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Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye PorterNøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter

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BA SCORE
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.43%


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Norway

Style | ABV
English Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 07-18-2012)
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a stout glass, my first offering from these Norwegians. Intersecting concept with a decent result. The smokey bitterness of the porter flavoring somewhat masked the spiciness of the rye, but there were still some hints here and there. Dark brown color, incredibly smooth going down. Really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:50:53 | More by MarkQ617
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, part of a slew of new Nøgne Ø to hit the shelves in Alberta of late.

This beer pours a very, very dark brown hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and verily creamy tan head, which leaves some streaky tree trunk lace around the glass at it quite lazily recedes.

It smells of fruity caramel malt, sort of the licorice-touched, candied variety, over-sugared milky black coffee, a slightly spicy roasted rye graininess, nougaty chocolate, mild leafy, earthy hops, and a suggestion of metallic alcohol. The taste is dark cocoa powder, semi-sour milk, grainy caramel and rye malt, lightly astringent Nordic licorice, faintly spicy yeast, tart black fruit, and further earthy, leafy, and gently perfumed hops, the 18-proof ABV needling its way in thusly.

The carbonation is light and frothy, the body medium-full in weight (for the style), yet perhaps a tad thin on the ground for its smoothness, and any creaminess is of the airy variety. It finishes surprisingly dry, the rye starting to overtake the caramel for malt direction, the licorice notes going all natively tight and salty, some lactic sourness lingering, and the alcohol starting to sniff around in earnest.

A decent attempt at a - well let's count 'em: one, two, and, we'll say three markups to the base - English Porter. Broken down, this collaboration has added rye malt, ramped up booze, and, yes, Yanks and Norwegians to the mix. The result is interesting, rather flavourful, and drinkable enough, the latent dryness going the long mile in support of that.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:30:33 | More by biboergosum
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tmm313

Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan 2 finger head. Good retention and outstanding lacing. Couldn't be better.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, booze, and tropical hops.

T- Dark, sweet fruits up front. Big chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, coffee, and a little licorice follows. Creamy chocolate is the boss of this beer, but its other parts compliment it wonderfully. Beautifully balanced and complex. Hoppy tropical fruit flavor pops in and out as it warms.

M- Super, I mean SUPER, creamy. And seriously as thick as old motor oil. Kind of sticky. Light, crisp carbonation. Drying with a nice roasted bitterness.

O- This is a well crafted beer. Balanced and complex. The mouthfeel is what I will remember most, but overall this was a damn good beer and memorable experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:15:35 | More by tmm313
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light spicy rye notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is mxi between light dry roasted malt notes with spicy notes of rye also noticeable and some well-balanced residual sugar. Body has a really nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid porter with rye notes adding further complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 17:38:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Imperial Rye orter is a dark ale with lots of character, brewed by Spike and Kjetil. The best of both worlds!" Brewed in the style of an English Porter. This is a one time collaboration between Nøgne Ø and Terrapin Beer Company, released in early 2012. Still available at a few bottle shops in the area.

Poured from a 16.9 fl oz. bottle to two snifters. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy thick head of a moderate viscosity and a buttery mocha-cream complexion. Body color is a near black dark brown. Retention is above average. Lacing is medium thick and curtained but doesn't stick. It certainly falls in line with the appearance of porters but isn't overly pleasing. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of rye bread, medium caramel grain, a moderate bittersweet acidity of an English Ale yeast origin, and a hint of dark fruits provide a subtle tartness. Licorice faintly peaks amongst moderate roasty cocoa nibs and a dash of earthy hop resin reveals with warming. Aroma is fair accessible like most English porters but carries an enhanced complexity and malt depth: one could certainly discern this to be a porter of the "imperial" caliber collectively based on the parts of the whole. Rye adds a touch of malt complexity but blends well with the malt bill. Potency is medium+, 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has similarities with the aroma: Toasted grain malt, with a touch of rye bread, licorice and a trace of black malt. A moderate earthy hop bitterness and a subtle yeast character add some fruity ester complexity to the medium thick finish. Rye adds to the thickness of this beer but otherwise doesn't redefine the beer much. Altogether it's a very drinkable and flavorful porter with plenty of complex flavors to enjoy. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is medium-viscous with a moderate slickness and a mellow carbonation presence for a slight touch of creaminess. Balance is nearly equally bitter as well as sweet, with a touch of acidity as well. Body is medium/high for a porter and medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is low. 4.25

