Porter | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

407 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of dtivp
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head, dissipated very quickly into a ring.
Aroma had very light hints of coffee and roasted malt.
Taste was very mild and weak with coffee and malt.
Light body beer close to being too thin and light carbonation.
This was an OK porter, I would not turn one down, however, I would not go out of my way to buy.

 353 characters

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

pours a jet black with a large light brown head that lasts, and great lacing.

smell is of cocoa, malt, a little fruit, some coffee, and some spice.

taste is of malt, cocoa, a little fresh roasted coffee, some fruit in the back, and a touch of caramel, ends on the dry side.

 275 characters

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.

 1,013 characters

Photo of jpoder
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: black, black color...tan head that started thick and creamy. fades to thick ring

s: sweet fruity.. coffee tones.

t: coffee sweet/sour, bitter finish.

m: seems thin at the beginning but finishes sticky sweet.

d: good

really liked this one. would buy again. I'm still unclear of the line between porter and stout...this seems to push the boundry. I'd like to see a little less sweet.

 389 characters

Photo of thetomG
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical dark brown color. Minimal head. No Lacing.

Aroma is nice - has everything you'd expect from a good porter, but also some other interesting notes that I can't quite pin down. Flavor is a bit more standard. Roasted malts dominate with just a smidge of some bitter chocolate and coffee coming through. Lighter side of medium bodied and carbonation seems just right for the body.

Have to say I'm slightly let down by this. It's decent, but if I want a porter Edmund Fitzgerald is still my go to... glad I tried this one though.

 541 characters

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.

 555 characters

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.

 818 characters

Photo of biglite351
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - tall tight head, medium amount of red around the edges but not too much for a porter.

S - rich malty goodness. Nice and deep scent, inviting.

T - the flavor is good, but not near strong enough, it seems like something is missing. Mild rosted malts and coffee.

M - not thin but no real coating or tingles, a bit boring.

D - would be great with a meal as the flavor is good yet mild enough to not overpower the flavor of the food. The mildness make it not worth drinking alone though.

 490 characters

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

Pours a nice , deep dark brown color with firm cap of khaki head, leaving decent lacing. Scent if of molasses, charred grain, roasted nuts and some earthy qualities. Taste brings a moderate amount of molasses along with toffee and roasted nuts, hints of chocolate and medium roast coffee and hints of cherry. The background is a nice fresh grain profile, found in many of Nogne's beers. Interesting floral hoppy profile dances around. Fuller side of medium bodied, a touch high level of carbonation. A good porter with a lot of freshness to it.

 544 characters

Photo of Chico1985
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into a 8oz glass at Sierra Grille, reviewed from brief notes.

Pours black with a small tan head. Turns into a thick ring and leaves some lacing.

Smell is a bit faint but I pick up some chocolate, malt and maybe dark fruits. Pretty average for the style.

Taste is unexpected - usual porter tastes such as chocolate and coffee, but also some nice citrus hops and a tart sweetness - almost like Sweet Tarts candy. The chocolate and coffee are great in the aftertaste. Extra points for originality.

Mouthfeel was great, very fluffy and smooth.

Pretty drinkable and enjoyable, I'd get it again.

 604 characters

Photo of rwf08
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a 16.9 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours out a dark brown to almost black. Ruby tones around the edges where light can pass through. One finger head that dissipates quickly and leaving no lacing.

S: I get the smell of Guinness draught. That sour smell, it isn't an over powering wild smell but a distinct twang. Swirling the beer the alcohol comes through. I get hints of roast but the sour masks them.

T: Ahhhh much more pleasant than the smell. Nice roasted coffee, some cocoa, dried figs, and some burnt sugar. This is a very pleasing porter for sure.

M: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Kind of juicy on the finish. Really makes you want to take another drink.

D: For a 7% porter I'd say it has good drinkability. Tastes great, feels good on the tongue. The appearance and the smell are the only things that bring this down. I'd drink it again if we had it in Tx.

 893 characters

Photo of mgbickel
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Formed a single finger tan head that receded quickly leaving very little lace behind. The body is blackish-brown, allowing very little light through on the edges.

The nose is mostly roasted malts, chocolate and black coffee. I am also picking up a strange, sour odor...hope this one is ok...

The taste is right on (no sourness). Pretty complex for a porter...starts off with roasted coffee beans that turn into a (slightly bitter) hop center. The finish mellows out into a sweet malt landing.

Medium mouth feel, creamy with mild carbonation.

This is very drinkable. Would have been rated higher if not for the sour smell. As is, this rocketed to the top of my porter list!

 732 characters

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into pint. 30 IBU, 7% ABV.

A- Dark dark rustic brown. Nice tan head, significant lacing. Head settles to a thin thin film but there's great rings of lacing here.

S- A bit roasty, hints of black coffee and a bit of caramel. Slight sweet/floral notes? Hmm.

