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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this quite dark ale, dark malts provide flavors of coffee and dried fruit. Try with dark chocolate, cheese or red meat dishes.

30 IBU

Added by Sigmund on 11-20-2003

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Photo of scubapoet
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to give everything a 5.0 as I am supposed to be more critical... but ...

This is literally my favorite beer from all styles and I am someone who likes so many different things I never have a favorite.

If it was not so expensive per bottle I would have it more often.

The Balance is perfect. I like a balanced not overly Coffe or chocolate et al...

Mouthfeel - is exactly what I want in a porter full feel think full of flavor

Taste - It's balanced full feeling the right ABV I could not have drawn it up any better

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Photo of ricknelson
4.91/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm part Norwegian, and this is a Norwegian micro brew. The only problem with this beer is. How do I get more. Outstanding Baltic Porter brew. Great smell, great taste, great color and a nice head. This is very much the same way I felt the Omnipolla Noa Pecan Mud Cake Stout I had yesterday.

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Photo of dolemite77
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville... $5 for a 22 oz... I wish I had bought more. That is a steal for this hard to find beer. Pours oily black (looks like a stout, this is black, not brown beer. Minimal head, with soft cascading lace... flavor is HUGE porter... great roasted quality, a bit of sour like a baltic, but not enough to even put that in the forefront. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting for a week since I bought it and the carbonation flowed out fast so watch out. The smell is wonderful, sooo great! It smells fruity with great chocolate tones in the background. The head was great, but then fell fast leaving behind a lilypad effect with a good thick lacing. The color is black with seemingly less than a millimeter of light that comes through in a purple-ish color. The smell is slightly roasty with good chocolate flavors backed up by good dark fruit. The taste is very fruity and has a burst of light fruity flavor that mellows and then has an aftertaste like a great coffee with a nose of the same. Smooth, roasty coffee flavors you find in an expensive coffee. Light mouthfeel that is very smooth, especially for such a large carbonation reaction when opened. It's smooth on the tongue and then dissapears without a trace, so maybe a little dry without any harshness. Overall I enjoyed this very much and will have another one.

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Photo of stewart124
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge tan rocky head on Norway's take of this American Porter. I mean this thing is large. The color is almost black with some reddish hues along the edges.

There is a big presence of burnt/roasted malts in the nose. Chocolate and fruits come through as well.

The taste is brilliant! A smooth mouthfeel and lots of hop bitterness make this porter quite the treat. Has a crisp finish and plenty of character from the intense roasted malts. Lots of burnt flavors but still a solid sweetness and fruity note.

Lots of leftover burnt tastes in my mouth with a nice touch of citrus/piney hops. Must be the centennial.

Not too much of an alcohol kick but that 7% is hiding somewhere.

Very delicious!

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Photo of LeffeHanded
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of porters and Nogne O has become one of my favorites.

The full bodied porter pours nearly jet black with a deep red hue, leaving about a finger and a half of head. Commanding chocolate notes complete the aroma. This is a very drinkable rich porter, offering chocolate flavors with notes of charcoal and balanced bitterness. I don't really taste the dried fruit that others do. The 7% alchohol is warming but not too strong.

Porter fans should really enjoy this dark liquid jewel from Norway.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 466, brewed on 021109, best before 021114. Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Presents itself nicely with a dark cola color and a substantial tan/creamy head that really sticks. Welcoming aroma of cocoa, chocolate greets me when I take in the smells from this porter. An absolutely delicious porter. Thick, substantial, you can "chew" on this one while you savor the taste. The chocolate malts really come forth as this beer sinks in and imparts a nice warming quality. Flavors become even more enjoyable as the beer warms a little. There are also some coffee flavors and slight hints of dried fruit--dates perhaps? Another winner from this quality Norwegian brewery.

While the abv clocks in at 7%, which in my experience is on the higher end of the spectrum for a porter, I did not experience any noticeable taste of alcohol. I could definitely enjoy a couple of these waiting for the weather to warm in Norway. Very drinkable and satisfying porter.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø Porter is a dim, dark brown ale with a thin, dense, beige head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It smells dark and complex, with a lot of roasty coffee. It's medium bodied, smooth and clean in the mouth. It's not sweet. The flavor is well balanced and roasty like coffee. There are notes of dark chocolate and cassis. For some reason, I was expecting a Baltic Porter, but this is more bitter and complex. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of irishevans
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a fantastic plain old porter. nothing fancy about it just a good old porter, super dark mahogany in colour, with a light brown perfectly sticky head. the smell isn't anything spectacular, but the taste is all that a porter should be and nothing it shouldn't, caramel, and chocolate malt flavours, thick but not too thick. and drinks very easy, i highly recomend this to anyone who loves a good porter.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Quaffs, London...

Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Mocha brown head poured small but very thick and foamy then faded to thick patchy coating... any lacing faded fairly quickly...

Aroma - Good, but pretty standard, porter aromas... strong dark chocolate malts, good roasted grain notes, some smokey / earthy notes, liquorice, pretty peppery, alcohol just noticeable, espresso coffee, vanilla, some wheat traces, dry hay / straw, some blackcurrent and plum fruitiness...

Taste – This is more like it !! The aromas make you think that this is just going to be like any other porter but oh no.... Rich creamy roasted chocolate maltiness mixed with sticky sweet fruits (plums, cherries, blackcurrents), dark treacle, pine hop notes, lots of liquorice, vanilla and some milky traces, nice mellow roasted malt bitterness, light coffee notes, quite peppery, some saltiness, some oaty hints... everything melds so so well....

Feel - Rich and silky smooth but in no way sickly... full bodied.. for a big porter this is incredibly drinkable...

Overall - An outstanding porter... probably the best i've tried so far... highly recommended....

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Melted dark chocolate brown with a similar opacity. Only a thin rim of red and gold along the bottom edge of the glass betrays the beer's light rejecting nature. The brown sugar colored crown has a 'bubbles piled upon bubbles' look and is beginning to lay down a fair amount of lace. This porter looks like a stout, and a damn good one at that.

The nose is everything I want in a porter: well-roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, even a hint of anise. The malt bill consists of Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, chocolate and black. It smells like the brewery had a especially heavy hand with those last few. Again, I'm reminded more of a stout than a porter...words that I have a feeling I'm not done typing.

Nogne Porter is fantastic beer! It tastes like a perfect combination of a huge Baltic porter and a big, bad American stout. It has the dark fruitiness and the black licorice notes of the former and the chocolate syrup-laced espresso notes of the latter. After enjoying the hell out of this brewery's Pale Ale and seeing the ABV on this one, I had an inkling it might be special.

I wish more brewers would take a cue from these guys and brew porters that are closer to stouts than they are to dark lagers. All it takes is a shift to the more roasted varieties of malt and a whole lot more of it. Simple, right? The label doesn't list anise oil as an ingredient, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it's in here. Man, this is good beer.

The thing that gives Porter yet another dimension, that puts it into overdrive is the hop profile. I would have guessed higher than 30 IBUs because of the moderate bitterness and noticeable hop flavor. Centennial (Northern Brewer is the backup hop) was a great choice because it provides a grapefruit peel zestiness that gives the beer a distinctly American flair. This stuff is some kind of delicious.

The mouthfeel bumps up against the upper limits of the porter style. With few exceptions (and none that I can think of at the moment) I love beer that is bigger than the style average. Given all that malt, it's no surprise that it's as expansive, as smooth and as heavily silky as it is.

I expected good things from this beer, but I had no idea it was going to be this good. I should have gotten a case when I had the opportunity. Nogne Porter is an outstanding offering that I urge anyone and everyone to try. Tasting is believing. It's one of the best American porters that I've ever had... and it's brewed in Norway. What are the odds?

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Photo of BeerSox
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into nonic.

This one started out as a gusher, which was a surprise. Usually that results from infection, but this one seems pretty normal. Overcarbonation? It ends up pitch black, with a dark ruby glow at the very bottom of the glass. A tan one finger tan head settle to a thick cap.

Roasty malts along with a bit of cocoa and coffee. A bit of molasses is in there. With all the strong aromas, there is still a very smooth and creamy overtone.

Burnt malts but still velvety. Smoothed out by sweet chocolate. A touch of smokiness is in there throughout. A good amount of carbonation, not too high, but not too low, although it is on the lower side - similar to cask ale.

A very enjoyable porter. Very smooth, and slightly complex. Nice roasty flavors mixed with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: brown almost black in color. A one finger head lasts quite a while. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate are very strong and easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, hint of molasses, caramel, and mild coffee tones are wrapped in a decent bitterness. Great tasting porter.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start and wonderful smooth and lightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short and bold flavored.

