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 pants678
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Doesn't pour black, it has red edges and a beige head.

Not much smell, little bit of the darker malts but not the alcohol.

Just the right hop presence that keeps this from being a stout or milkshake. Still not a hint of the alcohol but strong, potent malt body. There's some coffee notes and a little raisiny, surprisingly not much in the way of chocolate. More a beer than anything, not leaning on additives.

Thick but not stout thick. The hops give a crisp quality that gives it more of a porter feel.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: overflowing with froth, like a bubble bath, may be over-carbonated; dark, coffee brown; cappuccino head

Aroma: next to nothing - smells flat which is ironic; later, like water with a hint of coffee roast

Taste & Mouthfeel: over-carbonated, and this is adding a metallic, aluminium flavour that really overshadows everything; some hints of chocolate, but not a lot of complexity; once the head (finally) dies down, the roasted flavours are allowed to shine and the mouthfeel becomes smoother, but it's still no too exciting

Overall: feel like potential is there, and maybe something happened in transport to cause the negative attributes of the beer; it does get better in the end, but never great

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Very dark brown, almost black pour with a one and a half finger caramel colored head with decent retention and great lacing. Earthy roastiness in the nose with a subtle sweetness along with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. The taste follows suit with lots of sweet roasty malt and coffee/espresso up front, followed by hints of dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and just a touch of figs and licorice. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonation and a real nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops. Overall this is a very rich and drinkable Porter. An excellent example of the style and yet another winner from Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was really pleased with this Porter from Nøgne Ø. Pours with a lively brownish head that foams up every time I add a little more beer to the glasse. Very dark in color, almost black.

Smells of chocolate, toasted malts and molasses. Every wiff brings more of the beers character to life.

After the first taste I had lots of chocolate and espresso. As I kept drinking the molasses came through. Wonderful beer and I'm glad I was able to try cause its drinking very well now.

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Photo of peensteen
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black, 1.5 fingers of tan hed, thick with lots of lace. Smell is tons of roasted malts follwed by lots of dark chocolate, well hopped, coffee and light liquorice as well, more bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke/char. Taste is initially big and roasty, lots of malt with some milk and dark chocolate, medium hop bitterness, black liquorice with a roasty-coffee finish. Medium carbonation, prickly, medium body. Really solid porter, the only way this would be better is if it had a more robust feel to match the big robust flavours, something I would gladly revisit.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on July 4 2012. I picked up a few Nøgne Ø brews in London, ON last month and have been itching to try them ever since. Served only slightly chilled, and poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night - totally opaque, and topped at first with two fingers of creamy, frothy, light tan-coloured head. Retention is ok - it takes more than a few minutes to give up the ghost, eventually leaving behind a thin, smooth, foamy cap at the surface, and a thick coat of lacing on the glass. The aroma is rich and enticing with a clear focus on roasted malts - dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, prunes and raisins first come to mind, with hints of vanilla. Very earthy with just the right amount of sweetness; I just love the smell of this stuff.

Good, mild, balanced flavour that improves substantially as it warms a bit. As expected there is plenty of roasted malt character - baker's chocolate and spent coffee grounds are fairly prominent, with some molasses sweetness and raisin notes. The finish is earthy with prominent coffee bean flavours, giving it a thoroughly pleasing bittersweet tone that lingers well into the aftertaste. The alcohol was detectable in the finish at first (I probably served this a bit too cold), but with warmth it becomes more of a welcome presence than a distraction. Medium-bodied and quite creamy - thicker than a lot of the more traditional English porters I've had, but with too much carbonation - my only real complaint about this stuff. It's pretty drinkable considering the abv, but too tasty for me to want to quaff quickly.

Final Grade: 4.2, a very respectable A-. Nøgne Ø's Porter is considerably more creative than the name implies. At 7% I'm more inclined to consider this a lighter 'imperial porter' than a true English porter, but I'm not about to split hairs over it - the point to take home here is that this is a balanced, fairly complex dark ale with a delicious bittersweet flavour profile that I absolutely loved. A fabulous brew that is well worth sampling, and a great way to strike Norway from my aptly-named 'countries to sample beer from' list.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Pitch black with a very tall mocha coloured creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and satisfactory lacing.

(3.5) S: Cocoa, caramel, vanilla, herbal qualities, banana, and a bit of orchard fruit including crisp pear. Nice variety of aroma and enticing.

(4.0) T: Dark cocoa and caramel sweetness cut with an appealing herbal bitterness. Ripe banana and pear tastes probe through with a slight burnt/smoky finish. Alcohol, albeit not terribly strong, is well hidden.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Velvety with a semi-oily texture that’s relatively clean and sharp. A bit heavier for a porter but you won't hear any complaining from me.

