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

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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 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 tmm313
4.73/5  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.

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.65/5  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.

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 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 Naters333
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 barczar
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 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 seand
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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 wvsabbath
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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.