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 neonbrown82
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Nogne O. Very cool to see something pushing the envelope, American style, coming out of Norway. It does seem more like a Baltic Porter than an American Porter, however.

The beer pours to a pitch black color. Almost completely opaque except for a pinprick of brownish amber that shines through when held to the light. Has a medium sized tan head with decent retention. Lacing is fairly spotty.

The smell is the one thing that disappoints. Very difficult to coax any aroma out of it. Has a bit of chocolate and black licorice aroma, but not a whole lot of anything else.

The taste is great, however. Up front it has a sweet dark chocolate flavor with a hint of black licorice in the finish. Dry, chalky with notes of coffee. Doesn't have a whole lot of roasted malt flavor. Some old world hops in the finish, along with some dark fruity berry esters from the yeast. The 7% is not detectable. Very rich and creamy, but still easy to drink.

The body is fairly thin, medium at most. Carbonation is light with a creamy feel. A good balance between sweet and dry. Very good and very drinkable. I can't wait to try the Imperial Stout if this is their idea of a standard porter.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown (nearly black) with a medium head, fair amount of lacing.

S - A bit of coffee and chocolate. Very mild aroma. Stale carbonation smell.

T - Coffee with a faint tartness. A robust chocolatey flavor with some mild nutty presence. A bit of a mild woodsy bitterness.

M - Thick smooth, creamy, very pleasant. A bit of an acidic finish. Pretty refreshing.

D - Not bad. I will seek out other Nogne beers, but not the porter in particular.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of Nøgne Ø Porter was picked up during my last visit to Green's. When uncapped, the beer formed a rapidly rising head in the bottle, but the quickness of my hands avoided any spillage. In my imperial pint glass, this formed a four finger tall beige head, which looked in stark contrast to the deep black color of the body. The hefty roastiness of the aroma indicated that this was going to be forceful porter, the kind of drink the vikings would have enjoyed before going on a berserk raid in an alternate brewing universe. Coffee and chocolate were everywhere in the nose. The taste was sharp yet soft as the astringent taste and silky body rubbed shoulders in the same glass. I did not get much of the dried fruit flavors that were mentioned on the back label, but coffee and toffee were definitely abundant. Slight sourness in the aftertaste, and a hint of bitter cocoa lingered on. Some brashness in the mouthfeel from the roast grain, but it was right at home in the style. Well done imported porter, which is not the typical case.

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

Pours a wonderful dark reddish black with a 1/2 finger tan head that recedes to some lacing. Smells of yummy roasted chocolate beans and espresso.

Taste is nice. Full of sweeter chocolate with a nice bit of coffee back there. The flavor is not overly roasted, and leans toward the sweeter side. That said, it still does have the classic roasted espresso flavors. Hops are not that strong, also bending it slightly sweet. Complexity is not as good as the very best, but, overall, it has a great flavor. After it has warmed a bit, I realize the hops are indeed there, and serve as a nice accompaniment.

Mouthfeel is thicker than is standard for the style, which is quite fine by me. I like it this way. Semi-dry finish. Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. A nicely done porter indeed. Maybe a touch pricey for everyday drinking...of course, life is short, right?

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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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