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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 4
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Norway

Style | ABV
English Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 07-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  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.

Photo of McNealc31
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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!

Photo of mscudder
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter. Thanks to my friend Julian for this one!

A - A deep, opaque black with a half finger tan head. Good retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, a pinch of hops and a touch of rye.

T - Fair standard here with some chocolate, coffee and big roasted malts, all in good balance. ABV is hidden nicely. Good and simple however an argument may be made that it is a bit plain.

M - The shining point of this one. Carbonation is high for a porter but really lifts this one up a notch. A heavy body coats the palette nicely with a creamy and smooth composition. A bit of rye shines towards the back, adding character. For what is going on here, I cannot see what they could have improved upon.

O - While large this beer is fairly drinkable with a well masked ABV. This is perhaps my favorite brew that Terrapin has touched and I will be on the lookout for more brews from Nonge O. (forgive the lack of proper characters).

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from Charley's (Woodstock, GA). 9.99. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours deep dark brown with one and a half fingers of thick tan head. Slight lacing. 

Nose is roasty, coffee and sweet. 

Taste follows the nose witg sweet, roasty, malty, coffee abd cocoa. 

Smooth creamy medium bodied with mderate carbonation. Pleasant sweet aftertast. 

I think this is the first rye porter I've tried and it's really well done. A good blend of the sweet malts and sharp rye. It's quite tastey now but worth saving a bottle to see what a year or two will do to it. 

Photo of Kromes
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great looking beer. An opaque black color that does not let any light through. A beautiful tan coloredhead that leaves a sheet of webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, a strong alcohol aroma, and a nice peppery rye to top it off. Swirling this in a tulip creates a finger's width head and a really nice aroma.

T: Up front is a sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor, the rye flavor shows up in the middle and finish which is smooth and sweet with a touch of bitterness from the roasted malt. The alcohol also shows up in the finish, but for the most part I didn't really notice the alcohol behind the strong flavors.

M: Smooth and creamy.

O: I'm a big fan of using rye. I've only had rye IPAs or Pale Ales, but using it in a Porter is just as good. For my tastes, this is a very, very good Imperial Porter.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with no ruby see through. Thick dark tan head with some ruby on the ring. Prunes and caramel notes and flavors. Dry rye finish. Rich tongue coating, velvety smooth, medium plus mouthfeel. Quite good.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | 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, piney hops, 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!

Photo of Borkman18
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolaty notes. Doesn't retain much of a head. With an aggressive pour, it retains a nice mocha-chocolaty colored one for a little bit. Very good.

Photo of BrownNut
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very black with a good amount of a tan head. Great lacing, sticks to the glass.

S - Getting a good helping of roasted malt and rye.

T - The taste really follows in line with the smell. Not picking up too many different characteristics.

M - Really coats your mouth, heavy on the palette and low carbonation.

T - It really follows in step with what the label says. But, it's a really nice and well done beer.

Photo of avalon07
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a massive, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: A subtle aroma of hops, malt, chocolate and rye.

T: Tasted of roasted malt (not too much, but enough), a fair amount of hops, a bit of chocolate, coffee, and rye. A well done and balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent English Porter. Well made and extremely drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The collaboration ale between Nogne-O and Terrapin hits a high note with "a dark ale with lots of character", or so the bottle reads. Delicously smooth, malty-rich, robustly roasted, and earthen spice all contribute to its complexity and strength.

Like many other robust porters, this imperial version decants with a dark coffee-like bark brown color but with more visual weight from creamy malt and embedded carbonation. The beer builds a firm sandy tan foam that caps the beer with a stubborn blanket of foam. Retention and lace work to perfection and continue to decorate the glass until the very last sip.

Strong malt aromas of obvious coffee overtones are accompanied with complementing notes of chocolate, heavy toast, burnt toffee, malted milk, and slight campfire-ish smoke. Balanced with wood, grass, and grain derived spice the hops and rye keep the beer's malty profile from complete dominance of the nose.

Predictably, the flavors kick off with a heavy focus on malt- French press coffee is the main culprit with heavy notes of pungent earth, bitterness, wood, and roast. Rye grains complement the coffee with a spicy and earthy note of its own and create a smooth transition into the broad earthen bitterness of grassy, spicy hops. All this plays out on a bed of malt sweetness that span toffee, malted milk, and bittersweet chocolate. A mild figgy note resides in the backdrop and provides a glimpse into the estery effect of English yeast.

Its certain full body folds creamy carbonation into the fully malted textures for a lush and viscous feel that chases well into the finish. As the beer closes, a very late transition to a light spicy rye pang, medium alcohol warmth, and slight roast grain astringency.

It seems that rye is a very welcomed grain to use in conjunction with porter recipes because of it's broad and earthy spice that makes the beer less reliant on hops. The minds of Nogne-O and Terrapin execute this integration marvelously.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  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.

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of sommersb
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 4/7/14

A almost black with a deep cola edge, three fingers of mocha foam quickly falls to a thin film but manages to leave a couple partial rings on the way down

S coco, spruce, juniper and faint mint, root beer, fennel comes out strong, hard to believe this one only has the water, hops, yeast, and rye/barley malt listed on the label, I'd believe this was barrel aged if you told me with some wood and booze rounding things out

T anise, fennel, spruce and spice, not far off the smell and just as good, spicy malt comes out more then the nose

M silky and creams up, a little heat but its mellow, a little sticky on the lips, and a spicy, roasty finish just keep going

O the malt plays a massive part in this one, I wasn't expecting the spruce and fennel but it worked well, going down quick and its a hot Summer evening, this would work wonders on a cold Winter day

I might buy another one to age and I'm wondering why I took so long to try it for the first time, another great brew from Nogne

Photo of beergoot
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.