Porter | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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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 Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is chocolate, coffee and grains and some roasted hops and burnt plastic.

The flavor is chocolate malts, nuts, and some coffee and a little anise with a little plastic at the end. It has a dry finish with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery.

Overall, it's a decent porter, but has some off notes.

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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 beckje01
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a Nøgne tasting.

Good smell full of malt and nut notes. With a good taste that is good for the style. Balance with nothing overbearing. This porter is approachable to my favorite, which is Barley John's Old 8. The only draw back to this beer and why its not a full time member of my fridge is the fact that its just a touch pricey for a porter when I can go down the road for only 3.25 and get Old 8.

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Photo of scott
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Yes, another dark as pitch reference. Head is initially large, and subsides into a thin rim.
Big coffee roast upfront. It pulls you in.
Robust & chewy, but manages to find a skillful balance of cratsmanship & dare I say - delicacy?
Awesome, as it easy to drink with nice notes of a creamy/buttery/chocolate line up pronouncing themselves, yet the hops are still evident.
Pricey, and maybe not deservingly so. ($6.99/bomber in these here parts)

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Photo of malcontent
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just short of opaque, sports a nice tan lacing although the head should have stuck around longer.

Earthy (someone I split it with said "mushrooms") with a slight toffee scent on the back.

This is a nice, medium bodied coffee-esque porter with just a bit of an off-putting metallic flavor on the finish.

Solid mouthfeel with a pleasant tongue-coating finish.

A good porter but hard to really set it apart from a large swath of porters out there. If it were my local I'd certainly buy it frequently, but I have no plans on relocating to Norway...yet.

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

This beer pours a dark black body with a nice mahogany color around the edges. Very little head to speak of, but what was there dissipates very quickly down to nothing with no lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly toasted chocolate with a whiff of alcohol in the end. This medium to thin body porter is well carbonated and roll around the tongue perfectly. This porter tastes of bitter roasted coffee, kinda charcoal and smokey too. It finishes with chalky dry chocolate and leaves a slight roasted bitter flavor on the tongue. Very good porter that's very drinkable, and for $5 it's not a bad buy either at 7%. Great beer...

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Photo of RedHaze
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, near pitch black, with a one finger tan head that fades qui8ckly to a thin cap. The resulting lacing forms sheets in the glass, but does not stick all that well.

Smell; very roasty, with dark chocolate and coffee, and little bit of a sourness.

Taste; as with the aroma the flavor is very much dark roasted malts, eith some chocolate and coffee. There's also a little nit of a hop bitterness followed by a touch of a charred flavor and little bit of sour. This is a very good porter.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, which is my only real complaint about this beer, and there's a bit of warming in the back of the throat. The drinkabiliity is very good as well.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black as midnight. Slight hoppy nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is roasted/bitter coffee with a slight smoky finish. $6.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark black beer with only the vaguest hints of mahogony color when held up to the light. Has a very creamy dark beige head and a little bit of lace. The aroma has hint of spice and licorice with a roast malt backbone. There was a good Porter mouth feel. Oddly all of the flavor seems to land on the back of the tongue and throat. All of the roast malt notes fighting with the bitter sweet chocolate character and a hint of spicy hops.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled April 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, frothy, light brown colored head that dissipates fairly quickly, but ultimately retains a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. The body is simply black in color. The aroma has notes of dusty chocolate, roast coffee beans, a touch of burnt grain huskiness and lots of pronounced, dark-malt derived character.

The taste is sweet, yet still the body is fairly light. It has a medium heft to it as it rests on the palate; it does not have the heft or rich feeling that I might have been expecting from the aroma. Dusty chocolate flavors are noticeable up front and the finish has a distinct espresso character of burnt acidity, and a suite of roast coffee bean flavors. The beer dries out considerably after the first few sips and it is not quite as rich as I was hoping. Still this is a fairly tasty tipple; one which I am quite content to finish.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jpm30 for this brew.

A: Pours a thin semi dark brown with a gorgeous, creamy dark beige head. Attractive beer.

S: Powdered cocoa, café au lait, vanilla, grape juice and wood.

T: Begins much less flavorful than the aroma would lead you to believe. Begins with watery chocolate milk with just a touch of coffee liqueur. Some buttery aspects are present which aids the creamy chocolate taste. Roasted flavors are subdued, but do lurk in long after the swallow, hitting the back sides of the tongue. Finishes with moments of rubber & dark roasted chocolate.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel and smooth.

D: This is a good beer but its not great. I’ve been disappointed with Nogne beers so far.

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

The second to last Nogne we sampled the other night. This one was poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The body was a deep black hole with a small tan head that lingered for a bit. The been gave off a malty, slightly bitter bouquet that was music to my nose. The taste was a nice solid porter. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa all mixing together to made a full bodied brew that is worth another try.