(Overall) This is a thoroughly enjoyable collaboration between Terrapin and Nøgne Ø. While in most regards as simple and drinkable as a porter is, the malt base and matching hop profile added a welcome complexity without shortchanging this beer's drinkability. It's a solid-built porter,and not one I regret trying. Recommended for hoppy and complex English porter lovers. 4

Nøgne Ø's
Imperial Rye Porter (Collaboration with Terrapin Beer Company)
4.08/5.00

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:21:38 | More by Jadjunk
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StrongAleSkeptic

Arizona

4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brownish black, with considerable brown head. Lacing of the glass through the entire round
S - Smells of roasted notes of barley and rye, with a dominance of toffee and a subtle burnt caramel sweetness. Aroma is clean roasted grain throughout. No off-notes or harshness.
T - Outstanding flavor profile throughout the entire sip. There's a quick dominant spiciness upfront that soon blends to a semi-sweet, roasted toffee flavor. Comforting and lively evolving taste as it blends towards the back of the mouth. Zero trace of alcohol or any harsh notes. The rye provides such a unique but complimentary tone to the roasted bill.
M - Gentle but thicker on the palate with a distinctly wet finish. Balanced bitterness leaves a tinge to salivate on before the next sip and finishes quite clean. Outstanding.
O - One of the smoothest imperial porters I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. From start to finish this porter blends with comfort and leads with a soothing force throughout the palate. It's surprisingly simple and pure in its styling, refreshingly leaving out much of the complexity that other higher gravity porters seek to exploit. Again, outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 04:25:45 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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beergoot

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body with a thick, chunky, sticky and lasting head. Rich dark roast malt aromas infused with molasses, chocolate, hints of rye spiciness and gooey caramel. Flavors mimic the aroma and roll about the palate on a thick yet smooth and easy sipping river of tasty velvet.

Awesome flavors, aromas, and feel in near perfect balance with deep, mysterious depths of complexity. Malts, rye, and hops combine in wonderful ways to excite the palate while keeping the high alcohol taste recessed deep in the background. A “must have” for fans of “big boy” dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 22:30:11 | More by beergoot
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, spicy rye, black licorice, molasses, coffee, hint of dark fruit, a bit of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, spicy rye, molasses, roasted coffee, black licorice, bit of dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch creamy with a sweet, roasted, warming finish.

D - Nice imperial porter. Good overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 22:36:38 | More by ngeunit1
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tapered Guinness pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains quite well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a big center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Chocolatey aroma with a bit of spicy rye and a hint of caramel.

T- Dark roasted malt, milk chocolate and rye all very well-balanced and on the sweeter side which is a plus for me. Alcohol is incredibly well-hidden beneath the deliciousness bringing the drinkability to dangerous levels.

M- Semi-creamy with a robust body and medium carbonation.

O- Plain and simple but incredibly effective. When the Nogne boys and Terrapin boys put their heads together, you get an awesome Norwegeorgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 01:21:33 | More by Immortale25
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque with a dark, thin head. Rather inviting aroma of rye, chocolate, and dark fruit. Extremely smooth and complex. Layer upon layer of flavor. Rye and chocolate first, then figs, currants, charred wood, and burnt marshmallows. There is a hint of sweetness followed by a lasting chalky finish. Deceptive 9% ABV.

This is outstanding. Get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:34:32 | More by McNealc31
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, spicy rye, and some molasses. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, rye, coffee, wood, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd certainly buy this again. $9.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 22:39:57 | More by bluejacket74
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barczar

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with no highlights visible in poor lighting and a quarter inch mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is somewhat subtle, with chocolate, roast malt, booze, and floral hops at the start. Rye, cocoa, and hints of dark fruit surface, along with licorice and tobacco.

Flavor is intensely chocolatey, fairly sweet, with rye hitting mid palate, along with floral hops and grapefruit pith, followed by roast malt and a touch of coffee grounds. The finish is slightly peppery and bitter. Dark fruit character is subtle.

Body is slick and fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a touch of astringency.

Hits the mark...well, overshoots it on what most porters lack...the chocolate flavor that should be fairly prominent. Not overly rye, which suits my palate. Good roast character, but a touch acrid.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 03:03:06 | More by barczar
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BrownNut

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - Black. Thick rich tan head

S - 4 - black malt and dark chocolate and something else, almost a fruit

T - 4 - black malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, little woody, rye aftertaste

M - 5 - luxurious thick viscous velvety

O - 4.25 - They say one man's porter is another man's stout and this proves it. Its a stout. Maybe that's the imperial talking. Well done. Not too complex or unique but still a beautiful beer. Great taste and wonderful mouthfeel. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:07:54 | More by BrownNut
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A pitch black, zero clarity. A good amount of head and no sticky lace left on the glass. Looks dark and spooky!

S - Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Alcohol is very prevalent. A bit of heat coming off it, and spice

T - Like the smell, it is semi-sweet up front, with dark chocolate notes, coffee. Has a warming flavor from the alcohol at the back end.

M - Rich and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Smooth

O - I at first was not thrilled with the beer, but as it warmed, it got better and better! Drink this one after its been pulled out of the fridge for 20 minutes. Big difference in taste and drinkability! A very good porter that packs some heat and punch.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:58:34 | More by BeerDawgs
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Nogne O and Terrapin's collaboration imperial rye porter pours entirely black, with three fingers or so of mocha foam crown the beer, and head retention is very good. Lacing is a little bit spotty though. The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and roasty coffee, with the advantage probably tilted towards the former. A spicy note from the rye is left to skulk in the background. The flavor loses some of the sweetness from the nose. The chocolate is more of the bittersweet, dark variety, and is more evenly balanced. While that's nice, a ssligtly weeter flavor base would have played as a better base for the spicy rye character to contrast against. The body is very chewy, and combined with the very low carbonation, the mouthfeel is just a little over the top malty. I wish the carbonation was just a bit higher to lend a little bit of much needed levity. It's not quite world class, but this porter from Nogne O and Terrapin is definitely a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 03:59:43 | More by axeman9182
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a dfh snifter

A: nice and black with a massive two and a half finger if tanned chocolaty head that dissapates nicley and leavs some nice lacing... Great looking beer.

S: nice notes of chocolate and light notes of roasted coffee along with some nice spicy rye notes.... Nice nose.

T: yum, this brew reminds me of Firestone walker wookie jack, minus the hops, I get a nice chocolatyness along with some spicy rye notes And a slight touch of earthy hop bitterness, there are also some toasty grain coffe like notes in there, all and all this brew is very well rounded and tasty.

M: really like the mouthfeel here, very thick and creamy, a touch dry on the finish from the rye and bittering hops, nicley rounded.

O: this is a delicious beer, nice depth and rich creamyness, the rye works well here, tasty and complex, deffinatly can see myself grabbing another bottle or two of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 00:29:38 | More by PeterIngemi
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Naters333

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured on tap into a tulip with a great black color and a two finger head.

T-Great taste of coffee notes.

M- Mouthful was great with the great rye flavor coming through.

O-This beer tasted great! I usually don't review beers on tap, but this one was delicious. Very easy to drink, and didn't notice the 9% alcohol at all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 09:41:13 | More by Naters333
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sommersb

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-28-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Terrapin Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is near black and opaque. The tan head is small and offers a fair amount of lacing. Head retention is low, just leaving some swirls of tan on top of the beer. My bottle also had some brown sediment stuck in the neck and on the inside of the cap, but it didn't seem to detract from the taste.

Aromas are very nice, starting with roasted grains as in coffee, plus spicy rye malts, bittersweet chocolate, wood/oak/earthen notes, and licorice.

The taste has a bitterness of coffee roast, then dark chocolates, and earthy hops. A bit boozy as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied, with a dry finish that has a bit of bite from the rye grain, or maybe the hops, that I don't find enjoyable. This improves some as the beer warms up. More alcohol warmth is noted as well.

All in all, this was a pleasant porter, but could use maybe a little less rye or hops in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 03:02:10 | More by sommersb
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black witha creamy tan 2 inch head and nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Dark roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, a very mild hop dark fruit. Im relaly not getting alot out of the aromoa.

Taste - First sip, very hoppy, much more then expected, bitter sweet fruits then the dark malts, coffee and chocolate kick. Added molassess and brown sugars along with a cocoa chocolate note really work well together. The rye is present and adds that classic burnt flavor. The finish is almost chocolate milk like in thick creaminess.

Mouthfeel - Nice bitterness of hops on the tounge, lots of malts, and chocolate next. Palate gets alot more malts, the rye and added sugars. he afteraste is creamy, malty, rye and sugary.

Overall - Really nice beer, tons of flavor, alot going on. Love the rye kick in it, along with the creamy milk chocolate flavor it has. Man what a great, balanced beer, rather expensive but glad i bought it, love nogne and the effort terrapin gave to this. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 23:01:55 | More by wvsabbath
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seand

California

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque black with a large amount of dense tan head. It dissipates to a thin but solid layer on the surface, and leaves nice spots of lacing.

S: Dense molasses sweetness with a thick roasted grain note. There's a hint of something almost vinous.

T: Thick roasted malt with a dry middle leading into a bitter toasty finish.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry, and a touch chewy.

