drinkable beer which really hides it's 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 07:21:25 | More by dgilks
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a MJ tasting glass.

A - pours a deep ruby with one finger of offwhite/light tan head that does not last. Leaves a thin whisp of foam on the surface and some lacing.

S - Coriander and orange peel, with a chocolatey roasted character. Reminds me of chocolate covered orange peels.

T - First sip of dark chocolate covered orange peels, a little coriander flavor, but mostly roast/chocolate and orange.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and mouth-coating. No astrigency, roasted character is not overdone.

D - Highly drinkable and dangerously so at 10%. This would be great in the winter by a roaring fire. I wonder how it would taste warmed in a mug like gluhwine? Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 23:55:09 | More by JamnesCameron
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Imperial DunkelWit from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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