T- A bit bitter, heavy malt bill, robust and a faint twang. Nice coffee notes, dark roast straight up.

M- Good balance in the body, good flavors. No qualms here.

D- Moderately high. A very tasty beer, the price and availability may limit how often I revisit this one but

 539 characters

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

I saw this on sale for $8 when it had been $10 so I bought it despite the fact that it still was a pretty bad deal for a 500ml bottle of porter. It was black of course and smelled a little roasty but also a tinge of metallic so I knocked the score down. The taste was nice, sweet, roasty, pretty good. I will of course never buy a second bottle because it is just to expensive but this was a pretty good American porter with a robust flavor.

 441 characters

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

Pretty much dead on for my mental picture of a strong porter. Great chalky roast character that, for me, is the signature of the style. Dark, bitter chocolate combines with bready malt, light caramel and mild English yeast. Relatively big bitter citric hops push through, despite the relatively low IBU count and at least four or five months of age on the bottle. There's a licorice flavor in there, too - no idea what that's from. Dry flavor. The beer looks great. It's black with a big head, creamy and light brown. Mouthfeel could be a touch fuller, but it's quite good. Excellent porter with great bitterness.

 613 characters

Photo of PorterLambic
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as tar with a huge, cocoa powder-colored, foamy head. Had to fill the glass in stages before it was full.
Smell is malt, cocoa, whiskey, oak and light hops.
Taste is malt, alcohol, oak, whiskey, cocoa and coffee. A fairly good balance.
Medium-bodied, medium effervescence and medium dryness. Somewhat tingly on the tongue. Pretty good. Interesting idea for a Scandinavian brewery to emulate an American style instead of the reverse.

 444 characters

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.

 984 characters

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT .9 FL OZ bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured the color of cola with a root beer float-like head both in color and consistency. Nose is malty, brown sugar/molasses and a little metallic - perhaps some oxidation. Taste consistent with nose, however, a roasted character and a little bit of cocoa comes forth. Metallic quality subsides as the carbonation breaks down. I also get a little bit of creaminess as well, maybe some lactose. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive carbonation level. Pretty tasty brew for the most part. Maybe slightly on the decline, but I scored the bottle for $4.99 and thinks it's fairly priced at that.

 648 characters

Photo of DerBayer
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Hmm wasnt so impressed with this hyped and highly commended beer.

The alcohol presence is much more present than i should have expected or liked both in smell and taste and the beer as such seemed quite one-dimensional mainly chocolate malt with some acidity.

I was quickly tiring of my 500ml bottle..

 303 characters

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

A: very dark maroon with a large beige head that settles rapidly and leaves excellent lacing.
S: Aroma of slight caramel and malt with a hint of spice.
T: Flavor begins with roasted coffee and vanilla, then progresses to a malty sweetness.
M: fair body, lighter than expected based on the style.
D: Nice example of the style, but the winter porter is much better.

 363 characters

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.

 450 characters

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.

 717 characters

Photo of coldmeat23
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This one pours a deep, dark brown that's darn near black. A thick, creamy-looking, four-finger head of medium-brown foam sits on top. The retention is quite impressive and the lacing is spotty and sticky.

Nose of roasted malts. Notes of dark roasted coffee and chocolates. A nice nuttiness. Very light trace of dark cherries.

Great taste of mild-roasted malts. More than a hint of dark chocolates. Mild coffee presence. Light touches of dark caramels and dried dark fruits.

Medium-to-almost-full bodied beer. High level of carbonation, but the bubbles are mostly small, so it's alright. Mostly smooth and with a medium level of creaminess.

The 7.0%abv is nowhere to be found in this glass. This would be a great session porter. Too bad it's not available to me, locally.

 846 characters

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate and lighter hints of licorice.

Tastes good, though different from how it smells. Deep roasted malt flavors hit up front with a good deal of black malt flavors as well. Soon after unsweetened chocolate flavors join into things and carry through to right before the mildly bitter ending that leaves hints of coffee lingering where the slightest amount of anise comes in.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a bit underwhelmed when I first smelled the beer but once I tasted it I was thoroughly whelmed. This one is worth a shot.

 890 characters

Photo of boston2bburg
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was apparently dying to get out of the bottle. A quick but manageable gush of the deep tan head provided me with a wary first impression. It then settled out during the pour leaving only an impressive two finger layer of fluff on top of the opaque dark brown liquid, through which large flakes of yeast trickle down for several minutes. The head shrinks only by half during this time, still a finger deep.

Dark caramel, light coffee, and some bitter chocolate make up a somewhat modest flavor profile, as the creaminess of the mouthfeel is what impresses me most. Its a good breakfast porter for those that take cream and sugar. Not much hop presence, could use a handful more.

Nothing really blows me away about this beer, but I do respect Nogne O and wouldn't be surprised if it was better fresh in Europe. I appreciate the bottle conditioning, homebrew feel it has.

 879 characters

Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
4.05 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.