(4.0) D: A very tasty porter that showcases good fruit flavours and solid herbal qualities, and one I would pick up again.

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

500mL bottle, part of the winter LCBO brewery release.

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark and thick as it should be, with a thick, sturdy head of off white foam. Great lacing. Stellar-looking porter.

Nose is rich and roasty, with some vanilla sweetness and some dark fruit (currant or blackberry). Some dry chocolate as well.

If well-roasted, slightly dry porters are your thing, you are in for a treat here. The bitterness of the roasted malt really dominates the brew, but it has company in the form of that dark fruit and lingering sweet vanilla. Long bitter finish, dry, and with a touch of hops. Very nice, hearty brew. Somewhat thick, not so much so that it enters into stout territory, but it's close. Feels like a porter - creamy, medium bodied, light carbonation.

Picks right up where the imperial stout left off last year. Very dependable porter, highly enjoyable.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 4, 2012

Beer is black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention. Nice lace.

Nose contains a good dose of vanilla, along with roasted malt and cocoa. Some fruit scents, but hard for me to pick individual fruits. Dark fruit and/or berry.

Taste contains roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate. Some coffee. A bit of dark fruit and berry, but pretty restrained. Classic flavours but very nice.

Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall, a very nice porter. Good stuff.

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

A dark brown, medium-smooth drinking, straight-up (UK/USA-style) porter. Coffee-colored foam releases a soft, smooth, slightly bitter-roasty chocolaty scent. Not much depth. The taste, which doesn't seem like it quite melds together harmoniously, is little else but bittersweet chocolate and light-sweet granola/cereal with a strange "olive" thing going on in the background of the finish (tasted something similar in the Cisco Porter). Is it age? Malt? Water chemistry? Whatever it is, it doesn't linger too long. There's a pleasing, clean brightness to the mouthfeel, but enough of a round malt presence which offsets or balances with the roasty flavors and a mild residual silkiness.

When I give it good, quick thought - it tastes like an extra-chocolaty, sweeter, less-boozy Baltic Porter - straight up. Pretty solid. Nothing remarkable. I could see trying this again though.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black body with big tan head of seafoam

S: bitter black coffee and malt

T: chocolate malts, bitter espresso, brighter woodsy flavors

M: light on the tongue, with bitter darkness and carbonation sizzle

O: I knew I'd like this beer - I've been diggin' on Fuller's London Porter and also a fan of Founder's Porter (though that's not an English porter) - if you like either of the aforementioned, this is a winner. Of course they're all porters, so they have similar profiles, but none of them taste like the others. This was a crisp, almost American black ale-tasting porter - but sweeter and creamier than an ABA.

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Photo of IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed at: 26-06-2011, batch Nr. 648

A dark brown beer, almost black in the glass. A huge tan head that sinks into itself slowely. Very rocky, almost German. Lots of visible carbonation at the bottom.

Smells wonderful, big dark fruits in this one, big dried prunes/plums and raisins. Reminds me of prune/plum jam. Roasted malts are hidden beneath the layer of fruit. Some hops, and maybe a tiny hint of smoke.

Very rich flavour for a porter, big dark fruits, vanilla, roast, hints of coffee. Quite alot of roast for a porter. Nice.

Medium mouthfeel with quite alot of carbonation.

Very nice porter but if they labeled it as a stout I'd believe them.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at a cafe in Bergen, Norway. Pour is amazingly dark brown with a good tan head. Complex aroma of coffee, roasted malt, spice, and hints of vanilla and fig. Taste is so similar to smell; roasted malted coffe and spice vanilla, fig, and chocolate complex flavors. The flavor of this porter is seemingly limitless. So drinkable, smooth, and full of flavors. Its thick on the tongue and lingering.
A fantastic, if not one of my new favorite english porters.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a jet black color with a one finger crème brulee colored head that settled pretty quickly. After swirling the beer around in the glass, lacing appears to be excellent. A great looking brew.

S: Sweet. Raisons, chocolate, coffee. A molasses type of chewiness massages my nostrils.

T: Black cherries, currants, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Only slight hop bite. Finishes with a chocolaty coffee tartness.

M: Carbonation is delicate, great residual flavor after each sip is gone.

O: I was blown away by the intricacies of the flavors in this porter. Underrated in my opinion, this Norwegian brew delivers.