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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 SacoDeToro
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep brown that barely let the light through with a small white head.

The aroma of the beer had nice roasty notes with some dark chocolate and slight alcohol.

The flavor of the beer was nicely malty with an assertive roastiness that wasn't in the least acidic. The flavors transitioned nicely to dark chocolate. The hops were slightly citrusy and floral.

The mouthfeel was medium and the beer had a nice creaminess. The carbonation was just right. The beer finished reasonably dry.

This is a great American-style porter from a country not associated with beer. It is on par with Sierra Nevada porter.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pt. .9 Fl. 30 IBU, 7% ABV. Thanks to mcallister for sharing this one. Jet black in color, not much in the way of highlights. Tan foamy head disappeared rather quickly, but still a good looking porter.

Dark chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee in the nose. Faint citrusy Centennial hops in the background.

Roasty, chocolate and burnt caramel flavors, with a bit of citrusy bitterness in the background. Finishes a bit dry.

Seems a bit overcarbonated, and slightly thin. Very easy to drink, and enjoyable.

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

Darker than most porter's I've sampled. Not completely black but as close as you can get. A tan mocha head pours with authority but fades quickly into spotty lace.

A nice roasted character is the main proponent of this porter. A bit of coffee aroma intermingled with a bitter cocoa. Not overly complex in the nose, however nice.

High in carbonation for a porter but I like it; adds a nice creamy quality to the mouthfeel. Roasty burnt caramel flavors with a pot of stale coffee on the end. Finish is lingering and dry. Again very roasty. Not overly complex but very balanced and palatable.

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

Dark brown, chocolate brew, some red highlights. Fairly lacy porter. The nose hits with roast barley: bitter and slightly sweet chocolate, also coffee and licorice. Slight hop bitterness in with the roasted notes.

This is a very big porter, maybe not an Imperial Porter but definitely Baltic-inspired, also has some stout characteristics. There's some star anise presence, dark fruit mouthfeel, lots of chocolate espresso. Major malt presence, this is big porter. Big abv, big flavor, even a solid and noticeable hop kick, which works really well with this big porter.

Recommended to dark beer fans, this one brings it.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a dark black brown, dark tan head of about half a finger, sticks around a bit before receding to a thin film, lacing is kind of thick in falling sheets that don't stick. Aroma is of dark, bittersweet chocolates, some ground coffee, not all too complex, but satisfying. The taste is similar to aroma, bittersweet chocolates and more coffee, a good bittering, pretty sound porter feel to it. The mouth is probably the best parth though, incredible smoothness, medium body feels right, and all in all this is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with deep ruby highlights. The short cap of light brown foam produced plenty of streaky lacing even after falling to a thin skim of bubbles. Nice aroma, some roast, coffee, dark chocolate and toffee, with just a hint of burnt malt and smoke. Mild, yet solid, bitterness with leafy hops running straight through the middle. Malt sweetness was mostly the chocolate variety with a little caramel filling out the end. Dark malts were more prominent in the finish, just a little burnt and roast charaacter. Lowish carbonation with a medium/full body, fine texture and just a little dry. Tasty stuff! It goes down easy and is nicely balanced. I'd definitely pick this up again.

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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 ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a tight 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head quickly is down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with slow-falling orange-tinged brown lace. Aroma is rich chocolate, dark fuirt, and some alcohol. Taste mirrors the nose almost exactly, with the aftertaste an amalgam of all of the above, and also a bit of roastiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and deceptively thin, and drinkability is pretty good. The bottle doesn't say so, but if any beer is an imperial porter, this is it.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biegaman hooked me up with this one. thanks jan!

1pt .9oz bottle.

pours nearly opaque black with a half inch of dense light brown head. drops fairly quickly to a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

aroma is great. dark chocolate. coffee. light toffee. roasty.

taste is good. rich and roasty. bittersweet chocolate. coffee. light caramel sweetness. med-low bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and a low carbonation level. i normally don't mind lower carbonation, but this one feels just a hair too low. it's still pretty good though.

drinkability is great. very well balanced and quite tasty. the alcohol is completely hidden and in near perfect harmony with the malt and bitterness. a great porter.

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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 blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a buh-lack eggplant hue only allowing slight glints of light through the narrowest edges of the bottom of the glass. Settled bubbles in a thin khaki head cap.

Scents of toasted malt grain with some easy dark fruit of red grape and kiwi.

First swigs: Blueberry fruit yogurt base builds up to a light red grape vinous flavor. Lightly roasty with a bitterness held in check.

Feel is medium bodied. Linger of sweet cocoa.

Last swigs: Minor gripe is that this is a narrow flavored porter, however the flavor is well done. Drinkable and easy going. With a 7% ABV pricetag, this is a well done effort and recommended.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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