Drinkability: sweet and flavorful porter that is an ultimate session beer. I can drink this all day long for several days in a row without getting bored. Must give this one a try.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a somewhat careless and out of control pour led to a massive volcano eruption of brown sugar 'n' mocha colored foam. The head was almost a burden in regards to drinking. The body is black with bourbon and oily brown hues. The lace was unnaturally sticky, filmy, and globby. Top marks!

S: fudge brownies, dark chocolate, dark hearty malts and barley. This is topped off with oily coffee beans with a few raisins in the mix. Nose has wonderful smells all around and is reminiscent of a stout, even as I poured this guy looked like a heavy hitter

T: taste of dark roasted barley and malts with light arid smokiness. This beer also houses a well balanced lemon hop kick that keeps things a bit sharp. After the initial wave of dark roasted goodness, I pick up on chocolate covered coffee beans, and dutch black licorice candies mixed in slightly warmed bowl of blackstrap molasses. This thing is loaded with taste and flavor, am I drinking a porter or a stout? Either way sheer quality

M: one thing to note is the body is more of a porter style and has ample carbonation. This also pokes at the degree of smoothness, however it still is creamy and smooth

D: drinkability is right up their with the best. What I really love is the strong malty profile and explosive flavors that drench the tongue. Incredible showing for a porter! How do they pack so much flavor in a slim bottle?

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knowing nothing about this beer or brewery I bought this and their Imperial Stout. Label is very informative-recipe for this beer reads just like a US porter. It tells how the brewers are thoroughly inspired by US brewers yet seek to chart their own course. That being said...

Very nice color-deep black but with some subdued ruby highlights. Killer aroma-bittersweet chocolate with an overall malty profile. Very nice bready/yeasty quality to it as well. Extemely bold chocolate flavor. Some great black currant and burnt raisen flavors. Malty sweetness behind it all with just a trace of bitterness. The most chocolate flavor I have ever tasted in a beer that doesnt claim to be a chocolate beer. Great body-the sweetness is very prominant though it has an evenly dry finish. Just a super beer. I wish more US porters had the overall balls that this does. Along the borderlines of a stout to me. Great beer. Bring on the imperial stout I say. I am very, very impressed.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Opaque brown in color with 1 finger creamy head.
S - Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
T - Very fresh tasting! Tastes of dark malt and chocolate. Nice coffee flavor on the finish. Nice balance of malt and hops.
M - medium to full mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated.
D - Strangely enough, the Norwegians have made a porter that should be a benchmark for others wishing to brew this style. As good as any British porter I've tried. Unfortunately, the $8.99 price tag limts my consumption of this to an occasional treat.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle condtioned. Pours with an excellent thick & tan head. Pitch black, even when held to the light. In a blind test I'd probably say this was a dry stout (not Guinness!), maybe even an imperial. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cigar box, English pipe tobacco and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour is again roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Not too sweet, excellent bitterness where you can sense the hops as well as the roasted malts.

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Photo of Bung
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a solid tan head arising. Roasty and earthy in scent and flavor, just a hint of mocha. Great in the mouth and smooth going down. Lingers nicely a bit, but clean. Side note, Scandanavian porters are the best, close second English, then US.

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Photo of bark
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 17 December, 2005. Best before 17 December, 2008. So, did 15 months of cellaring do this beer any good?

The colour is hazy black-brown; the two finger firm brown head is compact and it sinks down extreme slowly while making a fizzing sound. The beer is (heavily) bottle conditioned.

The very rich smell is dominated by a sweet roasted alcoholic flavour that threatens to take over the entire room. There are also notes of espresso coffee, cherry candy, general fruitiness and a hint of smoked meat. Though the smell is complex and strong, it is fresh and not heavy at all.

The taste is as interesting: Robustly roasted malt with some smoked notes. Lots of dry flavours of coffee and cocoa and mild alcohol. There are some sweet fruity (green apples, dried apricots, green peas) flavours and a creamy note of sweet liquorice. The aftertaste is sweeter than expected; mature notes of Cognac, coffee and a growing bitterness with some refreshing sour flavours of fruit drops and a hint of wood.

Carbonation is medium strong. Large short bubbles. The liquid is a bit thick and extremely smooth. Top rank!

This is a very inviting beer that seems to age with great dignity.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks to bu11zeye for including this as an extra in a trade!

The appearance is nearly all black in color save for some ruby red highlights. One inch tan head sinks down to a cap after a couple minutes. Retains quite well and leaves some moderate lacing.