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

Poured pitch black in color from a 500 mL bottle, with ABV on the label.
One finger off-white colored head that dissipated very slowly. Very good head retention.
Aroma upfront is of dark chocolate malts, with a nice balance of dry fruits (dates like) sweetness and roasted coffee bitterness.
This is a delicious porter, slightly sweet up front that is balanced very well with subtle bitterness. A well-balanced and smooth porter that is very easy to drink.
Good drinkability and mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a very good, well-balanced smooth porter. A must-try beer for all porter lovers.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

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Photo of spamages
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

Aroma: Wonderful. Chocolaty, hints of raisin.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Taste: Slight fruity taste, hints of raisins. Noticeable chocolate flavor. Light bitterness on the backend.

Let this one warm up a bit. The full flavor/armoma isn't apparent until ~50 degrees.

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

Served in a 10 ounce glass at the Avenue in New Orleans. From notes. Reviewed 8 January 2012.

A: Almost opaque. Black. An impressive creamy-thick head with good lacing.

S: Chocolate. Roasted malt. Almost...smoky. Yum! Still, the scents are muted.

T/M: A damned excellent Porter. Everything you'd ever want...roasted chocolate malts produce the perfect bittersweetness. The bitterness even includes some hops. A nutty aftertaste. Thin (i.e., not heavy) with a mouthfeel that endures. The quintessential porter, but...uninteresting.

O: The perfect porter? Very traditional and very tasty. If you like porters, you must drink this. Still, my biggest complaint is that, even though this is an excellent archetypal porter, it's a tad boring/straightforward. Considering the price, I might not have again.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black. Loud fizzy head that dissipates down to a thin film in a few minutes. Not much enduring lacing.

S: Yeasty, mild roasty that mostly blends with and overshadows some bitter chocolate

T: Mild. Mild roasty. A little bitter that's more like a chocolate bitter than hop bitter. A tickle of tartness on the tip of the tongue.

M: Somewhat viscous, yet a little carbonate-y on the tongue. Pleasantly astringent on the gums.

O: This is a fairly mild, round beer, with a hint of carbonation zing on the tongue and a slightly astringent finish. If it were anyone else's, I'd call it pretty well done. Quality and no complaints. Compared to other Nogne O brews, however, it does not deliver the same sense of art. They set the bar pretty high. So I guess I'll have to give this a lowly "very good".

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Photo of doughanson78
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a snifter. First English Porter. Big thanks to russwbeck for this one.

A: Very black, no light getting through. Big two finger light brown head with awesome retention and good lacing.

S: Deep dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Touches of dark fruits and a hint of coffee. A touch sweet and a tad light.

T: Sweet chocolate upfront. Roasted malts and hints of smoke. Some light dark fruit notes. Finishes with some coffee and more dark chocolate. Tasty.

M: Thick and full for a porter. Medium high carbonaion. Pretty creamy.

O: Very good Porter. Not my favorite, but up there. Could drink this all the time.

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Photo of Ruds
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing whilst I enjoy a bottle poured into a German 0.4l handled glass (Ludde Brau).

Pours very dark brown to black, but not a 'full' black, whilst an average head remained throughout drinking dying off towards the end.

Smooth feel on the mouth when imbibing with a medium sweet, toffee, roasted, only a slight hint of coffee taste

Very pleasant aftertaste, slightly malty and slightly less sweet than the initial taste

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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 nezelrac
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - black/brown with red highlights; dense beige head that fades quickly to a scant covering; little lacing - questioning the glassware

S - sweet grainy attack with roast/toast/alcohol heat; molasses note; fairly robust nose; hint of fermenting rice?; berry fruits and bakers chocolate woven throughout

T - sweet and lightly bitter; more roasty toasty up front; more dark berry fruit and molasses and chocolate; rum cask note towards the finish; raisins, too

M - creamy texture; moderate CO2; smooth and easy

O - quite good; less robust than anticipated; creaminess is a little off-putting

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Photo of dansmcd
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Really dark brown, almost black. A finger of tan head which retains well, and provides slobbery lacing.

S - Woody, earthy, coffee, chocolate, with some citrus and herbs.

T - Coffee, dried fruit, dark roasted flavours. Nicely bittersweet with some hop character present.

M - Smooth, moderate body. Medium carbonation.

O - A rich, complex porter that is highly drinkable for its 7% abv.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights and about two fingers of foamy brownish head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is roasty with a little dry malt aroma. There is some dark chocolate aroma in the nose that has a coffee roast like aroma too.

The taste is roasted malt and is filled with a nice dry chocolate flavor that sets back a bit to hang with a coffee flavor that mixes with some nice toast burnt flavor.

The feel of this beer is complex but smooth as it goes down with ease and has a silky aftertaste that is more enjoyable then a lot of Porters I have had. This one is one of the better ones.

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