Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.31/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-18-2012 16:38:07 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
09-06-2013 17:38:16 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-18-2012 00:04:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.11/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
02-28-2014 04:30:33 | More by biboergosum
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-05-2012 07:06:14 | More by corby112
4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
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
07-05-2014 03:29:50 | More by wordemupg
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-16-2012 13:06:27 | More by avalon07
4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
02-02-2013 22:39:57 | More by bluejacket74
Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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