The aroma is chocolaty, with some notes of wet wood, smoke, dark fruits, and coffee. A very light touch of alcohol on a deeper inhale.

The taste is chocolaty up front with smokiness peaking through then midway through at the start of the swallow it goes from smoke to charred wood. There is a light touch of caramel as well that lends for a hint of sweetness but not too much. Dark fruit notes are present but subtle. It dries up towards the end and coffee notes come out. Finish is a wonderful mixture of everything previously mentioned.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and perfectly creamy. Very soft on the palate and quite easy to drink.

This was an outstanding porter that I wasn't expecting to be this good at all. A perfect blending of flavors, this is my new standard. Despite the high price tag of their beers, I will pick one up if I see it around. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nickfl
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Comes out of the bottle deep, oily black and sits in the glass without even a hint of light showing through. There is a thin half finger of caramel colored foam sitting on top that quickly dissipates into a few lingering bubbles and some lace clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - Surprisingly bright, citrusy, floral hop aroma for such a dark beer. Notes of lavender, lemon and pepper. Chocolate and coffee malt notes in the background.

T - Big flavor of bitter, dark chocolate up front. After a very breif moment of sweetness, the hops come in. They are smooth and velvety displaying just a bit of the floral characteristics of the aroma. The chocolate comes back in the finish with notes of coffee, almonds, and toffee as well. A slight tobacco note lingers at the end as well.

M - Moderately high carbonation and a medium body. Finishes somewhat sweet.

D - Great, highly drinkable beer. This is a sipping beer, not a session beer, but it is quite a joy to sip. The complexity is fantastic and it has more than enough depth to keep you interested down to the bottom of the glass. This stands up there with some of the best American imperial stouts and porters such as those from Stone and Victory. I had seen Nogne O at beers in stores several times without stopping to pick one up, but after this I will certainly not pass them by any longer.

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Black. There is no other way to describe it. There isn't a hint of anything beyond black. Foamy solid head - one finger height. Remained through the first three sips before receding into the black hole that is this porter. Significant lacing.

Aroma: Rich with malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee and licorice. Smells exactly like it should. Delicious.

Taste: The coffee takes the wheel when you begin sipping. Very well balanced but thick with coffee, chocolate, and light notes of caramel. Not heavy though, which is the wonderful thing about the Porter style - a darker, lighter beer in comparison to your stouts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chocolate coffee coating, with light to medium carbonation thus providing for an easy drinker.

Overall: I'm a Porter fan and I really like this variance on the style. The 7% ABV isn't noticeable, and the light carbonation combined with the sweet flavors make it highly drinkable. Best porter I've had in Singapore!

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Photo of HalfFull
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. This beer pours rich and very dark with hardly a hint of a highlight. A half inch of tan head bubbles down nicely to a surface cap and throws off scattered lacing through the glass.

Grated dark chocolate dominates the nose. A touch of alcohol is noted initially but does diminish quickly as the beer opens up a bit. A bit of dark cherry and raspberry in the background and some woody hop notes. Very good.

Chocolate continues to the flavor yet is never too rich in maltiness. Finishes with a spicy close of grated chocolate and a touch of cinnamon, then a quick close of sweet cherry liqueur. Interestingly, this cherry liqueur/chocolate filling arrives on the nose as the head dissipates as well, sans a bit of agitation.

Smooth full mouthfeel and an easy drinkability given a nice moderate body. Surely worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also molasses and a smoky taste to this brew. Good mix of sweet and bitter in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium with low/medium carbonation. It's also rich, creamy and extremely smooth which makes this beer very easy to drink. The 7% ABV isn't noticable at all. This is easily one of the best porters I've had in a while. It's a very good all around brew, I'd definitely recommend this to others and also buy it again the next time I find it.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decanted carefully into a chalice to not disturb the yeast. Looking into the bottom of the bottle, there was a decent amount of sludge sitting there.

Opaque, dark brown color. You could call it black. Frothy, one-finger, dark brown head. Fantastic head retention throughout the duration of the beer with a little bit of lacing left on the glass in spots.

Excellent aroma. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. The dark chocolate really came through and took center stage in the taste. Perfect amount of hops in both the aroma and flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was great. A tad bitter, but very balanced despite the hops and roasted malts. Way too drinkable. I could drink this porter all night long.

I'm not the biggest fan of the style (I usually like my darker beers to be lightly-hopped) but this might be the best porter I've ever had. My first beer from Nøgne Ø and it's a winner. I will be trying more from their line of beers for sure.

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