Overall, nicely constructed with a roasted flavor that just barely doesn't cross the line into over the top. Try it if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 03:14:11 | More by seand
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep dark brown, almost black pour with a nice two finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is all roasted malt with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, toffee, and rye with just a touch of booze. The taste totally follows suit with loads of roasty malt and bitter dark chocolate immediately taking charge. Very earthy and woody with some nice hoppy, spicy rye adding contrast. Hints of coffee, toffee, and mocha round it out nicely with a touch of smoke on the end. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, smooth as silk, and really creamy with a nice subtle spicy bite on the finish. I had this on tap in Norway for like a thousand dollars, but the bottled version is every bit as good. Definitely one of the best Porters I've ever tasted!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 17:48:12 | More by beerdrifter
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $9.99 at Charlie's Beer & Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an ebony-hued body with a small-sized, tan head. Thin veneer of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Robust mocha tones with the incorporated roast, the harsh chocolate, heavy toastiness. Slightly lesser but still hearty notes of dark fruit, rye malt, anise, and woodsy hop pellets.

Taste: Roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate with a little pinch of licorice and some of the zestful rye coming across mingled with some underlying hop bitterness from the woodsy hops and alcohol warmth. Spiced, peppery mocha on the back half with continued warmth and some roasted grain astringency until the creamyish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy, soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Fairly solid while not a jump for joy beer. Nøgne Ø generally handles the malty brews well.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:04:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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prototypic

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Rye Porter is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s almost opaque. Holding the glass up to light shows some dark burgundy highlights at the outer edges. Very impressive color nonetheless. A tan crown sits on top and stands just over a finger tall. It’s rather slow to recede, leaving a moderate spotty lacing behind. Good looking stuff.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice mix of chocolate and strong coffee. It doesn’t smell all that sweet. Roasted coffee is strong in the mix and really complements the chocolate well. It even adds a slight charred or burnt aroma. Rye is noted and adds a bread-like quality to the overall mix. Secondary scents include various spicy, herbal, and grassy notes. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through overly strong. Smells good!

The flavor is every bit as good as the nose, perhaps a little better. The malt base is certainly chocolate. It’s dark and bittersweet. Not much sweet milk chocolate here. Coffee is very bold in flavor and complements the chocolate extremely well. As a coffee fan, I love that! Rye is easily noted. It’s not buried at all. It adds a nice spicy flavor and is a little bread-ish. It’s a little herbal and grassy. Alcohol isn’t overly strong. Finishes with a nicely balanced mix of malty, herbal, and spicy flavors. Impressive.

Imperial Rye Porter has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems light and rather soft overall. It still feels just a tad thin for its size. More body would definitely smooth it out. Pretty drinkable stuff though. It’s tasty and goes down easy.

This collaboration between Terrapin Beer Company and Nøgne Ø is definitely impressive. I was a little apprehensive about a mix of dark malts and rye, but it works even better than I’d hoped. This is definitely tasty beer! Grab a bottle while you can!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:58:35 | More by prototypic
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black color with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with a spicy rye presence that's complimented by earthy hops, lactic cream and sweeter notes. Really strong rye character along with burnt toast, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and oatmeal. Slightly boozy and on the verge of becoming acrid but the rye adds another dimension of complexity that helps the nose.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a surprisingly hop forward flavor profile. Very dry and bitter with a dank, earthy pine needle presence that lingers over the spicy rye and roasted malts into a bone dry finish. In desperate need of some sweetness to combat the acrid, burnt malt profile and overpowering hop bitterness. As it warms and the palate adjusts, the rye character and subtle malt sweetness comes toward the forefront. Hints of burnt dark chocolate malt, oatmeal, robust coffee bean and caramel before finishing with subtle boozy heat. Not bad, but too hoppy for the style in my opinion and could use some more sweetness for balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 07:06:14 | More by corby112
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a huge and dense dark brown head. Fades slowly, leaving thick and fluffy lacing everywhere. Leaves a nice island of foam for a long while as well.

S: Nice ashy roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. Rye bread joins in for the fun with some spiciness.

T: Nice smooth chocolate mixed with rye up front. Fades away into a bitter coffee and ash aspect. Stays bitter and ashy and perhaps a touch earthy and smoky through the finish and lingers for quite a while.

M: Pretty heavy body, good carbonation, slick and smooth. Drying in the finish with the char.

O: A nice unique imperial porter with the rye aspect. Flavors meld nicely. Not too smoky like a lot of english-style porters. Definitely ashy, however. Not super complex but it's tasty and smooth. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:27:10 | More by Dope
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Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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