Porter | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense yet smooth roast flavour with some coffee, black colour. Some quality bittersweet dark chocolate. Also malt and licorice. Good porter, not complex yet satisfying pint, well carbonated, fresh from Norway thanks to trade with Madsberg. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and licorice in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of chocolate malts and bittersweet coffee. The licorice isn’t as noticeable in the taste. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter goes down very easily but has enough interesting flavors to make it a beer that you can sip and savor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to share a bottle of this beer with a friend at Pazzo's last night. The only place in town that carries the beer.

A strikingly clean and well attenuated Porter with low-lying sweetness and ultimate maltiness. Malts show a great malty, bready flavor and aroma with a heavy focus on the roasted malts that nearly shove the beer into Stout proportions. The opaque dark brown beer holds a fantastic head and laces very well as the beer fades. Deep French Roast coffee flavor is mixed with light campfire-like notes and really make the beer taste like Stouts, even down to the dry and ashy texture. Hop aromas give a nice fresh pine aroma, taste, while supplying a firm bitterness without the thread of any rising sweetness. Quite dry and clean throughout. This Porter definately takes an Americanized twist on things and definately does not show the milk chocolate or caramel sweetness that is usually found in English style Porters!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. I just recently learned how to pronounce this brewery's name - dammit, I already forgot.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight basal cola highlights, and three generous fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and kind of creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of sparse cloudlet lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away.

It smells of bittersweet cafe au lait, medium dark chocolate, fairly acidic black fruit - prune and dried cherries, mostly - a hint of rye breadiness, and edgy herbal, musty hops. The taste is big, semi-sweet chocolate malt, with a decent dose of caramel and toffee, mild dry coffee, middling molasses and dried stone fruit, a hint of lactic acid, tremulous earthy hops, and a soft touch of warming alcohol.

The bubbles are a tad prickly, but not in any serious manner, the body a hefty medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a swirling, late-arriving frothiness. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate malt, milk-bolstered coffee, and caramel malt overmatching anything the hops or booze can throw at it.

A pleasurable enough version of the style, amped up to near imperial ABV levels, but you'd hardly know otherwise. Tasty, chocolatey, subtly milky, and offset by a perky fruitiness. Old World meet newish-Old World interpretation. Cool, I suppose.

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a bottle of this somewhat randomly without any prior knowledge of the brewery or the brew itself. Having no real expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this beer. It poured jet black, as you'd expect from a porter of this strength, with a fairly minimal crown of beige foam on top. The head doesn't last long, and eventually settles into a small ring around the edges. I found the somewhat subdued carbonation ideal for the style - it lends an easy drinkability and smooth mouthfeel. The nose and flavor are malt-heavy, roasted and chocolatey, mild but delicious. The taste surprised me somewhat - at 7% ABV I was expecting a heavy porter, something closer to a strong stout. Despite its strength the beer stays true to the modern porter style with a pleasantly mellow character medium-to-thin body. Overall one of the better porters I've had - it's a shame this isn't more widely available.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a big slightly off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of chocolate malt is quite interesting and well balance by some roastiness. Taste is a well balance mix between some chocolate malt with some roasted malt providing some bitterness. Texture is really creamy and this is appreciated considering the style.

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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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no bottle date. Pours very dark brown color with a small 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, roasted malt, bread, molasses, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, toasted bread, light coffee, molasses, and a bit of dark fruits. Light amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, and molasses on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice and creamy mouthfeel that drinks very easily. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is a very nice and well rounded porter with robust flavor and good balance.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/7/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, some coffee & dark chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not overly sweet with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable porter to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Aye, another Norwegian brew. Nice big bottle with a taste and body to match. I finished a night with this porter, and it was a bit rough to get through, but I think my taste buds were just wussing out.

Poured a hazy dark brown, with a nice finger of tan head, and noticeable sediment in the glass. Roasty malt aroma, dark chocolate. More of the same in the taste, with big roastiness, malts and coffee notes, dark chocolate, and tar. Full-bodied, almost stout enough to be...a stout. A bit heavy, but still a quaffable brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Passed along to me a body colored black and topped off with a foamy, khaki-hued head.

Smell: Dark, particularly roasty maltiness yielding fragrant notes of conspicuously charred barley, espresso powder, smokey charcoal briquettes, prune juice, and black licorice, though only a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: A start of pungent roasted grains, modestly sweet, and with tastes featuring bittersweet chocolate and rudely burnt coffee. Minor dark fruitiness. From top to bottom, it's fairly roasty with a light astringency to it. The black jelly bean licorice character is building and becomes a bit tiring. Very small hint fo woodiness. Some hop bitterness and acidity showing on the otherwise roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: As with Korean cuisine, I'm likin' it, but I'm just not lovin' it. Still, I'd say give it a try, as most everyone else seems to be diggin' it.

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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 dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours really dark brown, almost black, seems a bit oily. Small mocha head for quite some time.
Rich roasted malts on the nose, a bit smokey, some chocolate cake, some light coffee, some dried plum and fig. A really intense fragrance, tho.
Taste is strong as well, with some dark fruit up front, not too complex (plum, fig, fresh raisin), but backed up by a touch of spirit. A little bit of citrus hidden in there, but the roasted malts show up, rich and smokey, like burnt toast and chocolate brownie crust. Doesn't get too heavy tho, and the hops are pretty shy, so the finish isn't too dry or bitter.
Aftertaste has some bit of coffee, roasted malts, a light dark fruit note lingering. Medium bodied, low carbonated, but really smooth.
A flavorful porter that's really easy to drink. And drink. And drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Valhalla in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly heavier than moderate amounts of roasted malts with some light notes of anise/licorice.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate and some roasted coffee. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with enough complexity to keep it interesting - I could easily have another one of these and enjoy it even though it is more of a slow sipper.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, Md.
Poured cool into a tulip.
A - An ink colored fluid w/ deep red highlights. The head of tan measures approximately 1 and a half inches and the lace has great stickage.

S - Roasty, malty, sweet aromas. Roasted barley, malted milkball and other creamy smooth scents.

M - I hesitated to put this into very good range for mouthfeel since it has a great consistency. A very luscious chocolate feel, dry, sweet and fully carbonated w/ a clean finish. The texture is like a very high cacao content chocolate.

T - A big dose of chocolate malt that stays smooth. A sweet caramel and chocolate malt with woody hop flavor accenting the dense malt flavors. The flavor is consistently big and malty from first taste to last w/ accents of vanilla and roasted barley w/ hoppy flavors becoming more pronounced as it warms.

D - A very good Porter w/ hints at Baltic porter style, but plenty of chocolate and coffee flavors. A solid choice, a very good Norwegian Porter, as good or better than many American porters.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly my first Norwegian American styled Porter!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha-colored pudding skin head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some coffee & chocolate, plus roasted malt

T: A bit of coffee, dryness & cocoa up front. Dryness, iron, herbal hops, & roasted grain as this warms. Finishes dry, toasty, with a little iron, molasses & chocolate

MF: Creamy, oily, medium-bodied with low carbonation

Drank pretty easy for the abv, I'm very impressed with this porter

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Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. It poured pretty close to pitch black in color with a frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. It had some nice head retention to it while also leaving some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of chocolate in it. A bit of a roasty, bitter, coffee flavor is present but not as strong as the chocolate. A touch of dark fruits seem to come through in it as well.

The taste also has a lot of bitter-sweet and dark chocolate to it. Like the nose, it had a bit of a roasted malt, slight coffee flavor to it with some burnt and bitter dryness coming in the finish. A little bit of a fruity presence, almost apricot like, is there as well but very subtle.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice flavors to it and it was a very good version of the style. The chocolaty flavors were particularly nice and made for a nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

I've passed on this brew a number of times, so I figured, while I was at CK, I might as well finally try this guy out. He pours an opaque black brown headed by a finger of dark khaki foam. The smell comprises dark, roasted malts, coffee, vodka, spruce, and pine. It's as though a thicker version of a baltic porter was roasted a bit more than normal. The taste is identical, though, just to be different (those crazy Norwegian liquids!), a firm touch of bitterness is added. It's interesting, I'll give 'em that. The body is a hefty medium, with light carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall, a solid porter, but a bit of a let-down. Maybe, after all of the passes, I'd built it up a bit mentally, but, either way, I'm not all that impressed...though my thirst has indeed been slaked.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a good sized tan head. Nose has noticeable cocoa powder tones and coffee notes as well. Flavor is more along the roasted edge. as it warms up there seems to be a sweet edge that borders on being berry influenced almost. Stays nice and rounded and a good aftertaste is left to linger. Feel is smooth. Carbonation is higher. Drinkable, yes. I like.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super dark with red highlights. Nice tall khaki head with a loose bubble structure.

S - Roasted malt. Touch of smoke. Molasses. Light coffee. Pistachio, vanilla.

T - Delicious. Cedar smoke, vanilla, light cream, Medium brewed coffee. Solid malt throughout the profile. Touch of woody bitters and a mild tannin character on the backend.

M - Full bodied for the style. Dry finish.

O - Nice flavor and body.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. .9 oz. bottle

Pours pitch black with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a very thin covering.

The smell is soft - roasted, almost burnt, coffee beans with hints of chocolate and caramel.

The taste is richer than the pleasant but mild smell. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans that give it a nice underlying smokiness. Caramel. Dried fruits give it a nice balance. Alcohol is very well-hidden. It has a long, bittersweet finish.

The feel is creamy with a touch of carbonation. Smooth, almost velvety.

Rich and complex, but keeping aplpropriately in porter style. Very delicious with dangerously hidden alcohol. If I didn't know that this was an import from Norway, I would have thought that this was a domestic brew, as it is so fresh. In the style of an American Porter with a nod from English-style. If you like good porters, let this one warm up a bit and you're in for a treat!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, toasted tan head, stays slim...

Rich nose, licorice and blackstrap, sweet cocoa,...very nice...

Bittersweet up front, more sweet than bitter, slightly sour. Minor coffee.
Full bodied, but supple and slick, very smooth and drinkable.
Terrible substantial stuff, with an intriquing kick.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a local beer bar. Beer is black and slightly brownish at the corners of the glass. Almost no head to speak of, or lacing or carbonation. Just a diffuse, loose assoication of microscopic bubbles that cling to the walls of the glass. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet with a mild roast to it. There is also a hint of smoke. Smells good.

Beer is medium to light in body and has a decent amount of smoke in there. Mild carbonation on the palate and finishes with some coffee and a minimal chocolate bitterness. Overall the beer is easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, slight chocolate, slight hops, and a hint of wood. Much more like a strong American Porter than a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight roasted malt, slight hop, alcohol, chocolate, and a hint of sourness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body, but the feel is lacking.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a pretty good porter, but it just seems like there's no imagination. The taste is of roasted chocolate, plain, clean, good, but not that impressive. There's a nice aroma to match and it certainly wasn't bland - there was just no zing. For the price, I want something to savor, I'll stick to Sierra Nevada and Anchor Porter.

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